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Elbląg | Musical Spring According to EOK


"Vive la Gioacchino Rossini!" – under this slogan two spring concerts of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra will take place on March 24 and April 28, 2019 in the Concert Hall of the Elbląg City Hall.

Although Gioacchino Rossini is known primarily as the author of operas, his sonatas are no less worthy of interest. Elbląg Chamber Orchestra along with conductor and violinist Jan Stanienda will perform two special concerts of Rossini's sonatas for the Elbląg music lovers. The programme of the eveniengs will be complemented by chamber music of Mieczysław Karłowicz, Feliks Janiewicz, Edward Elgar, and Andrzej Panufnik. The concerts will be hosted by Jarosław Praszczałek.

The concert is held under patronage of the PWM Editions as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performances of Polish music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.eok.elblag.eu/pl/news/dwa-akty-sonatowej-maestrii 

Warsaw | Sinfonia Varsovia Celebrates Its 35th Birthday


It was 35 years ago that one of the most famous violinists of the 20th century – Yehudi Menuhin – visited Poland for the first time. His visit inspired the formation of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, currently considered to be one of the best orchestras in Poland. To celebrate its anniversary, please join Sinfonia Varsovia in Teatr Wielki – the National Opera in a festive birthday concert on 23 March 2019.

The repertoire of the concert on the occasion of the ensemble’s 35th anniversary of its formation relates to the most important persons and events in Sinfonia Varsovia’s history. The concert opens with Sinfonietta per archi, composed by Krzysztof Penderecki, Sinfonia Varsovia’s artistic director. The work bears a special dedication to the Orchestra. Its inclusion in the evening’s programme is a reference to the Polish Chamber Orchestra, which was the cornerstone to Sinfonia Varsovia’s formation. Next in the programme is the overture to Gioacchino Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri – a work the ensemble performed many times under Menuhin’s direction. Directing this work will be French harpsichordist and conductor Hervé Niquet, who will also conduct the work to follow – Paul Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. French music and cooperation with French artists occupies a significant position in the Orchestra’s repertoire. Sinfonia Varsovia has been a continuous presence at major music festivals in France, including La Folle Journée and the La Roque d'Anthéron Piano Festival for more than 20 years.

After the intermission, young American conductor Roderick Cox will take up the podium. Cox is last year’s laureate of the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, awarded by the American Solti Foundation. Cox will conduct classic works of American music – 2nd Essay for Orchestra Op. 17 by Samuel Barber and Symphonic Dances from Leonard Bernstein’s musical West Side Story. Then, we will hear Serge Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 Op. 25 in D major “Classical”. One of Sinfonia Varsovia’s favourite works, it will be conducted by the much respected Marzena Diakun, laureate of, among others, the Polityka weekly’s Passport award. She will also direct the last work in the programme of the concert – Wojciech Kilar’s Krzesany.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Kraków | Zygmunt Noskowski’s 110th death anniversary and Albert Roussel’s 150th birth anniversary


A symphony concert on the occasion of the 110th death anniversary of Zygmunt Noskowski and the 150th birth anniversary of Albert Roussel will take place on March 22, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kraków Philharmonic.

The concert will begin with The Steppe by Zygmunt Noskowski – the first Polish symphonic poem, expressively depicting events at the Ukrainian steppes in the 17th century described in Henryk Sienkiewicz's Trilogy. The work will be performed by the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Charles Olivieri-Munroe, the artistic director and main conductor of the Cracow Philharmonic from the 2015/2016 season.

Next, we will listen to the brilliant Piano Concerto in G major by Maurice Ravel with the solo part performed by Charles Richard-Hamelin – one of the most promising contemporary Canadian pianists, winner of the second prize and Krystian Zimerman award for the best sonata performance at the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw in 2015. The evening will end with Albert Roussel's impressionist Symphony No. 3.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/Home/7878-SYMPHONIC_CONCERT.html

Lublin | Piano Evening at the Philharmonic


An outstanding pianist, soloist and chamber musician Piotr Sałajczyk will perform together with the Lublin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Przemysław Neumann on March 22, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the Lublin Philharmonic.

The programme of the concert will include Modest Mussorgsky's piano miniatures from the series Pictures at an Exhibition in the orchestration by Maurice Ravel and Piano Concerto, Op. 46 by Krzysztof MeyerThe latter was a student of Nadia Boulanger, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Witold Lutosławski. As one of the representatives of the 20th century Polish musical avant-garde, he made his debut at the Warsaw Autumn Festival at the age of 22 – as the youngest composer in the history of the festival. Many of his works have classical titles, suggesting the use of a traditional forms, but their internal structure and sound language are a manifestation of a fully conscious, individual use of a modern compositional techniques.

More information at: http://filharmonialubelska.pl/pl,0,s257,d480,koncert_symfoniczny.html 

Katowice | NOSPR Chamber Concert


The piano quintets of Grażyna Bacewicz and Johannes Brahms will fill the programme of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra chamber concert, which will take place on March 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the NOSPR Concert Hall in Katowice.

