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Katowice | Silesian Philharmony: Stabat Mater

On the 25th of March 2022 at 7 p.m. a concert featuring Choir and Symphony Orchestra of Silesian Philharmonic conducted by Yaroslav Shemet and eminent soloists: Maria Domżał, Natalia Skrycka and Adam Kutny will take place.

The programme of the concert comprises of Adagio from Symphony No. 3 by Krzysztof Penderecki, Stabat Mater of Karol Szymanowski and Symphony ‘Mathis der Maler’ of Paul Hindemith.

Press release

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Ticket information: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/szymanowski-stabat-mater-domzal-skrycka-kutny-shemet 

Warsaw | Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra - Concert dedicated to fighting Ukraine

On the 19th of March 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will perform together with conductor Paweł Przytocki and Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova at the concert dedicated to fighting Ukraine.

The concert will start with Ukraine’s national anthem, Ще не вмерла України ні слава, ні воля (“Ukraine has not yet died, nor her glory, nor her freedom”), the lyrics of which (written by Pavlo Chubynsky) are an intended reference to the incipit of Dąbrowski’s Mazurka.

The programme will also include pieces composed by artists representing the same generation of Ukrainian music who, however, followed different paths and stylistic trends. Myroslav Skoryk, born in 1938, was a prominent figure in Ukraine’s musical environment as a composer and musicologist, as well as an artistic director of the Kyiv Opera. Valentyn Silvestrov, one year senior to Skoryk, is one of the most popular Ukrainian composers in the world. His music has undergone an interesting evolution from avant-garde experiments to postmodern turn towards tradition, which his music draws fascinating inspirations from. The Messenger is a particularly interesting example, because the piece includes references to Mozart’s music, decomposed and subjectively arranged into new qualities.

During the concert, the solo piano parts will be performed by Anna Fedorova, an eminent Ukrainian artist, winner of numerous international piano competitions. She performs solo as a chamber musician and with symphonic orchestras in such prestigious halls as Carnegie Hall, Concertgebouw, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées or Zurich Tonhalle. She gave performances at festivals in Germany, France, Italy, Ukraine, the United States, Mexico and Argentina, and is also well known to Polish audiences.

The concert will be directed by outstanding conductor Paweł Przytocki, the Artistic Director of the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź since the 2017-2018 season.

Anna Sułkowska-Migoń took part in the concert preparation as participant of the ‘Conductor-Resident’ programme. The event is co-organized by the National Institute of Music and Dance as part of the programme ‘Conductor-Resident’ financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

After Piotr Maculewicz's note

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

More: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Cracow | 2nd concert devoted to Jerzy Fitelberg:

Pan Ton String Quartet in cooperation with the National Museum in Cracow and the Polish Viola Society invites to the 2nd Monographic Concert devoted to the chamber music of Jerzy Fitelberg written for string quartet. The concert will take place on the 19th of March 2022 at 5 p.m. in the Bishop Erazm Ciołek Palace – branch of the National Museum in Cracow in Kanonicza 17 street.
During the concert Pan Ton String Quartet will present three pieces for string quartet by Jerzy Fitelberg: Fantasia ‘The last moments of Till Eulenspiegel’ (1920), Quartet No. 4 (1936) and Quartet No. 5 (1945).
In the works of Jerzy Fitelberg (1903-1951) we can find a unique fusion of styles, trends and creative directions from various European and North American artistic circles seen in the first half of the 20th century. Fitelberg remains forgotten and underestimated despite the fact that his music was often performed at many important festivals and concerts before his death.

The Pan Ton String Quartet are: Karolina Szymbara, Fabio Salmeri (violin), Paweł Riess (viola), Jakub Gajownik (cello).
Admission to the concert is free. Ticket booking by e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or by phone (+48 12 433 57 44).

The concert and preparation of sheet music are possible thanks to the scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.


Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Gdańsk, Koszalin, Olsztyn | Penderecki in memoriam

On the second anniversary of distinguished Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki’s death series of concerts dedicated to his work will take place. The event „Penderecki in memoriam” will be held on the 24th, 25th and 27th of March 2022 in the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk, Koszalin Philharmonic and Warmia and Masuria Philharmonic in Olsztyn.

