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Łódź | 2nd Grażyna Bacewicz International Violin Competition

AM Łódź

The Academy of Music in Łódź invites you to the 2nd Grażyna Bacewicz International Violin Competition, which will be inaugurated with a symphonic concert on 8 December 2019 at the Concert Hall at 2a Żubardzka Street. The two-stage auditions will be held on 9-14 December in the Academy's Chamber Hall. The results of the competition will be announced on 14 December during the laureates concert (6.00 p.m.). Admission to the auditions and the final concert is free. The auditions will be also broadcast live.

This year's edition was open to violinists of all nationalities with no age limit. 96 violinists from 27 countries will participate in the auditions. They will be judged by the international jury chaired by Łukasz Błaszczyk. The jury memebers: Adam Balas, Bartosz Bryła, Eszter Haffner, Alexey Koshvanets and Szymon Krzeszowiec.

The organizers received 152 applications, out of which 97 participants were selected from such countries as: Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Israel, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Germany, Norway, Poland , Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Italy. The participants has to perform two works by Grażyna Bacewicz, with Polish Caprice being a must in the second stage. In addition to the main prizes, the jury will award a special prize for the best performance of Grażyna Bacewicz's composition.

The inaugural symphony concert will feature Sławomir Wilga – the first prize winner of the first edition of the Competition. He will perform the solo part in the Bacewicz's 7th Violin Concerto. The Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź will be conducted by Jerzy Salwarowski – an outstanding conductor who celebrates the 50th anniversary of artistic work this year. Under his baton, the orchestra will also present the Eternal Songs symphonic poem, Op. 10 by Mieczysław Karłowicz and the "Fairy Tale" fantastic overture by Stanisław Moniuszko.

The competition is part of the 2nd Grażyna Bacewicz International Music Festival in Łódź, organized as part of the celebration of the 110th anniversary of the birth and 50th anniversary of the death of this outstanding Polish composer and violinist.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/konkursy-muzyczne/2-miedzynarodowy-konkurs-skrzypcowy-im-grazyny-bacewicz 

Katowice | Concert of laureates of the 4th ATMA Polish National Competition for Musical Personalities

NOSPR

The laureates of the 4th ATMA Polish National Competition for Musical Personalities will perform on 9 December 2019 at 7.30 p.m. in the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice.

By the jury's decision, Paweł Wojciechowski, a 16-year-old pianist from Warsaw, became the winner of this year's, 4th edition of the ATMA Polish National Competition for Musical Personalities. He is a student of Joanna Ławrynowicz at the Zenon Brzewski Secondary Music School in Warsaw. The laureate of the Competition can not only enjoy financial prizes (PLN 5,000 and the Schimmel Pianos award – PLN 5,000), but above all he is honored with the opportunity to appear as a soloist with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra at its headquarters in Katowice. The other finalists also received the NOSPR Award of Ewa Bogusz-Moore – they will all perform at the headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice during chamber concerts.

The upcoming concert will feature Szymon Drabiński, Wilhelm Pilch and Milena Pioruńska, who will present a programme composed of works by Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski and Roman Ryterband.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.nospr.org.pl/ 

The premiere of Maciej Zakrzewski's album "Time to Time"

Zakrzewski

Time to Time, the new album of the Gdańsk composer and organist Maciej Zakrzewski, will be released Ars Sonora on 9 December 2019. The recordings were made on the organs of the Archcathedral Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka in Łódź.

The title of the album has a symbolic meaning. On the one hand, it refers to the process of creating a work that arises at various time intervals, unhindered by the need to accomplish a task in a rigid framework, on the other hand, it refers to the philosophy of time in music – its transience and temporality.

The album contains the seven-part suite The Allegories, which is a musical image of the present, in which age-old, important questions, ideas, elements, emotions clashes with virtual reality that changes our perception of life in society (Like, Face to book, To be or not online, Log out). This dramatic confusion of two realities makes us ask again what is real, important, timeless, and what is only a delusion, creation and gallantry.

The album also includes Psalterium – a four-part cycle illustrating subsequent, selected texts of psalms from the Old Testament (Ps. 91 "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High", Ps. 7 "O Lord my God, I take refuge in You", Ps. 113 / 117 "Hallelujah, Praise the Lord, all you nations"), although it opens with the Jewish prayer of Shema Ijrael ("Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength"). The Psalterium is the answer to the dichotomy of the world illustrated in The Allegories.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The Composer's Official Websitehttps://maciejzakrzewski.pl/ 

Katowice | Up and reach the places out of sight: a special project

FS

The International Day of People with Disabilities is celebrated every year in December. On this occasion, from 10 to 14 December 2019, the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice will present a special project: the fairy tale Salija based on the opera of the same title by Krzysztof Dobosiewicz and Małgorzata Szwajlik.

"Up and reach the places out of sight" is the interdisciplinary educational project of the Silesian Philharmonic addressed to the blind and visually impaired, increasing their comfort of life. The project includes concerts with the possibility of interactive participation using instruments created during the workshops. As part of the project, the audience will have a chance to experience the world as it is experienced by people with visual impairments. The programme is also adapted to the dysfunctions of recipients so that they can take an active part in the events.

The musical work composed by Krzysztof Dobosiewicz based on the libretto of the opera Salija by Małgorzata Szwajlik will take the audience to magical places and move their imagination. It will tell the story of Salia, a girl who learns to appreciate what she has – home, family, everyday life and little joys. The classic tale with a moral will gain a new, musical dimension enriched by the participation of machines appearing here as a choir. The work will be performed at the chamber concerts, during which the participants of the workshops will form a kind of rhythmic section, playing not only on traditional musical instruments, but also on instruments made by themselves. In this way, people with disabilities will actively contribute to the project, learning the elements of a musical work in practice.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/tam-siegaj-gdzie-wzrok-nie-siega-projekt-specjalny/ 

Katowice | The premiere of "Quasi una Sonata" by Krzysztof Meyer

World-famous artists, recitals, chamber music, wide repertoire and interesting interpretations – you will find it all in the NOSPR concert series "Masterly". On 8 December 2019 at 6.00 p.m. Maciej Frąckiewicz, Łukasz Kuropaczewski and Marek Bracha will take us on a journey through various musical styles.

The star of the evening will be Maciej Frąckiewicz – an exquisite accordionist, winner of the Polityka Passport Award and multiple international awards. The instrumentalist actively cooperates with contemporary composers. He inspired the creation of nearly 100 new compositions. The recital at NOSPR will include the first performance of another work dedicated to Frąckiewicz, Quasi una Sonata for guitar and accordion, which he will perform with an acclaimed guitarist, Łukasz Kuropaczewski.

Moreover, the programme will include a range of accordion sonatas, from 19th-century ones, originally written for the concertina (a prototype of the bandoneon), to sophisticated contemporary works, exploring new technical possibilities offered by the accordion, including Dariusz Przybylski's Sonata da chiesa for solo accordion, Op. 72.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.nospr.org.pl/