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Warsaw | 23rd International Symposium "Beethoven and the Songs of Romanticism"

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The 23rd International Symposium "Beethoven and the Songs of Romanticism" will take place on April 8-9, 2019 in the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw as part of the 23rd Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival.

The international scientific symposium, taking up the motto of the 23rd Festival, will center around Ludwig van Beethoven's songs. Papers on this subject will be delivered by academics of European fame: Hermann Jung (Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Mannheim), Michael Heinemann (Hochschule für Musik Dresden), Christine Siegert (Beethoven-Haus Bonn) and Susanne Cox (Beethoven-Haus Bonn). The paper by Nils Holger Petersen (Københavns Universitet) will refer directly to the theme of Easter: he will discuss the musical image of Christ in the oratorio Christus am Ölberge by Beethoven.

An important part of the event will be presentations devoted to Polish music. Sławomir Żerańska-Kominek (Institute of Musicology, University of Warsaw) will answer the question: Is Fryderyk Chopin's fiancé a key to the interpretation of the Finale of the Funeral Sonata? The celebrations of the Stanisław Moniuszko year will be reflected in Magdalena Chrenkoff (Academy of Music in Krakow) and Katarzyna Szymańska-Stułka (UMFC) paper about Moniuszko's songs. The works of Krzysztof Penderecki and Paweł Szymański will be the subject of reflection by Regina Chłopicka and Natalia Szwab (Academy of Music in Krakow).

Full programme available at: http://beethoven.org.pl/festiwal/xxiii-wielkanocny-festiwal-ludwiga-van-beethovena/program/wydarzenia-towarzyszace/

Warsaw | Genius, musician, Pole who shook the world!

Maksymiuk

Winner of the audience award for the best documentary at the 34th Warsaw International Film Festival 2018 – Maksymiuk. Concerto for two. The movie directed by Tomasz Drozdowicz will be released in cinemas on April 12, 2019. A pre-premiere screening of the film accompanied by a meeting with its creators will take place on April 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw.

The conductor Jerzy Maksymiuk and his wife Eve make up a special relationship. The charismatic maestro, successful in the world of music, seems to be totally helpless and lost in the daily life without the help of his wife, who supports him in the simplest everyday activities and takes many life decisions on his behalf. The camera accompanies the artist during his work with outstanding musicians (including Janusz Olejniczak, Marcin Wyrostek, Sebastian Karpielą-Bułecka) and orchestras, as well as shows the fascinating world of the genius composer, absorbed in the score to the very boundaries of madness.In the film's soundtrack we will recognise music of 13 composers, including Brahms, Beethoven, Prokofiev, Lutosławski, Kilar, Penderecki and Maksymiuk himself.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Official trailer of the movie: https://youtu.be/RLorFYlnZXs

23rd Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival

Wielkanocny Festiwal

23rd edition of the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival will be held on April 7-19, 2019. Thirteen festival days will feature twelve symphonic concerts, four chamber concerts, two song recitals and a concert for children.

At the invitation of Elżbieta Penderecka, general director of the Festival, outstanding national and foreign philharmonic ensembles and a group of prominent soloists will perform. There will be a chance to listen to pianists such as Rudolf Buchbinder, Beatrice Rana, Mackenzie Melemed, violinists Pekka Kuusisto and Francesco Manara. Particularly awaited are the performaces of the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich under Paavo Järvi, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra led by Susanna Malkki, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michael Sanderling, the Korean KBS Symphony Orchestra and its artistic director, Yoel Levi, and the enxemble I Virtuosi del Teatro alla Scala under the baton of Massimiliano Caldi.

The motto of this edition, "Beethoven and the Song of Romanticism", strongly influenced the programme, giving the opportunity to listen to many musical works rarely present in the concert repertoire. The 200th anniversary of Stanisław Moniuszko's birth will be celebrated by a performance of the opera Paria directed by Łukasz Borowicz. The works of Polish composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries will be also present in the programme, among others Symphony in E minor "Rebirth" and Songs by Mieczysława Karłowicz, Little overture by Stefan Kisielewski and Symphony No. 8 "Lieder der Vergänglichkeit" by Krzysztof Penderecki.

Full programme available at: http://beethoven.org.pl/festiwal/xxiii-wielkanocny-festiwal-ludwiga-van-beethovena/program/ 

Katowice | The Connoisseur Philharmonic

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On 6 April 2019 at 7.00 p.m. the Art Chamber Ensemble will present Jewish music as part of "The Connoisseur Philharmonic" cycle in the Silesian Philharmonic. 

During the concert, the musicians will present Hebrew Melody for violin and piano, Op. 33 by Joseph Achron, Sonata for cello solo by Jerzy Fitelberg, Sonata for violin and piano by Joachim Mendelson, Kol Nidrei, Op. 47  by Max Bruch and Piano Trio No. 2 "Silent Voices" by Benjamin Lees.

More information at: https://www.filharmonia-slaska.eu/koncert-15300092039753!3091.html 

Katowice | Weinberg in Poland

Wajnberg

Jonathan Plowright, one of the greatest promoters of the forgotten masters of Polish romantic music, will be a guest of the Silesian Quartet concert, which will take place in the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice on April 6, 2019 at 6.00 p.m.

