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Gdańsk | Polish Chamber Choir: Concert on the 100th anniversary of the birth of St John Paul II

PChKThe Polish Chamber Choir will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. John Paul II with a concert entitled "From the Polish Land", which will take place on 30 October 2020 at 7.00 p.m. in the Holy Trinity Church in Gdańsk without the participation of the audience. The event will be broadcast on the websites www.gdansk.pl and www.polskichorkameralny.pl.

Performed by the excellent ensemble conducted by Jan Łukaszewski, we will hear mainly Polish music, including a piece by the recently deceased composer Juliusz Łuciuk to the words of our Great Compatriot O Poish Land, from which comes the title of the concert, as well as works awarded in the Musica Sacra Nova International Composers' Competition 2020 and world premieres of Paweł Łukaszewski's works Sub Tuum praesidium and Corpus Christi Hymnus published this year by PWM Edition.

The concert will feature outstanding instrumentalists: saxophonist Paweł Gusnar, percussionist Leszek Lorent and organists Michał Sławecki and Andrzej Szadejko.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.polskichorkameralny.pl/pl/ 

Katowice | Premiere of Eugeniusz Knapik's "Podróż długa"

FSThe premiere of the latest piece by Eugeniusz Knapik entitled Podróż długa [The Long Journey], created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance, will take place on 30 October 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice.

Podróż długa is a continuation of Eugeniusz Knapik's I am Coming to You for mezzo-soprano and string orchestra composed many years ago, and is dedicated to Professor Mieczysław Tomaszewski on the occasion of his 80th birthday. The text is based on poems by Edward Stachura and Zbigniew Herbert. The piece will be premiered by the Silesian Philharmonic Choir and the Silesian Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Maciej Tomasiewicz. The solo parts will be performed by soprano Monika Sendrowska and baritone Tomasz Rak. The programme of the concert will also include pieces by Gustav Mahler, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Vivaldi.

Information on tickets at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Olsztyn | Stage for Polish Music


Joanna Freszel (soprano) and Łukasz Chrzęszczyk (piano) will perform on 30 October 2020 at the Feliks Nowowiejski Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic in Olsztyn during a concert as part of the "Stage for Polish Music" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance.

A solo song with piano accompaniment, derived from the Romantic tradition, has always been a challenge for composers – how to do justice to poetic content, and at the same time entice the listener with their own original musical setting? During the next edition of "Stage for Polish Music", we will learn how the most outstanding Polish composers of the 20th century – Karol Szymanowski, Jerzy Lefeld, Grażyna Bacewicz, Szymon Laks and Zygmunt Mycielski – coped with this task.

Słopiewnie op. 46 bis is a series of five songs to the words of Julian Tuwin that marks a turn in Szymanowski's work towards inspiration by folklore and the broadly understood Slavic spirit. Folklore inspirations are also heard in his poignant Kurpie Songs. The Children's rhymes – charming and simple songs written to the words of Kazimiera Iłłakowiczówna, Szymanowski dedicated to the memory of his tragically dead niece, Alusia Bartosiewiczówna. The upcoming concert will be also a rare opportunity to listen to Eight Jewish folk songs (Huit chants populaires juifs) by Szymon Laks: violinist and then conductor of the camp orchestra in Auschwitz-Birkenau.

An excellent duo composed of soprano Joanna Fresszel and pianist Łukasz Chrzęszczyk will also present songs by Grażyna Bacewicz, Jerzy Lefeld and Zygmunt Mycielski.

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

"Escape from the shadow – online premiere

SPAMThe online premiere of the concert entitled "Escape from the shadow", presenting works by Polish composers of Jewish origin, will take place on 29 October 2020 at 9.30 p.m. on YouTube and Facebook.

The material recorded in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio is a collection of Polish and world phonographic premieres of works by outstanding artists in the interpretation of the violist and curator of the project Aleksandra Demowska-Madejska, secretary of the Association of Polish Musicians, and pianist Wojciech Pyrć. The concert premiere took place as part of the 4th WarszeMuzik Festival in 2020.

The programme includes valuable, almost forgotten works for viola and piano, among others, Sonata for viola and piano, Op. 28 by Mieczysław Weinberg, Notturna Rhapsody, Op. 66 by Karol Rathaus, Romance, Op. 32 by Ignacy Friedman, Serenade by Jerzy Fitelberg and Kaddish, Op. 6 by Alexander Weprik.

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

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

"Contemporary music doesn’t bite": Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska

PTMWThe Polish Society for Contemporary Music invites you on 29 October 2020 at 6.00 p.m. to an online meeting with renowned composer Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska as part of the series „Contemporary music doesn’t bite!".

Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska, PhD Habil., graduated from the Academy of Music in Warsaw, where she studied composition with prof. Włodzimierz Kotoński. She also completed the Inter-University Multimedia Programme at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, where she currently holds a position of an assistant professor. Her works are performed at concerts and festivals in Poland and abroad (including in Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, Austria, France, Switzerland, Denmark, the USA, Latin America, China and Ukraine), are recorded on albums (Audite, DUX, Acte Préalable, Mons, Polonia Records) and released in print (Norsk Musikforlag, PWM Edition). She is a laureate of prizes and honourable mentions at composers' competitions, a member of ZAiKS, the Polish Composers' Union (since 2009 the Secretary of the Warsaw Branch) and the Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music (PSEME). Recently, she has been engaged in multimedia projects that fit into the idea of ​​synthesis of arts and are created in cooperation with artists from other fields.

We invite you to actively participate in the meeting with Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska and ask your own questions! Please send them by email with the title "MWNG 2020" to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday, 28 October.

