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Songs and poems, or “The Book of Love Songs”

Śpiewnik miłosnyPolish Chamber Choir will present a performance entitled The Book of Love Songs on February 13, 2016 at 4.00 pm in the Old Town Hall in Gdańsk (33/35 Korzenna St).

The programme includes songs arranged for choir and compositions to the texts by Polish poets – Adam Mickiewicz, Julian Tuwim and Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska, written by Maciej Małecki. The poems were selected by Anna Seniuk who was also the performance's author and supervisor.

Dorota Kolak – recitation
Polish Chamber Choir
Jan Łukaszewski – conductor

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

11th International Piano Forum “Bieszczady Without Borders”

XI Forum Pianistyczne Bieszczady bez granic11th International Piano Forum "Bieszczady Without Borders", organized by the Podkarpacka Foundation for the Development of Culture, will be held between February 7 and 12, 2016 in Sanok.

"Bieszczady Without Borders" combines the full range of knowledge necessary for young musicians: from music theory to practice, from health and rehabilitation activities to activities concerned with the promotion and basis of knowledge of the business world. Around 150 selected active and passive participants from Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine and Russia will take part in music academy, piano course, international music festival and competition for the most interesting pianistic personality. The main theme of this year’s edition is 3xB, or Bach, Beethoven, Brahms. The event will include also the 7th International Piano Competition "Young Virtuoso" and 5th Master School of Piano Pedagogy.

The Podkarpacka Foundation was established in 2009. The major objective of its projects is to support education and development of young Polish pianists, maintain national tradition, cultivate and develop national and cultural consciousness as well as to promote international cooperation and integration, with particular attention to the Carpathian region and music culture of Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine.

More information: www.interpiano.pl

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Katowice Kultura Natura Festival 2016

Katowice Kultura NaturaThis year’s edition of the Katowice Kultura Natura Festival, programmed under a theme "Spirituality", will be held on May 13-22, 2016. The opening concert will feature the performance of Olivier Messiaen’sTurangalîla-Symphonie for piano, ondes Martenot and orchestra.

The Festival was organized for the 1st time in 2015 by the Katowice Kultura Natura Association and the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Modern concert halls of Katowice will be filled with music (both classical and contemporary) performed by excellent musicians from Poland and abroad.
The event was initiated by Alexander Liebreich, artistic director of NOSPR, and Prof. Eugeniusz Knapik, rector of the Academy of Music in Katowice in 2002-2008 and chairman of the Katowice Kultura Natura Association.

The ticket sale will start on February 3, 2016.

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Carillon Workshops in Gdańsk

Fontannie bije ten dzwonOrganizers of the Composition Competition for solo carillon work invite both musicians and amateurs to participate in the 2nd carillon workshops led by Monika Kaźmierczak on February 6, 2016 at 1.30 pm in St. Catherine’s Church (Museum of Tower Clocks, 10 Wielkie Młyny St.) in Gdańsk.

Admission is free, however making a reservation is required (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; deadline: February 4, 2016).

The workshops are the fringe event of the Composition Competition for solo carillon work which will serve as musical illustration for Hevelius Fountain in Gdańsk and should be suitable for performance on carillon at St. Catherine’s Church in Gdańsk (both for manual and automatic play). The competition is open to Polish composers. Applicants may enter more than one composition. Closing date: March 21, 2016

Organizers: City of Gdańsk, Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, GIWK (Gdańsk Water and Wastewater Infrastructure), Historical Museum of the City of Gdańsk and Polish Carillon Society.

Media patronage: ISAK.pl

Premiere of "Kolberg Symphony" by Marek Sewen

Marek SewenŚwiętokrzyska Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under Łukasz Borowicz will premiere Marek Sewen's Kolberg Symphony on February 19, 2016 in the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic in Kielce.

Igor Pikayzen (Russia/USA) - violin
Świętokrzyska Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Łukasz Borowicz - conductor

Zygmunt Noskowski - Ouverture The Eye of the Sea
Henryk Wieniawski - Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22
Marek Sewen - Kolberg Symphony (premiere)

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

57th Tadeusz Baird Competition – results of the 1st stage

Tadeusz BairdThe results of the compositions admitted to the 2nd stage of the Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers were announced on January 29, 2016.

The jury (Paweł Łukaszewski - chairman, Alicja Gronau, Krzysztof Baculewski, Anna Szostak and Dariusz Zimnicki) selected the following works: Jako cień są nasze dni… (signed ADNAW), Egzorta (signed MCBR), Trobey Pastora (signed Paradisum), Reis Glorias (signed HorChe’lCiel), …w okropnościach widzenia nocnego… (signed SOFAR), Carmen Perpetuum (signed Hildegarda). The date of the final concert and the names of the winners will be announced at the website of the Polish Composers’ Union.

The subject of this edition of the competition was an 8- to 15-minute long work for vocal sextet (to be performed by ensemble proModern). The main theme was the contemporary interpratation of the texts used by Tadeusz Baird in his compositions: Egzorta (Exhortation), Trzy pieśni starowłoskie (Three Songs to Old Italian texts), Pieśni truwerów (Chansons des Trouvères).

Sinfonietta in Pink

Sinfonietta na różowoBaltic Neopolis Orchestra’s first concert of the cycle titled Great Concertmasters in 2016 will be held on February 6 in the Trafo Center for Contemporary Art (4 Św. Ducha St.) under the title Sinfonietta in Pink. The ensemble will be led by Tomasz Tomasewski – violinist of the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Tomasz Tomaszewski is a professor at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and the first concertmaster of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. Having completed studies at the Academy of Music in Warsaw, he continued his education in Leningrad and Freiburg. For many years he has been engaged in artistic activity as a soloist, chamber musician and conductor, performing concerts all over the world. He made several recordings for record labels in Poland, Germany and Japan. He is the founder and artistic director of the orchestra Kammersolisten der Deutschen Oper Berlin and Silesian Summer Music Festival. As a valued educator he is frequently invited to sit on the the juries of music competitions.

Tomasz Tomaszewski- violin
Baltic Neopolis Orchestra

Andrzej Panufnik - Violin Concerto
Paweł Łukaszewski - Sinfonietta
Pyotr Tchaikovsky - Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

More information: www.balticneopolis.pl 

Compositions by Maciej Małecki and Marcin Gumiela performed in Kielce

Tomasz StrahlOn February 5, 2016 the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic will host a concert Colours of Romanticism performed by cellist Tomasz Strahl and Świętokrzyska Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under Wojciech Pławner.

Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński – Overture to opera Monbar, or the Filibusters, Op. 30
Marcin Gumiela – Concerto for cello, orchestra and electronics
Maciej MałeckiConcertino for cello and symphony orchestra
Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Tomasz Strahl - cello
Marcin Gumiela, Kamil Kęska – electronic layer and live electronics
Świętokrzyska Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Wojciech Pławner - conductor

Tickets available at: www.filharmonia.kielce.com.pl

Premiere of Marcin Błażewicz’s Concerto

Marcin BłażewiczDouble Concerto for violin, accordion and orchestra composed by Marcin Błażewicz will be premiered on February 24, 2016 in the Concert Hall at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

UMFC Symphony Orchestra and soloists (Karolina Mikołajczyk - violin and Iwo Jedynecki - accordion) under the baton of Wojciech Rodek will also perform Ouverture to Ruslan and Lyudmila by Mikhail Glinka and Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 by Hector Berlioz.

The concert is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage ("Composing Commissions" programme, operated by the Institute of Music and Dance) and co-organized by the Polish Accordionists' Association.

Tickets available on-line (www.umfc.bilety24.pl) and at the UMFC box office.