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Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra: Inauguration of the 2020/2021 artistic season

POSIThe colourful and varied concert on 5 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m., inauguration the 2020/2021 artistic season, will be a true feast for amateurs of orchestra virtuosity, piano artistry and ensemble singing of the highest quality – three exquisite soloists will be accompanied by Poland’s unprecedented proMODERN vocal sextet specialising in ambitious contemporary music, frequently composed (as in this case) specially for the group.

Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major – a masterpiece of Classicist music will be performed by Paweł Kowalski, one of the most versatile Polish pianists with extensive repertoire. In Dmitri Shostakovich's Concero for piano and trumpet and string orchestra in C minor, Op. 35 the parts of both instruments are exposed, the piano part characterised by its virtuosity with the trumpet part often serving as a witty comment. The piano part will be performed by Piotr Sałajczyk, a valued soloist and chamber musician, who, apart from canonical piano pieces, successfully performs contemporary music as well; the trumpet part will be performed by Sebastian Portka, musician of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra. The Orchestra’s entire wind section will perform Igor Stravinsky’s extraordinary piece titled Symphonies d’instruments à vent.

As the final performance of the evening, the splendid proMODERN sextet, which in its several years’ history won numerous awards, distinctions and was an object of admiration of all critics and audiences, will, together with Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra conducted by Marek Wroniszewski, perform Copernicus – our Planet by one of the most eminent contemporary Polish composers, Zygmunt Krauze. The piece is inspired by the great astronomer’s words (from his letter to Pope Paul III), unconventionally translated into a musical piece. The piece also features fragments of the Paris Agreement within the Convention on Climate Change. The author wrote: “Most of my recent works have expressed an idea or a message. It is a Romantic, sometimes idealistic attitude introduced by Ludwig van Beethoven. When I was composing Copernicus – our Planet, I wanted to express my personal attitude to the present, to the times we live in. I also emphasize my refusal to accept thoughtless actions that destroy our planet, disregarding its future and the future of humans.” The piece conveying the profound humanitarian and ecological message was composed on commission from KODY Festival and the Foundation of Culture and Education ARTE.

Piotr Maculewicz

Concert will be broadcasted online on You Tube and on the website: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/inauguration-of-the-2020-2021-artistic-season/

"Fantasia on the rafting song" – composition at a distance

PomorskieThe Pomeranian Music Society invites on 5 September 2020 at 6.00 p.m. for an online concert, during which the Fantasia on a rafting song by several Polish composers will be premiered.

The Raftsman's Song, an old folk melody popular at the beginning of the 20th century, used to sound in the form of a chanting from the Toruń town hall tower. Six composers born in Toruń were invited to create a Fantasia on the rafting song: Magdalena Cynk, Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Rafał Kłoczko, Michał Ossowski, Jędrzej Roch Rochecki and Mateusz Ryczek. Each of them wrote one variation on an old song, intended for one performer.

The invited artists associated with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra – Robert Matusiak, Monika Skruszewicz, Mateusz Szwankowski, Paulino Taica Frias, Michał Tyrański and Marta Wroniszewska – recorded their performances of each miniatures. All parts will be assembled as one whole. The live broadcast, during which the Fantasia will be presented, will be combined with the composers' statements.

The project "Fantasia on the rafting song – composition at a distance" is co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

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Kraków | "Kraków Philharmonic at Your Home" – Reed Trio


The Kraków Philharmonic Reed Trio will perform on 5 September 2020 at 6.00 p.m. in the "Kraków Philharmonic at Your Home" series, co-financed by the "Culture on the Web" programme of the National Centre for Culture.

The "Krakow Philharmonic at your home!" is an initiative aimed at maintaining the continuity of the cultural offer of the Kraków Philharmonic. The series includes 8 concerts that will take place from June to September. Each concert will be broadcat on the Kraków Philharmonic website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The Reed Trio of the Kraków Philharmonic is a wind instrument ensemble consisting of the leading musicians of the Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra, who also pursue their individual musical ambitions as part of numerous activities of various musical nature: oboist Mariusz Pędziałek, clarinetist Jan Cielecki and bassoonist Wojciech Turek. The repertoire of the trio includes pieces written for this classical set of instruments well as compositions adapted to the needs of the ensemble. During the upcoming concert, we will hear Aleksander Tansman's Reed trio, Witold Lutosławski's Trio for oboe, clarinet and bassoon, and Libor Sima's 5 miniatures for oboe, clarinet and bassoon.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/Repertuar/Kalendarium/9063-Filharmonia_Krakowska_w_Twoim_domu.html 

"With classics through Poland": music for string quartet

IMiTNext concerts as part of the "With classics through Poland" series will take place on 4 September 2020 in Skarbek Park in Grodzisk Mazowiecki (6.00 p.m.), on 5 September at Ojrzanów Palace in Żabia Wola (5.00 p.m.) and on 6 September at the Municipal Cultural Center in Tarczyn (7.00 p.m.).

