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Opole | Forgotten Polish Music


A repertoire of the concert on March 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic is an intriguing combination of works by three composers.

Grażyna Bacewicz (whose 110th birthday and 50th death anniversaries fall this year) was a great violinist, winner of the First Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition. Therefore, her compositions were mainly written for this instrument. Nevertheless, she also created for symphony orchestra, and her Ouverture from 1943 is a flagship example. It will be peerformed by the Symphony Orchestra of the Opole Philharmonic directed by Przemysław Neumann.

Dmitri Shostakovich was claimed as the greatest symphonist of the twentieth century. Although the times in which he lived determined his musical language, the composer brilliantly smuggled the characteristic irony, elements of the grotesque and dramaturgy into his works. These features are evident in his Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, which will be performed by Bartosz Koziak. In the finale of the evening, we will listen to the popular Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an exhibition, instrumented by Maurice Ravel.

The concert is held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performances of Polish music.

More information at: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/wydarzenia/polska-muzyka-zapomniana-2/ 

Łódź | Symphonic Concert in Memory of Dominik Połoński


On March 29, 2019 at 7.00 p.m., the first concert in memory of Dominik Połoński will take place at the Łódź Philharmonic.

Dominik Połoński was an excellent cellist with a degree of a habilitated doctor of musical art. He was a laureate of many national and international music competitions, including the Grand Prix at the International Europhony Competition in Bucharest. In 2003, he was awarded the "Polityka" Passport award for "individuality and consistent improvement of artistic personality". He held the position of assistant professor in two music academies: he led the cello class at the Music Academy in Łódź and the Academy of Music in Kraków. Apart from his concert activity, he also conducted cello classes at national and international music courses. From 2004 he struggled with brain cancer. He was the only cellist in history that used only the right hand while playing.

The concert performed by the Symphony Orchestra of the Łódź Philharmonic under the direction of its artistic director Paweł Przytocki will include the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki with mezzo-soprano Aleksandra Opała as a soloist. In addition, the premiere of Ignacy Zalewski's Symphony. In memory of Dominik Połoński will take place. The concert will be combined with the screening of a film about the artist Variation for cello solo.

Before the concert, at 6.15 p.m., Andrzej Sułek will lead the meeting with Iza Połońska, Aleksandra Rek (the director of the film) and Bartosz Panek (author of the reportage about Dominik Połoński "I want more", awarded Prix Italia). That evening will also be the premiere of the album Mała Trylogia, which presents the record of Dominik's last performance in front of the audience in March last year, when he improvised to texts by Anton Chekhov read by the actor Bronisław Wrocławski.

More information at: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/koncert-symfoniczny-poswiecony-pamieci-dominika-polonskiego 

Katowice | The 8th Festival of Premieres "Polish Modern Music"

NOSPROn the last weekend of March, the NOSPR invites music lovers to a special event: the 8th Festival of Premieres "Polish Modern Music". Tickets on sale from Tuesday, 29 January!

This year’s eighth edition of the festival will present premiere performances of nearly 30 works by Polish composers of various generations, from young novices to doyens of Polish art of composition, such as Zbigniew Bargielski, Ryszard Gabryś, Hanna Kulenty, Artur Zagajewski, Krzysztof Meyer, Piotr Moss, Aleksander Nowak, and Mikołaj Górecki.

Apart from the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the organiser of the event, the festival will host some of the foremost Polish ensembles, including the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy, Camerata Silesia – the Katowice City Singers’ Ensemble, Silesian String Quartet, and the New Music Orchestra, as well as outstanding soloists: Linus Roth, Agata Zubel, Joanna Freszel, Dariusz Przybylski, Jadwiga Kotnowska, and Maciej Frąckiewicz.

The festival will be accompanied by music installations: Gdzieniegdzie [Here and there] by Paweł Hendrich and Tomasz Strojecki and mYear19 by Michał Moc.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/ 

Wrocław | Spring melancholy


On March 28, 2019, the last chamber evening at the National Forum of Music will be entirely devoted to Polish works. The programme of the concert will create space for a well-deserved return of Mieczysław Weinberg's work to concert repertoire. It will also present one of the most valuable Polish chamber work of the Romantic period which is Juliusz Zarębski's Piano Quintet in G minor.

