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Warsaw | Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra: Verdi, Mercadante and Tchaikovsky

POSIThe Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will perform on 16 October 2021 at 7 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw under the baton of Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, a member of the orchestra's Arts Council. We will hear works by Giuseppe Verdi, Saverio Mercadante and Piotr Tchaikovsky. The concert is co-organised by the National Institute of Music and Dance within the framework of the "Conductor-in-residence" programme.

The Italian Saverio Mercadante, of a generation close to Rossini, was a prominent opera creator in his time. His rich oeuvre remains largely forgotten today, with the exception of the work of the only eighteen-year-old composer – Flute Concerto No. 2 in E minor, loved especially for the final Rondo russo, one of the great hits of classical music, eagerly performed by flutists as an encore. During the October concert, the work will be performed by Łukasz Długosz, one of the most versatile and highly-regarded flutists of his generation.

The Italian part of the programme also includes the overture to the opera The Force of Destiny by Giuseppe Verdi, pulsating with emotions, full of beautiful melodies. What does this work have in common with Tchaikovsky's latest symphony? Both works premiered in St. Petersburg (Verdi's opera in 1862).

Due to its expressive aura, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, probably as no other symphony in the history of music, deserved the name "Tragique", as Modest Tchaikovsky, the composer’s brother and confidant, suggested. Pyotr, however, preferred his second suggestion and right after the premiere, he added the subtitle "Pathetique", suggested by his brother, to the score. The composer died nine days after the premiere of the piece, most probably due to an acute cholera attack. He did not leave any programme or commentary to the symphony. All we can do is guess and, primarily, delight upon the piece characterised by great expression, the piece that is Romantic to the bone, filled with exaltation and unconventional elements.

Anna Sułkowska-Migoń, appointed resident conductor of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra in the 2021/2022 season, participated in the preparation of the concert.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/en/

Gdańsk | Premiere of "The Turbulent History of the Polish Army"

Teatr OtwartyThe Open Theatre in Gdańsk, which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2021, invites to the premiere of The Turbulent History of the Polish Army on the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Order of Polonia Restituta. The music and theatre performance will take place at the Artus Court in Gdańsk on 16 October at 6.00 p.m. under the National Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Andrzej Duda.

The founder and artistic director of the Open Theatre is Dariusz S. Wójcik – a well-known Gdańsk singer, winner of the provincial eliminations of the "Personality of the Year 2020" Plebiscite and the 3rd place in the "Personality of the Year in Poland 2020" in the "culture" category. Dariusz Wójcik is the author of the script and the director of the performance which is dedicated to the Fathers of Polish Independence: Józef Piłsudski, Roman Dmowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Wincenty Witos, Wojciech Korfanty, Ignacy Daszyński, who were awarded the Order of Polonia Restituta and the Order of the White Eagle.

The programme will include patriotic songs that were written in various periods of the struggle for independence and after Poland regained its independence. Works by Wojciech (Albert) Sowiński, Michał Kleofas Ogiński, Kazimierz Hofman, Karol Kurpiński, Władysław Tarnowski, Mieczysław Kozar-Słobódzki, Władysław Piątkiewicz, Adam Kowalski, Alfred Schutz, Witold Rowicki, Andrzej Panufnik, and Albert Harris will be performed in new arrangements by Kamil Cieślik, teacher at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, vice-dean of the Faculty of Conducting, Composition and Music Theory.

Among the performers will be Małgorzata Trojanowska (soprano), Jacek Szymański (tenor), Dariusz S. Wójcik (bass), Rafał Lewandowski (piano), Mea Patria Chamber Ensemble and Male Vocal Ensemble. An integral part of the show will be a historical commentary by an employee of the National Education Office of the Institute of National Remembrance in Gdańsk, as well as beautiful choreographic arrangements presenting Polish national dances performed by dancers of the "Jantar" Song and Dance Ensemble of the University of Gdańsk.

Admission is free, but tickets must be pre-booked at: +48 600 290 214.

Co-financed by the NIEPODLEGŁA Multiannual Programme for 2017-2022 under the "Niepodległa" Subsidy Programme.

Co-financed by the City of Gdańsk.

Patronage: Franciszek Stefczyk Foundation and Argo S.A.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: www.teatrotwarty.pl 

Katowice | Concert to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Third Silesian Uprising

FSA concert to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Third Silesian Uprising will be held on 15 October 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the Silesian Philharmonic. The programme will include two great works: Silesian Rhapsody 19–20–21 by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek and Symphony No. 3 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.

The first performance of Silesian Rhapsody took place on 31 August 2019 at the Silesian Stadium. This monumental work dedicated to the memory of Silesian Insurgents took the form of a spectacle, full of music, acrobatics, projections and multimedia effects. The author of this work, winner of an Oscar for music to the film Finding Neverland, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek has prepared a new concert version of Rhapsody. Its premiere will take place on 15 October at the Silesian Philharmonic, and on the stage we will see the same artists who premiered the composition two years ago: Iwona Sobotka (soprano), Janusz Wawrowski (violin) and Marcin Wyrostek (accordion). The Choir and Symphony Orchestra of the Silesian Philharmonic will be conducted by Yaroslav Shemet.

