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NeoQuartet – NeoCollection


"NeoCollection" is a project aimed at creating an audio-video collection of the most outstanding Polish contemporary string quartets, which will be made available online for free between 27 August and 24 September 2020.

The originator of the project is NeoQuartet, a string quartet specializing in the performance of contemporary music, which will produce and make available online three works written by outstanding Polish artists. The visual artists Andrzej Mańkowski, Piotr Wyrzykowski and Filip Ignatowicz were invited to participate in the project. Each quartet will be a separate audio-visual work that will promote Polish cultural heritage in a comprehensible and attractive way. We will hear and see new interpretations of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's 'Already It Is Dusk' String Quartet, Witold Lutosławski's String Quartet and Krzysztof Penderecki's String Quartet No. 2.

It is planned that the collection will be regularly expanded with new works, so that in the end it will be released on a durable medium as an audiovisual collector's edition.

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Streaming online at: https://kulturanawynos.pl/ 

Dąbrowa Górnicza | "Dąbrowa Resident in Paris" – concert inaugurating the artistic season of the Zagłębie Palace of Culture


Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will perform on 6 September 2020 at 5.00 p.m. at the Freedom Square in front of the Zagłębie Palace of Culture in Dąbrowa Górnicza, inaugurating the new artistic season of the instituion. The concert entitled "Dąbrowa Resident in Paris" will present profiles of Polish composers who created in exile, in Paris.

14 September marks the 106th birth anniversary of Michał Spisak – an outstanding artist from Dąbrowa Górnicza, appreciated and awarded in international composers' competitions, who, as a result of a combination of circumstances, spent over half of his life in France, mainly in Paris. The Jerzy Semkow Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under the baton of maestro Marek Wroniszewski and the soloists Piotr Sałajczyk (piano) and Antoni Dąbrowski (bassoon) will present one of Michał Spisak's works in the excellent company of works by two other "Polish Parisians": Fryderyk Chopin and Wojciech Kilar.

Written in 1944 in the French Vouroin, Michał Spisak's Concerto for bassoon and orchestra is a work that the French audience liked the most in the post-war years. Published in 1833, already during Chopin's stay in Paris, Fantasie sur des Airs Nationaux Polonais, Op. 13 is a delicious mix of motifs derived from Polish traditional music. During the September concert we will also hear vigorous pieces by Wojciech Kilar from the films Pan Tadeusz, The Promised Land and The Leper.

The intriguing stories and relations of Polish artists with the French music world, the elite and everyday life will be presented in the accompanying exhibition Chopin, Spisak, Górecki, Kilar. Paris brawls, which will be available in the "Gallery behind the glass" from 6 September to 16 October 2020.

More information at: http://palac.art.pl/pl/wydarzenie/dabrowianin-w-paryzu-sinfonia-iuventus 

Warsaw | Concert announcing the "Warsaw Autumn" Festival


The "Harmonies and Noises" Foundation invites you on 6 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m. to the TR Warszawa theatre (8 Marszałkowska St.) for the "sci-fi retro" concert announcing this year's "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music. The concert is devoted to fantasies about other planets made over a hundred years ago.

Such famous instrumentalists and composers as Anna Kwiatkowska (violin), Mikołaj Pałosz (cello), Adam Kośmieja (piano), Wojciech Błażejczyk (guitar), Sławomir Wojciechowski and Rafał Zapała (electronics) will perform II Trio in einem Satz by Mauricio Kagel, Trauben by Enna Poppe, as well as the latest compositions by Polish artists: Live-Foley by Kuba Krzewiński and Aleksandra Chciuk, and Hommage à Georges Méliès by Wojciech Błażejczyk, Sławomir Wojciechowski and Rafał Zapała.

Live-Foley for a group of young amateurs and video refers to the art of "foley" (recording sound effects for films at the post-production stage), processing it in a non-obvious way. Young performers will provide sound for a film created by audiovisual artist Aleksandra Chciuk. The piece contains completely composed and improvised fragments. The film refers to the visions of future space travel that can be found in films made at the beginning of the 20th century.

The collective composition Hommage à Georges Méliès for violin, cello, electric guitar, electronic media and film screening was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance. The musical tribute to Méliès, made by three composers, will use three of his short films about outer space and interplanetary travel.

