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"Warsaw Camerata à la carte!" in 2016

Warsaw Camerata a la carte! First concert of the 5th edition of the cycle "Warsaw Camerata à la carte!" will be held on March 20, 2016 at 1.30 pm in the Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel and St. Florian the Martyr in Warsaw (3 St. Florian's St).

The project, co-financed by the City of Warsaw and organized in the years 2014-2016, aims at connecting and activating the listeners and musicians. It is the audience that chooses the repertoire performed during the concerts regularly held in the Praga district in Warsaw.

Performers:
Justyna Stępień - soprano
Aneta Łukaszewicz - mezzosoprano
Warsaw Camerata
Paweł Kos-Nowicki - conductor

Programme:
Romuald Twardowski - Air in Old Style
Romuald Twardowski - Canzona
Joseph Haydn - Symphony in F minor "La Passione" Hob.I:49
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi - Stabat Mater

Admission free.

Organized by the New Chamber Orchestra Foundation, co-financed by the City of Warsaw.

Cooperation: Warsaw Camerata, Art Deco Group, Culture Centre Praga, Strategia Group, Marek Rychłowski Law Firm.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC, "Presto" Magazine, Music Film Art, In Your Pocket, Wawcity.pl, cameralmusic.pl

Premiere of "Missa Solemnis" by Marta Ptaszyńska

Koncert oratoryjny na 200-lecie UWMarta Ptaszyńska's Missa Solemnis will be premiered at the concert commemorating 200 years of the University of Warsaw, which will be held on March 16, 2016 at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.

Performers:
Marta Boberska - soprano
Anna Radziejewska - alto
Jarosław Bręk - bass-baritone
Choir and Symphony Orchestra of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music
Ryszard Zimak - conductor

Programme:
Karol Szymanowski - Stabat Mater. Op. 53
Marta Ptaszyńska - Missa Solemnis ad honorem Sancti Joannis Pauli Secundi

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

Maria Machowska and Baltic Neopolis Orchestra in Szczecin

Święto WiosnyBaltic Neopolis Orchestra and Maria Machowska will perform a concert entitled The Rite of Spring on March 19, 2016 at Trafo Center for Contemporary Art in Szczecin (2 Św. Ducha St).

Baltic Neopolis Orchestra celebrates spring concert, which - for the first time in the history of the cycle "Great Concertmasters" – will have a female lead. Maria Machowska is an excellent violinist who toured all over the world with the most difficult repertoire and is currently a concertmaster at the Warsaw Philharmonic.

The programme of the concert features slightly melancholic suite Ancient Airs and Dances by an Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, one of few violin pieces written by Franz Schubert Rondo for Violin and String Orchestra in A major, and perhaps the most personal music of Krzysztof Penderecki - String Quartet No. 3 "Leaves from an Unwritten Diary". The artists will complete the evening with the delightful, folklore-inspired Orawa by Wojciech Kilar.

Source: www.balticneopolis.pl

Premiere of "Stabat Mater" by Grzegorz Duchnowski

Grzegorz DuchnowskiGrzegorz Duchnowski's Stabat Mater for mixed choir, soprano, string orchestra and percussion will be premiered at the Oratorio Concert "Music and Sacrum" on March 20, 2016 at the Five Martyr Brothers Church in Gorzów Wielkopolski.

The programme, which includes also Fratres by Arvo Pärt and choral songs a cappella by such composers as Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Michael McGlynn, Andrzej Koszewski, Marek Raczyński, Łukasz Urbaniak and György Deák-Bárdos, will be performed by soprano Dorota Szczepańska, Poznań Chamber Choir and Gorzów Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Monika Wolińska.

The concert is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage ("Composing Commissions" programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance).

Jerzy Maksymiuk’s Birthday Concerts

Koncerty jubileuszowe Jerzego MaksymiukaComposer and conductor Jerzy Maksymiuk will celebrate his 80th birthday with concerts on March 18 and 19, 2016 held at the the Krakow Philharmonic.

Maestro Maksymiuk will conduct the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, while the soloist of the evening will be pianist Ewa Pobłocka – prize-winner of many piano competitions (Vercelli 1977, Bordeaux 1979, Warsaw 1980), acknowledged teacher and juror.

