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Katowice | 'Conducting. Matter of life and death' - meeting with maestro Antoni Wit

Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra invites to a meeting with Maestro Antoni Wit on the 9th of January 2022 at 11 a.m. in the Chamber Hall of the Polish Radio in Katowice.

Agnieszka Malatyńska-Stankiewicz the author of Dyrygowanie. Sprawa życia i śmierci. Antoni Wit w rozmowie z Agnieszką Malatyńską-Stankiewicz (Conducting. The matter of life and death. Antoni Wit in conversation with Agnieszka Malatyńska-Stankiewicz) will be hosting the meeting.

The published last year book contains an interview with world-renowned Maestro. Sixteen chapters draw colourful and often funny picture of his life, family, passions, artistic endeavours and conducting career. Publication is aimed not only at classical music lovers but also at those to whom it seems complicated and incomprehensible. It also puts into perspective the role of a conductor who in cooperation with orchestra musicians creates written piece of music anew.

Antoni Wit and Agnieszka Malatyńska-Stankiewicz will be signing the book on the day of the event in the foyer at the second floor.

Free tickets can be collected at the box office.

Book available at the book store Bookiestra (at NOSPR premises).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Additional information: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/dyrygowanie-sprawa-zycia-i-smierci-spotkanie-autorskie-z-mae

 

Kraków | Sinfonietta Cracovia Christmas Concerts

SCThe Kraków Philharmonic will host two Christmas concerts of the Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Kraków – Sinfonietta Cracovia: 'Bottesini's Birthday' on 21 December 2021 and "New Year's Ballets" on 7 January 2022.

The nineteenth century was the era of great virtuosos. Next to renowned violinists and pianists, one of the most famous double bass virtuosos was Giovanni Bottesini, born 200 years ago, on 22 December 1821. As a successor to Domenico Dragonetti, nicknamed 'Paganini of the double bass', he was in demand on both sides of the Atlantic. From the moment he left his native Crema in northern Italy, he traveled extensively throughout his life. He was enthusiastically received as a performer and composer – including at the courts of Queen Victoria and Emperor Napoleon III. At the December concert, Jurek Dybał and Rainer Honeck will perform one of Bottesini's most popular compositions, Gran Duo Concertant for double bass, violin and orchestra. Bottesini himself performed this piece, among others, with Henryk Wieniawski. The programme will also include Wieniawski's famous Legend, Op. 17, inspired by the composer's feelings for Isabella Hampton, his future wife.

Sinfonietta Cracovia's January concert will feature ballet suites of two Russian geniuses: the suite from Piotr Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker and Igor Stravinsky's Pulcinella.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme: http://sinfonietta.pl/koncerty/ 

New Visual Identification of Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

polmicThe Polish Music Information Center POLMIC celebrates its 20th birthday this year! On this occasion, upon entering a new chapter, we decided to change our visual identification, which is a response to the changing world, as well as the need for better communication with partners. We present the new logotype of the organisation along with a brand book.

A simple form of the logo symbol carries a set of connotations related to sound and interactivity. With the help of a simple switch, button or icon, we obtain the necessary information. The symbol is also a source of sound, a visual representation of concentric waves. Therefore, it brings to mind the image and function of a loudspeaker diaphragm. The white elements of the symbol are arranged in the shape of the letter "i" ("information"). The color palette is based on shades of navy blue and blue – inspired by the colours of the previous logo. The POLMIC logo has two formats – horizontal and vertical – and two language versions: Polish and English.

The new POLMIC visual identity was designed and made by the outstanding graphic artist Marcin Władyka.

From 2022 we will only use the new logotype that emphasizes our identity and gives it a new dimension.

DOWNLOAD: Brand Book

Dąbrowa Górnicza | Carols, Christmas Songs and Many More!

Koledy'Carols, Christmas songs and many more!' is the title of a charity concert that will be held on 6 January 2022 at 7.p.m at the St. Maximilian Kolbe Church in Dąbrowa Górnicza.

The orchestra composed of students of the Academy of Music in Katowice will present the arrangements of well-known carols as well as works by students of composition: Monika Kozakiewicz, Julia Mazur, Andrzej Mandryka and Maciej Seget. The programme will also include pieces by Vaughan Jones, Hubert Kowalski, Wiktor Lorens, Paweł Mazur, Piotr Pałka and Zbigniew Preisner.

The event is a great opportunity for the music academy students to raise money for the charity organisation "Wspólnota Burego Misia" whose aim is to help disabled people.

The Honorary Patron of the concert is President of Dąbrowa Górnicza – Marcin Bazylak.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Bydgoszcz | International Conference "Composers and Background Music"

AMThe Faculty of Composition, Theory of Music and Sound Engineering, the Department of Theory of Music and Composition, and the Department of Sound Engineering of Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz will host an international conference "Composers and Background Music" which will take place on 27-28 April 2022 in a hybrid or fully remote form. The abstract submission deadline ends on 31 December 2021.

Looking at the various forms and application fields of music understood as an art useful to the society, we observe the many problems associated with this subject: composer's workshop, art's functions, values held by the music piece, artistic dilemmas, modern techniques allowing creation of music according to the made assumptions - simulatnously indicate the research subjects which will be discussed during the conference.

