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Warsaw | Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra: Premiere of Hanna Kulenty's "Alinea"

POSIThe fundamental mission of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra is to promote Polish historical and contemporary music. The ensemble finds great joy and satisfaction in participating in first performances of musical pieces. The concert on 30 October 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw will be one of those exciting occasions: it will feature the first performance of a piece by Hanna Kulenty, created under the “Composition Commissions” programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Hanna Kulenty is one of the most interesting personalities of Polish contemporary music scene. The composer’s extensive and varied output includes compositions for solo instruments, emphasizing their potential to “manifest reality and unreality”, with soloists usually accompanied by a large orchestra. Alinea refers to the concert’s concept, but in this case the genre is merely conventional and fluid, serving the music- and experience-related layer. The piece consists of one part, built on a dialogue between melodic lines of a clarinet and a piano, which are accompanied by a large orchestra. The main pseudotonal theme, clearly heard in the solo parts, is a dialogue between two worlds. The soloist of this extremely attractive premiere will be Roman Widaszek, a charismatic and versatile clarinet virtuoso with an impressive number of concerts and recordings in his portfolio.

Apart from the awaited premiere of the new piece, we will also hear two other attractive compositions: Jean Sibelius' concert suite Pelléas et Mélisande (1894) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Italian-styled Symphony No. 32 in G Major. The concert will be conducted by George Tchitchinadze – one of the most popular Georgian musicians, who has won great acclaim of audiences and critics due to his impressive musical skills, taste, imagination and, at the same time, the warmth and sensitivity in his interaction with listeners and musicians.

First part of the concert (Mozart, Kulenty) will be broadcast on YouTube channel and www.sinfoniaiuventus.pl

Free entrance tickets will be available until 22 October. The number of seats is limited.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed information: www.sinfoniaiuventus.pl 

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Gdańsk | 10th "NeoArte – Synthesizer of Arts" Festival

NeoArteDuring seven days of events on 25-31 October 2021, the audience of the 10th jubilee edition of the festival will be able to participate in ten concerts, two artistic installations and several performances. NeoQuartet, Polish string quartet from Gdańsk, is the initiator and originator of the festival.

Festiwal jest platformą łączącą artystów z różnych kultur i dziedzin sztuki, wydarzeniem intrygującym i nietuzinkowym. Najnowsze światowe trendy w muzyce i sztuce współczesnej, międzynarodowa obsada, najwyższa jakość artystyczna oraz atmosfera sprzyjająca kontaktowi z kulturą – to charakteryzuje również jubileuszową edycję.

Each of the concerts is planned as a multidisciplinary performance, during most of them the audience will be part of the artistic process. The performers include both leading foreign artists (Trond Reinholdtsen, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Electric Primitivo, Jennifer Torence, Vocal Group Putni), as well as the most outstanding Polish ensembles and soloists (Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej, Piotr Sałajczyk, Miłosz Pękala, Martyna Zakrzewska, Bartłomiej Sutt).

A performative installation by Marek Rogulski and an all-night concert-happening designed by Stefan Wesołowski will be created especially for the festival. The hosts of the festival, the NeoQuartet, will perform several times, presenting, among others, the cult work of Black Angels by Georg Crumb and the premiere of the Modern Multicultural Quartet project. We will hear dozens of compositions written by composers from around the world, and nine of them will have their premiere at the festival, including works created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance. The end of the event and its final concert are the 15th anniversary of NeoQuartet and a joint concert with Małgorzata Walentynowicz, Marsija, Michał Jacaszek and Emil Miszk.

Composition students will have the opportunity to take part in composition workshops held by Trond Reinholdtsen – this-year festival’s Patron and Composer-in-Residence, and in individual reading sessions workshops held by NeoQuartet. Children and teenagers will be able to participate in theater and music classes conducted by actress and director Agnieszka Płoszajska.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Programme: https://neoarte.pl/ 

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Łódź | 1st Intercollegiate Science and Art Conference "contraddizioni"

AMThe Composition and Music Theory Student Research Group of the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź invites you to participate in the 1st Intercollegiate Science and Art Conference "contraddizioni", which will be held online on 21-22 October 2021.

The idea behind the event is to confront artistic phenomena. The first edition will present the research on "contraddizioni" (Italian – contradictions) and similarities – relations in works that lies in between contemporary classical and popular music.

