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Warsaw | 5th Kwadrofonik Festival


The fifth edition of the Kwadrofonik Festival will take place on 7-21 November 2019 in Warsaw.

Light and sound – these are two forces of nature affecting our senses. In a capacious and tolerant art universe, light and sound have the right to meet. Looking, seeing, perceiving, shading, interpreting the light, its meaning and colors – both by directors, composers and invited musicians – will be the theme of this year's edition of the Kwadrofonik Festival. Black and white Buster Keaton's silent film with unusual sounds of percussion instruments in the score performed by the Pękala / Kordylasińska / Pękala duo, two black pianos from which pianists of the Lutosławski Piano Duo will bring out all shades of French Impressionist masterpieces – from white to black, or the songs of the blind singer Moondog in the intimate interpretation by Natalia Przybysz, Raphael Roginski and Širom – these are the proposals of the upcoming edition of the Festival.

Th Warsaw premiere of Urlicht for keyboard instruments and percussion written by the Kwadrofonik members will take place on 21 November at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. This new project is a musical interpretation of the phenomenon of light: not only as a physical force, but also as pure energy that has existed since the very beginning of the universe. In the Urlicht project Kwadrofonik creates a form of variations based on the chorale and its counterpoint, which resound separately or enter into dialogue with each other.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available atwww.kwadrofonik.pl 

Katowice | Silesian Tribune of Composers

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The next edition of the "Silesian Composers' Tribune" festival will take place in Katowice on 4-15 November 2019.

The "Silesian Composers' Tribune" is a Katowice festival with a long, over 40-year tradition and great importance for the Silesian music culture. It aims to present the significant achievements of Silesian musicians and to familiarize the audience with the work of outstanding 20th- and 21st-century music composers. This year's edition includes diverse events taking place at the Katowice Academy of Music, the M. Karłowicz State Music School and the Academy of Fine Arts.

The inauguration concert will premiere Wojciech Stępień's chamber opera The Black Mirrow – a mystery in 12 scenes with a prologue and epilogue, which was written as part of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage "Composing Commissions" programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. On 12 November we will listen to another work created within the programme – Przemysław Szczotka's Dissociatio performed by Piotr and Agnieszka Kopińscy. The festival will also feature world premieres of works by Sonia Brauhoff, Przemysław Scheller, Piotr Ceglarek and Tomasz Bauc as well as meetings with composers and a lecture by PhD Przemysław Scheller Xenharmonia – irregular temperaments on systems that go beyond the commonly used twelve-tone equal temperament.

Free admission to all events!

More information at the Festival's Facebook Profile.

Kraków | Conference dedicated to Mieczysław Weinberg


The international conference dedicated to Mieczysław Weinberg on the 100th death anniversary will take place on 7-10 November 2019 at the Academy of Music in Kraków.

The event is organized by the Violin and Viola Department. The conference will be attended by PhD Beata Bolesławska (Polish Academy of Sciences), PhD Maria Sławek (Academy of Music in Kraków), and music critic Dorota Szwarcman. The speakers will discuss the relationships between music and power, the work of composers in exile and will new research on Polish musicians of Jewish origin.

The works of Mieczysław Weinberg, Andrzej Panufnik, Ryszard Sielicki and Grażyna Bacewicz will be presented during three concerts with the participation of world-famous musicians: Linus Roth, Wajnberg Trio (Krzeszowiec / Dobrowolski / Sałajczyk), Maria Sławek, Monika Gardoń-Preinl, Mieczysław Szlezer, Aleksandra Kuls. Linus Roth, who is a violin professor at "Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum" at the University of Augsburg, the artistic director of the 10th Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition and of the "Ibiza Concerts" international festival, in 2015 founded the International Mieczysław Weinberg. On 8 November, the professor will conduct a lecture in English.

Full programme available at: https://www.amuz.krakow.pl/event/mieczyslaw-weinberg-tworca-wobec-historii-tozsamosc-interpretacje-konteksty-konferencja-naukowa-w-100-rocznice-urodzin/ 

Toruń | Franciszek Woźniak In Memoriam


The Pomeranian Music Society invites you to the 38th Social Concert "Franciszek Woźniak In Memoriam", which will take place on the tenth anniversary of the composer's death, on 7 November 2019 at 5 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Music School Complex in Toruń.

