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MagDuś Duo concerts of the "Artist-in-Residence" programme

MagDuś Duo is the ensemble in residence at the Institution of Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" in the 2017/2018 season. Their concerts will take place in Katowice on October 14 (The Goldstein Villa), November 26 (Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music) and December 3 (Town House of Culture "Koszutka").

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MagDuś Duo consists of young artists, graduates of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice: saxophonist Bartłomiej Duś and pianist Magdalena Duś. In 2013 they won the second prize at the 18th Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition in Łódź, and a year later the audience award and the second prize at the "Salieri - Zinetti" International Chamber Music Competition in Verona. In 2012 Claccis Clips publishing company issued their debut album Malinconico with works by 20th century French composers.

The Institute of Music and Dance "Artist-in-Residence" programme is dedicated to young Polish performers and to Polish musical institutions as well as other types of institutions that hold a regular concert schedule. It invites solo instrumentalists and singers, as well as ensembles of up to nine musicians, who represent a variety of stylistic line-ups. The programme is open to Polish musical artists of up to 35 years of age who have graduated from artistic educational establishments.

Madia patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Vocal Recital at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music

uVocal Recital of Michał Sławecki will take place on October 25, 2017 in the Concert Hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.

Performers: Michał Sławecki – countertenor, Joanna Wicherek– piano. Programme: Sebastian Krajewski, Mieczysław Wajnberg, Leoš Janáček, Paweł Mykietyn, Sławomir Kupczak.

Tickets: 15 PLN, available at the Chopin University Press (Monday-Friday, 12.00-7.00 p.m.) and online at www.umfc.bilety24.pl

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Songs & Fantasmagories. Ludomir Michał Rogowski

rA world premiere of the Dux record Songs & Fantasmagories. Ludomir Michał Rogowski will take place on the October 8, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. Ludomir Michał Rogowski's compositions will be performed by Izabela Kopeć.

The CD contains 18 Polish, French and Croatian songs for mezzo-soprano, violin and piano, as well as Fantasmagories in five movements for voice and orchestra. It was recorded by the Orchestra of Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera under the baton of Łukasz Borowicz along with Izabela Kopeć (mezzo-soprano), Ewa Pelwecka (piano) and Michał Lisiewicz (violin). It is the first monographic album of vocal-instrumental pieces written by the composer. It took Izabela Kopeć four years to collect the repertory and find the right way of interpreting Rogowski's music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Additional information: https://www.zamek-krolewski.pl

XXVII International Festival of Young Laureats of Music Competitions

flThe 27th International Festival of Young Laureats of Music Competitions will take place in Katowice between October 8-25, 2017.

The Festival is organized by the Institution of Music Promotion and Popularizarion "Silesia" since 1991 and itr features performences by the laureats of important Polish and international competitions for instrumentalists, cameralists and vocalists. This year's programme will include works by such composers as Grażyna Bacewicz, Tadeusz Baird, Marcel Chyrzyński, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Feliks Nowowiejski, Karol Szymanowski and Józef Świder

Admission free (reservation required).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programmehttp://www.silesia.art.pl

3rd Festival ORGANy Plus+ 2017 in Gdańsk

oThe second part of the 3rd edition of the Festival ORGANy Plus+ will be held between October 11-15, 2017 at the he Holy Trinity Church in the Old Suburb.

The main theme of the Autumn part of the Festival will be the work of Gdańsk organist and composer Daniel Magnus Gronau (1699?–1747), whose 270th anniversary of death is celebrated this year. The musician left behind the largest collection of organ fugues and registrations in eighteenth-century European music. This year, for the first time, his partimento fugues will be performed by organists in contemporary style inspired by the Baroque era.

In addition, between October 10-14 there will be seminars, masterclasses and workshops devoted to organ music and improvisation, led by Mauricio Croci (Italy) and Sietze de Vries (Holland).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed information: www.organyplus.com 

SuperSam +1: Peter Brötzmann / Sławek Janicki

sThe next concert from a series of master performances „SuperSam + 1”, organised by the „Mózg Foundation”, will take place on October 5, 2017 at 8 p.m. at the “Mózg Powszechny” club (20 Zamoyskiego Street, Warsaw). The main performers will be Peter Brötzmann and Sławek Janicki.

