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Warsaw | 29th Portraits of Composers

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The best ensembles specializing in contemporary music performance –Hashtag Ensemble and Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble – will take part in the 29th edition of the "Portraits of composers" festival, which will take place on 10-11 December 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Masovian Institute of Culture (12 Elektoralna St., Warsaw).

The "Portraits of composers" festival have been organized by the Polish Composers' Union since 1988. Every year it presents chamber works by several contemporary composers. The programme is designed so that listeners can get acquainted with compositions characteristic for a given artist. During the upcoming concerts we will listen to the works by Marcel Chyrzyński and Eunha Chang.

Marcel Chyrzyński performs the function of the President of the Polish Composers' Union in Kraków. He is the director of the Institute of Composition, Conducting and Theory of Music at the Academy of Music in Kraków and the director of the International Festival of Kraków Composers. In 1994-98 he wrote a series of compositions Quasi Kwazi I, II and III for solo clarinet, which had its performances in Poland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, South Korea, Australia and the USA. and was broadcast in the Andrew Ford's The ABC Music Show programme by Australian Radio. The premiere of the composition Death in Venice, inspired by the Luchino Visconti's film of the same title, took place during the monographic concert of Chyrzyński in Los Angeles (2017). The next series of works by Chyrzyński entitled Reflection is an expression of thoughts related to the transience and fragility of existence. Reflection No. 1 was commissioned by the Amar Corde quartet and entered the ensemble's repertoire permanently. Reflection No. 4 was premiered during the 27th Takefu International Music Festival in Japan – the composition was commissioned by the organizers of the project. Reflection No. 7 was commissioned by Chang-min Park – the artistic director of Ensemble SoriYuhi and premiered at Daegu Concert House. The Polish premiere will take place at the concert on 10 December.

On 11 December we will listen to the music by a composer from South Korea, Eunho Chang. He is a graduate of Keimyung University and the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, where he also obtained a doctorate in musical arts under the supervision of Prof. Marcin Błażewicz. In the Sanjo cycle for solo instruments or voice, the composer presents his own view of traditional Korean music using contemporary compositional means and Western instruments, which are to imitate Korean instruments through the use of appropriate performance techniques. Eunho Chang himself will play on one of these instruments, called saenghwang. We will also listen to the Lyric Nocturne for a traditional Chinese bamboo flute called dizi. The final of the concert will be the premiere of Eunho Chang's Prism, which is based on the reflection of different colors of sounds coming from the "prism".

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Warsaw | Textures in Resounds


The Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra will perform works by Adam Falkiewicz, Krzysztof Penderecki, Tomasz Sikorski and Paweł Szymsńki on 14 December 2019 at 4 p.m. at the New Theatre in Warsaw.

Homo – and heterophonies, meaning various types of musical textures written for different orchestral voices, are the main theme of the concert. Partita IV by Paweł Szymański, with his trademark interplay between lines overlapping with similar contours (heterophony), and Concertino for trumpet and orchestra by Krzysztof Penderecki, dominated by a single melody over the other voices (homophony) are two very different examples of composer's thinking. Holzwege… by Tomasz Sikorski, author of the anti-homophonic Homofonia (1968), not keen on overly defined ways of organising musical spaces, is another, different sort of musical narration: a static, obsessively repeated frail motif is topped with elegiac sounds of other instruments, while dramaturgical censorships are marked with silence. The intensity of accumulated energy is ushered by compositions by AdamFalkiewicz.

The concert in the Sinfonia Varsovia's "Resounds. New Polish Music" series will be accompanied by Jacek Poniedziałe's audiovisual installation focused on the legacy of Adam Falkiewicz.

More information athttps://nowyteatr.org/pl/kalendarz/faktury-w-oddzwiekach 

Częstochowa | Play while you play. Instrumental Theater of Bogusław Schaeffer

Era Schaeffera

Play while you play. Instrumental Theater of Bogusław Schaeffer – an additional event of the 11th "Schaeffer's Era" Festival – will take place on 13 December 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Adam Mickiewicz Theatre in Częstochowa.

The "Schaeffer's Era" Festival is a cyclical event that combines music, theater and dance and promotes the rich creative output of the Polish contemporary composer, music theoretician, playwright, philosopher and graphic artist Bogusław Schaeffer. The Festival takes place in the autumn season in Warsaw, regularly since 2009. Different events are also presented in various cities in Poland and around the world. This year, the "Schaeffer's Era" additional event will take place in Częstochowa,

Play while you play is Schaeffer's instrumental theater in a new setting – a large, international and interdisciplinary stage performance inspired by the work of one of the most versatile and respected Polish contemporary artists. Performance directed by Maciej Sobociński, who collaborated with the Adam Mickiewicz Theatre in Częstochowa, is a collage of actor's creations, contemporary dance and various musical forms. Accordion virtuoso Marcin Wyrostek with the Corazon ensemble and the charismatic rapper Andy Ninvalle will take part in the spectacle, along with the actors: Lidia Bogaczówna, Izabela Warykiewicz, Marcel Wiercichowski, Sean Palmer and Witold Jurewicz. The unusual event shows the work of the artist who has become a source of inspiration for future generations.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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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 

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 | Chamber Music Concert in Memory of Mieczysław Weinberg


Mieczysław Weinberg, whose 100th birth anniversary we celebrate this year, is one of the "great absentees" of Polish music of the last century – it has only been a dozen years since his compositions appear more and more frequently in concert programmes around the world. His works will be performed by the outstanding violinist Gidon Kremer at the National Philharmonic on 10 December 2019 at 7 p.m.

