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RSNO Composers’ Hub 2020 Open call for Polish Composers

IAMThe Adam Mickiewicz Institute invites young Polish composers to take part in the open call for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Composers' Hub 2020.

Aimed at composers in the early stages of their career, the RSNO Composers’ Hub is a fantastic opportunity to write for orchestra in a range of different contexts, develop skills and creative relationships, as well as acquiring an understanding of the business of a major arts organisation.

Now in its sixth year, up to five emerging UK-based composers and one Polish composer will be chosen to join the Composers’ Hub and spend the 2020:21 season with the RSNO. In order to reflect the current challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Composers’ Hub will function differently. The Composers’ Hub members will still have the incredible opportunity of writing a work for the RSNO, but, additionally, each composer will work closely with a few members of the RSNO to discuss ideas and techniques and to develop a short piece for those musicians. Out of these meetings, each composer will write a seven to ten-minute piece for full symphony. Online coaching sessions will commence in October 2020. An in person induction will be held in January 2021, with further digital mentorship sessions taking place between January 2021 and June 2021. The scheme will culminate in a public workshop in the RSNO Centre in Glasgow, June 2021, from which one work will be chosen to be performed in the RSNO’s 2021:22

Composers must submit a CV, a one-page letter explaining how they will benefit from the scheme and two examples of their own compositions. One-page letter and CV should be in English. Composition examples should be sent with PDFs of scores (preferably at least one for full orchestra) and sound samples. MIDI files or similar are acceptable where recordings are unavailable. Applications should be emailed to Julia Ablewska This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Only applications submitted by email will be accepted.

The application deadline for Polish composers is 23.59 on Wednesday, 14 October 2020.

Detailed information at: https://iam.pl/pl/rsno-composers-hub-open-call-for-polish-composers 

Poznań | Światłodźwięki Audiovisual Art Festival

ŚwiatłodźwiękiŚwiatłodźwięki 2020 is the fifth edition of the audiovisual art festival which aims to present the most important productions of the European and Polish artistic environment that work to fuse the visual and musical areas of art into one integral aesthetic experience. The festival will take place on 16-17 October 2020 in the newly renovated Zamek Culture Centre in Poznań.

The organizers underline that the impressions that the audience will be prone to perceive is "the synesthetic experience of experimental music and visualizations." It is vital that all the interdisciplinary art presented during the festival is created entirely live, based on new conceptions, and is founded on the presumption that both light and sound influence the other element in real time.

Światłodźwięki is concerts, a jam session and lecture-presentations, during which visual artists and musician-scientists will tell the public about the newest trends in European art and about the ever-growing connections between art, IT and architecture; new paths towards which art never ceases to push mankind will be presented. This year, the artists sharing their insights will be the Slovakian composer Marián Zavarský and the Spanish media artist, Marti Guillem Ciscar. The concerts will feature excellent performers and composers, including saxophonist and composer Michał Fetler, composer and percussionist Rafał Gorzycki, clarinetist and improviser Piotr Mełech and composer and pianist Jakub Królikowski – artistic director of the Festival, winner of the Main Prize at the Marek Stachowski Competition for Young Composers (2018).

All the events are free to attend, and do not require a reservation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: http://www.swiatlodzwieki.pl/ 

Music Coach. Children's chamber music online and at home


The Association of Polish Chamber Musicians – Kraków Branch, as part of the "Culture on the web" programme of the National Centre for Cultre, has implemented an innovative project "Children's chamber music online and at home" covering about 1100 minutes of recordings of Polish chamber music. Starting from 14 October 2020, the materials will be available in the new con.sol.la mobile application and on the YouTube channel of PWM Edition, which is a partner of the project.

"Children's chamber music online and at home" includes recordings of individual parts of children's instrumental duets published by PWM Edition, enabling ensemble playing at home, remote learning and social isolation. The project consists of over 375 audio and audio-video recordings of duet pieces.

Among them there are compositions by outstanding contemporary composers, such as Hanna Kulenty, Grażyna Bacewicz, Janina Garścia and Romuald Twardowski. For each work, recordings of individual parts were prepared in two different tempos to enable ensemble playing by students of various education levels, and to encourage amateur musicians. Model versions were also prepared for each piece.

