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"Concert by candlelight" online

FCzAs part of the "Concert by candlelight" music series, which has been carried out for years by the Częstochowa Philharmonic in the Rector's Church, we will hear Stanisław Moryto's Cello Concerto performed by Tomasz Strahl. The concert will be held on the Philharmonic YouTube channel on 30 April 2021 at 7.00 p.m.

The concert soloist – one of the most famous Polish cellists, professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, laureate of national and international competitions – is an excellent interpreter of Stanisław Moryto's Concerto. He has arranged its solo part in the score published by the FCUM as part of the series "First editions of music by Polish composers", aimed at promoting works written by local teachers. On 30 April, Tomasz Strahl will perform the second part of this piece as well as the Cello Concerto in A minor RV422 by Antonio Vivaldi.

The Częstochowa Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Adam Klocek will also perform Vivaldi's Concerto for Strings in C minor RV119 and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik K.525. The concert will be hosted by pr. Mikołaj Węgrzyn.

More informationhttps://www.filharmonia.com.pl/repertuar/1657-Koncert-przy-swiecach-ON-LINE 

56th International Festival Wratislavia Cantans – "Crossing Borders"

NFMThe National Forum of Music invites you to the 56th International Festival Wratislavia Cantans. On 3-12 September 2021 Wrocław and other cities of Lower Silesia will celebrate the beauty of the human voice. The theme of this year's edition is "Crossing Borders".

In the history of music, boundaries have been crossed on many levels. The greatest works were written by brave, uncompromising artists ready to break the existing conventions and schemes. Also, lesser-known artists often combined musical genres and styles. The programme of this year's edition of the festival will be an opportunity to listen to great performers interpreting compositions created over many eras. Among them, there will be both Renaissance masterpieces and works written in the 20th century. The festival will be inaugurated by Witold Lutosławski' Straw Chain and other childrenʼs pieces for soprano, mezzo-soprano, flute, oboe, 2 clarinets and bassoon 

 World-class stars will perform, including singers: Magdalena Kožená, Agata Zubel and Joanna Freszel, and the ensembles: Il Giardino Armonico with the festival's Artistic Director Giovanni Antonini, Duncan Ward and NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, Huelgas Ensemble, Quatuor Mosaïques, Klangforum Wien, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lawrence Foster and Wrocław Baroque Ensemble under the baton of Andrzej Kosendiak.

Ticket sales will start on 28 April at 11.00 a.m.

Full programme is available at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/wratislavia-cantans 

Online choral concert in memory of Krzysztof Penderecki

FKA choral concert in memory of Krzysztof Penderecki – a great man, friend of the Krakow Philharmonic – will be held on 29 April 2021 at 7.00 p.m. The Philharmonic Choir will present the composer's famous sacred works. Live broadcast will be available on YouTube.

The Krakow Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Maciej Tworek, will perform Penderecki's Song of Cherubim, Missa brevis, O gloriosa Virginum, Agnus Dei from Polish Requiem and Stabat Mater from St Luke Passion.

Krzysztof Penderecki was associated with the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic from the beginning of his musical career. In 1958, he performed his diploma composition – Andante and Allegro for string orchestra and timpani, today known as Epitaphium Artur Malawski in memoriam – as a student of the State Higher School of Music in Krakow. On 22 April 1966, the Orchestra, Mixed Choir and Boys' Choir of the Krakow Philharmonic conducted by Henryk Czyż performed the Polish premiere of his St Luke Passion. After a series of concerts in Poland and Europe, this monumental work was recorded by the ensembles of the Krakow Philharmonic under the direction of Czyż, receiving the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque in 1967. In 1988-1990, Penderecki was formally the artistic director of the Krakow Philharmonic, where he later conducted numerous performances of his works, including Polish Requiem. He once said that "only homo religiosus can consider redemption". He also emphasized that the greatest discovery of mankind, of man, is God.

More information: https://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/Home/9636-ORATORIO_CONCERT.html

3rd Szczecin Classic Festival 2021

SzczecinClassicThe third edition of the Szczecin Classic festival will take place between 26 April and 3 May 2021 under the slogan "O-Class-ki", with most events streamed online on Facebook.

Tango beats in our hearts constantly, but this year, due to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, it has found a special place and almost completely absorbed the festival programme. In addition to chamber and symphonic evening concerts, the festival will offer the residents of Szczecin a series of accompanying events: morning gymnastics with classical music in the park; musical happenings in the city centre; open Baroque dance classes; open lectures for future artists, and a show of the Stradivarius violin.

