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Warsaw | "Composing Commissions": Hashtag Ensemble will premiere Artur Zagajewski's piece

Hashtag Ensemble

Hashtag Ensemble and the 'Sphere of Harmony' Foundation invite you on 1 September 2020 at 6.00 p.m. to the backyard at 34 Stalowa Street in the Old Praga to participate in a unique concert. Six members of Hashtag Ensemble will attempt to add sound to the old tenement house and interpret the city space with carefully programmed works by Andriessen, Walshe, Riley and Zagajewski.

The concert will open with the iconic piece Workers Union by Louis Andriessen. Like employees of pre-war Praga factories, the Hashtag Ensemble's musicians will form a labor union and play utopian music of unity. Old Praga is a district strongly associated with the broadly understood alternative and with many subcultures that have been writing their slogans on the walls of local tenement houses for decades. We will hear a piece about the skater subculture And Jump from the Golden Gate Bridge by Jenifer Walshe. Searching for traces linking music and urban space, following the reminiscences of the Barwich & Jung's Prague metal foundry, Hashtag Ensemble will also play the mesmerizing Tread on a Trail by Terry Riley.

The concert will end with the premiere of Artur Zagajewski's EUR, a piece designed especially for the backyard space at 34 Stalowa Street. EUR was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance. It draws from post-rock and syth-pop, it can be perceived as an imaginary music flowing from the windows of Prague backyards in the 90s of the last century.

Admission to the concert is free. Remember to put on your mask and keep a distance of 2 meters to other concert participants.

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Contemporary music doesn’t bite!

PTMWThe Polish Society for Contemporary Music invites you on 31 August 2020 to attend the online premiere of a series of films about three Polish composers „Contemporary music doesn’t bite!".

Video interviews with composers, associated with the Polish Society for Contemporary Music, will be presented as part of the series on YouTube channel and Facebook of the Society. These will be meetings with: Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska, Alicja Gronau and Adam Sławiński. Composers will tell about the background of their pieces and about themselves. Moreover, after the presentation of the series, each time there will be a live conversation with the composers on the FB profile.

The script writer of project is Jarosław Siwiński, treasurer of the Polish Composers' Union. The interviews were conducted by the double bass player and teacher, Małgorzata Kołcz.

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

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://ptmw.art.pl/ 

Gdańsk | Concert performance of Aleksander Nowak's opera "ahat-ilī – Sister of Gods"


A concert performance of the opera ahat-ilī – Sister of Gods by Aleksander Nowak, composed to a libretto by the Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk, will take place on 31 August 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Polish Baltic Philharmonic in Gdańsk. On the same day, a blu-ray with the recording of the opera will go on sale, inaugurating the "Images" series, which is part of Anaklasis a record company operating under the auspices of PWM.

"A moving opera fresco", "a wonderful new opera", "a contemporary opera that should be an export product of Polish culture" ahat-ilī Sister of Gods was commissioned by the Kraków Festival Office for the Sacrum Profanum Festival in 2018, where it was first performed and recorded, immediately winning the hearts of the audience and delighting the critics. The music was composed by Aleksander Nowak, the libretto was penned by the Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk. The performance was directed by Pia Partum,  with sets designed by Magdalena Maciejewska.

On 31 August, during the ceremony of presenting the European Poet of Freedom 2020 Literary Award of the City of Gdańsk, the opera will be performed in concert by outstanding soloists: Joanna Freszel, Urszula Kryger, Ewa Biegas, Jan Jakub Monowid, Sebastian Szumski, Bartłomiej Misiuda and Szymon Kobyliński. They will be accompanied by the excellent Camerata Silesia and AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy under the direction of Marek Moś. The event will be attended by the Nobel Prize winner who sits in the award chapter.

The "Images" series, which is part of the Anaklasis brand, will be inaugurated by the album ANA 001 with the recording of the premiere performance of the opera ahat-ilī Sister of Gods. The CD also includes Jan Sosiński's documentary Operation opera, devoted to Aleksander Nowak and produced in cooperation with PWM Edition and Polish Television.

More information at: https://pwm.com.pl/ 

Gdańsk | Premieres of works by Elżbieta Sikora and Paweł Mykietyn on the anniversary of the August Agreements


In 2020 40 years will have passed since the signing of the agreement in Gdańsk and the establishment of 'Solidarity'. This occasion will be commemorated by the premieres of two carillon pieces by the most sought-after Polish contemporary composers. On 30 August, on the eve of the anniversary, Paweł Mykietyn's STOP and Elżbieta Sikora's Running Northon will be performed on the Gdańsk carillons in the Main Town Hall (12 p.m.) and in the St. Catherine's Church (3 p.m.).

