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Katowice | Concert celebrating Aleksander Lasoń's 70th birthday

LasonA concert celebrating Aleksander Lasoń's 70th birthday will tak place on 10 October 2021 at 6 p.m. at the Concert Hall of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, featuring the New Music Orchestra under the baton of the composer as well as the Vołosi band.

Music is love, music is joy, music is a bond that connects us with others. This year's NOSPR "Family Group" concert series will be opened by a special event organised to celebrate the 70th birthday of composer Aleksander Lasoń.

The event will not only be an opportunity to listen to one of the most interesting and best-received pieces by Lasoń – Chamber Music No. 5 "Four Seasons", but also to the works of the next generation of this musical family. It is worth reminding that after listening to "Four Seasons" performed at the "Warsaw Autumn" Festival in 2002 by the New Music Orchestra under the composer's direction, the audience asked for an encore, which is rather rare at festivals of new music. Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, combined with the performance of the Vołosi band, will bring inexhaustible energy and enthusiasm of playing together.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://nospr.org.pl/pl 

Stawisko – A Place of Symbiosis of Arts and Cultures

StawiskoThe motto "Stawisko – A place of Symbiosis of Arts and Cultures" accompanies a new interdisciplinary project of the Museum of Anna and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz in Stawisko, which will be held between 10 October and 5 December 2021. The idea is to continue the tradition of the Anna and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz House as a space for symbiosis of arts, an area open to various cultures.

The universalism of Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz's literary output is, among others, the effect of experiencing multiculturalism that accompanied him constantly, from the earliest period of his life to the last years. A special value of Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz's writing is also sensitivity to other fields of art, among which music plays a leading role. Musical feelings are usually an inseparable element of experiences accompanying reflections caused by the works of painters, sculptors, architects, and also by natural phenomena.

The festival is planned as a five-year cycle. This year, it will be devoted to the relations between the Iwaszkiewicz family and the House in Stawisko with Jewish culture, as well as relations with outstanding writers, composers and artists of Jewish origin. We will hear songs by Szymon Laks, Alexandre Tansman, poetic songs to words by Ginczanka, Mandelsztam, Leśmian, Tuwim, Ficowski, as well as traditional Jewish music.

The programme also includes an exhibition documenting the merits of the Iwaszkiewicz family in saving Jews during the occupation (they were honoured posthumously with the Righteous Among the Nations Medal), music concerts of various genres and styles, and literary meetings.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Museum Website: http://stawisko.pl/ 

Elbląg | Opening of Elbląg Chamber Orchestra Concert Season: Premiere of Sławomir Czarnecki's "Truso"

EOKThe new concert season of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra will open on 10 October 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the State Music School Complex in Elbląg. Chamber musicians under the baton of Michał Dworzyński will present the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Krzysztof Penderecki and Sławomir Czarnecki.

The soloist of the evening will be Mariusz Klimsiak – an artist who feels equally comfortable in a concert hall and in a lecture hall. The pianist began his musical career in Bydgoszcz, and today he can boast performances in Italy (Florence), Spain (Alicante) and the USA (Seattle, San Francisco). He combines his solo career with teaching – he is the dean of the Instrumental Department of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

The programme will include Krzysztof Penderecki's Three Pieces in Old Style, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto in E flat major KV 271, as well as the premiere of Sławomir Czarnecki's Truso. The title of the latter work reveals the composer's direct source of inspiration. Truso is an authentic settlement from the early Middle Ages, the existence of which, apart from written sources, is confirmed by archaeological excavations in recent years. It was located near today's Elbląg. The settlement situated on a wide bay was a great commercial port known in the entire Baltic region. Its cultural influence was also important. As the composer emphasizes, "The first source of inspiration is expressed in archaic sounds and raw harmony, as well as in simple diatonic motifs, the nature of which, in some distant reflection, is supposed to bring to mind contemporary sailing melodies of the "shanties" genre. The second source of inspiration is the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra itself.” Truso is an orchestral poem presenting the wide range of textures, from powerful tutti to virtuoso solo parts of a concertante character. The piece was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket information: https://www.eok.elblag.eu/wydarzenia/215 

Gliwice | Gliwice Chamber Orchestra's Anniversary

GOKThe Gliwice Chamber Orchestra will close it's 20th anniversary celebration on 9 October 2021 at 6 p.m. with a concert from the series "Masterful Interpretations" at the Scena Bojków Hall (5 Parkowa St.) in Gliwice-Bojków.

