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"Missa Latina" – John Paul II in memoriam

Zdzisław SzostakArtur Rubinstein Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Choir under José Maria Florêncio will perform Missa Latina by Zdzisław Szostak on April 9, 2016 at the Archcathedral Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka in Łódź.

Missa Latina, written in 2003, was inspired by Gregorian chant, polyphony typical for Baroque period, as well as music of Romanticism, Impressionism and Modernism. It also contains film music quotes.

The concert, dedicated to Pope John Paul II, will be attended by the composer himself.

The event is co-financed by the National Centre for Culture and Łódź Special Economic Zone.

 

Admission free.

Radio Merkury Klasyka Launched

Merkury Klasyka New classical music radio station - Merkury Klasyka - was launched on April 4, 2016. It is available on-line at: www.merkuryklasyka.pl.

 

The station will air music programmes, interviews, information related to music events in Poznań and world-wide music news, as well as broadcast concerts, festivals and competitions, including Poznań Baroque and Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition.

19th Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition in Łódź

XIX Międzynarodowy Konkurs Muzyki Kameralnej im. K. Bacewicza2016 edition of the Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition will have its opening on April 10, 2016 at the Academy of Music in Łódź.

55 years have passed since the Chamber Music Competition was first organized in Łódź in 1961. Its initiator, Prof. Kiejstut Bacewicz, rector of the Academy and patron of the Competition, was a great artist and a promoter of chamber music. This year’s edition will host over 100 chamber music ensembles (ie. over 250 artists) from all over the world, who will perform a variety of chamber works, ranging from Haydn and Beethoven to Poulenc, Shostakovich and Penderecki.

The 1st stage of the Competition involves 3 categories (A: voice duo with piano; B: instrumental duo with piano; C: piano trio, piano quartet, piano quintet). The participants will be evaluated by the international jury: Cezary Sanecki - piano (Poland, chairman), Łukasz Błaszczyk - violin (Poland), Mario Caroli - flute (Italy), Nicholas Cox - clarinet (Great Britain), Witold Holtz - piano (Poland), Katarzyna Jankowska-Borzykowska - piano (Poland), Kimihiko Kitajima - piano (Japan), Katalin Kokas - violin (Hungary), Urszula Kryger - voice (Poland), Zdzisław Łapiński - cello (Poland), Jadwiga Rappé - voice (Poland).

The opening concert, performed by mezzosoprano Urszula Kryger, pianists Katarzyna Jankowska-Borzykowska and Marcin Sikorski, violinist Łukasz Błaszczyk and cellist Rafał Kwiatkowski, will be held on April 10, 2016 at 6.00 pm at the Academy of Music in Łódź (2a Żubardzka St).

Admission free.

Honorary patronage: Prof. Piotr Gliński (Minister of Culture and National Heritage), Prof. Zbigniew Rau (Governor of the Łódź Voivodeship), Witold Stępień (Marshal of the Łódź Voivodeship) and Hanna Zdanowska (Mayor of the City of Łódź).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: www.amuz.lodz.pl

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Musicologist Elżbieta Dziębowska dies at 87

Elżbieta DziębowskaElżbieta Dziębowska, Polish musicologist and chief editor of the Music Encyclopedia published by PWM Edition, died at the age of 87 on April 4, 2016.

During World World II she attended the Kochanowski Girls' Secondary School in Warsaw. In 1943 she joined the scouting troop Szare Szeregi under the alias "Dewajtis". She was a soldier and liaison officer of the "Pegaz" battalion during the Warsaw Uprising.

Having finished the college in Warsaw after the war, she graduated in musicology at the Warsaw University in 1957. She was a lecturer at the Institute of Musicology of the Warsaw University (1954-70), Jagiellonian University (1970-89) and at the Academy of Music in Krakow (1973-83).

1st International Choir Festival for Children and Young People "Mundus Cantat"

Mundus Cantat Gdańsk 2016 Young choir singers from Poland, Czech Republic, Latvia and Russia will perform concerts at the 1st International Choir Festival for Children and Young People "Mundus Cantat", which will be held on April 7-9, 2016 at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk.

The organizers, the Mundus Cantat Foundation, having gained over 10 years of experience, decided to organize another event dedicated to young and enthusiastic choristers who come to Sopot every year. The singers will be auditioned by the jury – Teresa Pabiańczyk, PhD, Michał Kozorys, PhD (Festival’s artistic director) and Prof. Marcin Tomczak.

 

Admission free.