The second item on the programme will be the most famous symphony of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, admired all over the world. In his Symphony No. 3, the composer used a Silesian folk song of a mother searching for her son killed by the Germans in the Silesian uprisings, as well as a 15th-century Polish lament of Mary, mother of Jesus, and a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell in Zakopane during World War II. The extremely expressive soprano part and the instrumental layer that builds great emotions will surely move all listeners.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket Information: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Wrocław | Violin Challenge

NFMThe NFM Wrocław Philharmonic under the baton of Michał Klauza will present two excellent works on 15 October 2021 at 7.00 p.m. The first is a great violin concerto which is a great challenge for the soloist, written by Mieczysław Karłowicz, whose work closes the era of Romanticism in Polish music. This extraordinary piece – created for Stanisław Barcewicz, the artist’s teacher – will be interpreted this time by Bartłomiej Nizioł. The second part of the evening will feature a symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven – a composer active at the boundary of two eras: Classicism and Romanticism.

The cheerful and melodious Violin Concerto in A major by Karłowicz is one of the most difficult pieces written for this instrument. It was noticed by both critics who had the opportunity to listen to one of his first performances, as well as Karłowicz’s contemporary virtuosos. It is not, however, a show for the sake of the show itself, as these difficulties serve the expression and enhance the work’s appeal. The concerto consists of three movements. The first, Allegro moderato, is epic and heroic. Romanza. Andante, the second movement, is the place where Karłowicz exposed the importance of melody. The finale is Vivace Assai, full of energy and joy. The composer played the violin himself, so he was well-aware of how difficult a score he had written.

In the second part of the evening, we will listen to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, which has been turned into a legend reflecting Beethoven’s own emotions while struggling with serious illness. According to the composer’s secretary, Anton Schindler, the characteristic motif opening the symphony was supposed to symbolize fate knocking at the door. Beethoven’s student, pianist Carl Czerny claimed that the composer was inspired by the rhythmic singing of a yellowhammer he heard while walking around the Prater in Vienna. We will probably never know which was true, but in the end, the most important thing is that the symphony does not cease to intrigue generations of listeners with its drama and economy of expression.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationhttps://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/en/

Gorzów | 8th Wojciech Kilar Contemporary Music Festival

FGThe 8th Wojciech Kilar Contemporary Music Festival, aimed at promoting the music of the 20th and 21st centuries in the Lubuskie region, will be held on 15-29 Ocotober 2021. The programme will include large orchestral projects, chamber music concerts, dance performances, an instrumental theater performance, a film show, an exhibition of Bartek Barczyk's photos as well as concerts and workshops for children, organised by the Gorzów Philharmonic.

The festival will present the combination of outstanding works of music of the last two centuries, great artists and projects combining various trends and musical directions at one time and place. This year's edition will be dedicated in a special way to its patron – Wojciech Kilar. The programme of one of the concerts, conducted by Adam Sztaba, will include the premiere of his composition dedicated to Kilar.

We will also hear music by Zygmunt Krauze, Krzysztof Knittel, Jarosław Siwiński, Paweł Szymański, Zbigniew Kozub and Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska. The invitation to the final gala of the Festival was accepted by Jerzy Maksymiuk – a composer and one of the most outstanding Polish conductors. The Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a selection of his compositions under the baton of the Maestro. The final gala will also feature the premiere of Maksymiuk's Riff for three accordions.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund, as part of the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Full programme is available at: https://www.filharmoniagorzowska.pl/pl/calendar/list/2021-10-00 

Nominees have been announced for the Coryphaeus of Polish Music Award 2021

NIMiTTVP Kultura will announce the winners of the eleventh edition of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music Award on 14 November 2021. The audience is voting for the laureate in the "Discovery of the Year' category on the website www.koryfeusz.org.pl until 18 October. A secret ballot by the Electoral College will select the winners in the other three categories.

During the meeting on 8 October, the Programme Council of the National Institute of Music and Dance selected nominees in all categories from among the 196 submitted applications.

The following artists will compete for the title of Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2021 in the "Personality of the year" category: Łukasz Długosz, Adam Kruszewski, Aleksander Nowak, Martyna Pastuszka and Adam Strug.

The "Event of the year" will be chosen from the following five: Sacrum Profanum Festival, "Polish Paris. Kisielewski – Palester – Regamey ”, premiere of Virtuoso at the Musical Theatre in Poznań, premiere of – at the Grand Theatre in Łódź, publication of Danuta Gwizdalanka's book The Seducer. A thing about Karol Szymanowski.

