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Warsaw | 62nd International Festival Of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn"


The 62nd edition of the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music will take place on 20-28 September 2019 under the slogan "Pneuma – ExpandedReality". The festival features over 50 events, including 29 in the main thread, two within Warsaw Autumn Hits the Club, seven at Little Warsaw Autumn, and a dozen fringe events.

This year’s "Warsaw Autumn" concludes a specific triptych of ideas that inspired our programmes between 2017 and 2019. 2017’s “Trans/avant-garde” addressed musical radicalism and various avant-garde movements with their social agendas. 2018’s “Res Publica” tackled different aspects of identity, shaping our consciousness, including national and social. 2019’s “Pneuma” nurtures the nature of the undefined. Regardless of its themes, "Warsaw Autumn" is primarily an overview of new music from recent years, with references to twentieth-century music.

The main thread of the Festival will feature eleven first performances of works by Monika Dalach, Magdalena Długosz, Paweł Hendrich, Zygmunt Krauze, Cécile Marti, Adrián Mocanu, Piotr Roemer, Agnieszka Stulgińska, Piotr Tabakiernik, Tadeusz Wielecki, and Sławomir Wojciechowski. Further premieres will be featured at Warsaw Autumn Hits the Club and Little Warsaw Autumn. Especially interesting will be two large musical shows: Aperghis’s Thinking Things presented by IRCAM; and Rønsholdt’s Gaze for Gaze celebrated by the Danish ensemble SCENATET, the VRC choir and …the audience. One of the Festival’s threads will be the music of Swiss female composers: Cécile Marti and Katharina Rosenberger, featured in a spectacular concert of the Basel Sinfonietta, as well as Icelandic female composers: Thurídur Jónsdóttir and Bára Gísladóttir, whose works are included in the opening and final concert.

Full programme available at: http://www.warszawska-jesien.art.pl/wj2019/home-2019 

Warsaw | Musical Seasons – Autumn

jesienThe Polish Composers' Union invites you to another concert from the "Musical Seasons – Autumn" cycle, organized by the Warsaw Branch of the Polish Composers' Union as an accompanying event of the "Warsaw Autumn" Festival. The concert will take place on Monday, 23 September 2019 at 4 p.m. in the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph the Betrothed (52/54 Krakowskie Przedmieście).

The concert will feature four premieres: Sławomir Czarnecki – O crux benedicta (2015), Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska – Agnus Dei (2019), Paweł Łukaszewski – Gwiazd siewco i księżyców to words by Jan Lechoń (1989), and Pacierz za zmarłych to words by Artur Oppman (1988). The programme will also include works by such composers as: Romuald Twardowski – Chwalitie Imia Gospodnie (1990), Aldona Nawrocka – Agnus Dei (2002), Jerzy Bauer – Hymne des premieres Vepres de Saint Martin (1995), Jakub Szafrański – Tu es filius meus (2015), Miłosz Bembinow – Beatus servus (2008), Two loves I have to words by William Shakespeare from the cycle ShakeSpired (2015), Sławomir Zamuszko – Serce roście to words by Jan Kochanowski (1999, rev. 2004), Bartosz Kowalski – Where are you to the composer's words  (2012), Zbigniew Bagiński – Inventores rerum, nr 4. Dzwonów głosy to words by Jan Protasowicz (1992), Jerzy Bauer – Pieśń o żołnierzach z Westerplatte to words by Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński (1968).

The concert will be performed by the VOCORE vocal ensemble composed of: Adrianna Żołnierczuk – soprano, Julia Gniazdowska – soprano, Apolonia Golachowska – alto, Katarzyna Karbownik – alto, Kacper Szemraj – tenor, artistic director, Filip Ejlak – tenor, Michał Malec – baritone, Michał Kijewski – bass.

Admission free!


Bydgoszcz | 57th Bydgoszcz Music Festival

Bydgoski Festiwal

57th edition of the Bydgoszcz Music Festival will take place on 20 September – 11 October 2019 at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic, featuring ten concerts under the slogan "Contrasts – songs from different sides".

