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Warsaw | 10th Little Warsaw Autumn


We celebrate the 10th anniversary of Little Warsaw Autumn on 18-27 September 2020 in unusual circumstances.

Since the beginning of our festival, direct contact with audience has always been central to what we do. We have always prepared events thinking of how to draw children into the world of contemporary music, how to engage them, give a chance to experience the music, ask questions, and improvise. These are obvious fundamentals for all those who work with children and for children. This year, this approach has been put into question, and Little Warsaw Autumn has faced the challenge of featuring online events. We have composed our programme to also allow our audiences to experience live music.

We hope to see you at the Sculpture Park in Królikarnia and the Museum of Warsaw. This year, music at our festival will come to the help of teachers, too. We shall feature gymnastics at our musical performance Musical Olympics by the Kwartludium ensemble, outdoors in the Królikarnia Park. Exhibits at the Museum of Warsaw and the unusual instruments from the Little Instruments collection will merge into Paweł Romańczuk’s Exhibitones. The Museum of Warsaw’s “Siren” cinema will feature a show of riddles, based on the book Basements. Mysteries from under the floor published by Dwie Siostry Editions. Book author Aleksandra Cieślak and composer Edward Sielicki have worked with musicians, sound engineers, and animators to create an extraordinary radio feature opera, with an important role played by sign language. At every moment, you can take a break and pop into the Królikarnia to play (safely, with social distancing and other precautions) table football in sound: this is Michał Silski’s Trambambula, based on the idea of one little Kazik, who has followed Little Warsaw Autumn since its beginnings.

This year, we also meet online: for Kwartludium ensemble’s warmups, a web version of the radio feature opera Basements. Mysteries from under the floor and the Exhibitones concert.

Paulina Celińska

Full programme is available at: http://warszawska-jesien.art.pl/2020/mala-wj 

Cologne | "Deep Listening Deep Relaxation" Project Premiere


The "Deep Listening Deep Relaxation" music project, created by the Ensemble Garage, a renowned German ensemble specializing in modern music, and Monika Pasiecznik, a Polish curator and music critic, will be premiered on 16 September 2020 in Cologne (Germany) in Tanzfaktur, a picturesque post-industrial space housing the interdisciplinary art scene.

The project in the form of a multimedia concert with elements of video, performance, sound installation and music workshop explores the ancient tradition of psychosomatic sound impact and contemporary approaches to this tradition in the form of traditional musical pieces, but also sound meditation workshops, screaming workshops, sound massages and mindfulness installations.

The project will feature works by composers researching this subject, representing various generations and nationalities – from contemporary classics, such as the Americans Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Lucier, to the youngest composers, such as Korean Yiran Zhao, Australian Aviva Endean and German Neo Hülcker. Three pieces were commissioned especially for the project: Let me just by Neo Hülcker, Urschrei / Primal Scream by Kuba Krzewiński and Deep Relaxation vol. 7: TouchMe by Mikołaj Laskowski.

The project "Deep Listening Deep Relaxation" is part of the concert series "ACTS 'N SOUNDS" initiated by the Ensemble Garage in Cologne in 2019. The series includes avant-garde music concerts and performances of very different themes and forms, prepared by famous composers, dramatists and curators and presented by musicians in various unusual locations.

More information at: http://www.tanzfaktur.eu/event/eid/deep-listening-deep-relaxation/ 

10th Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2020 – submit your nomination!


The 10th edition of the "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" award of the Polish music community has officially started. Nomination forms for candidates can be submitted until 21 September 2020 through the website www.koryfeusz.org.pl in the categories: "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award", as well as in the "Discovery of the Year" category for debuting artists.

Since 2011, the Polish music community has awarded the "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" award to its most prominent representatives. The event is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance. "Coryphaeus" is a distinction for people, groups of artists and institutions operating in the area of ​​Polish music. The award is granted for achievements in the last artistic season, with the exception of the "Honorary Award", which is awarded for overall activity. Applications can be submitted by members of the community.

The winners in the categories "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award" are selected in a secret ballot by the Electoral College. It consists of rectors of music academies and universities, directors of musicology and music institutes, music journalists, representatives of unions and organizations, as well as all winners who have been awarded in all categories. The award in the "Discovery of the Year" category is granted based on the results of open voting from the audience, which will take place between 1 and 6 October at www.koryfeusz.org.pl.

The winners will be announced on 7 November 2020. They will be presented with statuettes designed by Professor Adam Myjak.

