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Season 2023/24 of the 'Polish Music Scene' programme - call for applications

ScenaMuzyki 2023

The National Institute of Music and Dance, in cooperation with the Warsaw Philharmonic, announces recruitment for the fifth edition of the Polish Music Scene artistic programme, taking place in the artistic season 2023/24. The deadline for submitting applications is the 31st of March, 2023 inclusive (until 23:59). The budget of the 2023/2024 edition of the Polish Music Scene programme is PLN 240,000.

The application form should be submitted in the electronic version only with all required attachments, at the same time providing a link to the place where the required audio-video material is posted.

The list of projects that will receive funding in the competition will be announced on the website of the National Institute of Music and Dance by the 10th of May, 2023. Successful applicants will be informed by official letter.

If the full pool of funds allocated for the edition of the programme in the 2023/2024 season is not exhausted, the Director of the National Institute of Music and Dance may announce a second round of applications at a later date.

Regulations available on the website: https://nimit.pl/aktualnosci/scena-muzyki-polskiej-sezon-2023-24-startuje-nabor-wnioskow/ 

Newest articles of the Section of Musicologists of the Polish Composers' Union available online

Polski Rocznik Muzykologiczny

Yearbooks published by the Section of Musicologists of the Polish Composers' Union have been released: "Polish Rocznik Muzykologiczny" 2022 – ‘Women and Music’ - and ‘Musicology Today’ 2022. Both are now available online: https://www.polskirocznikmuzykologiczny.pl/wydanenumery.php and https://sciendo.com/journal/MUSO.

The Polish Musical Yearbook is published in online and printed versions (PWM Kraków, the magazine can be ordered at the publishing house's online bookstore). The online version is also available on the scientific platform https://sciendo.com/journal/PRM. The 2022 yearbook contains 12 articles. The first two are published in English. These are texts by Annegret Fauser (USA) about Wanda Landowska and by Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska about Nadia Boulanger in the light of the writings of Zygmunt Mycielski. The remaining articles were published in Polish (with English summaries). These are texts by Izabela Zymer about Zofia Lissa and Włodzimierz Iwannik, Anna Nowak about Hanna Kulenty, Iwona Świdnicka and Marta Dziewanowska-Pachowska - both about Lidia Zielińska, Barbara Literska about Katarzyna Kwiecińska-Długosz, and Joanna Schiller-Rydzewska about women in the musical culture of Gdańsk based on the collections of the local library of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Stefan Drajewski on Polish female ballet composers, Aleksandra Kleinrok on 19th-century Warsaw music salons, Tomasz Górny on Sara Levy, and - as a free topic - an in-depth study by Edward Boniecki on Karol Szymanowski's Litany.

Read more: Newest articles of the Section of Musicologists of the Polish Composers' Union available online

Wrocław | 2nd International 'Brzmienie Fest' Festival: Iwona Sukienik and Magdalena Wachowska

BrzmienieFest 5.3.23Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Songs of the 19th and 20th centuries will resound in a 14th-century tenement house in Wrocław-currently the elegant Art Hotel Wrocław-during the concert on the 5th of March, 2023 at 18.00 as part of the 2nd International 'Brzmienie Fest' Festival . Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wachowska and the artistic director of the Festival, pianist Iwona Sukienik will perform.

In this historic place in the heart of the city, we will hear works by Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Karol Szymanowski and Stanisław Niewiadomski. There will also be an accent from the South and wonderful Gypsy melodies by Antonin Dvořák. The concert will be conducted by Grzegorz Bugaj.

The leitmotif of all events within the 2nd Festival, organized by the Culture of Sound Foundation, is the music of Polish and foreign composers of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries in arrangements for various instrumental ensembles.

Admission free - booking in advance is required!

SEE: Event on Facebook.

More information about performers, the full programme of the concert and the next events of the Festival at: www.kulturabrzmienia.pl 

Read more: Wrocław | 2nd International 'Brzmienie Fest' Festival: Iwona Sukienik and Magdalena Wachowska

Wrocław | Music of the Books of Jacob

NFM 5.3.23Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Music of the Books of Jacob is a project commissioned by the Festival of Four Cultures in Łódź, inspired by the monumental work of Olga Tokarczuk. Works included in the programme of the concert at the National Forum of Music on the 5th of March, 2023 at 18.00, create a coherent mosaic of various elements - apart from classical music, we will also hear compositions drawing on Polish, Jewish, Turkish-Balkan, Moldavian and Ukrainian music.

The composer and soprano Agata Zubel will appear on stage together with Mateusz Szemraj and Hubert Zemler, as well as the Bastarda Trio and the Lutosławski Quartet, one of the ensembles of the National Forum of Music.

Press release

More: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/9307 

Read more: Wrocław | Music of the Books of Jacob

Zielona Góra | Women's Month at the Zielona Góra Philharmonic

MiesiacKobiet 23Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Women's Month at the Tadeusz Baird Zielona Góra Philharmonic will abound in as many as three symphonic concerts, a piano recital, an oratorio concert and educational concerts, which will take place on March 3-31, 2023.

