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Goniądz | Jubilee Concert on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Michał Rajewski's artistic work

Rajewski Michal

Conductor Michał Rajewski will celebrate 20 years of artistic work with a jubilee concert on December 16, 2018 at 1.00 p.m. in the St. Agnes Church in Goniądz.

Michał Rajewski graduated from the Diocesan Organ Studies in Pelplin, the University of Casimir the Great in Bydgoszcz, the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań at the Faculty of Pedagogy and Fine Arts in Kalisz. He expanded his knowledge and passion at Postgraduate Choirmaster Studies at the Feliks Nowowiejsk Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. Currently, he is a student of two majors at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

Michał Rajewski was awarded the Bronze Cross of Merit by the President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski for his artistic contribution for to the promotion of culture. As a soloist, he collaborates with many choirs performing during vocal and instrumental concerts. He is a founder and conductor of many choirs and ensembles, he also performs the function of artistic director of choir festivals.

The jubilee concert will feature Vocal Ensemble Omnis Mea and Chamber Choir Endorfina from Warsaw, choirs of the parish of St. Agnes in Goniądz, and the Ad Hoc Chamber Orchestra conducted by Michał Rajewski. The soloists will be Wioleta Sędzik (soprano) and Julia Janiak (mezzo-soprano). The musicians will present works by Wacław of Szamotuły, Mikołaj Gomółka, Henryk Jan Botor, Łukasz Urbaniak, Józef Świder, Ola Gjeilo, Edvard Grieg, Anton Bruckner, Charles Gounod, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Warsaw | Violin Works On The Eve Of Independence

UMF

The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music invites you on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 5.00 p.m. for the Concert of the Chair of String Instruments entitled "Violin works on the eve of independence".

The programme will include violin pieces from the first 20 years of the 19th century written by such composers as: Emil Młynarski, Aleksander Zarzycki, Adam Andrzejowski, Grzegorz Fitelberg, Karol Szymanowski, Henryk Melcer czy Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Students of the The Chair of String Instruments will perform: Błażej Bębeńca, Daeun Choi, Kamila Fediuk, Maria Grajewska, Emilia Jarocka, Maria Kapsiak, Judyta Kluza, Milena Krupińska, Emilia Łapko, Jeehye Oh, Eryka Piotrowska, Lucyna Strzemecka, Iga Wasilewska, Julia Wrońska, Kinga Zlot. Piano accompaniment: Aleksandra Dallali, Janusz Grobelny, Andrzej Guz, Elżbieta Neumann, Ewa Skardowska, Grzegorz Skrobiński, Krzysztof Stanienda. Opiekę artystyczną nad koncertem objął prof. dr hab. Andrzej Gębski.

Free admission cards available at the Chopin University Press in the FCUM main hall, tel. 22 2789 275, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., from Monday to Wednesday and on Fridays between 4.00 and 7.00 p.m., and half an hour before the concert.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.chopin.edu.pl

Warsaw | Vocal Masters in the "Wednesday at Okólnik" series

UMFC

The next symphonic concert Vocal Masters in the cycle "Wednesday at Okólnik" will be held on December 12, 2018 at 7.00 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

The concert will begin with a Small Overture for symphony orchestra by Roman Palester. The composition was written in 1935, not long after the composer graduated from musical studies at the Warsaw Conservatory under the supervision of Kazimierz Sikorski. Next to the Children's Symphony, Dance from Osmołoda and the Song of the Earth ballet, which was awarded with a gold medal at the World Exposition in Paris in 1937, Small overture is one of the early works of the composer, which brought him considerable popularity and international recognition.

The programme of the concert will also include two pieces by Dmitri Shostakovich. A series of songs From Jewish folk poetry, Op. 79a for soprano, alt, tenor and piano was composed in 1948 as an act of opposition to anti-Semitism spreading in the Soviet countries. It consists of eleven songs: The Lament for the Dead Child, The Thoughtful Mother and Aunt, LullabyBefore a Long PartingA Warning, The Abandoned Father, The Song of Misery, Winter, A Good Life, The Young Girl's Song, Happiness. The work will be performed by Urszula Kryger (mezzo-soprano), Jadwiga Rappé (alt) and Stanislav Mostovoy (tenor, Bolshoi Theater, Moscow). The concert will end with the Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47, which was written in 1937, during the period of increasing Stalinist terror. The Symphony Orchestra of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music will be conducted by Michał Klauza.

