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Katowice | Silesian Quartet: Grażyna Bacewicz and the Americans


A concert commemorating the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II will take place at on 5 October 2019 at 6 p.m. at the headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

The Silesian Quartet – straight from the acclaimed concert of the London Proms, returns to NOSPR for the next season as an ensemble in residence. On 5 October  the artists will perform in a chamber hall with a programme commemorating the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. A melancholic repertoire that falls under the new thematic trend "To death and life" will include: String Quartet No. 1 by Grażyna Bacewicz, Tenebrae for string quartet by Osvald Golijov, Elegia for string quartet by Elliott Carter and Different Trains for string quartet and tape by Steve Reich, featuring Beata Jankowska-Burzyńska. The concert will be hosted by musicologist Marcin Trzęsiok.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: http://www.nospr.org.pl 

Katowice | Leszek Możdżer's "Missa Gratiatoria" at the Silesian Philharmonic


Music lovers will be able to experience the unusual combination of mass mysticism and modern jazz music on 4 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Silesian Philharmonic.

The Silesian Philharmonic Choir together with Michał Schoppa, Paweł Tomaszewski, Bartek Pieszka, Krzysztof Nowakowski and Tomasz Kałwak under the baton of Jarosław Wolanin will perform Missa Gratiatoria by the most famous Polish jazzman Leszek Możdżer.

This unique composition proves that each of the forms found in classical music is alive and we can discover its new sides every day. Missa Gratiatoria will be the perfect culmination of a concert abounding with poignant works of sacred music for a cappella choir: Henryk Mikołaj Górecki – Euntes ibant et flebant, Benjamin Britten – Deus in adiutorium meum, Gustav Holst – Nunc dimittis, Morten Lauridsen – Ubi caritas, Ave Maria. The whole programme will take the audience into the world of heavenly sounds produced by a group of the most perfect instruments in the world – human voices.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/missa-gratiatoria/ 

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Warsaw| Opening of the 2019/2020 season at the National Philharmonic


The first season of Andrzej Boreyka as the artistic director of the National Philharmonic will begin with a unique symphony concert on 4 October 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Polish music could not be missing from the programme of the concert opening the new artistic season. Karol Szymanowski wrote his solemn Veni Creator for an equally festive event – assuming the post of rector of the Higher School of Music. Commissioned by the Ministry of Education in 1930, the piece, by necessity, had quite a pompous character, and was not among Szymanowski’s favourite works. However, as the composer expected, it quickly became very popular with the Warsaw audience.

Piano Concerto No. 3 holds a special place among the works of Béla Bartók: it is the last work that he managed to finish just a few days before his death in 1945. Contrary to his two previous concertos, the Third was not intended to display the soloist’s prowess as a virtuoso. The difficulty consisted in performing it with reserved expression that would evoke the striking beauty of the piece.

Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring, dubbed “Beethoven’s Ninth of the 20th century” by Sergei Diaghilev, seals the end of the Romantic era equally uncompromisingly as Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde did some time earlier. The famous introduction to The Rite of Spring, which Stravinsky penned himself, describes nature waking up and the fear that every sensitive soul feels when confronted with its mighty power. Therefore, we have here a similar vision to the one from the beginning of Joseph Haydn’s oratorio Die Schöpfung – from endless nothingness to a mysterious vision of Chaos. The premiere of the ballet in May 1913 in Paris was remembered as one of the greatest and most scandalous affairs in the history of art, but on the other hand, one could speculate that Stravinsky wanted to follow the fashion and actually intended to write a piece that the spoilt Parisian audience would expect. After all, the incident during the first performance gave the Ballets Russes the greatest publicity they could dream about.

Piotr Maculewicz

More information at: http://filharmonia.pl/ 

Festival "Chopin without borders"

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The Lower Silesian Society of Fryedryk Chopin in Wroclaw invites you to the 'Chopin without borders' festival, which will take place between 22 September and 6 October 2019.