More information: www.munduscantat.pl

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Maxim Vengerov at the Warmia and Mazury Philharmonic

Maxim Vengerov w hołdzie Henrykowi Wieniawskiemu Violinist Maxim Vengerov, accompanied by the Warmia and Mazury Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Piotr Sułkowski, will perform compositions by Henryk Wieniawski on April 8, 2016 at the Warmia and Mazury Philharmonic in Olsztyn.

Born in 1974, Maxim Vengerov began his career as a solo violinist at the age of 5, winning the Wieniawski and Carl Flesch international competitions at ten and fifteen years old respectively. Inspired by many different styles of music, including baroque, jazz and rock, in 2007 he followed in the footsteps of his mentors, the late Mstislav Rostropovich and Daniel Barenboim and turned his attention to conducting. He has held various teaching positions around the world and is currently visiting professor of the Menuhin Music Academy in Switzerland (IMMA) as well as at the Royal Academy of Music London. The artist has served on numerous juries including the Menuhin Violin Competition and the prestigious Wieniawski Violin Competition (2011), to which he has been re-elected to return as chairman in 2016.

At the concert in Olszyn, entitled Tribute to Henryk Wieniawski, Vengerov will present his interpretation of Henryk Wieniawski’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22, Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 15, Polonaise de concert, Op. 4 and Légende, Op. 17.

Tickets available online (www.bilety.filharmonia.olsztyn.pl) and at the Philharmonic’s box office.

Lab 7: El Modern

Sound Factory Orchestra Sound Factory Orchestra will perform compositions by Robert Kurdybacha, Sebastian Ładyżyński, Paweł Lisek and Maciej Bałenkowski at the concert titled Lab 7: El Modern on April 7, 2016 at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin.

Sound Factory Orchestra is a combination of traditional sounds with modern technology, as well as bold music and video processing during the performance. Multi-channel sound projection is combined with visualisations, live-video and stage lighting arrangements. It also involves an innovative approach to synchronizing the conductor, musicians and live electronics. This multimedia project was created in 2009 at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław under the direction of a conductor and academic lecturer Robert Kurdybacha.

 

Programme:

Thomas Tallis, Robert Kurdybacha, Sebastian Ładyżyński, Paweł Lisek - Lamentations of Jeremiah for ensemble, live electronics and video

Sebastian Ładyżyński - Boroughs for ensemble, live electronics and video

Robert Kurdybacha - Extravaganza for electric guitar and orchestra

Maciej Bałenkowski - Comets for orchestra

Michael Beil - Exit to Enter for ensemble, live electronics and video

 

The concert is organized as a part of the "SoundLab" project, which is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Tickets available on-line at: www.filharmonia.szczecin.pl

Jerzy Maksymiuk’s Birthday Concert at the Warsaw Philharmonic

Jerzy Maksymiuk Composer and conductor Jerzy Maksymiuk will celebrate his 80th birthday on April 9, 2016. On this occasion, the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra under his direction, joined by pianist Dmitri Alexeev, will perform a concert at the Warsaw Philharmonic.

Jerzy Maksymiuk's anniversary celebrations already begun in late 2015 with the release of the double album Maksymiuk | Sinfonia Varsovia, which contains remastered historic recordings made by the Polish Chamber Orchestra, including Adam Jarzębski’s famous Tamburetta and new interpretations of works such as Igor Stravinsky’s The Firebird and Claude Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun.

The mutual journey of Jerzy Maksymiuk and the Orchestra dates back to 1972. The artist is the founder of the Polish Chamber Orchestra, which he directed for 10 years, taking the ensemble to a level of perfection. He has acknowledged several times that this enormous achievement was possible only thanks to hard work and musicans’ will to follow his vision and adjust to the "Maksymiuk tempo" of working and playing. This resulted not only in achieving great recognition all over the world, but also led to increasing the size of the ensemble and the formation of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra.

 

Programme:

Jerzy Maksymiuk - Jubilee Fanfare

Igor Stravinsky - The Firebird

Claude Debussy - Danse. Tarentelle Styrienne (arr. M. Ravel)

Sergei Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

 

More information: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org

Tickets available at: www.filharmonia.pl

68th Musica Moderna – Concert at the Łódź Philharmonic

68. Musica Moderna Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble under the baton of Maciej Koczur will perform at the contemporary chamber concert on April 5, 2016 at the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź. The concert is co-organized by the Academy of Music in Łódź as a part of 68th Musica Moderna.

Programme:

Artur Zagajewski - Mechanofaktura

Ricardo Eizirik - re / wind / re / write

Tomasz Szczepanik - Erebus 2

Francisco Concha Goldschmidt - ;;

Marta Śniady - l(m)

 

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