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Warszawa | Polska Orkiestra Sinfonia Iuventus i Piotr Pławner: Glass i Brahms

POSIJeden z najznakomitszych i najbardziej kreatywnych polskich wiolinistów swego pokolenia, Piotr Pławner, wystąpi wraz z Polską Orkiestrą Sinfonia Iuventus w podwójnej roli solisty i dyrygenta 28 stycznia 2022 o godz. 19.00 w Studiu Koncertowym Polskiego Radia im. Witolda Lutosławskiego w Warszawie. W ich interpretacji zabrzmią dzieła Philipa Glassa i Johannesa Brahmsa.

Ostatnia z czterech symfonii Johannesa Brahmsa, mimo tradycyjnej architektoniki, zawiera wiele nowatorskich i oryginalnych elementów formalnych; stała się jedną z najważniejszych pozycji kanonu późnoromantycznej symfoniki, uchodzi też za najdonioślejsze osiągnięcie muzyki orkiestrowej kompozytora. Końcowy fragment to kunsztowna – i dość w muzyce symfonicznej nietypowa passacaglia, wariacje nawiązujące do formy z czasów baroku (także poprzez cytat tematycznego motywu z kantaty Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich Bacha, którego wielbicielem był Brahms).

Postacią „ikoniczną” nurtu „antymodernistycznego” nazwanego minimalistycznym stał się Philip Glass. Jego II Koncert skrzypcowy z roku 2009 zatytułowany American Four Seasons intencjonalnie nawiązuje do podobnego, przesławnego cyklu Antonia Vivaldiego, chociaż tu porom roku poświęcone są cztery osobne części (poprzedzone prologiem i przedzielone „pieśniowymi” interludiami), nie osobne koncerty. Kompozytor w toku dyskusji z adresatem dedykacji, skrzypkiem Robertem McDuffie’m spierał się o to, jak obaj postrzegają muzyczną ilustrację pór roku, toteż części nie noszą ostatecznie identyfikujących je tytułów, a ich interpretacja pozostawiona jest wyobraźni słuchacza.

Sfinansowano ze środków Ministra Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego

Piotr Maculewicz

Patronat medialny nad sezonem koncertowym 2021 / 2022 Polskiej Orkiestry Sinfonia Iuventus im. Jerzego Semkowa objęło Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej POLMIC.

Więcej: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Warszawa | Witold Lutosławski Festival 'Łańcuch XIX'

The Witold Lutosławski Society together with 2nd Programme of the Polish Radio invite to the 19th Witold Lutosławski Festival ‘Łańcuch XIX’ taking place between the 22nd and the 6th of February 2022 in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio.

The programme of this year’s edition of the Festival consists of two chamber and three symphonic concerts performed by Lutosławski String Quartet, Chain Ensemble, The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Clelia Cafiero, Orchestra of the Polish Radio in Warsaw led by Michał Klauza and Sinfonia Varsovia conducted by Aleksandar Marković. The soloists will be the pianist Martyna Zakrzewska, the violinist Anna Maria Staśkiewicz and tenor Karol Kozłowski.

The Festival is subsidized by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the NIMiT’s ‘Music’ Programme. The project is co-financed by the artists-performers organization STOART.

Ticket sales open now: https://polskieradio.bilety24.pl 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.  

Additional information: http://www.lutoslawski.org.pl 

Poznań | 10th National Undergraduate and Graduate Students Academic Conference ‘Neofonia’

Theme of this year’s 10th edition of the National Undergraduate and Graduate Student Academic Conference ‘Neofonia’ will be ‘Music. Movement. Image.’ The event will take place 19-20 January 2022 at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. Concerts and workshop of body percussion will accompany the conference.

The conference consists of three panels, all being held in the Presidential Hall of the Academy: ‘Image, Visuality’, ‘Intermediality’ and ‘Theater, Dance, Scene Setting’.

