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Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz: 20th death anniversary
19 marca 2018, Warszawa
Prepremiere of Marian Borkowski's "Symphony"
21 March 2018, Warsaw
4th Malopolska Academy of Talents
1–8 July 2018, Łącko
Ogólnopolski Konkurs Orkiestr Smyczkowych
27-28 marca 2018, Bydgoszcz


Warsaw | 22nd International Symposium "Beethoven and Great Anniversaries"

fbThe International Symposium "Beethoven and Great Anniversaries" will take place between March 19-20, 2018 roku at "Zachęta" – National Gallery of Art (Warsaw, 3 Malachowskiego Place) as part of the 22nd Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival.

As in the previous years, the main concert programme is complemented by regular accompanying events: Exhibition of Musical Manuscripts at the Jagiellonian Library and International Scientific Symposium. The symposium is a musical-scientific-humanistic reflection on Beethoven's music and its influence on the work of other composers. The products of the symposium are books documenting the presented papers (the first book contains papers from 1997, 1998, 1999, the second from 2000, 2001, 2002), published in two language versions: Polish and foreign.

This year, scholars from various continents will take part in the conference, including Irena Poniatowska (NIFC), Helmut Loos (Universität Leipzig), Susana Zapke (Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien), Michael Heinemann (Hochschule für Musik Dresden), and Hermann Jung (Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim), Marcin Trzęsiok (Academy of Music in Katowice), Christine Siegert (Beethoven-Haus Bonn), Ewa Schreiber (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), Liu Xiaolong (Peking University), Maciej Negrey (Academy of Music in Krakow), Ryszard Daniel Golianek (Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), Siglind Bruhn (University of Michigan, USA), Małgorzata Grajter (Academy of Music in Łódź).

The lectures will be presented both on the work of Beethoven and on Polish music of the 19th-20th centuries: Katarzyna Szymańska-Stułka (Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Warsaw) – Roman Palester, the road to freedom, Teresa Malecka (Academy of Music in Krakow) – Polish music of the second half of the twentieth century as a road to new independence (1989), Iwona Sowińska-Fruhtrunk (Academy of Music in Krakow) The idea of ​​freedom and its musical representation in "The Survivor of Warsaw" op. 46 by Arnold Schoenberg and "Kadisz" by Krzysztof Penderecki.

More information at: http://beethoven.org.pl/festiwal/ 

Prof. Danuta Szlagowska has died at 72


Prof. dr hab. Danuta Szlagowska, a scholar with great knowledge and passion, a member of the Polish Composers' Union, died on 13 March 2018.

The outstanding musicologist taught at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk since 1976 at the Department of Conducting, Composition and Theory of Music. In the years 2008-2016 she was the vice-director of the Institute of Music Theory, she was the coordinator of research projects related to music of the old Gdańsk. She teached classes in the history of music and music literature, as well as music psychology.

Apart from the Gdańsk University, in the years 2008-2014, she worked as a professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and also for ten years (1993-2003) lectured at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

Danuta Szlagowska's achievements are extremely broad. A special place in her scientific research is taken by the history of music and music life of the old Gdańsk. As a result, monumental editions of catalogs were prepared, including a list of Gdańsk compositions in the collections of PAN Library in Gdańsk, State Archives in Gdańsk and State Library in Berlin. A number of articles devoted to this issue were published by the Gdańsk Music Academy Publishing House, and the last extremely important achievement in this field was the Thesaurus Musicae Gedanensis series (together with Prof. D. Popinigis), with the music editions of treasures of XVII century Gdańsk published in individual volumes.

From 1996, she was a member of the Polish Composers' Union.

Funeral ceremonies will take place on 17 March 2018 at the Central Cemetery "Srebrzysko" in Gdańsk-Wrzeszcz (2 Srebrniki Street) at 11.00 a.m.


Minsk | A musical journey through the century


A concert on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland will take place at the Belarusian State Philharmonic in Minsk on 18 March 2018 . The Classic-Avangard band, directed by Wladimir Bajdow, will perform works by Polish and Belarusian composers.