Music of the great composer will be performed by the Chamber Orchestra Baltic Alians directed by Robert Kabara. Two parts of the event ‘Sacrum’ and ‘Profanum’ will comprise of Chaccone in Memoria del Giovanni Paolo II, Agnus Dei, De profundis from the Seven Gates of Jerusalem, Serenade for string orchestra, Trzy utwory w dawnym stylu (Three Pieces in Old Style) for string orchestra and Sinfonietta per archi.

Media Patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Ticket information:

https://www.filharmonia.gda.pl/ 

https://filharmoniakoszalinska.pl/ 

https://filharmonia.olsztyn.pl/ 

Wrocław | Trios and sonatas

NFMOn the 17th of March 2022 at 7 p.m. at the National Forum of Music chamber concert featuring Polish string players Bartłomiej Nizioł, Radosław Pujanek and Tomasz Daroch. Artists will perform trios and sonatas of four composers among others Feliks Janiewicz.

Feliks Janiewicz is a mysterious figure from the time of Grand Duchy of Lithuania. He used to perform at the King Stanisław August Poniatowski court as well as in Italy, France and England.

Two of his trios for two violins and cello will be played at the concert as well as Sonata for two violins op. 10 of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Sonata for violin and cello of Maurice Ravel and Sonata for Solo Violin, Op. 27, No. 2 by Eugène Ysaÿe.

Press release

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre

More: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl 

Cracow | Undergraduate and Graduate Students Academic Conference 'Elementi 9. Involvement'

Elementi is an event organised yearly (since 2013) by students of all degrees at the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Cracow. Its idea is to create a place for a deeper reflection on new music from both theoretical and musical standpoints and to promote contemporary works. Therefore the event consists of concerts as well as academic conference.

This year’s edition of Elementi will take place between the 11th and 12th of March and its theme is “involvement”. We focus on subject involved into creative process – composer, conductor, performer and audience, as well as the objects of the involvement – culture and art in a broad sense, society, politics and music itself. In our reflections we ask ourselves about involved music – how can it get involved, what risks does it carry (excessive subjectivism, unwanted kitsch, manipulation) and can it involve at all?

The event will be attended by special guests: professor Ryszard Waldemar Kluszczyński – media scholar, cultural expert specializing in new media art and Rafał Ryterski – composer, sound designer and multlimedia artist, nominated to the one of the most prestigious Polish cultural awards (Paszporty Polityki 2021).

Concerts’ programme consists of works by esteemed artists such as Rafał Ryterski and Ricardo Eizirik and works written by the students. The concerts will be performed by instrumentalists associated with the Academy as well as by Spółdzielnia Muzyczna ensemble. It appeared at the most important music festivals in Poland such as Warsaw Autumn, Sacrum Profanum, Audio Art, Musica Moderna, NeoArte.

The academic conference and some of the following concerts will take place in the main building of the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Cracow. The remaining concerts, however, will take place in 360º gallery at Hevre club. Depending on the epidemiological situation Elementi might be conducted in the hybrid mode (on the AMKP Online platform).

Press release

Media Patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Detailed programme: https://www.amuz.krakow.pl/konferencja-elementi9/ 

 

Warsaw | Popko & Thieu-Quang Duo Concert

The Warsaw Music Society will hold a piano-clarinet duo concert on the 13th of March 2022 at 12 o'clock.

The pianist Paweł Popko and clarinetist Piotr Thieu-Quanga will perform some of the less known works by Witold Lutosławski, Tadeusz Baird as well as pieces by Franz Ignaz Danzi, Alban Berg and Francis Poulenc. 

The duo was awarded special prize at the 2nd International Stanisław Moniuszko Polish Music Competition organized by the National Institute of Music and Dance as well as a special prize awarded by the STOART Artists Performers Association and two special prizes awarded by the Polish Composers’ Union for the best performance of a post 1945 work.

