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Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus online: Pärt, Mozart and Haydn

SIPolish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra conducted by Przemysław Neumann will perform works by Arvo Pärt, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn on 19 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. The outstanding violinist Piotr Pławner will perform as a soloist. The concert will be broadcast online on YouTube and on the website https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/.

After the period of artistic explorations, the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt developed his unique style and technique (representing the broadly-understood trend of “mystical minimalism”), which he defined as tintinnabuli. It is the Latin word for “bells”. The mesmerising and delightful composition Fratres (Brothers) of 1977, which the author translated to different instrumentations, is another early example of the said technique.

In 1773, seventeen-year-old Mozart got a job at the court of Heronymus Colloredo, Archbishop of Salzburg. He composed a number of pieces for the court band, including a series of five violin concertos. The first part of the graceful Concerto in D major refers to Italian patterns. On the other hand, its rondo in the final part sounds French, including the playful style given to dud a la musette.

With its Symphony in D major no. 104 of 1795, Haydn says a wonderful goodbye to the musical genre that made him flourish and that became a “trademark” of his rich and varied artistic legacy. As Symphony in D major is a part of the second series of “London Symphonies”, in the finale Haydn paid a tribute to English audience by making the tune of the popular folk-like song Hot Cross Buns the main theme, additionally emphasizing it with the accompaniment of a bourdon.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/part-mozart-haydn-2/

Gdańsk | 'St. John's A-New' – premiere of Agnieszka Stulgińska's piece

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On 19 September 2020 at 6.00 p.m. in the St. John's Centre in Gdańsk local and international musicians will perform a specially commissioned work by Agnieszka Stulgińska, a well-known Polish composer of the young generation. Polichromie Świętojańskie [Midsummer Polichromes] for organ, chamber orchestra and singing band will be premiered in the 'St. John's A-New' concert series, organised by the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre.

The work combines the aesthetics of contemporary music with the historical dimension, present both in the subject of the piece (Old Polish songs on the life of St. John) and music (traditional group of singers). We associate the term "polychromes" primarily with multi-colored decorative paintings, used for architectural decorations, made not only on stone materials and plaster, but also on wood, indoors and outdoors, in sacred and secular buildings. Can a contemporary artist create "sound polychromes" in a sacred building, following the example of old artists performing frescoes in temples for God's glory? Such an attempt was made by the composer Agnieszka Stulgińska in the piece Polichromie Świętojańskie, dedicated to the St. John Church in Gdańsk.

The piece will be premiered by the ensemble of historical wind instruments, organist Andrzej Szadejko, percussionist Łukasz Maciejewski, chamber orchestra composed of members of the NeoQuartet and BalticAlians ensembles conducted by Rafał Janiak, as well as Adam Strug and the Monodia Polska singing band.

Information on tickets: https://www.nck.org.pl/en/event/4812/st-johns-new-agnieszka-stulginska

"With classics through Poland": music for piano trio

IMiT Next concerts in the series 'With classics through Poland' will take place on 18 September 2020 in the House of Creative Work "Reymontówka" in Chlewiska (7 p.m.), on 19 September at the Castle in Janów Podlaski (5 p.m.) and on 20 September at the Christian Cultural Centre in Wisznice (12.30 p.m.). We will hear music for piano trio.

The aim of the project, which began in the second half of 2019, is to bring music performed by the most outstanding Polish artists to smaller community centres, cities, towns and villages; to reach audiences who have difficult access to classical music. Through contact with the great art and artists, new audiences are being introduced to the world of classical chamber music, having a chance to become its new enthusiasts.

The upcoming concerts will feature the Cuore Piano Trio composed of: Zuzanna Budzyńska (violin), Jadwiga Roguska (cello) and Szymon Ogryzek (piano). The ensemble will perform Piano Trio in C major KV 548 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Trio in E major, Op. 5 by Franciszek Lessel and Piano Trio No. 2 by Romuald Twardowski.

The project is carried out by the Polish Music Management, operating at the Institute of Music and Dance, thanks to the support of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Prof. Piotr Gliński and under his patronage.

More information at: http://muzycznyimpresariat.pl/ 

39th International Festival of Orthodox Music "Hajnówka 2020"

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The "Orthodox Church Music" Foundation invites you to the 39th International Festival of Orthodox Music "Hajnówka 2020", which will run from 17 to 20 September 2020.

Since 1982, choirs from all over the world have presented themselves at the largest festival of church music in Poland. In 1995, Polish Ministry of Culture declared the International Festival of Orthodox Church Music in Hajnówka as an artistic event of the highest rank, awarding it the "zero category", thus placing the Festival on the same level with such prestigious events as the Chopin Competition and the „Warsaw Autumn” International Festival of Contemporary Music, which are the most renowned Polish music events internationally. Starting with the 19th edition, the presidents of Poland have served as the event’s honorary patrons. In 2003-2020 the Festival was held under the artistic patronage of Krzysztof Penderecki. For many years the Polish Composers' Union has been the patron of the event. Since the 3rd edition, choirs has competed for prestigious awards in the competition judged by the international jury consisting of composers and conductors of church music. For many years the jury has been chaired by Romuald Twardowski, outstanding Polish composer and teacher.

The inaugural concert of this year's Festival, performed by the Polish Chamber Choir Schola Cantorum Gedanensis from Gdańsk, will be dedicated to Romuald Twardowski in the year of his 90th birthday. Choirs from Warsaw, Kraków, Białystok, Olsztyn, Budapest (Hungary), Riga (Latvia), Piraeus (Greece) and Sofia (Bulgaria) will take part in the competition auditions. On 20 September, the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic will host a gala concert in memory of Krzysztof Penderecki with the participation of the Festival’s Laureates and the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir.

The Festival will also feature an accompanying concert in the St. Trinity Evangelical-Augsburg Parish in Warsaw on 18 September, performed by choirs from Greece and Bulgaria. Promotion of the album “Festival of the singing soul” and screening of a film about the Festival will be held on the same day in the Chamber hall of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok.

The live broadcast will be available at: http://festiwal-hajnowka.pl/eng/

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

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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

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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/