The organizers of the concert are the Polish Composers' Union, the Polish Music Information Center POLMIC, the Polish Institute in Minsk and the Belarusian State Philharmonic. The project is financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the Multiannual Program INDEPENDENT 2017-2021, as part of the grant program of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute "Cultural bridges".

"With this concert, we want to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of Poland's regaining independence in 1918. After 123 years of partitions, when Poland existed only in the hearts of Poles, the Republic returned to the map of Europe and the world as an independent country. In the program of the concert, we have works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, a great pianist and an outstanding composer, but also a politician. Thanks to him, the cause of Poland's independence gained the support of the United States of America, and he himself was – albeit briefly – the first prime minister of the Polish government after regaining independence. The program also includes works by Karol Szymanowski, the most outstanding composer of independent Poland, reborn in 1918. At this time, Polish avant-guard was born, and Szymanowski was its father in the field of music. Zygmunt Krauze, a contemporary composer with an exceptionally expressive individual feature, also refers to the interwar avant-garde. He reaches for the pattern of "unism", the theory formulated by Władysław Strzemiński, one of the most important painters and theoreticians of that new Polish avant-garde, who regained independence. The works of these and other Polish composers are complemented by works of composers associated with Belarus. I am curious about Polish themes in their compositions, for example Dzmitry Łybin will present a piece entitled Journey from Cracow to Vienna" – noted Mieczysław Kominek, Managing Director of the Polish Composers' Union.

The management of the Belarusian State Philharmonic emphasizes: "This concert will be a musical gift for the neighboring Republic of Poland on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of independence and will once again confirm the long and close friendly relations between our republics."

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Additional information – on the website of the Belarusian State Philharmonic.

More about events related to Polish culture around the world at: www.culture.pl 

Warsaw | Michał Dobrzyński's "Tango" opera based on Sławomir Mrożek's drama


The opera of Michał Dobrzyński Tango, based on the drama by Sławomir Mrożek, will be staged at the Warsaw Chamber Opera Theater (76b Solidarnosci Aveue) on March 17, 2018 at 7.00 p.m.

Tango by Sławomir Mrożek, one of the pearls of the Polish drama, is in its ambiguity and timelessness a material perfect for an experiment with form and convention. The fact that until today no one has taken the risk of translating the drama into the language of the opera is as much astounding as it is intriguing. It is not without significance that the specificity of a work belonging to the canon of literature requires more than just music. Indisputably, the fact that Michał Dobrzyński has taken on this difficult task from the compositional side, becomes the guarantor of a skilful combination of the contemporary composer's technique with an understanding of the specificity of the literary prototype. Not without significance is the fact that Dobrzyński himself has already translated Operetta by Witold Gombrowicz into a modern opera language, and he was so successful that both critics' and music-lovers' opinions were full of appreciation for his work. And it is worth noting that this unanimity of opinions was not ephemeral. The success was confirmed by the invitation to the festival of chamber operas in Vienna, from where it was broadcast by ARTE television.

Opera as an art gives an excellent opportunity to show the ambiguity of the literary original. The typical means of expression, a typical arsenal of the stage drama, comes in the quality of music, phrasing, building tension and conflict through sound. This is indisputably accompanied by the ambiguity and multidimensionality of Mrożek's work. The multitude of conflicts, the plurality of interpretations, and finally the very message corresponding to the academic "what the author wanted to tell us" is the field of performance in the opera convention. Taking into account the composer's workshop, his artistry and the experience of the group of performers, one can expect the continuation of the success of the OperettaTango itself will undoubtedly be included in the pages of the latest history of the Warsaw Chamber Opera.

Information about tickets at:: www.operakameralna.pl

Szczecin | The story of sin


On March 17, 2018 at 7.00 p.m. The Opera At The Castle in Szczecin invites viewers to the ballet The Story of sin in the choreography of Karol Urbański, with music of Mieczysław Karłowicz.

