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100 days of solidarity in the fight against COVID-19 – further suspension of cultural activities

100 dni Solidarnosci After analyzing the COVID-19 case data, the Council of Ministers developed a comprehensive plan and assumptions for the coming 100 days. The so-called responsibility stage will be in force from 28 November to 27 December 2020. A decision was made to further suspend the activities of the cultural institution.

The new solutions were discussed during the meetings of the Medical Council, the Economic Crisis Staff and the Government Crisis Management Team, as well as meetings with analysts and legislators of the Prime Minister's Office and the Government Legislation Center. As part of the work, three draft regulations on restrictions, orders and bans in connection with the state of the epidemic were prepared.

In accordance with the regulation of the Council of Ministers on the establishment of certain restrictions, orders and bans, until 27 December, entrepreneurs (within the meaning of the provisions of the Act of 6 March 2018 – Entrepreneurs' Law) and other entities conducting creative activity related to all collective forms of culture and entertainment are allowed to conduct certain activities without the participation of the public: 1) activities necessary to prepare artistic events, such as rehearsals and exercises; 2) phonographic and audiovisual recordings; 3) events transmitted by means of direct remote communication.

Until 27 December, a restriction on the activities of public and scientific libraries, cultural institutions and other entities operating on the basis of the provisions of the Act of 21 November 1996 on museums (Journal of Laws of 2020, item 902) shall be established, consisting in the prohibition of: 1) making the collections available to the public; 2) organisation of events with the participation of the public – with the exception of activities carried out by means of direct remote communication and making the collections available in a non-contact form, in compliance with the relevant sanitary requirements.

More information at: https://www.gov.pl/web/koronawirus/100-dni-solidarnosci-w-walce-z-covid-19 

The Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra: Opera and musical. Saint Andrew’s Day concert

POSIMusic is always a good way to improve one’s mood in difficult moments, and although we all experience them we do not give up. Thus, The Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra also wants to bring some sunshine and smile on a November evening before St. Andrew’s Day with a unique concert on 28 November 2020 at 8 p.m., different from most of the concerts this season!

This time there will be lots of beautiful singing and a dazzling cross-section of vocal music (with orchestral interludes) from different periods and genres. Excellent soloists admired on different concert scenes in Poland and abroad will present several opera’s “greatest hits” – famous arias by Italian grandmasters of this genre: Donizetti and Verdi. The French Romantic art will resound in Bizet’s aria from the immortal Carmen. The artists will also recall the humorous and charming world of operetta in fragments from compositions by Kálmán, Lehár and Zeller. The impressive programme will be complemented by popular, film and musical music, composed by both still famous artists and those somewhat forgotten, who deserve to be recalled.

The concert will be conducted by Sławomir Chrzanowski, the long-standing artistic director of the Zabrze Philharmonic, the orchestra with which he performed at over 2000 concerts in several countries! The artist has also given concerts with the majority of Polish orchestras and numerous prestigious ensembles abroad, including the MWC Symphony Orchestra in Fredericksburg (USA), of which he is the honorary conductor, Chicago Philharmonic or Wuhan Symphony Orchestra (China).

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The concert will be broadcast on YouTube and on the website: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Young Musicians for a Young City 2.0 online

MMMMAfter 40 years of hibernation, the Young Musicians for a Young City Festival will resume in Stalowa Wola on 27–28 November 2020. The concerts will take place without the audience and will be recorded and broadcast online.

The reactivated Festival is an important part of the history of the city of Stalowa Wola, as well as a significant point in the modern history of music. The MMMM [Młodzi Muzycy Młodemu Miastu] Festival, held in the years 1975-1980, brought together a young generation of composers called the "Stalowa Wola Generation". Musicians, ambassadors of Stalowa Wola: Ewa Strusińska, Marcin Albert Steczkowski and Aleksandra Kopp, as well as composers active during the first editions of the MMMM Festival – Eugeniusz Knapik and Aleksander Lasoń, were invited to reactivate the MMMM 2.0 Festival.

This year's online edition of the event includes concerts of famous Polish artists  – Zygmunt Krauze and proMODERN ensemble – as well as the final concert of the "Young Musicians for a Young City Festival 2.0" Composers' Competition. Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble, one of the best ensembles specializing in the performance of contemporary music, will present pieces by the competition finalists: Viacheslav Kyrylov, Krystian Neścior, Jakub Pawlak, Kamil Polak and Filip Sporniak. The concert will be followed by the announcement of the winners and the award ceremony.

