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Kraków | Premiera „Vie et Passion du Christ” Piotra Peszata

Piotr Peszat31 sierpnia 2019 roku o godz. 20:00 w krakowskiej Cricotece – Ośrodku Dokumentacji Sztuki Tadeusza Kantora – odbędzie się prawykonanie para-oratoryjnego utworu na zespół kameralny, live-electronics i wideo Vie et Passion du Christ autorstwa Piotra Peszata.

Główną inspiracją do powstania utworu, jak również punktem wyjścia dla działań kompozytorskich, jest film niemy Żywot i męka Jezusa Chrystusa (fr. Vie et Passion du Christ) z 1903 roku w reżyserii Lucien Nongueta i Ferdinanda Zecca. Stanowi jeden z pierwszych obrazów filmowych kolorowanych wykorzystujących technikę ręcznego barwienia pathéchrome. W 1995 roku Żywot i męka Jezusa Chrystusa znalazł się na watykańskiej liście 45 znaczących filmów w kategorii filmów o szczególnych walorach religijnych, opracowanej z okazji 100-lecia kina.

Oratorium Piotra Peszata jest niezwykle nowatorskie pod względem gatunkowym, ponieważ połączy muzykę, teatralizację działań instrumentalistów oraz wizualność w nietradycyjny sposób. Warstwa muzyczna stanowi wiodący element dzieła, niemniej – w kontekście wykorzystania fragmentów filmu niemego jako warstwy wideo – ma nie tyle prowadzić, co sugerować, antycypować lub nawiązywać do obrazu. Tradycyjne brzmienie instrumentarium zespołu kameralnego zostanie poszerzone o nietradycyjne sposoby wydobywania dźwięku, brzmienia elektroniczne, partie mówione i śpiewane, realizowane przez instrumentalistów. Wybór tematu dzieła podkreśla aktualność tematyki religijnej w XXI w. oraz wskazuje istotne miejsce estetyki chrześcijańskiej jako ważnego i inspirującego dziedzictwa kultury.

Wykonawcą koncertu będzie zespół Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble. Projekt jest współfinansowany przez Ministerstwo Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego w ramach programu „Zamówienia Kompozytorskie 2019”, realizowanego przez Instytut Muzyki i Tańca.

Patronat medialny nad wydarzeniem objęło Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej POLMIC.

Informacje o kompozytorze – na stronie www.peszat.com 

Lublin | Stanisław Moniuszko & Fryderyk Chopin

Fonie Lublina

"Fonie Lublina" concert series continues during the summer. A concert entitled "Stanisław Moniuszko and Fryderyk Chopin" will take place on 24 August 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Crown Tribunal in Lublin.

Fryderyk Chopin is spoken of as a romantic; Stanisław Moniuszko is often portrayed as a positivist. It is true on historical and aesthetic basis, but when you look closely at the music of both artists, it turns out that they have much in common. The programme of the upcoming concert includes songs of both composers as well as works by continuators of their traditions – outstanding pianist-composers and creators of operas and songs. The concert will feature soprano Ewa Biegas and pianists Agnieszka Schulz-Brzyska and Grzegorz Biegas.

The project is implemented thanks to the support of the City of Lublin. Admission to the concert is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2019 – submit your nomination!

Koryfeusz

The 9th edition of the Polish Music Community Award "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" has officially started. Nomination forms for candidates can be submitted in the categories: "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award", as well as in the "Discovery of the Year" category for debuting artists, until 10 September 2019 through the website www.koryfeusz.org.pl.

Since 2011, Polish music community has awarded the "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" award to its most prominent representatives. The award is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance. "Coryphaeus" is a distinction for people, groups of artists and institutions operating in the area of ​​Polish music. The award is granted for achievements in the last artistic season, with the exception of the "Honorary Award", which is awarded for overall activity. Applications can be submitted by members of the community.

The winners in the categories "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award" are selected in a secret ballot by the Electoral College. It consists of rectors of music academies and universities, directors of musicology and music institutes, music journalists, representatives of unions and organizations, as well as all winners who have been awarded in all categories. The award in the "Discovery of the Year" category is granted based on the results of open voting from the audience, which will take place between 16 and 19 September at www.koryfeusz.org.pl.

Winners will be announced during the Awards Gala on 1 October 2019. They will receive statuettes by Professor Adam Myjak as well as financial awards funded by ZAiKS Authors' Association and STOART Performing Artists' Union.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The rules and regulations are available at: www.koryfeusz.org.pl 

20th AUKSO Summer Philharmonic

AUKSO

Orchestral and chamber concerts, workshops, meetings and other events accompanying the 20th anniversary edition of the AUKSO Summer Philharmonic will take place in the Suwałki region between 16 and 22 August 2019.

