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Vienna | Premiere of 'The Ancient Night' by Wojciech Chałupka in the Golden Hall of Musikverein

On the 30th of April 2022 at 7.30 p.m. a premiere of a composition The Ancient Night for soprano saxophone, accordion and symphony orchestra by Wojciech Chałupka - a third-year student in composition class of Prof. Dariusz Przybylski at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music will take place in the legendary Golden Hall of Vienna Musikverein.

The title of the piece refers to the pagan festival of Kupala Night. On that night of the summer solstice rituals were performed to worship fire, water, sun, moon, fertility and love. The five parts of The Ancient Night allude to them.

The piece was commissioned by Duo Aliad composed of Polish saxophonist Michał Knot and the Serbian accordionist Bogdan Laketic. The ensemble and the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra conducted by Herbert Böck will present the composition to the audience for the first time. The artists will also perform works by Franz Schubert and Igor Stravinsky.

Additional information: https://www.musikverein.at/konzert/eventid/48148 

Cracow | 6th International Festival & 1st Piano Duo Competition 'Duettissimo'

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

On the 29th of April 2022 at 19.30 and on the 30th of April 2022 at 18.00 final and laureates concerts of the 1st International Piano Duo Competition will take place in the the Cracow Philharmonic. The concerts are organized as part of a cooperation with the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Cracow and belong to the sixth edition of the International Piano Duo Festival ‘Duettissimo!’.

Organized by the Department of Chamber Music in cooperation with the Department of Theory and Interpretation of the Musical Work of the Academy of Music in Cracow, the Festival is considered a unique event of international importance, focusing on this particular chamber formation, which is a piano duo. Stenzl Piano Duo, Genova & Dimitrov Piano Duo, Duo Turgeon, Miroirs Piano Duo, Lutosławski Piano Duo, Ravel Piano Duo and Chopin Piano Duo have performed at the Festival so far. This year, as part of the sixth edition of the festival, the 1st International Piano Duo Competition was organized in which twenty-six piano duos took part in three stages of the competition.

Detailed programme: https://www.amuz.krakow.pl/vi-festiwal-duettissimo/ 

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Warsaw | Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra: Guthman, Skoryk and Grieg

Concert of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra on the 29th of April 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio in Warsaw will be conducted by Piotr Sułkowski, general and artistic director of the Warmia and Mazury Philharmonic in Olsztyn.

The national anthem Szcze ne wmerła Ukrajina i sława, i wola will open the concert Romantic Melody in A minor by Myroslav Skoryk will also be performed.

Another this season's long-awaited premiere of the new work with the participation of the Orchestra will be Gary Guthman's Concerto for Flute and Symphony Orchestra. Gary Guthman is an American composer and teacher and a respected jazz trumpet player.

His work was created as part of the ‘Composing Commissions’ program carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre

More: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

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Bydgoszcz | International Scientific Conference "Composers and Functional Music"

POLMICOn April 27-29, 2022, the Faculty of Composition, Music Theory and Sound Engineering of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz organizes the International Scientific Conference "Composers and Functional Music".

In the virtual conference room musicologists, music theorists, composers and librarians will discuss a specific type of creativity that we used to place on the margins of artistic music, various functions of art and will try to answer to questions about the value of socially useful music.

The invitation to participate in the Conference was accepted by over 30 researchers from many universities and academic centers in Poland (Warsaw, Kraków, Wrocław, Poznań, Gdańsk, Lublin, Toruń, Łódź, Katowice, Zielona Góra, Bydgoszcz) as well as from Sydney, New York, Kiev, Braşov and Novi Sad.

The Conference will be broadcast on the Facebook profile of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

Conference programme: http://www.amuz.bydgoszcz.pl/wydarzenia/19242/ 

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Elbląg | Elbląg Music Masterclass and Young Virtuoso Competition

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre

Elbląg Music Masterclass was created for young musicians who want to develop their skills under the guidance of famous instrumentalists and teachers from Poland and abroad. If you are training or are a graduate of one of the faculties: violin, viola, cello, conducting or you create a chamber ensemble together with other musicians, get acquainted with the new initiative - Elbląg Music Masterclass and submit your participation in the Courses and the "Young Virtuoso Competition" until the 30th of April 30 2022!

Between the 1-10th of July 2022 in Elbląg, each participant will be able to take part in individual lessons with a professor in a chosen field of study. The teaching staff will consist of instrumentalists and lecturers from renowned universities, incl. Marcin Zdunik (cello), Igor Petrushevski, Mariusz Patyra (violin), Marek Czech (viola), Anna Duczmal-Mróz (conducting), Bogna Czerwińska-Szymula (chamber ensembles). The Elbląg Chamber Orchestra will organize a number of various events tailored specifically to the needs of students of 1st and 2nd degree music schools, students and graduates of music academies from Poland and abroad. Participants will take part in courses, workshops, lectures and perform during recitals and concerts. EMM provides young musicians with the opportunity to present their skills to a wide audience thanks to the ‘Young Virtuoso Competition’ organized within the framework of EMM.