The event is directed to a wide audience, music lovers and classical music enthusiasts. The concerts will take place in the St. Adalbert Roman Catholic Church in Wroclaw, the hall of the County Office in Trzebnica, the church of Peace of the Holy Trinity in Świdnica and the Topacz Castle in Ślęza. We will listen to works of Fryderyk Chopin in various arrangements as well as pieces of other musical geniuses, including Stanisław Moniuszko and Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

The performers will be musicians from Lower Silesia: mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wachowska, organists Zuzanna and Maciej Bator, trumpeter Marcin Król, violinists Karol Lipiński-Brańka and Mateusz Marut, pianists Tomasz Marut, Michał Michalski and Iwona Sukienik, guitarist Michał Daniel Bąk, L'Opera quartet and the special guest of the final concert – world-famous pianist Karol Radziwonowicz.

Admission to all events is free. The project is co-financed from the budget of the Lower Silesian Self-Government and the PZU Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.chopinwroclaw.eu 

Katowice | Premiere of "Hail o Mother" by Aleksandra Chmielewska

Chór Polskiego Radia

Works by composers from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland will be performed during the Polish Radio Choir concert at the headquarters of the National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice on 6 October 2019 at 6 p.m. The ensemble will be led by an excellent conductor, Prof. Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny.

"The selected compositions show how faith in God intertwines with admiration over nature and what it brings with it in all these countries. The works are extremely harmonically colorful, sparkling with the colors of nature and emotions, and apart from the full composition of the choir, they use the solo possibilities of its members. Polish works will include Hail o Mother by Aleksandra Chmielewska, which was awarded in the Composition Competition of the Center for Thought of John Paul II and which will be performed for the first time this evening" – says Franków-Żelazny, Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny, an outstanding Polish choirmaster, in 2013 associated with the Polish Radio Choir, and currently acting as the artistic director of the National Forum of Music Choir.

The programme of the evening will also include works by Polish composers such as Katarzyna Danel (Gladness of Nature), Marek Raczyński (Rain on the Sea) and Jacek Sykulski (Pater Noster and Stoi lód na Prośnie). We will also listen to Oremus from the series Gloria Patri by Urmas Sisask, Lucis Creator by Vitautas Miskinis, The Deer’s Cry by Arvo Pärt, Outflow by Jēkabs Jančevskis and Salutation and Northern Lights by Ēriks Ešenvalds.

More information at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1750/chor-polskiego-radia-muzyka-krajow-nadbatyckich 

Giya Kancheli died at 84

Kanczeli podczas "Warszawskiej Jesieni" 1986 rok

The outstanding Georgian composer Giya Kancheli died on 2 October 2019 in Tbilisi at the age of 84.

Giya Kancheli graduated from the composition class of Ilia Tuskia at the Tbilisi Conservatory, where he later worked as a lecturer.  He was the music director of the Shota Rustaveli Georgian State Theater, a member of the Union of Georgian Composers and the Union of Georgian Cinematographers. In the years 1991–1995, he lived in Berlin as a scholarship holder of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. He has lived in Belgium since 1995, working with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra.

Both Georgian and Russian music as well as contemporary music presented at the "Warsaw Autumn" festival shaped his musical style. His music was performed many times during the "Warsaw Autumn", where he met Wojciech Kilar, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Krzysztof Penderecki. The greatest fame in the USSR brought him music for the movie hits of Georgiy Daneliya and Eldar Shengelaia. He wrote many chamber and orchestral works, including seven symphonies, great vocal and instrumental works, whose world premieres took place in New York and Seattle. In the West, he was described as the creator of "new spiritual music" or "new religious music."

Tychy | Auksodrone 2019


Rapid current of contemporary music, jazz meanders, depths of electronic searches, safe bays of tradition – all this will sound during the second edition of the Auksodrone festival, which will take place in the Mediateka in Tychy on 4-6 October 2019.