The concert will be repeated on 22 October 2020 in the Concert Hall of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

More information at: https://harmonieihalasy.com/2020/07/28/works-by-kagel-poppe-and-sci-fi-retro-project/ 

Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra: Inauguration of the 2020/2021 artistic season

POSIThe colourful and varied concert on 5 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m., inauguration the 2020/2021 artistic season, will be a true feast for amateurs of orchestra virtuosity, piano artistry and ensemble singing of the highest quality – three exquisite soloists will be accompanied by Poland’s unprecedented proMODERN vocal sextet specialising in ambitious contemporary music, frequently composed (as in this case) specially for the group.

Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major – a masterpiece of Classicist music will be performed by Paweł Kowalski, one of the most versatile Polish pianists with extensive repertoire. In Dmitri Shostakovich's Concero for piano and trumpet and string orchestra in C minor, Op. 35 the parts of both instruments are exposed, the piano part characterised by its virtuosity with the trumpet part often serving as a witty comment. The piano part will be performed by Piotr Sałajczyk, a valued soloist and chamber musician, who, apart from canonical piano pieces, successfully performs contemporary music as well; the trumpet part will be performed by Sebastian Portka, musician of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra. The Orchestra’s entire wind section will perform Igor Stravinsky’s extraordinary piece titled Symphonies d’instruments à vent.

As the final performance of the evening, the splendid proMODERN sextet, which in its several years’ history won numerous awards, distinctions and was an object of admiration of all critics and audiences, will, together with Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra conducted by Marek Wroniszewski, perform Copernicus – our Planet by one of the most eminent contemporary Polish composers, Zygmunt Krauze. The piece is inspired by the great astronomer’s words (from his letter to Pope Paul III), unconventionally translated into a musical piece. The piece also features fragments of the Paris Agreement within the Convention on Climate Change. The author wrote: “Most of my recent works have expressed an idea or a message. It is a Romantic, sometimes idealistic attitude introduced by Ludwig van Beethoven. When I was composing Copernicus – our Planet, I wanted to express my personal attitude to the present, to the times we live in. I also emphasize my refusal to accept thoughtless actions that destroy our planet, disregarding its future and the future of humans.” The piece conveying the profound humanitarian and ecological message was composed on commission from KODY Festival and the Foundation of Culture and Education ARTE.

Piotr Maculewicz

Concert will be broadcasted online on You Tube and on the website: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/inauguration-of-the-2020-2021-artistic-season/

"Fantasia on the rafting song" – composition at a distance

PomorskieThe Pomeranian Music Society invites on 5 September 2020 at 6.00 p.m. for an online concert, during which the Fantasia on a rafting song by several Polish composers will be premiered.

The Raftsman's Song, an old folk melody popular at the beginning of the 20th century, used to sound in the form of a chanting from the Toruń town hall tower. Six composers born in Toruń were invited to create a Fantasia on the rafting song: Magdalena Cynk, Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Rafał Kłoczko, Michał Ossowski, Jędrzej Roch Rochecki and Mateusz Ryczek. Each of them wrote one variation on an old song, intended for one performer.

The invited artists associated with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra – Robert Matusiak, Monika Skruszewicz, Mateusz Szwankowski, Paulino Taica Frias, Michał Tyrański and Marta Wroniszewska – recorded their performances of each miniatures. All parts will be assembled as one whole. The live broadcast, during which the Fantasia will be presented, will be combined with the composers' statements.

The project "Fantasia on the rafting song – composition at a distance" is co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

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Kraków | "Kraków Philharmonic at Your Home" – Reed Trio


The Kraków Philharmonic Reed Trio will perform on 5 September 2020 at 6.00 p.m. in the "Kraków Philharmonic at Your Home" series, co-financed by the "Culture on the Web" programme of the National Centre for Culture.

