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Warsaw | 11th Little Warsaw Autumn

Mała WJIn 2021, Little Warsaw Autumn becomes a teenager. Eleven is an age when the child is fully immersed in humanity.  This year’s Warsaw Autumn on 17-26 September will look closely at the issues of childhood, but it will primarily – as always – invite you to play with sounds, experiment, and experience music from a purely aesthetic point of view.

In 2021, Little Warsaw Autumn will focus variously on what it stems for: the premises of the Festival’s main thread. Addressing the motif of immersing the listener in art, we shall invite our youngest audiences – but also the somewhat more aged – to a fuller sensual reception of art: listeningwatching, i.e. the simultaneous perception of music and image.

The protagonists of Little Warsaw Autumn shall include Polish composers Wojciech Błażejczyk, Krzysztof Knittel, Elżbieta Sikora, Lidia Zielińska, Tadeusz Wielecki, Agata Zubel, and Wojciech Ziemowit Zych. Our young audiences will also familiarise themselves with the works of international composers such as Salvatore Sciarrino.

In terms of instruments, Little Warsaw Autumn this year is dominated by the voice, piano, flute, and percussion. Performers include notably Dorota Miśkiewicz, Joanna Freszel, the Kwadrofonik ensemble, Adam Kośmieja, and musicians of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra: Andrzej Krzyżanowski and Karol Krasiński. Selected events and concerts will be chaired by favourite animators Anna Szawiel and Malina Sarnowska, the latter with the support of actors and animators Aneta Jucejko-Pałęcka and Wojciech Pałęcki. The 11th Little Warsaw Autumn will feature 11 premieres of works by Polish composers, including eight first performances and two first Polish performances.

All Little Warsaw Autumn events will take place live at concert halls with audience participation, and will additionally be recorded and made available on the Festival’s website.

Anna Kierkosz
Curator of Little Warsaw Autumn

The full Festival programme is available at: https://warszawska-jesien.art.pl/2021/mala-wj 

Kraków | Children to Children

DomosławiceA concert on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Primary Music School at the Rev. Prof. Józef Tischner School and Kindergarten Complex in Domosławice will take place at the Krakow Philharmonic on 6 June 2021 at 5.00 p.m.

The Primary Music School in Domosławice has been operating since 2012. It educates about 500 students from the rural areas of south-eastern Lesser Poland, offering classes in eight branches located in three counties. The school implements an original curriculum, based on thorough learning about new music and on performing compositions created especially for didactic purposes. Grzegorz Majka and Renāte Stivriņa, who consistently introduce elements of modern sound language into the repertoire, play an important role in the implementation of the School's philosophy. The Music School in Domosławice has become an important culture-forming centre in the region, cooperating with numerous institutions. In addition to the individual successes of its students, the School has been granted prestigious awards, among others, the Award of the Polish Composers' Union for merits in the field of music education (2021).

The best school students as well as string and wind ensembles, choir and symphony orchestra will take part in the anniversary concert. The rich programme will include works by Polish composers, among others Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski, Józef Świder, Maria Dziewulska, as well as pieces by the school teachers, Grzegorz Majka and Renāte Stivriņa.

More information: https://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/ 

Szczecin | Family Children's Day at the Castle Opera "About dwarfs and Mary the Orphan"

Opera na ZamkuOn the occasion of Children's Day, the Castle Opera in Szczecin invites whole families to a musical for children based on the fairytale by Maria Konopnicka – "About dwarfs and Mary the Orphan". The performances with music by Janusz Stalmierski will be held on 29 and 30 May 2021 at 5.00 p.m.

A dancing and singing show, where the fairytale world will move far beyond the boundaries of the stage. A story teaching us that good deeds come back to us when we need it the most. To the Crystal Cave, the Foxhole and for a meeting with Tatra Queen the young viewers will be taken by dancing and singing dwarfs who help those who are good and noble. They will also show us that hard work and teamwork help you move mountains. Will the dwarfs manage to defeat the clever bad Fox and help Mary the Orphan? What method will they find for the lazy Scraper?

More information: https://www.opera.szczecin.pl/en/whats-on/about-dwarfs-and-mary-orphan

"Welcome Spring!" – online family concert

e"Welcome Spring!", a family concert of the Gorzów Philharmonic, will be broadcast online on 21 March 2021 at 12.00 p.m. on the Philharmonic's YouTube channel and Facebook. The recording will be available for the next 24 hours.

On the occasion of the first day of spring, young and old music lovers will be able to watch extraordinary musical stories about the world of nature – insects, birds and water expans, which will engage them in an unusual game of imagination and impressions.

