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Katowice | 9th Festival of Premieres: Barbara Kinga Majewska's Sound Installation

NOSPRBarbara Kinga Majewska's sound installation A Narrow Passage With Steep Walls will be presented for the first time on 10 October 2021 at. 4.00 p.m. in the NOSPR foyer as part of the 9th Festival of Premieres. The installation tells the story of an opera set design element, which becomes a source of sounds.

Barbara Kinga Majewska describes her installation as a sound sculpture with live music: the composer herself will participate in the premiere, as well as the violist Aleksandra Batog and the cellist Danuta Sobik-Ptok.

The starting point for the installation is the theatrical horizon from the staging of the opera Valkyrie by Richard Wagner – 36 meters long and 7 meters wide, hand-painted canvas. During the performances, it was hanging from a batten at the back of the stage, thus closing the performance space. In 1989, after fourteen performances, it ended up in the magazine and remained there for the next 30 years. This year, it will be moved to the foyer of the NOSPR Concert Hall in Katowice. With the use of speakers, it will emit sounds and engage in a dialogue with the musicians.

Admission is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://nospr.org.pl/pl 

Olsztyn | Improvisation Workshops for Children "Tell me a story" 2021

OMBThe next edition of the improvisation workshops for children "Tell me a story", organised by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music for several years throughout Poland, is about to start. The first workshop in 2021 will be held on 7-9 October as part of the "Sonikalia" sound festival for children in Olsztyn.

The main idea of ​​the project is to popularize the music of our time and the art of improvisation among the youngest. During the workshops, children aged 3-5 and 6-8 learn the basics of improvisation, discover a variety of instruments, play with beautifully illustrated books (including the "Ulica Czereśniowa" series by Dwie Siostry publishing house) and thus gently enter the world of contemporary music.

The classes are conducted by outstanding artists: harpist Agata Galik, double bass player Małgorzata Kołcz, composer and pianist Jarosław Siwiński, and actor and director of plays for children Grzegorz Ociepka.

This year, the workshops will be held in the framework of two projects in Krajenka, Zakrzewo, Jastrowie, Bielawa and Warsaw.

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund. Sponsored by the PZU Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed information: https://sonikalia.pl/program/opowiedz-mi-bajke/ 

Premiere of the album "Andrzej Koszewski – Choral Works", or his orchestra of human voices

DUXThe album "Andrzej Koszewski  Choral Works" will be available for sale from 7 October 2021. The fourth album in the "Anthology of Polish works a cappella" series, realised since 2018 by the Collegium Cantorum Choir of the Częstochowa Philharmonic conducted by Janusz Siadlak, was released by DUX Recording Producers in cooperation with the Institute of Art Developement.

Andrzej Koszewski's music stands out from contemporary Polish choral music, which is why the presence of his works in the anthology initiated by Janusz Siadlak is a natural, and even necessary, step. Especially on the eve of the 100th birth anniversary of the composer, whose output is dominated by music for a cappella choir.

The album includes a cross-section of Andrzej Koszewski's work – 60 minutes of exceptional music, including both sacred and secular works. The Częstochowa Philharmonic Choir under the baton of Janusz Siadlak presents: Fa-Re-Mi-Do-Si Music (1960), the poetic Great Poland Triptych (1963), delightful miniatures Games (1968), Tre pezzi (1986), Angelus Domini (1981) – dedicated to John Paul II, and Trittico da messa (1992).

A concert promoting the album will be held on 18 November at 7.00 p.m. at the Częstochowa Philharmonic.

The album is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport as part of the "Musical Trace" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance. The partners are the ZAiKS Authors' Association, the Regional Cultural Centre in Częstochowa and the Częstochowa Philharmonic.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Additional informationhttp://www.dux.pl/

Poznań | Z2P Stage #3: "Spatiality"

Z2PThe concert of spatial music by three Poznań composers from the Z2P Stage series will take place on 7 October 2021 at 6.00 p.m. at the Future Labs Supercomputing and Networking Centre in Poznań. The works will be presented in a specially adapted room equipped with a set of over 30 speakers.

