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Interactive 6.0: Six characters in search of an author

UMFCThe Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw invites you on 7 February 2021 at 5.00 p.m. to watch the online event "Interactive 6.0 or Six Characters in Search of the Author".

This Interdepartmental Concert will be performed by students and teachers of the Department of Dance (Choreography and Dance Theory and Contemporary Dance specialties), the Department of Choir Conducting and Singing, Music Education and Rhythmics (Chair of Music Education, Chair of Rhythmics and Piano Improvisation), as well as invited guests.

In their performance, we will watch and listen to Aldona Nawrocka's inifinity with choreography by Aleksandra Dziurosz, Bartosz Kowalski's Multi-concert, Edward Sielicki's Willows and Jarek Kordaczuk's EKPHRASIS choreographed by Paulina Wycichowska. The event is under the artistic supervision of prof. Ewa Wycichowska.

Information on live streaming at: https://chopin.edu.pl/szczegoly-wydarzenia/58_interaktywnie-60-szesc-postaci-w-poszukiwaniu-autora 

Aeschylus' Trilogy in Agata Zubel's Sound Theatre

Chor Polskiego RadiaThe dramopera Oresteia by Agata Zubel, one of the most recognized and respected Polish composers, will be available online on 6 February 2021 at 7.30 p.m. in the concert version performed by the Polish Radio Choir featuring, among others, Danuta Stenka, Anna Zawisza, Michał Sławecki and Tomasz Piluchowski. The concert will be broadcast on the YouTube channel and on the Facebook page of the Polish Radio Choir.

Oresteia is a combination of two genres – drama and opera. The libretto by Maja Kleczewska is based on Maciej Słomczyński's translation of the Aeschylus' trilogy. The work was commissioned by the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw in 2011. The Oresteian Trylogy is the only surviving example of a complete ancient trilogy. For centuries, people have drawn upon the myth of Orestes, son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, who killed his mother and her lover to avenge his murdered father. It is a raw and shocking tale about the tragic curse that afflicts the Pelopides, in which murder after murder befalls consecutive generations and there is no end to the settling of accounts: “Death here – death there, he who killed must pay with blood.” The final part of the trilogy shows the madness of Orestes as he is pursued by the Furies and finally a court in which gods also take part and break the cycle of revenge and bloodshed.

Agata Zubel poses fundamental questions about moral laws, punishment, justice, and the chain of evil. However, these questions remain unanswered. The dramatic choices of Clytemnestra (act I) and Orestes (act II) are timeless. They are embedded in ancient history, and at the same time extremely contemporary, commented on by other characters and a choir in various roles: an ancient commentator, mourning victims, raging Furies, noisy crowd and a medium creating "information overload". Apart from the choir, percussion instruments and electronics play a leading role in the score. Both acting parts – of Queen Clytemnestra and her son Orestes – are performed by the actress of the National Theater Danuta Stenka. Anna Zawisza (soprano) plays the part of Kassandra, Michał Sławecki (countertenor) the part of Apollo, and Tomasz Piluchowski (tenor) the part of Athena. Arkadiusz Kątny performs the electronics. The artists are led by Szymon Bywalec. Maria Piotrowska-Bogalecka is responsible for preparing the choir.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

"Conductor-in-residence": Anna Sułkowska-Migoń

FDThe Lower Silesian Philharmonic in Jelenia Góra invites you on 5 February 2021 at 7:00 p.m. to a concert of Anna Sułkowska-Migoń and Małgorzata Wasiucionek as part of the "Conductor-in-residence" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance.

Anna Sułkowska-Migoń is the conductor-in-residence at the Lower Silesian Philharmonic in the 2020/2021 artistic season. She graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, where she studied viola with Piotr Reichert and Katarzyna Budnik. In 2019 she completed her BA studies in symphony and opera conducting in the class of Piotr Sułkowski at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. Currently, she is a graduate student of the Academy of Music in Krakow. She made her debut on the stage of the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic conducting the diploma concert (2019). A year later, she conducted the orchestra during the 7th Krakow Cello Spring at the Academy of Music in Krakow. She is conductor of the Ars Cameralis choir in Krakow and the female choir of the Ignatianum Academy in Krakow as well as choir teacher at the W. Kilar Primary Music School in Olkusz.

During the upcoming concert, the Lower Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Anna Sułkowska-Migoń will perform Mieczysław Karłowicz's Serenade for string orchestra, Bedřich Smetana's Vltava from My Homeland and Mieczysław Karłowicz's Violin Concerto in A major. The soloist of the concert will be Małgorzata Wasiucionek – doctor of musical arts, assistant professor at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, member of the Messages Quartet.

More information at: https://filharmonia.jgora.pl/ 

Atom String Quartet & Szczecin Philharmonic Wind Quartet: Karłowicz


Among the works of Mieczysław Karłowicz – a pioneer of the Young Poland movement in music – it is the songs that have retained the strongest resonance. The Atom String Quartet & Szczecin Philharmonic Wind Quartet will present their interpretation of the composer's work on 5 February 2021 at 7.00 p.m.