The "Masterful Interpretations" series has been realized by the Gliwice Chamber Orchestra since 2005. Thanks to the collaboration with the Youth Cultural Centre in Gliwice, the ensemble will perform for the first time in a new hall of the Scena Bojków.

The programme of the concert will refer to the online concert recorded by the Gliwice Chamber Orchestra in the Jerzy Harald Studio of Polish Radio Katowice as part of the National Centre for Culture's programme "Culture on the Web". Thanks to the STOART's support, the concert was released on CD, which is now available on sale both online and in selected music stores. The online concert and the CD are also available at www.gliwickaorkiestra.pl.

The Gliwice Chamber Orchestra will perform under the baton of the outstanding Polish conductor of the young generation Maciej Tomasiewicz, assistant to Andrzej Boreyko at the Warsaw Philharmonic and artistic director of the Silesian Chamber Orchestra. This famous artist also led the orchestra during the recording of the anniversary CD. Piotr Sałajczyk – a renowned Polish pianist, chamber musician and teacher, winner of the "Fryderyk" and "Orpheus" awards – will perform as the soloist. The artists will present Mieczysław Karłowicz's Serenade, Op.2, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto in A major KV 414 and Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 45 'Farewell'.

The concert is financed from the budget of the city of Gliwice.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationhttp://www.gliwickaorkiestra.pl/ 

Rzeszów | 5th Rzeszów Musical Autumn

Rzeszowska JesieńThe 5th Rzeszów Musical Autumn, organised annually by the Polish Chamber Musicians' Association, will be held on 9–24 October 2021 at the Monastery of the Dominican Order and the Institute of Music of the University of Rzeszów.

The main idea is reflected in the subtitle of this year's festival: "Forgotten Music". The fifth edition aims at reminding Polish, rarely performed chamber music of different eras and to present it in the context of European aesthetic trends. The programme will include works by Juliusz Zarębski, Ignacy Friedman, Mieczysław Weinberg, Karol Szymanowski and Sebastian Perłowski.

Among the performers will be respected and versatile musicians: Jakub Jakowicz, Bartłomiej Wezner, Piotr Lato, Bartosz Koziak, Marta Gidaszewska, Robert Łaguniak, Artur Rozmysłowicz, Dominik Płociński, Celina Kotz, Magdalena Bojanowicz, Piotr Różański, Agnieszka Kozło, and Katarzyna Wasiak.

The festival will also be broadcast on the Association's YouTube channel. Admission to all events is free! Co-financed under the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance. Co-financed by the Subcarpathian Voivodeship.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Programme details: www.spmk.com.pl/projekt/jesien 

1st "Brzmienie Fest" Music Festival

Brzmienie FestThe "Brzmienie Fest" Music Festival is the first edition of a new music project of the Kultura Brzmienia Foundation. A series of concerts will take place between 9 October and 13 November 2021 in the Lower Silesian Voivodeship. The leitmotif is music of Polish and foreign composers of the 20th and 21st century in arrangements for various instrumental ensembles performed by outstanding Polish artists.

The festival is going to take place in several beautiful places in the region: Castle on the Water in Wojnowice (9 and 29 October), Kliczków Castle (6 and 13 November), and Poviat Starosty in Trzebnica (5 November). The following artists will perform: Time Quartet, Reed Connection Trio, Repercussion Percussion Group, Ewelina Zawiślak – flute, Anna Warecka-Gryć – mezzo-soprano, Kinga Firej-Kubica – piano, Maksymilian Grzesiak – violin, Iwona Sukienik – piano. The programme will include works by such Polish composers as: Karol Szymanowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Wojciech Kilar, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Aleksander Tansman, Antoni Szałowski, Weronika Ratusińska-Zamuszko, Justyna Kowalska-Lasoń, and Aleksander Brych.