The recordings at BBrecords Studio were performed by excellent musicians: Ravel Piano Duo, Anna Maria Staśkiewicz (violin), Joanna Konarzewska (violin), Julia Samojło (piano), Piotr Gach (cello), Michał Panasiuk (cello), Maria Sławek (violin) and Anna Kuk (violin).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Project website: http://spmk.com.pl/ 

Elbląg | White and red melodies in the strings

EOKThe Elbląg Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Jakub Chrenowicz will premiere Mikołaj Majkusiak's Concerto in G on 11 October 2020 at 6.00 p.m. in the concert hall of the State Music School Complex in Elbląg.

The programme of concert will include works by Polish masters. In the first part, we will hear Mikołaj Piotr Górecki's Divertimento for string orchestra and Concerto-Notturno for violin and string orchestra. The son of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki successfully continues the family tradition and is recognized on both sides of the Atlantic (currently he lives in the USA). The solo part in Concerto-Notturno will be performed by the son of another outstanding musician – violinist Jakub Jakowicz. The Elbląg Chamber Orchestra will also present Wojciech Kilar's Orawa and – for the first time – Mikołaj Majkusiak's Concerto in G for string orchestra. The piece was written as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance.

The concert is under the patronage of PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performance of Polish music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: https://eok.elblag.eu/ 

Mińsk Mazowiecki | Mińsk Musical Meetings Without Barriers

Czas sztukiA new concert series "Mińsk Musical Meetings without Barriers" in Mińsk Mazowiecki, organised by the "Czas Sztuki" Foundation, will last until 8 November  2020. The next concert will take place on 11 October at 4 p.m. at the Museum of the Land of Mińsk.

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation focuses on organising free concerts in historical churches and cultural institutions in the Mińsk district in the Mrozy commune, where the Foundation is based. The members of the Foundation are musicians of The Time Quartet. The quartet is made up of graduates of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. During several years of artistic work, the ensemble has performed over 350 concerts in Poland and abroad, and has collaborated with many outstanding ensembles and artists, including Andrzej Jagodziński Trio, Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, Grzech Piotrowski World Orchestra, 'Mazowsze' Folk Song and Dance Ensemble and Trifonidis Downtown Sextet. The quartet's musicians are the founders of the Melanidis Orchestra studio orchestra, with which they recorded music for six Polish and foreign films.

The next concert of the "Minsk Musical Meetings without Barriers" series will feature an excellent duo composed of cellist Anna Wróbel and pianist Małgorzata Marczyk. The programme will include compositions by Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Feliks Nowowiejski, Karol Skarżyński and Piotr Wróbel.

Admission to the concert is free, however, seat reservation is required (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Warsaw | Premiere of "The Righteous" oratorio

Sprawiedliwe2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mother Matylda Getter from the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Family of Mary who, together with her sisters, saved several thousand Jewish children from the ghetto during World War II. To commemorate this occasion, the AVE Foundation and the Mother General of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Family of Mary Janina Kierstan, commissioned the oratorio The Righteous from Aldona Kraus and Jerzy Cembrzyński. The premiere of the work will take place on 11 October 2020.

The piece will be presented on 11 October twice: at 3.30 p.m. at the St John's Archcathedral in Warsaw and at 7.00 p.m. in the Church of Our Lady Queen of Poland in Marki-Pustelnik. The oratorio will be performed by soloists Małgorzata Rudnicka, Michał Rajewski, Bogdan Śliwa, and Ewa Bogucka, choirs Ave, Tibi Domine from Goniądz, Collegium Cantorum from Chełmno and Warlubski Chamber Choir as well as instrumentalists of the Warsaw Philharmonic under the direction of Barbara Hijewska. The whole performance will be accompanied by a historical back story.

The Convent of the Franciscan Sisters of the Family of Mary at Żelazna street adjoined the Warsaw ghetto during the occupation. It was this house and the nuns living there that played a key role in saving Jewish children. They saved at least half a thousand children and two hundred and fifty adults, and these are only documented "cases". "I am saving a man who asks for help" – used to say the then superior of the Warsaw Convent and the spiritus movens of the whole action, Mother Matylda Getter, honored with the "Righteous Among the Nations" award.