Each edition of the event will be an opportunity to establish cooperation with another research group of the Polish music academy or university. The partners of the first edition are the New Media Art and Science Student Reseach Group and the Composition and Music Theory Science and Art Student Research Group of the Academy of Music in Wrocław. The conference will also be attended by Dr. Andrzej Mądro (Academy of Music in Krakow), as well as teachers from Lodz and Wroclaw music academies. Lectures will be given by: Prof. Cezary Duchnowski, Prof. Artur Zagajewski, Dr Katarzyna Dziewiątkowska, Dr Marta Śniady, Dr Adam Porębski and Anna Wójcikowska. Those interested will be able to take part in composition workshops with Jacek Sotomski.

The second day of the conference will be an opportunity to present the results of student and doctoral research, presenting the confrontation of popular and classical music. Selected articles, with the consent of the authors, will be published in the post-conference volume and in the pages of academic journals.

The conference will also feature two online concerts: a concert with works dedicated to the rock trio, as well as a DJ set based on samples, including material recorded during the first concert.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/contraddizioni 

Łódź | Premiere of Sławomir Kupczak's "Recovered Music"

FLThe premiere of Sławomir Kupczak's Recovered Music will take place on 19 October 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic in Łódź. The piece, which will be presented by Radical Polish Ansambl, was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Radical Polish Ansambl is a band that made folk music the starting point for sound and structural searches. These searches, as the name of the group suggests, sometimes produce quite radical results. Although folklore is associated with tradition, predictability and permanence, South African musicians prove that it can become a basis for creating artistic avant-garde. Interestingly, at the beginning of these musical peregrinations there is no Masurian village, picturesquely situated among fields, but ... India. It was there, in the Public Library in Delhi in 2016, that the Polish clarinetist Wacław Zimpel discovered musical themes combining elements of raga and Polish mazurkas. Seven artists, who soon formed the Radical Polish Ansambl, undertook the reconstruction of this extraordinary music and persuaded contemporary composers to collaborate.

Currently, South African musicians – six violinists and a percussionist who plays the dżaz (country percussion set) – perform works by outstanding Polish composers. During the next concert, they will premiere Sławomir Kupczak's Recovered Music, as well as present Alap – Dźor – Jhal by Tadeusz Sielanka and Composition with a String by Piotr Żak.

The commission and premiere of the new piece by Sławomir Kupczak was co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Ticket Information: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/koncert-muzyka-czwartego-swiata 

Warsaw | Premiere of Marta Ptaszyńska's work

PRA concert of the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw under the baton of Bassem Akiki will take place on 17 October 2021 at 6.00 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio. The outstanding accordionist and teacher Claudius Aries will perform as a solists.

The artists will premiere a new piece by Marta Ptaszyńska – The Magical Journey. Concerto for accordion and symphony orchestra, dedicated to Klaudiusz Baran. "The first movement uses a rich harmonic language, and has an aura of mysticism combined with a strong drama referring to Far Eastern illumination," comments the composer. "The second part, in contrast, is extremely 'luminous' and lively. It is inspired by Sonnet No. 29 from the second volume of Sonnets to Orpheus by R.M. Rilke. It reflects the vision of "floating in the skies," the eponymous Magical Journey.

The concert will also include works by Bassem Akiki, Christoph Willibald Gluck and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

The concert will be rebroadcast on Polish Radio Channel 2.

Ticket Informationhttps://bit.ly/3iO2nVQ 

Wrocław | Canticum Novum

NFMA concert of the NFM Choir, led for the first time by its artistic director, will take place on 17 October 2021 at 6.00p.m. The French choirmaster Lionel Sow, already known to the Wrocław audience, will conduct pieces for voices and violin, in which he has achieved a master level both as an instrumentalist and a conductor.

Grażyna Bacewicz belongs to the group of Polish artists from the inter-war and post-war periods working in the Neoclassical style. It referred to forms and genres developed in the period of Classicism. Trained and performing as a violinist, she devoted special attention to violin music – hence one of her first pieces is Sonata No. 1 for solo violin, created in 1941 and one of the first Polish violin sonatas of the twentieth century. It offers a feast of musicality, wit and condensation of emotions. The Adagio from Sonata No. 2 for solo violin was particularly close to the composer – she requested that this movement be played at her funeral. It shows Bacewicz following a very individual path between the contradictory dogmas of socialist realism and post-war modernism when the composer's personal musical language was forming.

The programme will also include two vocal motets from the collection Geistliche Chormusik, Op. 12 by Hugo Distler, Come, Holy Ghost by Jonathan Dean Harvey, Domine non secundum peccata nostra by James Loy MacMillan, Nostalgia from a triptych by the French artist Philippe Hersant, and Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, a motet for two choirs, composed around 1727 by Johann Sebastian Bach for the students of the Thomasschule in Leipzig.