Due to the current pandemic situation, this year's meetings with contemporary music composers, members of the Polish Composers' Union, are held in the form of online broadcasts on the website www.ptmw.art.pl and on the Society's Facebook profile. The project was 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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Kraków | 18th Sacrum Profanum Festival 2020 – digital edition

Sacrum2020 marks the symbolic 18th edition of Sacrum Profanum, which enters adulthood in this breakthrough year, full of changes, turmoil and redefinitions. Youth is the first episode of the trilogy, or the first instalment of a three-season series, which is probably more fitting, given the digital character of the festival. The events will run from 28 October to 6 Decmber 2020.

The 18th edition of the festival brings 9 premiere concerts, along with accompanying events and workshops for children. This year's programme of Sacrum Profanum features pieces from Poland, Ireland, Canada, USA and Australia. Among ten festival commissions, there will be a piece inspired by Black Mirror: Bandersnatch – a tribute to Krzysztof Penderecki. Composed by Piotr Peszat, PEnderSZATch is a piece that offers multiple paths and courses of events. The Festival will also include world premieres of works created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance. The concert "Music and sport" will feature a piece for 4 performers with video and electronics by Karol Nepelski, Box of Boxing by Dominik Strycharski, while on 27 November Marcin Rupociński will present his Random Check audiovisual project prepared by students, graduates, PhD students and lecturers at the Faculty of Graphics and Media Art at the E. Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław and the Faculty of Composition at the K. Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław.

The programme of the 18th edition of Sacrum Profanum offers space not only for concerts, but also events that play with the convention and engage the audience on a different level. This year’s Sacrum Profanum will be crowned by the soloists of the Hashtag Ensemble. The #archi-solos concert will treat architecture and urban space as scores for improvisation, used by the soloists to read the well-known treasures of Krakow’s architecture, from Cricoteka to the Płaszów locomotive depot – and more.

Full programme is available at: www.sacrumprofanum.com 

Sławomir Wojciechowski about composing music by artificial intelligence – online meeting

NOSPRSławomir Wojciechowski, one of the most interesting contemporary Polish composers, will give a lecture entitled "Rhapsody in Deep Blue. About composing music by artificial intelligence" on 28 October 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

The event is part of the project "Cultural Youth Choices" implemented by the NOSPR in cooperation with the Wojciech Korfanty Institute of Polish Thought as part of the "Very Young Culture" project. During the meeting, we will explore the relationship between music and technology. The NOSPR AI application is available on the website https://ai.nospr.org.pl/. It is an innovative project initiated by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, which uses advanced artificial intelligence to talk about music. Thanks to the implementation of the Watson Assistant solution by IBM Services, NOSPR brings the experience of communing with a symphony orchestra online. The well-known composer and lecturer Sławomir Wojciechowski will share his comments on the prospects of using AI in music.

"A computer wrote his first string quartet in 1957. Twenty years later, it created quite successful imitations of the works of great classics. Today it is setting itself more ambitious goals. For example, it can understand the "emotional temperature" of our times and to prove it, it writes a song that hits the top of the charts 48 hours after its premiere. So we are dealing with an undoubtedly intelligent and useful machine, which, however, we are becoming more and more afraid of" – emphasize the organisers. Is artificial intelligence able to compete with people in the areas of creativity, art, culture, and will it be the one who composes masterpieces of the 21st century?

NOSPR invites you to a meeting on the website www.nospr.org.pl, FB profile and on YouTube.

49th Polish Composers' Union Musicological Conference organised with the Academy of Music in Kraków

ZKPThe Polish Composers' Union invites you on 25-27 October 2020 to the virtual Academy of Music in Kraków to listen to the sessions of the 49th Musicological Conference of the Polish Composers' Union – "Theory of music / musicology here and now. Resonance of the Past – Contemporary challenges".

The conference will discuss the following topics: "Musicology – Theory of music. The elemental dialectic?"; "Understanding music. The idea of ​​experiencing the work"; "Developing sensitivity and imagination"; "Music as a message'; "Paradigms, thought constructs, concepts and methods".

The conference will feature 29 speakers, we will hear two lectures, nine panels, and two concerts. There will be also a presentation of the droba.polmic.pl website, devoted to the person and work of Krzysztof Droba. The final concert will premiere Zbigniew Bargielski's Clavertett for string quartet and harpsichord, which was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance. The conference will be held on the AMK ON-LINE lecture platform, created especially for the conference participants. The whole event will be available on the website of the Academy of Music in Kraków: www.amuz.krakow.pl/49konferencjazkp 

Let's be together! As long as technology does not fail, traditionally the Musicological Conference will resonate, although in a new space, not necessarily a hostile one – these are the challenges of the present day!

dr hab. Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska, president of the Musicologists' Section of the Polish Composers' Union

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

8th Festival of Contemporary Music "New Music" online

Nowa MuzykaThe Kuyavian-Pomeranian Branch of the Polish Composers' Union invites you on 24-26 October 2020 to the 8th Festival of Contemporary Music "New Music". All the festival concerts will take place without the participation of the audience and will be broadcast online.

The idea of ​​this annual undertaking is to create new artistic qualities by combining different disciplines: music, image, word, multimedia. Thus, the festival promotes new works and inspires composers, musicians, artists and writers to co-create culture. The main aim of the festival is to present innovative non-commercial artistic phenomena from Poland and abroad.

The Festival will feature three concerts: "Modern Song – Reflections and Resonances", "Concert on the 100th Anniversary of the Return of Bydgoszcz to the Motherland" and "Faces of the Present. Piano recital by Igor Torbicki". The programme will include new works by Piotr Komorowski, the president of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Branch of the Polish Composers' Union, and his deputy, Marcin Kopczyński.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Live broadcast will be available atwww.nowamuzyka.bydgoszcz.pl  and on YouTube.