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"Tell me a story" – Free Improvisation Workshops for Children


The workshops for children, during which the youngest participants will learn, play and improvise in the company of great musicians and unusual books, will be held on 25 and 26 October 2019 in three Greater Poland towns: Skoki, Wągrowiec and Krajenka.

Polish Society for Contemporary Music invites children aged 3-5 and 6-8 years old to participate in free improvisation classes together with their guardians. The musical guests of the upcoming workshops will be: Marcin Skaba (violin), Bartosz Smorągiewicz (saxophone) and Jarosław Siwiński (synthesizer). Adventure through improvisation with artists will be led by actor and director Grzegorz Ociepka.

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

Participation in the workshops is free – the number of places is limited.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/events/795964717504932/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/638156259924325/ 

Kraków | Multi-percussionist Martin Grubinger and Sinfonietta Cracovia


On 9 November 2019, the ICE Kraków will host the Grand Jubilee Gala celebrating the 25th anniversary of Sinfonietta Cracovia. The star of this special evening from the series "Stars with Sinfonietta" will be the famous virtuoso Martin Grubinger, widely recognized as the most outstanding living multi-percussionist. Together with Sinfonietta Cracovia, he will perform works by John Corigliano and Krzysztof Penderecki under the baton of Jurek Dybał.

Martin Grubinger is a laureate of the Leonard Bernstein Award and the Würth Foundation Award. As a soloist, he performed with such outstanding orchestras as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra or the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a dedicatee of several compositions by such composers as Friedrich Cerha or Peter Eötvös. Grubinger released his debut album Drums'n'Chant at the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label; metaphysical songs, meditations and Gregorian chant immersed in the sounds of percussion instruments from around the world aroused the enthusiasm of critics and audiences around the world. The artist's discography for the legendary German label already contains four albums.

During the anniversary edition of the "Stars with Sinfonietta" series, this phenomenal percussionist together with Sinfonietta Cracovia  under the baton of Jurek Dybał will perform John Corigliano's Percussion Concerto with a significant title Conjurer – Wizard. The event of the evening will be the Polish premiere of a somewhat enigmatic song, which first and so far only performance took place in 2000 in Hannover: Music for recorders, marimba, percussion and strings by Krzysztof Penderecki, the initiator of Sinfonietta Cracovia.

The evening will end with bravura performances of real hits of classical music: Symphony No. 41 in C major 'Jupiter' by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Classical', Op. 25 by Sergei Prokofiev. The concert will be a symbolic culmination of the anniversary celebrations of the 25th artistic season of the Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow – Sinfonietta Cracovia.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfonietta.pl 

Warsaw | Warsaw Winds+ Festival

Warsaw Winds +

Chamber music works for wind instruments plus strings, piano and voice in a wealth of musical contexts and masterful performances. This is the idea behind the Warsaw Winds + Festival – a new event on the cultural map of Warsaw that will take place from 28 November to 1 December 2019.

This musical venture will change the perception of wind instruments among a wide audience. Everyone will find something for themselves in the festival program – from the popular songs of Stanisław Moniuszko in new arrangements, through the classical repertoire for string quartet and wind quintet, the premiere works of young generation composers – Mikołaj Majkusiak and Paweł Pudło, to improvisations on early music themes by Bastarda Trio.

For the initiators of the Warsaw Winds + Festival – the Warsaw sextet Gruppo di Tempera – chamber music is not only the most important career path, but also the greatest passion. Their goal is to present chamber music at the highest world level, which they have made one of the festival's leitmotifs. This idea connects all this year's artists, including: Bastarda Trio, Lutosławski Quartet, the mentioned sextet Gruppo di Tempera, as well as singers Urszula Kryger and Szymon Komasa. The Festival will feature Polish music – classical and contemporary, popular and less known, juxtaposed with works from the world canon.

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

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://warsawwindsplusfestival.pl/ 

Warsaw | Roman Palester – here and now


A series of concerts and seminars on the 30th anniversary of the death of the eminent Polish composer and publicist of the Radio Free Europe, Roman Palester, will be held in Warsaw on 25-27 October 2019.

