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Warsaw | Generations XXIII and the premiere of Krzysztof Rau's work

ZKPThe 23rd concert in the "Generations" series, organised by the Polish Composers' Union, Polish Radio Channel 2 and ZAiKS Authors' Association, will be held on 3 October 2021 at 6 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio.

The Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw under the baton of Rafał Janiak and the soloists – flautist Łukasz Długosz and accordionist Iwo Jedynecki – will perform works by renowned Polish composers: Concertino for flute and chamber orchestra (1962) by Witold Szalonek, Concerto for accordion and chamber orchestra (1987) by Sławomir Kaczorowski, In the Shade of an Unshed Tear for orchestra (2016) by Agata Zubel, as well as A Winged Creature for chamber orchestra (1994) by the Czech composer Miroslav Pudlák.

In addition, the concert will premiere two parts of Ten Scenes from Tobaro (2020) – the latest work by the young talented composer Krzysztof Rau, a doctoral student of Agata Zubel-Moc and Marcin Rupociński at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. Ten Scenes from Tobaro is a piece inspired by the form of musical reportage created by Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil and the fantastic world of Warhammer Fantasy. The action of the work takes place in the city of Tobaro (which is part of the Warhammer world), at the beginning of the so-called The End of Times (a fantastic apocalypse that brought the destruction of all beings on the planet) and depicts the last moments of the city's population just before its utter destruction.

The concert was co-financed by the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance. Admission is free! It is required to cover the nose and mouth and disinfect the hands before entering the Concert Studio.

More informationhttps://www.zkp.org.pl/index.php/pl/nasze-dzialania/festiwale-koncerty/generacje 

Poznań | 50th "Poznań Music Spring" International Festival of Contemporary Music – Autumn Edition

ZKPThe autumn edition of the 50th anniversary "Poznań Music Spring" International Festival of Contemporary Music will run from 2 to 5 October 2021, presenting the rich and diverse work of contemporary composers. The organiser of the festival is the Polish Composers' Union.

Due to the pandemic, this year's festival has been divided into two parts. The first part was a symphonic concert of the Tadeusz Szeligowski Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra in Poznań conducted by Łukasz Borowicz, which opened the Festival on 12 March.

The autumn edition will feature seven concerts. Among thirty-four presented works, there will be ten premieres. We will hear works by Witold Lutosławski, Arvo Pärt, Toshio Hosokawa, Mikołaj Górecki, Lidia Zielińska, Alicja Gronau-Osińska, Janusz Stalmierski, Barbara Kaszuba, Monika Kędziora, Katarzyna Taborowska, Agnieszka Zdrojek-Suchodolska, Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, and others. The performers will include: Mari Fukumoto, Gośka Isphording, Jakub Drygas, Yaroslav Shemet, Jan Bałaban, Lech Bałaban, Agnieszka Bałaban, Krzysztof Sowiński, Donat Zamiara, Damian Sobkowiak, Grażyna Czerwińska, Lepos Duo, Sepia Ensemble and Moniuszko String Quartet. A special concert will present the works of composers associated with the Łódź Academy of Music – Artur Zagajewski, Olga Hans, Marcin Stańczyk, Sławomir Kaczorowski, Tadeusz Szczepanik, Krzysztof Grzeszczak – performed by chamber musicians from Łódź.

Admission to the concerts is free!

Co-financed under the "Music" programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Programme detailswww.wiosnamuzyczna.pl 

Warsaw | 18th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition

NIFCThe Chopin Competition is the most important musical event in Poland and one of the most important musical events in the world. The 18th edition will be held on 2-23 October 2021.

Apart from its huge role in popularising Chopin's music, it discovers the greatest pianistic talents, providing young musicians with the most effective start in their international career. Among the 87 pianists qualified to the 18th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition are 22 Chinese, 16 Polish, 14 Japanese, 7 South Korean, 6 Italian piano players as well as pianists from Armenia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Latvia, Russia, Spain, Thailand, USA, United Kingdom and Vietnam. The Jury of the 18th Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition will include eminent artists, distinguished experts and excellent educators. They will select those who will contribute to the shape of the musical world over the coming decades.

The official inauguration of the Chopin Competition is slated for 2 October and will take place at the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall. The auditions will commence on 3 and end on 20 October. The crowning of the event will be the Grand Awards Gala with a concert by the winners, which will take place on 21 October at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera. The winner of the competition will receive the Gold Medal and the First Prize of €40,000.

With the enthusiasts of Fryderyk Chopin and enthusiasts of artistic competitions in mind, Chopin Institute prepared multimedia apps: mobile for iOS and Andorid (both can be downloaded free of charge from www.chopin2020.pl) and SmartTV app for Samsung Tvs.