During the inaugurating concert, the Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Joanna Natalia Ślusarczyk, and the French horn player Michał Szczerba will perform as a soloist. We will hear the Concerto in Green by Zielona Góra composer Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz, which was commissioned by the Zielona Góra Philharmonic and will be performed for the first time this evening. The composition was written for the Gdańsk horn player Michał Szczerba, who was its originator. We will also hear works by Debussy, Bizet and the Overture in the old style of the patron of the Philharmonic.

Participation in the following concerts was announced by, among others, conductors Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny and Ewa Strusińska, singers Dagmara Rybak, Solomia Pavlenko and Justyna Khil, pianist Aleksandra Świgut, violinists Katarzyna Górska, Zuzanna Włodarczyk, violist Natalia Rychlik and the Wrocław Women's Choir.

Detailed programme: http://filharmoniazg.pl/ 

Premiere of the monographic album with Jakub Polaczyk's music


Union Square - the first monographic album by composer Jakub Polaczyk, who celebrates his 40th birthday this year, will be released in the USA by Albany Records (TROY1926). The premiere of the album will take place on the 1st of March, 2023 on Radio Savannah WRLL 107.5. The New York premiere will take place on the 9th of March 9 at the Polish & Slavic Center in Brooklyn.

Most of the songs on this album were composed in New York, where many cultures meet and interact. Jakub Polaczyk is an ambassador of Polish music in this city. He is the director of the Chopin and Friends International Festival. It presents Polish contemporary and classical music to the New York audience. He teaches at the New York Conservatory of Music. His compositions have been performed all over the world by ensembles such as Avanti, Slee Sinfonietta, NeoQuartet, Argus Quartet, Cracow Duo, NED, Polański Duo, Blow Up Percussion, Cracow Golden Quintet, Four Corners, Bulgarian National Orchestra, Brazilian National Orchestra, Carnegie Contemporary Ensemble.

The recording of the latest album with Polaczyk's music was attended by recognized Polish musicians: Paweł Cieślak, Renata Guzik, Paweł Kubica, Maciej Zimka, Wojtek Komsta, Wioletta Strączek and the afraH and telF ensemble.

More information: https://jakub.polaczyk.com 

Cracow, Wieliczka, Kąśna Dolna | 6th Festival and Piano Competition 'Piano e Forte'


Piano eForte 2023Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

The Sfogato Music and Art Society in Cracow, together with its co-organizers and partners, invite you to participate in the 6th Festival and Piano Competition ‘Piano e Forte’ on February 27 - March 5, 2023. The events will take place in Cracow, Wieliczka and Kąśna Dolna. The programme of the project includes: festival concerts, piano Master Course, a series of lectures and workshops ‘Piano e Forte’ Academy and the 6th ‘Piano e Forte’ Piano Competition.

The 6th Festival will start on the 27th of February at 9.00 Piano Master Course in the Ballroom of the Villa Decius Institute of Culture in Cracow, led by Prof. Andrzej Pikul from the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Cracow. Participation in the course is free after registration at www.pianoeforte.pl/akademia2023

The project was financed by the PZU Foundation

Szczegółowy program: www.pianoeforte.pl 

Read more: Cracow, Wieliczka, Kąśna Dolna | 6th Festival and Piano Competition 'Piano e Forte'

Jerzy Morawski passed away...

Morawski Jerzy

Yesterday, on the 26th of February in Warsaw, at the age of 90, a musicologist, Prof. Jerzy Morawski, member of the Polish Composers' Union since 1964, in 1969-1973 - secretary, and in 1973-1975 - chairman of the Section of Musicologists of the Polish Composers' Union, passed away in Warsaw

He graduated from the Institute of Musicology at the University of Warsaw and the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw. He lectured at the University of Warsaw (1968-1970), Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University (1970-1974) and the Jagiellonian University in Cracow (1971-1984, 1999). He worked for almost 50 years at the Art Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences (1956-2005). His scientific interests focused on the theory and history of music in the Middle Ages, Classicism and early Romanticism. He collaborated with the PWM Music Encyclopedia as a scientific editor of the ‘Middle Ages’ section and the author of entries (since 1970).

He received the badges for Merit to the Opole Region (1974), for Merit for the Protection of Monuments (1979), and the Golden Cross of Merit (1985). In 2014, he was decorated with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

May he rest in peace!

New (almost) board of the Polish Composers' Union Cracow Branch

ZKPOn the 25th of February, 2023 at 11.00 at the Pusłowski Palace of the Jagiellonian University at Westerplatte 10 street, the General Assembly Polish Composers' Union Cracow Branch was held, during which the authorities of the Branch were elected for the next 2 years!

Marcel Chyrzyński was re-elected as the president of the Branch. The Board of the Branch, elected by the General Assembly, was constituted as follows: Jerzy Stankiewicz - vice president, Aleksandra Patalas - secretary, Maciej Jabłoński - treasurer, Agnieszka Draus and Krzysztof Kostrzewa - members of the board.

Marcel Chyrzyński was again elected director of the Cracow International Festival of Composers, which has been organized by the Cracow Branch since 1989.

Congratulations and we wish you even more successful projects!