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Chlewiska | 4th Musical Meetings Without Barriers: Reed Connection Concert

Czas sztukiThe Reed Connection ensemble will perform on 19 September 2021 at 3.00 p.m. at the House of Creative Work "Reymontówka" in Chlewiska near Siedlce as part of the 4th Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers.

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation was established in November 2017 and one of its main goals is to organise free artistic events for poor people from small rural towns, who are excluded from participation in cultural life. This year, thanks to funding from the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport, the "Mazovian Music Meetings without Barriers" will be held for the fourth time.

The Reed Connection trio is made up of soloists from the Zielona Góra Philharmonic: oboe player Michał Mogiła, clarinet player Jarosław Podsiadlik and bassoon player Rafał Dołęga. The programme of the concert will include masterpieces of classical music, as well as film and popular music. We will hear works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Henri Tomasi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Gershwin, Leo Delibes, Claude Debussy and Carlos Gardel.

Admission is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Toruń | "Great Composers – Great Anniversaries": In the Rhythm of Tango – Concert on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Astor Piazzolla's birth

TOSWith a concert entitled "In the Rhythm of Tango", the Toruń Symphony Orchestra returns to the long-term project "Great Composers – Great Anniversaries". The event on 19 September 2021 at 5 p.m. in the Chamber Hall of CKK Jordanki will celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of the outstanding Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. The project is also a part of the celebration of the European Funds Open Days.

"Great Composers – Great Anniversaries" is a Toruń Symphony Orchestra's project to commemorate artists who celebrate important anniversaries in 2021. It is a series of 12 events featuring symphonic and chamber concerts, recitals, a poster exhibition, film screening and a lecture.

Today, Astor Piazzolla's name is synonymous with a transformed tango, combined with elements of jazz and classical music – nuevo tango, which, instead of living in taverns, has found its place in concert halls. During the concert in Toruń, Ulla Saxophone Trio, Martyna Ciok-Rycak (vocal) and Michał Bator (drums) will perform Yo Soy from the opera Maria de Buenos Aires, Cuatro estaciones porteñas (Four Seasons of Buenos Aires), Adiós Nonino – one of the most beautiful compositions by the master of tango nuevo, dedicated to the memory of the artist's father, Vicente Piazzolla, and the famous Libertango. Different faces of nuevo tango reveal to the audience other compositions by the master of bandoneon: Oblivion and Tanti Anni Prima from the film Henry IV directed by Marco Bellocchio as well as Escualo and Fuga y misterio.

The event will take place in a hybrid form: both with the participation of the audience in the CKK Jordanki Chamber Hall, and in the form of livestreaming on the Toruń Symphony Orchestra YouTube channel. Free tickets to be collected at the CKK Jordanki ticket office.

Co-financed in the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://tos.art.pl/wydarzenia/w-rytmie-tanga 

Mińsk Mazowiecki | Mińsk County's Art Festival 2021

Czas sztukiThe fourth concert of the Mińsk County's Art Festival, organised by the "Czas Sztuki" Foundation, will take place at the Municipal Cultural Centre in Mińsk Mazowiecki on 19 September 2021 at 7.00 p.m.

The concert will feature Reed Connection, an ensemble composed of the soloists of the Zielona Góra Philharmonic: oboist Michał Mogiła, clarinetist Jarosław Podsiadlik and bassoonist Rafał Dołęga. The programme will include masterpieces of classical music, as well as film and popular music. We will hear works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Henri Tomasi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Gershwin and Leo Delibes.

The Mińsk County's Art Festival features 13 artistic events in each of the thirteen municipalities of the Mińsk County. The festival combines many fields of art: classical music concerts, educational music workshops for seniors and children, as well as music and poetry meetings commemorating outstanding Polish poets and their work. The concerts will feature excellent artists: Mateusz Szemraj, Adeb Chamoun, Olga Bończyk, Mischa Kozłowski, Agata Barwinek-Bembinow, Tango Fuerte, Reed Connection, Maciej Bator, Katarzyna Wiwer, Maksymilian Grzesiak, Katarzyna Boniecka, Rafał Łuc, The Time Quartet.

Admission to all festival events is free!

Co-financed from the budget of the Mińsk Poviat and the Mazowieckie Voivodeship. Financed by the PZU Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Warsaw | Opening of the 2021/2022 Concert Season of the Warsaw Philharmonic

FNOn 18 September 2021 at 6.00 p.m. the Warsaw Philharmonic opens a unique concert season and invites you to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the institution.