Official websitehttps://chopin2020.pl/pl 

Opole | Opening of the 70th season of the Opole Philharmonic

FO The opening of the 70th anniversary season of the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic will take place on 1 October 2021 at 7.00 p.m. The Opole Philharmonic Orchestra will perform under the baton of Przemysław Neumann alongside the winner of the Chopin Competition, Charles Richard-Hamelin.

When Mozart and Schikaneder enjoyed the success of the premiere of The Magic Flute in 1791, Józef Elsner, patron of the Opole Philharmonic, visited (and most likely applauded Mozart's triumph) in Vienna. Seventeen years later – perhaps inspired by the light form of singspiel – he composed a vaudeville entitled Echo in the Woods. The programme overture to this operatic comedy of errors was performed in 1952 during the concert inaugurating the activity of the Opole Symphony Orchestra. The opening of the 70th anniversary season of the Opole Philharmonic with the same sounds is a tribute to everyone to whom the Philhramonic owe the existence and rich history of this institution.

On the eve (literally!) of the 18th Chopin Competition, the music of the most famous Polish composer – Piano Concerto in F minor, classical in form and poetic in expression – will be performed by Charles Richard-Hamelin, 2nd prize winner of the previous edition of the Competition. The second part of the evening will be filled with Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 3 – a work famous for its lyrical, nostalgic third movement (Poco allegretto). The motif from this movement has been used many times in film and popular music, with Frank Sinatra’s song Take My Love (recorded in 1950) being the most popular example.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket information: www.filharmonia.opole.pl  

Wrocław | 'O Magnum Misterium': Farewell Concert of Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny

FrankówThis special evening on 30 September 2021 at 7 p.m. will surely be particularly romantic, thanks to the farewell concert programme. The NFM Choir, well known to Wrocław audiences, led for the last time by Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny, will perform at the National Forum of Music.

The concert features works very close to Agnieszka Franków-Żelazny and performed many times by the NFM Choir during fifteen years of work under her direction. The programme includes pieces performed at the beginning of the choir's existence – such as Anton Bruckner's gradual Os justi meditabitur sapientiam – as well as those presented a little later, e.g. Stoi lód na Prośnie by Jacek Sykulski, a piece performed during the concert on the 10th anniversary of the choir's activity, and completely new ones, including Marek Raczyński's Chciałbym zaśpiewać Ci to text by Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska, which was premiered last year. The second criterion in the selection of pieces for this exceptional concert was the willingness to show the diversity of the choir's repertoire. Hence, the programme includes sacred compositions of three Christian churches: Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Evangelical. The second half of the concert will present the choir's secular repertoire. It will feature both French Impressionist and German Romantic compositions. The two contrasting parts of the concert will be linked by Jan Krotul's Vulnerasti cor meum to the text from the biblical Song of Songs, specially commissioned by the National Forum of Music.

The programme will aso feature religious compositions recorded on the last two albums of the NFM Choir: De profundis (2016) and Ubi caritas (2018), including contemporary Polish choral works to biblical psalms, such as Ubi Caritas by Paweł Łukaszewski, Chwali, dusze moja, Gospoda by Romuald Twardowski, Beatus vir by Miłosz Bembinow or De profundis by Marcin Łukaszewski. We will listen to three choral motets a cappella: Anton Bruckner's Os justi meditabitur sapientiam, Francis Poulenc's Magnum Mysterium and Felix Mendelssohn's Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen. Two pieces with piano accompaniment performed by Katarzyna Neugebauer-Jastrzębska will certainly stand out from the rest of the compositions: Vulnerasti cor meum and Madrigale, Op. 35 by Gabriel Fauré.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/en/component/nfmcalendar/event/8665

Jakubów | Mińsk County's Art Festival

Czas sztukiThe concert for seniors entitled "Nature painted with a bow" will take place as part of the Mińsk County's Art Festival in the conference room of the Commune Office in Jakubów on 30 September 2021 at 5.00 p.m.

The Time Quartet will present classical music with references to the surrounding nature. The programme will include compositions by such composers as Fryderyk Chopin, Antonio Vivaldi, Claude Debussy and Edvard Grieg.

The Mińsk County's Art Festival features 13 artistic events in each of the thirteen municipalities of the Mińsk County. The festival combines many fields of art: classical music concerts, educational music workshops for seniors and children, as well as music and poetry meetings commemorating outstanding Polish poets and their work. The concerts will feature excellent artists: Mateusz Szemraj, Adeb Chamoun, Olga Bończyk, Mischa Kozłowski, Agata Barwinek-Bembinow, Tango Fuerte, Reed Connection, Maciej Bator, Katarzyna Wiwer, Maksymilian Grzesiak, Katarzyna Boniecka, Rafał Łuc, The Time Quartet.

Admission to all festival events is free!

