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Łódź | 75th Musica Moderna Session

Musica Moderna

First performances, youthful compositions and interpretations, the canon of 20th-century music, lecture and film projection – these are the elements of the programme of the 75th "Musica Moderna" session at the Academy of Music in Łódź (29 November – 5 December 2019). Traditionally, the concerts will feature present students of the Academy – composers and instrumentalists. The event's partner is the Polish Composers' Union.

The inaugural concert of the 75th "Musica Moderna" session will take place on 29 November at 7 p.m., presenting works by 1st and 2nd prize winners of the 6th Grażyna Bacewicz International Composers' Competition: The Landscape for orchestra by Satoshi Ohmae (Japan), and Earthise by Nicholas Gotch (Great Britain). The Artur Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra will be led by Paweł Przytocki.

The guests of this year's session will be: pianist Martyna Zakrzewska (Kraków), Symphony Orchestra of the Music Academy in Gdańsk under the baton of Maciej Tomasiewicz and Prof. Gordon Williamson (Hannover). Martyna Zakrzewska's recital entitled "Still piano?" is a compilation of works in which the pianist plays the piano, but also sings, whistles, whispers, screams, hits or knocks, plays percussion instruments, constructs new instruments, cuts aluminum foil into small scraps ... The pianist will present, among others compositions by Michał Lazar and Piotr Peszat. Composer Gordon Williamson (Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover) will present and discuss the work Encounters for two Inuit throat singers, accordion and the ensemble Neue Vocalsolisten. The composition is the result of his research on the Inuit community – the indigenous people of northern Canada. In addition, his composition breathing room will be presented during the 'Young Composers. Young performers" concert. The session will end with a concert presenting stylisticly diverse compositions by Polish authors.

Free admission to all events at the Chamber Hall of the Music Academy in Łódź.

More information at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/75-sesja-musica-moderna 

Warsaw | Warsaw Winds+ Festival

Warsaw Winds +

Chamber music works for wind instruments plus strings, piano and voice in a wealth of musical contexts and masterful performances. This is the idea behind the Warsaw Winds + Festival – a new event on the cultural map of Warsaw that will take place from 28 November to 1 December 2019.

This musical venture will change the perception of wind instruments among a wide audience. Everyone will find something for themselves in the festival program – from the popular songs of Stanisław Moniuszko in new arrangements, through the classical repertoire for string quartet and wind quintet, the premiere works of young generation composers – Mikołaj Majkusiak and Paweł Pudło, to improvisations on early music themes by Bastarda Trio.

For the initiators of the Warsaw Winds + Festival – the Warsaw sextet Gruppo di Tempera – chamber music is not only the most important career path, but also the greatest passion. Their goal is to present chamber music at the highest world level, which they have made one of the festival's leitmotifs. This idea connects all this year's artists, including: Bastarda Trio, Lutosławski Quartet, the mentioned sextet Gruppo di Tempera, as well as singers Urszula Kryger and Szymon Komasa. The Festival will feature Polish music – classical and contemporary, popular and less known, juxtaposed with works from the world canon.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://warsawwindsplusfestival.pl/ 

Bydgoszcz | Forum.Lutosławski


The "Forum.Lutosławski" festival – an event organized as part of the "Regional Initiative of Excellence" project led by the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz – will take place on 26 November and 1 December 2019. The Forum will consist of meetings, discussions, workshops and concerts introducing the work of Witold Lutosławski – one of the greatest Polish composers of the 20th century.

The "Forum.Lutosławski" will include a three-day conference Musical works of the past and present, featuring lectures on compositions created in the 20th and 21st century. There will also be master classes with the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music professors, Jadwiga Rappe and Andrzej Bauer, devoted to the issues of performing the 20th-century repertoire, with particular emphasis on the work of the Forum's patron. A seminar on composition, with the participation of Dobrinka Tabakova, Joe Cutler, Ewa Pobłocka and Dariusz Przybylski, will take place on 28 and 29 November at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. The seminar will end with a discussion panel dedicated to the patron of the Forum. On 30 November, Katarzyna Naliwajek-Mazurek will lead a discussion devoted to direct relations between artists and the composer and his work, with the participation of Zbigniew Bargielski, Wojciech Michniewski and Andrzej Bauer.

The concerts on 26 and 27 November will feature works by Zbigniew Bargielski, Łukasz Godyla, Michał Dobrzyński, Marcin Gumiela, Bettina Skrzypczak, Hanna Kulenty and Franciszek Woźniak. The final concert will take place on 1 December at the Pomeranian Philharmonic Concert Hall. The Academic Choir and Symphony Orchestra of the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz under the baton of Michał Dworzyński will perform the Coronation Mass in C major, KV 317 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Concerto for cello and orchestra by Witold Lutosławski, with the solo part performed by Andrzej Bauer.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.amuz.bydgoszcz.pl/ 

Rzeszów | Musical Horn of Plenty


Krzysztof Penderecki's Horn Concerto 'Winterreise' will be performd on 29 November 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Artur Malawski Philharmonic in Rzeszów.