Among the invited artists there will be cellist Andrzej Bauer, winner of the German Record Critics' Award, opera singer Tomasz Konieczny and chamber musicians from the Alternative Ensemble. The artists will be accompanied by the musicians of the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy conducted by Marek Moś. The festival programme will mark an important anniversary for the world of culture and art – bicentenary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko, the father of Polish national opera. Next to classical compositions by Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart or Piotr Czajkowski, the repertoire will include contemporary works by Tadeusz Baird and Krzesimir Dębski.

The festival will be inaugurated on 16 August with a concert dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. During the final concert on 22 August, soloist Kasia Moś accompanied by the musicians of the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of the City of Tychy under the direction of Marek Moś will present new compositions announcing her next album, as well as songs from the album "Inspination", works by Krzesimier Dębski and ...  Stanisław Moniuszko.

Andrzej Bauer will lead the workshops and masterclasses for young cellists from Emil Młynarski State School of Music in Suwałki. There will be also meetings with Krzesimir Dębski, Marek Moś and Andrzej Strumiłło.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://soksuwalki.eu/xx-letnia-filharmonia-aukso-wigry-2019/ 

Olsztyn | Concert of the Polish Youth Orchestra LYO

LYO

Polish Youth Orchestra LYO (Lutoslawski Youth Orchestra) will perform on 16 August 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the concert hall of the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic. Young musicians under the direction of Adrián Varela will start the concert with The Fairytale fantastic overture by Stanisław Moniuszko.

The programme will also include virtuoso Violin Concerto in A major, Op. 8 by Mieczysław Karłowicz, peformed by the outstanding Polish violinist Janusz Wawrowski on the violin built in 1685 by Antonio Stradivari. In the finale, the Polish Youth Orchestra will present Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 by Piotr Czajkowski.

The Polish Youth Orchestra LYO is the largest and the only nationwide orchestra for second-grade music school students. Every year, the artistic director of the orchestra travels around the country searching for the most talented young musicians, who are distinguished by their talent and enormous passion for music. In cooperation with the famous Philharmonia Orchestra from London and the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic, a group of musicians focused on gaining professional skills will meet in Olsztyn on 10-17 August. This year's teching staff is composed of well-renowned artists: Adrián Varela, Desmond Neysmith, Carsten Williams, Laurent Ben Slimane and Jan Regulski.

More information at: https://filharmonia.olsztyn.pl/koncert/polska-orkiestra-mlodziezowa-lyo-2/ 

Kraków | 44th Festival "Music in Old Cracow"

MuzykaThe 44th edition of one of the oldest Polish festivals – "Music in Old Cracow" – will take place on 15-31 August 2019.

Cultural tradition in Cracow creates a special aura that conduces to music. Many outstanding European composers such as H. Finck, L. Marenzio and D. Cato worked here; G. Palestrina, G. Ph. Telemann and J. S. Bach dedicated their works to Polish kings. Liszt, Brahms, Paderewski and Rubinstein played here their concerts. The festival “Music in Old Cracow” refers to these great cards of Cracow cultural history.

This year's festival will feature such artists as violinist Krzysztof Jakowicz, harpsichordist Pierre Hantaï, organist Andrzej Białko, guitarist Dmytro Hołoweńko, cellists Steven Isserliss, Magdalena Bojanowicz and Bartosz Koziak, Sinfonietta Cracovia, Royal Rorantists, Cracow Brass Quintet, Collegium Zieleński, Camerata Polonia, Monastery of 13 Holy Assyrian Fathers Choir, Spanish Brass, Lviv Virtuosos and many others. Next to the famous artists, young talented musicians at the beginning of their careers are invited to the festival too.

The program of the festival “Music in Old Cracow” includes wide range of music – from the oldest to contemporary. This year, we will listen to works by Fryderyk Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Wojciech Kilar and Stanisław Moryto. The concerts will take place in various historical venues, which allows to see the most beautiful places in Cracow, in addition to musical impressions.

Full programme available athttp://www.mwsk.eu/ 

Warsaw | 15th "Chopin and His Europe" Festival

NIFC

The 15th "Chopin and His Europe" Festival – one of the most important international music projects to familiarize audiences with the Polish composer’s œuvre – will take place between 14 August and 1 September in Warsaw.

