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"Stars with Sinfonietta": David Grimal and Sinfonietta Cracovia

scViolinist David Grimal and Sinfonietta Cracovia will perform the next concert of the "Stars with Sinfonietta" cycle, which will be held on March 7, 2017 at the Krakow Philharmonic.

As much as the “play and lead” method, ie. a concert formula in which a soloist leads the performance from his/her seat, might seem unconventional and experimental, it goes way back to Baroque ensembles, which used to be conducted by the concertmaster or the main continuo player (harpsichordist). Sinfonietta Cracovia, joined by David Grimal, will present both early and 20-century music - Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041 by Johann Sebastian Bach, Divertimento for Strings by Grażyna Bacewicz, Divertimento for String Orchestra by Béla Bartók and Violin Concerto "Distant Light" by Pēteris Vasks (Polish premiere).

David Grimal is a French violinist who studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris under the supervision of Régis Pasquier, at which time he received advice and encouragement from such artists as Schlomo Mintz and Isaac Stern. While pursuing an international career as a solo violinist, he has performed regularly over the past twenty years in the world’s leading classical music venues and with prestigious orchestras. The artist plays the Stradivarius ("ex Roederer" from 1710) as well as the "Don Quixote" - a violin made for him by the French luthier, Jacques Fustier.

Tickets available on-line at: www.bilety24.pl

Nowa Muzyka w Starym Ratuszu: Muzyka i komputery

k2 marca 2017 roku w Nadbałtyckim Centrum Kultury o godz. 19:00 odbędzie się pierwszy w tym roku koncert z cyklu „Nowa Muzyka w Starym Ratuszu” pt. „Muzyka i komputery”.

Muzyka elektroakustyczna zawsze korzystała z najnowszych osiągnięć technologicznych – na początku były to magnetofony i sprzęt analogowy – ta faza rozwoju gatunku była prezentowana na koncercie dokładnie przed rokiem. Najbliższy koncert z cyklu Nowa Muzyka w Starym Ratuszu pokaże jak do świata sztuki wkroczyły komputery, wykorzystywane nie tylko w procesie studyjnej realizacji utworów, ale także jako instrumenty muzyczne, na których można grać na żywo. Co udowodni Laptop Ensemble, znakomity zespół specjalizujący się w wykonawstwie muzyki komputerowej. Publiczność będzie miała okazję wysłuchać kompozycji autorstwa członków tria – Stanisława Krupowicza, Marcina Bortnowskiego i Marcina Rupocińskiego.

Laptop Ensemble powstał w 2009 i zadebiutował tego samego roku podczas festiwalu „Warszawska Jesień”. Głównym założeniem kompozytorów-wykonawców zespołu było wykorzystanie komputerów nie tylko jako interaktywnych instrumentów, ale także jako maszyn, które są w stanie symulować inteligentne zachowanie człowieka. Oznaczało to, że zespół komputerów będzie wymieniał między sobą informacje dotyczące partytury oraz wskazówki wykonawcze konieczne do jej wykonania. Specjalnie napisane dla zespołu utwory stawiają przed komputerami (i wykonawcami) takie właśnie zadania.

Organizatorami koncertu są: Nadbałtyckie Centrum Kultury w Gdańsku, Polskie Stowarzyszenie Muzyki Elektroakustycznej oraz Katedra Kompozycji Akademii Muzycznej w Gdańsku.

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Symphonic Concert at Sudety Philharmonic

fs Cellist Tomasz Strahl and the Sudety Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under Krzysztof Kozakiewicz will perform compositions by Mozart, Haydn, Beehoven and Górecki on February 24, 2017.

The soloist will perform Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb:1 by Joseph Haydn and Elegy by Mikołaj Górecki, which he premiered in 2015 during the Festival of World Premieres in Katowice. The audience will also be presented with 2 symphonic works, namely Overture to opera La clemenza di Tito by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Symphony No. 2 in D major by Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Chamber Concert at NOSPR

nViolinist Rafał Zambrzycki-Payne, horn player Krzysztof Tomczyk and pianist Piotr Sałajczyk will perform works by Beethoven, Lutosławski and Ligeti on February 23, 2017 at the Concert Hall of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

The artist will interpret Sonata in F major, Op. 17 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Partita for violin and piano by Witold Lutosławski and Trio by György Ligeti. Partita is one of the most important works by Lutosławski, written over the course of 2 months in 1984. It was commissioned by violinist Pinchas Zukerman who, at that time, held the position of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and soon became a significant part of the violin repertoire. Having listened to Anne-Sophie Mutter perform his piece, Lutosławski arranged it for violin and orchestra.

