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Kielce | "Stage for Polish music"

Scena dla Muzyki polskiejThe Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic invites you on 23 February 2020 at 6.30 p.m. for a concert as part of the "Stage for Polish Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance. The Cracow Reed Trio / Cracow Wind Quintet will present works by outstanding Polish composers.

The ensembles were formed in 1998 on the initiative of the oboist Marek Mleczko of the Capella Cracoviensis Chamber Orchestra. They consist of outstanding instrumentalists, laureates of a number of music competitions. They have performed at almost all prestigious music festivals in Poland, meeting with an enthusiastic reception of the audience and critical acclaim. The ensembles have performed many chamber concerts with a varied repertoire, from baroque to contemporary music. They collaborate with Polish composers and premiere their works, which are often dedicated to the ensembles.

The programme of the upcoming concert will include Eye of the Sea from the series Elements of the Tatras for wind quintet by Artur Malawski, Pezzo grazioso for wind quintet by Marek Stachowski, Lyrical miniatures for wind quintet by Józef Świder, Suite pour trio d`anches by Aleksander Tansman, Trio by Witold Lutosławski, and Trio for oboe, clarinet and bassoon by Antoni Szałowski.

More information athttp://www.filharmonia.kielce.com.pl/ 

Warsaw | "Stage for Polish Music": Polish Violin Duo

PolishViolinDuoThe Polish Violin Duo will present works by famous contemporary Polish composers on 23 February 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the Warsaw Philharmonic as part of the "Stage for Polish Music" project.

The “Stage for Polish Music” is a project of the Institute of Music and Dance aimed at Polish music performers and organised in collaboration with the Warsaw Philharmonic and arts institutions in Poland. Programmes featuring Polish music, selected on the basis of a competition, will be presented at the Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Hall and then repeated in other cities in Poland. The goal of the project is to inspire musicians to prepare concert programmes featuring Polish music, promote the performance of Polish musical works as well as draw listeners’ attention to Polish music, especially lesser known pieces. The project is expected to showcase and popularise Polish works of music, especially those that are less commonly found in concert programmes, organise more performances of these works as well as promote Polish music performers.

Polish Violin Duo is composed of violinists Marta Gidaszewska and Robert Łaguniak. The young artists have already won over 100 awards, including at competitions in Poland, Japan, USA, Serbia, Greece, Sweden, England, France, Italy, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the upcoming concert they will present, Grażyna Bacewicz's Suite for two violins, Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz's Sonatina for two violins, Michał Spisak's Suite for two violins, as well as works by Joachim Kaczkowski (Duo Concertante for two violins, Op. 10 No. 1) and Henryk Wieniawski (Étude-Caprice, Op. 18 No. 1 and No. 3).

Information about tickets at: http://filharmonia.pl/ 

An interactive music experiment, or Sound Generation – X

KordaszczukThe upcoming school concert organised by the Szczecin Philharmonic will be a completely new music experiment. On the stage we will see a symphony orchestra and… a sensory orchestra. The premiere of the concert will be available for free on the Philharmonic's Facebook and on the new EduFilharmonia YouTube channel on 22 February 2021 at 11.00 a.m.

School concerts are events intended for grades IV-VIII of primary schools. They always take place in the Golden Hall of the Szczecin Philharmonic, where teenage music lovers can listen to the several dozen-piece Symphony Orchestra. That is the perfect time to start the adventure with an orchestral sound, which is in itself a mine of knowledge about musical instruments and works.

The next school concert will be a unique combination of two orchestras: a symphony orchestra and a sensory orchestra. What is a sensory orchestra? It will be composed of primary school students in grades IV-VIII, who will use specially constructed instruments – sensors that emit sounds through the movements of human hands. Each orchestra will have its own conductor: the symphony orchestra will be conducted by the author of the composition – Jarek Kordaczuk, and the sensory orchestra will be led by Izabela Kościesza.

The new series of school concerts "Sound Generation" will prepare young music lovers to understand music, create it and enjoy it.