A perfectly danced narration is embellished with beautiful costumes and impressive visualizations. Strong emotions and the beauty of dancing in the purest form. Can the love of a woman bring her down to the very bottom? Is she able to save her dignity in a man-dominated world? The performance is inspired by the film of Walerian Borowczyk, hailed as the biggest scandal of Polish cinema, and equally famous book by Stefan Żeromski of the same title. The story of a woman alone in the world of men. A woman who, driven by passions, goes to the very bottom. A woman who can bounce off this bottom and save a part herself. Also world history. A world in which our emotions, feelings and weaknesses are seen like at the window display.

Ballet The story of sin is a meeting with literature, and even with ... film. The performance gained a cinematic expression, becoming a ballet fiction, a dance adaptation of the narrated content. Karol Urbański, the creator of this spectacle, illustrated the story with music from the period – the late Romantic symphonic poems by Mieczysław Karłowicz, which will be presented by the Orchestra of the Opera at the Castle under the direction of Jerzy Wołosiuk. The solo vocal parts will be performed by Joanna Tylkowska-Drożdż and Paweł Wolski.

Information about tickets at: http://www.opera.szczecin.pl

Poznań | 47th Poznań Music Spring


The International Festival of Contemporary Music "Poznań Music Spring", organized by Polish Composers' Union and More Than One Production Agency, will be held for the 47th time betweem 16-22 March 2018.

This extraordinary event, initiated by the eminent composer Tadeusz Szeligowski, will again gather excellent musicians who will perform during 15 concerts. The festival is addressed not only to listeners who are not associated with the music community on a daily basis, but also to musicians who want to hear the latest works in great performance.

The festival will be inaugurated by a concert of the Pomeranian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jakub Chrenowicz. The programme will include: Chain II. Dialogue for violin and orchestra by Witold Lutosławski, Three pieces in old style by Krzysztof Penderecki and Three pieces in old style by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. In addition, the orchestra will premiere Morze traw by Janusz Stalmierski.

During the Festival there will be several premieres of works by Polish artists. On March 18, Wieniawski Quartet will premiere Strumień czasu – Trwanie by Agnieszka Zdrojek-Suchodolska and Weast / Zawchód by Jerzy Zieleniak. On March 19, Soprancello Duo will present for the first time Psalm 131 for soprano and cello by Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz and Brevis by Jakub Polaczyka, and Sinfonietta Pomerania will premiere Concerto for piano and small orchestra by Zbigniew Kozub and Ex imo mari for chamber orchestra by Monika Kędziora, commissionned within the programme „Collections“ – the priority „Composition Commissions“ implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. On March 20, Manko Zapała Duo will premiere No meaning detected for violin and electronics by Rafał Zapała. On the same day, we will hear a new work by Tomasz Skweres – Meledictio for a recorder, alto flute, harp and harpsichord in the interpretation of Ensemble Airborne Extended (Austria). Sonoristic trio for clarinet, cello, piano and electronics by Piotr Pawlik will be premiere on March 21 by Meta Ensemble. On March 22, Wojciech Ziemowit Zych Flarea for flute and harp will be performed for the first time by Fl: Ar-Art duo, while Barbara Borowicz and Bartosz Sałdan will premiere Reflexion for clarinet and percussion by Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska.

Media Patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programme available at: www.wiosnamuzyczna.pl/

Kielce | Music Lovers Academy: Dźwiękowisko


A premiere of the sound spectacle for youth group, orchestra and live electronics I do not like (Dźwiękowisko III) by Lidia Zielińska will take place 16 March 2018 at at 7.00 p.n. at the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic.

The evening will start with the composition of Lidia Zielińska entitled Kieleckie pory roku  – premiered in Radom in 2015 and commissioned by the Radom Chamber Orchestra under the name Radomskie pory roku. Due to the nature of the improvised part, the performance in Kielce received a title Kieleckie pory roku. It is a paratheatrical work in which junior high school students, two flutists, a string orchestra and electroacoustic media take part.