The Righteous oratorio for soloists, mixed choir and orchestra, dedicated to heroic nuns, was created by Jerzy Cembrzyński, Grammy winner associated with the National Philharmonic, and poet Aldona Kraus.

Admission to the concerts is free, however, seat reservation is required: http://fundacjaave.pl/ , tel. 608 178 447.

Poznań | Music during the pandemic

AmadeusThe Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio under the baton of Agnieszka Duczmal will inaugurate the 53rd artistic season on 11 October 2020 at 6.00 p.m. in the Poznań University Hall. It will be the first concert with audience in the University Hall since the beginning of the pandemic.

The soloist of the evening will be an extremely talented pianist, Tomasz Ritter. He is a laureate of many prestigious awards. In 2011 he won the 9th Arthur Rubinstein Memorial International Young Pianist Competition in Bydgoszcz and has also received the Aniela Młynarska-Rubinstein Special Award, the Arthur Rubinstein Ruby Pin for artistic personality, the Pomeranian Philharmonic’s Symphonic Orchestra Award. In 2018, he received the Main Award at the 1st International Chopin Competition on Period Instruments in Warsaw. Jarosław Żołnierczyk, the concertmaster of the Orchestra, laureate of the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, will also perform as a soloist.

The programme will include Concerto-Notturno, Op. 13 for violin and string orchestra by Mikołaj Piotr Górecki, Radif, suite on Iranian themes by Lev Knipper and Piano Concerto in E minor, Op. 11 by Fryderyk Chopin.

Information on tickets at: https://amadeus.pl/event-11-10-2020-muzyka-w-pandemii 

Kraków | Stars with Sinfonietta: Ingolf Wunder

SCThe audience's favourite, the second prize winner at the 2010 Chopin Piano Competition, Ingolf Wunder will perform on 10 October 2020 at 11.00 a.m. in the anniversary repertoire together with Sinfonietta Cracovia under the baton of its director Jurek Dybał on the newly renowated stage of the Kraków Philharmonic.

2020 is not only a year of extraordinary circumstances, it is above all a Beethoven year. It also marks the 210th anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin's birth. Sinfonietta Cracovia will celebrate both anniversaries during a Beethoven concert tour to the adopted homeland of the famous Viennese classic, which will be inaugurated in Kraków.

Kraków audience will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the bucolic Symphony No. 4 and the lively phrases of the String Quartet No. 11 "Serioso" by Ludwig van Beethoven. Ingolf Wunder will present his skills in Fryderyk Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 written in the brillant style.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: www.sinfonietta.pl 

Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra online – Haydn, Beethoven & Mendelssohn

POSIA concert of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra on 10 October 2020 at 8.00 p.m will be broadcast live from the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio. The orchestra conducted by outstanding Antoni Wit will perform symphonies by Joseph Haydn and Felix Mendelssohn as well as Piano Concerto No. 1 by Ludwig van Beethoven with Krzysztof Książek as a soloist.

Joseph Haydn thanked the citizens of London for their extremely warm welcome during his two visits to this city (1791–1792 and 1794–1795) with a monumental cycle of twelve symphonic masterpieces called the "London Symphonies". The 95th Symphony in C minor (the only minor one in the cycle) represents the essence of musical Classicism as a style characterised by excellent balance of all the elements of the work’s technique and expression.

In Concerto No. 1 in C major, op. 15 elements characteristic for Beethoven are hidden behind musical convention typical for a virtuosic piece that was to appeal to everyone. However, there is a number of newer elements; the pathos and power of “military” motifs in the 1st part also exceeds convention. The elegant and lyrical 2nd part contrasts with the merry and humorous (sometimes even plebeian and ribald) rondo in the finale.

Felix Mendelssohn started writing his 4th Symphony in Venice, and, in a letter sent from Rome to his sister, wrote: "This is the merriest piece I have ever composed, especially the finale." The piece is devoid of a coherent literary scheme. Its Italian spirit is merely conventional, although, obviously, the name suggested by the author himself provoked various interpretations. The most obvious “Italian” element is a very fast finale in the rhythm of saltarello, a dance typical for central Italy.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Concert will be broadcast online on YouTube and on the website https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/