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Kraków | For 4 and 6 hands – grand finale of the concert series "Faces of pianism"

SPMKThe Association of Polish Chamber Musicians is organizing the grand finale of the concert series "Faces of pianism", which presented pianists, graduates of prof. Stefan Wojtas and invited guests. During the last concert, we will hear amazing compositions for 4 and 6 hands and 3 premieres. The event will take place on 6 November 2020 at 6.00 p.m. in the concert hall of the Władysław Żeleński State Secondary School of Music in Kraków.

The "Faces of pianism" project is a two-year concert series presenting various faces of piano music – from solo pieces to chamber works for various ensembles. The finale of the series will be an unprecedented event, featuring performances of the Extra Sounds Ensemble conducted by Grzegorz Brajner and pianists Ireneusz Boczek, Anna Duda, Monika Gardoń-Preinl, Dominika Grzybacz, Beata Koniuszy, Grzegorz Mania, Marta Mołodyńska-Wheeler, Agnieszka Plata, and Piotr Różański. The programme will include works by Alfred Schnittke, Franz Schubert, Mike Cornick, Ludwig van Beethoven, William Gillock and Xaver Scharwenka.

The concert will also premiere a cycle for piano 4 hands by Marta Mołodyńska-Wheeler, miniatures for 6 hands by Ireneusz Boczek and Marta Mołodyńska-Wheeler, as well as a composition for piano 4 hands and string orchestra by Michał Pawełek, which was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance.

Free passes are available at: https://app.evenea.pl/event/4i6rak/

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://spmk.com.pl/ and https://www.facebook.com/stowarzyszeniekameralistow 

2nd ClassiX Festival online

ClassixThe second edition of the ClassiX Festival will be held on 5-11 November 2020 at the Brodnica Culture Centre, combining classical, electronic, jazz and contemporary music with modern visual art. Concerts will be broadcast via Facebook, YouTube and Eltronik cable TV.

For four days, the stage of the Brodnica Culture Centre will become a meeting place for outstanding musicians of various specialties, for whom classical music is the starting point for their artistic exploration. The festival will combine sound with image and light. The artist responsible for the visual concept is Bartek Wójcicki – a famous Polish motion designer and VJ.

The final concert will feature twenty-two artists, including Nikola Kołodziejczyk and his Big Band, Konglomerat, Mateusz Smoczyński, Nika Lubowicz and Mat Kwiatkowski, who will take the audience on an extraordinary musical journey through styles and genres. The concert will feature the world premiere of Brodnica Symphony by Mat Kwiatkowski, the artistic director of the Festival. This composition was commissioned by the Mayor of Brodnica on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Brodnica's return to the Motherland. It is a spectacular piece with a classical structure of a 'symphonie concertante' for cello, violin, electronics, female and male voice, and a 19-person big band.

The festival is part of the official celebration of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Brodnica. The event is under the Honorary Patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Marshal of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship, Piotr Całbecki.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: https://www.facebook.com/festiwalclassix 

Skarby w piszczałkach zaklęte odkrywane na nowo

Skarby_w_piszczalkach"Skarby w piszczałkach zaklęte odkrywane na nowo" ["Treasures enchanted in pipes rediscovered"] is a series of five films presenting the possibilities of the king of all instruments. The authors invite you to discover the treasures hidden in organ pipes – the premiere is coming on Friday, 30 October 2020.

Each episode was recorded on a different organ, which comes from a various period and has a distinctive sound style. However, they all have one thing in common – they are real pearls in the field of organ-building craftsmanship. Each instrument is distinguished by exceptional sound qualities, making them the title 'treasures', not only on the country scale. We will discover these treasures by listening to a stylistically diverse repertoire, including works by contemporary Polish composers, performed by outstanding Polish organists: Krzysztof Urbaniak – Hanas Hummel's organ (1616) in the St Andrew's Church in Olkusz; Jarosław Wróblewski – Andreas Hildebrandt's organ (1719) in the St Bartholomew's Church in Pasłęk; Małgorzata Trzaskalik-Wyrwa – baroque organ in the Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Marianskie Porzecze; Marek Pilch – Dominik Biernacki's organ in the Siedlce Cathedral, and Ireneusz Wyrwa – Mühleisen organ in the Church of St Casimir in Nowy Sącz.

Małgorzata Trzaskalik-Wyrwa, PhD Habil., president of the board of the Pro Musica Organa Association, will be our guide through the nooks and crannies of the magical world of the organ. All recordings were made by Studio Ars Sonora, which guarantees the highest quality of audio and video.