The theme of the third edition of Z2P Stage will be spatiality in experimental electronic music. It involves the use of a multi-channel sound system to spatialize sound compositions. Works presented during the event will be a summary of artistic residencies in the ambisonic sound studio of the Art & Science laboratory. The residency participants developed their artistic projects over several weeks using a 24-speaker sound system. The concert programme will include: Michał Janocha's Tactile thresholds II, Anna Obara's OVERRESONATED_finalversion(15), Wiktoria Różycka's Journey of The Guilty Souls, Soil Troth's Utricularia, and Lidia Zielińska's Pustynnienie.

Z2P Stage is a series of concerts and performances at the Art & Science laboratory of the PSNC Future Labs. The idea of Z2P Stage is to present, next to regular concerts, events including the new technology as an equal instrument. Z2P Stage is also a space for mediation through technology, science and art, which results in sound, soundart or performance experiments.

Due to the unusual conditions of this event the number of places is limited! To get on the list, write to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Wrocław | Rediscovered Weinberg

NFMMieczysław Weinberg is one of the most intriguing composers of the last century. Although he was born and raised in Warsaw, he spent his adult life in the Soviet Union, where he earned fame and recognition. Only recently has his fascinating music come to prominence in Poland. At the concert on 7 October 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the National Forum for Music, the renowned singers Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk and Anna Bernacka accompanied by pianist Monika Kruk will perform selected songs by the composer.

Weinberg’s output is vast: it encompasses 153 compositions with opus numbers, as well as many functional works composed for film, circus or radio. Among numerous symphonies, instrumental concertos and operas is a special place for the songs written simply for voice and piano. These constituted Weinberg’s personal, almost intimate space: a statement and an expression of deeply concealed feelings.

The programme of the concert in Wrocław includes five song cycles. One of them – Three Songs, Op. 22 – consists of arrangements of texts by Adam Mickiewicz. However, the poet that was particularly valued and liked by Weinberg was Julian Tuwim. The concert artists will perform four cycles composed to the works of this poet, from various stages of the composer’s life. These will be: Old Letters, Op. 77, Memory, Op. 62, The Gypsy Bible, Op. 57 and Acacias, Op. 4.

The concert dedicated to Weinberg’s songs will be a moving meeting with the works of an outstanding – and unjustly forgotten – composer.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationhttps://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl 

Poznań | 50th "Poznań Music Spring" International Festival of Contemporary Music – Autumn Edition

ZKPThe autumn edition of the 50th anniversary "Poznań Music Spring" International Festival of Contemporary Music will run from 2 to 5 October 2021, presenting the rich and diverse work of contemporary composers. The organiser of the festival is the Polish Composers' Union.

Due to the pandemic, this year's festival has been divided into two parts. The first part was a symphonic concert of the Tadeusz Szeligowski Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in Poznań conducted by Łukasz Borowicz, which opened the Festival on 12 March.

The autumn edition will feature seven concerts. Among thirty-four presented works, there will be ten premieres. We will hear works by Witold Lutosławski, Arvo Pärt, Toshio Hosokawa, Mikołaj Górecki, Lidia Zielińska, Alicja Gronau-Osińska, Janusz Stalmierski, Barbara Kaszuba, Monika Kędziora, Katarzyna Taborowska, Agnieszka Zdrojek-Suchodolska, Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, and others. The performers will include: Mari Fukumoto, Gośka Isphording, Jakub Drygas, Yaroslav Shemet, Jan Bałaban, Lech Bałaban, Agnieszka Bałaban, Krzysztof Sowiński, Donat Zamiara, Damian Sobkowiak, Grażyna Czerwińska, Lepos Duo, Sepia Ensemble and Moniuszko String Quartet. A special concert will present the works of composers associated with the Łódź Academy of Music – Artur Zagajewski, Olga Hans, Marcin Stańczyk, Sławomir Kaczorowski, Tadeusz Szczepanik, Krzysztof Grzeszczak – performed by chamber musicians from Łódź.

Admission to the concerts is free!

Co-financed under the "Music" programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Programme detailswww.wiosnamuzyczna.pl 

Poznań | 5th Poznań Chamber Music Concerts

ZKPThe Foundation of the Academy of Music in Poznań together with the Poznań Branch of the Polish Composers' Union and the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music invite on 6-7 October 2021 to the 5th Poznań Chamber Music Concerts devoted to the works of famous composers associated with Poznań as part of popularizing the cultural traditions of this city.

