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Katowice | Silesian Chamber Orchestra and Szymon Nehring


Pianist Szymon Nehring will perform on 11 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Silesian Philharmonic. The programme will include woks by Aleksander Lasoń, Fryderyk Chopin and Richard Strauss. 

The Silesian Chamber Orchestra will open the concert with Hymn and Aria for string orchestra by Aleksander Lasoń. The composer is strongly associated with Silesia and belongs to the so-called Generations '51, next to Eugeniusz Knapik and Andrzej Krzanowski. Lasoń dedicated Hymn and aria to his father Zygmunt, violinist. This work is a kind of dialogue between the two title parts – the hymn begins and ends the work, while the aria introduces a violin cantilena.

The programme will also include Richard Strauss' Metamorphosis for 23 string instruments TrV 290 and Piano Concerto in F minor Op. 21 by Frydeyrk Chopin. The soloist of the evening will be Szymon Nehring, winner of the most important piano competitions in the world – the International Chopin Piano Competition and the International Rubinstein Piano Competition in Tel Aviv.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Lublin | Symphonic Concert


The symphony concert on 11 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Lublin Philharmonic will feature Karol Szymanowski's Etude in B flat minor, Op. 4 No. 3 in the instrumentation by Grzegorz Fitelberg.

Hailed as the greatest Polish composer after Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski is an artist whose music is recognized throughout Europe. As a teenager, he composed four piano études, which mainly referred to the achievements of Frederic Chopin and Alexander Skriabin. Etude in B flat minor No. 3 has become particularly popular – often performed Igancy Jan Paderewski during recitals – characterized by a serious and dramatic expression. A few years later, this work was orchestrated by Grzegorz Fitelberg.

Of the 25 piano concertos of Wolfgang Amadeus ​​Mozart, XXII Piano concert in E flat major KV 482 refers to the general patterns of this genre developed by the composer. What is characteristic of Mozart's work in this area is the shape of the melody of the main theme – noble and decorative, musically "objective". During the upcoming concert, Elżbieta Karaś-Krasztel will perform as a soloist. The programme will be complemented by Symphony No. 4 in D minor by Robert Schumann, master of romantic cantilena. The Lublin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will be directed by Piotr Wijatkowski.

More information at: http://filharmonialubelska.pl/ 

Warsaw | Concert on the 25. Anniversary of Witold Lutosławski’s Death


The Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra wants to pay tribute to Witold Lutosławski on the 25th anniversary of his death with a concert featuring two of his pieces from different periods of his life on 10 October 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio.

Witold Lutosławski is one of the most outstanding Warsaw-based composers of the 20th century. He was born in 1913 in the heart of the city, in Moniuszki Street (next to the Philharmonic), and lived in Marszałkowska Street, Langiewicza Street, Zwycięzców Street, and, finally, in a villa in the district of Żoliborz, in Śmiała Street. Graduate of Warsaw schools, University student, graduate of the Conservatory. In Warsaw, he used to perform at secret concerts during the occupation, took an active part in the reconstruction of musical life after the war, was a prominent figure at the prestigious “Warsaw Autumn” festival, and when he gained international fame, he hosted concerts of his own pieces, performed by the finest soloists. Warsaw is where he died (1994) and was buried. His body lies at the Powązki cemetery.

The programme will include the Small Suite from the beginning of the 1950s, when the composer successfully attempted at keeping his creative autonomy against the expectations of Communist authorities, creating music that was frequently based on “folk motifs”, but still retained the highest artistic level, and the late Piano Concerto, which combined all of the elements of Lutosławski’s technique with profound and extremely communicative expression. It should be emphasized that the soloist of the Concerto, internationally recognised Paweł Kowalski, is the first (after Krystian Zimmerman) performer of the piece, which he presented in 1989 in Warsaw, under the composer’s baton, and performed with great success a number of times later in Poland and abroad. The audience will also listen to Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird suite. The concert will be hosted by Marek Wroniszewski.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Warsaw | Erdödy Chamber Orchestra Anniversary Concert


The entire jubilee concert marking the 25th anniversary of the Erdődy Chamber Orchestra will be devoted to the Hungarian and Polish music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The event will take place on 10 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the National Philharmonic as part of the "Orchestras of the World" series.

