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Lisbon | With Polish music from the Baltic to the Atlantic


Only two days before the National Independence Day, on 9 November 2019, the O'culto da Ajuda in Lisbon will host a concert organised by the Polish Composers' Union in cooperation with the centre for creation, development and promotion of contemporary music Miso Music Portugal, celebrating the centenary of the recognition of Polish independence by Portugal.

2019 marks the hundredth anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and countries around the world. On this occasion the Polish Composers’ Union with its partners abroad organises concerts of Polish music as part of the project "With Polish Music from the Baltic to the Atlantic". In July works by Polish composers were performed during the Glasperlenspiel Music Festival 2019 in Tallinn; in November Polish compositions will be presented in the capital of Portugal.

The Portuguese edition of the project will feature a chamber ensemble specialising in contemporary music – Sond'Ar-te Electric Ensemble under the direction of Pedro Neves. The concert will take place at the O'culto da Ajuda art music centre, a venue run by Miso Music Portugal since 2014, dedicated to experimentation in the field of music and its relation to other arts. We will listen to Midsummer (1979) for clarinet, piano, cello and electronics by Włodzimierz Kotoński – the father of Polish electronic music. The composition, which is a part of the cycle dedicated to the four seasons, was premiered in Poland in 1980 during the "Warsaw Autumn" festival. The programme will also include -onym (2011) by Wojtek Blecharz – the composer's first work for live electronics, Grocery Store Music # 5 (2018) by Piotr Peszat – premiered last year by the Hashtag Ensemble during the "Independent Polish Music" conference, and PRIMORDIUM: Encephalon by Karol Nepelski – the second in a planned cycle of several works devoted to the quest for various form of primordiality and origins in music. The evening will end with the world premiere of the work commissioned by the Sond'Ar-te Electric Ensemble – Open Enclosure for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and electronics by the Portuguese composer João Madureira.

The project "With Polish music from the Baltic to the Atlantic" is realized by the Polish Composers’ Union as part of the "Promotion of Polish culture abroad" programme. The events are co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund.

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Poznań | 3rd Tromboholizm – Poznań Trombone Music Festival


"Tromboholism – Poznań Trombone Music Festival" – a unique event on the map of Poznań, which brings together trombone players from all over Poland and Europe – will be held on 9-10 November 2019.

The project is organized by the Sepia Ensemble Association, and co-organized by the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznań. The festival will feature concerts, lectures and master classes led by famous trombone players from around the world. This year's guests will be: Thomas Leyendecker (Berliner Philharmoniker, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig), György Gyivicsan (F. Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest), Tomasz Hajda (NOSPR in Katowice, K. Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław), Grzegorz Nagorski (Academy of Music in Kraków) and Maciej Łakomy (I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań).

The third edition of the Festival we feature a concert of the combined trombone classes of the music academies in Leipzig, Budapest, Wrocław, Szczecin and Poznań, a jazz concert of the Nagorski / Banyś ensemble and a concert of this year's lecturers. The programme will include works for trombone by composers from around the world, including Polish ones: Sonata by Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, For Joseph and My Master by Piotr Banyś. The inauguration concert will premiere Sol - solo Dio! by Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Assistant Professor at the I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań.

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Zielona Góra | Polish Music Concert on the National Independence Day


On 8 November 2019 at 7 p.m. the Tadeusz Baird Zielona Góra Philharmonic will host a concert of Polish music on the occasion of the National Independence Day. The works of Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Witold Lutosławski and Krzesimir Dębski will be performed by the Zielona Góra Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and pianist Piotr Banasik under the baton of Maestro Czesław Grabowski.

On the occasion of the National Independence Day, the musicians will perform a programme composed entirely of Polish works: a romantic overture to the opera Paria by Stanisław Moniuszko, a virtuoso-national Fantasy on Polish themes in A major by Fryderyk Chopin, a spectacular paraphrase of the world famous Capriccio in A minor by Niccolò Paganini in Witold Lutosławski's transcription as well as his Variations on a Theme by Paganini, and the In Desert and Wilderness film music suite by Krzesimir Dębski, composed of music written for the adaptation of one of the most popular children's novels by Henryk Sienkiewicz.

Information on tickets at: http://filharmoniazg.pl/ 

Poznań | Stained Glass of Time – premiere of Janusz Stalmierski's concerto


The world premiere of the Piano Concerto 'Stained Glass of Time' ('Witraż czasu') by Prof. Janusz Stalmierski, Rector of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music, will take place on 8 November 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Hall of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. The solo part in the piece composed to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Poznań Music Academy will be performed by Prof. Joanna Marcinkowska.

