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Warsaw | Musical Seasons – Autumn 2020


Polish Composers' Union – Warsaw Branch invites you to a concert in the series "Musical Seasons - Autumn", which will take place on 24 September 2020 at 5.00 p.m. at the PWM Edition office in Warsaw (8 Fredry St.).

Pianist Igor Torbicki, who specializes in contemporary music perfomance, will present pieces from the series Miniatures by Władysław Słowiński, Eclosion by Carlos E. Malcolm,Two Inscriptions for Witold Lutosławski by Jerzy Bauer, Etudes for piano by Artur Cieślak, and Hommage à J. S. Bach by Romuald Twardowski.

In addition, the pianist will premiere compositions by Paweł Kwapiński, Jan Oleszkowicz and Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska. Paweł Kwapiński's Espressioni is based on virtuoso techniques of playing the keyboard as well as inside the instrument. Thus, the work is a kind of synthesis of traditional and avant-garde virtuosity. Jan Oleszkowicz Genotypes cycle of miniatures for piano was written especially for the concert "Musical Seasons – Autumn". The sound material used in the miniatures is based on appropriately selected and processed scales and rhythmic permutations, creating specific sound "chains", characteristic for each of the miniatures. Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska's nAdAl was dedicated to the composer, improviser and pianist Ryszard Alzin (the title is a pun on the incipits of Anna and Alzin). The composition is about weaving... Shaping a narrative is making a digression on the margin of the "theme" (repetitive structure), and drawing consequences from this theme, migrating to other aesthetic regions.

Free admission (obligatory masks, limited number of places).

Co-financed from the funds of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

The online broadcast of the concert will be available at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/uce2h6r9a9okgrsu2fuem0rw 

Szczecin | III MDF Festival


MUSIC.DESIGN.FORM Festival returns to the Philharmonic in Szczecin. The third edition will run from 23 to 27 September 2020, focusing on the sounds around us and presenting musical and visual landscapes.

This year's edition of the MUSIC.DESIGN.FORM Festival is devoted to sound landscapes – soundscapes. Festival concerts, performed by the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and broadcast online, will take listeners to the world of sounds inspired by nature or a journey through the urban jungle, mountain trails or an endless ocean. The festival will premiere the latest, nature-inspired music project by Hania Rani and Dobrawa Czocher. During the two-day workshop, young people will be introduced to the world of city sounds, from which their joint composition will be created. Its premiere will take place during an open-air concert.

There will also be exhibitions, a city walk, a DJ live set, an online sound installation and an effective illumination of the philharmonic building, which will again turn into a canvas intriguing with colorful visualization. Above all, the Festival will allow the audience to break away from everyday life and get to know fascinating soundscapes.

Full programme is available at: https://mdf.filharmonia.szczecin.pl/pl

"Don't be afraid to improvise" with Jarosław Siwiński and Grzegorz Ociepka

Nie boj sie improwizowac

The Art Deco Group Music Agency invites children aged 7-12 learning to play instruments to participate in the workshops "Don't be afraid to improvise!", which will be held online on 21-24 September 2020 (4.00 p.m. – 1st group, 5.30 p.m. – 2nd group). The classes will be conducted by composer and pianist Jarosław Siwiński and actor and director of children’s plays Grzegorz Ociepka.

During the workshops, children will learn about contemporary music and methods of improvisation and they will take part in exercises and games that will help them absorb the knowledge more easily. In this project, it is very important to make music together and collaborate in a group, so children will participate in classes with their instruments and will actively improvise under the guidance of the teachers.

Each workshop cycle includes 4 online classes (approx. 45 minutes each) and 1 mini concert (approx. 40 minutes), presenting the effects of the work with participants. Two concerts of participants and their mentors will take place on 10 October at the Quality Studio in Warsaw and will be broadcast live on Facebook.

Participants are registered by their parents / guardians only via the form available at http://artdecogroup.eu/formularz-zgloszeniowy-nbsi-2020/. Please attach to the form a video file presenting the workshop participant performing any programme (max 5 MB).

