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Kraków | Stars with Sinfonietta: Sergei Babayan and Rafael Payare


Sinfonietta Cracovia will inaugurate the Beethoven Year on 23 January 2020 at 7.00 p.m. in the St. Katherine of Alexandria Church in Kraków. The orchesta will perform with the outstanding pianist Sergei Babayana, under the baton of Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare. The programme will include Ludwig van Beethoven's Great Fugue.

Sergei Babayan is an Armenian-American pianist, the winner of numerous international competitions who continues to appear as soloist with leading orchestras. He is famous for his extremely diverse repertoire, which he will be present to the Krakow audience during the concert as part of the extremely popular series "Stars with Sinfonietta".

The virtuoso will perform with the charismatic Rafael Payar – Honorary Guest Conductor of Sinfonietta Cracovia. They will present two piano concertos: Concerto for piano and string orchestra by Alfred Schnittke and Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-major KV 271 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The evening will be inaugurated by another work by Alfred Schnittke Moz-Art à la Haydn – a good-natured Mozartian parody that ends with an evocation of Haydn's Farewell Symphony. The concert will end with Ludwig van Beethoven's Great Fugue (in arrangement for string orchestra), which is still considered to be controversial.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: www.sinfonietta.pl 

Kraków | Bridges instead of walls – Opera Rara 2020

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The 12th edition of the Opera Rara Festival will run from 23 January and 14 February 2020 in Kraków. We will once again hear works from outside the repertoire, played very rarely. We have a number of very different performances ahead of us, including the Baroque Il ballo delle Ingrate by Claudio Monteverdi complemented by new compositions by Teoniki Rożynek, and Unknown, I Live With You, a joint work of playwright Krystian Lada and composer Katarzyna Głowicka.

These works come from different epochs and represent different styles, but are connected by a common thought. They make us wonder why we are so eager to build walls around us, what are the consequences of this, and what to do to build bridges instead of them. What does the opera have to do with it? It has always been able to react quickly and sharply – listen to social moods, comment on reality, insult kings, inspire revolts, lead to fury or tame dictators. There is no reason why it shouldn’t tell us about the world here and now. It can do this in two ways – by referring directly to current events or by reflecting them in the mirror of the past.

Unknown, I Live with You is a direct commentary on our present. The opera-installation was inspired by the poems of Afghan women poets – their personal statements, undistorted by their husbands, fathers, brothers and biased media. The authors took part in a project designed to encourage women to express themselves through words and tell their own stories. Most of them took part in the project in secret. There are other divisions that the Il ballo delle Ingrate (Ballet of the Ungrateful Women) tells us about. This perverse courtly morality play by Monteverdi considers the border between life and death, between people and gods, as well as between men and women. From today’s perspective, it makes us think about whether we, living in the modern times, are not disturbed by the visions of the gender relations presented in the work. The performance at the Opera Rara Festival will break another wall: the one that divides the worlds of contemporary and early music. The bridge between 17th-century Italy and Poland in the 21st century will be built by the composer of the young generation, Teoniki Rożynek.

Full programme of the Festival: http://operarara.pl/eng/

Łódź | Harpsichord without borders: 3rd Simnar of Contemporary Hapsichord Music

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The artists and scientists interested in contemporary harpsichord music will take part in the 3rd seminar entitled "Harpsichord without borders", which will take place on 22 January 2020 at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź.

The seminar will start at 10.00 a.m. with the lectures deliverd by Krzysztof Urbaniak, Ewa Rzetecka-Niewiadomska, Magdalena Itman-Wasilewska and Weronika Ratusińska-Zamuszko. The presentation part will be followed by a concert at 4.00 p.m. in the ballroom of the Palace of the Academy of Music. The programma will include works by Olga Hans, Johan Huys, Weronika Ratusińska-Zamuszko, Marian Sawa, and Daniel Strządała performed by, among others, the laureates of the 1st Elżbieta Chojnacka Harpsichord Competition.

The event's partners are the Elżbieta Chojnacka Center for Contemporary Harpsichord Music and the Palace in Rybna. Admission is free!

Full programme available at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/koncerty-i-wydarzenia-zapowiedzi/styczen-2020/154215-klawesyn-bez-granic 

Warsaw | Silence of the Mermaids

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On 22-24 January 2020, Warsaw's Nowy Teatr invites you to the Silence of the Mermaids – a unique concert-film-performance. The programme includes works by Kaija Saariaho, Tomasz Sikorski, Philip Glass and Jimi Hendrix.

The author of the script and program – Michał Pepol – describes the play as follows: "Singing is the essential strength of mermaids, and working under their spell is a perverse dream of many a musician. I would also like to have this power of a mermaid and always be able to seduce an audience. But this would require an unconditioned opening into the dark side of my subconscious. A meeting with a mermaid is a meeting with myself, one most sensitive and delicate, and at the same time a self-censored fraction of my hidden self. So let this be a concert-liberation from conventions, genres, habits and expectations. Let this be a concert-hybrid, just like a mermaid is. Let's look the mermaid in the eye and listen to her. While listening to her, let's listen to ourselves. Let's get seduced by the polyphony of the human voice, cellos, and the inhabitants of the ocean."

Cellist Michał Pepol will also take part in the concert as one of the performers together with Magdalena Cielecka. The project was inspired by the exhibition "The Beguiling Siren is Thy Crest" commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.

Information on tickets at: https://nowyteatr.org/pl 

Wrocław | Christmas Carols


On 22-26 January 2020, the National Forum of Music will host a series of concerts entitled "Christmas Carols" as part of the Youth Philharmonic and the Family Philharmonic.

The NFM Boys Choir and the Con Brio Choir invite the young music lovers to joyful carolling at the National Forum of Music.