The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir under the baton of their artistic director Andrzej Boreyko will perform Krzysztof Penderecki's Lacrimosa from Polish Requiem (soloist Olga Pasiecznik), Piotr Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 (pianist Krzysztof Jabłoński) and Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 4 in G major. The Saturday's concert will be broadcast live on the Philharmonic's YouTube channel.

The opening concert will be preceded by an introductory lecture by Andrzej Sułek, Head of the Music Editorial Office of Polish Radio Channel 2 (18 September, 5 p.m.). On the occasion of the premiere of his book Dyrygowanie. Sprawa życia i śmierci [Conducting. A matter of life and death], a meeting with Antoni Wit will be held on 19 September at 5 p.m. Also, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra's newest album and its first album conducted by Andrzej Boreyko will be available to buy on site.

More informationhttp://filharmonia.pl/en/

Warsaw | PCU's Youth Circle at 64th "Warsaw Autumn" Festival of Contemporary Music

ZKPThe tradition of the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music is the Concert of the Youth Circle of the Polish Composers' Union, which is a fringe event. This year, the Youth Circle invites you to the DZiK House of Fun and Culture on 22 September at 10.30 p.m.

The concert programme includes pieces for saxophones and electronics performed by outstanding Polish saxophonists – Paweł Gusnar and Michał Knot. The artists will premiere Krzysztof Ratajski's The Stranger, Andrzej Jakuszew's Traveling in the Rain, Jerzy Fryderyk Wojciechowski's Vincent Ferrer Op. 7 and Aleksandra Chmielewska's Lucid Dreams. We will also hear Abyssus by Anna Maria Huszcza and Shipyard chant by Andrzej Karałow. The event will be streamed online. Free entry!

The Youth Circle of the Polish Composers' Union is also a co-organizer of composers' workshops at the "Warsaw Autumn" Festival, which will comprise of individual meetings with composers and open lectures on 18-24 September at the Austrian Cultural Forum. Among the lecturers will be: Elżbieta Sikora, Pierre Jodlowski, Krzysztof Knittel and Matthias Kranebitter.

More informationhttps://warszawska-jesien.art.pl/en/2021/programme/programme/22-09/concert-of-the-youth-circle 

Warsaw | "Musical Seasons" – Autumn 2021

ZKPThe Warsaw Branch of the Polish Composers' Union invites you on 20 September 2021 at 5.00 p.m. to the concert in the "Musical Seasons" series – Autumn 2021, which will take place at the Warsaw Branch of PWM Edition (8 Fredry St.).

The concert will be performed by saxophonist Cezariusz Gadzina and pianist Anna Ciborowska, who make up the virtuoso Exprezz Duo. The musicians will present Elegy by Maciej Małecki, Dialogue by Artur Cieślak, A. by Maciej Zieliński, Lapidaria Moniuszkowskie by Alicja Gronau, Impressions I by Weronika Ratusińska, Preludes by Sławomir Zamuszko, Sonata No. 2 for alto saxophone and piano by Rafał Stradomski, and 3 Sabałowe Interludes by Sławomir Czarnecki, the President of the PCU's Warsaw Branch.

The concert will culminate in the premiere of Maciej Małecki's Rhapsody for alto saxophone and piano (2021), dedicated to Anna Ciborowska and Cezariusz Gadzina – the initiator of the work. The piece was commissioned by the TAK Foundation as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme, implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Admission to the concert is free!

Rzeszów, Warsaw | Prize Winners Concerts of the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music

MKMPThe winners of the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music 2021 will perform on 18 September at 7 p.m. at the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów and on 20 September at 7 p.m. at the Warsaw Philharmonic. The 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music, carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance, is a member of the Alink-Argerich Foundation’s piano competitions network. The Competition is financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport, under the honorary auspices of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda.

Carter Johnson, a young and talented Canadian pianist has won the 2nd Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in the piano category and there has been no match for the Książek Piano Duo (Agnieszka Zahaczewska-Książek and Krzysztof Książek) in the chamber ensemble category. The second prize in the piano category has been granted to Ivan Shemchuk (Ukraine), who was also amongst the laureates of the 1st Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music back in 2019. The second prize in the chamber ensemble category has been won by Kwintofonia (Poland), a wind quintet from Warsaw. The third prizes have been respectively awarded to Michał Karol Szymanowski (Poland), in a pianist category and a duo of violinist Aleksandra Kuls and pianist Marcin Koziak (Poland) in a chamber ensembles category. Honourable mentions have been garnered to three pianists: Ruslan Kazakov (Russia), Adam Mikołaj Goździewski (Poland) and Krzysztof Kozłowski (Poland), as well as three chamber ensembles: Popko / Thieu-Quang (Poland), the Dobrowolski / Słapiński Duo (Poland) and Trio Legend (Poland).