Detailed information can be found at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/pl 

Chopin's Birthday Concert – live & online

ChopinFor over 20 years, the Presto Concert Agency has been introducing the work of the great Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin to foreign visitors. The Chopin's Birthday Concert will be held (without audience) on 22 February 2021 at 7.00 p.m. in the seat of the Agency – the Fryderyk Concert Hall in the Old Town – and will be broadcast on its Facebook page. Joanna Sochacka will perform the masterpieces of the Fourth Bard and the music of Grażyna Bacewicz and Alexander Scriabin.

When was Fryderyk Chopin born? Although the answer seems obvious – we are celebrating the composer's birthday on 1 March, and we count the passing years from 1810 – the issue is much more complex. In Chopin's baptism and birth certificate it is written that he was born on 22 February 22 .... That's why the organisers made a decision to celebrate both dates.

1st Chopin Birthday Concert will be performed by Joanna Sochacka, PhD. She is a graduate at the Academy of Music in Łódź in the class of Dr Hab. Hanna Holeksy. She is currently studying at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Graz, Austria, in the class of Prof. Milana Chernyavska. Joanna is a juror of the International Liszt Piano Youth Competitions in China and Utrecht, Elevato International Piano Competitions in Salzburg and Bern, Kreisler International Competition in Bonn, as well as a laureate of many international and national piano competitions. During the upcoming concert, she will perform selected nocturnes, polonaises and preludes by Fryderyk Chopin, as well as Toccata from Sonata No. 2 for piano by Grażyna Bacewicz and Etude "Alla Ballata" in G sharp minor, Op. 8 No. 9 by Alexander Scriabin.

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"Riding a Lift to the Tatra peaks" – staged concert online

OiFPThe Stanisław Moniuszko Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Centre in Białystok invites you on 19 February 2021 at 7.00 p.m. for the premiere of a new series of online concerts "Undiscovered Spaces" which will be held on the OiFP YouTube channel.

"Undiscovered spaces" is a series of staged concerts, during which the artists of the Polasie Opera and Philharmonic will present musical works and talk about their composers, the atmosphere of their time, and the contexts of their work. Following this new exciting idea, in the first episode we will climb to the mountain tops frequently visited by the extraordinary composer Mieczysław Karłowicz.

The artists will explore new spaces of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic just like Karłowicz explored the Tatra mountains. The concerts will have a multi-sensory impact on the viewers, they will broaden their knowledge of music and culture and invite them to a new artistic reality. The series will be opened by the episode entitled "Riding a Lift to the Tatra peaks", where the beauty of the mountains will intertwine with the ephemerality and transience characteristic of dreaming. Everything will be united by timelessly beautiful music.

More detailed information can be found at: https://www.oifp.eu/repertuar/winda-towarowa-na-szczyty-tatr/ 

Bydgoszcz | Organ as the lead instrument

FPOn 19 February 2021 at 7.00 p.m. Adam Tański will perfrom the music by Camille Saint-Saëns, Johann Sebastian Bach as well as his own composition on the 47-pipe organ of the I. J. Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz. The soloist will be accompanied by musicians from the Capella Bydgostiensis Chamber Orchestra of the Pomeranian Philharmonic.

Dedicated to the memory of Franz Liszt, Danse Macabre (The Dance of Death), Op. 40 is considered to be Saint-Saëns' most recognizable work. It is actually a waltz, showing the fantastic vision of the French symbolist poet Henri Cazalis. We will hear this piece in Adam Tański's organ transcription.

The organist's Folk Contradanses are an artistic reinterpretation of Kurpie folk dances. Their premiere took place at the "Etnosakralia Kurpiowskie" Festival in 2019, where folk musicians performed alongside professional artists, playing traditional versions of Kurpie dances in alternatim form. The work is usually performed with string quartet, but the composer made an arrangement for string orchestra with organ especially for the concert with Capella Bydgostiensis. 

