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Gorzów | Winter concert – premiere of Ryszard Żołędziewski's "Tigran 2"


A winter concert will take place on 20  December 2019 at 7.00 at the Gorzów Philharmonic. As befits the Christmas season, the programme will present a full range of colors and moods: from baroque "madness", through compositions with a saxophone in the lead role and music from the ballet story of the clever Pulcinelli, to the most beautiful Polish carols.

Concerto Grosso, Op. 5 No. 12 (1729) by Francesco Geminiani is the arrangement of his teacher's, Arcangelo Corelli, violin sonata. By using a baroque form of variations called la follia (madness), where each subsequent variation is technically more difficult, and by adding a beautiful part of second violins, Geminiani created a brilliant set of contrasting solo and tutti dialogues.

The saxophone will be featured in two pieces –  Aleksander Głazunow's Saxophone Concerto (1934), in which the warm, cantilena melody and virtuoso elements highlight the extensive possibilities of one of the youngest wind instruments, and Ryszard Żołędziewski's Tigran 2 (2019), which will receive its first performance. The programme will also include Igor Stravinsky's suite from the ballet Pulcinella (1920), inspired by the convention of commedia dell’arte.

The pieces will be presented by the Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir and the orchestra of the Tadeusz Szeligowski Primary and Secondary Music School under the direction of Jacek Kraszewski. The composer and saxophonist Ryszard Żołędziewski will perform as a soloist.

More information at: https://www.filharmoniagorzowska.pl/pl/calendar/event/1633/2019-12-20/19:00 

Kielce | Stage for Polish Music


On 17 December 2019 at 6.30 p.m. the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic will host a chamber concert as part of the Institute of Music and Dance programme "Stage for Polish Music".

"Stage for Polish Music" is a new programme of the Institute of Music and Dance for Polish musicians, implemented in cooperation with the National Philharmonic and artistic institutions in the country. Programmes composed of Polish works selected in the competition procedure are presented in the National Philharmonic Chamber Hall and repeated in other cities in Poland, including Kielce.

The repertoire of the upcoming concert includes 20th-century Polish vocal lyrics performed by the duo: soprano Joanna Freszel and pianist Łukasz Chrzęszczyk. Fragments of three opuses by Karol Szymanowski will be juxtaposed with the song cycles by Jerzy Lefeld, Zygmunt Mycielski and Szymon Laks, as well as a selection of songs by this year's jubilarian – Grażyna Bacewicz. The key to this programme lies in diversity, both in the sphere of sound and word. The artists recorded many of these songs on the album Śpiewnik polski, released by Orphée Classics.

Full programme available athttp://filharmonia.kielce.pl/press/press_17.12.19.html 

Warsaw | Kwartludium, robots, Arduino and game over

Nowy Teatr

The Kwartludium ensemble will ask questions about the future of music in the age of technology during an interactive workshop and concert, which will take place on 16 December 2019 at New Theatre in Warsaw.

Contemporary composers, a musical group and individual, interactive objects which everyone can build. How to programme the process of composing music? How can the audience influence the end of a musical composition? Can a robot replace a violinist? Before the concert, at 6:30 pm, Dagna Sadkowska will conduct an interactive workshop for adults and youth from the age of 13. The violinist will also present the possibilities of Arduino.

The concert will start at 8:00 p.m., featuring Kwartludium – an excellent ensemble specializing in contemporary music performance. The programme will include will Doppelganger for 4 instruments, electric mechanisms and electronics by Rafał Ryterski, Bulb for double bass clarinet, piano, percussion, amplified violin, electronic layer with video, live electronics and lighting by Teonika Rożynek, and Deaphone for violin, piano, bass clarinet, percussion instruments and VR performance by Jan Duszyński. The composition were created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://nowyteatr.org/pl/kalendarz/kwartludium-roboty-arduino-i-game-over 

Warsaw | International Organ Concerts Cycle: Michał Markuszewski

Michal Markuszewski

The Evangelical-Reformed Parish in Warsaw invites you to the final concert of the year-round cycle of organ recitals on the historic organ built by the Schlag und Söhne company in 1900, which will take place on 15 December 2019 at 7.00 p.m.