Media Patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Ticket information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2016750348506539/ 

 

Wrocław - Concert of Solidarity with Ukraine

The National Forum of Music in Wrocław cannot be indifferent to the Russian invasion on Ukraine. On the 4th of March 2022 at 7 p.m. a ‘Concert of Solidarity with Ukraine” will take place in the main hall.

The Ukrainian artists Olga Pasiecznik (soprano) and Natalia Piasiecznik (piano) will perform songs of Ukrainian composers.

The honorary patron of the event will be Jarosław Obremski - Lower Silesian Voivode, Jacek Sutryk - President of the City of Wrocław and Cezary Przybylski - Lower Silesian Marshal.

The concert ‘Apoteoza tańca’ was postponed to the 20th of May 2022.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Katowice | 'Masters of Musical Landscapes': extraordinary concert 'Bach-Kilar'

World-renowned violinists Krzysztof Jakowicz and Jakub Jakowicz together with Chamber Orchestra of the National Philharmonic and conductor Jan Lewtak will perform on the 7th of March 2022 at 8 p.m. at the NOSPR premises. The concert will be part of the 'Masters of Musical Landscapes' cycle.

The father and son will present famous violin compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041, Violin Concerto in E major BWV 1042 and Concerto for two violins in D minor BWV 1043.

The second part of the concert will take listeners to the world of film music transcribed by Jan Lewtak. The performers will be artists from the ‘Camerata Silesia’ and soloists: Adam Myrczek (bass), Maria Lewicka (flute), Danuta Kojro-Pawulska (piano), Piotr Lis (oboe) and Grzegorz Wołczański (clarinet). Radio journalist Paweł Sztompke will host the event.

Press release

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programme: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/bach-kilar-mistrzowie-muzycznych-krajobrazow-krzysztof-jakow

 

Kraków – Wieliczka – Kąśna Dolna | The 5th „Piano e Forte” Festival and Piano Competition 2022

Piano e forteThe aim of the 5th Piano e Forte Festival and Piano Competition, will be held between the 1. and 6. of March 2022, is to show the history of the evolution of the piano in the context of the development of the piano repertoire, as well as the multifaceted role of the pianist and the piano.

The fifth edition of the event takes place in the Year of Polish Romanticism. The festival program will include concerts presenting works by famous and forgotten composers of Polish Romanticism on historical and contemporary piano, devoted to the history of the polonaise and mazurka, the Master Chamber Recital at the Paderewski Manor House in Kąśna Dolna, and the Piano Competition. The Piano e Forte Academy will include lectures and workshops on: piano, clavichord and harpsichord construction, historical and contemporary piano performance practices and dealing with stage fright.

The festival is organized by the Sfogato Music and Arts Society in Krakow, together with the co-organizers and partners: the Music School Complex in Wieliczka, the Villa Decius Institute of Culture in Krakow, the National Museum in Krakow, the Paderewski Center in Kąśna Dolna, the B. Rutkowski Music School of the 1st and 2nd degree in Krakow and the Monastery of the Carmelite Fathers in Krakow.

The project was financed by the PZU Foundation. Admission to the events is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: www.pianoeforte.pl, www.facebook.com/pianoefortefestival 

Katowice | Multimedia Organ Evening

On the 20th of February 2022 at 5 p.m. in the Silesian Philharmonic a ‘Multimedia Organ Evening’ will take place. The soloist of the evening will be Julian Gembalski, recognized organ player, laureate of many Polish and international awards. The programme of the concert will comprise works by Georg Muffat, Johann Sebastian Bach, César Franck as well as organ improvisations.

The artistic output of Georg Muffat is a combination of German, French and Italian styles of the seventeenth century. The Apparatus musico-organisticus cycle is the biggest collection of organ music and a very popular one in its time. Julian Gembalski will perform collection’s seventh toccata in C major.

We will be also able to listen to Bach’s choral prelude Vor deinen Thron tret’ich and Passacaglia in C minor BWV 582 as well as Chorale No. 3 in A-minor of César Franck.

Improvisations of Julian Gembalski will complete the concert.