There have also been special prizes for the best interpretations of compositions by specific composers. They have been won by Carter Johnson (performing a composition by Stanisław Moniuszko), Jakub Cetnarowski (Poland, for his interpretation of Władysław Żeleński) and Ivan Shemchuk (for his rendition of a work by Henryk Pachulski). The Popko / Thieu-Quang duo has also received a special prize for the best performance of a composition written after 1945 – 500 euros – sponsored by the Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The Jury has awarded no fewer than 38 additional prizes, most of them in the form of special concerts to be performed at prestigious philharmonic halls and at festivals in Poland and abroad.

The Award Ceremony and Prize Winners Concert will be held on 18 September at 7 p.m. The prize winners of the Competition will perform alongside the Orchestra of the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów directed by Massimiliano Caldi and Tomasz Chmiel. The Prize Winners Concert will be repeated on 20 September at 7 p.m. at the Warsaw Philharmonic.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Competition website: https://www.konkursmuzykipolskiej.pl/ 

Tickets: http://filharmonia.pl/; http://www.filharmonia.rzeszow.pl/ 

Wuppertal | Premiere of Jacek Domagała's work

DomagałaThe Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie under the direction of Marek Janowski will premiere a piece by the Polish composer Jacek Domagała on 19 September 2021 at 7.30 p.m. at the Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal.

Jacek Domagała wrote his Variationen über das Thema des 1. "Satzes des Streichquartetts" op. 131 von Ludwig van Beethoven (Variations on a Theme from the 1st Movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 131) for piano and string orchestra in 2019. The piece won the first prize at the "Beethoven - Zurück in die Zukunft" 2019 competition organised by the Verband deutscher Musikschulen (VdM). The planned concert performance of the work was postponed due to the pandemic.

The work will be premiered in Germany by the Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie youth string orchestra conducted by Marek Janowski with the pianist Lorenzo Soulès. The programme of the concert will also include: Lento assai e cantante tranquillo, Op. 135 by Ludwig van Beethoven, Konzert for Marimbaphon and Streichorchester No. 1 by Ney Rosauro and Serenade for string orchestra in E major, Op. 22 by Antonin Dvořák.

More information: https://www.wuppertal-live.de/?380612 

Warsaw | Conference: 'Warsaw Autumn' Festival – Its Role and Significance for the Musical Life of the Countries on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain (And after its Fall)

WJThe 4th conference in the 'Polish Music Abroad' series, organised by the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences, will be held on 16-17 September 2021 as part of the 64th 'Warsaw Autumn' Festival of Contemporary Music. This year, the conference will be devoted to the 'Warsaw Autumn' Festival – Its Role and Significance for the Musical Life of the Countries on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain (And after its Fall).

The aim of the fourth conference devoted to Polish music abroad is to reflect on the role and significance of the 'Warsaw Autumn' International Festival of Contemporary Music to the music and musical life of countries of both sides of the Iron Curtain – also after its fall. 'Warsaw Autumn' is not only the festival of new music, but its position has been unique from the very beginning – the festival was launched in 1956 on the wave of a political thaw and for many years it was often the only source of information about new musical trends for the musical circles in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries. At the same time, by coming to Warsaw the West had an opportunity to get to know contemporary music created in Poland and in other countries on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain.

'Warsaw Autumn' as a place where the East and the West met has been discussed on numerous occasions. Nevertheless, after all these years it is worth looking back at this unique festival – its history as well as the political and culture-creating role it has played for composers and artists both from the East and from the West. Did 'Warsaw Autumn' and the music presented at the festival leave a permanent mark on the music and cultural life of the world divided as it was by the Iron Curtain? And since its fall – how has the role of 'Warsaw Autumn' changed? What was the significance of 'Warsaw Autumn' after 1989 and what role does the festival play today, in a completely different geopolitical reality? We encourage you to watch our conference presentations and discussions about all these topics, taking into account various views and methodological perspectives.

The conference will be streamed online on FB and YT (Institute of Art channels).

Programme details: https://bit.ly/2Xt3frp