During the conference on the 19th of January at 10 a.m. Dr Bartłomiej Miler invites to a body percussion workshop in the Blue Hall. Enrolment via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. till 16th of January. Number of places is limited.

On the same day at Aula Nova at 6 p.m. works of Polish Music Academies’ undergraduate and graduate students such as Kamil Polak, Andrej Yakushawa, Miłosz Kędra, Artur Szczepkowski, Grzegorz Uran, Wiktoria Różycka, Magdalena Białecka, Justyna Tobera, Mikołaj Jarczyński, Tymoteusz Lasik, Seweryn Otto, Joanna Czarny and Dawid Dąbrowski will be performed.

The second concert will take place on the 20th of January at 6 p.m. in the Blue Hall. Elaborated by movement, graphic music pieces of young composers: Barbara Zach, Mikołaj Jarczyński, Bartosz Wolak, Joanna Wilczyńska, Joanna Czarny, Justyna Tobery, Tomasz Ciotucha, Miłosz Kędra i Wiktor Zawistowski will be presented to the audience.

To sign up for both concerts emails to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. should be sent by the 16th of January 2022.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Additional information: https://www.facebook.com/kanamp2012 

Katowice | AUKSO feat. Dominik Wania

Dominik Wania - the sought-after session musician, sensible pianist balancing between classical and jazz, together with AUKSO – Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy conducted by Marek Moś will perform on the 22nd of January 2022 at 7.30 p.m. at the NOSPR venue in Katowice.

Dominik Wania studied at the Cracow Music Academy as well as at the New England Conservatory of Music. He performed among others with Tomasz Stańko and Dorota Miśkiewicz, regularly collaborates with Zbigniew Preissner. He records for ECM music label and won Fryderyk prize in the Album of the Year and Artist of the Year categories.

Inspired by paintings of Zdzisław Beksiński Dominik Wania will present improvisations on the themes of his works in the concert.

Jarek Szubrycht

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket information: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/aukso-feat-dominik-wania

Katowice | EKO Carnival Concert at the Silesian Philharmonic

The first 2022 concert of the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yaroslav Shemet will take place on the 14th of January at 7 p.m. Works of such composers as Giuseppe Verdi, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Franz Liszt, Hector Berlioz, Johann Strauss, Johannes Brahms, Antonín Dvořák, Georges Enesco and Wojciech Kilar will be presented to the audience.

The ouverture to Verdi’s opera Nabucco will open the concert. We are also going to hear different kinds of waltzes, from Tchaikovsky’s V Symphony and Mephisto Waltz of Liszt, II movement of the Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz, Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Brahms, Slavonic Dance op. 72 No. 2 by Dvořák as well as Rumanian Rhapsody No. 1 of Georges Enesco.

Orchestra will also perform Wojciech Kilar’s Polonaise from the movie Pan Tadeusz.

 

 

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Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket information: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/koncert-karnawalowy-shemet-orkiestra-symfoniczna/

Wrocław | The Light of a Winter Night

National Forum of Music in Wrocław invites to a concert promoting Michał Ziółkowski’s album The Light of a Winter Night on the 22nd of January 2022.

The programme will also include carols and Christmas songs arranged by the composer. The works will be presented by as many as three ensembles of the National Forum of Music: the NFM Boys' Choir, the NFM Choir and the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra as well as the ‘Con Brio’ Choir of the Grażyna Bacewicz Primary Music School in Wrocław.

Michał Ziółkowski studied composition at the Academy of Music in Wrocław with Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil. He won prizes at national and international competitions while his works are being regularly performed in Poland and abroad. He currently lectures at his alma mater.

The concert will feature arrangements of carols and Christmas songs as well as Christmas suite Light of a Winter Night for boys’ and mixed choirs and chamber orchestra.

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Ticket information: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/ 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Katowice | Carol concert: Henryk Jan Botor and Silesian Philharmonic Choir

Carol concert on the 9th of January 2022 at 5 p.m. at the Silesian Philharmonic will bring back the atmosphere of the not so long ago celebrated Christmas.

