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Łagów Lubuski | 48th Polish Composers' Union Musicological Conference "Borders of Freedom"


The 48th Musicological Conference of the Polish Composers' Union "Borders of Freedom" will take place on 5-7 September 2019 in Łagów Lubuski ("Leśnik" Recreation Centre, 10 Bolesława Chrobrego St.).

The infamous congress of composers and music critics in Łagów Lubuski, during which representatives of the power apparatus imposed the socialist realism doctrine on Polish artists, took place in 1949. It was not the first meeting of the communist authorities with the artists' circles: earlier there were conventions of writers (in Szczecin), artists (in Nieborów), theater people (in Obory) and architects (in Warsaw). The Łagów events received wide coverage among Polish composers and musicologists. The reactions varied, ranging from moral dilemmas related to attempts to adapt to the new situation to dramatic decisions about emigration.

After 70 years, it is worth returning to Łagów – the place where you can still hear the faint echoes of the events of 1949, to think about matters related to the relationship between music and power, music and freedom, abstract form and mimetic content of the art of sounds. In this historic place, scholars will discuss problems regarding the borders of freedom in music. The presentations will concern both detailed issues related to the consequences of socialist realist pressure or the Cold War division of Europe, as well as much wider dimensions of the relationship between artistic freedom and its conditions in the context of the entire history of music.

The organizers of the event are: Musicologists' Section of the Polish Composers' Union; Branch Office of Historical Research, Institute of National Remembrance in Poznań; Institute of Music of the University of Zielona Góra. The conferene's partner is ZAiKS Association of Authors.

DOWNLOAD: Conference Programme

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Polanica-Zdrój | 28th International Concerts of Organ and Chamber Music


Organist Lucas Chorosinski (Canada) and flautist Mark Fülep (Hungary) will perform on 5 September 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Polanica-Zdrój as part of the 28th International Concerts of Organ and Chamber Music.

International Concerts of Organ and Chamber Music in Polanica-Zdrój is a festival presenting great works of classical and contemporary music performed by renowned artists from Poland and abroad. In addition to important artistic goals, the concerts play a significant educational role through lectures on the history of music as well as socio-cultural role by cultivating the centuries-old tradition of concertising in the Lower Silesian temples, raising the cultural and tourist attractiveness of the region and promoting Polish musical culture among tourists from abroad.

The programme of this year's edition of the Festival will include works by outstanding organ music composers (J.S. Bach, F. Mendelsohn-Bartholdy, J. Pachelbel, G.F. Handel et al.) as well as organ transcriptions of classical and contemporary instrumental music.The upcoming concert will feature Lucas Chorosinski – titular organist and music director at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria in St. Catharines (Ontario) and lecturer at Brock University in St. Catharines, and Márk Fülep – graduate of the F. Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, concert flautist who plays a 14-carat gold flute purchased by the Hungarian government. The programme will include works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Anton Stamitz and Eugène Gigout.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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2nd "Mazovian musical meetings without barriers"

Mazowieckie muzyczne spotkania

The final concerts of the second series of "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" will take place on 5 September 2019 at 6 p.m. at the historic House of Creative Work "Reymontówka" in Chlewiska andon 8 September 2019 at 12 p.m. at the Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Seroczyn.

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation runs a series of concerts of classical and jazz music entitled "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers". The events take place in very small towns in the Minsk, Szydłowiec and Siedlce counties, where residents do not have access to cultural goods.

During the concert in Chlewiska, excellent mezzo-soprano Magdalena Cornelius will perform in the company of accordionist Maciej Zimka. The repertoire will include the most beautiful songs by Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Mieczysław Karłowicz, and Pyotr Tchaikovsky. In Seroczyn, organists Zuzanna and Maciej Bator will perform pieces for four hands and four legs by such composers as Johann Sebastian Bach, Correa de Arrauxo, Bert Matter, Hieronymus Praetorius and Franz Tunder.

The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund. Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/Mazowieckie-Muzyczne-Spotkania-bez-Barier-2242077129152441/ 

Poznań | Concert of Graduates of the Vocal and Acting Department of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań

AM Poznań

A concert of graduates of the Vocal and Acting Department of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań will be held on 6 September 2019 at 7 p.m. in Aula Nova.