Co-financed from the budget of the Mińsk Poviat and the Mazowieckie Voivodeship. Financed by the PZU Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Poznań | Händel Festival 2021

HaendelThe Händel Festival will run from 30 September to 3 October 2021 in Poznań, presenting and illuminating the work of this great composer. We will hear both orchestral fragments of his vocal and instrumental works, chamber pieces, and cantatas, as well as works by contemporary Polish composers – Maciej Prochaska and Andrzej Henryk Bączyk – inspired by Baroque harpsichord pieces.

The Händel Festival has been held in Poznań since 2009. This year's edition will feature Poznań baroque ensembles Accademia dell'Arcadia and ContrO, soloists: trumpeter Paweł Hulisz, vocalist Anna Werecka-Gryć, and young musicians associated with Poznań: organist Kamil Lis and harpsichordist Monika Woźniak. They will present works by Georg Friedrich Händel in such manner as they were performed in the 18th century. The concerts will be accompanied by a discussion panel devoted to the work and the figure of the Festival Patron.

We will also hear pieces by contemporary composers associated with Poznań: Maciej Prochaski's Tombeau de Mr L. Couperin and Andrzej Henryk Bączyk's Cyrckulacje and Fugorytmia.

The festival is financed by the City of Poznań and the Marshal of the Greater Poland Province.

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Krakow | 19th "Sacrum Profanum" Festival of Contemporary Music: "Maturity"

Sacrum Profanum"Maturity" – this simple term contains a multitude of senses. This year’s Sacrum Profanum Festival will refer to many of them, e.g., by juxtaposing the works of alternative-avant-garde guitarist and composer Jim O’Rourke with Igor Stravinsky or by presenting the latest work by one of the most important living Polish composers Paweł Mykietyn. The 19th Sacrum Profanum Festival will last from 29 September till 3 October 2021.

The Festival will be inaugurated with the premiere of Purification – a performance by Katarzyna Kalwat with music by Agata Zubel. The solo concert by Martyna Zakrzewska entitled Esoteric Chords will focus on piano works of Barbara Buczek – a famous Polish composer whose output has become legendary over time. For many years, her works were considered impossible to perform due to the enormous amounts of difficult passages, as well as extreme rhythmic and textural variety. At the ~maturity concert, we will trace together with Ensemble Kompopolex how performance and conceptualism have changed over the years to showcase other sources of today's post-internet turn and a new discipline (we will hear piece by Marta Śniady and Marek Chołoniewski).

The Sacrum Profanum Festival joins also the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Lem. Prepared specially for Sacrum Profanum, two programmes with premiere compositions by Andrzej Karałow, Zofia Dowgiałło, Cezary Duchnowski i Piotr Peszat will be performed live by proMODERN and the Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble with soprano Joanna Freszel. The programme of another concert The Three Colours is a conscious and direct reference to the work and symbolism of Krzysztof Kieślowski. A Long Time Ago is a concert of three unusual artists: Paweł Mykietyn, Agata Zubel and Paweł Szymański. They do not follow the beaten path of the popular trends – instead, they keep working on their own styles, often creating songs that reverberate in the music communities. They do not even belong to the same generation, yet they have a lot in common – rebelliousness, courage and the eponymous lightness and ease of creating, surprising, joking and gaining recognition.

The finale of the festival will belong to the Adritti Quartet, which will play a special Arditti Quartet 47 ½ Anniversary concert. On that occasion, we will hear only compositions written for the Adritti that they consider to be the most important in their repertoire or the closest to their hearts.

Co-financed under the "Music" programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Programme details: http://sacrumprofanum.com/program 

Kraków | Intergenerational Music Academy


The fourth edition of the Intergenerational Music Academy in Krakow is a music and art university of the third age. A series of artistic and educational meetings, including classical recitals, chamber concerts of contemporary music, as well as lectures, meetings with artists and workshops, will take place between 26 September and 19 December 2021 at the Villa Decius in Kraków.

The concerts will feature masterpieces of Polish chamber music for reed trio, works by Apolinary Kątski, August Fryderyk Duranowski, Stanisław Szczepanowski, Władysław Żeleński, Aleksander Tansman, Witold Lutosławski, Antoni Szałowski, Benedykt Konowalski, as well as English, French, Argentinian and Spanish music.

Among the performers will be: LLLeggioero Woodwind Trio, clarinetists Agnieszka Dąbrowska-Kras and Piotr Lato, pianists Wioletta Fluda-Tkaczyk and Ewelina Panocha, violinists Paweł Wajrak and Justyna Dybek-Boczek, violist Anna Migdał-Chojecka, cellist Korrabasek Pallusz and cellist Franciszek Pallusz.

The final extraordinary Christmas concert entitled the "Faces of pianism" will be held on 19 December. Marta Mołodyńska-Wheeler, Anna Duda, Monika Gardoń-Preinl, Ireneusz Boczek, Grzegorz Mania and Piotr Różański will present Christmas carols arranged for piano four- and six-hands.

Admission to the concerts is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://spmk.com.pl/