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Opole | In memory of Mieczysław Karłowicz


On February 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic will host a concert commemorating the 110th anniversary of Mieczysław Karłowicz's death.

The concert will start with a symphonic poem Kościelec 1909 by Wojciech Kilar. The title of the work refers directly to the circumstances of Karłowicz’s tragic death in 1909 in an avalanche on the Mały Kościelec slopes. It draws on the symphonic-poem tradition as a great Romantic symphonic form, programmatic in nature, of which the most outstanding Polish exponent was Karłowicz. The rest of the evening will be filled with Karłowicz's works: Violin Concerto in A major and Symphony "Rebirth", both written in 1902. The works will be performed by the Symphony Orchestra of the Opole Philharmonic directed by Przemysław Neumann. Thanks to the courtesy of Anne-Sophie Mutter, Agata Szymczewska will perform as a soloist on a violin made by Nicolo Gagliano (1755).

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

More information at: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/wydarzenia/strefa-gwiazd-4/ 

Warsaw | National Philharmonic: 110th death anniversary of Mieczysław Karłowicz


On February 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m., a concert to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the death of Mieczysław Karłowicz will be held at the National Philharmonic.

The programme of the February concert performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jakub Chrenowicz includes Mieczysław Karłowicz's Eternal Songs Op. 10 and works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Reinhold Glière.

When Karłowicz’s Eternal Songs were applauded at Warsaw Philharmonic on 22nd January 1909, nobody could expect that this was the young composer’s swan song. Just two weeks later he perished under an avalanche in the Tatra mountains. His impressive symphonic triptych – which programme is signalled by the (Young Poland style) titles given to the successive songs – is one of the prematurely deceased Polish neo‑ Romantic composer’s most personal statements, testifying to the immense range and originality of his talent. Today the cycle belongs to his most loved and frequently performed works.

The now forgotten theatre play Thamos, King of Egypt by Tobias Philipp, Baron von Gebler, concerning the dynastic struggles of Egyptian pharaohs, made history only because Mozart himself composed incidental music for this drama around 1773. It is rarely performed nowadays, since without the context of the play it does not form a coherent continuum. In this concert performance we will have the opportunity to listen to the masterful elaborate choruses in which the Egyptian folk praises the sun and its king. Ignaz Leutgeb stood out among horn players known from Mozart’s circles and time. He is a dedicatee of as many as four concertos by Mozart, as well as the Quintet in E Flat Major KV 407 for unconventional performing forces with two violas. This charming, cheerful piece demonstrates both the horn’s virtuosic possibilities and its lyrical qualities.

The artistic biography of Reinhold Gliere is complicated. This pupil of Taneyev and Arensky perfectly assimilated the late Romantic style, steering clear of modernist experimentation. This proved reasonable under the Soviet rule, when ‘formalists’ were fiercely persecuted, but Gliere never fell victim to such accusations and was even held up as a model of an accessible tonal style which the authorities promoted. His numerous works in the vein of socialist realism have fallen into oblivion as a sad document of that bleak time. It is his autonomous, non‑ programmatic music that still attracts audiences with its technical mastery, euphonic harmonies, and most of all – with marvellous melodic invention, of which his Horn Concerto is a fine example.

More information at: http://filharmonia.pl/wydarzenia_en/symphonic-concert148/

Jelenia Góra | Slavic Sound Music with a Hint of Polish Character


On February 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., the Lower Silesian Philharmonic will host a concert entitled "Slavic Sound Music with a Hint of Polish Character".

The programme of the evening includes works by Piotr Czajkowski – "Hamlet" Overture-Fantasia Op. 67 and Symphony No. 3 in D major  – as well as Piano Concerto No. 2 by Ryszard Bukowski. The works will be performed by the Lower Silesia Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the Turkish conductor Hakan Sensoy. Maria Magdalena Bukowska-Janowska will perform as a soloist.