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://artdecogroup.eu/event/nie-boj-sie-improwizowac-z-iza-kowalewska-i-helena-matuszewska/ 


3rd "Masovian Musical Meetings without Barriers" in Żeliszew Podkościelny and Cegłów

Czas sztukiThe "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you to the next events of this year's "Mazovian Musical Meetings without Barriers". The concerts entitled "The premiere" and "Dance on the strings" will take place in Żeliszew Podkościelny and Cegłów on 20 September 2020.

Czas sztuki

The concert in the Holy Trinity Church in Żeliszew Podkościelny at 12 p.m. will be performed by the rector of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, accordionist Klaudiusz Baran, and The Time Quartet. We will hear works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Arcangelo Correlli as well as the premiere of Bartosz Kowalski's Mini Magnificat, which was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance.

The second concert, dedicated to seniors, will be held at 7.00 p.m. in the Centre for Sustainable Development and Environment Protection in Cegłów. The Time Quartet will present old and modern dances: sarabande, minuet, march, polonaise, mazurka, waltz and tango by such composers as Georg Friedrich Handel, Luigi Boccherini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Fryderyk Chopin and Astor Piazzolla.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund. Admission to the concerts is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/fundacjaczassztuki/ 

Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus online: Pärt, Mozart and Haydn

SIPolish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra conducted by Przemysław Neumann will perform works by Arvo Pärt, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn on 19 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. The outstanding violinist Piotr Pławner will perform as a soloist. The concert will be broadcast online on YouTube and on the website https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/.

After the period of artistic explorations, the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt developed his unique style and technique (representing the broadly-understood trend of “mystical minimalism”), which he defined as tintinnabuli. It is the Latin word for “bells”. The mesmerising and delightful composition Fratres (Brothers) of 1977, which the author translated to different instrumentations, is another early example of the said technique.

In 1773, seventeen-year-old Mozart got a job at the court of Heronymus Colloredo, Archbishop of Salzburg. He composed a number of pieces for the court band, including a series of five violin concertos. The first part of the graceful Concerto in D major refers to Italian patterns. On the other hand, its rondo in the final part sounds French, including the playful style given to dud a la musette.

With its Symphony in D major no. 104 of 1795, Haydn says a wonderful goodbye to the musical genre that made him flourish and that became a “trademark” of his rich and varied artistic legacy. As Symphony in D major is a part of the second series of “London Symphonies”, in the finale Haydn paid a tribute to English audience by making the tune of the popular folk-like song Hot Cross Buns the main theme, additionally emphasizing it with the accompaniment of a bourdon.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/part-mozart-haydn-2/

Gdańsk | 'St. John's A-New' – premiere of Agnieszka Stulgińska's piece


On 19 September 2020 at 6.00 p.m. in the St. John's Centre in Gdańsk local and international musicians will perform a specially commissioned work by Agnieszka Stulgińska, a well-known Polish composer of the young generation. Polichromie Świętojańskie [Midsummer Polichromes] for organ, chamber orchestra and singing band will be premiered in the 'St. John's A-New' concert series, organised by the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre.

The work combines the aesthetics of contemporary music with the historical dimension, present both in the subject of the piece (Old Polish songs on the life of St. John) and music (traditional group of singers). We associate the term "polychromes" primarily with multi-colored decorative paintings, used for architectural decorations, made not only on stone materials and plaster, but also on wood, indoors and outdoors, in sacred and secular buildings. Can a contemporary artist create "sound polychromes" in a sacred building, following the example of old artists performing frescoes in temples for God's glory? Such an attempt was made by the composer Agnieszka Stulgińska in the piece Polichromie Świętojańskie, dedicated to the St. John Church in Gdańsk.

The piece will be premiered by the ensemble of historical wind instruments, organist Andrzej Szadejko, percussionist Łukasz Maciejewski, chamber orchestra composed of members of the NeoQuartet and BalticAlians ensembles conducted by Rafał Janiak, as well as Adam Strug and the Monodia Polska singing band.

Information on tickets: https://www.nck.org.pl/en/event/4812/st-johns-new-agnieszka-stulginska

Bydgoszcz | Bydgoszcz Music Festival in the Crown


The Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic invites you to the Bydgoszcz Music Festival in the Crown, which will be held betweem 18 September and 10 October 2020. 

The programme of the Festival will include real gems of music, from Bach, through Mozart, Beethoven, Penderecki and Kilar, to Sinatra, Brel and Wodecki – all performed by high-class musicians.