Tickets available online (https://umfc.bilety24.pl) and at the Chopin University Press in the FCUM main hall.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.chopin.edu.pl

Sopot | 4th International Choir Festival of Advent and Christmas Music

Mundus Cantat

The 4th International Choir Festival of Advent and Christmas Music "Mundus Cantat Sopot" will take place on December 15-16, 2018. Christmas carols and advent songs will be performed at the Sopot Center, the Church of St. George and the Church of Christ. Admission to all concerts is free.

The festival is a contest of international renown, and the teams participating in it will fight for the title of the best performer. The choirs will be singing in many languages  in various places in Sopot. This year's edition of the festival will be attended by 8 groups: from Latvia, Lithuania and a strong representation from Poland – from Łaziska Górne, Pniewów, Kraków, Mogilno, Słupsk and Warsaw. There will also be a special concert dedicated to Sopot seniors during their Christmas Eve at the City Hall of Sopot.

On Saturday, December 15 at 10:30 p.m. the auditions will begin in the Church of Christ. The choirs will be judged by a professional jury composed of outstanding specialists in the field of choral music, lecturers at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk – prof. Marcin Tomczak, dr hab. Beata Wróblewska, prof. AM, and dr hab. Małgorzata Kuchtyk. Immediately after the auditions, at the Sopot Center, the Choir and String Orchestra Con Fuoco AGH from Krakow, the Camerton Vocal Group from Łaziska Górne and the Versme Children's Choir from Vilnius, as well as the PNA Choir Academia Musica from Słupsk will present themselves to a wider audience. On the same day, at 3:30 p.m., the Final Concert will be held in the Church of Christ with the announcement of the results.

The festival will be closed by the annual concert dedicated to the memory of Michael Ray David, which will take place in the Church of Christ on Sunday, December 16 at 5.00 p.m. We will hear the SSW Festival Choir Mundus Cantat under the direction of Beata Wróblewska, the Gdańsk Choir of Doctors under the direction of Michał Kozorys, the Choir of the Sopot Music School under the direction of Piotr Fredrich and the Sopot Piano Trio composed of: Krystyna Stojek, Anna Sawicka, Joanna Ciapka-Sangster. The artists will present Polish carols, American Christmas songs and pieces for piano by Astor Piazzolla and Ludomir Mikołaj Rogowski. During the concert, toys, sweets and clothes for children from the Kiev hospital in Ukraine will be collected..

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://munduscantat.pl/

Verdi's "La Traviata" live from MET on December 15th

TraviataLa traviata in a new staging by Michael Mayer and under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin opens a new era at The Metropolitan Opera. This extremely popular opera by Giuseppe Verdi will be broadcast live to theaters around the world on December 15, 2018. At the Warsaw Cinema "Praha", the broadcast will take place at 18:35 p.m.

Verdi's work will be the first premiere that Nézet-Séguin will lead as the new music director of the New York scene. Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production feature a dazzling 19th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Soprano Diana Damrau plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez returns to the Met for the first time since 2015 to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love. Later performances feature Anita Hartig, Stephen Costello, Artur Ruciński, and Plácido Domingo.

The show lasts about 3 hours and 40 minutes (including 2 breaks). Presentation in the original language (Italian) with Polish subtitles.

The list of cinemas in Poland, where you can watch broadcasts from the Bolshoi Theater, is available here.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: Artur Ruciński

Szczecin | Advent Concert for the Independent

Niepodległa

On December 18, 2018 at 6.00 p.m., the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin will host the Advent Concert for The Independent. The first part will feature the world premiere of The Independent oratorio by Artur Cieślak.