The "Krakow Philharmonic at your home!" is an initiative aimed at maintaining the continuity of the cultural offer of the Kraków Philharmonic. The series includes 8 concerts that will take place from June to September. Each concert will be broadcat on the Kraków Philharmonic website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The Reed Trio of the Kraków Philharmonic is a wind instrument ensemble consisting of the leading musicians of the Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra, who also pursue their individual musical ambitions as part of numerous activities of various musical nature: oboist Mariusz Pędziałek, clarinetist Jan Cielecki and bassoonist Wojciech Turek. The repertoire of the trio includes pieces written for this classical set of instruments well as compositions adapted to the needs of the ensemble. During the upcoming concert, we will hear Aleksander Tansman's Reed trio, Witold Lutosławski's Trio for oboe, clarinet and bassoon, and Libor Sima's 5 miniatures for oboe, clarinet and bassoon.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/Repertuar/Kalendarium/9063-Filharmonia_Krakowska_w_Twoim_domu.html 

"With classics through Poland": music for string quartet

IMiTNext concerts as part of the "With classics through Poland" series will take place on 4 September 2020 in Skarbek Park in Grodzisk Mazowiecki (6.00 p.m.), on 5 September at Ojrzanów Palace in Żabia Wola (5.00 p.m.) and on 6 September at the Municipal Cultural Center in Tarczyn (7.00 p.m.).

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.

During the next concerts, the music of Joseph Haydn, Stanisław Moniuszko and Karol Szymanowski will be performed by the Ãtma Quartet: Katarzyna Gluza (violin), Paulina Marcisz (violin), Karalina Orsik-Sauter (viola) and Edyta Słomska (cello). Four outstanding instrumentalists, graduates of Polish music academies, have been busy giving concerts at home and abroad, popularizing chamber music, particularly, works by Polish composers. The quartet won the 1st Prize and three special awards in the 2nd Karol Szymanowski International Competition for String Quartets in Katowice (2017), an incentive award and the Bärenreiter Urtext Prize in the International Competition ‘Franz Schubert and Modern Music’ in Graz (2018), the 3rd Prize in the 1st Karol Szymanowski International Music Competition in Katowice (2018), the 3rd Prize in the Gianni Bergamo Classic Music Award in Lugano (2019), and the 2nd Prize in the Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów (2019).

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.

Admission to the concerts is free, however invitations are required.

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

The YouTube channel with unknown works of Polish composers

pThe new project „Cudze słuchacie, swego nie znacie” (You listen to outlandish, you dont know yours") aims to present the unknown works by Polish composers. These will mostly be the first and sometimes the only recordings of works, nearly 200 years after being composed. YouTube channel of the Foundation "Sztuka i Pasja" will start on 4 September 2020.

The 10-episode series aims at popularizing the work of Oskar Kolberg, Zygmunt Noskowski, Stanisław Moryta, Mikołaj Gomółka, Antoni Stolpe, Józef Nowakowski, Witold Maliszewski, Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński and Karol Lipiński. We will hear their works interpreter by Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Piotr Janowski, the Amadeus Orchestra conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal, Andrzej Wróbel, the Juenesses Musicales Choir conducted by Ewa Strusińska, Justyna Stolarska-Reczeniedi, Mateusz Zajdel, the Camerata Vistula ensemble, Anna Wróbel, Marta Gębska, Grzegorz Skrobiński and many chamber musicians representing the highest level of performance.

Each recording will be preceded by a short preface, introducing the presented works, the composer and performers. Among the lecturers - the National Philharmonic prelectors Barbara Szczęsna-Remisz and Malina Sarnowska, the music critic Tadeusz Deszkiewicz and well-known classical music authorities: Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Andrzej Wróbel and Janusz Olejniczak.

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Premiere of the newest album of the Poznań Vocal Ensemble Minimus

MinimusOn 4 September 2020 the album titled Wacław Reimagined by the Poznań-based Minimus Vocal Ensemble will have its premiere. It will include contemporary choral compositions inspired by the works of Wacław z Szamotuł.

The core focus of the album is the continuous dialogue between the past and the present. It shows us how the art of ancient times intertwines with today’s world and how it affects the 21st century pieces.

Five of twelve pieces are world premieres of works commissioned by the ensemble. Their authors are Polish composers of the young generation, experienced and rewarded in numerous competitions: Paweł Łukaszewski, Aleksandra Chmielewska, Katarzyna Danel, Andrzej Bielerzewski, Marek Raczyński and Łukasz Urbaniak. Apart from contemporary compositions, the album also includes pieces by Wacław z Szamotuł which were an inspiration for the 21st century artists. Renaissance pieces have been presented with the improvised accompaniment of a lute and a Renaissance guitar.

The album has been released by Poznań-based label RecArt. As of 4 September, the record will be available in a digital form on streaming platforms and in the form of a CD in good music stores.

More information at: http://www.recart.pl/pl/albums