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Maciej Bałenkowski’s "Sinfonietta" – American premiere

Maciej BałenkowskiMaciej Bałenkowski’s composition Sinfonietta – Time is ticking, awarded in the Composition Competition “Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta” organized by Sinfonietta Cracovia, will have its American premiere on December 4, 2015 in Mary Flagler Cary Hall (DiMenna Center for Classical Music) in New York.

The work was premiered by Sinfonietta Cracovia under Jurek Dybał on June 28, 2015 in the Szymanowski Philharmonic in Krakow and later performed at the Polish Music Festival in Moscow in November. The programme of the concert in New York includes also the compositions by Julia Seeholzer (Yours), George Walker (Antifonys and Lyric for Strings) and Antonín Dvořák (Serenade for Strings, Op. 22). Performers: Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra conducted by Thomas Cunningham.

More information: http://www.upchamberorchestra.org/

Marcin Stańczyk’s composition in Havana

Marcin StańczykMarcin Stańczyk’s Aftersound for guitar will be performed on November 18, 2015 by a Danish artist Mikkel Anderson during the 28th Festival of Contemporary Music in Havana.

The composition was premiered on November 13, 2015 in the Miami University in Oxford.
The programme of the concert, dedicated to a Cuban guitarist Jesús Ortega, includes also works by Elliot Carter (USA), Armando Rodríguez Ruidíaz (Cuba/USA), Mercedes Zavala (Spain), Louis Aguirre (Cuba/Denmark), Li-Ying Wu (Taiwan/Denmark), Guido López-Gavilán and Hui Tak-Cheung (China), and Alfredo Diez Nieto y Jesús Ortega (Cuba).

More information:
www.uneac.org.cu

Penderecki, Sladkovski and Sinfonia Varsovia in Russia

Sinfonia VarsoviaThe Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra begins the concert tour in Russia, performing under the direction of Krzysztof Penderecki and Alexander Sladkovski. The programme of the concerts, which will take place in Perm, Moscow and St. Petersburg includes, among others, works by Chopin, Moniuszko and Penderecki. The project is partly financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage under the “Promotion of Polish Culture Abroad” programme.

Sinfonia Varsovia will begin its concerts in Russia on 15 November in the city of Perm, which lies at the foot of the Ural Mountains. In the city’s Philharmonic, the Orchestra will play under the direction of Alexander Sladkovski. The programme will feature Stanisław Moniuszko's Fairy Tale Fantastic Overture, Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op.70 and Fryderyk Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E minor, Op. 11. The solo part will be performed by Philipp Kopachevsky - young Russian pianist, winner of many international competitions.

On 17 November Sinfonia Varsovia will perform in the famous Concert Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. This time the orchestra will be conducted by its artistic director – Krzysztof Penderecki. Maestro will conduct his own work: Concerto doppio per violino, viola e orchestra, featuring Russian violinist Nikita Borisoglebski and Ukrainian viola player Maxim Rysanov. The other works in the programme are Sergei Prokofiev’s Symphony No.1 in D major “Classical”, Op. 25 and Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No.7 in D minor, Op.70. The artists will play the same repertoire 2 days later in the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

More information:
www.sinfoniavarsovia.org

Paderewski in memoriam

Paderwski in memoriamAn homage to Ignacy Jan Paderewski - a recital performed by pianist Joanna Szczepaniak will take place on November 25, 2015 at 7.00 pm in the Polish Library in Paris. The concert is organized by the Association of Polish Artists Musicians.

The programme includes Paderewski’s Fantastic Krakowiak, Op. 14 No. 6, Minuet, Op. 14 No. 1, Melody, Op. 16 No. 2, Mazurka, Op.5 No. 2, and piano compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven, Fryderyk Chopin, Johannes Brahms, Ludomir Różycki, and Aleksander Michałowski.

The performer, Joanna Szczepaniak, graduated from the Academy of Music in Katowice. She is a laureate of several awards at solo and chamber music competition, and a three-time recipient of the scholarship granted by the Fryderyk Chopin Society. Since 2008 she has been working at the Conservatory of Music in Clamart.

Lutosławski’s "Concerto for Orchestra" in Slovenia

Koncert na orkiestręSlovenian Philharmonic Orchestra under Uroš Lajovic will present Witold Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra in Gallus Hall in Ljubljana on November 26 and 27, 2015.

The orchestra will also perform Jurij Mihevec’s The Planets – overture for string orchestra and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major, Op. 58 joined by Dubravka Tomšič Srebotnjak.

Concerto for Orchestra (1950-54) was inspired by Witold Rowicki, who asked Witold Lutosławski to compose a work for the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra that Rowicki had founded in 1950. The composer initially wanted to answer the commission with a relatively short piece – functional and occasional in character, with no particular aesthetic aims. It turned out differently, however: the material demanded a more developed, symphonic form that made use of motifs from Polish folk music and was constructed on a broad plan of clearly neoclassical features. The Concerto was given its first performance on November 26th, 1954, by Warsaw’s National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Witold Rowicki, to whom the work is dedicated.
(source: www.lutoslawski.org.pl)

More information: www.filharmonija.si