This time, the artists will recall slightly forgotten silhouettes of the last century composers. Central figure will be Mieczysław Weinberg, whose 100th birth anniversary is an excellent opportunity for this musical flashback. According to Marcin Trzęsiok, String Quartet No. 11 in F major, Op. 89 (1966) clearly reveals one of the main features of Weinberg's music – restraint. It is proved by the unprecedented use of mutes: two and a half (from four) parts are played with mutes and this effect is reinforced by the extensive pizzicato parts. It is a quartet full of ambivalence and suspense, in which neither despair nor consolation can be fully understood.

The programme of the concert will also include String Quartet by Tadeusz Baird, who name was once placed next to such giants as Lutosławski, Penderecki or Górecki. The concert will be completed by Piano Quintet in C minor by Ignacy Friedman, who enjoyed the fame of one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. He grew up in Krakow's Podgórze district but after years of global career, at the outbreak of World War II, he emigrated to Australia. The Sydney Conservatorium of Music awards the prize named after Friedman till this day.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1405/kwartet-slaski-jonathan-plowright-wajnberg-w-polsce 

Szczecin | The Story of Sin

Opera na Zamku

Ballet The Story of Sin will be staged at the Castle Opera in Szczecin on 6 and 7 April 2019.

Can a woman's love make her hit rock bottom? Can she save her dignity in a world dominated by men? The ballet based on Stefan Żeromski's novel of the same title was also inspired by Walerian Borowczyk's movie, considered to be one of the greatest scandals of Polish cinema. It is not only a story of a passionate woman isolated in a man's world, but also an encounter with the late Romantic music of Mieczysław Karłowicz.

The Orchestra of the Castle Opera in Szczecin under the direction of Jerzy Wołosiuk along with the soloists Joanna Tylkowska-Drożdż and Paweł Wolski will perform Karłowicz's works: Song for voice and orchestra Op. 1 No. 5 I remember the quiet, bright, golden days, Symphonic Poems Op. 9 Returning Waves and Op. 13 A Sorrowful Tale, Song for two voices and orchestra Op. 3 No. 1 Keep talkingto me, the first part of the Symphony "Rebirth", and Lithuanian Rhapsody.

More information athttp://www.opera.szczecin.pl/component/repertuar/spektakl/249-dzieje-grzechu

Kraków | Sinfonietta Cracovia — Nowa Huta

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The celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Nowa Huta, organized by the City of Kraków, coincide with the 40th anniversary of the first pilgrimage of Pope John Paul II to Poland. Sinfonietta Cracovia joyfully joins the celebrations by giving a concert of new sacred music on April 6, 2019 at 7.30 p.m. in the Church of Our Lady of Częstochowa in Kraków.

The evening will begin with Krzysztof Penderecki's poignant Chaconne in memoria del Giovanni Paolo II, written after the death of John Paul II and dedicated to the Pope. The programme will include works of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt who in the mid-1970s developed his own original style, called tintinnabuli (Latin: small bell). He turned to the roots of European sacred music and breathed into his works the atmosphere of deep reflection, harmony, and contemplation. In the ascetic interiors of the Church of Our Lady of Czestochowa, we will listen to his Berlin Mass, Trisagion and Stabat Mater.Sinfonietta Cracovia and Cracow Singers will perform the works under the direction of Jurek Dybał.

Free admission cards are available at InfoKraków points or by e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfonietta.pl 

Poznań | 120th Birth Anniversary of Jan Adam Maklakiewicz

Centrum Kultury Zamek

A unique concert inaugurating a series of events to commemorate the 120th birth anniversary of the outstanding composer Jan Adam Maklakiewicz will take place on April 7, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Zamek Cultur Center in Poznań.

The main aim of the celebrations is to restore the memory of Jan Adam Maklakiewicz (1899-1954) – Polish musician, composer, teacher, recognised publicist and organizer of musical life. The concert will feature his valuable, yet unknown solo and chamber compositions: Reflexions, Op. 14, Hutsul Suite, Op. 15 No. 1 for violin and piano, Triptych Spring in the Village, Op. 18,  Ave Maria for cello and piano, as well as selected songs: I zniknę z oczu Wam jak ptak, a cycle of Four Japanese songs, Op. 25, Na kochanie nie masz rady, Lullaby for soprano and piano.

The works will be performed by graduates and pedagogues of music academies in Poznań and Wrocław: cellist Krzysztof Karpeta, violinist Piotr Kosarga, pianist Hanna Lizinkiewicz and soprano Barbara Tritt.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Katowice | NOSPR Chamber Concert

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Aleksander Tansman's music will be performed in the cycle "NOSPR chamber music" on April 4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Polish National Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice.

The programme of the concert will inclulde Suite for bassoon and piano by Aleksander Tansman, Suite for violin, clarinet and piano by Darius Milhaud, Pastorale for flute and piano by Germaine Tailleferre, Fantasy for flute and cello 'Assobio a Jato' ('The Jet Whistle') by Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Suite 'La revue de cuisine' ('The Kitchen Review') from the ballet Pokušení svatoušká hrnec (Temptation of the Saintly Pot) by Bohuslav Martinů.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1336/nospr-kameralnie