Press release

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/multimedialny-wieczor-organowy-gembalski/ 

Katowice | NOSPR, Gilbert Varga and Marcin Markowicz

Music of Paweł Mykietyn and Anton Bruckner will be performed on the 3rd of March 2022 at 7.30 p.m. by the National Orchestra of the Polish Radio and violinist Marcin Markowicz. The Orchestra will be conducted by Gilbert Varga, the Principal Conductor of the Taipei Symphony Orchestra.

Varga began began his music career studying violin with his father, Tibor Varga, a famous Hungarian violinist and conductor. He enjoys great authority, and with his interpretations he captivates musicians and the audience. Maestro, especially appreciated for his elegant and exceptionally clear technique, has collaborated with many important orchestras around the world, incl. The Philadelphia Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonie-orchester Berlin, Orchester de Paris and Oslo Philharmonic; he has recorded for such labels as ASV, Koch International and Claves. He is the chairman of the jury of the Internationaler Violinwettbewerb Henri Marteau in Germany.

Next to the Violin Concerto of Mykietyn we will be able to hear Symphony No. 4 in E flat major WAB 104, one of the most popular of Anton Bruckner’s symphonies called by the composer himself ‘Romantic”.

Łucja Siedlik

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket information: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/nospr-thierry-fischer-marcin-markowicz 

Opole | Forgotten Polish Music

Opole Philharmonic Orchestra together with pianist Piotr Sałajczyk and conductor Sebastian Perłowski will perform on the 4th of March 2022 at 7 p.m. Władysław Żeleński is the main figure of the concert ‘Forgotten Polish Music’.

Żeleński - instrumentalist and composer took classes from Franciszek Mirecki among others. While Władysław Żeleński belongs to the established group of recognized Polish composers Mirecki apart from being Żeleński’s teacher as a composer became rather forgotten. At the concert we will be able to hear compositions of them both.

The programme includes Piano Concerto in E flat major of Żeleński, Mirecki’s Symphony in C minor and ouverture to the Halka opera of Stanisław Moniuszko.

Press release

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/wydarzenia/polska-muzyka-zapomniana-5/ 

Warsaw | Mateusz Smoczyński, Piotr Baron & Sinfonia Iuventus

On the 12th of March 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio a meeting of two great individualities of the jazz scene and its classical borderland is going to take place.

Mateusz Smoczyński is a leading contemporary jazz violinist. This winner of several prestigious awards performed on major jazz stages and festivals worldwide and cooperated with the most eminent jazz musicians. Saxophonist Piotr Baron best known for his jazz achievements as the founder of Traveling Birds Quintet is leader of numerous bands performing in Poland and abroad.

Smoczyński wrote Adam’s Apple violin concerto, which premiered in November 2018 with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. This composition is definitely closer to contemporary classical music pieces than to jazz, although it does leave room for the performer to improvise. The title of the piece alludes to the author’s fascination with John Adams’ music, labelled as the American “maximalist minimalist”.

2PiX is another symphonic work by Mateusz Smoczyński – a double concerto for tenor saxophone and violin, which was written on the initiative of the saxophonist Piotr Baron, director of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra.

Marek Wroniszewski will be conducting the Orchestra at the concert.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Co-financed by Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

More: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Results of the First Composers' Competition for an Instrumental Duo with Harp announced!

Jury of the First Composers’ Competition for an Instrumental Duo with Harp organized by Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk announced the results of the competition!

16 works were submitted. The jury members: prof. Elżbieta Sikora – chairman, Prof. Aleksander Lasoń and Dr. Anna Sikorzak-Olek decided:

First Prize - not awarded

Second Prize - Piotr Kasiłowski for the piece Rozstanie z Rzymem and Anna Stolarczyk for the piece Nie-boskie szkice

Third Prize - Sylwester Kukułka for the piece Event horizon, Szymon Kusior for the piece Night Landscapes and Wojciech Laskowski for the piece Choral Fantasy

Honourable Mention - Magdalena Białecka for the piece Pulsar

Congratulations to all Laureates!

Prize-giving ceremony will take place during the final concert on the 22nd of April 2022 at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Additional information: https://www.amuz.gda.pl/wydarzenia/konkurs-kompozytorski-na-duet-instrumentalny-z-harfa,69