Next to the compositions by Franciszek Woźniak – Three Miniatures (1956), Sonata (1956), Etude No. 11 from the cycle 12 Etudes for piano (1962-65), Word of Copernicus for mixed choir (1973), Symphony for percussion (1970) – the programme will feature works of his students: Sonatina for piano by Michał Zieliński, White Clouds, In my homeland to words by Czesław Miłosz for baritone and piano by Aleksandra Brejza, Sonata No. 7 for piano, part 3 by Marcin Kopczyński, Planetoid 14382 Woszczyk and Planetoid 1572 Posnania for trombone and percussion instruments by Magdalena Cynk, and Waiting for for piano and electronics by Sławomir Opaliński. The performers will be lecturers and students of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz and artists associated with the music school in Toruń.

Franciszek Woźniak (1932-2009) graduated from the State Higher School of Music in Poznań in the composition class of Tadeusz Szeligowski. He lectured at the State Higher School of Music in Gdańsk, and then in Bydgoszcz, where he organized the Composition and Theory of Music Department and the Vocal and Acting Department. In the years 1975-1981 he was the president of the Poznań Branch of the Polish Composers' Union, and in the years 1975-1990 he was a member of the Repertoire Committee of the Poznań Music Spring Festival. He was awarded, among others Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in 1999 and the Medal of the Mayor of Bydgoszcz in 2005. He was the author of articles on music theory. His compositional output includes around 100 works – orchestral, chamber, solo, vocal and instrumental, choral and stage works. His compositions were performed at national and international festivals, and were also recorded by the Polish Radio.

More information athttp://www.ptm.info.pl/

Olsztyn | Stage for Polish Music


A concert inaugurating the "Stage for Polish Music" series in Olsztyn will take place on 7 November 2019 at 7.00 p.m. at the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic, featuring Cuore Piano Trio. The event will be hosted by the director of the Institute of Music and Dance, Maxymilian Bylicki.

The Cuore Piano Trio was founded in 2017 on the initiative of students of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Zuzanna Budzyńska (violin) studies in the class of Prof. Andrzej Gębski, Jadwiga Roguska (cello) – in the class of Prof. Tomasz Strahl and Mateusz Szmyt, while Szymon Ogryzek (piano) – in the class of Prof. Joanna Ławrynowicz-Just. As an ensemble, the musicians are trained in the chamber music class of Prof. Krystyna Makowska-Ławrynowicz. The trio has won several international chamber competitions, including in Singapore (2019), Athens and Bydgoszcz (2018). The Cuore Piano Trio participates in the programme of the Institute of Music and Dance "Stage for Polish Music", thanks to which in the 2019/2020 artistic season it will perform three recitals – at the National Philharmonic, Świętokrzyska Philharmonic and Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic.

The programme of the upcoming concert will include Three Polonaises, Op. 9 by Karol Lipiński arranged for violin and piano by Piotr Wróbel, as well as compositions by Franciszek Lessel – Trio in E major, Op. 5 for violin, cello and piano, Artur Malawski – Piano Trio, and Ludomir Różycki – Rhapsody, Op. 33 for piano, violin and cello.

More information athttps://filharmonia.olsztyn.pl/

Bydgoszcz | World premiere of Paderewski's songs


The world premiere of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski's songs arrangeed for soprano and string orchestra by Marcin Gumiela will take place on 6 November 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz on the 159th birth anniversary of the Master.

Paderewski's songs are characterized by "beautiful musical themes, a perfect sense of harmony with the text, as well as extremely diverse and colorful piano parts." Bydgoszcz audience will listen to the world premiere of Six Songs to words by Adam Mickiewicz, Op. 18 and Twelve songs to words by Catulle Mendès, Op. 22 in the arrangement by Bydgoszcz composer Marcin Gumiela. The soloist of the concert will be soprano Alina Adamski, a laureate of the 1st prize and seven special prizes (including one granted by the Pomeranian Philharmonic) at the 5th Ignacy Jan Paderewski Vocal Competition iin Bydgoszcz (2015). The Capella Bydgostiensis Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by Maciej Koczur, a recognized conductor of the young generation.