The inaugural concert will be dedicated to the memory of Krzysztof Penderecki. The Symphony Orchestra of the Pomeranian Philharmonic, the Women's Festival Choir, Iwona Hossa (soprano), Adam Kutn (baritone), Joanna Kravchenka (erhu) under the direction of Kai Bumann will present such works as Entrata for brass instruments and timpani, Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, Symphony No. 6 "Chinese Songs", Chaconne and Lacrimosa II. Polish music will be also featured in the "Adam Sztaba Family Concert" (under the direction of the maestro we will hear Wojciech Kilar's Polonaise from the film Pan Tadeusz and Adam Sztaba's Riffenuto), as well as "Moniuszko 200 / Kasia Moś & Aukso".

The events will be broadcast on the Philharmonic's YouTube channel.

Full programme is available at: http://www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/blog/wydarzenia/bydgoski-festiwal-koronie/ 

"With classics through Poland": music for piano trio

IMiT Next concerts in the series 'With classics through Poland' will take place on 18 September 2020 in the House of Creative Work "Reymontówka" in Chlewiska (7 p.m.), on 19 September at the Castle in Janów Podlaski (5 p.m.) and on 20 September at the Christian Cultural Centre in Wisznice (12.30 p.m.). We will hear music for piano trio.

The aim of the project, which began in the second half of 2019, is to bring music performed by the most outstanding Polish artists to smaller community centres, cities, towns and villages; to reach audiences who have difficult access to classical music. Through contact with the great art and artists, new audiences are being introduced to the world of classical chamber music, having a chance to become its new enthusiasts.

The upcoming concerts will feature the Cuore Piano Trio composed of: Zuzanna Budzyńska (violin), Jadwiga Roguska (cello) and Szymon Ogryzek (piano). The ensemble will perform Piano Trio in C major KV 548 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Trio in E major, Op. 5 by Franciszek Lessel and Piano Trio No. 2 by Romuald Twardowski.

The project is carried out by the Polish Music Management, operating at the Institute of Music and Dance, thanks to the support of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Prof. Piotr Gliński and under his patronage.

More information at: http://muzycznyimpresariat.pl/ 

39th International Festival of Orthodox Music "Hajnówka 2020"

Festiwal Hajnówka

The "Orthodox Church Music" Foundation invites you to the 39th International Festival of Orthodox Music "Hajnówka 2020", which will run from 17 to 20 September 2020.

Since 1982, choirs from all over the world have presented themselves at the largest festival of church music in Poland. In 1995, Polish Ministry of Culture declared the International Festival of Orthodox Church Music in Hajnówka as an artistic event of the highest rank, awarding it the "zero category", thus placing the Festival on the same level with such prestigious events as the Chopin Competition and the „Warsaw Autumn” International Festival of Contemporary Music, which are the most renowned Polish music events internationally. Starting with the 19th edition, the presidents of Poland have served as the event’s honorary patrons. In 2003-2020 the Festival was held under the artistic patronage of Krzysztof Penderecki. For many years the Polish Composers' Union has been the patron of the event. Since the 3rd edition, choirs has competed for prestigious awards in the competition judged by the international jury consisting of composers and conductors of church music. For many years the jury has been chaired by Romuald Twardowski, outstanding Polish composer and teacher.

The inaugural concert of this year's Festival, performed by the Polish Chamber Choir Schola Cantorum Gedanensis from Gdańsk, will be dedicated to Romuald Twardowski in the year of his 90th birthday. Choirs from Warsaw, Kraków, Białystok, Olsztyn, Budapest (Hungary), Riga (Latvia), Piraeus (Greece) and Sofia (Bulgaria) will take part in the competition auditions. On 20 September, the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic will host a gala concert in memory of Krzysztof Penderecki with the participation of the Festival’s Laureates and the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir.

The Festival will also feature an accompanying concert in the St. Trinity Evangelical-Augsburg Parish in Warsaw on 18 September, performed by choirs from Greece and Bulgaria. Promotion of the album “Festival of the singing soul” and screening of a film about the Festival will be held on the same day in the Chamber hall of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Białystok.

The live broadcast will be available at: http://festiwal-hajnowka.pl/eng/