Miklós Rózsa, representing the generation that came after Bartók and Kodály, towards the end of the 1930s started to collaborate with film studios and in 1940 he settled in the United States. It was here that he wrote his famous sound tracks to such movies as The Jungle Book, The Thief of Bagdad, and Ben-Hur. In 1943, he composed his Concerto for String Orchestra, which contained allusions – in both form and character – to the Baroque concerto grosso with the added spice of Hungarian folk tropes.

The works of Rezső Sugára remain virtually unknown outside of Hungary. During the concert we will have an opportunity to listen to his neoclassical Divertimento from 1948. György Orbán is known mainly for his polystylistic choral music. His 2014 three-movement Sopra canti diversi, conceived especially for the Erdődy Chamber Orchestra, abounds in original chords and brings to the fore the sonic potential of the string orchestra.

The concert programme opens and ends with two works by Polish composers that have become permanent fixtures in the Orchestra’s repertoire: Szymon Laks’ colourful neoclassical Sinfonietta and Wojciech Kilar’s spectacular Orawa.

Piotr Maculewicz

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.pl/ 

Laureates of the 16th International Kazimierz Serocki Composers' Competition 2019


A meeting of the Jury of the 16th International Kazimierz Serocki Composers' Competition was held in Radziejowice on 4-6 October  2019. 

144 scores were sent to the competition, which is held under the honorary patronage of the Polish Composers' Union. The jury composed of Fredrik Österling (Sweden), Paul Patterson (United Kingdom) and Dariusz Przybylski (Poland), awarded four prizes and three honorable mentions.

The first prize of PLN 13,000 was awarded to Jinseok Choi (South Korea) for the work Pathos. Adam Vilagi (Finland) received the second prize of PLN 8,000 for the work Directions. The third prize of PLN 4,000 was awarded to Hugh Collins Rici (Great Britain) for the work Canto Celato. Jinseok Choi was honored with the Special Award of the PWM Edition for the youngest laureate (a set of Polish contemporary scores).

Honorable mentions went to: Youngwoo Yoo (South Korea), Minzuo Lu (China) and Zhaoyu Zhang (China).

The awards were funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, ZAiKS Association of Authors, Wirold Lutosławski Society and the Association of Polish Musicians.

The laureates' concert, co-organized with the Polish Radio Programme 2, will take place on 30 November 2019 at the Witol Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert in Warsaw. The concert will be recorded and retransmitted in the Polish Radio Programme 2, and then offered to the broadcasters of the European Radio Union.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Elbląg | Elbląg Chamber Orchestra and "Cup of Time" Quartet


On 6 October 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Concert Hall of the Old Town Hall, the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra and the "Cup of time" quartet will delight music lovers with the most beautiful works of Polish music.

The concert will be a meeting of the orchestra musicians with the "Cup of time" quartet composed of: Agnieszka Cypryk (violin), Ryszard Borowski (flute), Krzysztof Lenczowski (cello) and Rafał Grzaka (accordion). Their album Cup of Time plays Namysłowski was chosen the album of the week by the Polish Radio Programme 2 and the jazz album of the year by the "HiFi" magazine.

The programme of the upcoming concert will include works of the greatest Polish composers, among others Fryderyk Chopin and Ignacy Jan Paderewski, in the original arrangements by the Borowski-Lenczowski duo. There will also be works by "Namysłower" himself. The musicians will perform under the baton of Jarosław Praszczałek.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.eok.elblag.eu/ 

Warsaw | Generations XXII

Generacje XXII

A concert "Generations XXII" will take place on 6 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio.

The first edition of this cyclical event organized by the Polish Composers' Union, Polish Radio Programme 2 and the ZAiKS Association of Authors took place in 2003. "Generations" present various trends in new Polish music and creative attitudes of different generations.

