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Warsaw | Conference: 'Warsaw Autumn' Festival – Its Role and Significance for the Musical Life of the Countries on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain (And after its Fall)

WJThe 4th conference in the 'Polish Music Abroad' series, organised by the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences, will be held on 16-17 September 2021 as part of the 64th 'Warsaw Autumn' Festival of Contemporary Music. This year, the conference will be devoted to the 'Warsaw Autumn' Festival – Its Role and Significance for the Musical Life of the Countries on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain (And after its Fall).

The aim of the fourth conference devoted to Polish music abroad is to reflect on the role and significance of the 'Warsaw Autumn' International Festival of Contemporary Music to the music and musical life of countries of both sides of the Iron Curtain – also after its fall. 'Warsaw Autumn' is not only the festival of new music, but its position has been unique from the very beginning – the festival was launched in 1956 on the wave of a political thaw and for many years it was often the only source of information about new musical trends for the musical circles in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries. At the same time, by coming to Warsaw the West had an opportunity to get to know contemporary music created in Poland and in other countries on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain.

'Warsaw Autumn' as a place where the East and the West met has been discussed on numerous occasions. Nevertheless, after all these years it is worth looking back at this unique festival – its history as well as the political and culture-creating role it has played for composers and artists both from the East and from the West. Did 'Warsaw Autumn' and the music presented at the festival leave a permanent mark on the music and cultural life of the world divided as it was by the Iron Curtain? And since its fall – how has the role of 'Warsaw Autumn' changed? What was the significance of 'Warsaw Autumn' after 1989 and what role does the festival play today, in a completely different geopolitical reality? We encourage you to watch our conference presentations and discussions about all these topics, taking into account various views and methodological perspectives.

The conference will be streamed online on FB and YT (Institute of Art channels).

Programme details: https://bit.ly/2Xt3frp 

16th G.G. Gorczycki International Festival

GorczyckiSixteen concerts of distinguished Polish and foreign musicians will be held from 18 September to 17 October 2021. This year's edition of the G. G. Gorczycki International Festival entitled "Transformations" aims to show the greatest changes in the history of music that took place in two epochs: Baroque (the era of the patron of the festival – Gorczycki) and contemporary times, with changes that are taking place before our eyes.

The International Festival of Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki has become a major event in the artistic calendar of Silesia. For over a dozen years, it has been consistently building its image through a unique repertoire, the participation of excellent artists and the interest of several thousand listeners. This year's Festival will be inaugurated on 18 September in Bytom and will last until 17 October with the finale in Chorzów.

The 16th edition promises to be spectacular. 16 concerts in 12 cities will be performed by renowned artists including Jakub Jakowicz, Piotr Pławner, Jan Tomasz Adamus, Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski, Łukasz Długosz, Marek Toporowski, Jarosław Kitala, Roman Widaszek, Grzegorz Biegas, Anna Szostak, Paweł Tomaszewski and ensembles: Philharmonic Zagreb, Silesian Philharmonic, Capella Cracoviensis, Silesian Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Silesia, Cracow Royal Singers.

Examples of baroque and contemporary music will show changes which may become an inspiration for further transformations, because the new always originates in the old. The programme will include works by Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki, Bartłomiej Pękiel, Mikołaj Zieleński, Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Jan Maklakiewicz, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Andrzej Panufnik, Krzysztof Meyer, Bronisław Kazimierz Przybylski, Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil, Artur Zagajewski, Piotr Klimek as well as film music by Wojciech Kilar, Bartosz Chajdecki and Henryk Kuźniak. There will be also  premieres of the latest works by Krzysztof Baculewski, Artur Kroschel, Kamil Pawłowski and Adam Wesołowski, the director of the Festival.

The concerts will be accompanied by a dozen or so artistic events: film screenings, multimedia exhibitions, meetings with artists. The whole event will be complemented by the charity event "In the footsteps of Gorczycki".

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme, implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Festival Website: https://gorczycki.pl/ 

Częstochowa | Opening of the 77th concert season 2021/2022

Filharmonia CzęstochowskaThe Bronisław Huberman Częstochowa Philharmonic opens the 77th concert season on 17 September 2021 with the premiere of Adam Wesołowski's latest work and music of Wojciech Kilar, whose name will be given to the Philharmonic Concert Hall.