Applications: https://elblagmasterclass.pl/20-zglos-sie 

Rules: https://elblagmasterclass.pl/18-regulamin

 

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Białystok | 3rd National Scientific and Artistic Conference ‘Choral Music – Achievements, Perspectives. Choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries’.

On the 28th of April 2022 the Chairs of Choir Studies and Artistic Education of the Instrumental and Pedagogy Department and Artistic Education and Vocal Studies of the branch of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Bialystok will organize the 3rd National Scientific and Artistic Conference ‘Choral Music – Achievements, Perspectives. Choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries’.

Choirmasters and composers will discuss the specific aspects of contemporary choral music. The invitation was accepted by speakers from Poznań, Bydgoszcz, Katowice, Łódź, Warsaw and Białystok. The subject of the conference focuses primarily on the cognitive values ​​of current trends in choral music, compositional intentions and confronts them with practice in a choir ensemble, as well as on own research in the field of contemporary choral music.

At the end of the conference a concert entitled ‘Choral Academy in tribute to Pope John Paul II’ in the church of st. Casimir the Prince in Białystok will take place. 25 choirs from the Podlasie region and the Warmia-Masuria region of the project "Choral Academy - Singing Poland" conducted by Anna Olszewska will take part in the concert. The programme includes the premiere of a series of pieces composed by Ernest Kamil Sienkiewicz to the words written by Michał Wojnarowski Let’s open the door.

Media Patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Warsaw | 'Dracula' Ballet with Wojciech Kilar's music: Polish premiere of the Krzysztof Pator's performance

Meet love at the first… bite… Krzysztof Pastor's gothic ballet romance with music by Wojciech Kilar will finally arrive to Warsaw after the Australian success. The Polish premiere of the costumed ballet 'Dracula' about a feeling that lives even after death will take place at the Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera on April 28, 2022 at 19.00.

Dracula with music by Wojciech Kilar and choreography by Krzysztof Pastor became a ballet sensation of 2018. The performance was commissioned by West Australian Ballet and had its world premiere in September 2018 in Perth. West Australian Ballet wanted to have in its repertoire a ballet adaptation of the horror novel by Bram Stoker Dracula (1897) and its Oscar-based adaptation from 1992, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, to which Wojciech Kilar wrote the music. The theater turned to Krzysztof Pastor with this proposal, who in his dramatic concept decided not to refer only to Coppola's film, but to show more of Wojciech Kilar's music. The performance is therefore based on a carefully and precisely prepared score (Michael Brett), that consists of various pieces by the Polish composer. From the portfolio of his film music, themes were taken from The Promised Land, Leper, Chronicle of Amorous Accidents, Wherever You Are, Jealousy and Medicine. And from the achievements of classical music - fragments of Kościelec 1909, Symphony No. 5 "Advent" and the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.
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Łomża | 'Polish Music Scene': Sepia Ensemble

On the 28th of April 2022 at 6.30 p.m Sepia Ensemble will perform at the Witold Lutosławski Chamber Philharmonic in Łomża. The concert is co-organized by the National Institute of Music and Dance as part of its own programme ‘Polish Music Scene’, financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
The programme will include, among others Swinging Music by Kazimierz Serocki, Witold Lutosławski's GraveMetamorphoses for cello and piano, and 3 miniatures by Krzysztof Penderecki for clarinet and piano.

More: https://nimit.pl/wydarzenia/sepia-ensemble-scena-muzyki-polskiej-3/

Szczecin | 4th edition of the Szczecin Classic Festival

Between the 26th of  April and the 3rd of May 4th edition of Szczecin Classic - the largest festival of classical music in Western Pomerania – as well as music courses of the Szczecin Classic Academy will take place. This year's edition of the Festival will be devoted to Polish music of the 20th and 21st centuries and the theme of the event is ‘Z klassą’ (‘With class).

The guests of the Festival will be: concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic Daniel Stabrawa, leader of the Szymanowski Quartet Agata Szymczewska, Emanuel Salvador concertmaster of the Baltic Neopolis Orchestra, Tomasz Tomaszewski violin professor at UDK in Berlin, Konstantin Heidrich professor of cello at UDK in Berlin, cellist and conductor Adam Klocek, Grammy Award winner Andriy Viytovych professor of viola at the Academy of Music in London and pianist Michał Francuz.

During the project the Polish Piano Quartet will be launched.
During the festival opening concert, which will be streamed live by the Programme 2 of the Polish Radio and online, the As-SAI Piano Trio, prize winner of the competition for the chamber ensemble residency, will perform.
Music of Kazimierz Serocki, Mieczysław Wajnberg, Wojciech Kilar, Paweł Łukaszewski, Mikołaj Piotr Górecki and Romuald Twardowski will be performed.

During the festival there will be an international music course for pupils, students and graduates of music academies as well as a competition for the chamber ensemble residency.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed program: https://szczecinclassic.pl/

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