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Penderecki in memoriam

PendereckiKrzysztof Penderecki, one of the greatest Polish composers, would have turned 87 years old on 23 November 2020. On the Master's birthday, the City of Krakow, Krakow Festival Office, Sinfonietta Cracovia and Ludwig van Beethoven Association invite you to a unique concert "Krzysztof Penderecki in memoriam", which is a tribute to one of the greatest composers of contemporary music. The concert will be available on the Play Krakow platform at 7.00 p.m.

The festive concert of Sinfonietta Cracovia is a tribute that the musicians of the excellent Krakow orchestra pay to Professor Krzysztof Penderecki – their longtime master, friend and artistic supervisor. The concert of the Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow conducted by Jurek Dybał was recorded in the ICE Krakow Auditorium Hall, which bears the name of Krzysztof Penderecki since May 2018. Together with Sinfonietta Cracovia performed flautist Agata Igras and oboist and English horn player Sebastian Aleksandrowicz.

The concert will open with Three Pieces in Old Style, based on music for the famous film The Saragossa Manuscript by Wojciech Jerzy Has. Then we will hear the moving Agnus Dei from the Polish Requiem in the Boris Pergamenschikow's arrangement for string orchestra authorized by the composer as well as pieces with spectacular solo performances: Capriccio for oboe and 11 string instruments and Adagietto for string orchestra and English horn from Paradise Lost. In the final of the concert, Sinfonietta Cracovia will present Krzysztof Penderecki's Sinfoniettas, which are orchestrations of his chamber works prepared by the composer himself.

For the Master's birthday, Sinfonietta Cracovia also recorded a unique album Penderecki's Sinfonietta(s), the premiere of which is scheduled for 20 November 2020. The album features the premiere recording of the Sinfonietta No. 3 "Leaves of an unwritten diary".

More information at: http://beethoven.org.pl/blog/2020/11/16/penderecki-in-memoriam-zapraszamy-na-wyjatkowy-koncert/ 

Composition for the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic – Concerto No. 2 for flute and orchestra by Marta Ptaszyńska

FWMThe world premiere of Marta Ptaszyńska's Concerto No. 2 for flute and orchestra will take place on 20 November 2020 at 7.00 p.m. in the online version available on the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic's YouTube channel. The piece was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance.

The Concerto No. 2 will be performed by the flautist Agata Igras and the Symphony Orchestra of the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic under the baton of Piotr Sułkowski. The piece has a typical three-movement structure. According to the composer, it can be performed both with a full symphony orchestra and with a chamber one, which emphasizes its intimate character.

The first movement alludes to Middle Eastern mysticism: the artist refers to the symbolism of numbers and sounds, builds an alchemical puzzle to be decoded by attentive listeners, but also creates a dramatic and simply beautiful, sensual sonic space, paying attention to the colours of individual instruments. The second movement, as in classical and romantic concertos, is a lyrical cantilena. The solo part is performed by an alto flute with a low, warm, velvety sound, close to the human voice. In this part, the soloist is accompanied only by a harp and strings – the composer's intention was for this movement to function as an independent, chamber instrumental miniature, in which "one of the oldest and most beloved duets – the flute and the harp – comes to the fore". The final movement emphasizes the virtuosity of the soloist.

More information at: https://filharmonia.olsztyn.pl/koncert/kompozycja-dla-filharmonii-ii-koncert-fletowy-na-flet-i-orkiestre-marty-ptaszynskiej/# 

Częstochowa Philharmonic online: Polish Music Concert

FCzAleksandra Świgut – a talented, versatile pianist represented by the Ludwig van Beethoven Association – will perform on 20 November 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Bronisław Huberman Częstochowa Philharmonic. The concert will be streamed online on the Philharmonic's YouTube channel.

Aleksandra Świgut studied with Piotr Paleczny at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Wojciech Świtała and Maria Szwajger-Kułakowska at Katowice Music Academy and David Dolan at the Guildhall School of Music in London. She holds a doctorate from Gdańsk Music Academy, where she studied with Waldemar Wojtal. She gained experience on fortepiano under the guidance of Katarzyna Drogosz. She also has a diploma from the harpsichord class of Małgorzata Sarbak. She has won many prizes in piano competitions, including in Ettlingen, Enschede and New Orleans and at the Polish Chopin Competition in Warsaw. She has appeared at festivals in Nohant, Paris and Duszniki-Zdrój, as well as the Beethoven Easter Festival and 'Chopin and his Europe'.

During the ucpoming concert in Częstochowa, Aleksandra Świgut, together with the Częstochowa Philharmonic quintet, will perform Fryderyk Chopin's Piano Concerto in E minor. The Philharmonic musicians will also present Mini Overture for brass quintet by Witold Lutosławski and Triptych for string quartet by Aleksander Tansman.

More information at: https://www.filharmonia.com.pl/repertuar/1573-Koncert-muzyki-polskiej-ON-LINE 

Concert of the Laureates of the 13th Competition of 20th and 21st Century Music for Young Performers

PTMWThe Polish Society for Contemporary Music invites you to the concert of the laureates of the 13th Competition of 20th and 21st Century Music for Young Performers, which will be held online on 19 November 2020 at 7.00 p.m.