In accordance with its title, the Festival showcases Fryderyk Chopin’s œuvre in the context of ‘his’ Europe, understood in four perspectives: Europe contemporary to him, pre-Chopin Europe, Europe after the great master’s death and, finally, the Europe of our time. For this reason, aside from works by Chopin himself, the repertoire played at the Festival also includes the music that inspired him, works by composers younger than he, and the reception of Chopin’s œuvre in music contemporary to us. An essential aesthetic premise of the program is to present and confront two performance movements: performance on historical and modern instruments. At the same time, of extraordinary significance is the presence of the most distinguished pianists, orchestras and ensembles – representing both the international and the Polish music world – at the Festival. Supported by the interpretations of the masters, the Festival also creates an opportunity for young artists now debuting on the concert stage to perform in such prestigious company.

Flis and The Haunted Manor in the concert version, vocal lyric, piano pieces, The Fairy Tale symphonic overture, as well as Józef Nowakowski's and Henryk Melcer's arrangements of songs and fragments of Halka. Of key importance for the "Chopin and his Europe" Festival are also high-class performances of contemporary Polish music, including works by Witold Lutosławski, Andrzej Panufnik, Krzysztof Penderecki and Mieczysław Weinberg, whose 100th birthday falls this year.

Full programme available at: https://festiwal.nifc.pl/pl 

Warsaw | WarszeMuzik 2019

WarszeMuzik

Next edition of the WarszeMuzik festival – a series of chamber concerts in preserved pre-war courtyards in the Warsaw ghetto area – will take place between 10 August and 1 September 2019.

This year concerts will take place at 41 Chłodna Street and next to the Umschlagplatz monument at Stawki Street. There will also be a walking tour through the Wola district entitled "In the footsteps of Weinberg" lead by Warsaw activist Aleksandra Stefaniak.

During the inaugural concert, Hashtag Ensemble will present improvisations to photographic scores consisting of archival photographs from the collections of the Jewish Historical Institute. On 11 August, pianists Tymoteusz Bies and Piotr Sałajczyk will perfrom works by Mieczysław Weinberg, Franz Schubert, Dmitrij Szostakowicz and Władysław Szpilman. On 17 and 18 August, Marek Bracha – pianist and curator of the festival, will perform a recital composed of mazurkas written by Polish composers of Jewish origin: Maria Szymanowska, Józef Wieniawski, Aleksander Tansman, Mieczysław Weinberg and Władysław Szpilman.

The world premiere of the Concerto for flute, piano and strings (2019) by Mikołaj Majkusiak will take place on 24 August. The work inspired by the compositional style of Mieczysław Weinberg, containing a quote from his 21st Symphony "Kaddish", is dedicated to the curators of WarszeMuzik. One more premiere will be featured in the final concert: A piece for tenement house, 4 gramophones and chamber ensemble by Agnieszka Stulgińska, composer-in-residence at WarszeMuzik 2019. The work will be performed by Hashtag Ensemble, residents of the house at 41 Chłodna Street and activists. The performance is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Composing Commissions" programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Full programme available athttp://www.warszemuzik.org/ 

"Sacrum Non Profanum" International Music Festival

Sacrum non Profanum

The International Music Festival "Sacrum Non Profanum" will be held on 8-17 August 2019.

The festival has been organized since 2005 by the Pomeranian Association of Instrumentalists 'Academia'. Every year, one of the outstanding Polish composers is the patron of the undertaking. This year's edition will be dedicated to Stanisław Moniuszko. Festival events will be held, among others, in the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin, the Cathedral Basilica of St James the Apostle in Szczecin, the Castle Opera, the House of Culture of the "13 Muses", the Castle of Pomeranian Dukes, as well as the famous Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Berlin, where the Litanies of Ostra Brama and Organ Prelude on the theme of 'Lenten Lamentations' will be performed by German, Ukrainian and Polish artists.

The programme of the festival includes pieces of contemporary music intertwined with the classics of bygone eras. This year's edition will feature about five hundred artists, including the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra and the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, who celebrates 50th anniversary. The world-famous musicians will perform, among others, >Quartet for 4 Saxophones Op. 65 a by Krzysztof Meyer. On 13 August in the '13 Muses' House of Culture, there will be a concert organised in cooperation with the Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Center as part of the "Music of our times" programme, which promote music of young Polish composers performed by young instrumentalists. The repertoire will include pieces by Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Roksana Wawrzyniecka, Marek Pasieczny, Paweł Sławiński and Marcin Jachim. Participants of the International Music Workshop – members of the three brass bands from Belarus, Germany and Poland – will perform arrangements of Moniuszko's songs in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ Church in Łobez and during the open-air final concert in front of the famous ruins of St. Nicholas Church in Trzęsacz.

Festival concerts will be accompanied by fringe events (film screenings, exhibitions and scientific conference).

Full programme available athttp://sacrumnonprofanum.eu/