The materials will be available on the Studio Ars Sonora YouTube channel and on the Pro Musica Organa Association website

The project was co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

"Escape from the shadow – online premiere

SPAMThe online premiere of the concert entitled "Escape from the shadow", presenting works by Polish composers of Jewish origin, will take place on 29 October 2020 at 9.30 p.m. on YouTube and Facebook.

The material recorded in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio is a collection of Polish and world phonographic premieres of works by outstanding artists in the interpretation of the violist and curator of the project Aleksandra Demowska-Madejska, secretary of the Association of Polish Musicians, and pianist Wojciech Pyrć. The concert premiere took place as part of the 4th WarszeMuzik Festival in 2020.

The programme includes valuable, almost forgotten works for viola and piano, among others, Sonata for viola and piano, Op. 28 by Mieczysław Weinberg, Notturna Rhapsody, Op. 66 by Karol Rathaus, Romance, Op. 32 by Ignacy Friedman, Serenade by Jerzy Fitelberg and Kaddish, Op. 6 by Alexander Weprik.

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

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

"Contemporary music doesn’t bite": Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska

PTMWThe Polish Society for Contemporary Music invites you on 29 October 2020 at 6.00 p.m. to an online meeting with renowned composer Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska as part of the series „Contemporary music doesn’t bite!".

Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska, PhD Habil., graduated from the Academy of Music in Warsaw, where she studied composition with prof. Włodzimierz Kotoński. She also completed the Inter-University Multimedia Programme at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, where she currently holds a position of an assistant professor. Her works are performed at concerts and festivals in Poland and abroad (including in Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, Austria, France, Switzerland, Denmark, the USA, Latin America, China and Ukraine), are recorded on albums (Audite, DUX, Acte Préalable, Mons, Polonia Records) and released in print (Norsk Musikforlag, PWM Edition). She is a laureate of prizes and honourable mentions at composers' competitions, a member of ZAiKS, the Polish Composers' Union (since 2009 the Secretary of the Warsaw Branch) and the Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music (PSEME). Recently, she has been engaged in multimedia projects that fit into the idea of ​​synthesis of arts and are created in cooperation with artists from other fields.

We invite you to actively participate in the meeting with Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska and ask your own questions! Please send them by email with the title "MWNG 2020" to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday, 28 October.

Due to the current pandemic situation, this year's meetings with contemporary music composers, members of the Polish Composers' Union, are held in the form of online broadcasts on the website www.ptmw.art.pl and on the Society's Facebook profile. The project was co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Gdańsk | Polish Chamber Choir: Concert on the 100th anniversary of the birth of St John Paul II

PChKThe Polish Chamber Choir will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. John Paul II with a concert entitled "From the Polish Land", which will take place on 30 October 2020 at 7.00 p.m. in the Holy Trinity Church in Gdańsk without the participation of the audience. The event will be broadcast on the websites www.gdansk.pl and www.polskichorkameralny.pl.

Performed by the excellent ensemble conducted by Jan Łukaszewski, we will hear mainly Polish music, including a piece by the recently deceased composer Juliusz Łuciuk to the words of our Great Compatriot O Poish Land, from which comes the title of the concert, as well as works awarded in the Musica Sacra Nova International Composers' Competition 2020 and world premieres of Paweł Łukaszewski's works Sub Tuum praesidium and Corpus Christi Hymnus published this year by PWM Edition.

The concert will feature outstanding instrumentalists: saxophonist Paweł Gusnar, percussionist Leszek Lorent and organists Michał Sławecki and Andrzej Szadejko.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.polskichorkameralny.pl/pl/ 

Sinfonia Iuventus & Atom String Quartet online

POSIThe Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will perform with Atom String Quartet on 14 November 2020 at 8.00 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw, presenting compositions by each of the quartet’s members. The event will be hosted by Marek Moś, a valued chamber musician, long-term first violinist of the legendary Silesian String Quartet and lecturer at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.

While there is an abundance of string quartets, Atom String Quartet is one of its kind – it is truly unique and beyond any comparison. The ensemble, which has been delighting audiences and critics for a decade now, does not fit any traditional classifications, because it is in continuous pursuit of new styles, sounds and inspirations. Although it is often dubbed a “jazz quartet” (with jazz as its central domain and improvised play as its trademark), the ensemble also refers to traditional music of different cultures, and plays both new and "classical" music, frequently performed in an innovative way.

