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Audio Stage 2017

 aThe Warsaw Autumn Friends' Foundation invites to the Audio Stage 2017. The event will take place on December 10, 2017 at the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute in Warsaw.

Audio Stage 2017 is a continuation of the cycle initiated in 2012 and dedicated to performing arts. Its main idea is the integration of music and drama. Musical-theatrical forms – monodramas and preludes to them, which are created as part of the project – function as items of the theater repertoire and as elements of musical events. The project is a consequence of many years of experience in organizing interdisciplinary events (including Audio Art festivals in Warsaw) by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music. The Audio Stage is attended by composers specializing in experimental music, who prepare works in collaboration with actors, mimes and dancers.

A concert of premieres of four monodramas, composed by: Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Wojciech Błażejczyk, Anna Maria Huszcza, and Jarosław Kordaczuk will be held on December 10th at 6:00 p.m. The source of sound in each of these compositions will be the performer, who is also the co-author of these compositions. This year the performers will be: Dominika Miękus, Izabela Kościesza, Izabela Chlewińska and Marta Grzywacz. The premiere works will be preceded by musical preludes – types of small overtures with elements of instrumental theater. The composer of the series of preludes is Krzysztof Knittel, who will also be its performer along with the accordionist Alexey Vorsob.

An cccompanying event at 5:00 pm will be a meeting of artists with the audience, which will be led by the artistic director of the project Małgorzata Kołcz. Admission free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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27th Portraits of Composers

Polish Composers’ Union invites the listeners to attend the concert cycle entitled „Portraits of Composers” presented this year for the 27th time. The concerts will be held at "Łowicka" Center (Łowicka 21 street, Warsaw) on December 4 and 5, 2017 at 8 p.m. The main artists of this year's edition are Carlos Malcolm and Agnieszka Stulgińska.p

The concerts will feature two premieres commissioned by the Polish Composers' Union thanks to support of PZU Foundation. Momento musical for piano for four hands (2017) by Carlos E. Malcolm is the result of composer's experience gained during his stay in Poland. It will be perdormed by the composer and pianist Kyeong-Yeon Seo.

Three women for three women and 10 instruments (2017) by Agnieszka Stulgińska is a piece about feminity, motherhood, difficult life, travelling, space, longing, intimacy, power and generations – all the things that cannot be included in the limited space and notation... A starting point for searching for the timbre was the Polish-Belarusian boarderland where composer's father was born, and a voice of an old woman, the earth. The composition will be premiered by the well-known vocalists Maniucha Bikont and Marta Grzywacz, as well as Hashtag Ensemble.

Admission to all concerts is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Haydn. The Day Trilogy | Berenice

siPolish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will perform Joseph Haydn's "The Day Trilogy" symphonies and Scena di Berenice with Olga Pasiecznik on December 15th, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Great Hall of the Royal Castle in Warsaw.

Three symphonies devoted to different time periods – times of day – are an interesting curiosity in Haydn's legacy. There are some mentions that there were supposed to be four works, but if “Night” was one of them, it has not survived and today the cycle consists of three: Morning, Noon and Evening, annotated in the scores with French titles. It was probably created around 1761, shortly after the great composer took up the post of the vice-band leader of the ensemble of Prince Pál Esterházy. These charming Rococo works are evidence of the intensive search for a new expression of the hitherto simple sinfonia of Baroque provenance and its transformation into a mature, classic symphony.

During his second visit to London in 1795, Haydn wrote the dramatic scene Berenice, che fai for Italian singer Brigida Banti, using the expressive text from Pietro Metasiasio’s Antigono. In the work, Berenice mourns the (alleged) suicidal death of her beloved Demetrio. The role of the emotion-torn Berenice will be sung by one of the most acclaimed singers, Olga Pasiecznik from Ukraine, who has been living in Poland for years. Pasiecznik is adored by audiences for many unforgettable opera and oratorial roles, as well as her wonderful song repertoire. The concert will be led by Gabriel Chmura.

Concerts of Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra are organised under Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC patronage.

More information: http://sinfoniaiuventus.pl 

Gdańsk Art of Accordion Music Interpretation

g10th edition of the Gdańsk Art of Accordion Music Interpretation will be held on December 6 and 11, 2017 in Gdańsk.

