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The latest Ravel Piano Duo Album in "A Polish Kaleidoscope" series


The latest album by Ravel Piano Duo – A Polish Kaleidoscope 3 – will be premiered on 17 November 2019 in the Władysław Żeleński State Secondary Music School in Kraków as part of the 3rd "Krakow Musical Salon: Moniuszko – Żeleński".

Ravel Piano Duo, composed of Agnieszka Kozło and Katarzyna Ewa Sokołowska, actively performs in Poland and Europe. A Polish Kaleidoscope 3 | Dance Music for 4 Hands is already the third album in "A Polish Kaleidoscope" DUX publishing series, aimed at presenting obscure Polish music originally written for four hands. The first album was awarded the "Fryderyk 2016" award in the "Album of the Year Chamber Music" category, and the second was nominated to the same award.

The latest album presents works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Władysław Żeleński, Ignacy Friedman, Zygmunt Noskowski and Maurycy Moszkowski, which will be performed during the Krakow concert. The album will be available to purchase from 17 November in the DUX online store, and soon it will be available through traditional and digital international distribution channels.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme of the Festival athttp://www.spmk.com.pl/salon/ 

Łódź | 22nd „Cantio Lodziensis” Łódź Choir Festival

Cantio Lodziensis

The Łódź Culture Center and the Polish Association of Choirs and Orchestras – Branch in Łódź invites you to the 22nd Łódź Choir Festival "Cantio Lodziensis", which will take place on 16-17 November 2019. This year's event takes the form of competition between choirs and vocal ensembles judged by the international jury chaired by Prof. Dariusz Dyczewski – rector of the Art Academy in Szczecin.

Ensembles representing general and music schools, colleges, academies, cultural institutions and singers' associations from Poland and Slovakia will participate in the Festival. This year's programme will include two blocks of competition concerts and a gala evening. The festival's guest will be the academic choir D’Voice SV IPB Student Choir of the University of Bogor, West Java from Indonesia conducted by Asep Aryanto, who will perform in the non-competitive part at the Museum in Łowicz. The festival will also feature a seminar for conductors, which will be led by professors of the music academies in Łódź, Katowice and Szczecin.

This artistic event promotes the activities of various amateur choirs and vocal ensembles and also fulfills an educational role. On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko, the additional prize for the best performance of the work by our national composer will be awarded by the organisers. The jury will also nominate the laureate of the Festival to participate in the Stefan Stuligrosz Grand Prix Festival of Polish Choir Singing, which will take place in Poznań.

The festival is also an opportunity to promote the artistic achievements of contemporary composers. To this end, a special repertoire has been prepared for the choirs participating in the project. The fringe concerts will be held in Zgierz, Łowicz, Aleksandrów Łódzki and Ksawerów. Admission to all concerts within the Festival is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.ldk.lodz.pl/aktualnosci-a3/festiwal-choralny-przed-nami-r4730 

Chorzów | Premiere of Adam Wesołowski's "Euphony Concerto"

Gorczycki Festiwal

One of the most inspiring and extraordinary concerts of the 14th International Festival of G. G. Gorczycki, which takes place under the slogan "Up and reach the places out of sight", will take place on 16 November 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Chorzów Cultural Center.

International Festival of Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki is an event that has permanently entered the artistic calendar of Silesia. For many years, it has been consistently building its image through a unique repertoire, the participation of excellent artists and the interest of several thousand listeners.

On 16 November, the world-famous soloist Steven Mead (Great Britain), playing the beautiful-sounding euphonium instrument, will visit Poland for the first time to premiere the first concert in the history of Polish music on the euphonium – Adam Wesołowski's Euphonia Concerto. We will also listen to the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach in the "industrial version", i.e. using the sounds recorded in the steel mill, arranged by Adam Wesołowski. This performance will correspond with his Industrial Symphony for string orchestra and multimedia, which combines tradition with modernity. The programme will also include Adam Wesołowski's Encore Concerto for flute and string orchestra, performed by the well-known Polish flautist Łukasz Długosz.

