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100th Anniversary of Yehudi Menuhin’s Birthday

Koncert pamięci Yehudi Menuhina Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra under the direction of Christopher Warren-Green will perform a concert on the occasion of Sir Yehudi Menuhin’s 100th birthday anniversary on April 3, 2016 at the Teatr Wielki-National Opera.

The legendary violinist Yehudi Menuhin arrived to Poland as soloist and conductor in 1984, having received an invitation from Waldemar Dąbrowski and Franciszek Wybrańczyk, director of the Polish Chamber Orchestra. In order to meet the challenges related to the planned repertoire, the ensemble increased the number of its members by inviting renowned musicians from all over Poland to perform together. Their first concerts held under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin were enthusiastically applauded by the audience and praised by critics, while Menuhin accepted an offer to become the first guest conductor of the newly established symphony orchestra bearing the name of Sinfonia Varsovia.

The Orchestra, together with the soloists-violinists Leland Chen and Darwin Chang, will perform under the baton of Christopher Warren-Green - British violinist and conductor associated with, among others, the London Chamber Orchestra. The artist had worked with the ensemble before and a recording of their concert with pianist Maria João Pires made at the 2010 edition of "Chopin and His Europe" Festival was released in 2015.

Programme:

Gioacchino Rossini - L'italiana in Algeri

Jean Sibelius - Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47

Johann Sebastian Bach - Concerto for Two Violins in D minor BWV 1043

Edward Elgar - Variations on an Original Theme "Enigma", Op.36

 

More information: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org

Tickets available at: www.teatrwielki.pl

Alicja Szeluga’s 25th Work Anniversary

Dyrygent i jej chórConcert entitled Conductor and Her Choir, organized on the occasion of Alicja Szeluga’s 25th annivesary of work with the Skowronki Girls’ Choir, will be held on April 3, 2016 at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań.

The choir under the direction of Alicja Szeluga, joined by special guests (Marzena Michałowska, Aleksandra Szerocka - soprano, Czesław Łynsza - piano, Patryk Piłasiewicz - double bass, Dawid Wirmański - percussion), will perform works by contemporary composers, such as Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska (Dziadek przyjdzie* and Pranie), Grzegorz Miśkiewicz (In te Domine speravi), Marten Jansson, Jakub Neske and Bob Chilcott (A Litlle Jazz Mass).

 

* world premiere

Aukso plays Penderecki

Krzysztof PendereckiKrzysztof Penderecki will be a honorary guest of the performance given by AUKSO Chamber Orchestra under Marek Moś, held on April 2, 2016 at Mediateka in Tychy (Media Library, 16 Piłsudskiego Av).

The programme of the concert, which will open Orchestra’s first season in the new building and - at the same time - a new chapter in its history, includes works by Krzysztof Penderecki: Sinfonietta No. 1 per archi (1992), Viola Concerto [version for cello] (1984), Chaconne – in memoriam Giovanni Paolo II (2005), Three Pieces in Baroque Style (1968), Sinfonietta No. 3 (2012). The solo part will be performed by an outstanding cellist and founder of the Warsaw Cellonet Group - Andrzej Bauer.

More information: www.aukso.pl

Joanna Marcinkowska’s Recital

Pianiści u PaderewskiegoAnother concert of the cycle "Pianists at the Paderewski Academy of Music" will feature the performance of Joanna Marcinkowska on April 2, 2016 at the Aula Nova of the Academy of Music in Poznań.

The programme includes Variations in B flat major on "Là ci darem la mano", Op. 2 by Fryderyk Chopin, Piano Sonata in E flat minor, Op. 21 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Concert Suite from the ballet "The Nutcracker" by Pyotr Tchaikovsky/Mikhail Pletnev, and La Valse by Maurice Ravel.

Joanna Marcinkowska graduated with honours from the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music of Poznań, where she studied with Prof. Waldemar Andrzejewski. In 2006 she obtained her PhD in Musical Arts and was appointed a lecturer at the Instrumental Department of the Academy.

1050th Anniversary of Polish Christianity at the Warsaw Philharmonic

Henryk Wojnarowski The concert presenting works by the most eminent Polish composers, organized on the occasion of 1050th anniversary of Poland’s baptism, will be held on April 1, 2016 at 7.30 pm at the Warsaw Philharmonic.