The concert will feature Peter Jablonski, an award-winning Swedish pianist of Polish descent who enjoys international recognition. He remains a supporter of contemporary composers and regularly performs world premieres of their works. For the first performance of Wojciech Kilar's Piano Concerto No. 1 the pianist received the "Orpheus" award at the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music in 1997. He will perform this piece at the opening concert with the Częstochowa Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adam Klocek. We will also hear Wojciech Kilar's Veni Creator, featuring the Collegium Cantorum Częstochowa Philharmonic Choir.

The programme will also include the premiere of Angels and Demons by Adam Wesołowski, director of the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic.

More information: https://www.filharmonia.com.pl/repertuar/1722-Inauguracja-77_Sezonu-Artystycznego-2021_2022 

Warsaw | 64th International Festival of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn"

WJThe 64th Warsaw Autumn will run from 17 to 25 September 2021. This year’s edition will be immersed in space and time; in sounds, signs, and symbols. It will enable you to experience the complexity, diversity, ambiguity, and polyphony.

Thrown into deep water, we apparently not only lose weight but also orientation. Then, intense and deep feeling comes, real as touch. Immersed in space, we experience it like divergent circles on the water: from inner hearing, corporality, rooms full of sounds, the noise of streets and the city: the world resounds from many places simultaneously. Immersion in time generates a continuous „now”. We hear echoes of public life, a build-up of information material, history with its pivotal moments and formative social events.

This year’s Warsaw Autumn is composed of concerts, opera and paraoperatic forms, musical shows, installations, performances, public space action, meetings, composers’ workshops and Autumn Radio programmes. We present the works of over 60 composers and authors, with special appearances by Ash Fure, Elżbieta Sikora, and Krzysztof Knittel; 31 premieres, 18 of which commissioned by the Warsaw Autumn, in three festival bands: the main Warsaw Autumn, Warsaw Autumn Hits the Club, and Little Warsaw Autumn, as well as fringe events. We look forward to seeing you at the events – the more so as they will take place in real life, not only online. On 17 September, the periscope goes down and for a good nine days, Warsaw Autumn will submerge into the depths of intriguing sounds.

Jerzy Kornowicz
Director of the Festival

Festival Website: https://warszawska-jesien.art.pl/2021/strona-glowna 

Zakopane | 13th "Music on the Heights" International Festival

Muzyka na szczytachOn 11-18 September 2021, the Mieczysław Karłowicz Association in Zakopane invites all music lovers to the 13th "Music on the Heights" International Festival. This year's edition will feature such renowned musicians as Marcin Masecki, Olga Pasiecznik, Agata Zubel, Szymon Komasa, Marcin Zdunik, the NFM Orchestra and Choir conducted by Marzena Diakun and Camerata Silesia.

The International Festival "Music on the Heights" is an interdisciplinary artistic event that attracts a wide audience since 2009. The Festival encourages a dialogue between artists and music lovers, Polish and foreign musicians, music of old masters and the achievements of modern music, as well as outstanding and internationally recognized artists and talented debutants.

The inauguration concert on 11 September will include works by Krzysztof Penderecki, Paweł Szymański and Karol Szymanowski. The premiere of a unique performance prepared especially for the festival "Music on the Heights" –  La voix humaine by Francis Poulenc will take place on 12 September at the S.I. Witkiewicz Theatre. A screening of Agnieszka Holland's Copying Beethoven will be held on 14 September in the Place Cinema in Zakopane. Talented young musicians from the F. Chopin State Music School in Nowy Targ and Musica Mundana School in Belgium will make their debut on 15 September in the Holy Cross Church. Lovers of choral music will appreciate the concert on 17 September, presenting compositions by Paweł Szymański, Sofia Gubajdulina, Paweł Mykietyn and John Tavener. The final concert will feature works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Arvo Pärt performed by Marcin Masecki and Marcin Markowicz.