Just as the sun coming through the stained glass window makes the dark interior full of colors, so the personalities of outstanding graduates and teachers give the character and splendor to  their Alma Mater. For its hundredth birthday, the Igancy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music will receive a unique concert gift from the Poznań Philharmonic and artists associated with the Academy.

The musicians of the Poznań Philharmonic under the baton of Jakub Chrenowicz will premiere Prof. Janusz Stalmierski's Piano Concerto 'Stained Glass of Time', composed especially for this occasion. The programme will also include compositions by Franz Xaver Scharwenka – Overture to the Mataswinth opera, Roman Palester – Wedding Dances from the ballet The Song of the Earth, and Alexander Tansman – Symphony No. 3 for the violin, viola, cello, piano and orchestra.

The list of performers includes: Joanna Marcinkowska – piano, Marcin Suszycki – violin, Dominik Dębski – viola, Józef Czarnecki – cello, Michał Francuz – piano, Jakub Chrenowicz – conductor, Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra, Mikołaj Rykowski – host of the evening.

The concert is held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performances of Polish music.

More information athttps://amuz.edu.pl/

Warsaw | 5th Kwadrofonik Festival


The fifth edition of the Kwadrofonik Festival will take place on 7-21 November 2019 in Warsaw.

Light and sound – these are two forces of nature affecting our senses. In a capacious and tolerant art universe, light and sound have the right to meet. Looking, seeing, perceiving, shading, interpreting the light, its meaning and colors – both by directors, composers and invited musicians – will be the theme of this year's edition of the Kwadrofonik Festival. Black and white Buster Keaton's silent film with unusual sounds of percussion instruments in the score performed by the Pękala / Kordylasińska / Pękala duo, two black pianos from which pianists of the Lutosławski Piano Duo will bring out all shades of French Impressionist masterpieces – from white to black, or the songs of the blind singer Moondog in the intimate interpretation by Natalia Przybysz, Raphael Roginski and Širom – these are the proposals of the upcoming edition of the Festival.

Th Warsaw premiere of Urlicht for keyboard instruments and percussion written by the Kwadrofonik members will take place on 21 November at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. This new project is a musical interpretation of the phenomenon of light: not only as a physical force, but also as pure energy that has existed since the very beginning of the universe. In the Urlicht project Kwadrofonik creates a form of variations based on the chorale and its counterpoint, which resound separately or enter into dialogue with each other.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available atwww.kwadrofonik.pl 

Katowice | Silesian Tribune of Composers

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The next edition of the "Silesian Composers' Tribune" festival will take place in Katowice on 4-15 November 2019.

The "Silesian Composers' Tribune" is a Katowice festival with a long, over 40-year tradition and great importance for the Silesian music culture. It aims to present the significant achievements of Silesian musicians and to familiarize the audience with the work of outstanding 20th- and 21st-century music composers. This year's edition includes diverse events taking place at the Katowice Academy of Music, the M. Karłowicz State Music School and the Academy of Fine Arts.

The inauguration concert will premiere Wojciech Stępień's chamber opera The Black Mirrow – a mystery in 12 scenes with a prologue and epilogue, which was written as part of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage "Composing Commissions" programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. On 12 November we will listen to another work created within the programme – Przemysław Szczotka's Dissociatio performed by Piotr and Agnieszka Kopińscy. The festival will also feature world premieres of works by Sonia Brauhoff, Przemysław Scheller, Piotr Ceglarek and Tomasz Bauc as well as meetings with composers and a lecture by PhD Przemysław Scheller Xenharmonia – irregular temperaments on systems that go beyond the commonly used twelve-tone equal temperament.

Free admission to all events!

More information at the Festival's Facebook Profile.

Kraków | Conference dedicated to Mieczysław Weinberg


The international conference dedicated to Mieczysław Weinberg on the 100th death anniversary will take place on 7-10 November 2019 at the Academy of Music in Kraków.

The event is organized by the Violin and Viola Department. The conference will be attended by PhD Beata Bolesławska (Polish Academy of Sciences), PhD Maria Sławek (Academy of Music in Kraków), and music critic Dorota Szwarcman. The speakers will discuss the relationships between music and power, the work of composers in exile and will new research on Polish musicians of Jewish origin.

