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Before Romuald Twardowski's anniversary


After a long break caused by the pandemic, we will hear the first recital from the Vienna State Opera. Tomasz Konieczny's performance on 12 June 2020 at 7.30 p.m. will be broadcast on Polish Radio Channel 2, its social media and website.

After successes at the Vienna State Opera, incuding as Alberich, Jochanaan and Wotan, bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny is expected to return to the Viennese stage in the coming season in Richard Strauss' Salome planned for October. Although the 2020/2021 season is still in question, in June the artist will give an extraordinary recital. Accompanied on the piano by Lech Napierała, Konieczny will present late romantic songs by Richard Strauss and Sergei Rachmaninov.

The programme will also include three songs from the cycle Above the Villa by Romuald Twardowski, who will be celebrating his 90th birthday on 17 June. On this occasion, Anaklasis Records plans to release a special album Songs & Sonnets with Twardowski's chamber vocal and instrumental works. The album will include, among others, his Sonnets of Michelangelo for baritone and piano, dedicated to Tomasz Konieczny. In addition, PWM Edition is preparing a new printed edition of Romuald Twardowski's songs. The premiere of these materials will take place in the fall.

Andrzej Karałow's metaopera "De invitatione mortis” – album premiere


The premiere of Andrzej Karałow's album De invitatione mortis, published by the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music – Chopin University Press will take place on 10 June 2020.

In De invitatione mortis we are dealing with a text that is related to the values and philosophy of the Christian religion. Death, around which the main theme revolves, is not presented as the evil awaiting the man at the end of his life. It is only a symbolic transition to another, new world. The metaopera De invitatione mortis aims to show a different approach to the genre of opera by combining different stylistic and technical influences. It is a kind of a “desktop” opera, devoid of stage action: It adopts the form of a mystery play, in many aspects of an ascetic music drama, in which the voice acts as the communicator of the libretto’s content and its message. The mystery play character of De invitatione mortis concerns primarily the creation of a sound environment whose centre is occupied by the word, leading the course of the entire metaopera, which can be perceived as a ritual. One can say that De invitatione mortis is a mystery play in which the sound and word, dominating the whole structure, create a new, alien world based on synesthetic and abstract references. De invitatione mortis is also an attempt to address the issue of merging various genres from the borderline of classical, improvised, and electronic music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://andrzejkaralow.pl/2-8/de_invitatione_mortis/ 

WATCH: Album Preview

Chopin online


Fryderyk Chopin's music has inspired projects that connect only seemingly distant worlds. When we look closer, it turns out that they have more in common than we thought. The Polish Radio Choir invites you to the premiere concert 'Chopin's Birthday', which will be broadcast online on 9 June 2020 at 7.30 p.m.

This time, the music of the most famous Polish composer was used by jazz and classical musicians – we will listen to Chopin's works in the joint performance of the Polish Radio Choir, vocalist Dorota Miśkiewicz and trio composed of: Paweł Tomaszewski (piano, arrangements), Robert Kubiszyn (bass) and Paweł Dobrowolski (percussion). Maria Piotrowska-Bogalecka will host the concert.

Chopin has always inspired jazz musicians who constantly reach for his music despite changing styles and fashions. Chopin's mazurkas and preludes are a true mine of harmonic inspirations. The concert will present these works in Paweł Tomaszewski's arrangament for choir, jazz band and voice. The programme will also feature Waltz scherzo for mixed choir by Maciej Małecki, written in 2010 on the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birthday.

The "Chopin's Birthday" concert will be broadcast online / LIVE on the YouTube channel of the Polish Radio Choir.

"Navigatio. Amor. Chopin's Birthday" concert from the series "Polish Radio Choir Music Dedications" was co-financed by the Municipality of Kraków and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programme run by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Łódź | Bacewicz International Summer Music Academy 2020


BISMA Bacewicz International Summer Music Academy are master classes directed at musicians who want to expand their knowledge and develop skills in piano playing. The courses will take place between 2 and 8 August 2020 in the buildings of the Academy of Music in Łódź.

This year's classes will be led by the most outstanding pianists from prestigious music academies: Michel Béroff (professor of Seong-Jin Cho, the winner of the 17th Chopin Piano Competition) and Claudio Martinez Mehner as well as artists of the young generation: Alexej Gorlatch and Ilya Maximov. There will be several concerts broadcast live on the Internet.

The summer courses will culminate in a gala concert during which the Grażyna Bacewicz International Prize of 1,000 € will be granted to the best participant.

The application deadline is 8 June 2020. The entry fee is 50 € (participants from Poland are exempt from the entry fee). The cost of participation in the course is 520 €.

The director of BISMA is the Polish pianist Julia Kociuban.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.bisma.pl 

"Art institutions in the new reality – ask an expert a question"


The Institute of Music and Dance and Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute invite you on 8 June 2020 to a conference "Art institutions in the new reality – ask an expert a question".

The exact hour of the meeting will be announced shortly. The conference is addressed to the directors of art institutions and serves to clarify the guidelines for supporting the return of audiences to cultural events.

Due to the limited number of places, applicants will be handled on a first-come-first-served basis. One institution can be represented only by one participant, submitting a maximum of two questions to which invited experts will answer during the meeting. To participate in the meeting you must register by 4 June at 5.00 p.m.