The Philharmonic of Lower Silesia participates in the program "Filharmonia / ostrożnie, wciąga !!!" organized by the Institute of Music and Dance from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Information on tickets at: http://filharmonia.jgora.pl/repertuar,6/slowianskie-brzmienia-z-nutka-polskosci,2723?did=3817 

Katowice | Concert in memory of Witold Lutosławski and Mieczysław Karłowicz


A concert on the 25th death anniversary of Witold Lutosławski and the 110th death anniversary of Mieczysław Karłowicz will take place in the headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice on February 7, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

The Orchestra under the baton of Antoni Wit will perform three works by the mentioned composers. Novelette (1980) by Witold Lutosławski, written for Mścisław Rostropowicz, then head of the Washington National Symphony Orchestra, refers to Robert Schumann's piano cycle of the same (almost) title. Piano concerto (1988), dedicated to Krystian Zimerman, belongs to the last phase of Lutosławski's work, in which he drew more and more from romantic music – hence the reminiscences of Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninov, as well as Ravel and Bartók. Louis Lortie will perform as a soloist. The concert will end with Symphony in E minor "Rebirth" (1902) by Mieczysław Karłowicz (1876-1909). Despite the perceptible influences of Tchaikovsky and Wagner, this work presents already crystallized foundations of the Young Poland's aesthetics: programme, pantheism, dark orchestral colorus.

The concert was produced under the patronage of PWM Edition as part of the project TUTTI.pl promoting the performance of Polish music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1221/nospr-antoni-wit-louis-lortie 

Gdańsk | Inauguration of the Orunia Concerts


The inaugural concert on the historic Eduard Wittek's organ from 1911 at the St. Jan Bosko church in the Gdansk Orunia district will take place on February 3, 2019 at 7.30 p.m.

Thanks to the initiative of priest Mariusz Słomiński, parish priest of the Jan Bosko Parish in Orunia district, a project of restoration and partial reconstruction of neo-romantic pneumatic organs by Eduard Wittek company from Elbląg, funded in 1911 for the local church by the Hoene family. Organ in Orunia district is currently the only fully functional and stylistically coherent instrument from the turn of the 19th and 20th century in the Gdańsk agglomeration, which enables the presentation of romantic and neoromantic organ and chamber music in the most faithful form.

The ceremonial Inauguration of the organ will give us the opportunity to listen to the various possibilities of the instrument in solo and chamber music. The artists from Gdańsk will present works of Antonín Dvořák, Gioaccino Rossini, Stanisław Moniuszko, Konstanty Gorski, and Andrzej Szadejko, who has just been nominated for the "Fryderyk" award for the album Musica Baltica Vol. 4. Johann Jeremias du Grain  Sacred Cantatas. In addition, the premiere of Emil Miszek's Forgetfulness for trumpet and organ will take place.

The organ restoration and conservation project was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Conservation of Historic Monuments" programme and funds of the City of Gdańsk.

Sanok | 14th International Piano Forum „Bieszczady without boundaries”


On 3-8 February 2019, Sanok will become a winter capital of piano music thanks to the 14th International Piano Forum "Bieszczady without borders". The theme of this year's edition is "200-years of the history of Polish music".

The International Piano Forum "Bieszczady without borders" is one of the largest educational and social projects in the Carpathian Euroregion, organized by the Podkarpacka Foundation for the Developement of Culture. The Forum is a valuable educational proposal for young pianists, which mainly focuses on the exchange of knowledge and artistic experiences, cooperation in a spirit of tolerance around common interests and passions. In February, Sanok will host around 450 participants from several European countries. The Forum programme includes: two concert tours in the cities of Podkarpacie region, demonstration lessons, lectures and exercises as part of the Master School of Piano Pedagogy, a "Young Virtuoso" competition for children and a scientific conference "The role of cultural institutions in the development of an innovative society".

The programme of concerts, in accordance with the theme, includes works by Fryderyk Chopin and Ignacy Jan Paderewski, as well as two events dedicated to the memory of eminent pianists: "Ryszard Bakst in memoriam" and "Tatiana Shebanova in memoriam", in which Boris Bloch and Lidia Grychtołówna will take part. During the Final Gala candidates for the Chopin Competition will perform.

More information at: https://forum.interpiano.pl 

Debut of Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak in broadcast from The Metropolitan Opera to cinemas


After Adriana Lecouvreur with Piotr Beczała, another MET transmission with the participation of Polish singer is aheod of us. Aleksandra Kurzak will play Micaëli during the upcoming performance of Carmen at The Metropolitan Opera. The Warsaw Cinema Praha invites you to broadcast on February 2, 2019 at 6.35 p.m.