The aim of the project, which began in the second half of 2019, is to bring music performed by the most outstanding Polish artists to smaller community centres, cities, towns and villages; to reach audiences who have difficult access to classical music. Through contact with the great art and artists, new audiences are being introduced to the world of classical chamber music, having a chance to become its new enthusiasts.

During the next concerts, the music of Joseph Haydn, Stanisław Moniuszko and Karol Szymanowski will be performed by the Ãtma Quartet: Katarzyna Gluza (violin), Paulina Marcisz (violin), Karalina Orsik-Sauter (viola) and Edyta Słomska (cello). Four outstanding instrumentalists, graduates of Polish music academies, have been busy giving concerts at home and abroad, popularizing chamber music, particularly, works by Polish composers. The quartet won the 1st Prize and three special awards in the 2nd Karol Szymanowski International Competition for String Quartets in Katowice (2017), an incentive award and the Bärenreiter Urtext Prize in the International Competition ‘Franz Schubert and Modern Music’ in Graz (2018), the 3rd Prize in the 1st Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition in Katowice (2018), the 3rd Prize in the Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award in Lugano (2019), and the 2nd Prize in the Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów (2019).

The project is carried out by the Polish Music Management, operating at the Institute of Music and Dance, thanks to the support of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Prof. Piotr Gliński and under his patronage.

Admission to the concerts is free, however invitations are required.

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

The YouTube channel with unknown works of Polish composers

pThe new project „Cudze słuchacie, swego nie znacie” (You listen to outlandish, you dont know yours") aims to present the unknown works by Polish composers. These will mostly be the first and sometimes the only recordings of works, nearly 200 years after being composed. YouTube channel of the Foundation "Sztuka i Pasja" will start on 4 September 2020.

The 10-episode series aims at popularizing the work of Oskar Kolberg, Zygmunt Noskowski, Stanisław Moryta, Mikołaj Gomółka, Antoni Stolpe, Józef Nowakowski, Witold Maliszewski, Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński and Karol Lipiński. We will hear their works interpreter by Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Piotr Janowski, the Amadeus Orchestra conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal, Andrzej Wróbel, the Juenesses Musicales Choir conducted by Ewa Strusińska, Justyna Stolarska-Reczeniedi, Mateusz Zajdel, the Camerata Vistula ensemble, Anna Wróbel, Marta Gębska, Grzegorz Skrobiński and many chamber musicians representing the highest level of performance.

Each recording will be preceded by a short preface, introducing the presented works, the composer and performers. Among the lecturers - the National Philharmonic prelectors Barbara Szczęsna-Remisz and Malina Sarnowska, the music critic Tadeusz Deszkiewicz and well-known classical music authorities: Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Andrzej Wróbel and Janusz Olejniczak.

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Premiere of the newest album of the Poznań Vocal Ensemble Minimus

MinimusOn 4 September 2020 the album titled Wacław Reimagined by the Poznań-based Minimus Vocal Ensemble will have its premiere. It will include contemporary choral compositions inspired by the works of Wacław z Szamotuł.

The core focus of the album is the continuous dialogue between the past and the present. It shows us how the art of ancient times intertwines with today’s world and how it affects the 21st century pieces.

Five of twelve pieces are world premieres of works commissioned by the ensemble. Their authors are Polish composers of the young generation, experienced and rewarded in numerous competitions: Paweł Łukaszewski, Aleksandra Chmielewska, Katarzyna Danel, Andrzej Bielerzewski, Marek Raczyński and Łukasz Urbaniak. Apart from contemporary compositions, the album also includes pieces by Wacław z Szamotuł which were an inspiration for the 21st century artists. Renaissance pieces have been presented with the improvised accompaniment of a lute and a Renaissance guitar.

The album has been released by Poznań-based label RecArt. As of 4 September, the record will be available in a digital form on streaming platforms and in the form of a CD in good music stores.

More information at: http://www.recart.pl/pl/albums 

Gdańsk | "Cold Bastard" – a show to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Dariusz Wójcik's artistic work

Dariusz Wójcik

On the 35th anniversary of his artistic work, Dariusz Wójcik will be honored with the "Gloria Artis" Medal for Merit to Culture – the highest award in the field of culture. The ceremony will take place on 6 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Artus Court in Gdańsk during the show entitled "Cold bastard". The honorary patron of the event is Jarosław Sellin, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and Dariusz Drelich, Pomeranian Voivode.

Dariusz Wójcik – a valued artist from Gdańsk and a culture animator well known on the coast, has great merits for Polish culture. Throughout the period of his creative work, he was constantly looking for new inspirations and forms of stage expression. He established a number of valuable cultural initiatives. He was a soloist of the Musical Theatre in Gdynia and a founder of the Gdańsk Open Theatre. Over the years of experience, he has developed his own style and artistic profile focused primarily on verbal and musical performances, shows, concerts and staged concerts. For several years he has been performing concerts and shows with the music of the interwar period. Fascinated with retro music, he decided to celebrate the anniversary of his artistic work with a project involving music, for the popularization of which he received the "Golden Retro Leaf" honorary distinction from Michał Fogg – great-great-grandson of the doyen of Polish song Mieczysław Fogg.