Full programme is available at: http://mmmmfestiwal.pl/ 

Poznań Philharmonic | Don't you know it? Listen then

pIt can be said that the next Internet Concert scheduled for Friday 27 November 2020 at the Tadeusz Szeligowski Poznań Philharmonic is a… double jubilee concert. In 2020 we celebrate the 95th death anniversary of Roman Statkowski, coming from Szczypiorno near Kalisz, and the 200th birthday anniversary of Michał Bergson.

Roman Statkowski composed the two-act opera Filenis, based on a libretto inspired by Herman Erler’s drama, in 1987. The work had to wait seven years for the Warsaw premiere. It was not staged until a year after an international success in 1903, when the piece won the 1st prize at an international competition in London. Filenis, as well as the second opera of the composer, Maria (based on the same-titled poetic novel by Antoni Malczewski) are among the most outstanding artistic achievements of Roman Statkowski.

By that concert the Poznań Philharmonic would like to present the figure of Michał Bergson, a Polish composer of Jewish origin. The Bergson family, which included numerous eminent merchants and bankers, had played a significant role in creating the city of Warsaw for several generations. Incorporating the music of Michał Bergson in the concert’s repertoire was directly inspired by the discovery of the manuscript of Concerto symphonique pour piano avec orchestre, Op. 62 in a London antiquarian bookshop and its purchase by the Poznań Philharmonic. The finder was Jonathan Plowright, an excellent British pianist, who will perform the concerto and who, along with the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra led by Łukasz Borowicz, recorded an album with Michał Bergson’s music. The CD, published by DUX label and titled "Michał Bergson, Concerto symphonique pour piano avec orchestre, Op. 62/ Music from the opera Luisa di Monfort" was released at the beginning of November and is another world premiere in the discography of Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra.

The recording will be available on the Poznań Philharmonic's YouTube channel.

Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf's debut album "ReViolation" out for sale

ReVIOLAtionThe title of a debut album of Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf, ReVIOLAtion, is far from coincidental and implies a "viola revolution". The disc released by Naxos Records will be out for sale from 27 November 2020.

To many music professionals and aficionados, the viola continues to occupy a lower position on the podium in a unique competition for the laurels of primacy among string instruments. Krzysztof Komendarek- Tymendorf goes out to prove (and does so most convincingly!) the viola to be a truly versatile medium. In that his efforts are in line with Prof. Piotr Reichert’s opinion that only a performance delivered by an excellent violist is distinguished by both the level of virtuosity typical of a violinist and the cello’s depth of sound. At the same time, the titular “revolution” refers to promoting a repertoire hitherto unknown to the general public.

In the case of the artist’s first solo album, the works worth mentioning in this respect are sonatas by Fyodor Druzhinin and Mieczysław Weinberg. The musician got to know them in-depth while preparing his doctoral dissertation. He was also the first in Poland to perform a recording of the above works (he is the author of their bowing and fingering arrangement). ReVIOLAtion should also be understood as reinterpretation of the program presented on the album. For Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf, it entails extremely important artistic freedom since he decodes each work individually through the prism of his own experience, which often results in an intriguing – sometimes controversial – interpretative concept. The repertoire chosen by the artist, including Capriccio “Hommage à Paganini” Op. 55 by the Belgian violin genius Henri Vieuxtemps, offers an excellent opportunity to present this interpretative vision and to show the full range of sound and technical capabilities of the instrument. The album could not lack a Polish accent, hence Grażyna Bacewicz’s Polish Caprice (1909–1969). The final piece on the album is a true virtuoso gem which requires the performer to overcome a number of technical problems while maintaining a dance-like, folk character in the neo-Classical spirit.

The word "ReVIOLAtion" lies close to "revelation", and a "revelation", paraphrasing the definitions of the term offered by the Oxford Dictionary of English, makes people witness something they have hitherto been unaware of, something extraordinary, secret or reverend. Undoubtedly, the repertoire on the album and its creative rendition by Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf meet these criteria.

Agnieszka Nowok-Zych (Translation by: Dominika Pieczka)

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre  POLMIC.


Wieniawski again in the Poznań Bazaar

Wieniawski.plThe Henryk Wieniawski Music Society in Poznań invites you on 26 November 2020 at 8.00 p.m. to a unique online recital in the series "Wieniawski znów w Bazarze" [Wieniawski again in the Bazaar], featuring violinist Piotr Pławner, pianist Piotr Sałajczyk and the Silesian Quartet.