Ornithology composed by Jarosław Siwiński to the words by Małgorzata Kołcz is a piece that awakens imagination and becomes a fascinating game – with sound, text, form, texture, instruments, colours, twittering and various melodies. Insectology is a fairy tale about Mrs. Mosquito, who meets Beetle the Growler, Miss Ladybird and other nice creatures on her way. Simple children's songs illustrated with music were written by Anna Maria Huszcza. Adrian Robak's Hydrology to Maja Baczyńska's text is an extraordinary story about the element of water. The piece juxtapose the human voice with the harp and percussion instruments.

We will hear these wonderful compositions performed by outstanding soprano Joanna Freszel and the Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Bartosz Olejnik.

Detailed information at: https://www.filharmoniagorzowska.pl/ 

Warsaw | "Awantura w mollDurze" at the Mazovian Musical Theatre

MTMThe Jan Kiepura Mazovian Musical Theatre invites you to the Awantura w MollDurze [A Brawl in MinorMajor] – a unique performance for the whole family, and above all for youth and children from the age of six. The libretto was written by Maciejka Mazan especially for the Theatre, the performance was directed by Agnieszka Płoszajska, and the music was composed by Marcin Kuczewski. Two performances will take place on 28 February 2021, at 4.00 and 7.00 p.m.

Among the offers targeted to young viewers, the theater has a special place. It's much more than entertainment. Theatre teaches children to think out of the box, develops imagination and creative skills, and makes them sensitive to the feelings of others.

The MinorMajor is the imaginary world of the main character, Wiola. During her travels, she meets various characters, including: Baba Yaga, dwarfs, the mad White Rabbit, King Harmony. Every meeting is an intriguing adventure that brings with it an instructive lesson of growing up. A Brawl in MinorMajor is also an educational journey, during which the young viewer learns about styles, musical genres and instruments. Nevertheless, the most important thing is the joy that theatre and music bring!

The fairy-tale characters will be played by extraordinary young actors: Zuzanna Makowska, Kamil Zięba, Sylwia Przetak, Paulina Grochowska, Karol Osentowski and Jeremiasz Gzyl.

You can purchase your tickets at a promotional price at the Theatre box office or online: https://butik.mteatr.pl/rezerwacja/termin.html?idw=4&idg=2&fbclid=IwAR1ZhPy7ZjId2YlypFX9Q6veK9nqlCKACyA3xCNVVVexI-9auXCAOZOL97A 

An interactive music experiment, or Sound Generation – X

KordaszczukThe upcoming school concert organised by the Szczecin Philharmonic will be a completely new music experiment. On the stage we will see a symphony orchestra and… a sensory orchestra. The premiere of the concert will be available for free on the Philharmonic's Facebook and on the new EduFilharmonia YouTube channel on 22 February 2021 at 11.00 a.m.

School concerts are events intended for grades IV-VIII of primary schools. They always take place in the Golden Hall of the Szczecin Philharmonic, where teenage music lovers can listen to the several dozen-piece Symphony Orchestra. That is the perfect time to start the adventure with an orchestral sound, which is in itself a mine of knowledge about musical instruments and works.

The next school concert will be a unique combination of two orchestras: a symphony orchestra and a sensory orchestra. What is a sensory orchestra? It will be composed of primary school students in grades IV-VIII, who will use specially constructed instruments – sensors that emit sounds through the movements of human hands. Each orchestra will have its own conductor: the symphony orchestra will be conducted by the author of the composition – Jarek Kordaczuk, and the sensory orchestra will be led by Izabela Kościesza.

The new series of school concerts "Sound Generation" will prepare young music lovers to understand music, create it and enjoy it.

Detailed information can be found at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/pl 

AUKSO4kids: "The Scale and Passengers": C – Agnieszka Duczmal

AuksoThe PWM Edition and AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy invite you to a monthly series of online events AUKSO4kids: "The Scale and Passengers", that is, to music workshops based on a series of books for children. The first meeting will take place on 23 January 2021 at 11.00 a.m.

The series "The Scale and Passengers" was created on the basis of musical books for children published by PWM Edition, the characters of which are hidden in the sounds of the piano keys: white and black. The AUKSO orchestra musicians will provide sound for the meetings and inivited actors will breathe life into the texts. This is how live radio plays will be made.

The first one, entitled Score for a forest violin – All instruments of Agnieszka Duczmal, will tell about the conductor's musical path and her most wonderful instrument  the orchestra. Joanna Bronisławska (Asi Mina), who will conduct the workshops together with actors and musicians, invites you to an extraordinary world full of sounds and encourage you to make friends with the most important figures of Polish music of the 20th century.