Among the distinguished artists invited to the Festival are Vasko Vassilev and Andriy Viytovych, concertmasters and leaders of The Royal Opera House in London; the concertmaster of Baltic Neopolis Orchestra – Emanuel Salvador, Konstantin Heidrich; Tomasz Tomaszewski, cellist of the Faure Quartet; and Michał Francuz, the concertmaster of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and distinguished Polish pianist. The established group of artists and professors will be further enriched by Krzysztof Węgrzyn, Profesor of Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover since 1993.

The programme of this year's edition also includes music of Polish composers: Juliusz Zarębski, Alexander Tansman, Ludomir Różycki and Mikołaj Górecki.

More information: http://szczecinclassic.pl/festiwal/ 

Open Session of the Polish Society for Music Analysis: Feliks Nowowiejski and Fryderyk Chopin

PTAMThe Polish Society for Music Analysis invites you on 27 April 2021 at 12.00 p.m. to an open online meeting presenting the results of current research on the works of Feliks Nowowiejski and Fryderyk Chopin.

The aim of PTAM is to integrate the community of musicologists, theorists, composers and performers around the broadly understood understanding and scientific interpretation of music. The president of the organization, founded in 2015, is Prof. Sławomira Żerańska-Kominek. The members of the Society come from both Academies of Music and Institutes of Musicology all over Poland. PTAM presents the historical and current achievements of Polish researchers in the field of music analysis, including sonology, theories of musical form, musical structures, harmony, the use of information technology in music. These achievements are presented during analytical workshops, symposia and conferences organised by the Society.

During the next open meeting of the Polish Society for Music Analysis, Agnieszka Chwiłek, PhD (Institute of Musicology, University of Warsaw) will present her research on the musical language of songs to the words of German poets in the early works of Feliks Nowowiejski. Krzysztof Bilica, PhD (Warsaw) will deliver a talk entitled 'Rooster Crowing Before Dawn' à la rondeau.

Link to the Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86025834497?pwd=TGtVV00rQW9sTUNCdGoxdUt5WUxTQT09  (Meeting ID: 860 2583 4497, Passcode: 2XPQr7)

6th Józef Ciepłucha International Academic Oboe and Bassoon Competition


The 6th Józef Ciepłucha International Academic Oboe and Bassoon Competition is organised by the Department of Wind Instruments of the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź and "Muzyka do Potęgi" Foundation. This year's edition will be held on 26-29 April 2021.

The competition was initiated at the turn of the 1960s and 1970s in Włoszakowice. In the 1990s, the event was held in Sieradz as the National Competition of Oboists and Bassoonists, then as the International Academic Competition of Oboists and Bassoonists. In 2014, the competition was named after Józef Ciepłucha.

The event aims to to promote the best instrumentalists from Polish and foreign music academies. The competition is divided into two categories, oboe and bassoon. The programme includes works by Aleksander Tansman, Michał Spisak, Zdzisław Szostak, Jerzy Bauer, Grażyna Bacewicz, and Maciej Zieliński.

The Jury is composed of eminent musicians and pedagogues: Arkadiusz Krupa, Tomasz Miczka, Józef Raatz, Agata Piotrowska-Bartoszek, Krzysztof Kamiński, Artur Kasperek, Arkadiusz Adamczyk, and Katarzyna Zdybel-Nam. The Secretary of the Jury is Leszek Kołodziejski.

Young instrumentalists have already sent their recordings. Competition presentations are available to watch on the website: www.amuz.lodz.pl.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

We know the results of the competition for the youngest chamber musicians in Łódź!

KonkursOn Saturday, 24 April 2021, the jury announced the results of the 2nd Wiłkomirki National Chamber Music Competition for students of primary and secondary music schools (22-24 April 2021). The competition organised by the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź and the Stanisław Liszewski Foundation featured 62 chamber ensembles from all over Poland, divided into four age groups.

The jury debated in a hybrid system, the participants were judged on the basis of the submitted recordings. The jury was composed of: Prof. Bogusław Pikała (AM Łódź) – chairman, Prof. Anna Prabucka-Firlej (AM Gdańsk), Prof. Katarzyna Jankowska-Borzykowska (FCUM Warsaw), Prof. Jadwiga Kotnowska (AM Bydgoszcz), Karina Gidaszewska (AM Poznań, AM Łódź), Michał Drewnowski (AM Łódź), Prof. Hanna Holeksa (AM Łódź, S. Liszewski Foundation).

