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Warsaw | The 110th Anniversary of the Birth and the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Grażyna Bacewicz

Bacewicz

The Warsaw Philharmonic plans to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the birth and the 50th of the death of Grażyna Bacewicz with three concerts showcasing a selection of her works for solo instrument and orchestra. The first concert will take place on 6 December 2019 at 7.30 p.m.

The series will open with an extraordinary event: the world premiere of Violin Concerto No. 6. Bacewicz had quite a critical (often too critical) approach to her compositions – to the extent that she decided to leave this piece on the shelf and never allowed it to be performed or published. We do not know much about this mysterious work, except that the author went on to use some of its musical material in her Viola Concerto a year later. Therefore, we might conjecture that Grażyna Bacewicz did not regard Concerto No. 6 as a complete write-off. Thanks to the initiative of Maestro Andrzej Boreyko, the score will be given a new lease of life in these December concerts after fifty years of gathering dust in the archives of the National Library.

The most expanded of Strauss’ symphonic poems, Ein Heldenleben unquestionably brought him success; however, it had to run the gauntlet of severe criticism before it finally began to be appreciated. Many believed that the work was too long, its autobiographical subtext not fully comprehensible for the listener, and, most importantly, that the music was too bizarre. And then of course there was the difficulty of playing the piece live. Currently, Ein Heldenleben is a popular choice for every symphony orchestra and an audience favourite. It was performed on this stage for the first time under the baton of its composer, in December 1903, and returns to the repertoire of the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra after an absence of almost twenty-five years.

Piotr Maculewicz

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.pl/koncerty-i-bilety/repertuar/koncert-symfoniczny184 

Lusławice | Multimedia exhibition "Krzysztof Penderecki – Heritage of Polish Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries"

Luslawice

Professor Krzysztof Penderecki – the patron and founder of the Lusławice centre – celebrated his 86th birthday on 23 November 2019 at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Center. In addition to the concert, a multimedia exhibition "Krzysztof Penderecki – Heritage of Polish Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries" was inaugurated on Maestro's birthday, presenting the achievements of Polish contemporary music using modern audiovisual technologies and multimedia systems.

The exhibition emphasizes the special role of Krzysztof Penderecki and his impressive contribution to the development of Polish and world culture, and also reveals the richness of Polish contemporary music and its creators. The substantive layer of the exhibition is largely based on the private collections and archives of Elżbieta and Krzysztof Penderecki. The exhibition space is divided into three parts: the Artist, Meetings and the Work, each of which is a whole that can be viewed independently, in any order.

The exhibition materials were prepared by the Lusławice Center's substantive team and extended with audio and video materials obtained under license from concert, performance and recording producers, including: PWM Edition, Polish Television, Grand Theater – National Opera, Baltic Opera, Wrocław Opera, Krakow Opera, Silesian Opera, Animated Film Studio in Bielsko Biała, Miniature Film Studio in Warsaw, National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute, and DUX.

The exhibition can be visited free of charge during concerts held at the European Music Center in Lusławice.

Warsaw | SUPERSAM + 1: Axel Dörner & Michał Górczyński

SuperSam

Axel Dörner and Michał Górczyński  will perform in the series of master performances organised by the MÓZG club in Warsaw in cooperation with the House of Fun and Culture DZiK on 5 December 2019 at 8 p.m. (DZiK, 44 Belwederska St.).

“Supersam + 1” focuses mainly on music, however, it also includes other forms of expression such as: performance, multimedia, monodrama. “Supersam + 1” will present respected Polish and foreign artists whose work is original, experimental and innovative. “SUPER” in the title means that the programme will be based on renowned artists – masters. “SAM” (from Polish, means „alone”, "by himself/herself") refers to the solo performances as well as the creative loneliness. “+ 1” in the title means that each evening will be crowned with a duo performance. During the upcoming concert, Axel Dörner and Michał Górczyński will meet on stage for the first time.

Axel Dörner studied trumpet with Jon Eardley in Köln and piano at the conservatory in Arnhem, the Netherlands, then from 1989–1994 piano and trumpet (with Malte Burba) at the Musikhochschule in Köln. He is one of the most unique voices in free improvisation. He developed a completely different language for the trumpet in the late 1990s. Most of the ensembles he is part of are characterized by a non-hierarchical collaboration of the musicians involved. He is mainly associated with musicians and communities of Berlin, London, Chicago as well as New York. At this time his discography consists of more than 150 CDs / LPs. Since 2000 has has been playing extended concert tours on all five continents which led to a worldwide genre-comprehensive musical network with the most distinguished musicians of our time.

