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Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra online: Dvořák & Grieg

POSIThe concert of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra on 6 June 2021 at 8.00 p.m. will be conducted by Jacek Rogala, conductor and composer, Managing and Artistic Director at the Oskar Kolberg Philharmonic in Kielce. We will hear works by Antonín Dvořák and Edvard Grieg. Marcin Zdunik, an artist who is considered one of the most interesting personalities not only of his generation, will perform as a soloist.

Since its premiere, Antonín Dvořák’s emotional Cello Concerto in B minor has been a part of the canon of pieces for this instrument. The piece delights with the melodic beauty of its themes, the depth of expression, excellent orchestration (focusing particularly on wind instruments playing a number of thematic solo parts) and the exemplary balance between the cello and the orchestra. During the concert in June, the piece will be performed by Marcin Zdunik, who is admired not only for his perfect technique and beauty of sound, but also for an extensive scope of his musical interests, continuous crossing of borders in terms of repertoire and bold projects showcasing new possibilities of his instrument.

In the second half of the 19th century, one of the genres that enjoyed great popularity were “symphonic dances”, which often referred to national motifs. It was most probably the great success of Brahms’s “Hungarian Dances” and Dvořák’s “Slavic Dances” that pushed Norwegian maestro Edward Grieg to compose his own similar pieces in the form of a four-part cycle published in 1897 – the composer was inspired by folk music from the collection of Ludvig Mathias Lindeman. 

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Broadcast on YouTube channel and www.sinfoniaiuventus.pl 

Elbląg | June Evening with Two Composers

EOK Sławomir Czarnecki and Sebastian Perłowski. Two names, hundreds of scores, thousands of concerts with their music. Another one will be held on 6 June 2021 at 6.00 p.m. at the State Music School Complex in Elbląg.

The first part will feature works by Sławomir Czarnecki, referring to, among others, highlanders folklore.  Czarnecki has never been an avant-gardist, especially recently, when he claims to be close to postmodern aesthetics, with works transparent in texture and clear in form. The composer calls it "analogism". His works are in the repertoire of such famous performers as the violinists Krzysztof and Jakub Jakowicz, the cellist Tomasz Strahl, the Amadeus Orchestra, the Concerto Avenna Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and the Polish Chamber Choir Schola Cantorum Gedanensis. The second part of the concert will be filled with Sebastian Perłowski's music. As a conductor, he collaborated with many orchestras in Poland and abroad. He was the deputy artistic director of the Grand Theater in Poznań. Currently, he teaches composition at the Academy of Music in Katowice and conducts symphonic, operatic and jazz concerts as well as musicals.

The Elbląg Chamber Orchestra and the violinist Paula Preuss will present the achievements of these Polish composers. Sebastian Perłowski himself will stand at the conductor's desk.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information about tickets: https://eok.elblag.eu/ 

30th Mozart Festival in Warsaw "Songs Sung at Night"

WOKThe jubilee Mozart Festival includes not only opera performances or spectacular symphonic and oratorio concerts, but also presentations of chamber music. The concert entitled "Songs sung at night" will be held on 6 June 2021 at 6.00 p.m. at the Palace on the Isle at Łazienki Park in Warsaw.

2021 is a special year for the Warsaw Chamber Opera, which 60th anniversary coincides with the 30th edition of the Mozart Festival in Warsaw, postponed from 2020 due to the pandemic. The Mozart Festival, established in 1991, is a phenomenon on a global scale. The anniversary edition is filled with premieres and new creative challenges.

The concert on 6 June features both Mozart's works as well as pieces written in his style or inspired by his oeuvre. Twelve-year-old guitarist Piotr Piętal, a young artist with extraordinary talent, will perform fragments of the opera The Magic Flute transcribed for guitar, which is an unprecedented event in the thirty-year history of the Festival. The transcription was made by Francisco Sor, or José Fernando Macarurio Sors, ​​a legendary Spanish guitarist and composer who lived at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. The second part of the concert is dedicated to Bartłomiej Marusik's songs to the poetry of Leopold Staff and Bolesław Leśmian. The title of the cycle Songs Sung at Night obviously evokes associations with nocturnes or Mozart's Serenata Notturna in D major. The songs will be performed by the excellent mezzo-soprano Agnieszka Rehlis and the world-famous guitarist Krzysztof Meisinger.

More information: https://operakameralna.pl/ 

Kraków | Children to Children

DomosławiceA concert on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Primary Music School at the Rev. Prof. Józef Tischner School and Kindergarten Complex in Domosławice will take place at the Krakow Philharmonic on 6 June 2021 at 5.00 p.m.

The Primary Music School in Domosławice has been operating since 2012. It educates about 500 students from the rural areas of south-eastern Lesser Poland, offering classes in eight branches located in three counties. The school implements an original curriculum, based on thorough learning about new music and on performing compositions created especially for didactic purposes. Grzegorz Majka and Renāte Stivriņa, who consistently introduce elements of modern sound language into the repertoire, play an important role in the implementation of the School's philosophy. The Music School in Domosławice has become an important culture-forming centre in the region, cooperating with numerous institutions. In addition to the individual successes of its students, the School has been granted prestigious awards, among others, the Award of the Polish Composers' Union for merits in the field of music education (2021).

The best school students as well as string and wind ensembles, choir and symphony orchestra will take part in the anniversary concert. The rich programme will include works by Polish composers, among others Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski, Józef Świder, Maria Dziewulska, as well as pieces by the school teachers, Grzegorz Majka and Renāte Stivriņa.

