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Wrocław | Andrzej Chorosiński's Organ Recital

NFMWe invite you to a recital of the outstanding organist Andrzej Chorosiński, during which we will hear three masterpieces. Only one of them was originally conceived by the composer as an organ composition, the other two are arrangements of pieces for a cappella choir and piano.

The concert will begin with the monumental Fantasia and Fugue on the chorale Ad nos, ad salutarem undam by Ferenc Liszt, written in 1850 in Weimar. In it, the composer relied on the chorale from the first act of the then popular opera The Prophet by Giacomo Meyerbeer, to whom he dedicated his work. Then we will listen to Agnus Dei by Krzysztof Penderecki, which he wrote at the news of the death of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, and later included it in the monumental Polish Requiem. The work was heard for the first time during the mourning ceremony of the cardinal on May 31, 1981 in the Cathedral Basilica of St John the Baptist in Warsaw. The composition begins slowly, in quiet dynamics, evoking a mood of prayerful concentration. The music gradually becomes more and more passionate and expressive, and after the poignant, marked in the score quasi in grido (almost like a scream) climax on the word peccata (sins), it is softened again and slowed down.

The last piece in the concert programme, the suite Pictures at an Exhibition, is one of the most famous works by Modest Mussorgsky. It was created as a tribute to the composer’s friend, painter Wiktor Hartmann. Mussorgsky’s suite was originally intended for piano, but quickly began to be arranged for other ensembles. The best known is undoubtedly the arrangement prepared for a great orchestra by Maurice Ravel. During this concert, the piece will be performed in a version prepared by the German composer Oskar Gottlieb Blarr and Andrzej Chorosiński.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/en/component/nfmcalendar/event/8331

Katowice | Silesian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maciej Tomasiewicz

FSThe H.M. Górecki Silesian Philharmonic invites you on 21 May 2021 at 7.00 p.m. to a concert of the Silesian Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Maciej Tomasiewicz. The programme composed of works by Max Bruch, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Witold Lutosławski and Béla Bartók will delight not only with the richness of the sound, but also with many references to folklore.

Bruch's Serenade for Strings after Swedish Folk Melodies consists of five parts; parts II and IV use folk love songs as their theme, part III draws on traditional dance from the Swedish region of Dalarna, while parts I and V contain the theme of Charles XII's coronation march.

The contemporary Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara wrote Pelimannit in 1952. Its title can be translated as "violinists", and the individual parts are named after traditional games, processions, and wedding dances. The thematic material of the piece comes from the collection of violin pieces – Samuel Rinda-Nickola's Songbook from the 18th century, containing traditional Swedish melodies with titles given by folk musicians.

A few Folk Melodies originally written for piano by Witold Lutosławski were later instrumented for string orchestra. They are based on melodies from various regions of Poland. The final of the concert will feature Béla Bartók's Divertimento for string orchestra, which is based on gypsy motifs.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Zielona Góra | Musical Anniversary Meeting – Concert of Polish Music

FZAfter a long break forced by the pandemic, the Tadeusz Baird Zielona Góra Philharmonic invites you to a musical anniversary meeting with the audience. On 21 May 2021 at 8.00 p.m., to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Philharmonic, pianist Beata Bilińska and the Zielona Góra Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Czesław Grabowski will perform works by Tadeusz Baird, Fryderyk Chopin and Stanisław Moniuszko.

The anniversary concert will begin with Tadeusz Baird's Overture. The patron of the Philharmonic is one of the most outstanding Polish composers of the twentieth century, with a rich and diverse oeuvre. Called a "romantic of contemporary times", he treated the subordination of technical means to musical expression as his overriding idea. He made his debut in a period unfavorable to innovative activities. Together with other Polish composers, he belonged to the so-called "Group 49" (from the year of its creation in 1949), the aim of which was to practice communicative and uncomplicated music with "positive" and "optimistic" expression. His Giocosa (1952), based on the sonata-allegro form, is an orchestral auto-transcription of the first movement of the previously written Sonata No. 2 for piano.