Michał Górzyński is a clarinettist, composer and music teacher, a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Since 1998, he has been composing music for various instrumental ensembles as well as theatre music. Since 2002, he has been a member of Kwartludium ensemble, specialising in modern music performance. Since 2008, he has worked on extending the sound of the bass clarinet, inspired by beatbox and in cooperation with one of the leading Polish beatboxers, Patryk Matela a.k.a. Tik Tak. He has coined the term of “composed education.” He received grants for the creation of alternative educational manuals. Since 2013, he has been running a project entitled Music for Languages, writing original music for the Yiddish language (CD published by Multikulti Records), Japanese poetry (CD published by Fortune Records), and Persian poetry by Jalāl ad-Dīn Rūmī.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://supersam.mozg.pl/ 

Częstochowa | Christmas Prelude

Collegium Cantorum

A concert of Częstochowa Philharmonic Choir on Thursday evening, 5 December 2019 at 7 p.m., was titled by the performers a "Christmas Prelude".

Time goes by very quickly. We do not notice as day by day passes, and soon it is almost the end of the next year. But at the end of the year, magical and joyful Christmas comes to the rescue – a time of peace and rest from everyday life. The "Christmas Prelude" in the series of Thursday Evenings with the Czestochowa Philharmonic Choir Collegium Cantorum is a unique journey through Christmas melodies.

In the programme of this December concert, the audience will find compositions by Gustav Holst, Charles Wood, and Edward Pałłasz, as well as Latin carols and excellent arrangements of Christmas hits from radio stations. Because Christmas is a time of many shades of joy, the Collegium Cantorum Choir will present works that reflect happiness and peace. The concert will be conducted by Janusz Siadlak.

Infomation on tickets at: https://www.filharmonia.com.pl/repertuar/1381-Swiateczne-preludium 

Poznań | To hear light, to see music – 8th edition of Neofonia

Neofonie

The 8th National Student and Doctoral Scientific Conference "Neofonia" will take place on 3 and 4 December 2019 at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznań. The event will be accompanied by the Intercollegiate Composition Concert.

During the two-day session of this year's edition, participants will highlight (nomen-omen!) the issue of light in music as an idea, as a creative material, as an instrument, or as a symbol and allegory. The event is a great opportunity to exchange insights and experiences of young researchers from various Polish academic centres. The meeting will begin with a lecture by Michał Janocha, Ph.D. (Studio of Electroacoustic Music SMEAMuz in Poznań), who will talk about light and sound in a multimedia spectacle I hear you are watching. The 1st Panel will be devoted to senses and perception, addressing the impact of sight on hearing and the phenomenon of chromesthesia. During the 2nd Panel, participants will consider, among others presence of light in sacred music. Traditionally, the first day of the conference will feature the Intercollegiate Composition Concert in Aula Nova, pesenting the works by young Polish composers. The second day of the conference will be filled with workshops with Ryszard Lubieniecki, composer, improviser and accordionist. Participants will be able to learn about the possibilities offered to contemporary composers by techniques of amplification and sampling of instruments.

The organizer of the conference is the Artistic and Scientific Circle of Students of Composition and Theory of Music at the Academy of Music in Poznań.

Admission to all events is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at www.amuz.edu.pl and www.facebook.com/kanamp2012 

Warsaw | Andrew Shenton's publication – "Arvo Pärt. Audible light"

UMFC

Rector of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Prof. Klaudiusz Baran, PhD. Habil. invites you to a meeting devoted to the publication Arvo Pärt. Audible light by Andrew Shenton, which will take place on 3 December 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Karol Szymanowski Hall (2 Okólnik St.).

This is the first monograph in Poland devoted to the work of Arvo Pärt (born in 1935). This world-famous Estonian composer has gained recognition not only of musicologists and music lovers, but also of the creators of broadly understood mass culture and its recipients. The composer's genius and character traits, above all modesty and kindness, contributed to his icon status and popularity.

The book, published by the Chopin University Press, appears only a year after the composer was awarded the title of doctor honoris causa of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (26 November 2018) and a year after the premiere of the English version. The presentation will be complemented by a performance of the Chopin University Modern Ensemble conducted by Ignacy Zalewski. The artists will perform pieces by Arvo Pärt and Aleksander Kościów.

Admission to the event is free!

Lusławice | The Final Concert of the "Autumn in Lusławice" series

Luslawice

The final concert of the "Autumn in Lusławice" series will take place on 1 December 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music.