The concert is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Independent" Multiannual Programme for 2017-2022.

More information athttp://www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/en/blog/wydarzenia/piesni-ignacego-jana-paderewskiego/

Kraków | A concert as part of the 14th Days of John Paul II


The world premiere of Adagio by Henry Jan Botor will take place on 5 November 2019 at 7 p.m. in Saints Peter and Paul Church during the concert as part of the 14th Days of John Paul II.

The days of John Paul II have permanently entered the calendar of artistic and scientific events organized in autumn in Krakow. This year's edition is particularly important because it anticipates the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Holy Polish Pope. On this occasion, the Academy of Music in Krakow organises a unique concert with the participation of the Krakow choirs, the chamber orchestra and outstanding soloists: Kaja Danczowska (violin) and Jolanta Kowalska-Pawlikowska (soprano), under the direction of the Rector of the Krakow Academy of Music, Professor Stanisław Krawczyński.

The programe will include motets and hymnes by the British composer John Rutter, as well as the premiere of Adagio for violin, string orchestra and percussion by Henryk Jan Botor – composer and organist from Tychy, lecturer at the Academy of Music in Krakow. Admission free!

More information athttps://www.amuz.krakow.pl/event/koncert-orkiestry-kameralnej-dni-jana-pawla-ii/

Poznań | Premiere of "Musica Posthumana"


The premiere performance of Musica Posthumana by Jakub Czerski, Przemysław Degórski, Marta Kaca and Jan Skorupa will take place on 5 November 2019 at 8 p.m.at the Zamek Culture Center in Poznań.

Musica Posthumana is a combination of concert, stage installation and choreography. The resulting sound environment combines instrumental and electronic music and sonifies body movement data. The spectacle uses, among others machine learning strategies and motion capture system.

The title refers to the Boetius of Dacia's theory of three spheres, which introduces the division of music into musica instrumentalis – music heard by man, musica humana – music of harmony of soul and body, and musica mundana – music of harmony of the Universe. The performance broadens this division by a fourth element – the title musica posthumana, in which the boundaries of the division proposed by Boetius blur, and the sound receives autonomous agency, enters into dynamic relations with other elements of the environment and empowers inanimate entities.

Musica Posthumana's performance is, according to the creators, an environment that functions on the basis of the relationship between sound, movement and technology. Their existence and continuous intertwining makes it difficult to talk about the elements of the spectacle as isolated, self-sufficient materials. Therefore, the perspective of entities functioning solely on the basis of interaction with each other becomes more favorable.

More information at: https://ckzamek.pl/wydarzenia/5311-moja-muzyka76-musica-posthumana/  and https://www.facebook.com/events/2178634412430681/ 

Kraków | Faces of Death – 2nd Edition: The Riddle of Immortality


The Academy of Music in Krakow invites you to the second edition of the "Faces of Death" series of meetings and concerts, which will take place on 4-6 November 2019. Admission free!

This year's series has been titled "Riddle of Immortality". The sense of our existence, immortality and the human soul will be the subject of consideration for the outstanding guests of discussion panels: dr Małgorzata Jantos – bioethicist / Jagiellonian University, dr hab. Lucyna Rotter, dr Katarzyna Góralczyk, dr Elżbieta Lisowska / Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow, father Marek Donaj, moderator Dorota Imiełowska. Together with the audience they will talk about what awaits us when we cross the bridge of our lives.

"Faces of Death" are also concerts and exhibitions that will accompany discussion panels. A concert entitled Road to the North, which will take place on 6 November at 7.30 p.m. in the Florianka Auditorium, will premiere the work of the same title by Maciej Negrey as well as Transformations by Mateusz Bień and Margot by Dorota Imiełowska. The programme will also include the Polish premiere of Roman Ślazyk's Eight Flowers and works by Ernest Bloch, Paweł Sydor and Carl Nielsen. The special guest of the concert will be the Danish cellist Niels Ullner, professor of the Syddansk Musikkonservatorium in Odense, Denmark.

Full programme available athttps://www.amuz.krakow.pl/event/oblicza-smierci-edycja-ii-zagadka-niesmiertelnosci/