The festival will present vocal and instrumental works of different eras, incuding less known but extremely attractive genres of music – from songs from the Okinawa island region in Japan, through the presentation of songs inspired by the Kashubian folklore (the premiere of the cycle of twelve Kashubian songs God's Will by Łukasz Godyla), to the performance of the original "Zaboracy' Folk Theater from Brusy. A separate concert will be dedicated to the cantatas of Stanisław Moniuszko. During the "Silver Screen Vocals" concert, which will be accompanied by live visualizations, we will listen to music by Fryderyk Chopin, Wojciech Kilar, Michał Lorenc and Krzesimir Dębski. The "Evening of Songs", held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performances of Polish music, will including works by Karol Szymanowski (Four Polish Dances, Penthesilea) and Witold Lutosławski (Chantefleurs et Chantefables).

Among the performers, there will be outstanding Polish and foreign musicians, including the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic Choir in Katowice, the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir of the European Art Center, the Capella Bydgostiensis Chamber Orchestra, the Astrolabium Choir from Toruń, the Chamber Choir of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, the Taras Shevchenko National Opera Choir of Ukraine, the famous group L'Arpeggiata with their latest project Himmelsmusik (the Polish premiere will take place in Bydgoszcz) and a group of internationally renowned conductors and soloists.

Full programme available at: http://www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/ 

Rzeszów | 1st Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music

Konkurs Moniuszki

The Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów will take place on 20-27 September 2019. It is a new cultural initiative which purpose is to promote Polish music around the world and make the listeners realise the quality and significance of the musical legacy of Stanisław Moniuszko and many other distinguished Polish composers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The first edition of the Competition is intended for two categories of participants – pianists and chamber ensembles. The programme will include works mainly from the 19th and 20th century, selected from the works of 50 Polish composers.

Competition auditions will be held at the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów on 21-26 September 2019, and the winners' concert – on 27 September. The performers will be the Artur Malawski Philharmonic Orchestra  in Rzeszów under the direction of Jerzy Salwarowski and Tomasz Chmiel as well as the winners of the competition. The event will be repeated on 29 September at the National Philharmonic.

The competition is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance. The event is co-organized by the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów. The first edition of the Competition is held under the National Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda in the 100th Anniversary of Independence.

More information at: www.konkursmuzykipolskiej.pl 

Lublin | 6th International Wieniawski Brothers Festival

Festiwal Wieniawskich

6th edition of the International Wieniawski Brothers Festival will be held at the Lublin Philharmonic on 21-27 September 2019.

The festival aims to present the musical heritage of the brothers: brilliant violinist Henryk and excellent pianist Józef Wieniawski – well-known virtuosos and composers of the 19th century. However, the programme also includes music by composers related to Lublin – the hometown of Wieniawski, Polish composers of the 19th and 20th centuries, and masterpieces of European music.

The festival will be inaugurated by an extraordinary recital by Corina Marti – Swiss harpsichordist, flute and early keyboard instruments teacher at the Scholi Cantorum Basiliensis. The artist will present works from the tablature of Jan of Lublin, one of the greatest musical monuments of the 16th-century Europe, on the new Philharmonic instrument – a copy of the wing harpsichord, made according to the museum patterns of the 18th-century creator Pascal Taskin.

On 24 September, Norwegian pianist Aksel Kolstad, called the "Quentin Tarantino of classical music", and Agnieszka Schulz-Brzyska, lecturer at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, will present works by Józef Wieniawski, Władysław Żeleński, Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Sergiusz Rachmaninow, Claude Debussy, and Aksel Kolstad.

The festival will culminate in an extraordinary symphony concert under the baton of Wojciech Rodek together with Georgius Osokin – winner of the 9th International Chopin Piano Competition in Moscow (2014), finalist of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin  Piano Competition (2015). The artists will present symphonic works by Antonin Dvořák and Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 by Fryderyk Chopin.

Full programme available athttp://filharmonialubelska.pl/pl,0,s285,miedzynarodowy_festiwal_braci_wieniawskich.html 

Łódź | Inauguration of the 2019/2020 season at the Łódź Philharmonic

Filharmonia Łódzka

The Artur Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic will inaugurate 2019/2020 season with a performance of Krzysztof Penderecki's Credo on 21 September 2019 at 7 p.m. The concert will be dedicated to the memory of Maestro Zdzisław Szostak – conductor and composer strongly associated with the Philharmonic for many years, who passed away on 7 September.

