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Katowice | New Music Orchestra: Prasqual

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

On the 8th of May 2022 the New Music Orchestra conducted of Szymon Bywalec will perform a piece by Tomasz Praszczałek (Prasqual) Canti Lussuriosi e Seriosi for soprano, mezzo-soprano, reciter, double orchestra of soloists and electronics at the NOSPR concert hall. Joanna Freszel and Marta Wryk will perform as soloists.

As composer says 'Talks and Songs about Love' were written in 2021/2022 and are based on the texts of Renaissance poetry: Sonetti Lussuriosi (Lust Sonnets) by the Italian poet Pietro Aretino (1492–1556) and the Song of the Sun by St. Francis of Assisi.'

More: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/orkiestra-muzyki-nowej-prasqual 

 

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Warsaw | Dona nobis pacem

The programme of a special concert of the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir on the 8th of May  2022 at 6 p.m. is an artistic response to the events we have been witnessing since the 24th of February 2022. At the concert hall of the Warsaw Philharmonic works by composers from Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia will be performed.

The concert repertoire is not only a musical call for peace (Pärt - Da pacem Domine, Vasks - Dona nobis pacem), not only a farewell to women, men and children - victims of Russian aggression against Ukraine (Ešenvalds - In paradisum), but above all a reminder that music, as a universal language, connects people regardless of their geographical boundaries, age, origin or religion.

Noteworthy is the variety of the concert repertoire - starting from the stylistically characteristic compositions of Arvo Pärt and Valentin Sylwestrow, through the works of Michał Ziółkowski and Łukasz Urbaniak - awarded young Polish composers, as well as works by Lesia Dyczko, Pēteris Vasks, Vytautas Miškinis and Ēraldis Miškinis, rooted in the musical traditions of the composers’ countries and performed by the best choirs in various parts of the world.

 

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Ticket information: https://filharmonia.pl/repertuar/koncert-choralny-881957937 

Katowice | NOSPR, Marta Gardolińska and Linus Roth

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

The orchestra conducted by Marta Gardolińska and the violinist Linus Roth as a soloist will present the Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 8 by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70 by Antonín Dvořák at the NOSPR Symphonic Morning on the 8th of May 2022 at 12.00.

‘To Professor Stanisław Barcewicz as a token of his adoration and gratitude’ Karłowicz dedicated his Violin Concerto. The composer who died tragically in the Tatry mountains was initially educated to play the violin. Eventually however he bacame a composer. The concert was presented in Berlin, Vienna and Warsaw, each time provoking positive reactions from the audience and critics' opinions.

Dvořák did not dedicate Symphony No. 7 to Brahms, but he wrote it being deeply influenced by the Master's Symphony No. 3. He was afraid that the new work would not meet his expectations, which today seems unjustified, because by many it is considered the most perfect in the composer's oeuvre and appreciated for its subtle depth of expression, melodic richness, orchestration and perfect formal structure.

After the Łucja Siedlik's note.

Ticket information: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/nospr-marta-gardolinska-linus-roth 

Wrocław | The Master and Magdalena - Herreweghe and Kožená in the National Forum of Music

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

On the 8th of May2022 at 6.00 p.m. at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde will be performed by the Czech singer Magdalena Kožena. The Orchestre des Champs-Élysées conducted by Philippe Herreweghe will accompany the singer.

Philippe Herreweghe is celebrating his 75th birthday on the 2nd of May and will inaugurate his jubilee concert tour with a performance in Wrocław. He has been working in the field of baroque music for over forty years. He is an important figure of a revolution in the approach to early music.

Orchester des Champs-Élysées celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. 

More: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/8886 

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Łódź | Karol Rathaus in memoriam

Media Patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

On the 8th of May 2022 at 4.30 p.m the Museum of the City of Łódź and The Karol Rathaus Foundation have the pleasure to invite you to a unique concert devoted to Karol Rathaus, a Polish émigré composer. ‘Karol Rathaus im Memoriam’ concert under the patronage of Hanna Zdanowska President of Łódź will take place in the beautiful Mirror Room at the seat of The Museum of the City of Łódź – The Izrael Poznański's Palace.