Peter Brötzmann is a German saxophone and clarinet player. He is said to be one of the most important characters of free jazz and improvise music. His style is harsh and wild but also lyrical. His energetic style of playing was named brötzen and that gave him the name of the “loudest saxophone player in the world”. He also plays the clarinet and a Hungarian brass instrument tàrogató. Brötzman’s sound is very direct and his solos are often very intense. He did not forget the traditional jazz structures and themes play a big part in his music while his improvisation is often based on melody. This features are also significant for Albert Ayler, who is one of Brötzman’s inspirations.

Sławek Janicki is a double bass player, a documentary film-maker, tv producer and a cofounder of Mózg club in Bydgoszcz. As a musician he started his activity in the 80's in the band Henryk Brodaty. He co-created bands: Trytony, Arhythmic Perfection, Pieces of Brain and Arhythmic Brain. He is a very active musician, film-maker and visual artist in Europe and Australia, where he spent about 7 years of the previous decade. As a double bass player he uses unconventional playing techniques. He is entirely devoted to improvised and intuitive music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Additional information: http://www.supersam.mozg.pl/

2nd workshops for children "Tell Me a Story" at the Lower Silesia

ombPolish Society for Contemporary Music invites children and their parents to participate in the workshops "Tell Me a Story" held on October 7, 2017 in Kłodzko and Międzylesie.

The workshops, designed for children aged 3-5 and 6-8, involve literature- and music-based improvisation, and will be led by composer Jarosław Siwiński and graduate of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts Izabela Kobylańska. Macedonian artist Risto Gjorevski and Trillingen Duo (multiinstrumentalist Iwona Jędruch and double bassist Małgorzata Kołcz) will be the guest performers.

Admission free, however booking free tickets is required (mobile: +48 790 395 228 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

 

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The Met: Live in HD 2017-18 ǀ Bellini's "Norma" on October 7

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The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of high-definition live cinema simulcasts, will begin its 12th season on October 7, 2017 with a new production of Bellini’s Norma. It will be transmitted live at the Praha Cinema in Warsaw at 6.35 p.m.

The season opens with a new production of Bellini’s bel canto tragedy Norma, starring Sondra Radvanovskyin the title role, which she has sung to acclaim at the Met in 2013, as well as at the Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco Opera, Bavarian State Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu, and Lyric Opera of Chicago – making her one of the world’s leading interpreters of the iconic title character. Joyce DiDonatoco-stars as Norma’s colleague and rival, Adalgisa, opposite Joseph Callejaas Pollione and Matthew Roseas Oroveso. Carlo Rizziconducts and Sir David McVicar directs the new production.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

The winners of the Polish Music Coryphaeus 2017

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The winners of the Polish Music Coryphaeus awards for 2017 have been announced. The ceremony took place during a gala concert held at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw on 1 October 2017. 

The winners were awarded in the following categories:
Debut of the Year: Marianna Żołnacz
Personality of the Year: Szymon Nehring
Event of the Year: Grammy Award for the record Penderecki conducts Penderecki vol. 1
Honorary Award: Jerzy Maksymiuk

The winners, selected by a panel representing the Polish music community, were handed statuettes designed by Prof Adam Myjak. The Personality of the Year Award and the Honorary Award came with financial awards funded by the Związek Artystów Wykonawców (Union of Performing Artists) STOART and the Stowarzyszenie Autorów (Society of Authors) ZAiKS respectively.

The gala concert Róbmy swoje (Just Do Your Job) was named in honour of the brilliant talent of Wojciech Młynarski (whose famous song bears the same title) and featured guitarists Marek Napiórkowski and Artur Lesicki, pianist Piotr Latoszyński, flutist Leszek ‘Hefi’ Wiśniowski and a jazz band made up of vibraphonist Dominik Bukowski, pianist Krzysztof Herdzin, contrabassist Michał Barański, and percussionists Paweł Dobrowolski and Sebastian Frankiewicz. All the performers had the back-up of the Polska Orkiestra Radiowa (Polish Radio Orchestra) directed by Krzysztof Herdzin and Maciej Koczur.