Auksodrone features nine concerts divided into three cycles – Contemporary Opera, New Wave Jazz and Electronics Studies – and a number of accompanying events devoted to how music is born and what is born in us with its magical touch. Co-organizers of Auksodrone are Programme 2 of Polish Radio and PWM Edition.

This year, the Contemporary Opera cycle will be filled with three acts of the Drach. Dramma per musica triptych – a musical drama by Aleksander Nowak to the libretto by Szczepan Twardoch. The work, whose premiere will take place at the festival, is based on Twardoch's novel. Solo parts will be sung by Joanna Freszel, Jan Jakub Monowid and Sebastian Szumski, accompanied by the AUKSO orchestra and Marcin Świątkiewicz (basso continuo).

During the first edition of Auksodrone, the jazz concert series was devoted to native giants of the genre, and this time we will learn what the future of this music sounds like. Leszek Możdżer will construct it from materials found in the distant and closer past.

At this year's Auksodrone, Electronics Studies will be an unprecedented expedition to analogue electronics. Stefan Wesołowski, violinist and composer who is fluent in connecting sacrum and profanum, will replace the electronic layer of his music with acoustic sounds.

More information at: www.auksodrone.com 

Wrocław | Opening of the Symphonic Season of NFM


The fifth artistic season at the NFM new venue begins, according to a long-standing tradition, with the music of Witold Lutosławski, as well as the youthful work of Karol Szymanowski and the genuinely Romantic Piano Concerto by Robert Schumann performed by Barry Douglas and the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic.

The Piano Concerto in A minor by Schumann was inspired by his loving wife Clara. At the NFM, the work will be performed by Barry Douglas, the winner of the renowned Tchaikovsky Competition in 1986, founder and artistic director of Camerata Ireland and artistic director of the Clandeboye Festival. Hailing from Ireland, he is also a fan of music from the Green Island and promotes it on CDs with his own arrangements of folk melodies.

The programme of the concert will also include elements of traditional music, and we will hear them in full swing in the Concerto for Orchestra by Witold Lutosławski. This is a piece commissioned by the Warsaw Philharmonic as ‘an extensive and virtuosic composition based on folk themes’. Lutosławski drew from the folklore of Mazovia and created a concerto with which he was not satisfied, but nevertheless considered one of the most perfect compositions in Polish music. Performed by the Wrocław Philharmonic, we will also hear the first symphonic work of Karol Szymanowski, the Concert Overture in E major, revealing the composer's obvious fascination with the work of Richard Strauss.

Giancarlo Guerrero will conduct the inauguration of the symphonic season, opening his third year as artistic director of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic.

More information at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/ 

Kraków| Inauguration of the 75th anniversary season of the Kraków Philharmonic


The Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Krakow opens the anniversary season 2019/2020 with two concerts: on 4 October 2019 at 7.30 p.m. and on 5 October 2019 at 6.00 p.m. at the Nowa Huta Cultural Center. The concerts will feature all the institution's ensemble: the Philharmonic Orchestra, Mixed Choir and Boys' Choir under the baton of the institution's artistic director Charles Olivieri-Munroe.

The Kraków Philharmonic, as the oldest of Polish philharmonics, celebrates the 75th anniversary of its activity. The first philharmonic concert took place in the building at Zwierzyniecka Street in Krakow on 3 February 1945. The main celebrations related to the jubilee will take place in February 2020. Before this happens, until the end of the calendar year, the main building of the Philharmonic will undergo renovation and modernization works. Therefore, the upcoming season opening concerts will take place at the Nowa Huta Cultural Center.

The inaugural evenings will begin with the overture to the opera Raymond by Ambroise Thomas. Then, we will listen to the Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 8 by Mieczysław Karłowicz performed by Aleksander Kuls, the winner of the International Jozsef Szigety Violin Competition in Budapest. The second part of the program will be filled with the monumental Te Deum by Hector Berlioz performed by the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra and both choirs. The tenor part will be sung by Erin Caves, an outstanding interpreter of Wagnerian roles.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/