Programme:
Jerzy Maksymiuk - Vers per archi
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concerto in A major K. 488
Franz Schubert - Symphony in C major D. 944, "The Great"

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

Music of the Titans

Sinfonia Iuventus Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under the baton of Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski will perform compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms on April 9, 2016 at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw.

The overture to the ballet The Creatures of Prometheus (Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus) by Ludwig van Beethoven will open the first part of the concert. The composer wrote the music for the heroic-allegorical ballet in 1800-01 and it is the overture that remained in the concert repertoire until today. Next, the orchestra will perform Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor, which was called the "10th Symphony of Beethoven" by the German conductor and pianist Hans von Bülow. Last work to be presented during the evening will be Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 in C major, written in the years 1795-1800.

Programme:

Ludwig van Beethoven - Ouverture to the ballet The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43

Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21

 

Tickets available at www.bilety24.pl, www.sklep.polskieradio.pl and one hour before the concert at the box office of the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Open Call for Nominations for Norwid Awards

Nagroda im. C. K. Norwida 2015Office of the Marshal of the Mazovia Voivodeship announced an open call for sumbissions for the 15th edition of the Norwid Awards (categories: Literature, Music, Visual Arts, Theatre) and 12th edition of the "Life’s Work" Award.

The Norwid Awards were established in 2001 by the Mazovia Voivodeship to honour great artists associated with the region. The laureates receive a statuette, diploma and PLN 20 000, while the prize winner of the "Life’s Work" Award - PLN 25 000. The list of artists honoured with the awards include actors and directors Gustaw Holoubek, Jan Englert, and Jerzy Grzegorzewski, conductors Kazimierz Kord, Jacek Kaspszyk, and Łukasz Borowicz, visual artists Leon Tarasewicz, Mirosław Bałka, and Jacek Sempoliński, as well as writers Ernest Bryll, Henryk Bardijewski, and Janusz Drzewucki. Over the years Danuta Szaflarska, Tadeusz Konwicki, Erwin Axer, Andrzej Łapicki, Jerzy Maksymiuk and many others received the awards for their lifetime achievements.

The candidates’ applications may be sumbitted on-line (www.norwid.mazovia.pl), via e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or post (Chairman of the Regional Council of the Mazovia Voivodeship, 3/5 Bankowy Square, 00-142 Warsaw; with the note "Norwid Awards") by artists’ societies, universities, cultural institutions, publishers, as well as individual artists by April 26, 2016.

68th Musica Moderna

68. Musica Moderna 68th session of "Musica Moderna", organized by the Academy of Music in Łódź, will be held between March 14 and May 20, 2016.

The programme includes concerts, lectures and meetings with composers (guest lecturers from Sichuan Conservatory of Music - Tan Jin Gang and Fan Hongshuo) and musicians. American, Chinese and Polish music (by Sławomir Kaczorowski, Marcin Stańczyk, Artur Zagajewski, Marta Śniady, Tomasz Szczepanik and many others) will be performed by such artists as Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble under Maciej Koczur or Chamber Choir "Vivid Singers" under Dawid Ber.

Admission to all events is free (except for the concert on April 5 at the Łódź Philharmonic).

More information:
www.amuz.lodz.pl

Fryderyk Award Nominees 2016

Fryderyk 2016On March 9, 2016 the Phonographic Academy presented the list of albums nominated to the 22nd edition of the Fryderyk Award. Each year the number of submissions increases – this time over 1120 applications were submitted.

In the "Classical Music" section there are 166 albums (126 in 2015) nominated in 8 categories: Best Album – Choral, Opera and Oratorio Music, Best Album – Early Music, Best Album – Chamber Music, Best Album – Solo Recital, Best Album – Orchestral Music, Best Album – Contemporary Music, Best Foreign Album, Best Polish Music Recording. The list of nominees includes such albums as Verbum Incarnatum, Meccore String Quartet – Szymanowski & Debussy, Stories Nowhere From. Agata Zubel, Cezary Duchnowski – Elettrovoce and real life song – Joanna Freszel.

The award winners will be announced at a special gala held in the Polish Theatre in Warsaw on April 20, 2016 (jazz and pop music) and in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio on April 21, 2016 (classical music).

More: Fryderyk Award Nominees 2016