The Festival will also feature meetings of the audience with artists and journalists as well as two unique photography exhibitions: Andrzej Ziółkowski's "The Inward Moment. Man in the face of the Sacred", showing the faces of many different religions in India, and" The Creators of Podhale 6 ", presenting the artistic achievements of artists living and working in Podhale.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Festival Website: http://muzykanaszczytach.com/pl/ 

Spektakularny debiut operowy Joanny Wnuk-Nazarowej!

PWMNa dziedzińcu Zamku Królewskiego na Wawelu 10 i 11 września 2021 wystawiona została pierwsza opera Joanny Wnuk-Nazarowej – Wanda na podstawie misterium Cypriana Kamila Norwida.

Wydarzenie to stało się centralnym punktem obchodów 200. rocznicy urodzin poety. Wiceprezes Rady Ministrów, Minister Kultury, Dziedzictwa Narodowego i Sportu prof. dr hab. Piotr Gliński objął je honorowym patronatem, był także obecny na prawykonaniu dzieła. W dniu premiery, 10 września, na Wawelu odbyło się uroczyste złożenie kwiatów na symbolicznym grobie Norwida w Krypcie Wieszczów, w którym uczestniczyli, obok Ministra KDNiS prof. dr. hab. Piotra Glińskiego, Członkini Zarządu Województwa Małopolskiego Iwona Gibas, dyrektor – redaktor naczelny Polskiego Wydawnictwa Muzycznego dr Daniel Cichy, dyrektor Opery Krakowskiej Bogusław Nowak oraz kompozytorka Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa.

Opera, choć bardzo uniwersalna w wymowie, pozostaje dziełem mocno powiązanym z Krakowem: kompozytorka od lat związana z tym miastem podjęła temat, którego akcja rozgrywa się na Wzgórzu Wawelskim, a spektakl wystawiony został na Dziedzińcu Zamku Królewskiego na Wawelu przez artystów Opery Krakowskiej.

Read more: Spektakularny debiut operowy Joanny Wnuk-Nazarowej!

Winners of Kazimierz Serocki 17th International Composers’ Competition 2021

PTMW One hundred twelve scores from all over the world were sent to the Kazimierz Serocki 17th International Composers’ Competition 2021, organised by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music. On 10-12 September 2021 the Competition Jury awarded composers from South Korea, Italy and Czech Republic. The event was held under the honorary patronage of the Polish Composers' Union.

The Jury composed of: Paweł Łukaszewski (Poland), Paul Patterson (United Kingdom), and Dariusz Przybylski (Poland) decided to give the following prizes:

The First Prize (13,000PLN) went to Sungji Hong (South Korea) – Lux Mundi.

The Second Prize (8,000PLN) went to Massimo Lauricella (Italy) – Imis.

The Third Prize (4,000PLN) went to Jan Holý (Czech Republic) – The Puppet.

The prizes were funded by The Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport. PWM Edition’s Special Prize for the Youngest Winner: PWM Edition’s publications – was awarded to Sungji Hong. Event Partner: Authors’ Society ZAiKS.

The concert of the winners, co-organized with the Polish Radio Channel 2, will take place on 6 November 2021 in Władysław Szpilman Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw. The Concert will be recorded and broadcast on the Polish Radio Channel 2 and then offered to the European Broadcasting Union.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://ptmw.art.pl/english-kazimierz-serocki-12th-international-composers-competition-2011-results/

Światowe granie w Rzeszowie

MKMP10 września 2021 w Filharmonii Podkarpackiej rozbrzmiał pierwszy akord II Międzynarodowego Konkursu Muzyki Polskiej im. Stanisława Moniuszki. Przed zgromadzoną w sali publicznością i widzami śledzącymi transmisję on-line wystąpili zwycięzcy I edycji Konkursu z 2019 roku: pianista Pavel Dombrovsky i duet skrzypcowy Polish Violin Duo w składzie: Marta Gidaszewska i Robert Łaguniak.

„To był koncert na najwyższym światowym poziomie. Po prostu rewelacja! Myślę, że teraz przed nami jurorami jest takie właśnie zadanie, żeby wyłowić następnych tak wspaniałych muzyków jak, ci którzy grali dzisiaj wieczorem” – powiedziała po koncercie maestra Lidia Grychtołówna, nestorka polskiej pianistyki oraz jurorka w kategorii pianistycznej.

