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New Voice in the Year of Lem. Open call for applications to the new programme of the Institute of Music and Dance

IMiTThe Institute of Music and Dance in cooperation with the Jutropera Foundation is launching the "New Voice" artistic and social programme aimed at non-governmental organisations of people with disabilities. The programme will result in an opera-theatre performance devoted to the work of Stanisław Lem, whose 100th birthday is celebrated this year. Call for applications is open from 7 April to 5 May 2021.

“In the Year of Lem, we rediscover how great a visionary he was. We invite you to cooperate – everyone who will take part in the programme: professional artists, great stars and people who will stand on stage for the first time, will be able to perform after the workshop and participate in finding Lem's perspective on the human condition" – says Michał Znaniecki, director and originator of the programme. The programme is open to non-governmental organisations operating in the Dolnośląskie, Małopolskie and Warmińsko-Mazurskie voivodships, which bring together people with disabilities, both artists and amateurs, or people with no experience in this field.

Organisations selected in the competition together with the programme's team, composed of, among others, Michał Znaniecki (script, direction and costumes), Luigi Scoglio (set design), Karolina Jacewicz (multimedia projections), Dariusz Albrycht (lighting director), Krzysztof Łochowicz and Rafał Kłoczko (musical direction), will jointly work on an opera-theater performance New Voice: LEM.

The performances will premiere in September and October on the stages of three cities: Ełk, Kłodzko and Nowy Sącz.

Rules and regulations: https://imit.org.pl/programy/departament-muzyki/4564 

The 9th Festival of Premieres "Polish Modern Music"

NOSPR"Usually hidden behind their sounds, giving the floor to the performers of their works, during the Festival of Premieres composers are in the center of attention. We celebrate their creativity and courage to confront us with habits, to provoke, challenge and surprise us" – emphasizes Ewa Bogusz-Moor. In 2021, the Festival of Premieres will be held with the participation of the audience and in the form of live broadcasts on the Internet. It will be divided into two parts: the spring one, from 18 to 25 April, and the autumn one, scheduled for October and November.

During the ninth edition of the event organised by the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, new works by Cezary Duchnowski, Marta Śniady, Mikołaj Laskowski, Aleksander Nowak, Karol Nepelski and many other great composers will be performed for the first time.

What is the theme of this year's Festival? This year, the composers will take up themes related to the theatricality of music, the complex network of connections between the elements and characters that make up the stage spectacle. For example, Mikołaj Laskowski will take a new look at the relationship between a musician and an instrument. The hero of the artistic installation View by Barbara Kinga Majewska will be one of the scenographic elements – a backdrop to Wagner's opera; the installation will be presented on October in the NOSPR foyer.

The programme will also include works with references to literature. In autumn, the youngest music lovers will watch a video opera by Jerzy Kornowicz with a libretto by Michał Rusinek. During the final concert of the festival, performed by the excellent Klangforum Wien orchestra conducted by Swiss conductor Titus Engel, we will hear a new piece by Cezary Duchnowski, inspired by the works of Stanisław Lem.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Tickets will be on sale from March 2021. Programme of the whole event is available at: www.nospr.org.pl 

"Recorded Music. Sound Photographs of Polish Music Culture" – online conference

Muzyka utrwalonaAcademic Conference "Recorded Music. Sound Photographs of Polish Music Culture", organised by the Studio of Musical Culture and Folklore Studies at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, will be held on 14-16 April 2021.

The sessions will be devoted to sound photographs of traditional and high culture as well as resources of phonographic archives. We will hear papers on audiovisual collections, places and methods of their deposit and sharing, and technical issues related to the implementation of "sound photographs" (recording and reintroducing archival materials to the circuit of culture).

The invitation to participate in the conference was accepted by music theorists, musicologists, ethnomusicologists, historians, archivists, sound directors, originators and producers of radio and television programmes documenting various manifestations of music making in Poland. We will have representatives of the Institute of Music and Dance, Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, and Polish Radio of Pomerania and Kujawy.

Izabela Zymer, who represents the Polish Composers' Union and the Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC, will present a paper on Concert recordings of Polish contemporary music in the collection of the Polish Composers' Union – POLMIC Music Library.

The conference will be accompanied by an online concert "From sound photography ...", presenting rare recordings from the music collection of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music and interviews with prof. Marcin Gmys, director of Radio Chopin.

The proceedings will take place on the ClickMeeting platform, but you can also follow them live on the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz Facebook page.

Full programme: http://www.amuz.bydgoszcz.pl/wydarzenia/muzyka-utrwalona-fotografie-dzwiekowe-polskiej-kultury-muzycznej/ 

"Spektrum 421 – Pandemic Media Space"

Spektrum 421"Spectrum 421 – Pandemic Media Space" is a new project of the Electroacoustic Music Studio of the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow, the Ukrainian Association of Electroacoustic Music and the Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music. The results of this international project will be presented on 13 April 2021 at 6.00 p.m.