Weinberg's I Sonata for solo violin, Op. 82 was written in 1964 for the violinist Mikhail Fichtenholz. The five-part composition combines elements of Baroque, Classical and Romantic traditions. VI Sonata for violin and piano, Op. 136 bis was written in 1982, but the composer did not include it in the official catalog of his works and until 2007 it remained unknown. Dedicated to the "Memory of my mother", it was created shortly after Weinberg found out –  almost 40 years after the fact! –  about the tragic fate of his family who died during World War II in the Nazi labor camp in Trawniki in the Lublin region. This is undoubtedly one of the composer's most personal works.

The trio of outstanding musicians – Gidon Kremer, Georgijs Osokins and Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė – will also perform Ferruccio Busoni's Chaconne based on Chaconne from the Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004 by J.S. Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven's Triple Concerto in C Major, Op. 56, arranged for piano trio by Carl Reinecke.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.pl/koncerty-i-bilety/repertuar/koncert-kameralny60 

Zielona Góra | Visions – Inspirations – References

Sepia Ensemble

The "Visions – Inspirations – References" concert on the 20th anniversary of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Zielona Góra and the Year Grażyna Bacewicz will take place on 10 December 2019 at 6 p.m. in the chamber hall of the Zielona Góra Philharmonic (10 Powstańców Wielkopolskich Square).

The planned concert is the fruit of cooperation of the Institute of Music of the University of Zielona Góra with the Composition Department of the I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. The concert is devoted to the work of contemporary composers representing Zielona Góra and Poznań.

The concert programme includes chamber works by Grażyna Bacewicz as well as compositions by contemporary composers written over the past several years, including three premieres: Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska's BallaDo-BallaRe for flute and piano (2019), Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz's In a snare (BACG) for four performers (2019) and Juliusz Karcz's Quartetto danzante for flute, violin, cello and piano (2019). This repertoire will be presented by Sepia Ensemble twice: on 10 December 2019 in Zielona Góra and on 15 January 2020 in Poznań.

The upcoming concert will be hosted by Elżbieta Samosiuk. Admission is free!

Full programme available at: http://www.imu.uz.zgora.pl/koncert-muzyki-kameralnej-wizje-inspiracje-nawiazania/ 

Katowice | Concert of laureates of the 4th ATMA Polish National Competition for Musical Personalities


The laureates of the 4th ATMA Polish National Competition for Musical Personalities will perform on 9 December 2019 at 7.30 p.m. in the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice.

By the jury's decision, Paweł Wojciechowski, a 16-year-old pianist from Warsaw, became the winner of this year's, 4th edition of the ATMA Polish National Competition for Musical Personalities. He is a student of Joanna Ławrynowicz at the Zenon Brzewski Secondary Music School in Warsaw. The laureate of the Competition can not only enjoy financial prizes (PLN 5,000 and the Schimmel Pianos award – PLN 5,000), but above all he is honored with the opportunity to appear as a soloist with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra at its headquarters in Katowice. The other finalists also received the NOSPR Award of Ewa Bogusz-Moore – they will all perform at the headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice during chamber concerts.

The upcoming concert will feature Szymon Drabiński, Wilhelm Pilch and Milena Pioruńska, who will present a programme composed of works by Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski and Roman Ryterband.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Łódź | 2nd Grażyna Bacewicz International Violin Competition

AM Łódź

The Academy of Music in Łódź invites you to the 2nd Grażyna Bacewicz International Violin Competition, which will be inaugurated with a symphonic concert on 8 December 2019 at the Concert Hall at 2a Żubardzka Street. The two-stage auditions will be held on 9-14 December in the Academy's Chamber Hall. The results of the competition will be announced on 14 December during the laureates concert (6.00 p.m.). Admission to the auditions and the final concert is free. The auditions will be also broadcast live.

This year's edition was open to violinists of all nationalities with no age limit. 96 violinists from 27 countries will participate in the auditions. They will be judged by the international jury chaired by Łukasz Błaszczyk. The jury memebers: Adam Balas, Bartosz Bryła, Eszter Haffner, Alexey Koshvanets and Szymon Krzeszowiec.

The organizers received 152 applications, out of which 97 participants were selected from such countries as: Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Israel, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Germany, Norway, Poland , Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Italy. The participants has to perform two works by Grażyna Bacewicz, with Polish Caprice being a must in the second stage. In addition to the main prizes, the jury will award a special prize for the best performance of Grażyna Bacewicz's composition.

The inaugural symphony concert will feature Sławomir Wilga – the first prize winner of the first edition of the Competition. He will perform the solo part in the Bacewicz's 7th Violin Concerto. The Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź will be conducted by Jerzy Salwarowski – an outstanding conductor who celebrates the 50th anniversary of artistic work this year. Under his baton, the orchestra will also present the Eternal Songs symphonic poem, Op. 10 by Mieczysław Karłowicz and the "Fairy Tale" fantastic overture by Stanisław Moniuszko.

The competition is part of the 2nd Grażyna Bacewicz International Music Festival in Łódź, organized as part of the celebration of the 110th anniversary of the birth and 50th anniversary of the death of this outstanding Polish composer and violinist.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/konkursy-muzyczne/2-miedzynarodowy-konkurs-skrzypcowy-im-grazyny-bacewicz