The soloists will be accompanied by the Silesian Chamber Orchestra – a bravura artistic ensemble of the Silesian Philharmonic, which has gained recognition on the international stage. The orchestra works under the direction of both violin virtuoso and conductor Robert Kabara.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: www.gorczycki.pl 

Bydgoszcz | Music of Our Time "Comfort zone"


The proMODERN vocal sextet will present material from their latest album Comfort zone on 15 November 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic.

Passion, perfection, creativity ... these are the qualities that can be attributed to the singers of the proMODERN vocal sextet. The ensemble, formed in 2012 by eminent singers-soloists, performs the most demanding works by contemporary composers.The musicians won four "Fryderyk" awards of the Polish music industry, breaking the Spotify straming record. In 2018, they were nominated for the Coryphaeus Award of Polish Music in the "Discovery of the Year" category.

During the upcoming concert, the ensemble will present the beauty and richness of the early 21st-century art in the avant-garde compositions by Witold Lutosławski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Jagoda Szmytka and Wojtek Blecharz. The works will intertwine with Rafał Ryterski's extraordinary electronic interludes, created especially for this project. The project was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/blog/wydarzenia/promodern-sekstet-wokalny-muzyki-wspolczesnej/ 

Opole | Camerata Quartet Anniversary Concert


One of the leading Polish string quartets – the Camerata Quartet – will celebrate its 35th anniversary on 15 November 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic.

Since its founding in 1984, the Camerata Quartet has won acclaim and recognition among international audiences and critics. The ensemble has performed in renowned concert halls in Europe, America and Asia, has taken part in many international festivals, including the "Warsaw Autumn", and has won a number of international music competitions. The Camerata Quartet has produced 28 records with such companies as DUX, Koch International, Ricercar and Thorofon. In 1991 the Quartet received the Stanisław Wyspiański Award for its achievements, and in March 2009 the Bronze Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis, both awarded by the Minister of Culture. In 2003 the Camerata Quartet founded the Polish Society of Chamber Music.

The programme of the anniversary concert will include String Quartet No. 5 in C minor, Op. 40 by Roman Statkowski and String Quartet No. 1 'From my life' by Bedřich Smetana.

More information at: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/wydarzenia/68-sezon-artystyczny-kwartet-camerata/ 

Łódź | Symphony Concert on the Independence Day


On 15 November 2019 at 7 p.m. the Artur Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic will host a symphony concert to celebrate the Independence Day.

The programme will be filled with excerpts from the operas by Józef Michał Poniatowski, the great grandson of the last Polish king. He was not only a composer, but also a singer and a diplomat, whose operas were staged even at Milan's La Scala. Thanks to Joanna Woś, after many years of oblivion, Poniatowski's work returns to the stages. Last year, the opera Don Desiderio was staged by the Silesian Opera in Bytom.

The upcoming concert will also feature the Symphony in E minor "Rebirth" by Mieczysław Karłowicz, an outstanding composer of the "Young Poland" period. The work evokes the soul’s spiritual struggle against fate from tragedy to triumph, allegedly referring to the contemporary geopolitical situation of Poland. The Łódź Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will be led by Bassem Akiki, a Lebanese conductor of the young generation who develops his career in Poland.

The concert will be preceded by a meeting with Marcin Majchrowski who will discuss the evening's programme.

More information at: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/koncert-symfoniczny-z-okazji-swieta-niepodleglosci 

Warsaw | Scientific and Artistic Conference "Dialogue of modernity with tradition in Polish music of the 20th and 21st century"


The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and the Academy of Arts in Szczecin invite you to the Scientific and Artistic Conference "Dialogue of modernity with tradition in Polish music of the 20th and 21st century", which will take place at the FCUM on 15-16 November 2019.