The Covid-19 Pandemic has brought together composers and visual artists from Poland and Ukraine, who created the "Pandemic Project" www.pandemic-media-space.com. It uses the Connection Interpretation Algorithm and a MIDI generator to convert environmental, geolocation, and medical statistics into specific types of musical information. Thus, this tool enables the processing of information about the world into a global musical instrument.

13 Polish and Ukrainian composers used data about our planet to create their new algorithmic pieces. On 13 April we will hear these innovative compositions by Yuri Bulka, Konrad Gęca, Olena IInytska, Michał Janocha, Alisa Kobzar, Ostap Kostiuk, Artur Lis, Piotr Madej, Paweł Malinowski, Ostap Manulyak, Danyl Pertsov, Teonika Rożynek and Monika Szpyrka.

Live broadcast atwww.sme.amuz.krakow.pl 

"REnew" – concert on the occasion of Marian Hemar's 120th birthday

HemarThe Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk invites you to the concert "ODnowa" ("REnew") on the occasion of the 120th birth anniversary of Marian Hemar. The premiere performance of songs to the words of this outstanding poet and satirist will be accompanied by visualizations based on archival materials. The event will air on 11 April 2021 at 5.30 p.m. on social media of the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk and on TVP Historia.

Marian Hemar was a lyrical poet, an unequaled satirist, author of plays, brilliant sketches and monologues, the greatest pre-war songwriter with over 3,000 songs to his credit written for the best interwar cabarets. He entertained and educated, he did not shy away from cultural jokes and wise, satirical commentaries, and at the same time he was an uncompromising patriot, devoted to his homeland until the end of his life. The popular music of the last century, which was Hemar's domain, is nowadays more and more often presented in new, modern arrangements. Songs to the words of Hemar, sung before the war and, unfortunately, forgotten today, has prompted the Museum to take up an educational challenge and recall this rich repertoire to the contemporary audience.

New song arrangements were prepared by recognized artists as well as students, graduates and lecturers of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańśk under the supervision of Kamil Cieślik. In addition, the concert will premiere songs to several poems by Hemar written by Agnieszka Zimna, Dawid Ludkiewicz and Piotr Pudełko. The pieces will be presented by soloists (Maria Malinowska, Jakub Kornacki, Karol Drozd, Marta Burdynowicz), the Art'n'Voices vocal octet and the Discantus Chamber Orchestra conducted by Sabrina Stachel.

Thanks to the cooperation with the National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute and the National Digital Archives, the concert will be accompanied by specially prepared visualisations.

In April 2021, the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk will release an album with songs by Marian Hemar.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://muzeum1939.pl/ 

33rd Krakow International Festival of Composers

KMFKThe main theme of the 33rd Krakow International Festival of Composers, which will be held on 10-18 April 2021, are ancient civilizations — mainly the ancient culture of Greece and Rome, but there will also be other references, including the South American cul­ture of Nazca.

The concerts will feature works by composers from Poland, England, China, Greece, Japan, Germany, Ukraine, Italy, and the USA. You will hear 23 world premieres and one Polish premiere, including Michael Gatonski’s Ecotopia 4 for chamber orchestra, and Ryszard Osada's Concerto for flute and chamber orchestra, both written as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance. The 33rd Festival will feature outstanding musicians: Ensemble OMN conducted by Szymon Bywalec, Alicja Molitorys, Iwona Glinka, Athana­sios Trikoupis, Łukasz Długosz, Agata Kielar-Długosz, AdAstra Piano Trio and many others. Traditionally, we will also hear an Electronic Cocktail, a presentation of the Electroacoustic Music Studio at the Krzysztof Pend­erecki Academy of Music in Krakow.

Two scientific sessions will be held during the festi­val: Antiquity in Music and Music and Nature (at first planned for last year), during which outstanding music theorists and musicologists will present their papers (Teresa Malecka, Jerzy Stankiewicz, Magdalena Dziadek, Agnieszka Draus, Kinga Kiwała, Iwona Sowińska-Fruhtrunk, Dominika Micał and Jan Topolski). The entire event will be complemented by two lectures referring to antiquity in the works of contemporary composers: by Iwona Glinka and Athanasios Trikoupis from the University of Ioannina in Greece.

An important part of the festival program is the 4th Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition for Young Composers. This year’s jury awarded the main prize to A Horny Faun’s Rampage for chamber orchestra by South Korean composer Jongsung Oh (b. 1987). The award-winning piece will be premiered at the festival’s opening concert at the Krakow Philharmonic on 10 April 2021.

For epidemiological reasons, all events will be held without the partici­pation of the audience; they will be streamed online on the Krakow International Festival of Composers YouTube channel, and one of the concerts will be broadcast from Patras, Greece.