W pierwszej części koncertu w repertuarze złożonym m. in. z preludiów Henryka Pachulskiego i etiud Karola Szymanowskiego wystąpił rosyjski pianista Pavel Dombrovsky, nota bene także juror tegorocznej edycji konkursu. Następnie młodzi, utalentowani i utytułowani skrzypkowie, Marta Gidaszewska i Robert Łaguniak, zaprezentowali repertuar m. in. Tadeusza Paciorkiewicza, Henryka Wieniawskiego oraz brawurowo wykonali Two Contrasts for a Duo współczesnej kompozytorki Anny Rocławskiej-Musiałczyk.

„Koncert był niesamowity, naprawdę. Najwyższy światowy poziom, moim zdaniem. Fantastyczny. To było po prostu wow!” – skomentował występy Gary Guthman, amerykański trębacz i juror w kategorii zespołów kameralnych.

„Poziom koncertu był super wysoki, ale spodziewałem się tego. Jestem bardzo wzruszony poziomem koncertu inauguracyjnego i czekam niecierpliwie na przesłuchania. Na pewno będzie dużo ciekawych wykonawców i nowych utworów, które odkryjemy wspólnie z publicznością. Jestem pewien, że będzie to cudowny tydzień spędzony tu w Rzeszowie” – entuzjastycznie podsumował Alexandros Jusakos, chilijski pianista i juror.

Zmagania uczestników można śledzić na żywo na kanale YouTube Narodowego Instytutu Muzyki i Tańca: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-vEE7TX3aIcCR-Q20HVfYeqnCPWfRrN4.

Konkurs jest realizowany przez Narodowy Instytut Muzyki i Tańca, we współpracy z Filharmonią Podkarpacką im. Artura Malawskiego w Rzeszowie, finansowany ze środków Ministra Kultury, Dziedzictwa Narodowego i Sportu. Partnerem wydarzenia jest Marszałek województwa podkarpackiego. Konkurs został objęty honorowym patronatem Prezydenta Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej Andrzeja Dudy. Konkurs należy do sieci konkursów pianistycznych Fundacji Alink-Argerich.

Justyna Galińska

Patronat medialny nad Konkursem sprawuje Polskie Centrum Informacji Muzycznej POLMIC.


Sopot | Duo / Trio Sopot: anniversary concert

Trio SopotCelebrating the 30th anniversary of the activity in 2021, the duo of cellist Anna Sawicka and accordionist Elżbieta Rosińska, joined 15 years ago by the violinist Małgorzata Skorupa, will premiere works by Zbigniew Pniewski and Jakub Pawlak at a concert on 13 September 2021 at 7.00 p.m. as part of the 10th Musical Evenings at Saint Andrew Bobola Church in Sopot.

On the occasion of its anniversary, the ensemble commissioned pieces for a trio of violin, cello and accordion from several composers of various generations. Two of these works willl be premiered at the concert in the Saint Andrew Bobola Church: Uno momento dopo by Zbigniew Pniewski and Qui pro quo in five movements by Jakub Pawlak. Composing commissions were realised with the financial support of the Pomeranian Voivodeship.

Zbigniew Pniewski (b. 1946) has been collaborating with the ensemble since 2019. Uno momento dopo is a one-movement composition with a polyphonic texture and variable metres and rhythms. Pniewski's music is mysterious and puzzling. One can say it reflects the composer's experience related to the pandemic – the piece was written in the spring of 2021. Jakub Pawlak (b. 2000) is a student of Paweł Mykietyn (composition) and Kaja Bumann (conducting) at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk. His work Qui pro quo (lat. misunderstaning) refers to a funny misunderstanding that comes from mistaking someone for another person, or not understanding someone else's words. These elements of misunderstanding can be found on the micro and macro scale: in pairs of parts that are in dialogue with each other and in the juxtapositions of parts with different characters. Jakub Pawlak's work was inspired by klezmer culture, Russian literature, and Balkan folklore.

The programme will be complemented by works by Arvo Pärt, Jules Massenet, Marian Gordiejuk and Jerzy Mądrawski. The concert will be hosted by Justyna Ślubowska.