The composition was written in the summer of 2018 to commemorate the centenary of Poland regaining its independence. It is intended for soprano, tenor, bass, reciting voice, mixed choir and orchestra. The oratorio consists of three parts. Each of them refers to a certain historical event, which is an important part of the struggle for independence. The first part is devoted to the November Uprising, the second part to the January Uprising and the third is related to the events of 1918. Fragments of the November Night and Liberation by Stanisław Wyspiański, poems by Kornel Ujejski and the legionary poet Józef Mączka, and fragments of Józef Piłsudski's and Stefan Żeromski's prose were used as a text. The stylistics of the musical language oscillates between sharp sounds with an avant-garde aftertaste and traditional euphonic solutions, which constantly permeate.

The Independent oratorio will be presented for the first time on December 18, 2018 at the Szczecin Philharmonic. The patron of the project is the Academy of Art in Szczecin. The performers will be lecturers and students of this university: Sylwia Burnicka-Kalischewska (soprano), Tomasz Krzysica (tenor), Janusz Lewandowski (bass-baritone), Krystyna Maksymowicz-Ambros (recitation), the Academy of Art choir prepared by Barbara Halec and the orchestra of the Academy of Arts under director of Norbert Twórczyński.

In the second part of the concert, traditional carols and Christmas songs will be performed by soloists and students of the Academy of Art in Szczecin. Preparation of students: Małgorzata Bornowska, Joanna Gajda, Barbara Halec, Tomasz Licak, Anna Tarnowska, and Jolanta Szczepaniak. Organ: Jakub Stefek. Piano: Michał Landowski.

The event co-financed from the budget of the Westpomeranian Region and the City of Szczecin. Co-organization: Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin, the Academia Nova Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Poznań | (co)creation – "Neofonia" for the seventh time!

Neofonia

On December 11-12, 2018, the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań will host the 7th edition of the National Scientific Conference "Neofonia". The event will be accompanied by the Intercollegiate Composers' Concert.

The theme of this year's edition of the conference – (co)creation – aims to show the richness of possibilities flowing from the creative cooperation of many authors, as well as the relationship of music with other disciplines as a basis for new works. The two-day debates will be attended by students from universities in Bologna, Bydgoszcz, Kraków, Las Palmas, Poznań and Wrocław.  The conference will be inaugurated by Dr Michał Krawczak's lecture (Institute of Theater and Media Art, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań), and will be closed by the speech of Teresa Nowak (Zamek Culture Centre in Poznań).

Traditionally, the Intercollegiate Composers' Concert will take place on the first day of the "Neofonia" in the Aula Nova of the Poznań Academy of Music. The programme will include chamber works by young artists representing Polish and European music academies: Jan Skorupa, Justyna Tobera, Monika Wierbiłowicz, Wiktoria Różycka, Sławomir Kandziory, Wojciech Krzyżanowski, Piotr Reddigka, Magdalena Chlebowska, Dominik Puk, Sebastian Dembski, Robert Gogol, Ernest Crista González Alemán, Kacper Krupa, Jan Migdal, Agnieszka Rusiecka, Magdalena Gorwa, Leonard Tommasini and Zuzanna Matuszewska.

The event is held under the honorary patronage of the Rector of the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, the Marshal of the Wielkopolska Region and the Mayor of Poznań. The event is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The organizer is the Artistic and Academic Circle of Composition and Music Theory Students of the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. Admission to all events is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://amuz.edu.pl

Kałuszyn | The Time Quartet

MSBB

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you to the eighth concert from the series "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers", which will take place on December 9, 2018 at 6.00 p.m. in the Cultural Center in Kałuszyn, 45 Warszawska St.

The Time Quartet will perform a programme composed of pieces of popular and film music in original arrangements for string quartet. The repertoire will include arrangements of works by such artists as: Metallica, Michael Jackson, ABBA, Europe, Whitney Houston, Coldplay, Adele, John Legend and the most famous themes from film music: "James Bond", "Game of thrones", tango from the movie "Scent of a Woman" or "Star Wars". You must hear it "live"! 

The concert is financed by the PZU Foundation. Organizer: "Czas Sztuki" Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Warsaw | Percussion and accordion in new music – sources, contexts, inspirations

UMFC

A concert of the New Music College at the Concert Hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music will close the International Conference “Percussion and accordion in new music – sources, contexts, inspirations” on December 9, 2018 at 5.00 p.m.