French horn's noble, soft timbre was already appreciated by the Viennese classics, and in the nineteenth century the French horn was inseparably associated with the romantic atmosphere. Echoes of past eras will be heard in the one-part Concerto for French horn "Winterraise" ("Winter journey", 2008) by Krzysztof Penderecki. The solo part will be performed by Jacek Muzyk. The atmospheric fragments of this work are intertwined with the "grotesque note", and at times the composition may even bring to mind associations with film music.

In the second part of the evening we will listen to the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: Adventure on Earth and the Symphony "Star Wars" by John Williams – one of the most famous and titled American film music composers awarded with numerous "Oscar" statuettes. The Subcarpathian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will perform under the baton of the American trombone player and conductor Stefan Sanders, a graduate of the Juilliard School, University of Texas at Austin and Interlochen Arts Academy.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.rzeszow.pl/aktualnosci-link/aktualnosci/art,697,ab-29-listopada-2019r-piatek-godz-1900.html 

Łódź | In Memory of Roman Ryterband (1914-1979)

AM Łódź

An International Conference, „Roman Ryterband as an heir and advocate of Polish musical traditions in the United States,” will take place at the Łódź Music Academy on 30 November 2019. The programme will include a concert, scholarly presentations and the unveiling of a memorial plaque.

This will be the first such event in Poland devoted to life and music of Roman Ryterband— composer, pianist, conductor and music educator. Born in Łódź 105 years ago in 1914, Ryterband was a world citizen who died in Palm Springs, California, in 1979. Living outside Poland after 1939, he successfully developed his artistic career, residing, in turn, in Switzerland, Canada and, for almost 20 years, in the United States. Nonetheless, he did not neglect his links to Polish culture and traditions, as witnessed by his activities as artist and promoter, as well as by his music that is inspired by Polish history and folklore. Ryterband’s musical career began in Łódź; he wrote his first composition here while still a teenager. He studied music at the Helena Kijeńska-Dobkiewiczowa Music Academy and, before the war, had worked for Łódź Radio and collaborated with local theatres. The first concerts featuring his works were also held here, in Łódź.

The goals of this international Conference are to rediscover and return Roman Ryterband’s rich musical opus to Polish audiences who had no chance to hear it in Poland during the composer’s life and after his death. The organizers of the Conference, “Roman Ryterband as an heir and advocate of Polish music traditions in the United States” include the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Music Academy in Łódź and the Polish Music Center at the University of Southern California, where a collection of documents and manuscripts of compositions by Roman Ryterband are held. The honorary guests of the Conference will include members of Roman Ryterband’s family, who will travel to Poland for the first time.

Scholarly presentations about Roman Ryterband are scheduled for Saturday, 30 November, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Hall 31 of the Music Academy. A concert of solo, chamber and choral works by Roman Ryterband will follow at 4 p.m. in the Academy’s Chamber Hall. The participating artists will include musicians and scholars from the USC Thornton School of Music and Polish Music Center in Los Angeles, as well as performers from music academies and conservatories in Łódź, Kraków, and Prague.

A plaque commemorating Roman Ryterband will be officially unveiled on Friday, November 29, at the composer’s birthplace on Narutowicza 40

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/pamieci-romana-ryterbanda 

Warsaw | SUPERSAM + 1: Nina De Heney & Marek Pospieszalski


Nina De Heney and Marek Pospieszalski will participate in the 4th edition of the "Supersam +1" project. The artists will perform together on 28 November 2019 at 8 p.m. in the Płyty Gramofonowe – Warsaw Vinyl Store (11 Ząbkowska St., Warsaw).

“Supersam + 1” is a series of master performances. The project focuses mainly on music, however, it also includes other forms of expression such as: performance, multimedia, monodrama. “Supersam + 1” will present respected Polish and foreign artists whose work is original, experimental and innovative. “SUPER” in the title means that the programme will be based on renowned artists – masters. “SAM” (from Polish, means „alone”, "by himself/herself") refers to the solo performances as well as the creative loneliness. “+ 1” in the title means that each evening will be crowned with a duo performance. In most cases, the artists will meet on stage for the first time..

Nina de Heney has been working in the jazz and improvisation scene in Sweden for many years with a number of groups. Currently she works with pianist Lisa Ullén. She started doing solo performances in 1992, often working with dancers. Her three solo albums Archipelago, 2 and Three have all been critically acclaimed and she has, on several occasions, been nominated for the Swedish Jazz Celebration and received the 2012 Jazz Musician of the Year Award. In addition to this she has been awarded funds from the Swedish Arts Grant on several occasions.

Marek Pospieszalski graduated from the Music Academy in Cracow. He is involved with improvised music, experimental music, and contemporary jazz, nevertheless, he cooperates with hip hop, electronic, rock and pop artists. He is the leader of his own quartet (with Elias Stemeseder, Maks Mucha and Max Andrzejewski), which released the album Marek Pospieszalski gra piosenki, które śpiewał Frank Sinatra. Together with Tomasz Sroczyński he recorded and released the album Bareness. He plays in a duo with Qba Janicki called Malediwy. He is a member of Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet, Kuba Płużek's quartet and Mateusz Pospieszalski's quintet.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://supersam.mozg.pl/ 

Bydgoszcz | International Conference "The past and the present in a musical work"

Dzieło Muzyczne

Department of Theory of Music and Composition at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz invites you to the International Conference "The past and the present in a musical work", which will take place on 26-28 November 2019.

