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Katowice | 90th anniversary of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice


A concert on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice will be held on 5 March 2020 at 07.30 p.m at the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall. The NPRSO under the baton of Lawrence Foster and world-famous artists Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth will perform works composed by eminent artists.

The last part of Krzysztof Penderecki's "triptych" – De natura sonoris No. 3 – was written almost half a century after the composer's first attempt to explore the nature of sound in an orchestra, inspired by the epicurean poem of Lucretius. Penderecki no longer collects research material: he skillfully recapitulates the evolution of his style and technique.

Johannes Brahms created the Double Concerto, his last symphonic work, with the cellist friend Robert Hausmann and the former violinist friend Józef Joachim in mind. It was a gift for reconciliation wilth the latter, after the divorce of the violinist with Amalia Joachim, one of Brahms' closest associates. The gesture was appreciated: both virtuosos took part in the first performance.

The Concerto for orchestra is one of the last works by Bela Bartók: it is possible that the commission from Sergei Kusewicki prolonged the life of the ailing and underestimated Hungarian composer in exile. The reckoning with the past is a feature of all the late works of great artists – in this masterly yet accessible composition, Bartók combined native folk melodies, references to European impressionism and American traditional music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Katowice | Pre-inauguration of the 'Fryderyk 2020' Music Festival at the Silesian Philharmonic


The pre-inauguration of the 'Fryderyk 2020' Music Festival will take place on Women's Day, 8 March 2020 at 12.00 p.m. at the Silesian Philharmonic.

The concert programme will be based on compositions related to the Silesia region. There will be Wojciech Kilar's music composed for the films Pan Tadeusz, The Promised Land, Portrait of a Lady, and Trędowata. We will also listen to the Silver Concerto for harpsihord, string orchesta nad muiltimedia by Adam Wesołowski, which was premiered last November. During the upcoming concert it will be performed by Piotr Sałajczyk in the version for piano. The harmony of image and sound will emphasize the unusual and intriguing relationship between music and the industrial severity of the Historic Silver Mine in Tarnowskie Góry. The programme will be complemented by an expressive work of the Silesian Philharmonic Patron – Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's Concerto for piano and string orchestra, Op. 40.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Cenre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu 

Katowice | Sinfonia Iuventus at the Silesian Philharmonic


The Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will perform together with Szymon Klima under the baton of Yannis Pouspourikas on 6 March 2020 at 7.00 p.n. at the Silesian Philharmonic. The programme will include works by Sergei Prokofiev, Gerald Finzi and great Polish artists associated with Silesia.

A few years ago, clarinetist Szymon Klima became famous for an extraordinary project to “expand” the 10-minute cycle of appealing Dance Preludes (1954) by Witold Lutosławski, an improvisation inspired by this piece which resulted in concerts as well as the album Lutosławski Retuned (performed by a trio also featuring Adam Kowalewski and Piotr Wyleżoł). The March concert will feature these preludes in their original form and the artist will also perform the spectacularly expressive Clarinet Concerto (1949), the best-known work today by the somewhat forgotten, yet prolific British composer Gerald Finzi. The dance, quasi-folk idiom of Lutosławski’s Preludes will be completed by the lively third of the Dances op. 34, which Henryk Mikołaj Górecki composed in 1998 for the Rybnik Philharmonic.

Sergei Prokofiev, one of the pioneers of ambitious film music from the USSR, composed appealing music for the film Lieutenant Kijé, whose fame (in the form of a concert suite op. 60) considerably outlived the film itself. This colourful and attractive programme will be led by Yannis Pouspourikas – born in Marseilles, the conductor studied in Geneva and made his debut at the Opernhaus in Zurich; he has collaborated with, among others, the Glyndebourne festival, the Opéra National de Paris and many of the most important theatrical stages of France and Switzerland, as well as other countries. Particularly valued as an opera conductor, he has also appeared in many countries with great success in presenting symphonic repertoire.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/szymon-klima-yannis-pouspourikas-polska-orkiestra-sinfonia-iuventus-im-j-semkowa/ 

Katowice | "Iskierka" symphonically


The Children's Oncology Orchestra – the only such orchestra in the world – is back in a new setting and place. On 27 February 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall, listeners will enjoy a large dose of fairytale and film music in an absolutely new performance under the direction of Krzesimir Dębski.

