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Wrocław | The Past and the Future


The latest works by Krzysztof Baculewski and Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil will be performed on 14 November 2019 at 7 p.m. at the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw.

The concert will present works of those who have gone down in the history of music as well as those who create a new history today. The past and the future will meet in the programme prepared by a superb trio: Łukasz Długosz, Agata Kielar-Długosz and Marek Toporowski. We will listen to the Italian Concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach, two sonatas by Georg Philipp Telemann and Concerto for flute, oboe and bassoon in G minor (arranged for two flutes and harpsichord) by Antonio Vivaldi.

The programme will also include the works by contemporary Polish composers: Frisium for two flutes and harpsichord by Krzysztof Baculewski, premiered less than a month ago at the NFM, and Landmannalaugur for two flutes and harpsichord by Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil, excellent Wrocław composer and teacher, known for her tendency to paint with sounds. The works were co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the 'Composing Commissions' programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/7273 

New York City | 2nd Paderewski Days Festival

Dni Paderewskiego

As part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Poland and the USA, on 16-24 November 2019, the second edition of the Paderewski Days Festival will be presented in New York City. The festival, through various activities addressed to the New York audience, presents, promotes and reminds Ignacy Jan Paderewski and his great merits in the field of music and Polish-American diplomatic cooperation for Polish independence.

The festival is supported by the Honorary Patronage of Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York Maciej Golubiewski, and co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland as part of the competition "Cooperation in the field of public diplomacy 2019”. The programme of Paderewski Days includes a series of cultural events: concerts, recitals, exhibitions, art-shows, lectures and meetings with artists from Poland.

During "Paderewski Days 2019" the music of Maestro Paderewski will be heard in various districts of New York City. On 16 November, during the concert "Keys to Freedom" in Lincoln Center internationally acclaimed pianist Radosław Sobczak will perform two epic, romantic sonatas by revolutionary Polish composers: Paderewski and Szymanowski. After that, on 24 November, during the concert "Paderewski & Chopin" at the Polish & Slavic Center, pianist Radosław Sobczak will perform together with soprano Anna Koźlakiewicz. Both concerts will be hosted by Adam Wibrowski – artistic director and originator of festival.

The Paderewski Days Festival is co-organized and supported by: RenesArt Foundation, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Polish & Slavic Center, Polish Museum of America. Participation in the events is free.

Full programme available athttp://www.polishslaviccenter.org/m,6759,a,8896,druga-edycja-festiwalu-dni-paderewskiego-w-centrum-polsko-slowianskim.html 

Warsaw | Kevin Kenner's concert for the 2nd birthday of Polish Radio Copin

Radio Chopin

Polish Radio Chopin is celebrating its second birthday. On this occasion, on 13 November 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw, the excellent American pianist Kevin Kenner, finalist of the Chopin Competition will present compositions by Fryderyk Chopin and Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

Kevin Kenner is the winner of the Second Prize in the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 1990 (the first prize was not awarded at the time). The pianist specializes in performing music of the classical and romantic period, interpreting it with equal success on modern and historical pianos. The upcoming concert will feature a selection of the earliest mazurkas, two nocturnes, Andante spianato and Grand Polonaise in E flat major, Op. 22 and Scherzo in E major, Op. 54 by Fryderyk Chopin. Kevin Kenner will also perform a series of Six Humoresques de Concert, Op. 14, which includes the famous Menuet in G major, the spectacular Cracovienne Fantastique, the thought-provoking Sarabanda in B minor and Caprice in G major – a brilliant imitation of Domenico Scarlatti's style.

The concert will be hosted by Klaudia Baranowska, a journalist well known from both Polish Radio Programme 2 and Polish Radio Chopin. The entire event will be broadcast on the main page of Polish Radio, as well as on the Polish Radio Chopin website and Facebook page. Tickets are available at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio and on the polskieradio.bilety24.pl website.

More information athttps://www.polskieradio.pl/326,Radio-Chopin 

14th International Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki Festival


The 14th International Festival of G. G. Gorczycki includes sixteen concerts in twelve cities with the participation of world-renowned artists from Poland and abroad. This year's edition will last from 14 November to 8 December 2019 under the slogan "Up and reach the places out of sight". The audience will have a unique opportunity to participate in the "Concerts in the dark". The Festival will also celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko.

