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Kraków | New Year's Eve Concert


On 31 December 2019 at 6:00 p.m. the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of maestro Antoni Wit will welcome the New Year with a special concert.

Various styles and colors will be revealed in the musical dance procession, which will be composed of works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Piotr Czajkowski, Aram Khachaturian, Leonard Bernstein, Jacques Offenbach, Camille Saint-Saëns, Josef Strauss and Johannes Strauss jr. 

Traditionally, a collection for the charges of the "I Have a Dream" foundation will be held during the concert.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/ 

Katowice | New Year's Eve in American style


The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra invites you on 31 December 2019 at 6:00 p.m. for the New Year's concert. On this special evening, the NOSPR will be conducted by Maestro Lawrence Foster!

The concert programme will consist primarily of well-known works by outstanding American composers: Agnegram by Michael Tilson Thomas, Knoxville: Summer of 1915 for soprano and orchestra by Samuel Barber, Episodes from the ballet Rodeo by Aaron Copland, Three dance episodes from the musical On the Town by Leonard Bernstein, An American in Paris by George Gershwin. There will be also a Polish accent – Oscar-awarded music from the film Lili by Bronisław Kaper, Polish composer of film and theater music, who made a career In Hollywood.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://nospr.org.pl 

Wrocław | The Most Beautiful Christmas Carols


Polish Christmas carols will be performed on 27 December 2019 at 7 p.m. at the National Forum of Music by the artists of the NFM Choir and West Side Sinfonietta conducted by Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny, Marcin Danilewski and Paweł Maślanka.

The Christmas period is primarily a time when carols are sung. Cicha noc, Gdy śliczna Panna, Z narodzenia Pana, Lulajże, Jezuniu, Mizerna, cicha and Oj maluśki, maluśki are carols that will be heard this evening at the NFM. Some songs, although belonging to classical music, are so popular and recognizable that they are also well known to people who are not connected with the world of music. Antonio Vivaldi's violin concertos are a case in point, brought together under the joint title Four Seasons. A few years ago, they received an extremely interesting arrangement.

The author of Four Seasons Recomposed is Max Richter, a British composer of German origin. The first performance of the work took place in 2012 in London. The work immediately gained enormous popularity, and its recording hit the top of the charts in the United States, Germany and England. Richter elaborated Vivaldi's composition in an ingenious way, boldly and inventively playing with the expectations of the listeners. In perfectly recognizable places, he subtly changed the rhythm, dynamics and line-up and introduced an element of surprise to music. We hear something that we assume we know perfectly well, but actually it is something completely new. Richter often refers to the aesthetics of minimalism, repeating short motifs or creating static, motionless sounds. The whole is intriguing, and thanks to its being easy on the ears is an excellent proposition for both connoisseurs of the classics and people listening to such music occasionally.

More information at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/7291 

Białystok | Ena Maria Aldecoa „When Music Speaks"


Ena Maria Aldecoa wrote history by being the first Filipino soprano featured in an art song recital during the Bayreuther Richard-Wagner-Festival in 2018. On 21 December 2019 at 7 p.m. she will perform at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Center in Bialystok.

Ena Maria Aldecoa studied under Prof. Mitsuko Shirai and Prof. Hartmut Höll, two of the most outstanding Lied-Duos and pedagogues in the history of Art Song in the second half of the twentieth century. Enthralled by her range of voice, phenomenal breath control, precision of pitch, depth of interpretation and tremendous charisma on stage, living composer icons Wolfgang Rihm and Heinz Holliger embraced her singing on several occasions. But the artist also can fascinate with classics as in Bellini’s Ah, non credea mirarti (Amina in La Sonnambula) that left many in the audience in tears at the venerable Teatro Verdi in Florence. Between 2008–2018 she gave countless art song recitals in Germany, France, Italy, and the Philippines. She is the Chair of the Keyboard Department at the University of the Philippines College of Music since August 2015 and Artistic Director of the Art Song Academy Manila since November 2015.

For the audience in Białystok she has prepared a special programme including the works of Polish, Hungarian, Czech composers close to our hearts, as well as a revue of the most renowned Philippino composers, such as Nicanor Abelardo, Felipe Padilla De León, Manuel Velez, John August Pamintuan, or Ryan Cayabyab.

More information athttps://www.oifp.eu/repertuar/gdy-mowi-muzyka/ 

The Winners of the “12 Minutes for Moniuszko” – International Composers’ Competition for micro-opera

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The winners of the International Stanisław Moniuszko Composers’ Competition for a micro-opera entitled “12 Minutes for Moniuszko”, organized by the Polish Composers' Union and Grand Theatre – Polish National Opera, were announced during the Evening of Premieres, which was held on 18 December 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Emil Młynarski Chamber Hall of the Grand Theater – Polish National Opera.

The competition aimed to revive, in present-day conditions, the specific idea of Moniuszko’s operas as musical dramas based on social topics. After the auditions of the 2nd stage of the Competition, the Jury composed of: Zygmunt Krauze – composer, chairman of the Jury, Waldemar Dąbrowski – director of the Grand Theater – National Opera, Ryszard Daniel Golianek – musicologist, Jerzy Kornowicz – composer, Hanna Kulenty – composer, Janusz Wiśniewski – opera director, Jerzy Wołosiuk – conductor, awarded the main prize of PLN 40,000 to Tomasz Szczepanik, PhD, for the work The Immigrant. The winner of the Competition is a lecturer at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź.

Other finalists – Ignacy Zalewski, Patricia Elizabeth Martínez, Otto Wanke, Paweł Siek and Estera Wityńska – received prizes in the amount of PLN 20,000 and titles of the laureates of the Competition. The Audience Award in the amount of PLN 10,000 was awarded to Ignacy Zalewski, PhD, assistant professor at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.