All interested in participating are asked to complete the registration form that is available on the website: https://imit.org.pl/konferencje/zadaj-pytanie-ekspertowi

Guidelines for organizers of cultural and entertainment events during the SARS-CoV-2 virus epidemic in Poland


Guidelines for organizers of cultural and entertainment events during the SARS-CoV-2 virus epidemic in Poland were developed by the Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, with assistance of the Institute of Music and Dance and Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute.

The fourth stage of restoring economic and social life means the possibility of reopening cultural institutions – theatres, operas, concert halls and cinemas. Cultural events will return after more than two months break. The coming weeks in cultural institutions will be key in terms of recognizing the audience expectations. Return of the audience will certainly be gradual and building trust will be important. Therefore, the directors and employees of cultural institution have an important task ahead of them consisting of proper communication with viewers and securing a space that meets the sanitary safety requirements.

The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has provided a set of guidelines that are another, more precise, record of guidelines enabling actions with respect for restrictions and concern for our health. The key task is to adapt the possibilities of cultural institutions to these guidelines.

Documents are available at: https://www.gov.pl/web/kultura/wytyczne-dla-uruchamiania-dzialalnosci-instytucji-kultury--teatrow-oper-filharmonii-i-kin 

Myroslav Skoryk has passed away…


Famous Ukrainian composer, pianist, conductor and musicologist Myroslav Skoryk died on 1 June 2020 in Kiev, at the age of 81. In 2006-2010 he was the vice president of the Ukrainian Composers' Union. The funeral will take place on 5 June at the Lychakiv Cemetery in Lviv.

Skoryk was a graduate of Lviv and Moscow Conservatories. He taught composition at the Lviv (1963-1966) and Kiev Conversatories (1966-1988), and until 1999 lectured at universities in the United States and Australia. After returning to Ukraine, he was the head of the Department of the History of Ukrainian Music at the Ukrainian National Academy of Music, artistic director of the Kyiv Music Fest, and artistic director of the Taras Shevchenko National Opera of Ukraine (2011-2016). He also taught composition at the Lviv Conservatory.

His work include an opera, two ballets, four cantatas for choir and symphony orchestra, four symphonic poems, concerto for orchestra, three piano and nine violin concertos, suites and partite for chamber orchestra, music for films, as well as many chamber and choral works, including Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom.

Myroslav Skoryk received a number of honourary titles, important state awards and decorations, among others The Hero of Ukraine, the People's Artist of Ukraine, the Order of the State and the Golden Star, the Order of Merit I, II and III degree, and Taras Shevchenko National Award.

Condolences from the Polish Composers' Union are available in Polish and Ukrainian.

Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett in "House Party with Dwójka” - transmission of a concert from Switzerland


Founder and manager of the Ensemble Peregrina based in Basel, twice nominated for "Polityka" Passports Awards. Vocalist, harpist and musicologist who knows all secrets of early music. Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett will be the guest of the next, eighth broadcast from the series "House Party with Dwójka". The concert from her home in Switzerland will be held at 7 p.m. on 6 June 2020.

Every weekend, Polish Radio Channel 2 (Dwójka) invites you to concerts taking place in the homes of artists who want to share their music with listeners and Internet users in these difficult times of isolation. This Saturday, Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett will perform with Elizabeth Rumsey – an instrumentalist who specializes in performing 15th- and 16th-century music.

Their concert programme will include medieval and Renaissance motets, psalms and songs, some in instrumental versions, as well as works by composers of the turn of the 20th century – Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Karol Szymanowski. During the concert, you'll be able to hear several historical instruments, such as the gothic harp, viola d'arco and lirone. There will be also a surprise for listeners – Agnieszka Budzińska-Bennett, who is also a pianist by education, will play the piano in public for the first time since graduation.

Broadcast of the concert in the "House Party with the Dwójka" series on 6 June at 7.00 p.m. – on Polish Radio Channel 2, its website and Facebook page.

Ballet "The Song of the Earth" – online premiere


The Castle Opera in Szczecin invites you on 6 June 2020 to the online premiere of the ballet The Song of the Earth with music by Roman Palester and choreography by Paolo Mangioli.

The Song of the Earth was performed in 2019 by the Castle Opera group under the musical direction of Jerzy Wołosiuk during the "Polish Ballet Evening". Commissioned by the World’s Fair in Paris for the Polish Ballet, The Song of the Earth is one of Palester’s last folklore-inspired works. The ballet libretto was developed by the composer himself from Leon Schiller’s idea. The work consists of three scenes preceded by an orchestral introduction. They depict successively Midsummer Day, Wedding and Harvest Festival. Palester’s vivid music was highly appreciated at the World’s Fair and awarded with a gold medal. A French reviewer wrote: "Palester’s composition is superb, with its nervous dance-like rhythm, colourful and skilful orchestration, full of poetry".

The choreography for the Szczecin performance is the work of Italian artist Paolo Mangioli, director of the national ballet in Malta. The surprising choreography comes along with costumes and stage design straight from the Matrix. Paolo Mangioli did not follow the work's plot in his dance composition. Instead, he presented the complex relationship between modern man and digital world.

The broadcast will be available on YouTube.