Kultura Brzmienia Foundation is a young organisation whose mission is to invite people to the world of culture. The foundation deals mainly with the organisation of concerts and artistic events, combining music with other fields of art. The "Brzmienie Fest" festival is co-financed by the PZU Foundation and the "Lotto" Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Foundation Website: https://www.facebook.com/fundacjakulturabrzmienia/ 

Jelenia Góra | "Stage for Polish Music": Polish Violin Duo

FDThe Lower Silesian Philharmonic invites the audience on 7 October 2021 at 1.00 p.m. for a chamber concert co-organized with the National Institute of Music and Dance as part of the "Stage for Polish Music" programme. Works by outstanding Polish composers will be presented by the Polish Violin Duo.

Polish Violin Duo is composed of violinists Marta Gidaszewska and Robert Łaguniak. The duo was nominated in the last edition of the "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" award in the "discovery of the year" category for unconventionality as classical duo. The musicians are still students of the Music Academies in Poznań and Łódź, and they have already won over 180 awards at competitions around the world. Their most important achievements include the 1st prize and six special prizes at the Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów (2019) and the 1st prize at the Arthur Rubinstein International Competition of Chamber Ensembles in Germany (2019).

This Thursday, they will perform Duo Concertante in B flat major for two violins, Op. 16 No. 3 by Joachim Kaczkowski, Caprices from Op. 18 by Henryk Wieniawski, Suites for two violins by Grażyna Bacewicz and Michał Spisak, as well as Sonatina by Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz.

The concert is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport.

Ticket information: https://filharmonia.jgora.pl/ 

Katowice | 9th Festival of Premieres: Barbara Kinga Majewska's Sound Installation

NOSPRBarbara Kinga Majewska's sound installation A Narrow Passage With Steep Walls will be presented for the first time on 10 October 2021 at. 4.00 p.m. in the NOSPR foyer as part of the 9th Festival of Premieres. The installation tells the story of an opera set design element, which becomes a source of sounds.

Barbara Kinga Majewska describes her installation as a sound sculpture with live music: the composer herself will participate in the premiere, as well as the violist Aleksandra Batog and the cellist Danuta Sobik-Ptok.

The starting point for the installation is the theatrical horizon from the staging of the opera Valkyrie by Richard Wagner – 36 meters long and 7 meters wide, hand-painted canvas. During the performances, it was hanging from a batten at the back of the stage, thus closing the performance space. In 1989, after fourteen performances, it ended up in the magazine and remained there for the next 30 years. This year, it will be moved to the foyer of the NOSPR Concert Hall in Katowice. With the use of speakers, it will emit sounds and engage in a dialogue with the musicians.

Admission is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://nospr.org.pl/pl 

Olsztyn | Improvisation Workshops for Children "Tell me a story" 2021

OMBThe next edition of the improvisation workshops for children "Tell me a story", organised by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music for several years throughout Poland, is about to start. The first workshop in 2021 will be held on 7-9 October as part of the "Sonikalia" sound festival for children in Olsztyn.

The main idea of ​​the project is to popularize the music of our time and the art of improvisation among the youngest. During the workshops, children aged 3-5 and 6-8 learn the basics of improvisation, discover a variety of instruments, play with beautifully illustrated books (including the "Ulica Czereśniowa" series by Dwie Siostry publishing house) and thus gently enter the world of contemporary music.

The classes are conducted by outstanding artists: harpist Agata Galik, double bass player Małgorzata Kołcz, composer and pianist Jarosław Siwiński, and actor and director of plays for children Grzegorz Ociepka.

This year, the workshops will be held in the framework of two projects in Krajenka, Zakrzewo, Jastrowie, Bielawa and Warsaw.

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund. Sponsored by the PZU Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed information: https://sonikalia.pl/program/opowiedz-mi-bajke/