In Grażyna Bacewicz's catalog of works, there are two piano quintets: from 1952 and 1965. The first one belongs to the neoclassical period, in which the composer referred to traditional forms, folk stylizations, expressive themes, transparent texture, and clear narrative. Less known is the Second Piano Quintet, commissioned by Władysław Szpilman for the Warsaw Quintet. Its texture and form is more complex, harmonic language is more radicalised, and it pertains to the sonoristic style. Piano Quintet in F minor by Johannes Brahms was created on the basis of Sonata for two pianos (op. 34b). Brahms probably wrote it for Klara Schumann as a future performer. It is one of the most popular piano quintets in the history of this genre.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1335/nospr-kameralnie 

Warsaw | 4th Interdepartamental Concert of Contemporary Choral Music

The 4th Interdepartmental Concert of Contemporary Choral Music will take place on March 21, 2019 at 8.00 p.m.in the Concert Hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

The programme will consist of works written, prepared, performed and conducted by the FCUM students. Moreover, all of the pieces will be premieres. We will listen to Canticum discipulorum by Michał Malec, Mój śweće by Aleksandra Kolbusz, Vocalisation by Elżbieta Wojakowska, sitting on the roots by Żaneta Rydzewska, Quid est homo by Jan Wachowski, Let your Spirit descend! by Piotr Zalewski, Crucifixus by Aleksander Jan Szopa, Ave Maria by Jakub Montewka, Ubi caritas by Jakub Krukowski, and Da pacem Domine by Zuzanna Koziej. Admission free!

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Tarnowskie Góry | Concert cycle "Two streams"


The Elżbieta Chojnacka Center for Contemporary Harpsichord Music invites you on 21 March 2019 at 6.00 p.m. to the Palace in Rybna for the event inaugurating the new concert series "Two Streams", dedicated to the outstanding Polish harpsichordists of the 20th and 21st century: Wanda Landowska (on the 140th birth anniversary and 60th death anniversary) and Elżbieta Chojnacka (on the 80th birth anniversary).

The concert cycle will present early and new harpsichord music performed by Elżbieta Stefańska, Władysław Kłosiewicz, Hanna Balcerzak, Ewa Rzetecka-Niewiadomska, Hubert Niewiadomski, Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz, and invited guests. The concerts will be hosted by Piotr Oczkowski.

The first of the six concerts, "A Tribute to Wanda Landowska", will be performed by the excellent harpsichordist Hanna Balcerzak (student of Leszek Kędracki – student of Ruggero Gerlin – student of Wanda Landowska). The event was included in the European celebrations of early music "The European Day of Early Music", falling on the birthday of J. S. Bach. The programme will feature Clavier-Übung II for two-manual harpsichord, coming from the Bach cycle presenting a review of the 18th century keyboard music. The concert will be accompanied by an exhibition entitled "Wanda Landowska."

The project is co-financed from the funds of the Tarnowskie Góry Commune and the Palace in Rybna.

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

Kraków | New Concert Cycle of Sinfonietta Cracovia


The great works of the masters of the Romantic era, energetic contemporary pieces and a unique combination of string and marimba sounds ‒ another concert in the new cycle "Sinfonietta po krakowsku" is a real treat for music lovers. The event will take place on March 20, 2019 at 8.00 p.m. in the concert hall of the Kraków Philharmonic.

"Sinfonietta po krakowsku" is a cycle in which Sinfonietta Cracovia promotes the most talented young artists from Kraków. This time the ensemble will perform under the baton of Jurek Dybała with Jakub Frączek, the laureate of the competition "I play with orchestra" organized by the Academy of Music in Kraków. The marimbist will perform with Sinfonietta Cracovia a virtuoso, thrilling Concerto for marimba and string orchestra by Ney Rosauro ‒ the most popular composition for this instrument in history, extremely appreciated by music lovers and critics around the world.

We will also listen to Franz Schubert's famous Symphony No. 8 in B minor "Unfinished" and the third part of the Richard Wagner's opera Parsifal, immersed in the fairy-tale world, in which the Christian mystery meets the convention of a medieval epic about the Holy Grail guardians. The evening will end with the extremely popular Suite "Carmen" from the famous opera by Georges Bizet in the arrangement of the Russian composer Rodion Szczedrin dedicated to his wife, the prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater, Maja Plisiecka.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: www.sinfonietta.pl 

Warsaw | Patmos. Music for organ & percussion


Both organ and percussion are instruments that impress with their sound possibilities as they possess many colors, textures and shades. Album Patmos. Music for organ & percussion (UMFC CD 109) is the first recording of its kind on the Polish phonographic market. The premiere will take place on March 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the concert hall of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music.

Pieces for organ and percussion are not often performed in Poland, which meant for the artists – Bartosz Jakubczak (organ) and Miłosz Pękala (drums) – additional motivation to create a project that would show four different musical ideas for such set of instruments. In addition, the CD includes Letter from faraway Island for organ and percussion (2018) by Aleksandra Chmielewska, specially written for the album. The motif of the Patmos island in Chmielewska's composition refers to the Landscapes of Patmos by Petra Eben, hence the title of the album. A creative input to the repertoire concept includes the works by Christopher Dean – Mourning Dove Sonnet,  Magdalena Białecka – Landscape in White (premiere), Thierry Escaich – Ground II, and Marek JasińskiPsalmody (world phonographic premiere).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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