Tickets available on-line at: www.nospr.org.pl

4th Krakow Cello Spring

kww 2017 edition of the Krakow Cello Spring will be held between February 23 and 26 at the Academy of Music and Philharmonic in Krakow.

The line-up includes 3 chamber concerts featuring compositions by Astor Piazzolla and Heitor Villa-Lobos (Bachianas brasileiras performed by 16 cellists under Lars Loefs on February 23), works for cello solo and cello duo by Polish and Brazilian composers (February 24), and famous tunes written by Ennio Morricone (presented by Luca Pincini and Gilda Buttà on February 25), as well as a symphonic concert which will conclude the event on February 26 with works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Mikhail Glinka and Franz von Suppe performed by Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Krakow under Ivan Monighetti.

Admission free.

Film music by Wojciech Kilar. Andrzej Wajda in memoriam

pfb Polish Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under Jerzy Maksymiuk will perform famous compositions by Wojciech Kilar written for films by Zanussi, Konwicki, Wajda and Polański. The concert will be held on February 24, 2017.

The programme includes such works as Orawa, Kościelec, Mazur from Zemsta (The Revenge), Waltz from The Promised Land, Polonaise from Pan Tadeusz, Allegro from September Symphony, music from A Chronicle of Amorous Accidents, The Shadow Land, The Leper, and Dracula.

The Orchestra will be led by Jerzy Maksymiuk who is a distinguished promoter of contemporary music and - as a co-author of the Warsaw Autumn Festival, was a member of its Programme Committee for several years.

Tickets available on-line at: www.bilety24.pl

Lithuanian Accent

f Pomerianian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under Modestas Pitrėnas will perform Symphony No. 4, Op. 60 by Karol Szymanowski on February 24, 2017.

The programme includes also Iceberg Symphony by Lituanian composer Raminta Šerkšnytė (*1975) and Symphony in D minor by César Franck. The solo part in Szymanowski’s masterpiece will be interpreted by Petras Geniušas. Born into a musical family in Vilnius, the pianist graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music under Jurgis Karnavičius and continued his studies at the Moscow Conservatory under Vera Gornostayeva. A series of highest awards at the prestigious piano competitions (including the 2nd prize at Pilar Bayona Piano Competition in Zaragoza in 1989, 1st prize at the Y.C.A.A. International Piano Competition in Oberlin in 1991 and 1st prize at the Palm Beach Invitational International Piano Competition in 1992) confirmed his reputation as one of the most accomplished pianists of his generation. In addition to regular engagements in Lithuania, Petras Geniušas has toured over forty countries around the world, and performed at the world’s major concert venues including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Great Hall, New York Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, Tokyo Geijitsu Geikijo, and Vienna’s Musikverein. He recorded several critically acclaimed CDs for different labels in Germany, Japan and Lithuania. In recognition of his wide-ranging concert activities and artistic accomplishments, he became the recipient of the Lithuanian National Award (1992) and WIPO Creativity Award (2004). In 2015, he was awarded the Order of the Grand Duke Gediminas.

Tickets available on-line at: www.bilety24.pl

Chamber Music at Łódź Philharmonic

fA concert featuring chamber works by Wojciech Kilar, Benedykt Konowalski, Waldemar Kazanecki and Henryk Kuźniak will be held on February 28, 2017 at the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź.

The concert will be performed by the members of the Łódź Philharmonic’s Orchestra who had programmed its every detail, from repertoire to instrumentation. The audience will be presented with a variety of chamber compositions that were written for double bass duo, string quartet, wind trios, string quintet and other ensembles. Apart from works by Polish composers, the artist will perform compositions by Vittorio Monti, Giovanni Bottesini, Astor Piazzolla, Norman Hallam, Peter Hope, Marc Berthomieu, Duke Ellington, Scott Joplin and others.

Tickets available on-line at: www.filharmonialodz.bilety24.pl

PRIMUZ & Guests

p PRIMUZ Orchestra will premiere Cantabile by Sławomir Kaczorowski on February 19, 2017 at Academy of Music in Łódź.

PRIMUZ String Orchestra was founded in 2012 on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the Department of String Instruments of the Academy of Music in Łódź. The idea was initiated by violinist and chamber musician Łukasz Błaszczyk. The ensemble consists of most talented students and graduates of the Academy. During the February concert, the performers will present classical repertoire (Harpsichord Concerto in D minor BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach and Cello Concert in C major No. 1, Hob. VIIb:1 by Joseph Haydn) and premiere a new work by Sławomir Kaczorowski (Cantabile), which was dedicated to the orchestra. The solo parts will be performed by pianist Zbigniew Raubo and cellist Rafał Kwiatkowski.

Admission free, however booking free tickets is required.