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Katowice | Eco Concert – premiere of Zygmunt Krauze's "Exordium"


On 18 September 2020 at the Silesian Philharmonic baritone Jarosław Bręk and the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Yaroslav Shemet will premiere a new work by Zygmunt Krauze.

In Exordium for baritone and symphony orchestra Zygmunt Krauze, one of the most important artists of his generation, once again provokes a discussion on an important topic. This time, the composer combines fragments of the Preamble to the Constitution of the Republic of Poland with performative elements characteristic of his work. The piece was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance.

The concert will also feature Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major, known as the "Pastoral Symphony", and Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Mińsk Mazowiecki | Musical Meetings with the poetry of John Paul II

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The second concert in the series "Musical meetings with the poetry of John Paul II" on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Pope's birth will be held on 18 September 2020 at 5.00 p.m. on the open-air stage of the Municipal Public Library in Mińsk Mazowiecki on Kiliński Square.

The concert series is organised by the 'Czas Sztuki' Foundation, which focuses its activities on organising free concerts in picturesque rural towns, in historical churches and cultural institutions in the Mińsk district in the Mrozy commune, where the Foundation is based. The members of the Foundation are musicians of The Time Quartet. The quartet is made up of graduates of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. During several years of artistic work, the ensemble has performed over 350 concerts in Poland and abroad, and has collaborated with many outstanding ensembles and artists, including Andrzej Jagodziński Trio, Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, Grzech Piotrowski World Orchestra, 'Mazowsze' Folk Song and Dance Ensemble and Trifonidis Downtown Sextet. The quartet's musicians are the founders of the Melanidis Orchestra studio orchestra, with which they recorded music for six Polish and foreign films.

During the upcoming concert we will hear selected poems by Pope John Paul II recited by the famous actor Aleksy Komorowski and compositions by Antonio Vivaldi, Claude Debussy and Camille Saint-Saens performed by The Time Quartet.

Admission to the concert is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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"Lost Treasures" – concerts of forgotten works by Polish composers

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Concerts of forgotten works by Polish composers entitled "Lost Treasures" will take place in Lublin, Kazimierz Dolny and Radom on 18, 19 and 20 September 2020.

We will hear forgotten works by Polish composers, both well-known and those who are not remembered today. "Lost Treasures" is an international music project initiated by Joanna Okoń (violin), Anna Wróbel (cello) and Elena Zhukova (piano), which is an extension of the "Polish Landscapes" programme presented in 2018 and 2019, among others as part of the INVITATION Festival in New York at Carnegie Hall and at Shanghai East China Normal University. Joanna Okoń, the author of the project, recalls the memory of forgotten Polish composers of the second half of the 19th and 20th centuries and works that turned out to be true discoveries and forgotten gems of Polish chamber music.

The trio's concerts will take place at the Henryk Wieniawski Philharmonic in Lublin, in the Former Synagogue in Kazimierz Dolny and in the Concert Hall of the City Hall of Radom. The programme will feature works by Franz Godebski, Karol Kątski, Rachel Knobler, Feliks Nowowiejski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Ludomir Różycki, Marian Sawa, Karol Skarżyński, Antoni Stolpe, Paula Szalit, Henryk Waghalter and Mieczysław Weinberg.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/narolarte 

Częstochowa | Inauguration of the 76th Artistic Season – Anniversary Concert


The Bronisław Huberman Częstochowa Philharmonic will inaugurate its 76th artistic season on 18 September 2020. The concert will also mark the culmination of the 75th anniversary of the institution, which, due to the epidemic, could not take place on the original date of 20 March 2020.

The programme of the event will include works related to both the Philharmonic itself and the city of Częstochowa. We will hear Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 22 by Henryk Wieniawski, often performed and recorded on an album by the patron of the Philharmonic, Bronisław Huberman. The solo part will be played by Mariusz Patyra – an outstanding violinist hailed as the Polish Paganini. He will be accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of the Częstochowa Philharmonic conducted by Adam Klocek, who will debut at the Philharmonic as a composer with his new piece In Paradisum, written especially for the anniversary.

The evening will begin with the symphonic poem Orawa by Wojciech Kilar, who had a special fondness for Częstochowa, often emphasized during his visits to Jasna Góra. Performed by the Collegium Cantorum Symphony Orchestra and Choir of the Częstochowa Philharmonic, as well as soloists – soprano Ewa Biegas and baritone Robert Gierlach, we will also hear the sublime Te Deum by Antonín Dvořák. The work will mark the solemn moment for the Philharmonic, as well as the city of Częstochowa.

The concert will be accompanied by a photo exhibition "20th-century concert posters of the Częstochowa Philharmonic."

More information at:https://www.filharmonia.com.pl/

5th edition of "Super Sam +1"

SSThe 5th edition of the "SuperSam + 1 series" of master performances will begin on 17 September 2020 at 8 p.m. at the SPATiF club in Warsaw.

"Super" in the title means that the programme will be based on renowned artists – masters. "Sam" (in Polish means "alone", "by himself/herself") refers to the solo performances as well as the creative loneliness. "+ 1" in the title means that each evening will be crowned with a duo performance. In most cases, the artists will meet on stage for the first time. The 2020 edition of “Supersam + 1” will present respected Polish and foreign artists whose work is original, experimental and innovative.