In the years 1971–1987 Zdzisław Szostak was the deputy artistic director and conductor of the Łódź Philharmonic. He came to Łódź at the invitation of the then artistic director of the Łódź Philharmonic, Henryk Czyż, with whom he later collaborated. He made many recordings of film music with the Łódź philharmonic, both as a conductor and composer. He conducted over 200 film illustrations. In 2005 the Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir performed the world premiere of Zdzisław Szostak's greatest piece – Missa Latina. Thanks to the efforts of this institution, the Star of Zdzisław Szostak was embedded in the Avenue of Stars of the Road of Fame in Łódź on Piotrkowska Street. Maestro unveiled his star on 13 January 2018, on his 88th birthday. His death marks the end of an era in the history of the Łódź Philharmonic.

Credo for 5 soloists, boys' choir, mixed choir and orchestra by Krzysztof Penderecki will be performed by the Łódź Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Choir together with the Children's Choir of the Stanisław Moniuszko Music School Complex in Łódź under the baton of Paweł Przytocki. The soloists will be soprano Iwona Hossa, Katarzyna Hołysz, mezzo-soprano Karolina Sikora, tenor Tomasz Warnijak and bass Liudas Mikalauskas.

More information at: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl 

Elbląg | Inauguration of the 13th season of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra


The Elbląg Chamber Orchestra inaugurates its 13th artistic season with a concert on 22 September 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the State Music School Complex in Elbląg.

The musicians under the direction of two conductors: Sabrina Stachel and Piotr Jędrzejczyk, will present music composed by Mieczysław Karłowicz, Andrzej Panufnik and Ludwig van Beethoven. The concert will be joined by cellist Maciej Kułakowski, a soloist and chamber musician who won the first prize and a special prize at the 10th Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.eok.elblag.eu 

Tarnowskie Góry | Harpsichord as a social instrument


Elżbieta Chojnacka Centre for Contemporary Harpsichord Music invites you to the concert "Harpsichord as a social instrument", which will take place on 22 September 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Palace in Rybna as part of the "Two streams" series.

Concert life is travel, rehearsals, meetings, mutual inspirations, motivations, shared passion. Artistic element. The concert programme will consist of works from these journeys, a fusion of cultures and various types of music: French, German, Australian, Spanish, Argentine, African and Polish, among others Six folk melodies for harpsichord and guitar by Marek Pasieczny. We will also listen to musical portrait of the harpsichordist Hanna Balcerzak by Philip Czapłowski and the premiere of Hommage a Elizabeth pour clavecin, Op. 68 (2018) by Tomasz Kamieniak, composed at the turn of May and June 2018, on the first death anniversary of Elżbieta Chojnacka (on 10 September this year the artist would celebrate her 80th birthday).

The harpsichord will be accompanied by the sounds of guitar, accordion and drums. Exceptional artists were invited to participate in the concert: harpsichordists Magdalena Bąk, Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz and Hanna Balcerzak, drummer Arkadiusz Kuc, accordionist Leszek Kołodziejski and Due Corde ensemble.

The concert is co-financed from the funds of the Tarnowskie Góry Commune and the Palace in Rybna. Reservation of free tickets is required at: (32) 284 18 37.

More information at: https://www.aleksandragajecka-antosiewicz.com/centrum-współczesnej-muzyki-klawesynowej-elżbieta-chojnacka-center/ 

38th International Festival "Chopin in the Colors of Autumn"

Chopin w barwach jesieni

The 38th International Festival 'Chopin in the Colors of Autumn' will take place in Ostrów Wielkopolski and Antonin between 19 and 22 September 2019.

The inauguration concert will take place at the Ostrów Cultural Center, featuring the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Łukasz Borowicz. The 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko will be honored with the performance of Mazur from the opera Halka. The programme will also include Łukasz Krupiński's rendition of Piano Concerto in A minor by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Ingolf Wunder's rendition of Frederic Chopin's Concerto in E minor, Op. 11 and Allegro de concert in A major, Op. 46 arrangeed for piano and symphony orchestra.

During the next three festival days at the Hunting Palace of the Radziwiłł Princes in Antonin we will have a chance to listen to, among others, songs by Chopin, Perkowski, Karłowicz, Malawski, Moniuszko, Niewiadomski and Szymanowski performed by soprano Edyta Piasecka and pianist Bartłomiej Kominek. There will be a late evening concert with jazz music performed by Włodzimierz Nahorny Trio, who will present compositions inspired by the music of Chopin, Paderewski, Szymanowski and Komeda. The final concert will feature world renowned pianist Anna Malikova, graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, winner of the XII International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition.

Full programme available at:  http://ckis.kalisz.pl/wydarzenia/38-miedzynarodowy-festiwal-chopin-w-barwach-jesieni/