The performing artists will be the members of The Karol Rathaus Ensemble, whose mission is restoring the remembrance of the forgotten Polish composer: Piotr Lato, Marcin Hałat, Aleksandra Hałat and their guests – Tomasz Daroch and Roksana Wardenga. In the 1920s, Karol Rathaus was a representative of the avant-garde, in Berlin and Paris he worked for film production companies and in the USA – in Hollywood.

On the 8th of May some of his works will be presented in Poland for the first time.

Additional information: https://muzeum-lodz.pl/event/w-holdzie-karolowi-rathausowi-koncert-z-cyklu-muzyka-lodzi/ 

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Katowice | 'Musical Carriages' at the NOSPR premises

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This year's Katowice Kultura Natura Festival includes not only concerts but also interactive ‘Musical Carriages’, which will appear on the square in front of the NOSPR premises on the 7th of May. You can have fun with them every day until the 15th May 2022.
‘Musical Carriages’ are interactive sound toys invented by Erwin Stache - musician, composer and electronics engineer. They resemble strollers but they are not used for transporting people, but for creating music, experimenting with sound and outdoor activities. Each carriage plays pieces for piano, marimba or other instruments, but it only plays when it is in motion. And the faster you push it, the faster the music speeds up. You can experiment by playing the pieces from behind, looping selected fragments or juxtaposing the sounds of several carriages.

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More information: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/podroze-muzyczna-dorozka 

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Bydgoszcz | 10th nternational Festival of Contemporary Music 'New Music'

Between the 6th and 28th of May 2022 Bydgoszcz will host the 10th jubilee edition of the International Festival of Contemporary Music 'New Music', organized by the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Branch of the Polish Composers' Union in Bydgoszcz, the Municipal Cultural Center in Bydgoszcz and the Department of Music Education of the Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz.

The Festival will start with a concert entitled 'On the centenary of the birth of Kazimierz Serocki and the 90th anniversary of the birth of Franciszek Woźniak' at the Municipal Cultural Center in Bydgoszcz. Subsequent events - chamber concerts, a concert of Polish vocal lyrics and a concert "Bydgoszcz with Ukraine in the heart" - will take place in the Aula Copernicanum of the Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz.
Rafał Tworek, Piotr Beciński, Marcin Kopczyński, Aleksandra Brejza, Sławomir Czarnecki, Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Szymon Godziemba-Trytek, Piotr A. Komorowski, Artur Kroschel and Marcin Gumiela will present their latest works.

Festival's programme: http://www.nowamuzyka.bydgoszcz.pl/ 
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Oskar Kolberg Award 2022 Laureates

For the forty-seventh time artists creating in the fields of fine arts, literature, singing, instrumental music and dance, as well as organizers promoting folklore and folk art will receive Oskar Kolberg's awards. The awards gala will be held on the 6th of July 2022 at the Royal Castle in Warsaw.

The Oskar Kolberg ‘For Merits to Folk Culture’ award is the oldest and most important distinction in the field of traditional culture in Poland, established in 1974. The organizer of the award is the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. The competition and the gala are organized by the National Institute of Music and Dance in cooperation with the Radom Village Museum in Radom and its branch - the Oskar Kolberg in Przysucha. The founders of the financial awards are: the Minister of Culture and National Heritage and the Self-government of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship.

Karolina Kupczyk, who plays the viola and is active in the bands Wałasi and Jaworzynczanki, received a special award.

More information: www.nagrodakolberg.pl 

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Milena Pioruńska - the winner of the Young Musician of the Year Competition 2022!

On the 2nd of May 2022 during a gala at the Warsaw Philharmonic five finalists of this year's edition of the Young Musician of the Year competition organized by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, TVP Kultura and the National Institute of Music and Dance presented themselves. The winner will represent Poland in July at the jubilee 20th Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians in Montpellier, France.

The event is a nationwide competition organized every two years and its aim is to promote the best young classical musicians. It is a major media event that promotes the most talented students of secondary music schools and encourages young people to improve their musical skills.

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