Henryk Jan Botor – composer and organ player - together with Silesian Philharmonic Choir and the conductor Jarosław Wolanin will lead us through the evening of the most beautiful carols and Christmas songs.

Henryk Jan Botor performed organ music as well as his own compositions and improvisations in Poland, Holand and Germany. He is also the winner of numerous prizes at international composers competitions.

Angelic sounds of Polish carols as well as compositions of the soloist and improvisations on themes of carols will be heard in Katowice.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket information: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/koncert-koledowy-botor-wolanin-chor/

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Katowice | 'Conducting. Matter of life and death' - meeting with maestro Antoni Wit

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra invites to a meeting with Maestro Antoni Wit on the 9th of January 2022 at 11 a.m. in the Chamber Hall of the Polish Radio in Katowice.

Agnieszka Malatyńska-Stankiewicz the author of Dyrygowanie. Sprawa życia i śmierci. Antoni Wit w rozmowie z Agnieszką Malatyńską-Stankiewicz (Conducting. The matter of life and death. Antoni Wit in conversation with Agnieszka Malatyńska-Stankiewicz) will be hosting the meeting.

The published last year book contains an interview with world-renowned Maestro. Sixteen chapters draw colourful and often funny picture of his life, family, passions, artistic endeavours and conducting career. Publication is aimed not only at classical music lovers but also at those to whom it seems complicated and incomprehensible. It also puts into perspective the role of a conductor who in cooperation with orchestra musicians creates written piece of music anew.

Antoni Wit and Agnieszka Malatyńska-Stankiewicz will be signing the book on the day of the event in the foyer at the second floor.

Free tickets can be collected at the box office.

Book available at the book store Bookiestra (at NOSPR premises).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Additional information: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/dyrygowanie-sprawa-zycia-i-smierci-spotkanie-autorskie-z-mae

 

Warszawa | José Torres & Sinfonia Iuventus

The concert José Torres & Havana Dreams Symfonicznie will take place in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio on the 15th of January at 7 p.m.

Cuban musician José Torres is associated with Poland since his studies at the Academy of Music in Wrocław. He is the founder of the first Polish salsa orchestra José Torres y Salsa Tropical and Havana Dreams ensemble comprised of Polish and foreign musicians specialising in Latin-American music. The latter group will perform during the concert which will certainly warm the audience up on a chilly January evening.

Programme features popular pieces by eminent artists from the biggest island in the Caribbean Sea – Cuba. The concept originated from José Torres’s longing for his country of origin. Traditional pieces from the “golden age” of Cuban music remind of its important role on the island including a social one.

The audience will hear love songs by such composers as Beny More, Gonzalo Roig, Adolfo Utrera, Nilo Menendez, Mayito Rivera, Marcelino Guerra or Moises Simons. The programme will also include elements of African-American folklore characteristic for Cuban culture. As a final piece of the concert the band will perform a composition that has become a true emblem of Cuban music receiving the status of a worldwide hit: Guanatanamera by Joseito Fernandez.

Sinfonia Iuventus will be accompanied by José Torres and conducted by Bolivian-born Ruben Silva closely connected with Poland as well.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

 

Łódź | 5th Seminar of Contemporary Harpsichord Music 'Cembalo no limits'

5th Seminar of Contemporary Harpsichord Music Cembalo no limits will take place on the 12th of January 2022 in the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź. The event is co-organized with The Elżbieta Chojnacka Center for Contemporary Harpsichord Music.

Dr hab. Marcin Świątkiewicz (Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice). will present his paper Improvisation in the context of actual music phenomena. Dr Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz (The Elżbieta Chojnacka Center for Contemporary Harpsichord Music) will talk about Elżbieta Chojnacka as a critic of historical performance. Dr hab. Ewa Mrowca (Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź) will have a presentation on Wanda Landowska’s harpsichords. Wojciech Stępień (Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice) will deliver an analysis of his own piece Five Letters to the Beautiful Knight.