The programme of the concert comprised compositions written by Wojciech Kilar, Krzysztof Komeda, Bogusław Schaeffer, Krzysztof Herdzin, Marek Napiórkowski, as well as a premiere performance of the Piano Concerto by Zygmunt Konieczny commissioned by the Fundacja Muzyki Filmowej i Jazzowej (Film and Jazz Music Foundation) financially supported by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, part of the ‘Composing Commissions’ programme managed by the Institute of Music and Dance. The gala was hosted by Agata Kwiecińska and Marcin Majchrowski. The event was organised by the Institute of Music and Dance, Polish Radio 2 and the Film and Jazz Music Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed informationwww.koryfeusz.org.pl.

Jubilee Concert of Andrzej Dutkiewicz

uA Juibilee Concert on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Professor Andrzej Dutkiewicz pedagogical work will take place on October 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music.

Performers: Aleksandra Resztik – soprano, Krzysztof Szmyt – tenor, Tomasz Piętak – baritone, Elżbieta Gajewska, Magdalena Irmińska — flute, Olivier Andruszczenko – clarinet, Pablo Sanchez-Escariche Gasch – alto saxophone, Miłosz Wieliński, Andrzej Gębski, Krzysztof Bąkowski – violin, Małgorzata Duź, Andrzej Wróbel, Tomasz Strahl – cello, Elżbieta Karaś-Krasztel, Iwona Mironiuk, Roma Orłowska, Andrzej Dutkiewicz, Janusz Grobelny – piano, Jarosław Wróblewski — organ, Leszek Lorent – percussion, Barbara Okoń-Makowska – tape, The FCUM Chamber Choir, Krzysztof Kusiel-Moroz – conductor, Michał Śmigielski — conductor.

ProgrammeRomance, Trzy szkice w retrospekcji, Trzy pieśni to the lyrics by Wacław Oszajca, Sekstet, Hymnus in honorem Sancti Andre Bobola, Sophie’s Music for Four, Tango mon Amour, Danse Triste, Music For Two and Dwie pieśni by Andrzej Dutkiewicz.

The concert is a part of the "Wednesday on Okólnik Street" cycle. Tickets: 15 PLN, available at the Chopin University Press (Mon-Fri, 12.00–7.00 p.m.).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Polish Music Coryphaeus Awards Gala 2017

kThe winners of the Polish Music Coryphaeus awards for 2017 will be announced on October 1 at 6:00 p.m. during a gala concert held at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw.

The winners, selected by a panel representing the Polish music community, will be awarded in the following categories: Debut of the Year, Personality of the Year, Event of the Year, and Honorary Award. The Personality of the Year Award and the Honorary Award comes with financial awards funded by the Związek Artystów Wykonawców (Union of Performing Artists) STOART and the Stowarzyszenie Autorów (Society of Authors) ZAiKS respectively.

The gala concert Róbmy swoje (Just Do Your Job) is named in honour of the brilliant talent of Wojciech Młynarski (whose famous song bears the same title) and will feature guitarists Marek Napiórkowski and Artur Lesicki, pianist Piotr Latoszyński, flutist Leszek ‘Hefi’ Wiśniowski and a jazz band made up of vibraphonist Dominik Bukowski, pianist Krzysztof Herdzin, contrabassist Michał Barański, and percussionists Paweł Dobrowolski and Sebastian Frankiewicz. All the performers will have the back-up of the Polska Orkiestra Radiowa (Polish Radio Orchestra) directed by Krzysztof Herdzin and Maciej Koczur.