The historic instrument, restored years ago, is used not only during the Sunday liturgy. You can also admire its wonderful, beautiful and warm sound during organ recitals. Prominent musicians from six European countries took part in the tenth jubilee edition: Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Greece, Italy and Poland. Their recitals include masterpieces of organ music, works by Western European composers and Polish artists, among others compositions by Mieczysław Surzyński.

The final concert will be performed by the festival's artistic director, Michał Markuszewski, PhD, Habil. The programme will be filled with improvised music inspired by a classic of silent cinema – Nosferatu (1922) directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau.

Admission to the concert is free (the church is heated).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.festiwal.reformowani.pl 

Wrocław | Journey to Scotland


Travels have often been an important source of inspiration for composers, including Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Karol Szymanowski and Michał Ziółkowski. We will listen to their works during the concert on 15 December 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the National Forum of Music in the interpretation of the Karol Lipiński Academic of Music Symphony Orchestra in Wrocław under the direction of Wojciech Rodek.

Travels have often been an important source of inspiration for composers. Felix Mendelssohn first visited Great Britain in 1829. His visit to Staffa Island resulted in the creation of a concert overture of The Hebrides, while the view of The Ruins of Holyrood Chapel inspired him to start working on a symphony that went down in history as “Scottish”.

Karol Szymanowski’s Symphony No. 4 was written in just four months, from March to June 1932. The composer could not decide whether to write a piano concerto or a symphony, which is why he finally decided to create a symphony with a solo piano part. He adapted the technical difficulties to his own performance capabilities, and in one of his letters he described the composition as a “first-class trick”. The work is accessible to the audience, cheerful and attractive. This is due to the singing, charming melody and the skilful combination of the piano part with the shimmering orchestra.

This evening we will also hear the Black Swan by Michał Ziółkowski, a composer of the young generation, student of Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil.

More information at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/7758 

Łódź | The Signs of Time


The interdisciplinary artistic project The Signs of Time – a combination of organ music, choreography, live-electronics, literary text and lighting installation, will be presented at the Łódź Philharmonic on 15 December 2019 at 5 p.m. 

The event is a joint venture of pedagogues and students of the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Music Academy in Łódź and Musikhochschule Lübeck, whose cooperation was initiated in 2018 thanks to a similar project implemented in the Church of St. Jacob in Lubeck thanks to the patronage of Stiftung zum 7. Dezember 1970. The concept of the event scheduled for 15 December was prepared by professors Elżbieta Aleksandrowicz, Franz Danksagmüller and Krzysztof Urbaniak and refers directly to the history of 4 cultures coexisting in the former Łódź. The space of the concert hall of the Łódź Philharmonic will be divided into 4 spheres defined by 4 organ instruments: symphonic organs, baroque organs, organ positive and a small organ model.

The organ works, which will be presented during the evening, refere to 4 communities that make up the historic Łódź agglomeration and – more broadly – the Łódź region. The group of Polish works will include Toccata from the Organ Symphony No. 9 by Feliks Nowowiejski, who personally inaugurated in 1934 the organs of the Zgierz parish church built by the renowned company of Wacław Biernacki. Toccata by Max Drischner, composer and organist of the famous Engler organs in then Lower-Silesian Brzeg Dolny, refers to the historic Łódź organ, built, among others, by renowned Silesian organ workshops such as Schlag und Söhne, Gebrüder Walther or Rieger from Jägerndorf in the former Opavian Silesia. Hell und Dunkel by Sofia Gubaidulin will function as a free reference to Łódź's Russian past. The dramatic fate of the Jewish community of the city of Łódź will be commented on by the organ transcription of Agnus Dei from Krzysztof Penderecki's Polish Requiem.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/events/559825944562775/ 

Katowice | New Music Orchestra: Marcel Pérès


The New Music Orchestra together with the vocalists of Schola Cantorum Minorum Chosoviensis under the direction of Maciej Tomasiewicz will perform the latest composition by Marcel Pérès – Mysteria Apocalypsis II. The concert will take place on 15 December 2019 at 6 p.m. in the chamber hall of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

There is no more mysterious, even strange book in the New Testament than the Apocalypse of Saint John. The images of the end of the world have been feeding our imaginations for centuries. Marcel Pérès referred to this text in his two-part Mysteria Apocalypsis. As a singer and scientist, Pérès revolutionized the performance of ancient music. He restored influences of Corsican, Byzantine, Arab, Hebrew and even Egyptian traditions, all forgotten over the centuries, in the practice of Gregorian chant. He proved wrong the common belief that medieval music is sterile and emotionless.