Nominees in the "Discovery of the Year" are: Michał Balas, Maniucha Bikont, Kinga Głyk, Adam Kośmieja and Krystian Ochman.

Due to the nature of the "Honorary Award", the name of the laureate will not be announced until the awards gala, but the candidates will be voted on by the Electoral College, whose members are representatives of musical organisations and institutions in the country as well as all the past winners of the "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" award..

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Nominees profiles and events descriptions are available on the websitewww.koryfeusz.org.pl

3rd International Józef Madeja Festival

Festiwal MadeiThe 3rd edition of the International Józef Madeja Festival will be held on 14–24 October 2021, featuring interesting chamber and symphonic concerts, premieres of works by Polish composers and workshops open to the public.

The programme will include works by Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Andrzej Panufnik, Antonio Vivaldi, Piotr Czajkowski and Astor Piazzolla, as well as premieres of works by Radosław Mateja, Jerzy Mackiewicz and Piotr Pawlik. The premiere of the reconstructed clarinet concerto by Józef Madeja (on the 70th anniversary of the work) will take place on 21 October 21 at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music. The soloists will be clarinettist Paweł Kroczek and cellist Justus Grimm, accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Poznań conducted by Jakub Chrenowicz.

Among the performers will also be the Clarinet Orchestra, the I Cantanti Ensamble vocal ensemble, Ami Ensemble with soloist Celina Kotz, as well as outstanding students from Greater Poland. The Festival will be accompanied by a concert in Germany organised together with the German Cultural Association in Bayreuth. Apeiron Trio will perform, among others, works by Władysław Żeleński. The master classes will be conducted by famous artists: cellist Justus Grimm (Royal Conservatory in Antwerp) and clarinetist Barbara Borowicz (Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow).

Admission to all concerts is free!

The festival is co-financed by the funds of: the Self-government of the Greater Poland Region, the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, the Zakłady Kórnickie Foundation, the PZU Foundation, the LOTTO Foundation, STOART, Jankowice Palace, the Tarnowo Podgórne Commune, the Music School Complex in Poznań and the Local-Government Primary Music School in Tarnów Podgórne .

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationwww.festiwalmadei.pl 

Warsaw | Ad Libitum Festival 2021

Ad LibitumThis year's Ad Libitum festival will be held on 14-16 October under the slogan "Free drums!", presenting an extremely rich world of music performed on percussion instruments by virtuosos in this field. The festival will also put a piano in the spotlight – the 20th-century music proved it might be a fascinating percussion instrument.

The spectrum of presented styles and creative concepts will range from free improvisation, through music derived from jazz, rock inspirations, performance with video elements, to contemporary music.

Among the guests invited by the Polish Music Council Foundation there will be such artists as Zygmunt Krauze, Ramón López, Núria Andorrà and the Kwadrofonik ensemble with improvising composers– Paweł Romańczuk and Artur Zagajewski. The festival's artist-in-residence will be Gerry Hemingway – a legendary percussionist, member of the famous Anthony Braxton quartet. Hemingway will conduct workshops and a concert of a group of young Polish artists (Julianna Kamila Siedler, Ola Rzepka, Mikołaj "Miki" Wielecki, Leszek Lorent) brought together especially for the festival. He will also perform in a trio with the pianist Izumi Kimura and the double bass player Barry Guy who repeatedly visited the festival .

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme, carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance. The project is co-financed by the City of Warsaw.

Festival Website: https://www.ad-libitum.pl/ 

Kraków | "Great Encounters" – 75th Birthday of PWM Edition

PWMFrom the very beginning, the aim of PWM Edition was to bring people closer through music – whether as part of educational activities, by facilitating access to sheet music, or finally by shaping tastes and popularizing what is best in Polish culture. Summarizing 75 years of development and documenting history, PWM invites you on 13 October 2021 at 7.00 p.m. to the ICE Kraków Congress Centre for a meeting with live music, which is a look back as well as into the future.

The anniversary concert will be held in Krakow for a reason  it was here in 1945 that Tadeusz Ochlewski decided to open PWM Edition and to give rise to one of the most important Polish cultural institutions today.

"Great Encounters"  a concert with this meaningful title will feature excellent violinist, composer and arranger Adam Bałdych, jazz pianist Krzysztof Herdzin, jazz saxophonist Adam Pierończyk, as well as Adam Sztaba, an artist balancing between genres, alongside pop rock singer Igor Herbut. The musicians will be accompanied by the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy led by Maestro Marek Moś. The programme will include works by iconic Polish composers – Henryk Wieniawski, Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Stanisław Moniuszko and Karol Szymanowski  reinterpreted by contemporary artists.

Anaklasis' Great Encounters will also be released on 13 October  this time on vinyl. The album will contain material that was previously released on CD, giving the music a new sonic dimension.

More information: www.pwm.com.pl