The festival programme covers both premieres of new accordion works as well as classical chamber and solo accordion repertoire. On December 6th at the Gdańsk Main Town Hall Paweł Zagańczyk and a group of students from the Academy of Music in Gdańsk will premiere accordeon concerts by Krzesimir Dębski and Maciej Zimka. We will also hear a duet: Julianna An (violin) and Martyna Podolska (accordion).

The concert on December 11th at the City Culture Institute in Gdańsk will feature new accordion works performed by students of professor Krzysztof Olaczak (Błażej Reiter, Marta Stanzecka, Albert Woelke) from the Feliks Nowowiejski General Primary and Secondary Music School in Gdańsk, and Tomasz Kwiatkowski (Paweł Wiśniewski) from the General Primary and Secondary Music School in Grudziądz. W will also hear Paweł Ratajek, a second year student at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk.

The entrance to the concerts is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

XXVII International Festival of Young Laureats of Music Competitions “Interventions 2017”


The Institution of Music Promotion and Popularizarion "Silesia" invites for the second part of this year’s edition of the International Festival of Young Laureats of Music Competitions “Interventions 2017”, which will take place in Katowice between November 23 and December 15, 2017.

During the festival we will hear laureats of the 66th ARD International Music Competition in Munich, “Estrada Młodych” Music Competition, 51st Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk and other important Polish and international competitions for instrumentalists, cameralists and vocalists. It will also be an occasion to see on stage participants of the Opera Academy at the Teatr Wielki – National Opera in Warsaw. The programme will include works by Stanisław Moniuszko and Karol Szymanowski. Festival concerts will take place at the Concert Hall of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, NOSPR Chamber Hall, Archidiocesean Museum and different community centers in Katowice.

The festival is co-financed by the Institute of Music and Dance as part of the programme „Music and Dance – Interventions 2017”.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programme: http://www.silesia.art.pl

"The Taming of the Shrew" from the Bolshoi Theatre

bAn innovative ballet interpretation of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew will be broadcast live from the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow at the Praha Cinema in Warsaw on November 26, 2017. 

Rather than a macho handbook, The Taming of the Shrew can be construed as an encounter between two forces of nature, who recognise one another at last. If they are abrupt, obnoxious, it stems from their solitude; they are fundamentally different from the society they live in, albatrosses among sparrows, and their excesses signal that they have yet to find a man (or a woman) who can measure up to them. Their love is out of the ordinary: while Petruchio could appear to be interested only in Baptista’s fortune, once the ink is dry on their marriage certificate, he doesn’t let go of Katharina. If he is interested, it’s by this woman; the real dowry, the actual gold mine, it’s her. He still needs to put her through a series of challenges to make sure that he wasn’t mistaken, that they are right for each other — measure for measure, so to speak. He was right. So was she. If she gives in to her husband’s demands, it’s not because she has found her master, but because she has met her match. Her submissiveness is an act. It hardly matters whether or not the sun is the moon, because the two of them have their own, extra-ordinary light. Petruchio isn’t fooled by by his wife’s new attitude. For the outside world, however, the prevalent social norms are safe. Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief: even the most reluctant among them have complied. In truth, Katharina and Petruchio play their parts in perfect harmony, and their singular tune sets them apart in what is a game of artifice.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: http://www.kinopraha.pl

BASSO 2. Biennale of Low Tones: "BASSO in the underground" and "AUKSO with basses"


BASSO 2. Biennale of Low Tones will take place in Warsaw and will last until November 30, 2017.

BASSO is a unique biennial, mainly due to its originality and pioneering character in Poland. The idea of ​​the event is to go beyond the framework of the classical festival of classical music. The core of the programme is music for bass instruments, with particular emphasis on cello, viola da gamba and double bass, as well as brass and electronic instruments (tuba, bassoon, bass guitar) and folk instruments (basses). The name of the event refers to the baroque practice of basso continuo, i.e. a system of partially improvised accompaniment played on a bass line.

On November 26 at the Podziemie Kamedulskie singer Justyna Piernik and her father, tubist Zdzisław Piernik will perform music from Kuyavia region. The concert will be accompanied by a lecture on the role of bass instruments in Polih traditional music given by musicologist, instrumentalist and vocalist Maciej Kaziński, and the presentation of tubmaryna given by musician, animator and musical instrument builder Dominik Dembiński.

