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#stayathome, let opera and ballet in!


Although the Grand Theatre – Polish National Opera remains closed, it invites you to visit the Opera Gallery. Of course, without leaving your home.

The virtual 3D tour allows you to move in place and time and visit five exhibitions that were presented during the last two seasons: Władysław Hasior, Rajmund Ziemski, Viva Moniuszko!, Zbigniew Makowski and Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Anatomy of Genius.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski was the most famous pianist of his time. He made excellent use of his extraordinary popularity and phenomenal contacts in the world of politics and finance by lobbying for the reconstruction of Poland. He later served as its first Prime Minister. As a French magazine puts it, Paderewski was a ‘double virtuoso’ – of the keyboard and of the rostrum. From the very beginning of his career he cultivated his image carefully. He had his photographs taken in the best ateliers of Warsaw, Vienna, and London. The media would marvel at his playing, paying special attention to the pianist’s expression and charisma. He appeared in commercials and gave thousands of autographs. What does it mean to ‘be a star’? According to the German musicologist Silke Borgstedt, it is not enough to compose and perform music. A star must be recognizable and awake sympathy, as well as consciously manage their image. They must be ubiquitous in the media, which not only portray, but also parody them.

At the Anatomy of Genius exhibition it will be possible to see how Paderewski’s fame originated and what allowed him to fight for Poland on the international arena so effectively. The exhibition presents the history of this great artist’s image – an artist who knew how to put his talent, intelligence and style to brilliant use. Original photos, newspapers and magazines, Paderewski’s personal items as well as numerous caricatures will allow us to trace the birth of a mass culture star, one of the first in history. A special place will be reserved for Manru, the only opera composed by Paderewski, and at the same time the only Polish opera to have been staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

The exhibition is availablte at: https://teatrwielki.pl/dzialalnosc/galeria-opera/wystawy-201819/ignacy-jan-paderewski-anatomia-geniuszu/ 

Stay at home. PR2 at NOSPR – NOSPR at PR2


From 19 March 2020, the Polish Radio Programme 2, called the largest concert hall in Poland, invites you to a special online series of concerts performed by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Thanks to the Polish Radio Programme 2 series "Stay at home. PR2 at NOSPR – NOSPR at PR2” music lovers who are deprived of the opportunity to participate in the musical life of the country can listen to the concerts of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra on the PR2 and NOSPR websites every day at 12.00 and 9.00 p.m. The initiator of the action is Małgorzata Małaszko-Stasiewicz, director of the PR2. The selection of the most interesting concerts from the extremely wide NOSPR offer was made by Jacek Hawryluk – deputy director of the PR2.

These will be mainly concerts of past seasons, in which the orchestra performed with legendary soloists and conductors in a rich, diverse repertoire (including symphonic works, solo concerts and vocal-instrumental compositions). An important place in the concert repertoire is occupied by Polish music of the 20th and 21st centuries, among others works by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski, Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Krzysztof Penderecki.

More information at: https://www.polskieradio.pl/8,Dwojka and https://nospr.org.pl/pl 

#stayathome and create!


A new unique piece of music is being created at the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice by composers from Poland and abroad. It will be dedicated to the memory of Professor Krzysztof Penderecki. Music lovers themselves will be able to decide on the final shape of the composition.

The premiere performance will take place as soon as the musicians return to the concert hall, although an online version will also be released. A group of outstanding Polish and foreign composers joined the original action, undertaking new artistic activities in the time of isolation. This group include Enjott Schneider, Mikołaj Piotr Górecki, Marcel Chyrzyński, and Paweł Mykietyn. This is not a complete list, because there will be some surprises. The innovative composition will be published by PWM Edition, which is a co-organizer of the action.

The rule is simple. Each day, two alternative fragments of a new work will be presented on the Silesian Philharmonic Facebook profile. By online voting, everyone will be able to contribute to the decision: which one will be included in the final composition. Each subsequent week will belong to a different composer.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/zostanwdomu-i-tworz/  and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/filharmonia.slaska 

"Ignacy Jan and his plan" – a new PWM publication for children about Paderewski


On 2 April 2020 we will celebrate the International Children's Book Day. To honor this cheerful occasion, PWM Edition publishes another book about a great Polish composer.

Young music lovers have already had the opportunity to read about Stanisław Moniuszko, now it's time for Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The book was written by Katarzyna Huzar-Czub (a great poet and translator), and the illustrations were created by Zosia Dzierżawska. This beautifully illustrated booklet describes the life of Ignacy Jan Paderewski. We meet the composer as a child, when he decided to become a famous musician. You will ask – why? Not for fame, not for travel, not for money, but to implement a great plan – a plan to help Poland, which at that time was not on the world map.

Thanks to the verse form and colorful illustrations, children will make friends with Ignacy and learn that faith in their own abilities is a real treasure. Who was Ignacy? Someone who said, "When you want – you can."

More information at: https://pwm.com.pl/ 

49th Polish Composers' Union Musicological Conference


The 49th Polish Composers' Union Musicological Conference „Theory of Music / Musicology here and now. Resonance of the past – Contemporary challenges" will take place on 25-27 October 2020 at the Academy of Music in Kraków.

With reference to the conference's motto, the organizers suggest the following topics: Musicology – Theory of music. The elemental dialectic?; Understanding music. The idea of ​​experiencing the work; Developing sensitivity and imagination; Music as a message; Music – word – sense ...; Paradigms, thought constructs, concepts and methods... The list of possible issues is – of course – not closed.