Marcel Chyrzyński, General and artistic director

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme: http://festiwal.zkp.krakow.pl 

New album of Jerzy Maksymiuk and Sinfonia Varsovia "Perfekcjonista / Perfectionist"

SVWithout the Polish Chamber Orchestra, and thus Jerzy Maksymiuk, the Sinfonia Varsovia would not have been founded. The album "Perfectionist" was created to celebrate the outstanding conductor's 85th birthday and the history of his long lasting friendship with the orchestra. It will premiere on 9 April 2021, on the artist's birthday. During a meeting in the Maksymiuk's salon, Maestro will talk about the album and how it was created. The event will be broadcast live on Sinfonia Varsovia's Facebook and YouTube channel.

The album includes pieces for string orchestra and soloists. In their interpretation, Jerzy Maksymiuk and Sinfonia Varsovia strive for not only performance perfection. They aim to reveal emotions which, thanks to the orchestra's precision and the performers' individual skills and sensitivity, become available to the listener.

The first two pieces are Claude Debussy's preludes arranged by Jerzy Maksymiuk: in this rendition we will hear the lightness and transparency that the conductor carefully brings out from the score. The next composition is Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. Thanks to its rich texture, it is a perfect piece for a conductor who loves to delve into details and polish them, which Maksymiuk surely does. Andrzej Panufnik's Violin Concerto, another piece on the album, was written in 1972. With its very characteristic sound, it allows both the soloist (Jakub Haufa, concertmaster of Sinfonia Varsovia) and the orchestra to demonstrate different technical skills and slightly different sensitivity in each movement. Leaves Falling Here and Now, number 7 on the album, is a piece composed in 2011 for piano and chamber orchestra by Jerzy Maksymiuk himself, who also performed the piano part. Finally, Wojciech Kilar's Orawa. Despite its simplicity, it is not an easy piece to conduct. Maksymiuk has conducted it over a hundred times, and on the album Perfectionist we have the opportunity to listen to his last rehearsal.

The album will be available in Empik stores (also for preorder), on the website www.sinfoniavarsovia.org and on selected streaming services.

Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Concert Online

OiFPA symphonic concert of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Paweł Kowalski under the baton of Monika Wolińska will be held online on 9 April 2021 at 7.00 on the Philharmonic's YouTube channel.

Krzysztof Penderecki's Paradise Lost: Sacra Rappresentazione based on John Milton's poem was written to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the declaration of independence of the United States. The concert will begin with the lyrical Adagietto, which functions as an orchestral intermezzo. Mieczysław Tomaszewski described it as an example of 'retroversive' art: of music “looking back, but undoubtedly his own, personal and experienced, without the quotation marks that are associated with a stylisation".

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto in D minor No. 20 KV 466 will be a dialogue with the past. The captivating dramaturgy of the score, the impeccable form and the beauty of the themes made it one of the audience favourites all over the world. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy's Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 "Scottish" reflectes composer's impressions from his trip to Scotland in 1829. We will hear a reminiscence of a visit to the ruined chapel of the Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, echoes of lively folk melodies in a joyful scherzo and a moving "prayer of Queen Maria Stuart" in a quote from Mendelssohn's own arrangement of Ave Maria. Te composer dedicated the symphony to Princess Victoria, the future queen of the United Kingdom.

More information at: https://www.oifp.eu/repertuar/koncert-symfoniczny-8/ 

International Conference "Trombone in the 20th and 21st Century Polish Music – Inspirations and Perspectives"

Am ŁódźThe International Conference "Trombone in the 20th and 21st Century Polish Music – Inspirations and Perspectives" will take place at the Academy of Music in Łódź on 9-10 April 2021. All lectures, concerts and master classes with foreign guests will be held online; the recordings will be made available on the Academy's YouTube channel.

The conference was initiated by two teachers from the Academy of Music in Łódź: Robert Żelazko and Dariusz Sprawka. The guests of the conference will be world-class trombonists from Sweden, Germany and Poland: Hakan Björkman (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Yamaha Artist), Tomer Maschkowski (Deutsche Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Yamaha Artist), Maciej Łakomy (I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań), Tomasz Hajda (K. Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław, NOSPR in Katowice), Dariusz Sprawka (G. and K. Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź) and Robert Żelazko (the G. and K. Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź ).

The conference programme includes workshops, lectures, concerts and online master classes, which are currently very popular among students who are not able to attend foreign courses. The event is devoted to the 20th and 21st century Polish music for trombone. The topic will be widely discussed during panel discussions and lectures and the 20th- and 21st-century trombone pieces will be performed during a conference concert. The programme will include compositions for both solo trombone and trombone ensembles. Each teacher, apart from the lecture, will give open master classes, during which one will learn more about the performance technique, ways of self-improvement, psychological aspects of playing an instrument and dealing with stress.

More information at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/puzon-w-muzyce-polskiej-xx-i-xxi-wieku