Apart from the morning lectures a concert Tales, dedications and other reasons will also take place presenting first performances of Olga Hans’ and Philip Czapłowski’s compositions. We will also be able to hear pieces by Sławomir Kaczorowski, Marcin Świątkiewicz and Wojciech Stępień performed by Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz, Hanna Balcerzak, Ewa Rzetecka - Niewiadomska, Justyna Młynarczyk, Paweł Gusnar, Maciej Bartczak, Marcin Świątkiewicz and harpsichord students of the Łódź Academy of Music.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Additional information: https://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/koncerty-i-wydarzenia-zapowiedzi/styczen-2022/156392-klawesyn-bez-granic 

"Musique est une Femme": Survey on Knowledge About Female Composers and Their Works

Musique_est_une_femmeThe project "Musique est une femme" of the TAK – Temat Aktualny Kultura Foundation, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, is coming to an end. To sum up the project, the organisers invites you to participate in a survey on the knowledge of women composers and their works, which will be available until 31 December 2021.

Talented women have composed many valuable musical works. Unfortunately, they were always performed much less frequently than the compositions of their colleagues and, as a consequence, they were often unjustly forgotten. The project "Musique est une femme" tried to deal with the consequences of this problem by organising, among others, a video contest. The coordinator of the project is musicologist Marlena Wieczorek, PhD.

The questionnaire on the knowledge about women composers and their works is anonymous. Ten randomly selected participants of the survey will receive CDs with premiere recordings of Isabella Leonarda's works performed by Capella Musicale del Duomo di Novara, with a dedication by the conductor of the ensemble Paola Monicelli.

Link to the survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSea2DnjkFHZwvLA4CHZ--GC87CCDT1bLT2FiSTHpeDk5_Y5RA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More about the project: https://fundacjatak.pl/ 

Wrocław | New Year Gala 2022

NFMNational Forum of Music invite to a joyful celebration of 2022 at the New Year Gala on 14 January at 7 p.m. Let’s enjoy together the beauty of the human voice, in a programme filled with melodies from arias and duets of 19th-century operas enjoying unflagging popularity. The NFM Wrocław Philharmonic will be conducted by Piotr Sułkowski, while the solo parts will be performed by the internationally renowned soprano Ewa Płonka and the outstanding Georgian tenor Giorgi Sturua.

The gala will open with an overture to the nowadays rarely performed opera Legend of the Baltic Sea composed by Feliks Nowowiejski in 1924, the work tells the story of the love of Bogna and Doman, and the libretto is based on the legend of Wineta, a legendary town sunk by the Baltic Sea. The impulse to write the opera was Poland’s access to the Baltic Sea regained in 1919 The opera was very popular in the interwar period and was even referred to as folk music due to the use of folk musical motifs.

This maritime piece will be followed by fragments of veristic operas. At the beginning, we will be taken to Rome, where the singer Floria Tosca and the painter Mario Cavaradossi – the heroes of Puccini's opera Tosca. After the instrumental intermezzo from Pietro Mascagni's most famous opera Cavalleria rusticana we will listen to Cavaradossi's moving aria. In the second part of the gala the singers will present the most beautiful arias and duets by Giuseppe Verdi. After the Nabucco overture Ewa Płonka will perform the aria from opera Macbeth. Then Giorgi Sturua in the role of Rudolph, singing an aria from Luisa Miller, will take us to 17th-century Tirol, from which, with the sounds of a triumphal march from the opera Aida.

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Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket information: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/ 

Warsaw | Online Christmas Concert

JaxAn online concert of the most beuatiful Christmas songs and carols, organised by the JAX Association and Bemowo District Office of the Capital City of Warsaw, will be held on 26 December 2021 at 5.00 p.m. on the JAX Association YouTube channel and on the website of the Bemowo District Office: https://bemowo.um.warszawa.pl/.