Among the participants there will be well-known musicologists from around the world, representing such institutions as the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (Warsaw), the Academy of Music in Krakow, the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music (Bydgoszcz), the Nicolaus Copernicus University (Toruń), the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music (Katowice), the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music (Poznań), the Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznań), University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MA), Universite de Caen Normandie (Caen), Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (Riga), the Jan Albrecht Academy of Music and Art (Banska Štiavnica), the University of Graz, Kamianets-Podilsky Ivan Ohienko National University, Lviv National Music Academy, Ivan Franco National University of Lviv, the Odessa National A. V. Nezhdanova Academy of Music.

An important place in the programme of the conference is occupied by papers devoted to Polish contemporary music, among others works by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (Teresa Malecka), Hanna Kulenty (Anna Nowak), Witold Lutosławski (Ewa Schreiber), Mieczysław Weinberg (Agnieszka Nowok-Zych), Andrzej Krzanowski (Magdalena Stochniol), Zbigniew Bargielski (Violetta Przech), Dariusz Przybylski (Katarzyna Szymańska-Stułka), Michał Kondracki (Elżbieta Szczurko), Krzysztof Meyer (Ewa Wójtowicz), Zygmunt Mycielski (Barbara Mielcarek-Krzyżanowska), Marcel Chyrzyński (Jacek Szerszenowicz), and Piotr Salaber (Aleksandra Kłaput-Wiśniewska).

The Conference will feature concerts on 26 and 27 November at 7 p.m. in the Roman Suchecki Concert Hall (7 Staszica St.).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.amuz.bydgoszcz.pl/wydarzenia/dzielo-muzyczne-wobec-przeszlosci-i-wspolczesnosci/ 

Warsaw | Roman Lasocki and Friends


During the extraordinary Roman Lasocki and Friends concert, which will take place on 26 November 2019 at 7 p.m., at the Warsaw Philharmonic, the audience will be able to appreciate some of the most virtuosic and representative works ever written for the violin, reflecting the broad spectrum of the chamber repertoire devoted to this instrument.

César Franck’s Sonata in A Major for violin and piano from 1886 is one of the most exquisite examples of this genre. Since its premiere, it has been a constant fixture of violin recitals. The fact that it features in the programme alongside Eugene Ysaÿe’s similarly titled composition is no accident, as the latter was not only an important composer for this instrument but first and foremost a phenomenal violinist, for whom Franck wrote his Sonata in A Major.

Over a hundred different paraphrases, potpourris, fantasias and variations on opera themes have been arranged for violin and piano. Henryk Wieniawski wrote Fantasia on Themes from Gounod’s Faust in 1865 (with himself in mind as the performer), only six years after the opera’s premiere in Paris. Moreover, Wieniawski was not the only artist to come up with the idea of using Gounod’s operatic themes (which were extremely popular with the public) to dazzle a large audience with a display of virtuosity – similar works were written by Sarasate and Vieuxtemps, among others.

The Russian Igor Frolov has gone down in history not only as a first-rate violinist but also as a teacher of several generations of violinists. And the fact that he was also a composer – his works are now a mandatory part of the repertoire at prestigious violin competitions – is further testimony to his versatility.

The concert begins and ends with Polish music from the 20th century. Apart from Witold Lutosławski’s Partita for violin and piano, whose rhythmical diversity reflects influences from the 18th century, the audience will also hear Ricercar sopra Roman Lasocki performed by the addressee of the dedication (the theme of the piece is a musical arrangement of the violinist’s name).

Piotr Maculewicz

More information athttp://www.filharmonia.pl/koncerty-i-bilety/repertuar/koncert-kameralny55 

Katowice | Concert of laureates of the 4th ATMA Polish National Competition for Musical Personalities


The laureates of the 4th ATMA Polish National Competition for Musical Personalities will perform on 25 November at 7.30 p.m. in the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice.

By the jury's decision, Paweł Wojciechowski, a 16-year-old pianist from Warsaw, became the winner of this year's, 4th edition of the ATMA Polish National Competition for Musical Personalities. He is a student of Joanna Ławrynowicz at the Zenon Brzewski Secondary Music School in Warsaw. The laureate of the Competition can not only enjoy financial prizes (PLN 5,000 and the Schimmel Pianos award – PLN 5,000), but above all he is honored with the opportunity to appear as a soloist with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra at its headquarters in Katowice. The other finalists also received the NOSPR Award of Ewa Bogusz-Moore – they will all perform at the headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice during chamber concerts.

The upcoming concert will feature Wojciech Niedziółka, Jakub Staszel and Jan Widlarz who will present a programme composed of works by Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski and Krzysztof Penderecki.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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