A good quartet is a combination of eminent personas. In the case of Atom String Quartet, each of its members (who are all graduates of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw) boasts their own significant output in the area of solo performances, phonography and composition. It is worth mentioning that the quartet’s cellist, Krzysztof Lenczowski, had been part of the first line-up of the newly-established Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra since 2008. Apart from its independent concerts, the quartet also performs with an impressive group of most exquisite musicians in various configurations. Their collaborators include Leopoldinum NFM, with which ASQ recorded two critically-acclaimed albums: Made in Poland (compositions by Karol Szymanowski, Grażyna Bacewicz and Mikołaj Górecki as well as by Krzysztof Lenczowski and Dawid Lubowicz) and Supernova, featuring premiere recordings of pieces composed by the quartet’s members together with Concerto Rosso by Hanna Kulenty-Majoor, dedicated to both ensembles. Both albums have been awarded with a Fryderyk.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The concert will be broadcast on YouTube and on the website: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

"Young Arts Kids" – a new platform for music education connects students and instrument teachers

YAKidsAgata Szymczewska, Łukasz Błaszczyk, Katarzyna Budnik and many other famous performers and educators have joined the Young Arts Kids project. It is a new educational platform implemented under the "Culture on the Web" programme, which give students the opportunity to work remotely on their instrument playing skills with selected teachers from all over Poland.

These days, distance learning is a requirement that brings with it as many challenges as opportunities. Young Arts Kids is a place for virtual meetings of students and instrument teachers. The mission of the project is to facilitate access to music education for all who want to develop their skills under the supervision of famous teachers. "Based on the experience of music school principals, teachers, students and their parents, we have prepared an online tool that will allow students to continue the education process regardless of the situation" - says Bartłomiej Tełewiak, violinist and founder of Young Arts Kids. The Young Arts Foundation, the organizer of the Young Arts Festival in Krosno and international master classes, is responsible for the implementation of the entire project.

The partners of the project are the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the National Centre for Culture and the Centre for Artistic Education.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The Young Arts Kids platform is available at: www.yakids.pl 

Awards Gala of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2020 online

IMiTThe Institute of Music and Dance and TVP Kultura invite you on 7 November 2020 at 7.00 p.m. to the awards gala of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music. The evening will be broadcast live on TVP Kultura as well as on the YouTube channel of the Institute of Music and Dance.

2020 is a special year for many reasons. Not only are we celebrating the 10th anniversary of the foundation of the Institute of Music and Dance, but also the 10th edition of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music Award! Due to this year's situation, we will celebrate in a completely different way than before.

The Coryphaeusof Polish Music award will be presented in 4 categories: Personality of the Year, Event of the Year, Honorary Award and Discovery of the Year.

The awards ceremony will be accompanied by a concert performed by outstanding artists: Katarzyna Moś, Marta Wajdzik, Joanna Zawartko, Adam Bałdych, Igor Herbut, Andrzej Lampert, Mateusz Kołakowski, Paweł Tomaszewski, Robert Kubiszyn, Paweł Dobrowolski, as well as the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under the direction of Adam Sztaba.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The list of nominees is available at: http://www.koryfeusz.org.pl/pl/2020/aktualnosci 

Bydgoszcz | [sound]Spectrum 2020

SOundSpectrumThe next [sound] Spectrum International New Music Symposium, organised by the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, will take place on 22-23 October 2020. The programme includes lectures, workshops and a composers' panel. All scheduled events can be followed on the Facebook profile and YouTube channel.

[sound] Spectrum is a symposium devoted to broadly understood contemporary music, the aim of which is to present its vast context. The event is part of the RID Regional Initiative of Excellence project, run by the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

World-famous composers Hanna Kulenty and Aleksander Nowak will give lectures about their cretive process and latest compositions. Workshops with violist and composer Rafał Zalech will take place at the Academy of Music. Zalech will present its own hybrid instrument, which reads the finger positions of a musician playing a string instrument in 5000 points (2.5 octaves with a latency below 5ms) while maintaining all sonic qualities and playing comfort.