Operating since 2006, the Iskierka Foundation has proven that during the oncological treatment children can do incredible and completely crazy things. The organisation founded the Children's Oncology Orchestra, headed by Piotr Sutt. Small patients of hospital wards and their carers received a chance to become artists for one day.

This time the Children's Oncology Orchestra will perform with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Krzesimir Dębski. We will listen to the music of this amazing artist from the movies Gwiezdny Pirat and W pustyni i w puszczy as well as composition from the film Akademia Pana Kleksa written by Andrzej Waldemar Korzyński and Krzysztof Bohdan Grabowski. The instrumentalists will be accompanied by the Choir of Space Creators (Anbud and friends), i.e. the donors of the foundation in a completely unusual role. The most famous songs from animated movies will be performed by Studio Accantus, Anna Jurksztowicz, Czesław Mozil, Paulina Przybysz, Daria Zawiałow and Ania Brachaczek.

The concert, which shows that you can create a musical event with high artistic value and with incredibly positive energy with oncologically ill children, will be hosted by Mirosław Neinert, Szymon Majewski and Jarosław Boberek. The total income from the event will be allocated to support the activities of the Iskierka Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/iskierka-symfonicznie 

Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus and Konstanty Andrzej Kulka


The Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra conducted by Maciej Tomasiewicz will present works by Gioacchin Rossini, Gabriel Fauré and Pyotr Tchaikovsky on 29 February 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. The masterpieces of Karol Lipiński will be performed by a truly legendary violinist, one of the most outstanding musicians of his generation – Konstanty Andrzej Kulka.

Karol Lipiński was one of the foremost luminaries of Polish Romantic music and among the greatest virtuosos of his era. He was perceived as a competitor of Paganini, and there were those who praised his playing and talents as a composer in even more superlative terms. Konstanty Andrzej Kulka will perform works that were particularly appreciated by 19th-century virtuosos: Rondeau de Concert in C Major and an operatic paraphrase, presented here as a variation (which considerably increases the technical challenge) – on motifs from the opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella) by Rossini. The creativity of this opera master will recall the brilliant and witty overture to L’Italiana in Algeri.

The second half of the concert will be filled with the expressiveness and cheer of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Serenade in C Major, a piece that showcases a surprisingly rich palette of colours and shades from the string ensemble. The French neo-romanticist Gabriel Fauré, whose subtle harmonic and colour sensitivity paved the way for a generation of modernists, is now remembered for only a few works, including the incredibly popular and moving Requiem as well as the subtle, reflective, captivating euphonium Pavane.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Kraków | "Elementi 8": screen or sounds and pixels


"Elementi" is an annual event that focuses attention on contemporary music: created, performed and interpreted here and now. The eighth edition, which will take place on 6-8 March 2020 at the Academy of Music in Kraków, will include, among others, a two-day scientific conference, four concerts of new music, lectures and meetings with invited guests.

This year, the main theme of "Elementi" is "screen" – everything that is related to the multimedia and intermediality of music, its visual aspect, as well as film, stage, commercial and artistic work. The importance of music in the context of current social, cultural and technological development changes will be discussed.