The University of Warsaw invites you to a three-day series of events organized by the University of Warsaw Foundation and the University of Warsaw Library with the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The project emphasizes the artist's relationship with the university, and pays tribute to him on the 30th anniversary of his death. The versatility of Palester's compositional output will be presented during two monographic concerts: symphony concert in the Auditorium Maximum and chamber music concert in the Collegium Politicum of the University of Warsaw.

Outstanding musicians will present both his neoclassical works from the inter-war and war periods (including the stage premiere of the beautiful choral cantata Kołacze to words by Szymon Szymonowic), as well as examples of later works dealing with advanced musical means. In addition, two seminars will recall the important activities of the journalist of the Radio Free Europe station in Poland and his involvement in the creation of film music, especially in the 1930s. An example will be the movie Girls of Nowolipki (1937) directed by Józef Lejtes.

Admission to the events is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.buw.uw.edu.pl/

Podkowa Leśna | 19th "Musical Confrontations Festival"


Musical Meetings Foundation and the Museum of Anna and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz in Stawisko invite you to the 19th "Musical Confrontations" Festival, which will be held from 10 November to 1 December 2019 under the slogan "Around Szymanowski."

This years's edition of the Festival refers to the work of Karol Szymowski, who was a frequent guest in Stawisko. The programme includes works by selected composers preceding Szymanowski's time, as well as his contemporaries and those artists of the 20th and 21st century (well known or lesser known) whom he inspired.

The list of performers includes Polonika String Quartet, Ravel Piano Duo, violinist Piotr Pławner, soprano Joanna Freszel, pianists Bartłomiej Kominek and Piotr Sałajczyk. In addition, selected texts by Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz and Anna Iwaszkiewicz dedicated to Karol Szymanowski will be presented by Zbigniew Zamachowski and Magdalena Warzecha. The Festival will also feature an exhibition of selected music archives from the museum's collection entitled "Around Szymanowski in Stawisko".

The author of the Festival's concept is musicologist, PhD Alicja Matracka-Kościelny.

The festival is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance; ZAiKS Creative Support Fund.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.stawisko.pl 

Lublin | Moniuszko and Spanish Music


After the September break, it is time for probably the most intriguing concert in  the "Fonie Lublina" series. On 19 October 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Crown Tribunal, Polish national music will collide with the music traditions of the Iberian Peninsula.

The concert will feature compositions by one of the most outstanding Spanish composers, a representative of the national movement – Manuel de Falla, the most famous Catalan composer and music critic – Xavier Montsalvatge, as well as the main representative of the neo-romantic national movent in Mexican music – Manuel Maria Ponca. The programme will also include Stanisław Moniuszko's vocal music: songs entitled Kochać, Dalibógże and Sen, as well as Rokiczana's Song When I am Queen and Countess's Aria To Wake up from bad dreams.

This rich repertoire will be performed by sporano Iwona Sawulska, mezzo-soprano Natalia Skipor and pianist Kamil Turczyn. The concert will be hosted by Kinga Krzymowska-Montaż.

The project is organised with the support of the City of Lublin. Admission to the event is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Katowice | Lawrence Foster and Rudolf Buchbinder


On 18 October 2019 at 7:30 p.m., the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice under the baton of its new artistic director Lawrence Foster will perform the Concerto for String Orchestra by Grażyna Bacewicz and the Symphony No. 1 in E flat major by George Enescu.

Concerto for string orchestra – Grażyna Bacewicz's opus magnum, returns to the music stands of the NOSPR musicians exactly 69 years and 4 months after the world premiere under the baton of Grzegorz Fitelberg. Although the orchestra's composition has changed completely since then, the impact of the work, which Stefan Kisielewski described as "a bloody piece of healthy and tasty music", remains unchanged.

Rudolph Buchbinder chose Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major for his debut at the NOSPR Concert Hall. The premiere of this work was the Beethoven's last public performance as a soloist with orchestra. George Enescu decided to give the Symphony in E flat major (1905) number one, despite the fact that he wrote four other symphonies as a teenager. Enescu remains the youngest student in the history of the Vienna Conservatory to which he was admitted at the age of 7! Thus, when writing the Symphony in E flat major at the age of 24, he was able to present a "mature" look at the late Romantic symphony tradition developed by Schumann and Brahms.