This year's [sound] Spectrum will be crowned with a panel discussion attended by Hanna Kulenty, Aleksander Nowak, Rafał Zapała, Sławek Wojciechowski, Wojtek Błażejczyk, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, Mikołaj Pałosz, Adam Kośmieja and Anna Kwiatkowska. The discussion will be moderated by Ewa Szczecińska (Polish Radio Channel 2). In addition, we will watch a recording of the September concert "Sci-fi / retro" from the Rozmaitości Theatre in Warsaw, presenting works for piano trio and film screenings with live music devoted to fantasies about other planets made over a hundred years ago.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: https://openmusicreview.art/wydarzenia/soundspectrum-2020/ 

Opole | National Independence Day

FOA formal concert on the National Independence Day will be held at the Józefa Elsner Opole Philharmonic on 11 November 2020 at 6.00 p.m.

The concert will begin with the Overture to the opera The Pole and His Child by Albert Lortzing, in which we can hear musical quotations from the Polish national anthem. Moreover, the concert will feature works by two Polish composers: Ignacy Jan Paderewski's Polish Fantasy in G sharp minor, Op. 19, with the solo part performed by Edward Wolanin, and Witold Maliszewski's Symphony No. 2 in A major, Op. 12.

This year, the Opole Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under Przemysław Neumann has completed a three-year project of recording all symphonic works by Witold Maliszewski. Later this year, a four-CD album will be released in cooperation with DUX. It is Maliszewski's Symphony No. 2 that we will have the opportunity to listen to during the November concert conducted by the maestro.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/ 

8th Festival of Contemporary Music "New Music" online

Nowa MuzykaThe Kuyavian-Pomeranian Branch of the Polish Composers' Union invites you on 24-26 October 2020 to the 8th Festival of Contemporary Music "New Music". All the festival concerts will take place without the participation of the audience and will be broadcast online.

The idea of ​​this annual undertaking is to create new artistic qualities by combining different disciplines: music, image, word, multimedia. Thus, the festival promotes new works and inspires composers, musicians, artists and writers to co-create culture. The main aim of the festival is to present innovative non-commercial artistic phenomena from Poland and abroad.

The Festival will feature three concerts: "Modern Song – Reflections and Resonances", "Concert on the 100th Anniversary of the Return of Bydgoszcz to the Motherland" and "Faces of the Present. Piano recital by Igor Torbicki". The programme will include new works by Piotr Komorowski, the president of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Branch of the Polish Composers' Union, and his deputy, Marcin Kopczyński.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Live broadcast will be available atwww.nowamuzyka.bydgoszcz.pl  and on YouTube.

49th Polish Composers' Union Musicological Conference organised with the Academy of Music in Kraków

ZKPThe Polish Composers' Union invites you on 25-27 October 2020 to the virtual Academy of Music in Kraków to listen to the sessions of the 49th Musicological Conference of the Polish Composers' Union – "Theory of music / musicology here and now. Resonance of the Past – Contemporary challenges".

The conference will discuss the following topics: "Musicology – Theory of music. The elemental dialectic?"; "Understanding music. The idea of ​​experiencing the work"; "Developing sensitivity and imagination"; "Music as a message'; "Paradigms, thought constructs, concepts and methods".

The conference will feature 29 speakers, we will hear two lectures, nine panels, and two concerts. There will be also a presentation of the droba.polmic.pl website, devoted to the person and work of Krzysztof Droba. The final concert will premiere Zbigniew Bargielski's Clavertett for string quartet and harpsichord, which was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance. The conference will be held on the AMK ON-LINE lecture platform, created especially for the conference participants. The whole event will be available on the website of the Academy of Music in Kraków: www.amuz.krakow.pl/49konferencjazkp 

Let's be together! As long as technology does not fail, traditionally the Musicological Conference will resonate, although in a new space, not necessarily a hostile one – these are the challenges of the present day!

dr hab. Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska, president of the Musicologists' Section of the Polish Composers' Union

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Opole |Three Centuries of Music

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"Three Centuries of Music" is a unique symphonic concert of the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic, which will take place on 23 October 2020 at 7.00 p.m. We will hear Beethoven' music juxtaposed with 20th and 21st century works.

The concert will begin with the Coriolan Overture, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven, inspired by the fate of the legendary Roman leader Coriolan. Two contrasting melodic lines in the piece – warlike and lyrical – reflect the character's psychological conflict.

Concerto for clarinet and orchestra, Op. 49 by Mikołaj Górecki, son of the famous Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, was composed especially for Roman Widaszek, who will perform as a soloist during the concert. Arthur Honegger's Symphony No. 2 was written during World War II and reflects this difficult and painful chapter in the history of mankind. The piece ends with a spark of hope brought by a trumpet solo to the accompaniment of strings. The Opole Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Warcisław Kunc.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/ 

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