The copetition was open to all instrumentalists and vocalists (regardless of citizenship) as well as Polish citizens who study abroad. The competition under the honorary patronage of the Polish Composers' Union aimed at presenting music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The programme had to include at least one piece by a Polish composer. The jury was composed of Dariusz Przybylski, Anna Dorota Władyczka and Maciej Żółtowski. The organizers appreciated the huge work and role of teachers in preparing the competition programme. For this reason, each statury prize was divided in half between the winner and his teacher. Extra-statutory material prizes were provided by PWM Edition.

During the final concert, the winners of the competition – cellist Hanxiang Chen (Complex of Silesian International Schools), percussionist Tomasz Herisz (Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice), flautists Maciej Kasperek (Zenon Brzewski Secondary Music School in Warsaw) and Jagoda Krzemińska (Royal Academy of Music in London), saxophonists Kacper Puczko (Zenon Brzewski Secondary Music School in Warsaw), Wojciech Chałupka and Łukasz Dyczko (Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw) – will perform works by Witold Lutosławski, Mikołaj Majkusiak, Bogusław Schaeffer and Wojciech Chałupka.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Live streaming will be available on PSCM's Facebook and on the websitewww.ptmw.art.pl 

5th "Super Sam +1": Jeff Gburek & Qba Janicki

SuoerSamJeff Gburek and Qba Janicki will perform together on 19 November 2020 at 8 p.m. at the SPATIF club in Warsaw as part of the 5th edition of the "SuperSam + 1 series" of master performances. The concert will be broadcast on YouTube channel.

"Super" in the title means that the programme will be based on renowned artists – masters. "Sam" (in 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. In most cases, the artists will meet on stage for the first time. The 2020 edition of “Supersam + 1” will present respected Polish and foreign artists whose work is original, experimental and innovative.

Jeff Gburek is a sound artist, composer, improvisor, instrument builder, field recordist. Foundationally a guitarist, he launched into percussion for a period after studying gamelan music in Bali and Java and built his own hybrid world music free noise junkyard percussion set with oscillators and shortwave radios providing live music for dance theater project Djalma Primordial Science. Evolving again towards prepared guitar and live electronics, eventually integrating self-designed piezo-electric units for tapping into object resonance, he experiments found-sonospheres, with room and field resonance. Hailing from the USA, he has had artistic residencies in Berlin, Lyon, Amsterdam (STEIM), Darmstadt and Brussels.

Qba Janicki performed – over last 15 years – hundreds of concerts with such personalities as Jerzy Mazzoll, Sławek Janicki, Roscoe Mitchell, Tomasz Sroczyński, Toshinori Kondo, Peter Brotzmann, Kris Wanders or Fred Frith. Currently he works in such formations as Malediwy with Marek Pospieszalski, Kondensator Przepływu with Bartłomiej Chmara and Martyna Chojnacka, Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet and recently established duos with composer Teoniki Rożynek and belgian producer Obsequies. Besides playing instruments, he also composes music for theatre working with Maciej Podstawny, Paweł Łysak, Artur Pałyga and Grzegorz Jaremko. In addition, as a co-creator of MÓZG FOUNDATION, he works on organizing cultural events in Bydgoszcz and Warsaw.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Roman Berger's jubilee album

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For the 90th birthday of its Honorary Member Roman Berger, the Polish Composers' Union – in co-operation with the National Centre for Culture Poland and thanks to support from the Society of Authors ZAiKS – released a CD with a monumental work of this great composer and philosopher entitled Missa pro nobis.

Roman Berger was born in 1930 in Cieszyn, Poland, in the family of Józef Berger, a doctor of theology and evangelical minister in Český Těšín (in the disputed region of Zaolzie) and a wartime prisoner of concentration camps in Auschwitz and Dachau. After graduating from the Polish secondary school in Český Těšín, in 1949 Roman Berger entered the State High School of Music in Katowice, studying piano with Marta Furmanik and music theory with Jan Gawlas. In 1952, his family was forced to move to Bratislava, where he resumed his studies at the Academy of Music and Drama, first as a pianist and later as a composer in the class of Dezider Kardoš (1961–1966). He has never come back to live in Poland, and Slovakia became his new homeland.

In an essay prepared for the CD booklet, Roman Berger wrote:

The (confidential) message that the Polish Composers’ Union was going to release my Missa pro nobis on CD moved me greatly, [...] Classical (and even more pop) music, especially sacred compositions, are not written for our own pleasure (“so that it feels nice,” as stated in Sławomir Mrożek’s Émigré). I therefore took this message as an expression of the PCU management (presided over by Mieczysław Kominek) solidarity with the message of my work, intended as a response to St John Paul II’s ‘commandment’ which the Holy Father put forward in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Holocaust (let me quote from memory): “Let people dare to sing today, as long as their song will be a lament, a protest, or a sign of hope”.