The rules and regulations are available at: www.koryfeusz.org.pl 

Mińsk Mazowiecki | Musical Meetings with the poetry of John Paul II

Czas sztuki

The series of concerts 'Musical Meetings with the poetry of John Paul II' will begin on 13 September 2020 in Mińsk Mazowiecki on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Pope's birth. The first concert will take place at 11.30 a.m. in the Church of St. John the Baptist.

The concert series is organised by the 'Czas Sztuki' Foundation, which focuses its activities on organising free concerts in picturesque rural towns, in historical churches and cultural institutions in the Mińsk district in the Mrozy commune, where the Foundation is based. The members of the Foundation are musicians of The Time Quartet. The quartet is made up of graduates of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. During several years of artistic work, the ensemble has performed over 350 concerts in Poland and abroad, and has collaborated with many outstanding ensembles and artists, including Andrzej Jagodziński Trio, Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra, Grzech Piotrowski World Orchestra, 'Mazowsze' Folk Song and Dance Ensemble and Trifonidis Downtown Sextet. The quartet's musicians are the founders of the Melanidis Orchestra studio orchestra, with which they recorded music for six Polish and foreign films.

The guest of the Sunday concert of The Time Quartet will be Krzysztof Szczepaniak, an excellent actor of the young generation. During this musical meeting, we will hear works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Jules Massenet, César Franck, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and selected poems by Pope John Paul II.

Co-financed from the budget of the City of Mińsk Mazowiecki. Admission to the concert is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.minsk-maz.pl/1102,aktualnosci-wrzesien-2020?tresc=19937 

Multigenerational musical meetings are back!


The Association of Polish Chamber Musicians – Kraków Branch returns with a unique music and artistic university of the third century. The "Intergenerational Academy of Music: Kraków / Dobczyce" will be held on 13 September – 14 December 2020 at Villa Decius in Kraków and the Mayor M. Pawlak Regional Educational and Sports Centre in Dobczyce.

The project involves a series of four artistic and educational meetings in each town, including classical music recitals, lectures and meetings with artists. The idea of ​​the project is to present chamber music that derives from home and salon music making. In addition, the concept of the series refers to the tradition of musical societies. The assumption is that the repertoire should be both ambitious and attractive, engaging for a multigenerational audience (grandparents and grandchildren), and presented by the best performers, who will also meet with the listeners and talk about their interpretations of musical works.

Each concert will take place in two venues: Villa Decius in Krakóww and Mayor M. Pawlak Regional Educational and Sports Centre in Dobczyce. The list of performers will include outstanding Polish artists: pianists Julia Samojło, Monika Gardoń-Preinl, Wioletta Fluda-Tkaczyk, violinist Maria Sławek, clarinetist Piotr Lato, and the Extra Sounds Ensemble led by Alicja Śmietana. We will hear pieces by Roman Ryterband, Stefan Kisielewski, Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński, Mieczysław Weinberg, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Full programme is available at: https://www.facebook.com/stowarzyszeniekameralistow 

Prusz Gdański | "The Three Marys" – Gothic sculptures hold the floor

Trzy MarieThe Three Marys oratorio will be premiere by Les Femmes ensemble on 13 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m. in the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross in Pruszcz Gdański. We will have the opportunity to watch and listen to the work of Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk under the direction of Piotr Jamioł both live and in broadcast. At a time when the gothic cathedrals are burning, three Marys – the heroines of the medieval mystery play – descend from the altar and speak up.

The Three Marys oratorio tells the story of the title women: Mary – Mother of God, Mary Magdalene and Mary of Clopas, accompanying Jesus in his passion and resurrection. The sculptures and painted figures of the Holy Women "come to life" and "descend from the altar" in Crucifixion – a late medieval Antwerp polyptych currently located in the National Museum in Warsaw. Sophisticated costumes designed by Małgorzata Sosińska-Wasik are almost exact copies of the sculptures' robes, while Cyprian Wieczorkowski's set design refers to gothic stained glass windows.

Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk uses texts from the Old and New Testaments, old church songs and contemporary religious poetry – their common denominator is the Marian theme, focusing on the history of the three Marys. The new sound shape of songs and the sum of all the elements of the work ultimately transform the performance into a mystery play. The oratorio beautifully and harmoniously combines tradition with modernity: “The Three Marys presents an innovative approach, both in terms of form, performance and selection of texts. It is difficult to find a piece that would address this subject musically in a similar way", explains the composer. The work for three voices and chamber ensemble has a thoroughly universal message. The women from the altar are crying out for hope and joy of life. The Three Marys is a mystery play about the aesthetics of beauty and universal values.