Katarzyna Wietrzna – soprano (from the vocal class of Prof. Iwona Kowalkowska), Dominika Dobrolińska – soprano (from the vocal class of Prof. Barbara Mądra-Bednarek) and Natalia Pyzhianova – alto (from the vocal class of Prof. Marek Moździerz) will perform together with the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra. A concert of students with a professional orchestra is the first moment in their artistic careers when the instrumentalists, conductors and composers have a chance to work with a large orchestral group. For many years, Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music cooperates in this project with Tadeusz Szeligowski Poznań Philharmonic, and the effect of this cooperation is the September concert with students of symphony conducting: Łukasz Ksobiraj (the class of dr Przemysław Neumann) and Marta Kaca (the class of dr José Maria Florêncio).

The musicians will perform arias and duets from the operas of W. A. ​​Mozart, G. Puccini, G. Verdi, G. Rossini, J. Offenbach, F. Cilei, as well as The Fairy Tale concert overture by Stanisław Moniuszko and the Romeo and Juliet fantasy-ouverture by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. In addition, the concert programme will include the premiere of Perun's Lament for symphony orchestra by Mateusz Matyska, a graduate student from the composition class of Prof. Monika Kędziora.

More information at: https://amuz.edu.pl/event/koncert-dyplomantow-akademii-muzycznej-im-i-j-paderewskiego-w-poznaniu-2/ 

12 minutes for Moniuszko – results of the first stage of the competition


Polish Composers' Union and Grand Theatre – Polish National Opera as the Organizers of Stanisław Moniuszko International Composers' Competition for a micro opera 12 minutes for Moniuszko, announce the results of the first stage of the Competition.

On 31 August 2019, the Jury of the Competition composed of: Krzysztof Penderecki – honorary chairman of the Jury, Waldemar Dąbrowski – director of the Grand Theater – National Opera, Zygmunt Krauze – composer, chairman of the jury, Ryszard Daniel Golianek – musicologist, Jerzy Kornowicz – composer, Hanna Kulenty – composer, Janusz Wiśniewski – opera director, Jerzy Wołosiuk – conductor, selected the following works to the second stage of the Competition:

Poczekalnia – Hipokrates emblem (Ignacy Zalewski);

2001 – POPPEA emblem (Patricia Elizabeth Martínez);

Maska – 211289 emblem (Otto Wanke);

Imigrant – czado2001 emblem (Tomasz Szczepanik);

Szumią, 36o – ilriverso8o emblem (Paweł Siek);

Klon – oksuinom-klon emblem (Estera Wityńska).

The organizers warmly congratulate the winners of the first stage, and thank all participants for their commitment.

The Evening of Premieres: public performance of the works qualified for the second stage, followed by the results announcement and awarding ceremony, will take place on 14 December 2019 in the Emil Młynarski Chamber Hall of the Grand Theater – Polish National Opera.

Jan Kulma has passed away

Kulma Jan

Jan Kuma (b. 1922) – outstanding theater and television director, musician, philosopher and writer; Home Army soldier, participant in the Warsaw Uprising; husband of the poet Joanna Kulmowa, co-founder of the Warsaw Chamber Opera has passed away on 30 August 2019.

During the Warsaw Uprising, Jan Kulma belonged to the platoon 125 of the second company of Captain Tadeusz Bartoszek "Cegielski". He took part in the battles for the Botanical Garden and the Gestapo building at Szucha Avenue. After the war, he studied at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University In Krakow. He was the artistic director at the national board of the Puppet Theatres (in the Board of Theatres, Operas and Philharmonics). He and his wife hosted many representatives of the artistic community at their house in Strumiany, and during the martial law they sheltered the "renovation team" – a group of oppositionists in hiding. Jan Kulma cooperated with Solidarity leaders (from Szczecin and other cities). He earned a living by working in churches as an organist, children's choir conductor and head of the vocal and theater group, who regularly performed also in the Vatican, at the invitation of John Paul II.