In the youngest group, two duos won the first prize ex aequo: Rozalia Mielczarek and Hanna Wójcik as well as Anna Waśko and Pola Fijałka. In the second group, the highest prize went to Małgorzata Błazik and Barbara Jankowska, in the third group the Grand Prix was awarded to Irena Kiełbasińska and Mateusz Rogowski. In the oldest group, the jury decided to award a string quartet composed of: Paulina Tomczuk, Julia Charmuszko, Oliwia Stawicka and Konstancja Śmietańska. In all age groups, additional prizes were also awarded for the performance of Polish music, including works by Tomasz Michalak, Emil Młynarski, Michał Spisak, Romuald Twardowski, Jan Wachowski and Kazimierz Wiłkomirski. The special prizes also include there invitations for two duos to perform as part of the "Chamber Saturdays" series at the Academy of Music in Łódź in the 2021/2022 season.

The patrons of the competition are members of the Wiłkomirski family, who from an early age performed chamber music in a trio founded by Alfred Wiłkomirski – the father of the musical family. The first members of the ensemble were: Michał Wiłkomirski (violin), Kazimierz Wiłkomirski (cello) and Maria Wiłkomirska (piano). The Wiłkomirski family were professionally associated with the Academy of Music in Łódź, which has been an important centre of Polish chamber music for years: the home of the Chamber Music Institute with over 60 years of tradition and the Kiejstut Bacewicz International Chamber Music Competition.

Announcement of the competition results is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz0PTBjxPlY 

More information about the competition: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/ii-ogolnopolski-konkurs-muzyki-kameralnej-im-wilkomirskich 

"Polskie Muzyczki" – season 3: educational films about Polish composers

Polskie MuzyczkiThe Life and Art Foundation invites you to the third series of educational films about Polish composers, "Polskie Muzyczki" [Polish Women Musicians]. New episodes will be posted every Saturday from 24 April 2021 on the project's YouTube channel.

The project idea was born before the pandemic. Joint concerts of clarinet player Barbara Borowicz and pianist Anna Miernik were preceded by lectures aimed at introducing the performed music. Currently, instrumentalists have temporarily transferred some of their activities to the Internet. The idea of ​​their online project is to create a series of educational films dedicated to Polish composers, which are posted on YouTube and Facebook to watch for free. The artists want to pursue the idea of ​​"learning through play" –  their short film episodes contain high-quality content presented in a light and pleasant form of a dialogue between the pianist and clarinetist, who are also friends.

The third season of "Polskie Muzyczki" will start with an episode devoted to Krzysztof Penderecki on the 1st anniversary of his death. The series will also include interviews with Agnieszka Zdrojek-Suchodolska and Łukasz Woś. The remaining videos will talk about Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar, Karol Kurpiński and Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński. Facts from the history of music will intertwine with funny anecdotes, thus making the materials more accessible to an average audience and helping to break the "artist-viewer" barrier. The aim of the project is to encourge listeners to participate in live concerts when it is fully possible.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Łódź Premiere of Zygmunt Krauze's cantata "Francesco"

FLThe Łódź premiere of Zygmunt Krauze's Francesco cantata will take place on 26 April 2021 at 5.00 p.m at the Łódź Philharmonic. The concert programme will also include Zoltan Kodaly's Missa brevis. A paid broadcast will be available at https://live.bilety24.pl/.

The Francesco cantata for mixed choir, chamber orchestra and organ is based on the writings of St. Francis and Dante Alighieri. Through this prism, the composer examines the condition of modern man, his obligations and limitations. The individual parts of the work titled Life, Work, Money, Woman, Death are separated with solo organ preludes. The world premiere of the cantata took place in 2018.

Zygmunt Krauze is one of the most outstanding artists of his generation, appreciated in Poland and abroad. In his oeuvre, operas as well as piano pieces and pieces with piano occupy a crucial place. An important chapter of his work is dedicated to unistic music, the theoretical foundations of which were derived from Władysław Strzemiński's paintings. Krauze is a professor of composition at the Academy of Music in Łódź, by which he was awarded the Honoris Causa doctorate.

The concert will be performed by the Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir under the direction of Dawid Ber and the soloists: Marta Malarska, Magdalena Szymańska, Maria Hubluk-Kaszuba (soprano), Anna Krysztofiak (mezzo-soprano), Paweł Żak (tenor), Adrian Łęczycki (baritone) and Roman Perucki (organ).

More information:  https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/koncert-oratoryjny-16