Experience in various types of singing – although present in culture for over a thousand years, sounding even exotic to us – is used by Pérès in his work as a composer. In the Mysteria Apocalypsis II, which received its world premiere this year, the composer combined not only different vocal traditions, but also contemporary instrumental texture. The text for his composition was taken from chapters 21 and 22 of the book, describing the new earth and new heaven, the world of happiness and peace.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.nospr.org.pl/ 

Katowice | Up and reach the places out of sight: a special project


The International Day of People with Disabilities is celebrated every year in December. On this occasion, from 10 to 14 December 2019, the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice will present a special project: the fairy tale Salija based on the opera of the same title by Krzysztof Dobosiewicz and Małgorzata Szwajlik.

"Up and reach the places out of sight" is the interdisciplinary educational project of the Silesian Philharmonic addressed to the blind and visually impaired, increasing their comfort of life. The project includes concerts with the possibility of interactive participation using instruments created during the workshops. As part of the project, the audience will have a chance to experience the world as it is experienced by people with visual impairments. The programme is also adapted to the dysfunctions of recipients so that they can take an active part in the events.

The musical work composed by Krzysztof Dobosiewicz based on the libretto of the opera Salija by Małgorzata Szwajlik will take the audience to magical places and move their imagination. It will tell the story of Salia, a girl who learns to appreciate what she has – home, family, everyday life and little joys. The classic tale with a moral will gain a new, musical dimension enriched by the participation of machines appearing here as a choir. The work will be performed at the chamber concerts, during which the participants of the workshops will form a kind of rhythmic section, playing not only on traditional musical instruments, but also on instruments made by themselves. In this way, people with disabilities will actively contribute to the project, learning the elements of a musical work in practice.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/tam-siegaj-gdzie-wzrok-nie-siega-projekt-specjalny/ 

Warsaw | Roman Statkowski Days of Music. From Warsaw to Hollywood


"Roman Statkowski Days of Music. From Warsaw to Hollywood ”are four concerts presenting both music of the event's patron and his outstanding students. The festival will last from 10 to 20 December 2019. The concerts will take place at the Agnieszka Osiecka and Władysław Szpilman Polish Radio Concert Studios.

Roman Statkowski, whose 160th anniversary of birth will be celebrated on 24 December 2019, is one of the great forgotten Polish composers and music teacherers. Among his students were Henryk Wars and Victor Young (one of the greatest composers of American film music, 22 times nominated for an Oscar award, which he finally received posthumously; creator of many jazz standards played by Duke Ellington and Miles Davis). These composers owed a lot to Statkowski's music, in particular the opera Maria, and achieved great success in the film industry. After the death of Roman Statkowski in 1925, his valuable work quickly fell into oblivion (the exception was the overture to Maria).

The goal of the "Roman Statkowski Days of Music" is to remind the audience and listeners of the work and influence of this outstanding composer. We will listen to the jazz arrangements of works by Henryk Wars (10 December, Bogdan Hołownia and Wojciech Pulcyn duo) and Victor Young (11 December, Kuba Stankiewicz ensemble), as well as Roman Statkowski's compositions (12 December, Magdalena Lisak recital; 20 December, Lutosławski Quartet).

All concerts will be broadcast on Polish Radio Chopin and will be conducted by Grzegorz Dąbrowski. In addition, on 22 and 29 December, Klaudia Baranowska will discuss Roman Statkowski's work in the "Composer of the Month" series.

Full programme of the Festival is available athttps://www.polskieradio.pl/326/6378/Artykul/2414180,DNI-MUZYKI-ROMANA-STATKOWSKIEGO