The final concert on November 30 will feature the AUKSO Chamber Orkiestra under Marek Moś along with Malisze Band from Męcina Mała in the Low Beskids who will perform short folk songs and dances from the Gorlice County on violin, hurdy-gurdy, nyckelharpa, drum and basses.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Giacomo Puccini "La bohème"

siOn December 4, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Szyfman Polish Theatre in Warsaw Academic Choir of the Warsaw University of Technology, ARTOS Childrens’ Choir, and Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under the baton of Tadeusz Kozłowski will present a stage version of Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème directed by Adam Zdunikowski.

The Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, after the success of the concert presentation of Tosca as part of the “Great Music in a Small Hall” series, staged in one of the most architecturally and acoustically interesting interiors of the Warsaw University of Technology, is returning to the idea with another one of Puccini’s masterpieces. This time, the work will be performed in the hall of the Arnold Szyfman Polish Theatre, very adequate for the purpose – this will allow a partially-staged presentation, directed by Adam Zdunikowski. The performance will also feature excellent soloists – Mimì will be played by Russian soprano Irina Papenbrock, who has been developing her career on international stages, especially in Germany; her partner as Rodolpho will be Tomasz Kuk, a renowned soloist of the Krakow Opera, who has also performed with the National Opera and several important theatres in Poland and abroad. Also participating in the show will be the choir of the Warsaw University of Technology, and the spectacle will be conducted by one of the most experienced opera specialists, Tadeusz Kozłowski, who is celebrating forty-five years of artistic work this season. He has served, among others, as art director of the Musical Theatre and the Grand Theatre in Łódź (he prepared over fifty premieres for the latter). He was also art director of the Opera and Operetta in Krakow and music director of the National Opera in Warsaw. 

Tickets available at www.bilety24.pl, www.eBilet.pl and in the ticket office of the Polish Theatre in Warsaw. 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: http://sinfoniaiuventus.pl

13th International Festival of Contemporary Music and Visual Arts „Mózg Festival” in Warsaw

m13th edition of the International Festival of Contemporary Music and Visual Arts „Mózg Festival” will be held in Warsaw between November 28 and December 2, 2017.

International Festival of Contemporary Music and Visual Arts „Mózg Festival” is an encounter of artists who work and create in all areas of contemporary music as well as performance art and multimedia installations where music plays an important part. Artists who participate in the festival come from all around the world. This reflects the multicultural principle of "Mózg Festival" and enables the audience to experience and understand different aspects of various cultures.

The festival presents the newest performance techniques and interdisciplinary combinations that relate to and honour tradition. Among the invited artists there are outstanding characters from the artistic world as well as young artists, whose hitherto activity manifests uniqueness. An indispensable part of the festival is the participation of local artists who meet the above-mentioned expectations. All artistic activity is treated as means leading to deeper understanding of the surrounding reality and changes that occur in the world.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Festival Programme: http://www.festiwal.mozg.pl 

Instrument Masters in "Wednesday on Okólnik Street" concert cycle

uA concert of the Symphony Orchestra of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music under Maestro Vladimir Kiradijev will take place on November 29, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. 

Performers: Agata Szymczewska – violin, The FCUM Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Kiradjiev  – conductor. Programme: Karol Szymanowski, Roman Palester, Francis Poulenc. Ticket: 15 PLN.

The concert is a part of "Instrument Masters" in "Wednesday on Okólnik Street" cycle. It is also a part of the National Conference Roman Palester's Perfect Pitch, which will be held between November 29 and December 2. Admission for the conference is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Final of the "Pictures from Conrad" Festival

cMusic of Krzesimir Dębski, Adrian Williams, Jarosław Siwiński and Adam Porębski, inspired by the work of Polish-born British writer Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski, will be presented at the final of the "Pictures from Conrad" Festival on November 26, 2017 at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio.

The final concert will feature works inspired by Conrad's novels: The Secret Agent, The Rescue, Poland Revisited and The Shadow Line. Fragments of texts selected by the composers will be also read out at the concert. The festival is organized by the Polish Society of Contemporary Music. Admission free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More about the festival athttps://ptmw.art.pl

From Elsner to Moryto

uA concert given by Chair of String Instruments of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music entitled "From Elsner to Moryto" will be held on December 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Performers: Emilia Jarocka, Debora Kramarek, Judyta Kluza, Joanna Rybak, Kinga Zlot, Aleksandra Grudzińska, Karolina Miśkowiec, Zuzanna Budzyńska, Anna Korczyńska, Nikola Kiszczak, Błażej Bębeńca, Ayeong Heo, Emilia Łapko, Aleksandra Błaszczyk, Jan Pietkiewicz  – violin, Grzegorz Skrobiński, Aleksandra Dallali, Ewa Skardowska, Szymon Ogryzek, Andrzej Guz, Yuka Mohri, Aleksandra Płaczek  – piano.