The second work of Lidia Zielińska, I do not like it (Dźwiękowisko III), was created as part of the Program of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage "Composition Commissions", implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. The theme of the work refers to the interests of a group of people standing at the threshold of adulthood. It is an attempt to perceive and understand several important issues at this age, including: anxiety and aggression, causes of hate speech, herd instinct, the ability to refuse, privacy, value of joint actions, awareness of consequences, responsibility, self-improvement. The composition is conceived as a sound performance with a musical narrative, but the sounds come almost exclusively from the human voice. The essence of the work is a workshop work with high school youth, showing them the richness of vocal sounds and the possibility of creating suggestive stories from them. During the workshops, pupils of the 4th High School and Junior High School No. 23 in Kielce will experiment with the possibilities of microphones, select the appropriate electronic processing, build various sound textures in analogy to their experiences from everyday life, get to know the richness of nuance of any sound expression, including those used in everyday communication and related to personal culture. At the same time, the aim of the workshops and rehearsals of the youth with the orchestra is to learn the art of mutual listening, cooperation and flexibility, the discipline of synchronizing and the implementation of other similar educational goals.

The Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Jacek Rogala will ensure the continuity of the musical narrative. In the second part of the evening, the audience will listen to Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, which constitutes the canvas of Kieleckie pory roku.

Additional information at: http://filharmonia.kielce.com.pl

Lodz | Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra under Su-Han Yang


On 16 March 2018 at 7.00 p.m. Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra will perform under the baton of Su-Han Yang, the winner of the first prize at the 10th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Conducting Competition. The works Witold Lutosławski, Andrzej Panufnik and Maurice Ravel will fill the programme.

A conductor from Taiwan, Su-Han Yang is studying at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. The Symphony Orchestra of the Artur Rubinstein Lodz Philharmonic under his direction will begin the concert with Little Suite of Witold Lutosławski, based on traditional Polish melodies. Next, violinist Jakub Jakowicz, the last student of the outstanding pedagogue Tadeusz Wroński, will perform as a soloist in the Concerto for violin and string orchestra by Andrzej Panufnik.

After the break we will hear the music of Maurice Ravel: the beautiful Pavane pour une Infante défunte, which is high on the list of the saddest compositions made by the BBC, and Boléro, which simplicity was initially unacceptable to the audience. Piotr Matwiejczuk will talk about the history of these works during the pre-concert meeting; start at 6.15 p.m.

Information about tickets at: http://filharmonia.lodz.pl 


Szczecin | Szymanowski & Bruckner


During the next concert from the series "Prelude of Talents", on March 16, 2018 at 7.00 p.m. at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin, we will hear Violin Concerto No. 2 op. 61 by Karol Szymanowski in the interpretation of the Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsingi and Symphony No. 7 by Anton Bruckner. 

The score of the Second Violin Concerto (1933) comes from the “national” period in Szymanowski's biography. Since the 1920s the artist had used elements of Polish folklore, e.g. from Podhale and Kurpie. Hence, the enthusiasts of Violin Concerto No. 1, which is full of impressionism, exotics and eroticism, should be informed that the piece number two presents an expression of completely different ideas. There are musical notes from Podhale, but rather than the sound of experiments we hear more tonal phrases. The co-author of the concerto, which was premiered on October 6, 1933 at the Warsaw Philharmonic, is the great violinist Paweł Kochański, a consultant in many of the violin works of the composer. During the upcoming concert, the solo part will be performed by the conductor Rune Bergmann’s fellow countrywoman, Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing, whose fame has extended far beyond Scandinavian circles (Wigmore Hall, Verbier Festival, AlpenKlassik in Germany).

The second part will be filled with Bruckner's Symphony No. 7, which was premiered with great triumph on March 10, 1885 in Munich, under the baton of Hermann Levie. The reviewer of "Berliner Tageblatt" wrote: "Bruckner has seduced us so much that when the last chord of this great work came out, we asked in astonishment: how could he have so long been a mystery to us?" The symphony consists of four monumental parts, and is filled with lyricism and seriousness (the second part of the work is reminiscent of the famous Adagietto of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5).

More information at: filharmonia.szczecin.pl