The project is carried out in cooperation with the National Centre for Culture and co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Records issued by POLMIC are intended for promotion, education and scientific research only. They are not for sale. They are provided free of charge to interested institutions and individuals, but due to the very small circulation and large interest, music libraries have priority, where a larger group of people can benefit from each set. If you are interested, please contact the Polish Music Information Center POLMIC (Izabela Zymer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

28. Świętokrzyskie Music Days Festival online

FSThe Świętokrzyska Philharmonic invites you on 13–20 November 2020 for the 28th edition of the Świętokrzyskie Music Days Festival online, featuring ten different concerts presenting different musical styles. The concerts will be available on the YouTube channel of the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic.

As the director of the Festival, Jacek Rogala, emphasizes, “This year we want to pay tribute to Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, whose tenth anniversary of death falls in November. […] We will recall the excellent Three pieces in the old style for strings. In addition, you will have the opportunity to listen Clarinet Concerto of the professor's son – Mikołaj, whose premiere took place a year ago in Katowice. […] Let the pandemic, which changed our lives so much, not be an obstacle in discovering music that we do not know yet, so we invite you all the more to the festival concerts and meetings”. The inaugural concert will also feature Andrzej Dziadek's romantic Stabat Mater and selected Kurpie Songs by Karol Szymanowski. Famous Polish artists will perform as soloists: clarinettist Roman Widaszek and soprano singer Ewa Tracz.

A jazz evening will traditionally take place on Saturday: Tomasz Bielski's quartet will remind us the music of Polish composers who made themselves known in Hollywood. During the Sunday family concert the youngest music lovers with the composer Mateusz Ryczek will learn the secrets of electronic music. The main character of Monday's song evening will be the poet Halina Poświatowska, whose poems has inspired many composers of various generations to write works, including A. Hundziak, P. Łukaszewski, K. Grzeszczak, J. Bauer, D. Przybylski, T. Dixy, A. Dziadek. The Tuesday concert will be devoted to Polish Baroque music performed on lutes and organs. On Thursday, we will be able to listen an equally unusual combination of instruments and compositions for percussion and Hammond organ by E. Chang, A. Krzanowski, A. Pärt and D. Przybylski. The accordionist Bartosz Kołsut will take part in the final concert presenting the Accordion Concert by Jerzy Mądrawski from Kielce.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Full programme available at: http://filharmonia.kielce.pl/ 

Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC will create a catalog of works related to the widely understood Olympic theme

POLMICDue to the cooperation of the Polish Composers' Union with the Polish Olympic Committee, the Polish Music Information Center POLMIC intends to create a catalog of works related to the widely understood Olympic theme, which will facilitate the selection of candidates for the "Olympic Laurel" prize.

This is a special award of the Polish Olympic Committe established in 1967 "as an expression of appreciation and respect for Polish artists who shape the humanistic values of sport and its image in society". The prizes are awarded in four-year Olympic cycles in various fields of work. The list of winners include representatives of the visual arts, musicians, writers, filmmakers, photographers, and architects. The "Olympic Laurel" medal was designed by the sculptor Stanisław Sikora and is awarded for lifetime achievement or a particular work. Cultivating the tradition of combining art with sport by the Polish Olympic Committee emphasizes the importance of culture and art in spreading the Olympic idea. The prestigious prize was awarded to, among others, Krzysztof Penderecki and Wojciech Kilar.

We encourage you to send information on musical works related to the Olympic movement, sport, peace and similar topics by 31 December 2020 to the address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2nd International Artistic and Scientific Session "From the forgotten pages of Polish chamber music"

AMuz The Departments of Chamber Music and String Instruments of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk invites you to an online conference. The 2nd International Artistic and Scientific Session "From the forgotten pages of Polish chamber music" will be held on 14-15 November 2020 on the YouTube channel of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk.

Lectures during the session will be delivered by 14 speakers from Poland (Gdańsk, Katowice, Warsaw, Łódź, Wrocław, Kraków), Germany and the USA. Sławomir Dobrzański, PhD (Kansas State University) will discuss the chamber music of Maria Szymanowska. The unknown chamber works by Zygmunt Stojowski and Irena Regina Wieniawska will be presented by Agnieszka Marucha, PhD Habil. (Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw) and Katarzyna Markiewicz, MA (Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk). Anna Mikolon, PhD Habil. (Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk) will present a paper Henryk Pachulski, Juliusz Wertheim and Jerzy Gablenz  the unknown chamber music composers. Three fascinating biographies and completely unknown works.

A series of papers will be devoted to Polish contemporary music. Andrzej Kacprzak, PhD Habil. (Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk) will talk about Roman Maciejewski – an original and unknown artist. Arkadiusz Kubica, PhD Habil. (Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice) will analyze Bolesław Szabelski's String Quartet No. 2. Mikołaj Pacholczyk, PhD (Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź) will discuss pieces for two pianos by Aleksander Tansman.

New facts about the work of Polish composers in the United States and Germany will be presented by Tomasz Robak, MA (Davidson College, North Carolina) and Prof. Tomasz Tomaszewski (Universität der Künste Berlin).

Full programme is available at: https://amuz.gda.pl/wydarzenia/ii-miedzynarodowa-sesja-artystyczno-naukowa-z-zapomnianych-kart-polskiej-kameralistyki-,390