Programme: Józef Elsner, Apolinary Kątski, Aleksander Zarzycki, Emil Młynarski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski / Stanisław Barcewicz, Karol Szymanowski, Stanisław Moryto, Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz, Henryk Melcer.

Artistic supervision: prof. dr hab. Andrzej Gębski.

Free admission cards available at the UMFC (2 Okólnik Street).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

3rd Contemporary Music Festival "New Waves"

nf2017 edition of the Contemporary Music Festival "New Waves" will be held between November 25 and December 3 in Gdańsk.

The name of the event corresponds to the marine character of the city, as well as the new trends in contemporary music which will be presented during the Festival. The main theme of this year's edition is religious music. During the opening concert Wiesław Cienciała's choir song Sola fide, sola scriptura, sola gratia will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. At the end of the Festival, Andrzej Dziadek's Magnificat will celebrate the Advent period.

The programme, including works by Polish and foreign composers (Tadeusz DixaDixa, Adam Diesner, Piotr Jędrzejczyk, Jakub Nikiel, Krzysztof Olczak, Adam Porębski, Sławomir Zamuszko, Weronika Ratusińska-Zamuszko, Wojciech Blecharz, Miłosz Bembinow, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Bengt Ollén, and many others), will be performed by Sinfonietta Pomerania Orchestra, Chamber Choir "441 Hz", Trio In:te:gro:, Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra, Baltic Chamber Choir, Stefan Hussong, and several other soloists.

Additionally, on November 25 the Academy of Music in Gdańsk will host a National Scientific Conference "Methods of analyzing 20th and 21st century music".

Admission free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programme: http://2017.nowefale.pl/ 


Piano Works by Founders of Warsaw’s University of Music

uA concert entitled "Piano Works by Founders of Warsaw’s University of Music" will be held on December 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.

Performer: Marcin Tadeusz Łukaszewski – piano. Programme: Grażyna Bacewicz, Marian Borkowski, Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska, Andrzej Karałow, Bartosz Kowalski-Banasewicz, Paweł Łukaszewski, Piotr Perkowski, Marian Sawa, Tomasz Sikorski, Jakub Szafrański, Wojciech Szmidt.

The concert is given by Chair of Music Education and Inter-Department of Comprehensive Piano Studies as part of the jubilee of 90 years of Department of Choir Conducting, Music Education, Church Music, Rhythmics and Dance.

Free admission cards available at the UMFC (2 Okólnik Street).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The release of the album „Bartłomiej Pękiel. Opera omnia”

pThe release of the album „Bartłomiej Pękiel. Opera omnia” will take place on November 19, 2017 at the St. Catherine's Church (7 Augustiańska Street, Cracow).

The project is the final stage of the task of recording all works of Pękiel, based on the musicological research conducted in The Archives of the Krakow Cathedral Chapter, undertaken by the OCTAVA ensemble in 2015. The high status of the task is evidenced by the fact that its implementation and financing were supported by flagship institutions and state entities responsible for Polish culture and its promotion, including: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, National Center of Culture, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Municipality of Krakow, FiNA - National Film Archive - Audiovisual Institute, Adam Mickiewicz Institute (Culture.pl) and Institute of Music and Dance.

The three-disc album is the first in the history of the music market with a full picture and complete phonographic recording of the work of court composer of Władysław IV Waza. During the concert the OCTAVA ensemble under the direction of Zygmunt Magiera will present selected works by the genius Polish artist working in the Royal Wawel Cathedral, including: Missa Concertata la Lombardesca, Dulcis Amor Iesu, Dum Complerentur, Assumpta est Maria, Ave Maria, Magnum Nomen Domini, Audite mortales. The concert will be preceded by a lecture on the performed works, the genesis and the context of their creation.

During the concert it will be possible to purchase "Bartłomiej Pękiel. Opera omnia" at a promotional price. Admission to the event is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More at: http://www.pekiel.pl/