Paper proposals with abstracts should be submitted by 31 March 2020 (application form) to Natalia Szwab: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This time, the Musicologists' Section of the Polish Composers' Union will combine papers into three-person panels. 10 minutes will be provided for each presentation in such panel, and after three papers (30 minutes) there will be 30 minutes for discussion. The applications will be reviewed by the Programme Committee composed of: Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz, Teresa Malecka, Agnieszka Draus, Natalia Szwab and Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska.

The conference fee is: PLN 400 (full amount), PLN 300 – for the members of the Polish Composers' Union. Pensioners and non-affiliated persons are entitled to an exemption from the conference fee. The fee does not include travel and accommodation costs. The organizers provide full board, they also offer assistance in booking accommodation.

Online premiere: Aleksander Tansman's Piano Concerto No. 1


On 30 March 2020 at 9.00 p.m. the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź invites you to jointly listen to the online premiere of Piano Concerto No. 1 by Alexander Tansman performed by Julia Kociuban and the Łódź Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Paweł Przytocki.

The recording comes from the album Bacewicz. Tansman. Piano Concertos (DUX), which was nominated to the "Fryderyk 2020" Phonographic Academy award in the 'Classical music. Album of the year: concert music' category. The recording of the Alexander Tansman's concerto is a world phonographic premiere.

The history of Polish music knows many cases of instrumentalists and composers who spectacularly triumphed abroad, while collecting a number of negative or indifferent reviews in the country. This group of outstanding artists of the twentieth century undoubtedly includes Alexander Tansman – the artist who constantly won the hearts of listeners around the world (including France, the United States and Japan), while being completely marginalized in Poland. His Piano Concerto No. 1 was very well received in France.

The recording will be available on SoundCloud:https://soundcloud.com/filharmonia-lodzka

The appeal of Polish composers to Polish Radio and public broadcasters – Music lovers and Friends of music, please support us!


Jacek Ajdinović president of the Association of Polish Artists, Weronika Krówka its treasurer, and Maciej Żółtowski president of the Polish Society of Contemporary Music ask you to sign the petition to support contemporary music.

The incomes of composers and classical music performers are "inevitably" incomparably smaller than that of popular music. We also do not have, as can be seen today, a comparable clout.

We appeal to the Polish Radio Programm 2, which has a rich resource of radio and disc recordings for the support of Polish composers by increasing the airtime for the presentation of their work. Existing series with contemporary music, such as "Polish Fantasy" or "Nocturne", must be expanded. For years, Polish music has been featured in these series after midnight; broadcast mostly in the late night and morning, when hardly anyone could listen to it. Let at this difficult time, in addition to masterpieces by Bach, Mozart or Chopin, present to Polish listeners and music lovers works by Polish contemporary composers – with particular emphasis on the artists of the young generation who are just starting their difficult life path. For many of them freelance artists, without savings, it is a particularly difficult moment.

We are also joining the appeal addressed to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland by Janusz Fogler – president of ZAiKS, for a temporary exemption of royalties from classical music taxation. Let royalties stay in the country – during the crisis ...

Link to the petition: https://www.petycjeonline.com/apel_polskich_kompozytorow_do_polskiego_radia_i_nadawcow_publicznych 

2nd Polish Brass Band Conference online


The 2nd Polish Brass Band Conference – Poland Band Clinic RADOM will be held online on 27-29 March 2020.

The topics of the conference will concern the world of brass bands: both organizing and conducting orchestras, personal development of conductors as well as creating an orchestra community and cooperation platform. Conductors, brass band musicians, musicologists and equipment manufacturers will take part in the conference. The organisers will also present the concept of the 1st Polish Brass Band Championships which will take place in Radom in July 2020.

OKOD 2020 presentations will be held in the form of a teleconference with free access to everyone: on 27 March from 5 to 9 p.m.; on 28 March from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.; on 29 March from 5 to 8 p.m. Please remember that you have to register before participating in OKOD online. People registering after 4 p.m. on a given day will not receive access to the broadcast. The number of places is limited to 250. The participants will receive a link to the conference broadcast to the e-mail address provided in the registration form (the message will be sent around 4:15 p.m. on a given day).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Conference's website: https://www.okod.pl/ 

Link to the registration form: https://forms.gle/Pw5BUhnbLeMUeMCt5 

Let's support each other! Toruń Symphony Orchestra Online Activities


Due to the current situation that required cancelling all the concerts, the Toruń Symphony Orchestra is conducting a number of online activities, realizing its cultural and educational goals.

#TOSeducates – a series of educational materials, presenting basics of music theory, puzzles, riddles and word searches.

#TOSmusicfunfacts – a series o fun facts, riddles and non-obvious information about the orchesta, their concerts and Polish composers.

#TOStechnicalfunfacts – the orchestra's behind-the-scenes materials.

#TOSmusicianstalk – a series of video materials and photoreports made by the orchestra's musicians who will talk about the instruments they play.

The orchestra is also working on the Beethoven cycle "Viva Beethoven! ! – the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth. " Video productions will appear soon in the social media of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra.

Facebook: https://bit.ly/2WE2mcJ  Instagram: https://bit.ly/3ajyaYw  YouTube: https://bit.ly/3bkUQaT