Before the concert (6.45 p.m.), the Society of Friends of the NOSPR invites you to the chamber hall for a meeting with a special guest –  the director of the George Enescu Festival, Mihai Constantinescu.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Kraków | 3rd Kraków Music Salon: Moniuszko – Żeleński


The Association of Polish Chamber Musicians invites you to the 3rd Festival "Krakow Music Salon: Moniuszko – Żeleński", which will take place betwwen 24 October and 23 November 2019.

To this day the festival is the largest regular event promoting the work of Władysław Żeleński. This year's edition will be devoted not only to Żeleński, but also to Stanisław Moniuszko on the occasion of his 200th birth anniversary. Both composers highly contributed to the development of Polish songwriting, which is why the festival programme will include three vocal recitals, as well as an orchestra concert with arrangements of Moniuszko's songs, recitals of piano duo, reed trio and string quartet, lectures on the songs of Moniuszko and Żeleński, and Polish songwriting in the 20th century.

The list of performers includes the Messages Quartet, LLLeggiero Woodwind Trio, Ravel Piano Duo, Urszula Kryger, Krzysztof Urbaniak and many others. This year's festival will also promote two CDs: on 17 November Ravel Piano Duo will promote their Polish Kaleidoskope No. 4, while on 21 November soprano Magdalena Molendowska and pianist Julia Samojło will promote the first, complete recording of Zygmunt Stojowski's songs.

Admission to all events is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.spmk.com.pl/salon/ 

Lusławice | Academic Concert as part of the 200th birth anniversary of Stanisław Moniuszko


A special academic concert will be held on 19 October 2019 at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Center for Music in Lusławice as part of the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko.

The concert will present the musical legacy of one of the greatest artists of Polish Romanticism. The programme of the evening will include songs and arias from the Halka and Paria operas, as well as The Crimean Sonnets – a cantata for solo tenor, mixed choir and symphony orchestra to the words by Adam Mickiewicz. We will also listen to the famous Fairytale Fantastic Ouverture and the equally well-known Mazur from the opera The Haunted Manor.

Among the performers will be Jolanta Kowalska-Pawlikowska (soprano), Zdzisław Madej (tenor), Choir and Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Krakow under the direction of Stanisław Krawczyński, and guests from Belarus – the Student Choir of the Belarus State Academy of Music under the direction ot the ambitious and charismatic conductor Inessa Bodyako. The concert will be hosted by Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz.

The upcoming concert is one of the six events of the "Autumn in Lusławice" series, organized by the Krzysztof Penderecki European Center for Music in Lusławice.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://penderecki-center.pl/ 

Gdańsk | 8th "NeoArte – Synthesizer of Arts"


The 8th "NeoArte – Synthesizer of Arts" – international festival presenting the most interesting trends in contemporary music and art – will be held in Gdańsk on 23-26 October 2019.

The originator of the festival that focuses on the synthesis of arts is the Tri-City ensemble NeoQuartet, winner of the Pomeranian Artistic Award of 2019. Contemporary composers create works combining video art and theater, visual artists create sound installations, theater and dance are moving towards performative art. It is becoming increasingly difficult to set boundaries between various fields of creativity, and it is becoming easier to combine them.

This year's festival will last five days, featuring nine concerts, two artistic installations, a radio play and several performances. Composition students will have the opportunity to take part in composer workshops led by the festival's patron Gwyn Pritchard, as well as performance workshops presented by Alwynne Pritchard. Children and youth will be able to participate in electronic music creation classes led by Krzysztof Topolski. Each concert is planned as a multidisciplinary performance, which makes the audience paricipate in the artistic process.