To participate in the event one must e-mail the presentation's title and abstract (up to 700 words) before 31 December 2021 to the conferece's scientific chair Barbara Mielcarek-Krzyzanowska, PhD at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Authors whose submissions are accepted will be notified by e-mail. The presentation's duration should not exceed 20 minutes. The conference will be held in Polish and English. Due to the current pandemic situaition, the conference will be held fully remotely or in a hybrid form. The conference organisers foresee to publish the articles presented at the confernece with the publishing house of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

The conference will feature a concert "Divertimenti. Music Not Less Important", which will be held on 27 April 2022 at 7.00 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. The programme will include works by Witold Lutosławski and Roman Maciejewski performed by teachers and students of the Academy.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

"Musique est une Femme": Survey on Knowledge About Female Composers and Their Works

Musique_est_une_femmeThe project "Musique est une femme" of the TAK – Temat Aktualny Kultura Foundation, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, is coming to an end. To sum up the project, the organisers invites you to participate in a survey on the knowledge of women composers and their works, which will be available until 31 December 2021.

Talented women have composed many valuable musical works. Unfortunately, they were always performed much less frequently than the compositions of their colleagues and, as a consequence, they were often unjustly forgotten. The project "Musique est une femme" tried to deal with the consequences of this problem by organising, among others, a video contest. The coordinator of the project is musicologist Marlena Wieczorek, PhD.

The questionnaire on the knowledge about women composers and their works is anonymous. Ten randomly selected participants of the survey will receive CDs with premiere recordings of Isabella Leonarda's works performed by Capella Musicale del Duomo di Novara, with a dedication by the conductor of the ensemble Paola Monicelli.

Link to the survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSea2DnjkFHZwvLA4CHZ--GC87CCDT1bLT2FiSTHpeDk5_Y5RA/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&flr=0 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More about the project: https://fundacjatak.pl/ 

Gdańsk | Festive Concert of Christmas Carols Ends Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński Year

GdanskThe Open Theatre in Gdańsk will crown it's 25th anniversary year with a "Festive Concert of Christmas Carols at the End of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński Year", which will be held on 30 December 2021 at 6.00 p.m. at the Artus Court in Gdańsk.

By a resolution of the Sejm and Senate of the Republic of Poland, Stefan Wyszyński became the patron of the year 2021. Primate Wyszyński wrote "Bethlehem connects heaven and earth, but it also brings God among men and teaches us to look at ourselves with brotherly eyes". His words teach us how to see good in every human being. This sentence takes on a special meaning during Christmas period. We prepare everything to share love, and singing Christmas carols in a family atmosphere results from the need of being together.

During the December Christmas concert, we will have an opportunity to sing Christmas carols together with renowned artists from the Tri-City: Anna Kinga Osior (soprano), Jacek Szymański (tenor), Dariusz Wójcik (bass), Katarzyna Rogalska (violin), Tomasz Klepczyński (clarinet) and Rafał Lewandowski (piano). The first part of the concert will be filled with well-known Marian songs, close to the heart of Cardinal Wyszyński, supplemented with excerpts from his Prison Notes. Fragments of Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio will introuduce a solemn atmosphere in the second part. The concert will be crowned with popular Polish Christmas carols and pastorals, including Jan Maklakiewicz's Nad stajenką gwiazda płonie, written to the rhythm of a sweeping polonaise. The programme will also include international Christmas hits and popular American Christmas songs.

Co-financed by the City of Gdańsk.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket Information: https://www.teatrotwarty.pl/index.php/startowa/396-koncert-koled-dwor-artusa-2021.html 

Wrocław | Christmas Carols of the World

NFMThe concert 'Christmas Carols of the World' is a great proposition for all those who relish the atmosphere of Christmas. This evening we will hear the most captivating carols from different parts of the world as well as classic Christmas and winter compositions. The West Side Sinfonietta and the NFM Choir, conducted by violinists Paweł Maślanka and Marcin Danilewski, will perform on the stage of the National Forum of Music on 28 December 2021 at 7 p.m.

A few days after the traditional Christmas Eve supper, the Christmas mood will also come to the NFM. This will happen thanks to this special concert whose repertoire includes various Christmas carols from different places and times written both in contemplative and vivacious moods. We will hear, among other, Polish carols arranged by Michał Zieliński, Krzysztof Grzeszczak and Jakub Wiktor Kowalewski.

The West Side Sinfonietta will begin the evening with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony in E major KV 16, composed in Chelsea, London. The next piece to be performed is the Symphony in B flat major, originally marked in Mozart’s catalogue as KV 17. The Weihnachtsmusik, intended for a line-up of two violins, cello, accordion and piano, is a unique work by the leading author of dodecaphony. It was composed in December 1921 for the purpose of celebrating Christmas with family and friends. With this piece, Arnold Schönberg once again proved that he is a master of counterpoint. He chose two well-known carols as the chorale basis: the Protestant Es ist ein Ros entsprungen and the Catholic Stille Nacht.

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Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket information: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/ 

Jolanta Zdechlikiewicz has passed away...

ZdechlikiewiczThe composer Jolanta Zdechlikiewicz-Reclik, an ordinary member of the Polish Composers' Union since 1989, has passed away. The funeral mass will be held on 23 December 2021 at 12.00 p.m. at the Roman Catholic Church of Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels in Czeladź.

Jolanta Zdechlikiewicz-Reclik, a graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, was not only a composer and a great pianist, but above all a talented teacher, associated with Siemianowice Śląskie throughout her professional life.

She collaborated with the Siemianowice Cultural Centre in many fields. For many years she was teaching at the Community Music Centre. A few years ago, she founded the Musical Siemianowice Art School, of which she was the director. Her pupils were laureates of many competitions at the regional and national level and often performed in various branches of the Siemianowice Cultural Centre.

Jolanta Zdechlikiewicz-Reclik's works have been presented at various festivals, including the Silesian Days of Contemporary Music. She created wonderful pieces for children that engaged young audiences to perform contemporary music, also with the use of self-made instruments.