Mieczysław Weinberg's life fell on the years of the greatest anxiety in the history of the 20th century. He began his musical education in Warsaw, where he was educated by the then best piano teacher, Józef Turczyński. Dreams about a virtuoso career were thwarted by the outbreak of World War II, which forced Weinberg to cross Poland’s east border. While in Belarus, he found inspiration in the music of Dmitry Shostakovich – a master who a few years later became not only the artistic guardian of Weinberg, but also one of his best friends. Shostakovich repeatedly highlighted the talent of his younger colleague, and the charm of Weinberg's music also appealed to other contemporary artists. One of the enthusiasts of his work was, for example, Mstislav Rostropovich, at whose request the Second Cello Sonata, Op. 63 was written. In the field of Weiberg’s chamber music, three trios for various instrumental line-ups also occupy a significant place. The first of them was created still during the war and completed in 1945.

The other composer featuring in the programme will be Juliusz Zarębski – a pianist and composer living in the second half of the 19th century, who gained a thorough musical education as part of his studies at the conservatory in Vienna (receiving a gold medal for excellent academic results). Zarębski’s talent was noticed not only by the audience but also by his contemporaries in the field of composition. The young composer was appreciated, among others, by Ferenc Liszt and Alexander Borodin. Both artists emphasized his exceptional piano and composing skills. In Zarębski's output surviving today, the intriguing Piano Quintet in G minor, which impresses with its outstanding compositional solutions, comes to the fore. It is an attention-grabbing work full of instrumental virtuosity, mind-boggling consonances and heartrending melodies.

Weiberg and Zarębski's works will be presented by wonderful soloists and chamber musicians: violinists Agata Szymczewska and Radosław Pujanek, violist Michał Micker, cellist Wojciech Fudala and pianist Michał Rot.

More information at:  https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/6696 

Łódź | Chamber Music Concert Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Silesian Quartet

Filharmonia Łódzka

On March 26, 2019 at 7.00 p.m., the Łódź Philharmonic will host a chamber music concert on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Silesian String Quartet.

The Silesian String Quartet has existed continuously since 1978. The ensemble’s musicians have honed their craft in master classes led by members of such quartets as LaSalle, Amadeus, Juilliard, Smetana, Alban Berg and others. The Quartet’s repertoire consists of over 400 chamber pieces, with around 300 of them representing works from the musical canon of the 20th and 21st-centuries. The chamber musicians of Silesia have premiered over 100 string quartets by Polish and foreign composers, with a significant number of works dedicated to them.

During the anniversary concert, the jubilarians will present the Great Fugue from the String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 133 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Quintet No. 1 by Grażyna Bacewicz and Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 18 by Mieczysław Weinberg. The piano part will be performed by Piotr Sałajczyk – a versatile, creative pianist who gained the recognition of international critics. In 2018, he received the "Fryderyk" award in the category "Album of the Year – Chamber Music" and Orpheus award of the Polish Musicians' Association "for outstanding performances of Polish music".

Information on tickets at: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/koncert-kameralny-z-okazji-40-lecia-dzialalnosci-kwartetu-slaskiego 

Kraków | "Szymanowski / Poland/ World" Festival


Kraków Philharmonic invites you to the first edition of the "Szymanowski / Poland / World" Festival, which will take place on March 26-30, 2019.

The aim of the project is to show the uniqueness and greatness of the Patron of the Philharmonic. Through important artistic events presenting music from 1850-1950, the festival will portray the personality of the author of Stabat Mater as a great humanist with multifaceted interests who inspired artists from various fields of art. 

Szymanowski traveled extensively around Europe, America and North Africa. The conviction that he must "catch up with the international music", as Stefan Kisielewski put it, made him visit many art centers in the first three decades of the 20th century. The next editions of the Festival will attempt to look at these encounters. For the first meeting, the organizers chose the Czech Republic. Szymanowski's relationships with our southern neighbor lasted a quarter of a century. A special place was Prague, where all of his greatest achievements were presented: the National Opera premiered with great success the operas The Highland Robbers and King Roger. The Orchestra of the National Theater in Prague, a continuator of the ensemble that impressed Karol Szymanowski, will conclude the first edition of the "Szymanowski / Polska / Świat" Festival.