JOIN: Facebook Event

Saint Nicholas' Day with Walerian Pawłowski

FSzIn the afternoon of St. Nicholas' Day, 6 December 2020 at 5.00 p.m., the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will present a beautiful music story. The "Valerian Droplets" concert will remind grown-ups and introduce to the little ones the extraordinary figure of Walerian Pawłowski, whose 100th birth anniversary is celebrated this year.

‘Valerian Droplets’ is a title once known to every little music lover in Szczecin. Its author, conductor, composer, music promoter, publicist and educator, Walerian Pawłowski was one of the most popular figures in the musical life of post-war Szczecin. On the 100th anniversary of the birth of this unique music and motorcycle enthusiast, the Szczecin Philharomnic decided to recall his figure, his informative, humorous musical stories, as well as his own compositions.

The concert will be broadcast free of charge on the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic's Facebook and YouTube.

More information at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/wydarzenia/1407-Walerianowe_kropelki_TRANSMISJA 

Final concert of the workshops "Don't be afraid to improvise!" online

NBIThe Polish Society for Contemporary Music and Art Deco Group Music Agency invite you on 24 October 2020 at 11.30 a.m. and 13.30 p.m. to the online broadcast of the last – eighth concert summarizing the online workshops for young musicians "Don't be afraid to improvise!".

The workshops are free of charge and are intended for children learning to sing or play any instruments at music schools or institutions that conduct music classes. During the workshops, children learn about contemporary music and methods of improvisation and they take part in exercises and games that will help them absorb the knowledge more easily. In this project, it is very important to make music together and collaborate in a group, so children participate in classes with their instruments and actively improvise under the guidance of the teachers. This time, we will hear the results of classes conducted by singer and songwriter Iza Kowalewska and multi-instrumentalist and composer Helena Matuszewska.

During the upcoming concert, which will be broadcast live from the Warsaw Quality Studio in cooperation with Rec Audio, everyone will meet live for the first time and make music together.

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The concert will be available online at: www.artdecogroup.eu and www.facebook.com/adgagencja 

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

SPMK

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/ 

Free Improvisation Workshops for Children "Tell me a story"

PTMWFree improvisation workshops for children "Tell me a story", organized by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music, will be held on 15-17 October 2020 in the Culture Centre in Krajenka, the  Eugeniusz Paukszta City and Commune Public Library in Skoki and the Culture Center in Środa Wielkopolska.

This time, the classes will be conducted by vocalist Iza Kowalewska, double bass player Małgorzata Kołcz and composer Jarosław Siwiński. The adventure with improvisation will be guided by actor and director of plays for children, Grzegorz Ociepka. During the classes, children aged 3-5 and 6-8 will learn, play and improvise in the company of their parents, great musicians and amazing books.

The main idea of ​​the project is to trigger graphic-inspired improvisations. Children will create their own stories based on picture books. The improvised fairy tales will be then "translated" into musical language under the guidance of class teachers. Improvisation is the most basic, primary and joyful form of music performance, which is why the workshops combine children's creativity and imagination with books and contemporary music. In addition to improvising and playing with books, children will learn various techniques of producing sound, which expose its color and dynamic values, and will also have a chance to play percussion instruments on their own.

Classes last about 90 minutes with a short break. Participation in the workshops is free – due to the limited number of places prior registration is required.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/ptmw1923 

"Don't be afraid to improvise" – online concert with Jarosław Siwiński and Grzegorz Ociepka

Art DecoOnline broadcast of the fifth concert summarizing the online workshops for young musicians "Don't be afraid to improvise!", organised by the Art Deco Group Music Agency, will be held on 10 October 2020 at 11.30 and 13.30 p.m. This time, we will hear the results of classes conducted by composer and pianist Jarosław Siwiński and actor and director of plays for children Grzegorz Ociepka.

The workshops are free of charge and are intended for children learning to sing or play any instruments at music schools or institutions that conduct music classes. During the workshops, children learn about contemporary music and methods of improvisation and they take part in exercises and games that will help them absorb the knowledge more easily. In this project, it is very important to make music together and collaborate in a group, so children participate in classes with their instruments and actively improvise under the guidance of the teachers.

During the upcoming concert, which will be broadcast live from the Warsaw Quality Studio in cooperation with Rec Audio, everyone will meet live for the first time and make music together.

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The concert will be available online atwww.artdecogroup.eu and www.facebook.com/adgagencja