International Festival of Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki is an event that has permanently entered the artistic calendar of Silesia. For many years, it has been consistently building its image through a unique repertoire, the participation of excellent artists and the interest of several thousand listeners. This year's edition will be inaugurated on 14 November at the Zagłębie Palace of Culture in Dąbrowa Górnicza and will last until 8 December 2019. The list of performers includes such artists as: Vivica Genaux, Steven Mead, Paul Esswood, Waldemar Malicki, Piotr Pławner, Łukasz Długosz, Andrzej Lampert, Olga Bończyk, Elżbieta Stefańska, Hanna Balcerzak, Francesco Bottigliero, Diego Godoy-Gutiérrez, and such ensembles as: Czech Baroque Ensemble, Polish Royal Opera, Capella Cracoviensis, LutosAir Quintet, Katowice City Singers' Camerata Silesia, Cracow Royal Singers, 'Śląsk' Song and Dance Ensemble and all ensembles of the Silesian Philharmonic – Symphony Orchestra, Choir and the Silesian Chamber Orchestra.

Many foreign guests will present Polish music, including works by Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki, Stanisław Moniuszko, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Fryderyk Chopin, as well as Andrzej Panufnik, Adam Wesołowski and Nikola Kołodziejczyk. The programme will also include masterpieces of world literature. In line with the motto, "Up and reach the places out of sight", the 14th edition of the Festival will offer many events that will emphasize the work of composers with sight and hearing impairment, such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Joaquín Rodrigo, or Ludwig van Beethoven. The festival concerts will also feature blind musicians.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Full programme of the Festival available at: www.gorczycki.pl.

Warsaw | SUPERSAM + 1: Ned Rothenberg & Hubert Zemler

SuperSam+1Ned Rothenberg and Hubert Zemler will participate in the 4th edition of the "Supersam +1" project. The artists will perform together on 14 November 2019 at 8 p.m. in the DZiK Club (44A Belwederska St., Warsaw).

“Supersam + 1” is a series of master performances. The project focuses mainly on music, however, it also includes other forms of expression such as: performance, multimedia, monodrama. “Supersam + 1” will present respected Polish and foreign artists whose work is original, experimental and innovative. “SUPER” in the title means that the programme will be based on renowned artists – masters. “SAM” (from Polish, means „alone”, "by himself/herself") refers to the solo performances as well as the creative loneliness. “+ 1” in the title means that each evening will be crowned with a duo performance. In most cases, the artists will meet on stage for the first time.

Ned Rothenberg is a composer and performer. He has been internationally acclaimed for both solo and ensemble works, presented for the past 33 years on 5 continents. He performs primarily on alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and the shakuhachi – an end-blown Japanese bamboo flute. His solo work utilizes an expanded palette of sonic language, creating a kind of personal idiom on its own. In an ensemble setting, he leads the trio Sync, with Jerome Harris (guitars) and Samir Chatterjee (tabla), works with the Mivos string quartet playing his Quintet for Clarinet and Strings and collaborates around the world with fellow improvisors. Recent recordings include this Quintet, The World of Odd Harmonics, Ryu Nashi (new music for shakuhachi), and Inner Diaspora, all on John Zorn's Tzadik label, as well as Live at Roulette with Evan Parker, and The Fell Clutch, on Rothenberg’s Animul label.

Hubert Zemler is a composer and percussionist whose repertoire includes pieces by 20th and 21st centuries composers. He graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Besides his classical education and cooperation with symphony orchestras, he played with jazz bands, exploring the secrets of improvisation, experimental and world music. He is a co-founder of Warsaw-based indie bands: Piętnastka (with Piotr Kurek), Slalom, jazz trio LAM (along with Wacław Zimpel and Krzysztof Dys) and the Pilokatabaza percussion duo (with Pawel Szpura); he is also involved in a number of projects combining contemporary music and improvisation. His latest releases are "Kreatura" with Hungarian avant-garde pianist and composer Szabolcs Esztényi and cassette albums "Melatony" and "Groove 8". He collaborated with artists such as John Tilbury, Jon Gibson, Evan Ziporyn, Gyan Riley, Agusti Fernandez, Felix Kubin, Tod Barton, Mitch & Mitch, Raphael Rogiński, Wacław Zimpel.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://supersam.mozg.pl/ 

Kraków | 27. Audio Art Festival

Audio Art

The 27th edition of the Audio Art Festival will take place in Kraków on 13-24 November 2019. Concerts, installations, and performances will take place at the Bunkier Sztuki Gallery, Hevre and the Academy of Music in Krakow.