This year's series of concerts will be inaugurated by Magda Mayas and Jędrzej Łagodziński. Magda Mayas is a pianist, composer and performer based in Berlin. Over the past 20 years she has developed a music vocabulary usining amplified and prepared piano as well as objects that become extensions of the instrument itself. Mayas explores textural and linear sound collages. Saxophonist and composer Jędrzej Łagodziński is a graduated of the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen. He combines the wildness and rawness of improvisational exploration with melody and harmony. In 2016 he co-founded an independent label Love & Beauty Music. As an actor and musician he co-creates an avant-garde multidisciplinary project called Troubadours 21.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://supersam.mozg.pl/ 

Poznań | "Contemporary chamber miniature in the times of pandemic. First performances": Michał Janocha

FabianskaA presentation of new work by Michał Janocha in the series “Contemporary chamber miniature in the times of pandemic. First performances” will take place on 17 September 2020 at 12.00 p.m. on the Academy of Music in Poznań's websiteFacebook profile and YouTube channel.

As Michał Janocha, PhD points out, "The piece gives the opportunity to present in a small form a wide range of colors and articulations of a string instrument. Mikstury skontrastowane [Contrasted Mixtures] were created in two versions: for solo viola and solo violin. The version for solo violin was prepared for Mateusz Gidaszewski ”. Mateusz Gidaszewski, a member and soloist of the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of the Polish Radio and lecturer of the Academy of Music in Poznań, will premiere the work on 17 September.

The series “Contemporary chamber miniature in the times of pandemic. First performances ” presents premieres of works by composers associated with the Academy of Music in Poznań. On subsequent Thursdays we will hear miniatures composed by the Academy's teachers: Prof. Artur Kroschel (24 September), and Prof. Zbigniew Kozub (1 October) – the cycle will end on the International Music Day.

Link to the online premiere: https://youtu.be/fZ6QC_4jmXQ 

Jan Krenz has died...


Maestro Jan Krenz, an outstanding conductor and composer, honorary member of the Polish Composers' Union, died on 15 September 2020 at the age of 94.

Jan Krenz was a student of Zbigniew Drzewiecki (piano), Kazimierz Sikorski (composition) and Kazimierz Wiłkomirski (conducting). In 1947-49 he worked at the Poznań Philharmonic. In 1949 he became associated with the Polish Radio Grand Symphony Orchestra (WOSPR) in Katowice, in which he worked till 1951 under Grzegorz Fitelberg. After the latter's death in 1953, he became the pincipal conductor and director of the orchestra. In 1968-73 he was the artistic director of the Grand Theatre in Warsaw. Simultaneously, he conducted the Danmarks Radio Orchestra in Kopenhagen, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, as well as appearing as a guest conductor with such orchestras as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, Leningrad Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. In 1979-82 he held the post of Generalmusikdirektor of the City of Bonn, where he conducted the Beethovenhalle orchestra. In 1983-85 he was associated with the Dutch Radio in Hilversum. In 2005-2008 he was the artistic director and first conductor of the Kraków Philharmonic.

He regularly participated in the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music (receiving twice – in 1969 and 1974 – the "Orpheus" award for performances of Polish music) as well as festivals in Edinburgh, Bergen, Prague, Montreux, Osaka and Vienna.

Jan Krenz received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Gold Cross of Merit (1952), State Award, 2nd Class (1955), The Music Award of the City of Katowice (1957), the Award of the Polish Composers' Union (twice: in 1968 and 1996), State Award, 1st Class (1972), the "Diamond Baton" Award for the 70th anniversary of the Polish Radio (1995), Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, Gold Medal for Merit to Culture "Gloria Artis" (2005) and numerous international awards for his records.

"New Sounds" Original Vlog on Avant-Garde Performance Techniques

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Original vlog for composers and performers of contemporary music "Nowe Brzmienia" ["New Sounds"] @ModernViola consists of seven full presentations with discussions and examples of new performance techniques of contemporary classical music presented on the viola and relevant to the whole group of string instruments.

The aim of the vlog is to supplement the practical knowledge of the adepts of musical art, which so far required personal consultations between composers and performers. The original vlog was prepared by Aleksandra Demowska-Madejska, doctor of musical arts, member of the Hashtag Ensemble.

Each presentation/lecture is divided into two parts: addressed to composers and to performers (violinists, violists and cellists). It contains a review of the most up-to-date music notation types and performace techniques of the 21st-century music. The examples come from works by Polish composers, including artists of the young generation.

The project is carried out as part of the "Culture on the network" scholarship programme of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.

New lectures will be posted every Thursday from 17 September to 29 October 2020 on the YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/aleksandrademowskamadejska 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Polish Viola Symposium online – free workshops!


The "Zdolni do wszystego" Artists' Association invites you to participate in the Polish Viola Symposium on 1-7 October 2020. Young musicians will have an opportunity to meet online with world-renowned violinists as well as gain inspiration and knowledge for their future creative projects.

Free workshops will be conducted by such famous artists as Paul Neubauer (The Juilliard School, USA), Maxim Rysanov (Great Britain / Ukraine), Isabel Villanueva (La Escuela Superior de Música de Alto Rendimiento / ESMAR /, Spain), Irena Albrecht (former teacher of the Gdańsk Academy of Music), Lech Bałaban (Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz), Ewa Guzowska (Academy of Music in Poznań), Piotr Furmańczyk (graduate of Hochschule für Musik Detmold), Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf and composer Kamil Cieślik (Academy of Music in Gdańsk). Recruitment and registration are obligatory only for workshop candidates.

The programme of the project also includes lectures, talks, Q&A and a concert of participants, featuring the world premiere of a piece composed by Kamil Cieślik especially for this event.

The deadline for applications is 29 September 2020 at 11.59 p.m.

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Recruitment and registration at: https://polishviolasymposium.pl/