Karłowicz composed songs during his studies. He decided to give them a new dimension – as he wrote in his letters: "Maybe music cannot rise higher than poetry, but it can certainly fly elsewhere, in a different direction." He especially appreciated poems by Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer. Their spiritual kinship was based on similar experience of love and longing for the world that has already passed or has not yet come into existence.

In 2020 the Philharmonic in Szczecin once again reached for Karłowicz's work. The album Mieczysław Karłowicz – Songs, performed by Małgorzata Walewska and the musicians of the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Rune Bergmann, was released on 30 October. Piotr Moss is the author of the wonderful orchestrations on the album. During the upcoming concert, the Philharmonic will present yet another version  a jazz interpretation of the songs prepared by the well-known Atom String Quartet.

The online premiere will be held on the Philharmonic's YouTube channel and Facebook page.

More information at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/pl 


"Profiles of Composers": Juliusz Łuciuk

ŁuciukThe Bronisław Huberman Częstochowa Philharmonic invites you on 5 February 2021 at 7.00 p.m. for the next YouTube premiere of a monographic concert from the "Profiles of Composers" series. The Collegium Cantorum Choir of the Częstochowa Philharmonic under the direction of Janusz Siadlak will present works by Juliusz Łuciuk, an outstanding composer of religious and vocal music.

A graduate of music schools in Częstochowa, in 1947-52 he studied musicology with Zdzisław Jachimecki at the Jagellonian University. Simultaneously, in 1947-56, he studied theory of music with Aleksander Frączkiewicz, composition with Stanisław Wiechowicz, piano with Sergiusz Nadgryzowski and Jan Hoffman as well as organ with Józef Chwedczuk at the State Higher School of Music in Krakow. He continued his musical education in Paris, where in 1958-59 he studied composition with Nadia Boulanger and Max Deutsch as well as attended Olivier Messiaen's seminars. Since his graduation, he had been solely occupied with composition, for which he received numerous awards.

In 2018 the Collegium Cantorum Choir of the Częstochowa Philharmonic under the direction of Janusz Siadlak recorded the monographic album Juliusz Łuciuk. Choral works, which was created in cooperation with the composer. He supervised its implementation and final shape, making sure that his thoughts were perfectly expressed by the artists as accurately as possible. It includes pieces not yet recorded, as well as a completely new work composed for maestro Janusz Siadlak, Lullaby on the Cradle to the words of Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński.

More information at: https://www.filharmonia.com.pl/ 

Warsaw Philharmonic: Premiere of André Tchaikowsky's "Concerto classico "

FNThe world premiere of André Tchaikowsky's Concerto classico for violin and orchestra will take place on 5 February 2021 at 7.30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Warsaw Philharmonic. Outstanding Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts will perform the solo part. The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrzej Boreyko will also present Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 3 and Gesualdo da Venosa's Six madrigals arranged for orchestra by Stanisław Skrowaczewski.

In recent decades, the oeuvre of André Tchaikowsky has been slowly gaining the recognition it truly deserves. Born in 1935 in Warsaw, he first made his name as an outstanding pianist – he won prizes in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1955 and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels a year later; from 1956 until his death in 1982 he lived in England. His output includes, inter alia, a symphony, two piano and two violin concertos, flute concerto, numerous works for solo piano, several chamber pieces, songs and the opera The Merchant of Venice. Many of Tchaikowsky’s pieces still remain unpublished. In today’s concert, we will hear the premiere of his Concerto Classico for violin and orchestra, which he composed in the years 1962–64.

Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, was one of the most outstanding composers of the end of the Renaissance. His main interest as a composer was the madrigal – the leading genre of lay a cappella music during the Cinquecento period. In 1992, six of Gesualdo’s madrigals were orchestrated by Stanisław Skrowaczewski, a renowned composer and one of Poland’s greatest conductors. Brahms completed his Symphony No. 3 in F Major in the summer of 1883. The first movement, Allegro con brio, begins with a threenote motif F-A-flat-F, which recurs many times during the course of the piece. This is the musical symbol of Brahm’s life motto “Frei, aber froh” (“free but happy”).

Paweł Markuszewski

Information on tickets and live streaming at: http://filharmonia.pl/ 

The Trace: Janusz Strobel Trio & Sinfonia Iuventus Online

POSIThe "Trace" concert is an original project by Janusz Strobl, which uniquely combines the sound of classical guitar and orchestra in extremely melodic and original compositions. The renowned musician and composer will perform on 5 February 2021 at 8.00 p.m. with the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra. The concert will be broadcast online on the YouTube channel and on the website https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/.