The upcoming edition will feature lectures by music theoretician Krzysztof Szwajgier and musicologist Jan Topolski, as well as composers: Joanna Bailie and Óscar Escudero. The concerts will include works by young Polish composers, among others students and PhD candidates of the Academy of Music in Kraków. It has become a tradition to reach for new and important works by outstanding contemporary artists and to invite well-known professional ensembles specializing in contemporary music performance. This year, the Danish Current Resonance Ensemble and the Kraków Contemporary Music Ensemble will perform, among others, compositions by Jessie Marino, Joanna Bailie, Michael Beil, Simon Steen-Andersen and Alexander Schubert. One of the planned concerts – organized in the 360 ​​° Hevre gallery in cooperation with the Intermedia Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków – will take on a slightly different, more performative, audiovisual (and later perhaps party) character.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://elementi.amuz.krakow.pl/ 

Brodnica | 2nd ClassiX Festival


Classical, electronic, jazz and contemporary music, complemented by modern visual art. Outstanding names, the latest art projects and a number of fringe events. The 2nd ClassiX Festival in Brodnica will be held on 26-29 March 2020.

On the last weekend of March Brodnica will host eight concerts and a series of fringe events featuing 55 artists in four so-called festival zones: café, workshop, climate and beauty with a classic-futuristic fashion show. The leitmotif of the second edition is "Beauty through distortion" expressed in music, light, image and fashion.

Outstanding Polish instrumentalists accepted the invitation to participate in the festival, including Rafał Kwiatkowski, Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, soloists of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra, as well as representatives of the modern jazz and modern classic current: Sebastian Wypych, Olo Walicki, Nikola Kołodziejczyk, Nika Lubowicz, Big Band Konglomerat, Dutch jazz musician Roderik Povel, Hania Rani and Dobrawa Czocher.

There will be premieres of completely new works. The final concert will premiere Brodnica Symphony by Mat Kwiatkowski – artistic director of the Festiva. This is a spectacular work for cello, electronics, male and female voice and a 19-person big band, combining classical, jazz and contemporary aesthetics. Mateusz Kwiatkowski joined forces with young Polish motion designer Bartek Wójcicki, working in the areas of new media with strong emphasis on motion design and 3D video mapping. The music is complemented by live visualization, which in its theme closely refers to the history of Brodnica and the 100th anniversary of Brodnica's return to free Poland.

Tickets available at BDK, Empik and online at: https://goingapp.pl/city/42/bilety-w-calej-polsce 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available athttps://www.facebook.com/brodnicaclassix/ 

"Musique est une femme" video competition


TAK Foundation opens a video competition that is part of the European project "Musique est une femme" co-financed by the Creative Europe programme and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The deadline for sending applications is 5 April 2020.

Although women have been writing music for centuries, their output has always been considered less important. Till recently, they have never had the same professional opportunities as their male peers. Nowadays at last, more and more women composers are becoming part of the history of music and feature regularly in concert programmes.

Musique est une femme is a project which aims to reinforce this process. It is a joint initiative by the foundation TAK-Temat Aktualny Kultura /Poland, Handelsbeurs Concert Hall/Belgium, Molyvos International Music Festival/Greece, and the Cēsis Concert Hall/Latvia. The first step is to launch a short video competition. Express your opinion in the form of a short video, or just a meme. It can be a look at the stereotypes, or you could give your impressions upon discovering a great female composer, or you might focus on some interesting details of her life. Decide on your own form and content. The only condition is that the topic must be the heritage of women composers and/or stereotypes around the composing capabilities of women.

The following prizes are available:

  • the public prize 650 € (the winner will be selected in the online voting)
  • the first prize 550 €
  • the second prize 450 €
  • the third prize 350 €

The deadline for submission is 5 April 2020. On 9 April 2020 videos and memes will be uploaded onto the portal with the option of online voting. People will have time until 8 May 2020 to vote for their favourite.

Musique est une femme is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed information at: https://fundacjatak.pl/ 

SEE: Competition's Trailer

Częstochowa | 2nd Wanda Wiłkomirska Violin Competition of Polish Music

Konkurs Wiłkomirskiej

The Marcin Józef Żebrowski Music School Complex in Częstochowa invites you to the 2nd Wanda Wiłkomirska Violin Competition of Polish Music, which will take place in Częstochowa between 22 February and 1 March 2020.