Aleksandra Kurzak made her debut in The Metropolitan Opera in 2004 in Hoffmann's Tales, and so far she sang on the famous New York scene over 40 times. However, in Carmen the Polish soprano will appear for the first time in the broadcast from the cycle "The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD". Bizet’s masterpiece of the gypsy seductress who lives by her own rules has had an impact far beyond the opera house. The opera’s melodic sweep is as irresistible as the title character herself, a force of nature who has become a defining female cultural figure. Carmen was a scandal at its premiere but soon after became a triumphal success and has remained one of the most frequently staged operas in the world.

The score of Carmen contains so many instantly recognizable tunes that it can be easy to overlook how well constructed it is. The major solos are excellent combinations of arresting melody and dramatic purpose—from the baritone’s famous Toreador Song to the tenor’s wrenching Flower Song to the title character’s alluring Habanera and Seguidilla—and the duets and ensembles are equally beguiling. Mezzo-soprano Clémentine Margaine reprises her remarkable portrayal of opera’s ultimate seductress, a triumph in her 2017 debut performances, with impassioned tenors Yonghoon Lee and Roberto Alagna as her lover, Don José. Omer Meir Wellber and Louis Langrée share conducting duties for Sir Richard Eyre’s powerful production, a Met favorite since its 2009 premiere.

The list of places in Poland, where you can watch broadcasts from Met, is available here.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.kinopraha.pl

Łódź | "The Man from Manufaktura" – world premiere

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The world premiere of Rafał Janiak's opera The Man from Manufaktura will be held on 2 February 2019 on the stage of the Łódź Grand Theatre. Janiak is the Grand Prix and Audience Award winner in the International Opera Composition Competition announed by the Grand Theatre in Łódź along with the Manufaktura Centre and judged by a jury chaired by prof. Krzysztof Penderecki.

The contest was decided on 10 October 2017. The Grand Prix winner, Rafał Janiak, despite of his young age (1986), is already a critically acclaimed composer. Being a man of many talents, he was also entrusted with the task of conducting the orchestra. The artwork is inspired by the history of Łódź. It is based on the libretto written by Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk, playwright and screenwriter whose works have been translated into many languages and staged in Poland and abroad.

The opera is directed by Waldemar Zawodziński, a prominent figure of the Jaracza Theatre in Lodz, where he held the post of director, art director and head of the Theatre. The one responsible for costumes is Maria Balcerak, a multiple award winner for Best Costume Design. Janina Niesobska – The Golden Masks Award Winner, associated with numerous polish Theatres is a choreographer of the performance. The originator and coordinator of the competition is Krzysztof Korwin-Piotrowski, screenwriter and director of many documentaries about famous Poles.

The newest opera is a work about turbulent events in the history of the multicultural Łódź metropolis: a workers' strike against manufacturers in 1892 (the so-called Łódź rebellion), the shutdown of the Poltex factory in 1991 and a vision of the future of this place, now known in Europe as Manufaktura. This is a story about love for Łódź. About the elements. About money. About good fighting evil.

The premiere of an outdoor version of the Man of Manufaktura will be presented on 18 May 2019 in the revitalized post-industrial space of the Manufaktura square.


More information at: http://www.operalodz.com/

Łódź | Polish Avant-Garde Masters – on the 25th death anniversary of Witold Lutosławski


To commemorate the 25th death anniversary of Witold Lutosławskion February 1, 2019 at 7.00 p.m, the musicians of the Łódź Philharmonic will perform a concert devoted to this great composer.

The programme will include Concerto for orchestra – one of Lutosławski's most famous and most frequently performed works. In 1950, the composer received a commission for an extensive and virtuoso composition based on folk themes from Witold Rowicki, then the headof the Warsaw Philharmonic. Rowicki's wish was fulfilled in 1954. Lutosławski was inspired by Béla Bartók's Concerto for orchestra, but of course he draw on Polish folklore. He reached for Mazovian folk songs collected by Oskar Kolberg, which became a subject of far-reaching modifications and transformations. It made the piece acquire an individual, expressive character.

In addition, we will listen to the Three Pieces in Old Style by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, and – for the first time in Łódź – Concerto for flute and chamber orchestra by Krzysztof Penderecki, dedicated to the legendary flautist Jean-Pierre Rampal. The soloist of the evening will be Michael Martin Kofler, a graduate of the Music Academies in Vienna and Basel who is currently the main flutist in the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. The Łódź Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by the Philharmonic's Artistic Director Paweł Przytocki.

Information on ticketes at: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/koncert-symfoniczny-polscy-mistrzowie-awangardy-w-25-rocznice-smierci-witolda