The conference will feature lectures by such famous composers and performers as: Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska, Edward Sielicki, Artur Kroschel, Weronika Ratusińska-Zamuszko, Róża Wilczak-Płaziuk, Leszek Lorent, Bartosz Kowalski-Banasewicz, Artur Cieślak, Joanna Freszel, Aldona Nawrocka-Woźniak, Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz, Anna Maria Huszcza, Pawel Kwapiński and Barbara Borowicz.

After the theoretical part, there will be two concerts: on 15 November at 7 p.m. in the Melcer Hall and on 16 November at 4 p.m. in the FCUM Concert Hall. The programme will include works by composers representing music universities from all over the country: Artur Cieślak, Anna Maria Huszcza, Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska, Bartosz Kowalski, Artur Kroschel, Paweł Kwapiński, Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz, Aldona Nawrocka, Weronika Ratusińska-Zamuszko, Jakub Szafranski , Olga Hans and Edward Sielicki.

Free admission.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Wrocław | The Past and the Future


The latest works by Krzysztof Baculewski and Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil will be performed on 14 November 2019 at 7 p.m. at the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw.

The concert will present works of those who have gone down in the history of music as well as those who create a new history today. The past and the future will meet in the programme prepared by a superb trio: Łukasz Długosz, Agata Kielar-Długosz and Marek Toporowski. We will listen to the Italian Concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach, two sonatas by Georg Philipp Telemann and Concerto for flute, oboe and bassoon in G minor (arranged for two flutes and harpsichord) by Antonio Vivaldi.

The programme will also include the works by contemporary Polish composers: Frisium for two flutes and harpsichord by Krzysztof Baculewski, premiered less than a month ago at the NFM, and Landmannalaugur for two flutes and harpsichord by Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil, excellent Wrocław composer and teacher, known for her tendency to paint with sounds. The works were co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the 'Composing Commissions' programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/7273 

Katowice | 7th International Days of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

Dni Goreckiego

The 7th International Days of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, devoted to an outstanding visionary, mystic and one of the greatest world artists of the 20th century, will be held from 11 November to 6 December 2019 in Katowice under the slogan "ReGenerations".

The title of the edition introduces the idea of ​​combining different music generations among creators, performers and recipients, as well as the regeneration of music reception in various age groups. The Silesian Philharmonic Community in a special way cares about propagating the achievements of its Patron, through concerts, recordings and publications. As part of this edition of the event, we will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Italy, which will solemnly emphasize the performance of Górecki's Concerto-Cantata, Op. 65 for flute and orchestra by the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Italian conductor, Massimiliano Caldi and with the Italian soloist Raffaele Trevisani.

On 11 November, two concerts of sacred music will be held as a prelude to the festival. The inaugural concert will take place in the concert hall of the Silesian Philharmonic on 15 November with the participation of the Silesian Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Robert Kabara. The programme will include two premieres: Industrial Concerto for harpsichord, string Orchestra and multimedia by Adam Wesołowski and Spindles for harpsichord, electronic effects and chamber orchesta by Jerzy Kornowicz. The soloist will be an outstanding harpsichord player, Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz.

The 9 festival concerts will feature works by Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz, Marek Jasiński, Andrzej Koszewski, Józef Świder, Adrian Robak, Piotr Pudełko, Wojciech Kilar, Mieczysław Weinberg, Paweł Mykietyn, Jaroław Mamczarski, Aleksander Nowak, Aleksander Lasoń and Krzysztof Meyer. The list of performers will include Marcin Zdunik, Chikara Imamura, Władysław Szymański, Piotr Sałajczyk, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Ewa Tracz, Stanisław Kuflyuk, and Emilia Stańczyk (granddaughter of the patron). The festival programme will be complemented by a number of fringe events in the form of educational concerts, film screenings, city games or screenplay games.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music", "Musical Trace" and "Composing Commissions" programmes implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available athttps://filharmonia-slaska.eu/7-mdhmg/