Live broadcast will be available on Les Femmes Opera You Tube Channel.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Zakopane | 12th "Music on the Heights" International Chamber Music Festival

ZakopaneThe 12th edition of the “Music on the Heights” International Chamber Music Festival, organised by the Mieczysław Karłowicz Association in Zakopane, will run from 12 to 19 September 2020.

The “Music on the Heights” International Chamber Music Festival has been held every year in Zakopane, southern Poland, since 2009. The festival’s name refers both to the Tatra mountains which lie next to Zakopane, the resort town where the festival is held, and is also a reference to the high quality of music performed.The event promotes artists associated with Zakopane, as well as the city itself on the national and international arena.

This year's programme will feature works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Zygmunt Noskowski, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Tomasz Sikorski, Paweł Szymański and Paweł Mykietyn. The concerts will take place in the Holy Cross Church, Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz Theatre, as well as in Our Lady of Częstochowa Church at Pęksowy Brzyzek. This year's guests of the "Discussion Club on the Hights" series will be conductor Bassem Samir Akiki, baritone Szymon Komasa, harpsichordist Małgorzata Sarbak, Belcea Quartet and violinist Elias David Moncado. Moncad's performance during the inaugural concert is the award of the director of the "Music on the Heights" Festival, Paweł Mykietyn for winning the 1st prize in the 5th International Karol Lipiński Violin Competition in Toruń in 2019. The concerts will be accompanied by numerous cultural events, including screening of the film Second concerto for cello and orchestra directed by Maciej Stuhr with music by Paweł Mykietyn, interactive educational concert and exhibitions.

Free admission!

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

Łódź | Pianos of Freedom


This year marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the post-war Polish film industry and education. The two upcoming recitals as part of the "Pianos of Freedom" series in Łódź will be dedicated to film music. Witold Janiak will present melodies from popular animated films on 12 September 2020 at 12.30 p.m. at the Schiller Passage. Adam Kośmieja will interpret the most famous pieces of film music composed by Poles on 13 September 2020 at 4.00 p.m. in Fuzja Łódź.

The project, which consists of piano chamber concerts organised in the city space of Łódź, was initiated by the Soundedit Festival in 2018. The upcoming September concerts will feature pianists associated with Łódź and Bydgoszcz.

Composer, pianist and organist Witold Janiak teaches jazz piano, harmony and improvisation at the Academy of Music in Łódź. He is a winner of many industry awards. He has performed with leading Polish musicians and released six original albums. The artist also wrote music for the musical Dlaczego Maciek nie poszedł do nieba. Adam Kośmieja is a rising star of Polish avant-garde pianism. He has performed, among others, at the famous Carnegie Hall or at the Festival of Contemporary Music in Beijing. After studying in Poland, he graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in the piano class of Solomon Mikowsky. He was awarded the Harold and Helen Schonberg scholarship, dedicated to the memory of the eminent music critic of 'The New York Times'. Currently, as a PhD holder, he is a lecturer at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

On 12 September Witold Janiak will present works by Piotr Hertl, Andrzej Korzyński and others, including themes from animated films Miś Uszatek, Przygody misia Colargola and Akademia Pana Kleksa. The organizers invite whole families to this concert. On Sunday, 13 September, Adam Kośmieja will perform famous pieces of film muisic composed by Wojciech Kilar, Waldemar Kazanecki, Zbigniew Preisner and Krzesimir Dębski.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/Fortepianywolnosci/ 

Katowice | Inauguration of the 76th artistic season of the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra


The Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will naugurate its 76th artistic season on 11 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m. with works by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Ludwig van Beethoven. Janusz Wawrowski, considered one of the greatest Polish violinists of his generation, will perform as a soloist.

The new season will open with the work of the patron of the Silesian Philharmonic – Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's Three Dances, Op. 34 for orchestra. The Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski will also perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of his birth.

Janusz Wawrowski, who – courtesy of Roman Ziemian – plays the Antonio Stradivari violin built in 1685, will perform the solo part in Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61. The work with an extremely melodious violin part requires sensitivity and virtuosity from the soloist, especially in the final rondeau. The concert finale will feature Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, dedicated to Count Moritz von Fries. The work was called by Richard Wagner 'the apotheosis of dance'.

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