Fryderyk Chopin's Piano Concerto in E minor, Op. 11 occupies a special place in Polish music literature. The virtuoso work in the romantic 'brilliant' style has permanently entered the repertoire of the most outstanding pianists around the world. The concert overture Fairy Tale was described by Moniuszko himself as "the fantastic overture". It is also widely regarded as a kind of the first symphonic poem in our music literature.

More information: http://filharmoniazg.pl/ 

Rzeszów | Ludomir Różycki and Joseph Haydn

PodkarpackaThe Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic invites you on 21 May 2021 at 7.00 p.m. to a symphonic concert. The Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Tomasz Chmiel will present works by Ludomir Różycki and Joseph Haydn.

The philharmonic audience certainly remembers Ludomir Różycki's (1883-1953) symphonic poems, which are the showpiece of the orchestral music of this Young Poland composer. Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 43 (1918), neo-romantic in style, reveals the most important features of his music – the expressiveness of melody and effective instrumentation. The piece places great technical demands on the soloist, giving the piano virtuosos room to show off. During the upcoming concert, the solo part will be performed by outstanding pianist Olga Zado.

The Symphony Orchestra of the Podkarpacka Philharmonic will also present one of the twelve famous London symphonies by Joseph Haydn (1732–1809), considered exemplary in classical music. These works were composed after Haydn's arrival in England at the invitation of Peter Salomon – the famous violinist who was also a music impresario. Symphony in G major No. 100 (1794) "Military" owes its title to the second movement, in which the composer introduced an extensive group of wind instruments and a larger percussion set: cymbals, a triangle and a large drum – characteristic of a military orchestra.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.rzeszow.pl/ 

4th Student Scientific Session "In the sea of ​​inspiration" as part of the World Accordion Day 2021

World Accordion DayThe Accordionists Research Group of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk invites you on 19 May 2021 at 10.00 p.m. to the 4th Student Scientific Session on the occasion of the World Accordion Day. The theme of this year's event is "In the sea of ​​inspiration".

The papers will be devoted to Polish accordion works inspired by native folklore, connections of Mikołaj Majkusiak's works with jazz music, repertoire for the "flute-accordion" duet, compositions 'in memoriam' in accordion literature, techniques characteristic of accordion music in transcriptions, and the role of accordion in a folk ensemble from the performer's perspective.

The conference will be attended by students and doctoral students of the Academy of Art in Szczecin, the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk and the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.

A special guest of the World Accordion Day will be Marcin Wyrostek, who will deliver a lecture entitled Silesian Music as a source of inspiration for accordion arrangement and improvisation.

Link to the conference on the MS Teams platform: http://bityl.pl/kIkER 

12th Polish National Congress of Musicology Students and 6th Week of Musicology

UOFor over 10 years, the Opole University offers musicology as first and second cycle studies. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Department of Musicology at the Opole University organises the 12th Polish National Congress of Musicology Students on 19–20 May 2021.

A special guest of the Congress will be Prof. Jasmina Talam (Academy of Music in Sarajevo) – a world-famous ethnomusicologist who will give the inaugural lecture. The student scientific conference will consist of thematic sessions presenting the effects of musicological research conducted by students and doctoral students.

The 12th Polish National Congress of Musicology Students is a part of a bigger event organised by the Department of Musicology at the Opole University, which is the 6th Week of Musicology at the Opole University (17–22 May). It will feature a number of additional scientific, cultural and artistic events, including workshops, concerts and an organological conference from the series "Silesian Organ VII".

The programme is available at: www.muzykologia.uni.opole.pl 

Paderewski Centre in Kąśna Dolna | Talent Week Festival 2021 Online

Centrum PaderewskiegoIt is hard to imagine the concert season in Kąśna Dolna without the Week of Talents – a festival with almost 40 years of tradition. In 2021, the event will take place without the audience, with all concerts broadcast online on 18-23 May.