 

The concert will present modern accordion and percussion music: the world premiere of Se-ta for two accordions and two percussions by Marta Ptaszyńska, and premieres of Ignacy Zalewski's Bad (based on a novel by Leopold Tyrmand) and Dariusz Przybylski's Even Stars Cry for accordion, percussion and string orchestra. The group of performers will include: accordionists Klaudiusz Baran and Rafał Grząka, percussionists Scotty Horey (University of Minnesota, Morris) and Leszek Lorent, and Chopin University Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Rafał Janiak.

As part of the event, the exhibition "Percussion and accordion in the history of music" by Ludmila Bubanova will be available in the Foyer of the FCUM Concert Hall. 

Free admission cards available two weeks before the concert at the Chopin University Press (Monday to Wednesday and on Friday, 4.00-7.00 p.m.) and half an hour before the concert.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Warsaw | What is Polish music today? Discussion panel

NIFC

On December 11, 2018 at 6.00 p.m. the Fryderyk Chopin Museum will host a panel discussion accompanying the temporary exhibition at the Fryderyk Chopin Museum "Constelations Polish music 1918-2018".

Threads and concepts in Polish music of the last century create a kind of map of unconnected points that intersect on a certain geometric plane. The "Constellations" exhibition is a commentary to nearly 70 pieces of music, dealing with composers' thoughts about history, tradition and modernity. On December 11, musicologists, music theorists, and composers will sit together at the table and try to answer the question: "What is Polish music today?". Hanna Kulenty, Katarzyna Naliwajek-Mazurek, Szábolcs Esztényi, and Piotr Peszat will join the discussion panel led by Jan Topolski.

Reserve your seat here: www.bilety.nifc.pl 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Warsaw | Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music – Quartet

SV

Final concert of the first edition of the "Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music" series will take place on Decmber 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the headquarters of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra (272 Grochowska St., Warsaw). The evening will be filled with chamber music from the past 100 years.

At the end of the annual cycle of chamber music concerts, musicians from Sinfonia Varsovia will present works dedicated to outstanding performers of contemporary music – the Nonstrom ensemble. The link between the now defunct Nonstrom and the present will be the trombonist of the orchestra, Tomasz Światczyński, a former member of the ensemble.

Four musicians: Piotr Mazurek (cello), Tomasz Światczyński (trombone), Radosław Soroka (clarinet) and Agnieszka Kozło (piano) will present works of Paweł Szymański, Paweł Mykietyn, Jacek Grudzień and Maciej Małecki – all fitting into the non-standard thinking about sound and its color, showing a completely different face of Polish chamber music.

"Sinfonia Varsovia Cahmber Music" will return in the new version in January 2019. The concerts programme will include compositions dedicated to various ensembles – from duet to octet. Admission to all concerts of the cycle is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Dates and programmes of all concerts are available at: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Warsaw | Gala of the 4th Polish Music Critics Competition "Kropka"

Kropka

The Award Gala of the 4th Edition of the Polish Music Critics Competition "Kropka" will take place on December 5, 2018 at 5.00 pm at the Warsaw headquarters of the PWM Edition.

Established and organized by the Meakultura Foundation, the Competition of Polish Music Critics "Kropka" took place for the fourth time. The jury of this year's edition: dr. Daniel Cichy (Chairman), dr hab. Joanna Maleszyńska, dr Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska, Agata Kwiecińska, dr hab. Mirosław Pęczak, Rafał Księżyk, Remigiusz Mazur-Hanaj, read over 200 texts about music published last year, both in industry magazines, as well as on music portals or blogs. The jury selected the winners in four competition categories. The authors also receive an award funded by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute and the Individual Award of Piotr Metz.

The Competition winners are: Rafał Wawrzyńczyk, Aleksander Przybylski, Karolina Dąbek, Przemysław Górecki, Dirk Wieschollek, Adam Wiedemann and Olga Drenda.

The Main Co-organiser of the Competition and the Founder of the Grand Prix is ​​the Institute of Music and Dance. The competition has also received support from the ZAIKS Association of Artists.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.konkurskropka.pl/ 

Warsaw | SuperSam +1: Rashad Becker & Joanna Duda

SuperSam

Rashad Becker and Joanna Duda will perform during the next concert from the series "SuperSam + 1", which will be held on December 13, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. in the Warsaw club DZiK (44A Belwederska St.).