The works of Mieczysław Weinberg, Andrzej Panufnik, Ryszard Sielicki and Grażyna Bacewicz will be presented during three concerts with the participation of world-famous musicians: Linus Roth, Wajnberg Trio (Krzeszowiec / Dobrowolski / Sałajczyk), Maria Sławek, Monika Gardoń-Preinl, Mieczysław Szlezer, Aleksandra Kuls. Linus Roth, who is a violin professor at "Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum" at the University of Augsburg, the artistic director of the 10th Leopold Mozart International Violin Competition and of the "Ibiza Concerts" international festival, in 2015 founded the International Mieczysław Weinberg. On 8 November, the professor will conduct a lecture in English.

Full programme available at: https://www.amuz.krakow.pl/event/mieczyslaw-weinberg-tworca-wobec-historii-tozsamosc-interpretacje-konteksty-konferencja-naukowa-w-100-rocznice-urodzin/ 

Toruń | Franciszek Woźniak In Memoriam


The Pomeranian Music Society invites you to the 38th Social Concert "Franciszek Woźniak In Memoriam", which will take place on the tenth anniversary of the composer's death, on 7 November 2019 at 5 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Music School Complex in Toruń.

Next to the compositions by Franciszek Woźniak – Three Miniatures (1956), Sonata (1956), Etude No. 11 from the cycle 12 Etudes for piano (1962-65), Word of Copernicus for mixed choir (1973), Symphony for percussion (1970) – the programme will feature works of his students: Sonatina for piano by Michał Zieliński, White Clouds, In my homeland to words by Czesław Miłosz for baritone and piano by Aleksandra Brejza, Sonata No. 7 for piano, part 3 by Marcin Kopczyński, Planetoid 14382 Woszczyk and Planetoid 1572 Posnania for trombone and percussion instruments by Magdalena Cynk, and Waiting for for piano and electronics by Sławomir Opaliński. The performers will be lecturers and students of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz and artists associated with the music school in Toruń.

Franciszek Woźniak (1932-2009) graduated from the State Higher School of Music in Poznań in the composition class of Tadeusz Szeligowski. He lectured at the State Higher School of Music in Gdańsk, and then in Bydgoszcz, where he organized the Composition and Theory of Music Department and the Vocal and Acting Department. In the years 1975-1981 he was the president of the Poznań Branch of the Polish Composers' Union, and in the years 1975-1990 he was a member of the Repertoire Committee of the Poznań Music Spring Festival. He was awarded, among others Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in 1999 and the Medal of the Mayor of Bydgoszcz in 2005. He was the author of articles on music theory. His compositional output includes around 100 works – orchestral, chamber, solo, vocal and instrumental, choral and stage works. His compositions were performed at national and international festivals, and were also recorded by the Polish Radio.

More information athttp://www.ptm.info.pl/

Olsztyn | Stage for Polish Music


A concert inaugurating the "Stage for Polish Music" series in Olsztyn will take place on 7 November 2019 at 7.00 p.m. at the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic, featuring Cuore Piano Trio. The event will be hosted by the director of the Institute of Music and Dance, Maxymilian Bylicki.

The Cuore Piano Trio was founded in 2017 on the initiative of students of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Zuzanna Budzyńska (violin) studies in the class of Prof. Andrzej Gębski, Jadwiga Roguska (cello) – in the class of Prof. Tomasz Strahl and Mateusz Szmyt, while Szymon Ogryzek (piano) – in the class of Prof. Joanna Ławrynowicz-Just. As an ensemble, the musicians are trained in the chamber music class of Prof. Krystyna Makowska-Ławrynowicz. The trio has won several international chamber competitions, including in Singapore (2019), Athens and Bydgoszcz (2018). The Cuore Piano Trio participates in the programme of the Institute of Music and Dance "Stage for Polish Music", thanks to which in the 2019/2020 artistic season it will perform three recitals – at the National Philharmonic, Świętokrzyska Philharmonic and Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic.

The programme of the upcoming concert will include Three Polonaises, Op. 9 by Karol Lipiński arranged for violin and piano by Piotr Wróbel, as well as compositions by Franciszek Lessel – Trio in E major, Op. 5 for violin, cello and piano, Artur Malawski – Piano Trio, and Ludomir Różycki – Rhapsody, Op. 33 for piano, violin and cello.

More information athttps://filharmonia.olsztyn.pl/