NIMiT The concerts organised under the slogan "Composers Are Among Us" will present the latest works by contemporary Polish composers performed by renowned artists. The evening on 6 October will feature the first performance of Wojciech Ziemowit Zych's piece for 2 flutes and piano, which was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Thanks to the financial support of the PZU Foundation, the flutists Łukasz Długosz and Agata Kielar-Długosz and pianist Andrzej Jungiewicz were invited to perform the anniversary concert. This year's edition of Poznań Chamber Music Concerts will also feature outstanding musicians from Poznań: Katarzyna Stroińska-Sierant (piano), Jarosław Sierant (violin), Jarosław Wachowiak (saxophone), Zbigniew Wrombel (double bass), Sławomir Tokłowicz (drums) and the contemporary music ensemble Sepia Ensemble.

On 6 October, Łukasz Długosz and Agata Kielar-Długosz will conduct workshops for flautists and composers.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/poznanskiekoncerty 

The first international online festival "Women in Music" is about to start!

SPMKThe Polish Chamber Musicians' Association is organising the first international online festival "Women in Music". The programme of the event aimed at promoting female composers and their work will include music by artists from Poland and Great Britain. The concerts will be made available on the Association's YouTube channel on 4, 5, 11, and 12 October 2021.

The concerts recorded at the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk will feature works by Wanda Landowska, Régine Wieniawski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Łucja Szablewska, Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk, as well as Roxanna Panufnik, Judith Weir, Rebecci Clarke, Elaine Hugh-Jones and Elisabeth Lutyens. Among the performers will be also women: violist Katarzyna Budnik, violinists Katarzyna Duda and Jaga Klimaszewska, pianists Julia Kociuban, Julia Samojło and Monika Gardoń-Preinl.

The concert to be broadcast on 4 October was realised with the support of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London – it was performed by the GSMD's graduates: sopranos Magdalena Molendowska, Katherine McIndoe and pianist Julia Samojło.

The event is held under the honorary patronage of Mieczysław Struk, Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship, Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, President of the City of Gdańsk, and the British Embassy in Warsaw.

The project is funded by the Pomeranian Voivodeship and co-financed by the City of Gdańsk and the Gdańsk Economic Development Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://spmk.com.pl/projekt/kobiety-w-muzyce-women-in-music/ 

Katowice | 9th Festival of Premieres: Kulenty, Stańczyk and Krzewińska

NOSPRThe concert on 3 October 2021 at 6.00 p.m. as part of the autumn edition of the 9th Festival of Premieres, organised every two years at the NOSPR Concert Hall in Katowice, will feature new compositions by Hanna Kulenty, Marcin Stańczyk and Katarzyna Krzewińska.

The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Franck Ollu and the soloist Matthijs Koene will premiere Ad-Umbro for pan flute and symphony orchestra by Hanna Kulenty. The composer explains the concept of the work: "I had been carrying the idea of ​​the piece Ad-Umbro (from Latin: shade, sketch, briefly present, indicate, imitate) for over a year, because in the summer of 2018 I met Matthijs Koene, a virtuoso from the Netherlands. I would never have come up with the idea of ​​writing a piece for such an unusual instrument, but after listening to a few concerts by Matthijs and finding out what his technical and musical possibilities are, I wanted to write another composition for him, based on my new technique that I have used for several years, which I called “Musique Surrealistique.”

Marcin Stańczyk's Live for saxophone, ensemble and tape will be premiered by musicians of the National Radio Symphony Orchestra and one of the most famous European saxophonists – Paweł Gusnar, Professor of the Frydryk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Katarzyna Krzewińska will perform live electronics. Her piece #nofilter for a large symphony orchestra and live electronics is a reflection on the "computerization" of the world and an attempt to illustrate the omnipresent information noise, which paradoxically increases the feeling of emptiness and longing. The work was inspired by Mariusz Szczygieł's book Nie ma [There is no], awarded with the Nike Literary Award in 2019.

The publisher of works by Hanna Kulenty and Marcin Stańczyk is PWM Edition. The project was co-financed under the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket information: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/9-festiwal-prawykonan-nospr-franck-ollu