After 1989 Jan Kulma moved to Warsaw. As a director, he cooperated with theatres in various cities in Poland. He directed over 20 theater and opera plays, including Lucifer's Palace by Karol Kurpiński (Stanisław Moniuszko Opera in Poznań), Karmaniola or from Sas to Las by Stanisław Moniuszko, Charlatan by Karol Kurpiński and In medio vero omnium residet by Jerzy Maksymiuk (Warsaw Chamber Opera).

Chlewiska | Virtuosity of music for violin and piano

Mazowieckie Muzyczne spotkania bez barier

The third concert of the second edition of the "Mazovian musical meetings without barriers" series will take place on 1 September 2019 at 2 p.m. at the House of Creative Work "Reymontówka" in Chlewiska.

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation runs a series of concerts of classical and jazz music entitled "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers". The events take place in very small towns in the Minsk, Szydłowiec and Siedlce counties, where residents do not have access to cultural goods. They are organised in churches and community centers, which are the only places available in this area, gathering most of the local community. Diverse music programme (each concert has a different repertoire) is adapted to the mentality and needs of the target group. The offer includes works by composers from various eras, including Polish ones.

The September concert will feature violinist Maksymilian Grzesiak – graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, laureate of many international competitions, founder and concertmaster of the Melanidis chamber orchestra, and pianist Aleksandra Dallala. The repertoire will include the most beautiful virtuoso compositions for violin and piano written by Henryk Wieniawski, Karol Szymanowski, Pablo Sarasate and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Admission to the event is free. Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Warsaw | War is Hell

Lidia Zielińska

A special concert commemorating the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II will take place on 1st September 2019 at 6 p.m. in Warsaw's New Theater.

The concert will include the premiere of a new version of Lidia Zielińska's composition I don't like it for ensemble, electronics and choir of young amateurs (2018/2019) and the Polish premiere of Olga Neuwirth's Maudite soit la guerre – A Film War Requiem for ensemble, electronics and film projection (2014).

Both compositions on the programme complement each other in commemorating the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War. The work by Lidia Zielińska includes sung and recited texts illustrating the process which leads to acts of aggression and wars – from gossip through hate speech. Olga Neuwirth, one of most outstanding composers of today, wrote her Maudite soit la guerre as music to the 1914 anti-war silent film of the same name by Alfred Machin (English title: War is Hell).

Performers: Chain Ensemble, Andrzej Bauer – conductor, Lidia Zielińska and Mateusz Ryczek – electronic sound projection, young amateurs prepared by Sławomir Wojciechowski and musicians from the ensemble.

More information at: http://www.nowyteatr.org/pl/event/Przekleta_koncert 

Warszawa | Sinfonia Varsovia at Grochowska Street – An Evening Farniente


Aleksander Tansman's music inspired by the Baroque and Astor Piazzolla's passionate tango – this is how you can briefly describe the repertoire of the upocoming concert from the cycle "Sinfonia Varsovia at Grochowska Street" on 30 August 2019 at 7:30 p.m. The musicians of the orchestra together with the virtuoso of the guitar Krzysztof Meisinger will bring to the listeners the blissful atmosphere of dolce far niente.

The concert will start with the works of Aleksander Tansman, who made a great career both in France and in the United States, earning the name of a Hollywood composer (in 1945 his music was nominated for an Oscar). The afternoon at Grochowska will start with Variations on the theme of Frescobaldi with neo-baroque sounds and clear inspirations of the Italian composer whose name appears in the title. Then we will listen to Musique de cour for guitar and chamber orchestra – a collection of dances inspired by court music, specifically by musical themes written by French lute player and guitarist Robert de Visée. The soloist and conductor of the concert – Krzysztof Meisinger – will show his virtuosity in this piece.

After the intermission the soloist and orchestra will present works by Astor Piazzolla – not only the most famous ones, such as Libertango and Milonga del Angel, but also the nostalgic Soledad and Concierto para Quinteto. Krzysztof Meisinger has repeatedly proven his great skills in peforming music of this Argentinian composer, with ASTOR album recorded in 2015 with Sinfonia Varsovia being one example. It is thanks to the composer that a separate form of tango nuevo has developed, combining elements of classical music and jazz. The characteristic sound of Piazzolla's works is the best showcase of this type of music – intimate, contrasting, full of passion. This will also be the atmosphere of the Friday concert at Sinfonia Varsovia.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.sinfoniavarsovia.org