Polish jazz scene is alive and versatile. Its active musicians include representatives of astoundingly creative young generation on the one hand, and well-established artists setting timeless horizons of trends and styles on the other. The latter group is represented by guitarist Janusz Strobel, who has been an active performer for 50 years. He is a founder and former leader of many formations, starting from the legendary Alber–Strobel duo. Recently, he has been performing with his incredibly famous trio. He is also a recognised composer, with a portfolio full of numerous pieces of popular music, film scores and concert pieces. His CD titled "Ślad" ("Trace") from 2016, which combines the sound of a jazz trio with an orchestra (Sinfonia Viva conducted by Tomasz Radziwonowicz took part in the recording), is a proof of his unique creative search.

Here is what Ryszard Borowski, "Jazz Forum" reviewer, wrote about it: "The very cover of Janusz Strobel’s new CD draws attention. In a sophisticated and minimalistic way, a noble and delicate silhouette of a guitar tells us what is inside. And the music is noble and delicate indeed. Noble sounding, peaceful and soothing – these features perfectly describe Strobel’s compositions and his play. […] Apart from the author, several other excellent musicians arranged the compositions and their contribution in the CD is truly invaluable. They include Krzesimir Dębski, Andrzej Jagodziński, Henryk Miśkiewicz and Włodzimierz Nahorny – the crème de la crème. […] Strobel’s guitar compositions have been given a beautiful new attire, with his own arrangements being equally interesting. I have used the expression “guitar compositions" on purpose, because not only does Janusz play his melodious solos nearly all the time, but he also becomes part of the accompaniment, playing together with the orchestra. He is an absolutely predominant musician here. The performance is a truly grand concert for guitar and orchestra! The compositions have clearly been designed to be performed particularly on the guitar. Thus, the music is specific, very individual and truly genuine. The style of Janusz Strobel is immediately recognisable; hardly anyone composes like that nowadays."

Jazz is an art of improvisation, deprived of repetitions, so even the amateurs of Strobel’s and his trio’s talent who know the CD inside and out, will find new fascinating sounds in its concert version conducted by Marek Wroniszewski!

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

"Stage for Polish Music": Meccore String Quartet

FSThe concert of the award-winning Meccore String Quartet as part of the "Stage for Polish Music" programme, operated by the Institute of Music and Dance, will take place on 2 February 2021 at 6.30 p.m. at the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic in Kielce.

Established in 2007, the Meccore String Quartet is one of Europe’s most compelling ensembles. Since many years they have been a treat for music lovers and have performed in many prestigious concert halls such as the National Phil­harmonic Hall in Warsaw, Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Wigmore Hall in London, Bozar in Brussels, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Musikverein in Vienna, Pollack Hall in Montreal, Frick Collection in New York. During their tours, the musicians appear at the most important music festivals. For the album Szymanowski & Debussy, the ensemble received two nominations for the Fryderyk 2016 award and the Supersonic Award of the German magazine Pizzicato. A number of international distinctions brought the Meccore String Quartet nomination for the “Paszport Polityki” award in the clas­sical music category for their “innovative approach to the music and for breaking the musical stereotypes”.

The programme of the upcoming concert will include Szymon Laks' String Quartet No. 5, Karol Szymanowski's String Quartet No.2, Op. 56, Ignacy Jan Paderewski's Variations in F major for string quartet and Grażyna Bacewicz's String Quartet No. 5.

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

Walicki-Popiolek Duo "Made in Poland"

Walicki-PopiolekThe second album of Walicki-Popiolek Duo, filled with modern music written by contemporary Polish composers and inspired by the richness of Polish musical folklore, will be available for preorder starting 1 February 2021.

Erach piece on the album was written especially for Walicki-Popiolek Duo, composed of pianist Aleksandra Popiołek-Walicki ang guitarist Jakub Walicki. On this disc you will find traditional Polish dances: Mazur, Oberek, Kujawiak; pieces inspired by the beauty of nature: stream of the Visual River, mountain tops of Podhale region, lakes of Mazury region; quotes from Polish folk songs: Czerwone Jabłuszko (Red Apple), W murowanej piwnicy (In the bricked basement). The CD also includes funeral songs from Podlasie region as well as references to Polish greatest composers: Chopin, Lutosławski, Tansman, Górecki, Noskowski, Szymanowski. All of this in a contemporary perspective of Aleksandra Chmielewska, Jan Oleszkowicz, Adrian Robak, Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Robert Kurdybacha, Anna Huszcza, Kamil Pawłowski, Szymon Gołąbek, and Marcin Grabosz.

This entirely Polish project was fully financed by the "Young Poland" prestigious scholarship of the National Centre for Culture. It reaches deep into the roots of Polish musical culture and reveals its new, fresh sound. Walicki-Popiolek Duo will enable listeners to travel through Poland every time they listen to their album.

The CD will be distributed through: www.walickipopiolekduo.com and seiscordas.pl. The official premiere will take place on 11 June 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in the PWM Edition Concert Hall in Warsaw (8 Fredry St.).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.