"Autumn in Lusławice" is a series of 6 unique musical events characterized primarily by the stylistic diversity of the presented repertoire, as well as the participation of excellent Polish and foreign musician. During the final concert of this year's series, the Symphony Orchestra of the Music Academy in Kraków conducted by Rafał Jacek Delekta will perform two monumental works by Ludwig van Beethoven: the 'Coriolan' Overture, Op. 62 and Symphony No. 3 in E flat major 'Eroica', Op. 55. The programme will also include Polish contemporary music: Concerto for two flutes by Janusz Bielecki, with solo parts performed by flutists Agata Kielar-Długosz and Łukasz Długosz.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://penderecki-center.pl/ 

Wrocław | Concertante

Danowicz

The first performance of Chistian Danowicz's Concerto Grosso will take place on 30 November 2019 at 6 p.m. at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław. The concert of the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra will be a journey through various periods of music history. It will start with works of Baroque and Classicism, and end with compositions created by contemporary artists. The common denominator of all works is that they are concertante works in which solo parts were written for one or several members of the ensemble.

The collection of Johann Sebastian Bach, now known as the Brandenburg Concertos, was entitled in the original Concerts avec plusieurs instruments ("Concertos for various instruments"). In 1721, the composer dedicated his works to the Margrave of Brandenburg, Christian Ludwig, and hence their name. We do not know if these works were performed during Bach's lifetime. They were published only in 1849 and have enjoyed great popularity since then. Concerto No. 3 in G major is full of temperament and energy, and although it is a catchy work, it sets serious requirements for the performers.

Sinfonia concertante KV 364 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was originally intended for the violin and viola, but during the concert we will hear an arrangement of this work for violin and cello. The work was created in 1779, during Mozart’s tour including visits to Mannheim and Paris. It represents a genre at the boundary of symphony and concerto, popular in the Classicist era; the solo parts are more integrated here with the orchestra part than in a traditional concerto. The work is light in the mood, and its second movement is distinguished by lyricism and singing melody.

The second part of the concert will be filled with works by contemporary composers. Mikołaj Górecki, born in Katowice, will be represented by the Concerto-Notturno for violin and strings, written in 2000. It is a catchy three-movement composition, and as promised in the title, atmospheric, sometimes even dark. The last work performed that evening will be the Concerto Grosso by Christian Danowicz, concertmaster of the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra. This will be the first performance of this work, so there is an opportunity to be among those who hear it for the first time.

More inforamtion at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/en/component/nfmcalendar/event/7276

Warsaw | Concert of the winners of the Kazimierz Serocki 16th International Composers' Competition

Konkurs Serockiego

A concert of the winners of the Kazimierz Serocki 16th International Composers' Competition will take place on 30 November 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw.

A meeting of the Jury of the Kazimierz Serocki 16th International Composers' Competition took place on 4-6 October 2019 in Radziejowice. 144 scores were submitted for the competition, held under the honorary patronage of the Polish Composers' Union. The jury composed of Fredrik Österling (Sweden), Paul Patterson (United Kingdom) and Dariusz Przybylski (Poland), awarded four prizes and three honorable mentions.

The first prize of PLN 13,000 was awarded to Jinseok Choi – a composer from South Korea – for the work Pathos. Adam Vilagi (Finland) received the second prize of PLN 8,000 for the work Directions. The third prize of PLN 4,000 was awarded to Hugh Collins Rici (Great Britain) for the work Canto Celato. Jinseok Choi also received a Special Award of the PWM Edition for the youngest laureate (a set of Polish contemporary scores). Honorable mentions went to: Youngwoo Yoo (South Korea), Minzuo Lu (China) and Zhaoyu Zhang (China). The awards were funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Polish Society of Authors and Composers ZAiKS, Witold Lutosławski Society and the Association of Polish Musicians.

The Winners' Concert, co-organized with Polish Radio Programme 2, will feature works by the Competition's patron – Kazimierz Serocki, Jinseok Choi, Adam Vilaga and Hugh Collins Rice. The compositions will be performed by outstanding artists specializing in contemporary music: Łukasz Długosz and Agata Kielar-Długosz, Hashtag Ensemble, Seweryn Zapłatyński, Franciszek Olszowski, Alicja Kieruzalska, Łukasz Łacny and Krystyna Wiśniewska. The concert will be recorded and broadcast in the Programme 2 of Polish Radio, and then offered to the European Broadcasting Union.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.