SikoraInitially instruments of simple construction, over time carillons became more and more complex, gradually gaining the fullness of sound. According to sources, the beginnings of the Gdańsk carillon date back to the mid-16th century. Currently, carillon music in Poland is vividly cultivated in Gdańsk, which has three instruments, including one on the tower of the Town Hall of the Main City of Gdańsk, where Paweł Mykietyn's work will be premiered, and one on the tower of St. Catherine's Church, where Elżbieta Sikora's composition will be performed for the first time. Both works were commissioned by the City of Gdańsk and the Gdańsk Museum.

Paweł Mykietyn writes about his work STOP: 'The title may express a naive but beautiful dream of the victory of good over evil. Let this dream resonate on the carillon of the Main Town Hall in Gdańsk – a city that experienced both great good, when Solidarity was created, and great evil, when its president was murdered'. Elżbieta Sikora comments on Runninung North: 'To escape from fate, from ourselves, from the plague, pestilence, war, enslavement and all evil. To the north. Where the sea opens, beyond which the unknown, freedom, tempting mystery'. Both pieces, published by PWM Edition, will be performed by the outstanding carillonist Monika Kaźmierczak.

Admission to the concerts is free.

Lusławice | Final of the "Emanacje" Festival – Penderecki's 'musica domestica'


The eighth edition of the "Emanacje" Festival, dedicated to the memory of Krzysztof Penderecki and symbolically entitled "The Artist – Work – Meetings", is coming to an end. The final concert on 30 August 2020 at 7.00 p.m. promises to be extremely impressive and reflective. In the concert hall of the European Music Centre we will hear the most personal works that can be desribed as Penderecki's musica domestica.

Chamber music occupied an important place in the composer's oeuvre in the 1990s. Critically labeled the "path by the main road", it was in fact an important line of Penderecki's work. The last festival concert will feature lyrical compositions interpreted by great musicians – Janusz Wawrowski (violin), Marcin Zdunik (cello), Szymon Nehring (piano), Katarzyna Budnik (viola), Andrzej Ciepliński (clarinet) and Tomasz Bińkowski (horn).

Quartet for clarinet and string trio is one of the most subtle and personal works by Krzysztof Penderecki, marking a turning point in the career of the 60-year-old artist. The composer wrote the piece in June 1993 on the porch of the Lusławice manor, when azaleas and rhododendrons were blooming around. The time and atmosphere of this place changed the sound language and revealed themselves fully in the aesthetic ideal of claritas, a new kind of music – transparent and intimate, perfectly balanced in terms of form and content. The Sextet (2000) was born out of the tradition of chamber music and is part of the "clarity" trend initiated by the Quartet for clarinet and string trio. It is one of Penderecki's most extensive chamber works. The Sextet was written for Mstislav Rostropovich and Jurij Baszmet who premiered the piece.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.emanacje.pl 

Warsaw | The Papal Concert

Papal ConcertThe JAX Association invites to the concert on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Paul II, which will take place on 30 August 2020 at 6.45 p. m. at the Church of the Holy Family (ul. Rozwadowska 9/11).

During this unique cultural event a wide range of Polish and foreign music from the baroque to the present day will be presented. The audience will have the opportunity to discover new cultural contexts, especially by getting to know the works of Polish composers of the Romantic era who worked in Warsaw. We will hear, among others Piosnka Broni from the opera Hrabina and Dumka Zuzi from the opera Verbum nobile by Stanisław Moniuszko, Gdy ostatnia róża zwiędła by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Dumka by Roman Statkowski, Kołysanka by Stanisław Niewiadomski, Frottola Italiana from the opera Zygmunt August by Tadeusz Joteyko, Kołysanka słowiańska by Emil Młynarski. The concert programme will include compositions by Antonio Vivaldi and Victor Herbert. This evening fragments of John Paul II's books will be also read.

Barbara Żarnowiecka (soprano), violinist Róża Lorenc and organist Wiktor Brzuchacz will take part in the concert.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: https://stowarzyszeniejax.pl/ 

Poznań | Sleeplessness Festival 2020

TW"Sleeplessness" is the name of the festival organized by the Henryk Wieniawski Music Society in Poznań on 30 August – 4 September 2020. The concerts will take place in open spaces and places that are not often used as concert halls.