Małgorzata Podzielny, Artistic Director of the NFM Boys' Choir, will conduct a concert of the most beautiful Christmas carols and pastorals, in arragements spiced up by percussive instruments and accompanied by the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra. The audience will learn about the history of the Christmas season repertoire, often sung at home, about who wrote the carols and about their forms and genres.

Information on tickets at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/ 

Kraków | University Concert


The Collegium Novum in Kraków will hold a University Concert on 22 January 2020 at 7:00 p.m. featuring the Messages Quartet. The programme will include string quartets by Stanisław Moniuszko, Aleksander Tansman and Krzysztof Penderecki.

The aim of the Messages Quartet is to promote Polish chamber music, especially the less known and the latest compositions. The ensemble performs in Poland and abroad, including Vienna, London, Sao Paulo or Moscow. The Messages Quartet is a laureate of the "Young Poland" Scholarship Programme financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, thanks to which they recorded a debut album with Szymon Laks's string quartets (2017, DUX).

The quartet's repertoire includes works by Polish composers, among others, Szymon Laks, Andrzej Panufnik, Mieczysław Weinberg, Karol Szymanowski, Stanisław Moniuszko, and Grażyna Bacewicz, as well as masterpieces of the world literature. The quartet presents a versatile and innovative repertoire as part of a series of chamber concerts at the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, and also cooperates with the Composition Department of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

Information on tickets athttp://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/Home/8615-KONCERT_UNIWERSYTECKI.html 

Kielce | Stage for Polish Music


Piatr Sałajczyk's piano recital will take place on 21 January 2020 at 6.30 p.m. at the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic as part of the new program of the Institute of Music and Dance – "Stage for Polish Music".

The pianist is a laureate of the "Fryderyk" award and the "Orpheus" award "for outstanding performances of Polish music". Nominated to "Polityka's Passport" award for "sensitivity and intelligence in approaching the forgotten repertoire". He teaches piano at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, of which he is a graduate. He is interested in modern music as well as unknown music of Polish romanticism. In 2017, he released a four-disc album with a complete set of piano works by Juliusz Zarębski. A year later, he registered all works by Władysław Żeleński.

The programme of the recital in Kielce will include Sonata by Franciszek Lessel, Grande Polonaise, Op. 6 by Juliusz Zarębski, Variations, Op. 62 by Władysław Żeleński, Sonata No. 2 by Mieczysław Weinberg and suite The Life of Machines by Władysław Szpilman.

More information athttp://filharmonia.kielce.com.pl/press/press_21.01.20.html 

Chełmno | 15th National Christmas Carols and Pastorals Competition


The Choir Collegium Cantorum Friends' Association in Chełmno invites lovers of beautiful carols and pastorals on 18 January 2020 to the Hall of School Complex No. 1 in Chełmno (35 Dominikańska St.) for the 15th National Christmas Carols and Pastorals Competition.

The aim of the competition is to present the artistic achievements of choirs and vocal ensembles, stimulate interest in choral music, popularize artistically valuable Christmas carols and pastorals, confront the achievements, exchange experiences and establish cooperation between choirs and conductors. During the competition auditions choirs will be judged by a Jury composed of: Prof. Bernard Mendlik – Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz (chairman), Prof. Andrzej Ryłko – Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, DSc Michał Kozorys – Academy of Music in Gdańsk, Michał Rajewski – Artistic Director of the Competition. 24 choirs have signed up to the Competition! The compulsory programme includes works by Polish composers. The best choir will receive a Grand Prix of PLN 2,000. The jury will also grant a special award for the Best Conductor. Winners of individual choir will receive cups or material prizes.

As part of the Competition, choirs will march to the Grudziądz Gate and sing carols at the crib. The competition will end with a solemn mass, followed by the results announcement, award presentation and winners concert.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/Og%C3%B3lnopolski-Konkurs-Kol%C4%99d-i-Pastora%C5%82ek-w-Che%C5%82mnie-1790576574517934/ 

Wrocław | Songs and Poems by Mieczysław Karłowicz


Małgorzata Walewska – one of the most recognized Polish opera singers – will perform songs by Mieczysław Karłowicz in the orchestration of Piotr Moss on 18 January 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the National Forum of Music. The artist will be accompanied by a symphony orchestra conducted by Rego Bergmann.

Mieczysław Karłowicz's promising international career as a composer was interrupted by a fatal accident. During a hike to Czarny Staw Gąsienicowy, a lake in the Tatra Mountains, in February 1909, the artist was killed by an avalanche that descended from the slopes of Mały Kościelec. The core of his oeuvre are symphonic works, while songs were written earlier, but they are also noteworthy.

The fourth of the composer's tone poems, Stanisław and Anna Oświecim, was created under the influence of a picture painted by Stanisław Bergman. The story of the unfortunate, incestuous relationship of the title siblings strongly moved the composer and corresponded to the aesthetics of the era that enjoyed talking about spiritual torments and unhappy loves. The subject of the last tone poem, the Episode at a Masquerade, unfinished by Karłowicz, is similarly shaped. According to the account of the conductor and composer Grzegorz Fitelberg, who finished the work after the death of his colleague, its content is an unexpected meeting of ex-lovers during a ball. They are represented by two musical themes, a catchy theme representing the man and a sensual and slightly melancholic theme of the woman. The song ends in a mood of sadness and resignation.

Also in songs, Karłowicz often touched upon the theme of longing and unfulfillment permeated by the Young Poland's melancholy mood. They were written for voice and piano, so the January concert will be a great opportunity to be introduced to their orchestral versions. The soloist in these works will be Małgorzata Walewska, whose status is confirmed by well-received performances around the world.

More information athttps://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/7332