The project is part of the commemoration of the centenary of regaining independence and rebuilding Polish statehood.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/en 

Warsaw | Marzena Majcher's concert with visualizations "TransLokacja"

MajcherMarzena Majcher's concert with visualizations TransLokacja will take place on 17 October 2021 at 4.00 p.m. at the PROM Kultury Saska Kępa Culture Centre in Warsaw.

The composer and guitarist Marzena Majcher is considered by the critics and the audience as one of the most interesting artists who set new directions in creating contemporary music oscillating with science. Her project, TransLocation, is inspired by the theory of the Multiverse, according to which there may be an infinite number of parallel universes, in which there live infinite copies of ourselves, but their life history is different from ours and takes place in other dimensions. It will be a musical journey into parallel universes that could potentially exist. During the concert, the composer will control the music with the movement of her hand, creating new, unpredictable sound zones.

The music will be accompanied by visualizations of the cinematographer Andrzej Wojciechowski, known for his photos for such films as These Daughters of Mine, Walpurgis Night, Fun, Fun, a winner of numerous awards for experimental films.

The project was realised by The Other Space Foundation as part of the "Mobile in Culture 2021" programme, financed by the Capital City of Warsaw.

Admission to the event is free!

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Mrozy | Mińsk County's Art Festival

Czas sztukiThis weekend, the Art Festival of the Mińsk County will come to Mrozy. The sixth event of the Festival will be held at the Municipal Cultural Centre on 17 October 2021 at 6.00 p.m. The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you to a concert dedicated to Fryderyk Chopin on the 172nd anniversary of the composer's death.

We will hear Chopin's masterpieces performed by renowned pianist Mischa Kozłowski – a graduate of Hochschule der Künste Bern in Switzerland, and currently lecturer at the Chamber Music Department of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and president of the "Partnership in Music" Foundation. The artist, who performs all over the world, has won many awards at national and international music competitions, including the 9th International Chopin Piano Competition in Darmstadt and the Polish Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, organised by the Fryderyk Chopin Institute.

The Mińsk County's Art Festival features 13 artistic events in each of the thirteen municipalities of the Mińsk County. The festival combines many fields of art: classical music concerts, educational music workshops for seniors and children, as well as music and poetry meetings commemorating outstanding Polish poets and their work. The concerts will feature excellent artists: Mateusz Szemraj, Adeb Chamoun, Olga Bończyk, Mischa Kozłowski, Agata Barwinek-Bembinow, Tango Fuerte, Reed Connection, Maciej Bator, Katarzyna Wiwer, Maksymilian Grzesiak, Katarzyna Boniecka, Rafał Łuc, The Time Quartet.

Co-financed by the budget of the Minsk Poviat and the Mazowieckie Voivodeship. Sponsored by the PZU Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Wrocław | Song of the Soul

NFMAlthough the programme of the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra’s concert on 16 October 2021 at 6 p.m. with Alexander Sitkovetsky includes works by two British and one Polish composers, all these pieces were written in England. They are also linked by the authors’ liking for displaying beautiful, singing melodies.

At the beginning of the concert, the musicians will present the Saint Paul Suite, Op. 29 No. 2 by Gustav Holst, which consists of four movements: Jig, Ostinato, Intermezzo and Finale (The Dargason). The title tune of the last movement, The Dargason, is a folk dance that was included in The English Dancing Master, published by John Playford in 1651. This part of the Suite also includes a quote from another popular old English melody – Greensleeves.

The Violin Concerto by Andrzej Panufnik, commissioned by his friend Yehudi Menuhin, is completely different. The composer accepted the offer with joy, and for him writing the piece was a return to the world of his childhood. The artist’s father was a violin maker, and the future composer’s youth was filled with the smells of wood and varnish, as well as the sight of instruments created in the workshop. These experiences influenced the reflective, warm and lyrical tone of the piece. They also made the composer living in England decide to write the third movement in the rhythm of a joyful oberek. Panufnik wrote: ‘I composed a piece that was to show the soul of the performer rather than turn the fretboard into a gymnasium for jumping fingers.’

The evening will end with Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10. They were commissioned by the conductor Louis Boyd Neel, who premiered them with his orchestra that same year at the Salzburg Festival. This concert was the beginning of the British composer’s spectacular career.

The project is part of the commemoration of the centennial of regaining independence and rebuilding Polish statehood.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/en/