The patron of the Society performed many a time in Poznań with great artistic success. One of his favourite venues was the White Hall in the Poznań Bazaar, a historic building which is preserved today in a slighly different shape.

The concert in the Bazaar on 26 November will be performed by Piotr Pławner – winner (ex aequo) of the 10th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition (1991), well-renowned pianist Piotr Sałajczyk and the excellent Silesian Quartet. The programme will refer to 19th-century recitals. We will hear rarely performed masterpieces of chamber music as well as pieces for violon solo, piano solo and string quartet. In the first part of the evening, Piotr Sałajczyk will perform two miniatures from the series Roses and Thorns, Op. 13 by Juliusz Zarębski, and Piotr Pławner will present solo caprices by Grażyna Bacewicz. The second part will be dedicated to Krzysztof Penderecki, who passed away on 29 March 2020. Members of the Silesian Quartet will commemorate this outstanding composer by performing his String Quartet No. 4.

More information athttps://www.wieniawski.pl/ 

"FINA na ucho": Kwartludium

KwartludiumKwartludium, an ensemble specializing in contemporary music performance, will perform online as part of the "FINA na Ucho" series on 26 November 2020 at 8 p.m.

Kwartludium was formed in 2002 by Dagna Sadkowska (violin), Michał Górczyński (clarinet, bass clarinet), Paweł Nowicki (percussion), Piotr Nowicki (piano). The ensemble focuses on performing works of young composers active both in Poland and abroad created specifically for this unique instrumental combination. Kwartludium possesses in its artistic output dozens worldwide premiere performances on many prestigious festivals all over the world. Also contemporary improvised music plays an important role in the group’s activity.

The upcoming concert at the National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute (FINA) will feature Kwartiuda for quartet by Piotr Jędrzejczyk, Multiple Image for chamber ensemble and ticking clocks by Tadeusz Wielecki, as well as works by Lothar Voigtländer, Peter Helmut and the latest piece by Helmut Zapf – Kwartludium (quattuor musici canunt) – written especially for the ensemble.

Live streaming will be available on the FINA's Facebook Page.

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Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław: Composers' Concert

AMKLStudents of the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław will present their latest compositions during an online concert on 25 November 2020 at 7.30 p.m.

The programme will feature solo and chamber pieces. New piano works will include the conceptual Impercerebrum by Zuzanna Klepacka, composed of six parts referring to the successive levels of organisation for living things, the atmospheric Ukłuć, zakołysać by Hubert Walkowski and The Last Lullaby and Colors of Autumn by Jakub Fornagel, based on the aesthetics of the beginning of the 20th century and on improvisation.

We will also hear accordion and guitar pieces. Magdalena Gorwa's solo traveler talks about life as a journey, while Alina Dzięcioł's Station 5 is based on the road concept and presents an intriguing combination of accordion and button portative sounds. The programme will also include Dawid Aleksy Dorożyński's November's rays of sun and Paulina Derska's music for the animation Inner Feeling, inspired by Japanese cinematography.

The concert will be streamed on the Wrocław Academy of Music's YouTube channel.

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Polish Music Experience – online

PolishMisucExp"Polish Music Experience" is a project of the "Porta Musicae" Artistic Association that aims to popularize Polish composers and artists in Poland and abroad. Four concerts will be broadcast live on the following Sundays in November 2020 (8, 15, 22 and 29) at 6.00 p.m.

The project will feature famous Kraków musicians, winners of international competitions and festival organisers: Maciej Zimka and Wiesław Ochwat (8 November), Trio Legend (15 November), Bartosz Sałdan and Cracow Duo: Kalinowski & Szlezer (22 November), Gajusz Kęska and Messages Quartet (29 November). The programme will include works by Fryderyk Chopin, Juliusz Zarębski, Aleksander Tansman, Andrzej Panufnik, Zbigniew Bargielski, Michał Papara, Szymon Stanisław Strzelec, Maciej Zimka, Kamil Kruk, Marcel Chyrzyński, and Wojciech Widłak. The concerts will also premiere Tomasz Opałka's Hype! and Andrzej Karałow's String Quartet „Particulae lucis”, which were created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance.

Live broadcasts of concerts from the Marek Stachowski Chamber Hall at the Academy of Music in Kraków are held in cooperation with the Academy of Music in Kraków and the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic in Kraków.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available athttp://www.portamusicae.art.pl/