The main goal of the Competition is to popularise Polish violin literature and to promote young performers. This idea is guided by the figure of prof. Wanda Wiłkomirska – an outstanding Polish violinist, propagator of Polish music, an amazing artistic and pedagogical personality. The participants in the three age groups will compete for financial prizes as well as scientific and artistic support in the form of numerous accessories necessary in the work of a young violinist, and above all invitations to perform concerts in many renowned cultural institutions. The Competition will be attended by violinists born in 2000-2009, pupils of music schools and students from Poland and abroad. The participants will perform chosen works by Polish composers – one-part or cyclical, for solo violin or for violin and piano.

The inaugural concert will take place on 22 February 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Regional Culture Centre in Częstochowa. It will feature the members of the jury of the competition: Eliseu Silva, Aleksandra Szwejkowska-Belica, Maria Magdalena Kaczor, as well as the violinist Maria Belica, who will perform, among others, works by Ryszard Borowski, Grażyna Bacewicz and Romuald Twardowski. Prizes and honorable mentions will be awarded during the Winners' Concert – the ceremonial closing of the competition on 1 March 2020 at the Częstochowa Town Hall. All concerts and auditions will be open to the public.

In addition, as part of the Competition, there will be workshops, an exhibition of violin and sting instruments made by Marcin Mazur, lectures and discussion panels, as well as a musical and book fair of the PWM Edition.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus under George Tchitchinadze: Mozart & Elgar


The Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra conducted by George Tchitchinadzi will perform works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Edward Elgar on 22 February 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw. Violists Katarzyna Budnik and Maria Machowska will perform as soloists.

The concert will begin with the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's ouverture to Così fan tutte. This sunny opera, preceded by a charming, lively overture, is a wonderful summary of Mozart’s comedic work and more broadly – his affirmative, joyful attitude towards the world and people; it also represents the completion of his triptych of later works in this genre, in which opera buffa equalled opera seria in quality for the first time in its history.

Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola was created at the end of the composer’s youthful period in Salzburg when he was already bathed in the radiance of European fame. The title itself indicates the genre, combining symphony and concerto, although it is clearly dominated by the latter. Two instruments carry on a lively dialogue and the entire work is filled with a cheery and carefree atmosphere.

The beginning of Edward Elgar’s career did not foretell the enormous popularity and fame which would be bestowed upon the more than 40-year-old musician. His later success first manifested on the European continent, where his works gained recognition from acclaimed artists such as Richard Strauss and conductor Hans Richter, who directed the premiere of the Enigma Variations op. 36 at London’s St. James Hall on 19 June 1899. This event was a milestone in Elgar’s career and his variations soon gained even greater fame throughout Europe.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Katowice | Valentine's Day at NOSPR


The most romantic concert of the year  – "Like a movie" – will take place on 16 February 2020 at 5:30 and 8:00 p. m. at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall on the occasion of Valentine's Day.

Love, jealousy, joy, friendship ... everything seems more exciting in movies. And nothing increases emotions connected with movies like music! The Valentine's Day concert of NOSPR will take listeners on a journey through the most famous themes from Polish and American hits of the cinematography. Surrounded by soundtracks from such productions as Gone With the Wind, Titanic or Star Wars, in one evening we will feel as the heroes of film adventures!

The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Bassem Akiki will also perform Wojciech Kilar's music for the films Zazdrość i medycyna, Ziemia obiecana, Trędowata and Pan Tadeusz, as well as Waldemar Kazanecki's Waltz from the film Noce i dnie.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Gdańsk | First album of Art’n’Voices released by DUX


Art’n’Voices presents their latest album "Midnight Stories" – twelve unique compositions and almost an hour of music in which you can get lost. The premiere of the album will take place on 22 February 2020 at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk.