The programme of the concert will compise compositions written by Wojciech Kilar, Krzysztof Komeda, Bogusław Schaeffer, Krzysztof Herdzin, Marek Napiórkowski, as well as a premiere performance of the Piano Concerto by Zygmunt Konieczny commissioned by the Fundacja Muzyki Filmowej i Jazzowej (Film and Jazz Music Foundation) financially supported by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, part of the ‘Composing Commissions’ programme managed by the Institute of Music and Dance. The gala will be hosted by Agata Kwiecińska and Marcin Majchrowski and will be broadcast live at www.koryfeusz.org.pl and www.polskieradio.pl, and on the air of Polish Radio 2.The event is organised by the Institute of Music and Dance, Polish Radio 2 and the Film and Jazz Music Foundation.

Detailed information: www.koryfeusz.org.pl.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Improvisation encounter – Szabolcs Esztényi invites

uSzabolcs Esztényi invites for the Improvisation encounter – a concert given by the Unit of Rhythmics and Piano Improvisation of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw on the October 9th, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Performers: Szabolcs Esztényi, Mária Apagyi, Tomasz Januchta, Wojciech Kaleta, Iwona Mironiuk, Kuba Sokołowski, Julia Tołwińska, Agnieszka Widlarz  piano; Marta Bogusławska  vocal, piano; Hanna Śleszyńska  vocal; Hubert Zemler  percussion.

Programme: piano improvisation and pieces by Szabolcs Esztényi

Coordinator: dr hab. Magdalena Stępień, prof. FCUM

Free admission cards available at the Chopin University Press (Okólnik 2 Street, Monday to Friday,12 a.m. – 7 p.m.).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

UMFC: "Our Laureats"

umfcA concert on October 8, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. will start this year's cycle "Out Laureats", organised by the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.

Performers: Rafał Żurek – tenor, Alicja Kozak – cello, Adam Maksymienko – accordion, NUOVO MONDO QUINTET: Adam Goździewski – piano, Kornelia Figielska – violin, Aleksander Smakosz – violin, Joanna Ławcewicz-Musialik – viola, Aneta Stefańska – cello.

Programme: Piotr Czajkowski, Michaił Glinka, Maurice Ravel, Siergiej Prokofiew, Krzysztof Penderecki, Władysław Zołotariow, Juliusz Zarębski.

Free tickets available at the Chopin University Press (Mon-Fri, 12.00-7.00 p.m.).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

International Conference "Karol Szymanowski in the Culture of the 20th and 21st Centuries"

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In 2017, the Karol Szymanowski Music Society celebrates its 40th anniversary. The last accent of the jubilee celebrations, which have been going on since March, is the International Scientific Conference "Karol Szymanowski in culture of the 20th and 21st centuries". The event will be held in Zakopane between October 1 and 4.

The celebrations will begin on October 1 at 5:00 p.m. in the Villa Atma. The host of the meeting will be the first custodian of the Atma museum and a founding member of the Karol Szymanowski Music Society, dr Maciej Pinkwart. After the meeting, at 8:00 p.m. there will be a concert of Szymanowski's music in the Church of The Holy Cross. It will be performed by the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Gabriel Chmura, along with sopranist Iwona Hoss.

The conference will be devoted to Karol Szymanowski's work, its reception and significance in Polish and world culture of the last century. The sessions will have an interdisciplinary character – apart from musicologists, literary scholars, theorists, and folklore experts will talk about the composer's influence on other fields of art. Participation was confirmed by 29 speakers from Poland and abroad (USA, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Denmark, Ukraine). 

Admission to the Conference and accompanying events is free.

The International Scientific Conference "Karol Szymanowski in the culture of the 20th and 21st centuries" is a part of the celebrations of the Year of Karol Szymanowski, Zakopane 2017.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

DOWNLOAD: Conference Programme / Concerts Programme.

Inauguration of the Concert Season 2017/2018 at the UMFC

uPiano recital of Adam Wodnicki will inaugurate the Concert Season 2017/2018 at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music on October 1.

The recital of pianist Adam Wodnicki from the University of North Texas, USA will be the first concert this year in the cycle "Foreign Guests". The programme will feature works by Joseph Haydn, Fryderyk Chopin, Robert Muczyński, and Siergiej Prokofiew.

Free tickets available at the Chopin University Press (Mon-Fri, 12.00-7.00 p.m.).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.