We will hear the most beautiful music related to Christmas: Adeste fideles, Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber, early Polish carols: Anioł pasterzom mówił, Gdy śliczna Panna, Przybieleli do Betlejem, Lulajże Jezuniu, Jezus malusieńki, Gdy się Chrystus rodzi, as well as Bóg się rodzi by Karol Kurpiński, Mizerna cicha by Jan Karol Gall, O gwiazdo betlejemska by Zygmunt Odelgiewicz and Północ już była by Feliks Nowowiejski.

The concert will be performed by wonderful artists: singer Krzysztof Borysiewicz (bass), flautist Sylwia Lorenc and organist Wiktor Brzuchacz. The recording will be made at the Church of Our Lady Queen of Angels in Warsaw.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://bemowo.um.warszawa.pl/-/koncert-bozonarodzeniowy-%E2%80%9Enajpiekniejsze-koledy-i-pastoralki 

Gdańsk | Festive Concert of Christmas Carols Ends Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński Year

GdanskThe Open Theatre in Gdańsk will crown it's 25th anniversary year with a "Festive Concert of Christmas Carols at the End of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński Year", which will be held on 30 December 2021 at 6.00 p.m. at the Artus Court in Gdańsk.

By a resolution of the Sejm and Senate of the Republic of Poland, Stefan Wyszyński became the patron of the year 2021. Primate Wyszyński wrote "Bethlehem connects heaven and earth, but it also brings God among men and teaches us to look at ourselves with brotherly eyes". His words teach us how to see good in every human being. This sentence takes on a special meaning during Christmas period. We prepare everything to share love, and singing Christmas carols in a family atmosphere results from the need of being together.

During the December Christmas concert, we will have an opportunity to sing Christmas carols together with renowned artists from the Tri-City: Anna Kinga Osior (soprano), Jacek Szymański (tenor), Dariusz Wójcik (bass), Katarzyna Rogalska (violin), Tomasz Klepczyński (clarinet) and Rafał Lewandowski (piano). The first part of the concert will be filled with well-known Marian songs, close to the heart of Cardinal Wyszyński, supplemented with excerpts from his Prison Notes. Fragments of Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio will introuduce a solemn atmosphere in the second part. The concert will be crowned with popular Polish Christmas carols and pastorals, including Jan Maklakiewicz's Nad stajenką gwiazda płonie, written to the rhythm of a sweeping polonaise. The programme will also include international Christmas hits and popular American Christmas songs.

Co-financed by the City of Gdańsk.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket Information: https://www.teatrotwarty.pl/index.php/startowa/396-koncert-koled-dwor-artusa-2021.html 

Bydgoszcz | International Conference "Composers and Background Music"

AMThe Faculty of Composition, Theory of Music and Sound Engineering, the Department of Theory of Music and Composition, and the Department of Sound Engineering of Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz will host an international conference "Composers and Background Music" which will take place on 27-28 April 2022 in a hybrid or fully remote form. The abstract submission deadline ends on 31 December 2021.

Looking at the various forms and application fields of music understood as an art useful to the society, we observe the many problems associated with this subject: composer's workshop, art's functions, values held by the music piece, artistic dilemmas, modern techniques allowing creation of music according to the made assumptions - simulatnously indicate the research subjects which will be discussed during the conference.

To participate in the event one must e-mail the presentation's title and abstract (up to 700 words) before 31 December 2021 to the conferece's scientific chair Barbara Mielcarek-Krzyzanowska, PhD at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Authors whose submissions are accepted will be notified by e-mail. The presentation's duration should not exceed 20 minutes. The conference will be held in Polish and English. Due to the current pandemic situaition, the conference will be held fully remotely or in a hybrid form. The conference organisers foresee to publish the articles presented at the confernece with the publishing house of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

The conference will feature a concert "Divertimenti. Music Not Less Important", which will be held on 27 April 2022 at 7.00 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. The programme will include works by Witold Lutosławski and Roman Maciejewski performed by teachers and students of the Academy.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.