"Supersam + 1" is a series of master performances. The project focuses mainly on music, however, it also includes other forms of expression such as: performance, multimedia, monodrama. “Supersam + 1” will present respected Polish and foreign artists whose work is original, experimental and innovative.

Rashad Becker is a composer and musician residing in Berlin. His compositions are multi-layered narratives populated by an ensemble of sonic entities. His recent works include the cycle “Traditional Music Of Notional Species” and a multi-part work called “Based On A True Story”. Rashad is mainly active as a solo artist but finds himself in a series of permanent collaborations alongside Moritz von Oswald and as a member of the formation Moleglove. Other and more sporadic collaborators have been Okkyung Lee, Andre Vida, Ashley Paul, and Valerio Tricoli.

Joanna Duda is a pianist, composer and visual artist. She founded bands such as J=J, AuAuA and recently her own trio with Maks Mucha on double bass and Maks Andrzejewski on drums. She has been working with Wojtek Mazolewski for eight years. She also performs contemporary classical music with Lutosławski Piano Duo and Mischa Kozłowski. When she performs solo, she plays at the junction of electronics and acoustic music, improvising on the piano in a classical way as well as introducing original sounds of carefully prepared samples. She does not shy away from synthetic sounds. Joanna has played hundreds of concerts solo or as a member of many bands. She also composes and produces music for theatre pieces (Krzysztof Garbaczewski or Teatr Amareya).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.supersam.mozg.pl/ 

„Lunares tempora” or contemporary comsic music

PTMWPTMW

The Polish Society for Contemporary Music invites you on December 3 and 4, 2018 to Rzeszów and Łańcut for concerts "Contemporary music is cosmic", during which the premiere of Aldona Nawrocka Lunares tempora for trumpet and piano will take place.

The composer is an assistant professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and the head of the Composition, Instrumentation and Score Reading Workshop. She is a member of ZKP, ZAiKS, the Phonographic Academy and WOPR. Her latest work was written as part of the programme of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage "Composing Commisssions", implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

The events will consist of two parts: the concerts will be preceded by lectures presenting the specificity of 20th and 21st century music from the perspective of new compositional trends, techniques, contemporary articulation, score notation and formal relations. The composer will lead them together with the performers on December 3 at the Faculty of Music of the Rzeszów University and on December 4 at the Teodor Leszetycki Music School in Łańcut.

Aldona Nawrocka's composition as well as Dela Staigers' Carnival of Venice will be performed by valued chamber musicians: trumpeter Tomasz Woźniak and pianist Maria Gabryś-Heyke. Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Results of the 4th edition of Polish Music Critics Competition "Kropka"

Meakultura

From among nearly 200 applications, the jury of the 4th Polish Music Critics Competition "Kropka", organized by the Meakultura Foundation, selected winners in four categories.

Grand Prix, funded by the Institute of Music and Dance, went to Rafał Wawrzyńczyk for the text Ciemne centrum (dwutygodnik.com). The Main Prize in the article / column category was given to Aleksander Przybylski for the text Melotypy ("Ruch Muzyczny"), and in the category of review / report –  to Karolina Dąbek for the text Trans jesieni – zmierzch awangardy. Warszawska Jesień 2017 ("Glissando"). The founder of the Main Prize in both categories is the Society of Authors ZAiKS. The honorable mention for the debut, funded by PWM Edition, was given to Przemysław Górecki for the unpublished text Posłuchajmy, co tak gra. Sześć razy Maryla Rodowicz. Dirk Wieschollek received the Special Award for foreign critics for the text Ego-Shooter mit Achillesferse ("Dissonance") devoted to the work of Jagoda Szmytka. The founder of the Special Prize is the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

The Special Prize of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute was awarded to Adam Wiedemann for the text Zachód słońca (dwutygodnik.com). Piotr Metz's Individual Award went to Olga Drenda for the text The Future Sound of Poland (text accompanying the exhibition "140 beats per minute" at the Museum of Modern Art).

We congratulate all the winners!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.konkurskropka.pl/wyniki