Audio Art is an experimental and postmodernist art of the close of XX century and the beginning of the XXI century. Audio Art is an integration of sound and visual art. Presentation of Audio Art appears in form of the concert, performance and installation. Audio Art creates new concept of sound source: as an object and musical instrument in certain space and time. Audio Art is a "one person art": composer, designer and performer unify the whole process of art creation. Audio Art uses low and high technology. Audio Art Festival presents individual artists from all over the world. Festival also presents other non-audio art events extending the whole image of the art based on sound.

This year's edition will feature Rafał Zapała's installation Scrolling to zero. Laptop Ensemble from Wrocław will perform pieces for computers by Marcin Rupociński, Stanisław Krupowicz and Marcin Bortnowski. The violinist and improviser Anna Zielińska will present her new project ElectroZiółka, inspired by widely understood nature in contrast with electronics as well as travels and interaction with audience during concerts. Martyna Zakrzewska's recital will be devoted to the work of Piotr Peszat. Krzysztof Knittel's Oneg Szabat will be premiered as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. The festival will also feature a sonokinetic performance for chamber ensemble, electronics, dancers and gesture sensors by Zonia Jarek Kordaczuk.

Audio Art Festival events are webcasted live.

Full programme available at: http://audio.art.pl/  and https://www.facebook.com/AudioArtFestival/ 

Łódź | Kevin Kenner's Piano Recital on the National Independence Day


On 11 November 2019 at 7:00 p.m. the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź will host a master recital of world-famous pianist Kevin Kenner.

The American pianist Kevin Kenner, winner of the Chopin Competition in 1990, has many connections with Poland. The artist often participates in the Warsaw festival "Chopin and his Europe". In 2010 he gave concerts in our country on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Fryderyk Chopin. He is a juror of the International Chopin Piano Competition and a visiting professor at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź. Last year, he received an honorary doctorate from this university. As a soloist, Kenner toured with such excellent orchestras as the BBC Symphony, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester or the Orchestra of the 18th Century. He performed under the baton of Sir Charles Groves, Andrew Davis, Jacek Kaspszyk and others.

During the upcoming recital, Kevin Kenner will perform piano compositions by Fryderyk Chopin and Ignacy Jan Paderewski, which he recorded on the highly-acclaimed albums.

Full programme available at: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/ 

Opole | National Independence Day Gala Concert


A symphony concert on the occasion of the National Independence Day will take place on 11 November 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic.

Every year the Opole Philharmonic celebrates the National Independence Day with a symphony concert. The repertoire of the upcoming event with the participation of the Opole Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Przemysław Neumann and violinist Mariusz Patyra, consists entirely of Polish works. The evening will begin with a symphonic poem A Legend, Op. 31 by Witold Maliszewski, which tells the story of Boruta – a nobleman who became the devil. Then we will listen to the etremely diffucult Violin Concerto No. 1 in F minor, Op. 14 by Henryk Wieniawski and the monumental Symphony in D minor, Op. 21 by Zygmunt Stojowski.

Full programme available at: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/ 

Krasnystaw | Elżbieta Stefańska's harpsichord recital on 11 November


Local authorities of the city and poviat of Krasnystaw invite you to a harpsichord recital by Elżbieta Stefańska entitled "The history of one letter". The event will take place on 11 November 2019 at 5 p.m. in the Krasnystaw Culture Centre on the occasion of the closing of the 100th Anniversary of Regaining Independence.

The recital commemorates the letter sent from Krakow on 11 November 1949 by the world-famous pianist Halina Czerny-Stefańska to the director of the Mieczysław Karłowicz Krasnystaw Social Music Centre Ignacy Lipczyński. In the letter the pianist expressed her gratitude for the praise she had received for winning the 4th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw. It is worth recalling that the Mieczysław Krałowicz Music Centre in Krasnystaw had twenty brancher in nearby towns and educated nearly 3,000 students, many of whom have graduated from music academies.

The programme will include compositions by J.J. Froberger, G.F. Handel, F. Couperin, C.B. Balbastre, C.F.E. Bach, M.K. Ogiński, and P.A. Soler. The recital will also premiere Mariusz Dubaj's polonaise Welcome to the Fatherland commissioned by Elżbieta Stefańska. The concert will be hosted by the president of the Lublin Branch of the Polish Composers' Union.