Full programme available at: http://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/Home/8326-Karnety_na_Festiwal_SZYMANOWSKI_%2F_POLSKA_%2F_%C5%9AWIAT.html

Łódź | Choral Songs of Moniuszko and Górecki

TW Łódź

On March 25, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., the artists of the Grand Theater in Łódź will perform as the Vocal Ensemble of the Łódź Chamber Musicians in the programme compsed of works written by Stanisław Moniuszko in the period when he was the organist in the Church of Sts Johns in Vilnius.

In the concert from the cycle "Moniuszkowy zawrót głowy", religious choral songs written especially for the choir of the Vilnius parish will be presented. Although the choir was an amateur ensemble, it successfully performed great oratorios of Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or Felix Mendelssohn under the direction of Moniuszko. His religious songs composed for the choir were very advanced and ambitious, both artisticaly and in terms of performance techniques.

The Łódź artists will also present choral works of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, including songs dedicated to Our Lady. In addition to Marian Songs, Op. 54, the programme will consist of Totus tuus, Op. 60 – with the text of Maria Bogusławska referring to the words of St. Pope John Paul II, written on the occasion of his pilgrimage to Poland – and Song of Katyn families, Op. 81 composed to the words of the poet Tadeusz Lutoborski.

Information on tickets at: http://www.operalodz.com/MONIUSZKOWY_ZAWROT_GLOWY_Piesni_choralne_Moniuszki_i_Goreckiego,29,291

Bolshoi Ballet Live: Jubilee Season 2019/2020


The tenth, jubilee season of the transmissions and retransmissions "Bolshoi Ballet Live" from the Moscow scene will begin on October 27, 2019 with the HD LIVE performance of Raymonda – a great classical ballet to the music of Alexander Glazunov, rarely performed on western stages due to the extremely high demands placed on dancers.

Traditionally, among the seven presented titles, there will be stagings of great nineteenth-century classical ballets, awaited by ballet lovers all over the world. We will see Piotr Czajkowski's Swan Lake in the new cast of soloists and The Nutcracker around Christmas. Both ballets were choreographed by Yuri Grigorovich, a long-time director of the Bolshoi Theater ballet company. After a huge turnout success and repeated retransmissions, a beautiful romantic ballet Giselle will re-appear on the screens, but in a completely new choreography by Alexei Ratmański. We will also watch a colorful, oriental Le Corsaire – an adventurous story about the pirate Conrad and his beloved Medora abducted to the harem of a sultan.

Following the previous seasons, the programme will also feature 20th-century masterpieces. At the end of the season, the new version of Romeo and Juliet, prepared for the Bolshoi Theater by Alexei Ratmański and broadcast live in 2017, will be screened again. In April, the Jewels – a ballet evening in three parts in George Balanchine's choreography – will shine on the screens. This beautiful spectacle honors three styles of dance, compared to precious stones: emeralds, rubies and diamonds. For over two centuries, the Bolshoi Theater ballet company (the State Academic Grand Theater of Russia) has made a name for itself not only among the dance lovers. The Bolshoi Theater rarely performs outside its headquarters, which is why the annual cycle of transmissions and retransmissions of the most beautiful ballet performances from Moscow has become a real treat for the audiences around the world.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full schedule of the events is available at: http://new.nazywowkinach.pl/bolsoj/sezon-2019-2020-bolshoi-ballet-live-ogloszony 

Gliwice | 10th "Spring with Fryderyk"

Teatr w Gliwicach

On March 24 – April 14, 2019, the Municipal Theater in Gliwice invites you to the jubilee 10th edition of the "Spring with Fryderyk" Festival.

This year's edition of the festival includes four concerts: "Polonez means Polish", "Aristocrats of the world of sounds", "Miniatures and their great cycles", "Dreams and confessions of love". The works of Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Grażyna Bacewicz, Modest Mussorgsky and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be presented by the pianists Michał Szymanowski, Krzysztof Książek, Alberto Nose, Beata Bilińska, cellist Maciej Kułakowski and two string quintets. The concerts will take place in a tropical setting – in the Palm House in Gliwice, on Sundays from March 24 to April 14 at 7.30 p.m.

Full programme available at: https://teatr.gliwice.pl/2019/03/11/wiosna-z-fryderykiem-wydarzenia/