In the Gdańsk garrison, the audience will participate and co-create the premiere of the latest project of the Krakow artist Piotr Peszat – Into the Heart of Hearts (2019) for acoustic and electric string quartet, live-electronics and live-video. The finale of the festival, "NeoArte Night" in the New Synagogue, is a challenge for both the audience and performers – the 12-hour concert marathon will premiere latest works by contemporary Polish composers written for piano and string chamber orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Warsaw | James Newton in Person


A concert on 19 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw will be the first opportunity for the Polish audience to listen to such a generous selection of the American composer, flautist and conductor James Newton’s works during a monographic concert showcasing the versatility of his talent. Sinfonia Iuventus will perform his compositions together with a jazz quartet.

James Newton (* 1953, Los Angeles, CA) has written more than 300 compositions. Newton’s pieces have been performed all over the world, from Carnegie Hall to the National Gallery in Berlin. His works span a variety of music genres, including chamber, symphonic, sacral, jazz, electronic, ethno, as well as ballet and modern dance music. In 1989, Newton published his handbook to flute improvisation (The Improvising Flute). He is the author of dozens of albums, including solo flute ones. James Newton is one of the most acclaimed jazz flute virtuosos. His recordings with Anthony Davis are among the most characteristic examples of the contemporary Third Stream.

“The music, which I write, first and foremost reflects my faith, which infuses my artistic life as a composer of sacred music” – said Newton. “Another recurring theme is inspiration from my African-American cultural roots”. In 1997, he wrote The Songs of Freedom opera, and in 2006, composed the Latin Mass which had its premiere in February 2007 in Prato, Italy.

As a musician, Newton visited Poland in 2007, when he played with Piotr Baron Quartet during the band’s tour of Poland and Hungary. The quartet performed in the following line-up: Piotr Baron, James Newton, Dariusz Oleszkiewicz and Mark Ferber. In the same year, James Newton performed twice with the Jarek Śmietana band (James Newton, Jarek Śmietana, Wojciech Karolak and Adam Czerwiński). During the upcoming concert he will perform with Polish musicians:  Piotr Baron, Dominik Wania, Maciej Adamczak, Łukasz Żyta and vocalists Marcela Wierzbicka-Opalińska and Dominik Opaliński. The programme will include, among others, Line of immortality for jazz quartet and orchestra, Psalm 119 for soprano and baritone, two versions of the famous Amazing Grace hymn, dedicated to Barrack Obama and the victims of the Charleston church massacre of 2015, and Glimpses of the Garden of Eden for French horn and orchestra. The concert will be conducted by Wojciech Semerau-Siemianowski – an acclaimed conductor and pianist.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfoniaiuventus.pl 

Warsaw | Warsaw Wind Ensemble Conducting Competition 2019

Warsaw Wind

The Warsaw Wind Ensemble Conducting Competition 2019 is the first edition of the international competition for wind orchestra conductors, which will be held in Warsaw on 23-27 October 2019.

The competition will consist of three stages and 20 conductors from 11 countries will compete. Participants will be judged by a jury chaired by Prof. Szymon Kawalla, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Composition, Conducting and Music Theory at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

The first stage will take place from 23 to 24 October (8:00–10:00 p.m.) at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (auditorium 338). The conductors will be accompanied by two pianists, and the performance will include Dance Sacrale from the ballet The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky and the Bajka Concert Overture by Stanisław Moniuszko. The next stages of the competition will take place in the District Cultural Centre Ursynów. The second stage will be held from 25 to 26 October (4:00–10:00 p.m.). Conductors will lead the Festival Orchestra consisting of musicians from Youth Warsaw Wind Orchestra. The repertoire will include two pieces: Serenade in D minor for wind instruments by Antoni Dvorzak and Film Variations on the theme of the aria “Szumią jodły na szczycie” by Stanisław Moniuszko by Tomasz Dudziński.

On 25 and 26 October, after the competition auditions (8:00 and 9:00 p.m.) there will also be lectures given by pedagogues, composers and musicians (the speakers will be pedagogue and composer Ignacy Zalewski, composer Paweł Pudło, trumpeter musician Bartłomiej Łubian and composer Artur Słotwiński).

