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Katowice | Premiere of Witold Friemann's "Concerto for flute and orchestra"


The first performance of the reconstructed Concerto for flute and orchestra by Witold Friemann will take place on 20 December 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice.

The evening will begin with the overture to the opera Kalmora by Karol Kurpiński. Then Łukasz Długosz, who constantly promotes Polish culture around the world and actively participates in discovering new and forgotten works by Polish composers, will perform Witold Fiemann's Concerto for flute and orchestra. The manuscript of the work was found by the composer's family who asked Łukasz Długosz to prepare the premiere of the piece. After this extraordinary experience, Silesian philharmonics will perform fragments of the ballet The Nutcracker, Op. 71 by Piotr Tchaikovsky. 

The concert will be conducted by Hobart Earle, an American conductor born in Venezuela, appreciated for promoting works by Slavic composers in excellent interpretations. Currently, the maestro is the music director and first conductor of the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu 

Warsaw | Szymanowski, Lutosławski and Zubel


On the weekend before Christmas, 20 December 2019 at 7 p.m., the Warsaw Philharmonic invites music aficionados to spend a Franco-Polish evening at the Philharmonic with Agata Zubel as a soloist.

The first part of the concert will be devoted to George Bizet’s Symphony in C Major. Written while Bizet was still a teenager, the work abounds in youthful verve and melodic invention. When he penned the piece, it was still difficult for the future author of Carmen to free himself from the influence of his master Charles Gounod, and hence of its classical character. Perhaps Bizet was aware of this fact and therefore did not think much of his Symphony. The score had to wait for almost eighty years before finally seeing the light of day in the 1930s.

The works designed to put us in a Christmas mood will be Karol Szymanowski’s intent Litany to the Virgin Mary and a selection of the most exquisite Polish carols arranged by Witold Lutosławski. Both works, despite representing completely different musical idioms, convey a particular simplicity and refinement. It is also worth adding that Lutosławski did not create merely functional arrangements of popular Christmas songs. By employing his typical composing techniques, he treated well-known carols in quite an original way, thereby bestowing upon them a fresh formula.

The works will be performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra and the National Philharmonic Women's Choir conducted by Ludovic Morlot.

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

Piotr Maculewicz

More information athttp://www.filharmonia.pl/ 

Warsaw | Final Concert of the XII National Purchase of New and Used Sounds "Free Space"

Skup dzwiekow

Programme 2 of Polish Radio and Polish Society for Contemporary Music invite you on 20 December 2019 at 7:30 p.m. to the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio for the final concert of the XII National Purchase of New and Used Sounds "Free Space".

The aim of the workshops, which started on 14 December, is to inspire participants to their own individual creative expression, acquire the ability to interact creatively in a group, familiarize themselves with various aspects of contemporary music and teachers' creative strategies, and work together to prepare a composition and experience the stage performance. This year's workshops slogan is "Free space".

The workshops are conducted by experienced musicians, composers and improvisers of the Mud Cavaliers group: Jerzy Kornowicz – artistic manager of the workshops, Krzysztof Knittel, Ryszard Latecki, Mieczysław Litwiński, Tadeusz Sudnik, and Tadeusz Wielecki. The lecturers together with workshop participants will take part in the final concert, presenting the work created during the workshops.

Admission to the event is free!

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Gorzów | Winter concert – premiere of Ryszard Żołędziewski's "Tigran 2"


A winter concert will take place on 20  December 2019 at 7.00 at the Gorzów Philharmonic. As befits the Christmas season, the programme will present a full range of colors and moods: from baroque "madness", through compositions with a saxophone in the lead role and music from the ballet story of the clever Pulcinelli, to the most beautiful Polish carols.

Concerto Grosso, Op. 5 No. 12 (1729) by Francesco Geminiani is the arrangement of his teacher's, Arcangelo Corelli, violin sonata. By using a baroque form of variations called la follia (madness), where each subsequent variation is technically more difficult, and by adding a beautiful part of second violins, Geminiani created a brilliant set of contrasting solo and tutti dialogues.

The saxophone will be featured in two pieces –  Aleksander Głazunow's Saxophone Concerto (1934), in which the warm, cantilena melody and virtuoso elements highlight the extensive possibilities of one of the youngest wind instruments, and Ryszard Żołędziewski's Tigran 2 (2019), which will receive its first performance. The programme will also include Igor Stravinsky's suite from the ballet Pulcinella (1920), inspired by the convention of commedia dell’arte.

The pieces will be presented by the Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir and the orchestra of the Tadeusz Szeligowski Primary and Secondary Music School under the direction of Jacek Kraszewski. The composer and saxophonist Ryszard Żołędziewski will perform as a soloist.

More information at: https://www.filharmoniagorzowska.pl/pl/calendar/event/1633/2019-12-20/19:00 

Kielce | Stage for Polish Music


On 17 December 2019 at 6.30 p.m. the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic will host a chamber concert as part of the Institute of Music and Dance programme "Stage for Polish Music".

"Stage for Polish Music" is a new programme of the Institute of Music and Dance for Polish musicians, implemented in cooperation with the National Philharmonic and artistic institutions in the country. Programmes composed of Polish works selected in the competition procedure are presented in the National Philharmonic Chamber Hall and repeated in other cities in Poland, including Kielce.