Atom String Quartet will perform in Poznań on 30 August in the renowated courtyard of Stara Papiernia (8 Szyperska St., currently one of the addresses of the University of Arts in Poznań), while on 4 September in the FAN Pianos and Grand Pianos Salon (6 I. J. Paderewskiego St.) we will hear Marcin Zdunik and Aleksander Dębicz. Both of these places will present live music for the first time, and for this reason "Sleeplessness 2020" could be described as the festival that seeks "New Spaces for Music", which, paradoxically, fits perfectly into the difficult time of the pandemic.

Atom String Quartet will perform works from the albums Places, Penderecki, AtomSPHERE, Seifert as well as their new compositions. Marcin Zdunik (cello) & Aleksander Dębicz (piano and electronic instruments) will present their original arrangements from the Bach Stories and REnaissance albums.

Admission to the concerts of the "Sleeplessness" Festival with free invitations (unnumbered places, the number of invitations is limited) and in accordance with the sanitary rules introduced during the pandemic.

More information atwww.wieniawski.pl 

Szczecin | International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra – Final "Beethoven 250"

FSzThe final of the eighth edition of the International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra Online workshop will take place on 30 August 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Szczecin Philharmonic. Rune Bergmann will lead a symphonic concert of the ILYO orchestra, soloists and singers from the Visegrad Group countries.

Witold Lutosławski, the patron of the International Youth Orchestra project, once confessed: "I do not want to win hearts, but I want to find those who feel the same as I do". This approach has become a real inspiration for many initiatives around the world. Joint actions of people who think similarly also take place in Szczecin Philharmonic. Every year in August, several dozen students and teachers meet as part of the International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra to work together on selected works. This year, all the activities were moved to virtual reality! The concert in the Philharmonic Hall will be broadcast on the institution's Facebook and YouTube.

After two weeks of intense work, the young musicians will present the fourth movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's Ninth Symphony to celebrate the 250th birth anniversary of this great composer. In addition, the project participants will perform Fanfare for the University of Lancaster by Witold Lutosławski, the patron of the project, and Bot-tánc from the series Romanian Folk Dances by one of the most outstanding composers from the Visegrad Group countries – Béla Bartók. The soloists will be Iwona Sobotka (soprano), Agnieszka Rehlis (mezzo-soprano), Rafał Bartmiński (tenor) and Szymon Mechliński (baritone).

The 8th International Lutosławski Youth Orchestra in Szczecin is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

Katarzyna Plater-Zyberk

More information athttps://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/events/1359-International_Lutoslawski_Youth_Orchestra_Final_I_BEETHOVEN_250_

Warsaw | First Performance of Katarzyna Brochocka's "Psalms"


The world premiere of Katarzyna Brochocka's Psalms for bass voice and double bass will take place on 29 August 2020 at 8.30 p.m. in the Church of St. Dominic in Służew (2 Dominikańska Street). The work will be performed by Tomasz Raff (bass) & Karol Kowal (double bass).

Psalms for bass voice and double bass by Katarzyna Brochocka are intimate compositions with low, at times dark and deeply poignant sound. An ear used to receiving popular, easily assimilated melodies will probably experience shock and surprise in contact with the unknown world of these unusual sounds and original chords. However, for the persistent and attentive listeners, Psalms will open a completely new horizon of non-obvious beauty. Although demanding and mysterious, they are full of hope of the Creator's tenderness for Creation. This is the essence of the sacred work of the young Polish composer, who is convinced about the evangelical purpose of the profession of musician and the value of art in the life of every human being.

The project is implemented by the o.to.ja Foundation, which aims at building relationship between artists and the public and bringing music to listeners who have occasional contact with classical music. The premiere of the new piece will take place in Warsaw's spiritual center, perhaps the most vibrant with modern Christian art. The Church of St. Dominic in Służew is an extraordinary venue where the architecture of Władysław Pieńkowski, the interior of Stanisław Niemczyk, and the art of Jerzy Nowosielski and contemporary iconographers will be filled with the new sacred music of Katarzyna Brochocka.

The project is co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture – Interventions 2020" programme and by the STOART Association of Performing Artists.

More information at: https://otoja.org/psalmy2020/