More information: https://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/ 

Lusławice | Kraków Philharmonic Symphonic Concert

FKAs part of a guest performance at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music on 5 June 2021 at 6.00 p.m., the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Dawid Runtz will present Jan Sibelius's Symphony No. 2 and Karol Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 1, accompanied by the soloist Joanna Konarzewska.

"I have to say I am very content with the whole – again all kinds of new notes – but also a little returning to the old; the whole thing awfully fantastic and unexpected." – this is how Karol Szymanowski wrote to Stefan Spiess about his Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35 (9 September 1916), composed in the summer and autumn of 1916 at the estate of a friend of the composer, Józef Jaroszyński in Zarudzie, Ukraine.

Behind the Concerto, as well as other violin works by Szymanowski, stands Paweł Kochański, whose violin art was valued for the soft timbre and tenderness in conveying emotions. The artists worked together on the idea of ​​a new violin style; Kochański is also the author of the cadenza and the piece was dedicated to him. The premiere took place on 1 November 1922 at the Warsaw Philharmonic – with the soloist Józef Ozimiński, conducted by Emil Młynarski. Two years later, the Violin Concerto No.1 was played in New York by Paweł Kochański, conducted by Leopold Stokowski. To this day, the work captivates with its sonic sensuality and a riot of colors. It is an undisputed masterpiece.

More informationhttps://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/ 

Wrocław | 12th Leo Festiwal

NFMThe National Forum of Music invites you on 2-6 June 2021 to the concerts of the 12th edition of the Leo Festival, traditionally hosted by the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra under the artistic direction of Ernst Kovacic.

The opening concert under the title "We will Survive" symbolically refers to the difficult times of pandemic. Its optimistic overtone is a promise of a reward for all our perseverance.

The special guest of the festival is Bartosz Porczyk – one of the most talented actors on the Polish theatre scene. On 4 June, together with Aleksandra Bugaj, he will present Mieczysław Karłowicz's songs. This evening we will also hear Mieczysław Weinberg's Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes for violin and string orchestra.

The final concert of Leo Festival was prepared with children in mind! We will hear well-known works from films about the adventures of Professor Ambroży Blot and his students composed by Andrzej Korzyński, Krzesimir Dębski's River of Dreams from the soundtrack for In Desert and Wilderness, as well as one of the masterpieces of French music of the 20th century.

Media partner: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available athttps://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/leo-festival 

We know the results of the 6th Krzysztof Penderecki Composers Competition

NDIWe know the winners of the 6th Krzysztof Penderecki Competition for young composers, which is the accompanying event of the 11th NDI Sopot Classic.

For the 6th time, the Polish Chamber Philharmonic in Sopot invited aspiring composers to submit their works for the jury's evaluation. Krzysztof Meyer, Jerzy Kornowicz, Rafał Janiak, Paweł Mykietyn and Daniel Cichy awarded the authors of six compositions:

  • the first prize went to Krystian Neścior for L’entourage de silence,
  • the second prize went to Andrzej Marcin Ojczenasz for Block'n'chains,
  • the third prize winners were ex aequo Michał Tomasz Szarowicz for Circles and Aleksandra Chmielewska for Obsession,
  • the honorable mentions went to Mateusz Czarnowski for sTREEtS and Aleksandra Chmielewska for Hope.

The award gala and the premiere of the first prize winner's work will take place during the Polish Music Concert on 27 July 2021 at 8.00 p.m. in Sopot.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: http://sopotclassic.pl/wyniki-6-konkursu-kompozytorskiego-im-k-pendereckiego/ 

Katowice | Tauron Eco Concert: Pławner & Silesian Chamber Orchestra

FSTauron Eco Concert on 4 June 2021 at 7.00 p.m. will feature Vivaldi's Four Seasons and the music of Grieg and Górecki. The Silesian Chamber Orchestra invites you to this musical meeting together with its director, Piotr Pławner, who will not only lead the orchestra but also perform the violin solo.

Concerto-Notturno by Mikołaj Piotr Górecki, which will open the concert, has been very popular since its premiere in 2001. The composition consists of three movements played attacca. The title notturno is perfectly audible, especially in the first movement. The second movement is a show of the soloist's virtuosity, and the third one – the shortest – is a reference to the beginning of the piece, calm in character, with improvisation in the solo violin part.

The programme will also include From Holberg's Time, Suite in the Old Style by Edvard Grieg, composed on the the 200th anniversary of the birth of the title Scandinavian writer. The evening will end with the famous Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi. These four concertos for solo violin and chamber orchestra vividly illustrate the changing seasons of the year.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Toruń | Musical Constellation

TOSVeriko Tchumburidze will perform with the Toruń Symphony Orchestra conducted by Agata Zając on 4 June 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the CKK Jordanki Concert Hall. The "Musical constellation" concert will take place as part of the "Conductor-in-Residence" programme organised by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Since winning the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in 2016, Veriko Tchumburidze has gained a reputation as a captivating soloist, chamber musician and studio artist. "She is like a breath of the future," said Andrzej Wituski, director of the competition, "She brings us closer to the world of our own imagination."

At the concert in Toruń, she will perform one of the most beautiful and popular, but also one of the most difficult concerts – Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35 by Piotr Tchaikovsky. The concert will start with Zygmunt Noskowski's "The Eye of the Sea'"Overture, which is an excellent example of works related to the Tatra Mountains. We will also hear Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 in A major, Op. 90, known as the "Italian". The orchestra will be led by Agata Zając, who is currently the conductor-in-recidence of the Toruń Symphony Orchesta.

More information: https://tos.art.pl/wydarzenia/muzyczny-gwiazdozbior