The final of the competition will take place on Sunday, 27 October (4:00–7:30 p.m.), during which the 6 best conductors will lead a much larger Festival Orchestra consisting of musicians from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences Representative Orchestra and Youth Warsaw Wind Orchestra. In the repertoire of the finale, Second Suite in F major for military orchestra by Gustav Holst and Overture Year 1918 by Artur Słotwiński. The culmination will be the Gala Concert, which will take place at the end of the Competition, on 27 October at 8:00 p.m. in District Cultural Centre Ursynów. The winners of the Competition will be announced during the concert. The best conductors will receive prizes and conduct the Festival Orchestra, which will perform works from the competition repertoire.

All events are free and all auditions are open to the public.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.wwecc.warsawwindmusic.pl 

Elias David Moncado wins the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition Toruń 2019

Konkurs Lipinskiego

The final auditions of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition took place on 12 October 2019 in the Concert Hall of the CKK Jordanki Cultural and Congress Center in Toruń.

Six violinists qualified to the third stage of the Competition were judged d by the international jury composed of: prof. Ilya Kaler – Chairman, prof. Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, prof. Boris Kuschnir, prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky, dr Jakub Jakowicz and dr Mariusz Smolij.

By the decision of the jury of the 5th Karol Lipiński International Violin Competition, the first prize of € 20,000 was awarded to Elias David Moncado (Germany), the second prize of € 15,000 was awarded to Robert Łaguniak (Poland), and the third prize of € 10,000 was awarded to Yumiko Yumiba (Japan). Honorable mentions of € 2,000 went to: Eimi Wakui (Japan), Mao Konishi (Japan) and Maya Levy (Belgium).

The Concert of Laureates took place on 13 October at the CKK Jordanki Concert Hall. The Grand Prix, the Nicolaus Copernicus Astrolabe made of silver, was handed to the first prize winner. The concert also premiered Paweł Riess's composition Essay for solo violin and string orchestra, awarded in the composers' competition in 2016. The work was performed by the Toruń Symphony Orchestra and violinist Adam Siebers under the baton of Maestro Mariusz Smolij.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://lipinski-competition.com/ 

Katowice | Music in the image of the Silesian Philharmonic


A unique multimedia symphony concert will take place on 18 October 2019 at the Silesian Philharmonic. The orchestral and organ sound will combine in total harmony, enhanced by live broadcast from the interior of a unique instrument consisting of 2500 pipes.

The Silesian philharmonics, together with the well-known organist Roman Perucki, will present organ in various roles – as a solo instrument and as a part of the orchestra ensemble, proving how many possibilities it offers and how surprising and delightful this instrument can be. Additionally, thanks to the cameras placed inside the local organ, music lovers gathered in the Karol Stryja Concert Hall will be able to see the operation of complicated mechanisms that the organist will set in motion with every touch of a key or pedal.

Roman Perucki has already completed over 2,500 recitals. He performed in the most famous cathedrals and concert halls of the world, each time delighting the audience with his skills.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Opole | Zone of Stars: Maestro Antoni Wit


Maestro Antoni Wit returns to the Opole Philharmonic on 25 October 2019 at 7 p.m. with a programme composed of French orchestral music as part of the "Zone of Stars" series.

The works by French composers, arranged in chronological order, represent diverse styles. Camille Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre is a short and spectacular symphonic poem. Gabriel Fauré's Pelléas et Mélisande suite, which consists of the incidental music for a play by Mauric Maeterlinck, has a completely different character. The work written by the Nobel Prize winner in literature of 1911 tells a story of a beautiful girl immersed in incurable melancholy. The Fauré score is also beautiful but at the same time sad and foggy. Albert Roussel's Bacchus et Ariane is ballet music based on a story rooted in mythology, which makes it somewhat crazy, and sometimes even ... noisy.

The concert is directed at several groups of listeners: frankophiles, who are truly fascinated by the land of wine and cheese and want to get to know French music better; music lovers – maestro Antoni Wit is a legend of the Polish music scene and his concert is a must see; and theater and literature lovers who will have the opportunity to listen to music composed for dramatic use.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Cemntre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/wydarzenia/68-sezon-artystyczny-antoni-wit/