We warmly congratulate all the winners!

Moscow | Sinfonia Varsovia on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mieczysław Weinberg


The outstanding Polish-Jewish-Soviet composer, marked by the drama of World War II, will be the hero of Sinfonia Varsovia's concert in Moscow – the place where he spent the last years of his life. The event is organized on 19 December 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Zaryadye Concert Hall on the 100th anniversary of his birth, but also at the end of the Moniuszko Year celebrations.

Mieczysław Weinberg is a composer whose work, so far poorly known, has recently aroused great emotions among music critics as well as the artists themselves, fascinated by his style and rich artistic output. For many years his work was influenced by dramatic war events and personal experiences, including loss of loved ones during the extermination of the Warsaw Ghetto and emigration to Russia. Referring to neoclassicism in the undertaken forms and genres, i.e. symphony, string quartet or solo concert, he created his individual compositional style, captivating with emotional depth, richness of references to Polish folklore, Jewish and Moldavian music and symphonic panache. Weinberg's work is characterized by balanced form and clarity of instrumentation.

The programme of the concert will feature Mieczysław Weinberg's Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 61 as well as Stanisław Moniuszko's the Fairy Tale ouverture and Fryderyk Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor. The concert will be conducted by a great interpreter of Mieczysław Weinberg's works – Gabriel Chmura. He was the first to record the composer's three symphonies: IV, XIV and XVI, which were released by the Chandos label. Yulianna Avdeeva will perform as a soloist.

More information at:: http://www.sinfoniavarsovia.org/pl/ 

Kielce | Silent Night


On 20 December 2019 at 7 p.m. the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic in Kielce will host a Christmas concert as part of the "Stage for Youth" concert series.

The Mixed Choir and Chamber Orchestra of the State Music Schools Complex in Warsaw were invited to the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic for the pre-Christmas evening. The musicians will be conducted by Katarzyna Sokołowska, the deputy director of artistic affairs for the School. The Orchestra was prepared by Radosław Labahua – conductor, music producer and trumpeter.

The concert programme will include traditional Polish Christmas carols arranged by Marian Sawa – distinguished composer and pedagogue who died in 2005. He dedicated his arrangements to the Mixed Choir of the Józef Elsner Secondary Music School, which was led by outstanding choirmaster Zbigniew Soja back in the seventies. These compositions were written for a four-voice choir with organ accompaniment, but for the purpose of the upcoming concert they were arranged for a chamber orchestra and mixed choir by Marcin Molski. Thanks to their classic, traditional form and rich harmony, they create a moving atmosphere of Polish Christmas.

More information athttp://filharmonia.kielce.com.pl/press/press_20.12.19.html 

Łódź | Winter Concert


Regardless of the weather, the Artur Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic will host a "Winter Concert" on 20 December 2019 at 7 p.m.

Antoni Wit, one of the greatest Polish conductors, will conduct the concert. Maestro toured in many countries and worked with the best orchestras, including Tokyo NHK, Berlin Philharmonic or Cleveland Orchestra. Exactly half a century ago he conducted in Łódź for the first time.

Polish music plays an important role in Wit's repertoire. Therefore, the upcoming concert will begin with the concert overture Morskie Oko, Op. 19 by Zygmunt Noskowski, inpired by the composer's trips to the Tatra mountains. The programme will include "Alpine" Symphony, Op. 64 by Richard Strauss, also inspiried by the mountain landscape, and Symphony No. 8 in B minor "Unfinished" D.759 by Franz Schubert.

The pre-concert meeting at 6:15 pm will be hosted by Piotr Matwiejczuk ("Ruch Muzyczny"). A vernissage of the woodcut exhibition "Qi Gardens" by Tomasz Kawełczyk will take place before the concert.

Full programme available athttps://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/koncert-zimowy-0 

Tychy | Tokarczuk – Nowak: Ahat Ilī – Sister of Gods


A concert performance of the opera Ahat Ilī - Sister of Gods by Alexander Nowak to the libretto of Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk will take place on 20 December 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Mediateka in Tychy as part of this year's Auksodrone festival.

Ahat Ilī – Sister of Gods is the award-winning Polish writer, Olga Tokarzcuk's, first libretto. Tokarczuk is famous for deconstructed novels, short stories and essays centered on life and death and the translucent inner core of the human soul. The commissioned artwork for the libretto, hanging above the singers and dancers, has been described as a pair of lungs, a cell, embryo, or a zygote, celebrating that transparent, yet organic shape. Constructed by sixty-five segments, each with an individual pattern, the artwork is achieving a perfect sphere; only once all pieces are placed together.

In Ahat Ilī , the gods and humans gather on a slowly rotating circular steel platform, tucked underneath the deflating zygote, whilst a projection is being made above them. The orbit, its zenith and perhaps the projected past, all acts as the intrinsic set for a modern dystopian myth, reflecting on the themes of sisterhood, ethos, environment, and consequence.

The title role of Ninszubur will be performed by Urszula Kryger. Joanna Freszel will perform as the goddess of life Inanna, Ewa Biegas as the sister of Inanna, the goddess of death Ereszkigal, and Jan Jakub Monowid as Inanna's lover, Dumuzi. Sebastian Szumski, Bartłomiej Misiuda and Szymon Kobyliński will perform as gods-fathers. They will be accompanied by the Katowice Camerata Silesia Singers' Ensemble (prepared by Anna Szostak-Myrczek) and the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy under the direction of Marek Moś.

More information at: http://www.auksodrone.com/