The Paderewski Centre scheduled two new events as part pf the festival: the Competition for the Anna Knapik Award for students of music schools in Lesser Poland and the Competition for the Scholarship of the Paderewski Center in Kąśna Dolna for students of Polish art schools. The general assumption of both competitions is to focus on one specialization in a given year, in the cycle: vocal, string instruments, piano. Participants of the current vocal edition will present their skills at competition concerts in a unique place – the last surviving property of Ignacy Jan Paderewski in the world. We will hear works by Paderewski himself, Grażyna Bacewicz, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Franciszek Maklakiewicz, Feliks Nowowiejski, Ludomir Różycki, Władysław Żeleński, as well as representatives of various European composers' schools. The competition participants will be assessed by committees composed of eminent figures of Polish culture.

The festival will also include a traditional concert of Tarnów Talents, i.e. distinguished students of the Tarnów music school, under the patronage of Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The list of performers includes: Grzegorz Wijas (organ), Karolina Starzyk and Borys Komisarz (piano duo), Aleksandra Kubala (violin) and Jan Łukasik (drums).

All concerts will be broadcast live (free of charge) on Paderewski Centre's YouTube and Facebook.

More information: https://www.centrumpaderewskiego.pl/ 

Katowice Culture Nature Festival – "Longing and Desire"

NOSPRFor the sixth time Katowice Culture Nature, the flagship festival of classical music in Katowice, will bring together outstanding artists from all over the world in the NOSPR concert hall. The theme of this year's edition is "Longing and desire". The programme of six concerts, scheduled for 14-22 May 2021, travels through different shades of longing and various kinds of desires.

This year, instead of a traditional programme book, the organisers have prepared an audiobook with texts on the idea of ​​the festival and its repertoire. We will hear music that touches emotions that are very present in the pandemic times. The list of performers include, among others, Marin Alsop, Alexander Melnikov, Dorothea Röschmann, Sonya Yoncheva and Concerto Köln.

The festival will begin with a concert of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Marin Alsop. The repertoire will include music inspired by the most archetypal images of love, including Love Songs of Hafiz for voice and orchestra, Op. 26 by Karol Szymanowski as interpreted by Ewa Tracz. The concert will be broadcast on medici.tv – the world's largest streaming platform dedicated to classical music. The coexistence of two orders – the divine order of harmony and the world of human feelings – is the narrative axis of the famous opera ahat-ilī. Sister of Gods by Aleksander Nowak to the libretto by Olga Tokarczuk, which will be presented in the stage version.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available atwww.nospr.org.pl 

"Great Composers – Great Anniversaries": May with the music of Camille Saint-Saëns

TOS"Great composers – Great anniversaries" is a project of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, the idea of ​​which is to commemorate artists and their important anniversaries falling in 2021. Online concerts on 14, 15, 22 and 26 May will be devoted to Camille Saint-Saëns.

The project includes the following anniversaries: the 280th anniversary of the death of A. Vivaldi, the 100th anniversary of the death of C. Saint-Saëns, the 50th anniversary of the death of I. Stravinsky, the 120th anniversary of the death of G. Verdi, the 230th anniversary of the death of W.A. Mozart, the 110th anniversary of the death of G. Mahler and the 100th anniversary of the death of W. Żeleński. The programme of the year-long event includes symphonic and chamber concerts, recitals of outstanding musicians, an exhibition of posters, a film screening and a lecture.

The four May evenings will be devoted to the music of the French composer, piano and organ virtuoso Camille Saint-Saëns. On 14 May, Andrzej Sułek (Polish Radio Channel 2, "Ruch Muzyczny") will introduce the history and developement process of the works presented during the concerts: Symphony No. 2 in A minor, Op. 55, Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28 and the composer's most famous piece – The Carnival of Animals. The pieces will be performed by soloists: violinist Maria Sławek, pianists Karolina Sekuła and Miłosz Rządkiewicz, and the artistic ensemble of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Dainius Pavilionis.

The concerts will be streamed online at the TOS YouTube channel.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://tos.art.pl/