The authors of the programme concept of the upcoming concert are Małgorzata Małaszko-Stasiewicz (Director, editor-in-chief of Programme 2 of Polish Radio), Dariusz Przybylski (composer, vice-chairman of the Section of Authors of Musical Works of the ZAiKS Association) and Tadeusz Wielecki (Polish Composers' Union). We will have a chance to listen to Charlie's Dream for saxophone and orchestra by Marta Ptaszyńska, Le Soleil for percussion and orchestra by Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil, ... veritas odium parit for orchestra by Zofia Dowgiałło, Psychodrama for orchestra by Tadeusz Baird, and ..., meanwhile July is so (cruelly) beautiful ..., for soprano and orchestra by Bohdan Sehin. Sehin is a student of Mirosław Skoryk, Zbigniew Bujarski and Zygmunt Krauze, scholarship holder of the "Gaude Polonia" programme and the Friends of the "Warsaw Autumn" Foundation, artistic director of the International Master Courses for New Music in Kiev (COURSE).

The pieces will be presented by the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw conducted by Lilianna Krych. The soloists will be soprano Halina Dubitskaya, saxophonist Paweł Gusnar and drummer Miłosz Pękala.

Admission free!

More information at: http://www.studianagran.com.pl/newsy/generacje-xxii-1175.html 

Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus – Jubilee Concert


A Jubille Concert of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will take place on 5 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio. The orchestra under the direction of Tadeusz Strugała will perform works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Max Bruch and Robert Schumann.

Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4, contrary to the numbering which suggests it is the last one from the author’s four pieces of that genre, was composed when Schumann was a very young artist. It is in fact his second symphony, composed in the same year as the first one (1841), as a birthday present to his wife Clara. The romantic aura, subtle expression and innovative, integral form make Symphony No. 4 one of the greatest and most popular compositions of the artist.

Max Bruch was a conservative composer, who valued classic forms, as opposed to “Neo-German Modernists” favoured by critics (as one of the commentators said, “this is how Mendelssohn would compose, if he lived longer”). At least one of his works, however, has gone down in history: Violin Concerto in G minor, which has become part of the canon of violin music, admired for excellent balance of form, virtuosity (the violin part was consulted with great Joseph Joachim) and romantic, post-Mendelssohn expression.

The famous part of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major is the seraphic Air on the G string, very frequently arranged by other composers. The title, which is not entirely adequate, comes from its remake made in the 19th century by German violinist August Wilhelmj. During the upcoming concert, we will liten to the arrangement made by Polish composer and conductor Grzegorz Fitelberg. The concert will be the meeting place of two great, or even legendary, Polish artists: Tadeusz Strugała as the conductor, and Krzysztof Jakowicz as the soloist.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Rzeszów | 3rd Rzeszów Musical Autumn Festival

Rzeszowska jesień

The third edition of the Rzeszów Musical Autumn Festival will be held on 5-27 October 2019, featuring six chamber concerts.

The third edition of the Festival is dedicated to chamber music, both its masterpieces and forgotten treasures. The repertoire will feature rarely performed music of Polish artists, including Władysław Żeleński and Zygmunt Noskowski, as well as chamber music of the creator of Polish national opera in the Year of Stanisław Moniuszko.

The concerts will feature great instrumentalists: legendary violinist Kaja Danczowska with her daughter Justyna, and Krzysztof Książek – one of the most interesting and talented pianists of the young generation in the piano quartet with fantastic musicians: Jakub Jakowicz (violin), Katarzyna Budnik (viola) and Bartosz Koziak (cello). Moniuszko's songs will be performed during a vocal recital of Hanna Hipp – mezzo-soprano conquering world opera stages. In addition, we will listen to Ravel Piano Duo, Messages Quartet, as well as the Extra Sounds Ensemble chamber orchestra with soloists: Alicja Śmietana and Maria Sławek.

The events will take place in the concert hall of the Faculty of Music at the University of Rzeszów (83 Dąbrowskiego St.) and the Dominican Church of St. Hyacinth (15 Dominikańska St.). Admission to all concerts is free!

Full programme available at: www.spmk.com.pl/jesien