The album contains works by Paweł Łukaszewski, Krzysztof Komeda, as well as artists of the young generation, including Szymon Godziemba-Trytek, Zuzanna Falkowska, Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk and Jakub Szafrański. The Art’n’Voices vocal ensemble was formed in 2010. In its repertoire it has music of different periods, starting from the Renaissance, however, it favors contemporary music compositions, a significant part of which was written especially for the ensemble. Their third, latest album, is entirely devoted to works inspired by the broadly understood theme of the night. Due to the large variety of texts used by individual artists, each of the twelve recorded compositions shows its own vision in which, in various shots, the motif of the coming of nightfall and everything related to it is presented.

The CD is available for online sale at www.dux.pl and will soon appear in physical and digital international distribution.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information about the concerthttps://www.amuz.gda.pl/

Łódź | Valentine's Day Concert "Chemistry of Love" at EC1


The next concert of the "Music Sphere" series – Chemistry of Love – will take place on Valentine's Day, 14 February 2020 at the Planeratrium EC1 in Łódź. Marzena Majcher (electronic instruments) and Małgorzata Kubala (soprano) will perform in front of the EC1 audience.

The pieces composed by Marzena Majcher, juxtaposed with the texts by Aneta Badziąg and Ewelina Lasota, look for an analogy between music and chemistry: the music is inspired by the patterns of chemical substances responsible for the state of falling in love, colloquially called "the chemistry of love". The works were released on the album "Chemistry of Love" by Requiem Records - Opus Series in March 2019.

The concert will also present compositions of the "Radiation" series, which are inspired by science – cosmology and physics. The composer will use an interactive device called Exformer, which was created especially for her by Michał Silski. By using Exformer, the artist can shape sound with hand movements, thus enriching the music she plays with additional dimensions. The concert will be accompanied by amazing visualisation on the dome of the planetarium!

Age restriction 14+. Tickets are available at the EC1 Łódź ticket office and online at: https://bilety.ec1lodz.pl/

Media patronage over the "Chemistry of Love" album has been taken by the Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information about the project at: http://marzenamajcher.manifo.com/ 


Katowice | Marcin Dylla at the Silesian Philharmonic


During the concert on 7 February 2020 at 7.00 p.m. Marcin Dylla – hailed by "The Washington Post" as one of the most talented guitarists in the world – will perform with the Choir and Symphony Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic under the baton of Tadeusz Wojciechowski.

The soloist has earned a great number of awards – in the years 1996–2007 he stood nineteen times on the top podium of the most prestigious international guitar competitions in Europe and the United States. He is also appreciated by audience and critics – he was granted a “gold guitar” musical critics’ award for the best coming young guitar player at the 7th International Guitar Convent in Alessandria.

The programme of the concert will include: Pavane on the Death and Resurrection of Certain Illusions for solo guitar by Witold Szalonek, Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo, and the Spanish Rhapsody by Maurice Ravel and his music for the ballet Dafnis and Chloe performed jointly by the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra  and Choir.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Katowice | Grażyna Bacewicz and America(ns)!


The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra invites you to a concert of the Silesian Quartet from the series "Grażyna Bacewicz and America(ns)!". On 15 February 2020 at 6.00 p.m. the Silesian chamber musicians together with the flutist János Bálint will perform in the NOSPR Chamber Hall with a repertoire that is an interesting combination of different styles and aesthetics.

The programme will include Snapshot: Circa 1909 by John Coriglian, A Night Piece for flute and string quartet by Arthur Foot, Quintet for flute and string quartet by Walter Piston, and String Quartet No. 3 by Grażyna Bacewicz. As Małgorzata Gąsiorowska points out, "This is one of G. Bacewiczs most internally balanced works, maybe the closest to the ideal 'Sérénité', characteristic of Romanesque spirituality. In this work, whose outer movements show activity as a major creative force, it never comes to extreme situations - in the sense of the word, or in the use of technical resources. The element of movement here is derived from the logic of motivic connections and development of form, the scale of tension is moderated according to internal order, a regular course. In the third Quartet there remained still a characteristic of the composers style of this period: the dominance of linear structures over vertical: the latter, not without a certain harmonic refinement, which however, seems to be the result of the interaction of independent melodic lines."

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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