According to Adam Tański's concept, the arrangement of the chorale from Bach's Heut ist, o Mensch, ein großer Trauertag cantata is an improvised dialogue between organ and string orchestra. The resulting largely improvised music will contrast with the first part of the programme.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/blog/wydarzenia/organy-roli-glownej/ 

Szczecin | Kilar, Bach and Haydn

KilarFollowing the Beethoven Year, the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin will present the works of other Viennese classics. On 19 February 2021 at 7.00 p.m. we will hear Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 22 as well as J.S. Bach's choral preludes orchestrated by Zygmunt Mycielski and Wojciech Kilar's Choralvorspiel.

Haydn composed his Symphony No. 22 during his tenure as Vice-Kapellmeister at the court of Prince Nicolaus Esterházy. He was in charge of all but religious music in the Esterházy household; in particular he was the leader of the orchestra and was expected to compose symphonies for it to perform. The symphony's nickname "The Philosopher" is not on the original manuscript and is unlikely to have come from Haydn himself. "Le Philosoph" appears on a manuscript copy of the symphony dated from the composer's own lifetime. The title is thought to derive from the melody and counterpoint of the first movement (between the horns and cor anglais), which musically allude to a question followed by an answer and paralleling the disputatio system of debate. The piece's use of a muted tick-tock effect also evokes the image of a philosopher deep in thought while time passes by. As noted by musicologist David Wyn Jones, the nickname "becomes less appropriate as the symphony proceeds and earnestness gives way to high spirits."

The programme of the concert of the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Łukasz Borowicz will also include Wojciech Kilar's Choralvorspiel for string orchestra and Johann Sebastian Bach's 13 choral preludes from Orgelbüchlein arranged for symphony orchestra by Zygmunt Mycielski.

More information at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/wydarzenia/1465-KILAR__BACH__HAYDN 

Białystok | Bacewicz, Wieniawski and Beethoven at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic

OiFPThe first symphonic concert with the participation of the audience after a long break will take place on 19 February 2021 at 7.00 p.m at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic. We will hear virtuoso works by Grażyna Bacewicz and Henryk Wieniawski as interpreted by the outstanding Polish violinists – Roman Lasocki and Małgorzata Wasiucionek – as well as Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 performed by the musicians of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic under the baton of Maestro Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk.

In 1965 Grażyna Bacewicz composed the seventh and the last Violin Concerto in her life. Especially in the first two movements, the orchestra is reduced to the role of the background and does not enter into a dramatic dialogue with the solo instrument, which is usually the domain of a traditional concert. In this work, Bacewicz returns to traditional forms and traditional ways of shaping melodies while maintaining the rich variety of sound colours.

Henryk Wieniawski, an artist who combined concert activity with composing practice, is the author of works that have become a permanent part of the repertoire of virtuosos, such as Fantasia brillante, Op. 20, which is a variation arrangement of themes from the Faust opera by Charles Gounod. The style that combines lyricism with masterful panache determines the uniqueness and popularity of Wieniawski's work.

The concert finale will feature the optimistic Symphony No. 1 in C major, Op. 21 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Information about ticketshttps://www.oifp.eu/repertuar/bacewicz-wieniawski-beethoven/ 

Kraków | Sinfonietta Cracovia's Winter Divertimento

SCThe Orchestra of the Royal Capital City of Krakow Sinfonietta Cracovia invites the audience on 20 February 2021 at 7.00 p.m. to the ICE Krakow Congress Centre for the concert "Winter Divertimento".

The ICE Krakow Congress Centre opens its doors to all listeners who are eager for live concert experience. Sinfonietta Cracovia conducted by Jurek Dybał will present a unique winter – but also full of fire – programme. Violinist Maciej Lulek will perform as a soloist.

The repertoire of the concert sparkles with the greatest hits of classical music inspired by the charms of winter: from fragments of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker and February from The Seasons, arranged for this occasion for string orchestra, through the famous Winter by Antonio Vivaldi, to Wojciech Kilar's Orawa, full of folk energy, ending with the characteristic highlanders’ shout of "Hey". We will also hear the virtuoso, optimistic Divertimento in F major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as befits the occasion – after all, diviertimento is "entertainment" and "fun") and a nostalgic, charming Aria from Three Pieces in Old Style by Krzysztof Penderecki.

Free tickets can be booked at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and www.evenea.pl/pl/wydarzenie/zimowe-divertimento