The programme includes Gaude Mater Polonia, Mass in D flat major for soloists, choir and organ by Stanisław Moniuszko, Totus Tuus by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Czego chcesz od nas Panie by Józef Świder, Agnus Dei by Krzysztof Penderecki, and Magnificat by Mikołaj Zieleński.

Performers: Warsaw Philharmonic Choir directed by Henryk Wojnarowski, Marta Boberska - soprano, Anna Lubańska - mezzosoprano, Rafał Bartmiński - tenor, Jarosław Bręk - bass/baritone, Andrzej Białko - organ, Agata Galik - harp.

More information: www.filharmonia.pl

3rd Krakow Cello Spring

3. Krakowska Wiosna Wiolonczelowa3rd edition of the Krakow Cello Spring will be held on April 7-10, 2016 at the Academy of Music in Krakow. Admission to all events is free.

First of 4 concerts is dedicated to Prof. Witold Herman and  will feature compositions by David Popper, Max Bruch, Krzysztof Penderecki, Johann Sebastian Bach, and others, presented by the graduates of the Academy of Music in Krakow, who studied with Prof. Herman in the years 1975-2005. Next concerts involve ballads by Leonard Cohen performed by Michał Łanuszka and the cello octet, performance entitled Only Cello! and works by Witold Lutosławski, Wojciech Widłak, Krzysztof Penderecki, Aleksander Tansman and Franz Schubert interpreted by Stuttgart-based cellist Peter Buck and his students.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Polish-Ukrainian Ensemble on Tour

Neo Temporis Group Neo Temporis Group, the first Polish-Ukrainian ensemble performing contemporary music, will give 4 concerts in Ukraine between April 20-24, 2016. In few months, Requiem Records label will release the artists’ debut album.

Neo Temporis Group was established by NeoQuartet and Ensemble Nostri Temporis in 2013. The major aim of the project is an international cultural exchange and a query for new qualities in art. The artists spontaneously joined forces during the Ukrainian Biennale of New Music and decided to continue collaboration, which resulted in performances at the International Festival of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn" (2014), NeoArte New Music Spectrum Festival in Gdańsk (2014) and International Contermporary Music Festival "Contrasts" in Lviv. In 2015, the ensemble commissioned Max Kolomiiets to write a work, which they premiered in Lviv and presented also in Gdańsk and Krakow.

The programme presented during the concert tour includes compositions by Polish and Ukrainian composers (Sławomir Kupczak, Karol Nepelski, Dariusz Przybylski, Jerzy Kornowicz, Oleksij Shmurak, Bohdan Sehin, Max Kolomiiets, Zoltan Almashi).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Prix des Muses 2016 for Paweł Gancarczyk

Paweł Gancarczyk - La Musique Paweł Gancarczyk’s book La musique et la révolution de l’imprimerie received the Prix des Muses award.

The award is given each year by the Fondation Singer-Polignac for the best French-language book devoted to music. 61 books published in 2015 by 26 publishers were nominated to the 23rd edition of the award.

Paweł Gancarczyk is a professor at Polish Academy of Sciences and a musicologist specializing in early music. He has participated in several international research projects and his books were published in 12 European countries. In 2011-2014 he was a chairman of the Musicologists’ Section of the Polish Composers’ Union. His book La musique et la révolution de l’imprimerie was published by Symétrie (Lyon) in September 2015. Its Polish version, released in 2011 by the Nicolaus Copernicus University Press, was translated into French by Wojciech Bońkowski.

The award will be handed out on March 31, 2016 in Paris.

More information: www.symetrie.com

In the Context of Andrzej Czajkowski

W kontekście Andrzeja Czajkowskiego Another concert of the cycle "Wednesday at Okólnik" will be held on March 23, 2016 at 7.00 pm in the Concert Hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.

Agata Zubel (voice), Krzysztof Chorzelski (viola) and Maciej Grzybowski (piano) will perform the programme titled "In the Context of Andrzej Czajkowski": Sonata for viola and piano (2015) by Paweł Szymański, Sonata for viola and piano (1954-55) and 7 Shakespeare’s Sonnets for voice and piano (1967) by Andrzej Czajkowski, and Shakespeare’s Sonnets for voice and piano (2000) by Paweł Mykietyn.

Tickets available on-line at: www.umfc.bilety24.pl