The repertoire of the upcoming concert includes 20th-century Polish vocal lyrics performed by the duo: soprano Joanna Freszel and pianist Łukasz Chrzęszczyk. Fragments of three opuses by Karol Szymanowski will be juxtaposed with the song cycles by Jerzy Lefeld, Zygmunt Mycielski and Szymon Laks, as well as a selection of songs by this year's jubilarian – Grażyna Bacewicz. The key to this programme lies in diversity, both in the sphere of sound and word. The artists recorded many of these songs on the album Śpiewnik polski, released by Orphée Classics.

Full programme available athttp://filharmonia.kielce.pl/press/press_17.12.19.html 

Warsaw | Kwartludium, robots, Arduino and game over

Nowy Teatr

The Kwartludium ensemble will ask questions about the future of music in the age of technology during an interactive workshop and concert, which will take place on 16 December 2019 at New Theatre in Warsaw.

Contemporary composers, a musical group and individual, interactive objects which everyone can build. How to programme the process of composing music? How can the audience influence the end of a musical composition? Can a robot replace a violinist? Before the concert, at 6:30 pm, Dagna Sadkowska will conduct an interactive workshop for adults and youth from the age of 13. The violinist will also present the possibilities of Arduino.

The concert will start at 8:00 p.m., featuring Kwartludium – an excellent ensemble specializing in contemporary music performance. The programme will include will Doppelganger for 4 instruments, electric mechanisms and electronics by Rafał Ryterski, Bulb for double bass clarinet, piano, percussion, amplified violin, electronic layer with video, live electronics and lighting by Teonika Rożynek, and Deaphone for violin, piano, bass clarinet, percussion instruments and VR performance by Jan Duszyński. The composition were created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://nowyteatr.org/pl/kalendarz/kwartludium-roboty-arduino-i-game-over 

Warsaw | International Organ Concerts Cycle: Michał Markuszewski

Michal Markuszewski

The Evangelical-Reformed Parish in Warsaw invites you to the final concert of the year-round cycle of organ recitals on the historic organ built by the Schlag und Söhne company in 1900, which will take place on 15 December 2019 at 7.00 p.m.

The historic instrument, restored years ago, is used not only during the Sunday liturgy. You can also admire its wonderful, beautiful and warm sound during organ recitals. Prominent musicians from six European countries took part in the tenth jubilee edition: Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Greece, Italy and Poland. Their recitals include masterpieces of organ music, works by Western European composers and Polish artists, among others compositions by Mieczysław Surzyński.

The final concert will be performed by the festival's artistic director, Michał Markuszewski, PhD, Habil. The programme will be filled with improvised music inspired by a classic of silent cinema – Nosferatu (1922) directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau.

Admission to the concert is free (the church is heated).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.festiwal.reformowani.pl 

Wrocław | Journey to Scotland


Travels have often been an important source of inspiration for composers, including Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Karol Szymanowski and Michał Ziółkowski. We will listen to their works during the concert on 15 December 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the National Forum of Music in the interpretation of the Karol Lipiński Academic of Music Symphony Orchestra in Wrocław under the direction of Wojciech Rodek.

Travels have often been an important source of inspiration for composers. Felix Mendelssohn first visited Great Britain in 1829. His visit to Staffa Island resulted in the creation of a concert overture of The Hebrides, while the view of The Ruins of Holyrood Chapel inspired him to start working on a symphony that went down in history as “Scottish”.

Karol Szymanowski’s Symphony No. 4 was written in just four months, from March to June 1932. The composer could not decide whether to write a piano concerto or a symphony, which is why he finally decided to create a symphony with a solo piano part. He adapted the technical difficulties to his own performance capabilities, and in one of his letters he described the composition as a “first-class trick”. The work is accessible to the audience, cheerful and attractive. This is due to the singing, charming melody and the skilful combination of the piano part with the shimmering orchestra.

This evening we will also hear the Black Swan by Michał Ziółkowski, a composer of the young generation, student of Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil.

More information at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/7758 

Łódź | The Signs of Time


The interdisciplinary artistic project The Signs of Time – a combination of organ music, choreography, live-electronics, literary text and lighting installation, will be presented at the Łódź Philharmonic on 15 December 2019 at 5 p.m. 

The event is a joint venture of pedagogues and students of the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Music Academy in Łódź and Musikhochschule Lübeck, whose cooperation was initiated in 2018 thanks to a similar project implemented in the Church of St. Jacob in Lubeck thanks to the patronage of Stiftung zum 7. Dezember 1970. The concept of the event scheduled for 15 December was prepared by professors Elżbieta Aleksandrowicz, Franz Danksagmüller and Krzysztof Urbaniak and refers directly to the history of 4 cultures coexisting in the former Łódź. The space of the concert hall of the Łódź Philharmonic will be divided into 4 spheres defined by 4 organ instruments: symphonic organs, baroque organs, organ positive and a small organ model.

The organ works, which will be presented during the evening, refere to 4 communities that make up the historic Łódź agglomeration and – more broadly – the Łódź region. The group of Polish works will include Toccata from the Organ Symphony No. 9 by Feliks Nowowiejski, who personally inaugurated in 1934 the organs of the Zgierz parish church built by the renowned company of Wacław Biernacki. Toccata by Max Drischner, composer and organist of the famous Engler organs in then Lower-Silesian Brzeg Dolny, refers to the historic Łódź organ, built, among others, by renowned Silesian organ workshops such as Schlag und Söhne, Gebrüder Walther or Rieger from Jägerndorf in the former Opavian Silesia. Hell und Dunkel by Sofia Gubaidulin will function as a free reference to Łódź's Russian past. The dramatic fate of the Jewish community of the city of Łódź will be commented on by the organ transcription of Agnus Dei from Krzysztof Penderecki's Polish Requiem.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/events/559825944562775/