The programme of the show to celebrate the anniversary of Dariusz Wójcik's artistic work, combined with the promotion of the CD album of the same title (Soliton), will include works from the repertoire of Eugeniusz Bodo – a Polish star of pre-war cinema and stage, written by outstanding Polish composers: Roman Palester, Henryk Wars, Jerzy Petersburski, Artur Gold, Bronisław Kaper and Zygmunt Karasiński.

The concert promoting the album will feature guest singers: Bogna Forkiewicz, Aga Skawińska, Jacek Szymański – well-known and respected stage artists from the Tri-City who take part in the Open Theater projects. The singers will be accompanied by the Fogg Trio. The show will also feature dancers of the AKAT Ballroom Dance Club.

Tickets will be on sale at the venue on the day of the concert. Ticket reservation: +48 600 290 214.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Lublin | 12th "Codes" Festival of Traditional and Avant-garde Music


The "Crossroads" Centre for Intercultural Creative Initiatives in Lublin invites you to the 12th edition of "Codes" Festival of Traditional and Avant-garde Music which will run from 2 to 5 September 2020. Its formula is based on the idea of finding common issues and determining similarities between distant cultural phenomena.

The yearly event confronts the latest music pursuits with the still vivid archaic musical forms. Old music is re-discovered in unexpected present-day contexts and avant-garde experimental artists listen intently to the voices of the past. This year's inaugural concert will premiere Zygmunt Krauze's Copernicus – Our Planet and Jerzy Kornowicz's Phantoms, both commissioned by the "Codes" Festival. Zygmunt Krauze's piece deals with the topic of global threats to the climate and destructive human activities, referring to the texts of Nicolaus Copernicus and Greta Thunberg. The composition will be performed by the proMODERN vocal sextet, specializing in the interpretation of contemporary music. During the concert in Lublin, the ensemble will be accompanied by the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra conducted by Marek Wroniszewski. The piece was written as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance 

The Festival will also premiere a new version of the opera Anonymous by Rafał Ryterski, as well as The Shining by Szabolcs Esztényi, Hubert Zemler and Ryszard Latecki, and the Devil's fiddle – L'opera del villaggio by Cezary Duchnowski and Maciej Filipczuk, created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme. The last night at the Festival Club will feature the Golden Branch / Masked Ball organised by groups of the Workshops of Local Culture.

For the first time, the audience will be able to participate in the Festival both live (limited number of seats, free admission) as well as online. All concerts will be broadcast live on the website: https://kody-festiwal.pl/en

Kraków | 6th Sinfonietta Festival. A musical tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki


This year's edition of the Sinfonietta Cracovia flagship event is dedicated to the memory of Professor Krzysztof Penderecki – one of the founders of the orchestra, its great mentor and friend. The concert programme of the Sinfonietta Festival, which will run from 25 August to 3 September 2020, will also include works by Ludwig van Beethoven as 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth.

The festival will be inaugurated on 25 August with an open-air concert of Sinfonietta Cracovia led by Maciej Tworek, a long-time collaborator of Professor Penderecki. On 26 August, the audience will have a chance to take part in the next edition of the "Chamber Clubbing" in the beautiful interiors and gardens of the National Museum in Kraków. The programme of performances by the Dafo Quartet, Cordes Classiques, Sinfo Quartet and 2B3 Ensemble will include compositions by the patrons of this year's Sinfonietta Festival – Ludwig van Beethoven and Krzysztof Penderecki. "Clubbing" will end with an open-air screening of the film Penderecki: Paths Through The Labyrinth (directed by Anna Neuhaus), preceded by a solo performance by Maciej Lulek, concertmaster of Sinfonietta Cracovia.

On 31 August, the orchestra will perform in The Kraków Cloth Hall under the baton of its director, Jurek Dybał. The guest of the Sinfonietta will be the legendary French clarinetist and close friend of the Professor – Michel Lethiec. The concert programme will include compositions by Krzysztof Penderecki and Antonín Dvořák. The evening will also feature the world premiere of one of the two winning works of the 6th International Composition Competition "Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta: Hommage à Krzysztof Penderecki" – a composition by Andrea Mattevi for strings and percussion.

The festival will end on 3 September with a spectacular final concert conducted by the first guest conductor of Sinfonietta Cracovia, the world-renowned American conductor John Axelrod. In the historic interiors of the Cloth Hall we will hear compositions by Piotr Czajkowski and Krzysztof Penderecki. This evening, Sinfonietta Cracovia will also premiere a piece by Robin Lilja – the second winner of this year's edition of the Composition Competition organized by the orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.sinfonietta.pl