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"Traditions of the Silesian Music Culture" – Conference and Concerts

Tradycje śląskiej kultury muzycznej - koncertyKarol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław organizes the 14th International Conference "Traditions of the Silesian Music Culture" between March 1 and 4, 2016.

The conference is addressed to music historians, theoreticians and ethnomusicologists whose research work concentrates on the issues related to Silesia and to Wrocław in particular, as well as to all the people who are interested in the Silesian musical culture. The programme of the event consists of scientific sessions accompanied by meetings, concerts and exhibitions.

March 1, 2016 at 6.00 p.m., Concert Hall, Building E
Concert Ryszard Bukowski in memoriam
(on the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birthday)
Performers: Feichtinum Choir conducted by Magdalena Lipska and the staff of the Academy of Music in Wrocław

March 2, 2016 at 8.00 p.m., Concert Hall, Building E
Early Music Concert Serena mente jubilo
Performers: Ars Cantus
Programme: Music from 14th- and 15th-century Silesian manuscripts

March 3, 2016 at 8.00 p.m., Concert Hall, Building E
Contemporary Music Concert
Performers: Silesian Quartet
Programme: works by Stanisław Krupowicz, Andrzej Krzanowski, Marcin Rupociński

March 3, 2016 at 2.30 p.m., Chamber Hall
Silesian Composer. Meeting with Prof. Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil
Chair: Prof. Anna Granat-Janki

Admission free (booking free tickets required).

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Anna Miernik’s Piano Recital

Mistrzowski Recital Fortepianowy Anny MiernikPianist Anna Miernik will perform compositions by Fryderyk Chopin, Feliks Nowowiejski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Aleksander Tansman on February 25, 2016 at the Feliks Nowowiejski Warmia and Mazury Philharmonic in Olsztyn.

The artist graduated from the Academy of Music in Kraków in 2013, having completed studies with Andrzej Pikul. As a soloist and chamber musician she has already performed in 19 countries on 4 continents. As her repertoire comprises the works of more than 20 Polish composers (including Chopin, Lutosławski, Szymanowski), the artist regularly adds their compositions to the programmes of her concerts. This way she promotes Polish music abroad. Fascinated with contemporary music, she participated in several premiere performances of various compositions, some of which were dedicated to her.

Aleksander Tansman – Piano Sonatina No.2 "Transatlantique"
Fryderyk Chopin –Nocturnes, Op. 9 (No. 1 in B flat minor, No. 2 in E flat major, No. 3 in B major); Ballade in G minor, Op. 23; Scherzo in B flat minor, Op. 31
Feliks Nowowiejski – Kashubian dance Borowiak
Aleksander Skriabin – Sonata in G sharp minor, Op. 19 No. 2
Karol SzymanowskiEtude in B flat minor, Op. 4 No. 3
Ignacy Jan Paderewski – Caprice -Valse, Op. 10 No. 5

Tickets available on-line: www.filharmonia.olsztyn.pl

Beata Bilińska performs Piano Concerto No. 2 by Wojciech Kilar

Filharmonia Krakowska - Beata BilińskaBeata Bilińska and Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra under Brian Schembri will interpret compositions by Wojciech Kilar, Jean Sibelius, Modest Mussorgsky and Charles Camilleri on February 26 and 27, 2016 at the Krakow Philharmonic.

Wojciech Kilar composed Piano Concerto No. 2 shocked by a tragic historical event. It was probably Polish presidential jet crash at Smolensk in April 2010 that the composer had in mind. The solo part will be performed by the pianist who premiered the work with the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra under Jacek Kaspszyk in October 2011. This time the orchestra will be conducted by Maltese artist Brian Schembri – music director and consultant at Malta National Theatre "Teatru Manoel" and principal conductor and artistic director of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.

Beata Bilińska - piano
Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra
Brian Schembri - conductor

Modest Mussorgsky - Night on Bald Mountain
Jean Sibelius - The Swan of Tuonela, Op. 22 No. 2
Charles Camilleri - "New Idea" Symphony
Wojciech Kilar - Piano Concerto No. 2

Tickets available on-line: www.filharmonia.krakow.pl

Chopin Birthday Concerts

7. Koncerty Urodzinowe7th edition of the Chopin Birthday Concerts, organized by Smolna Association and Fryderyk Chopin Society, will be held between February 22 and March 1, 2016 (two dates that are both considered Chopin’s birthdates).

The festival features Chopin’s works and other classical compositions, as well as music that inspired Chopin and music inspired by Chopin. Each year the event explores new places and the programme expands to include other arts.

At the Chopin Stage at 66 Krakowskie Przedmieście Street the audience will witness piano recitals presented by renowned Polish and foreign pianists, including Szymon Nehring, Marta Andrushchak, Joanna Ławrynowicz, Aleksander Dębicz, Marek Bracha, Michael Cheung, Adam Mikołaj Goździewski, Eri Yamamoto and Karol Radziwonowicz.
The World Stage, located at 63 Nowy Świat Street, will host various performances ranging from Chopin recitals to jazz concerts.
The organizers have also planned events for children.

Admission free.

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55th Music Festival in Łańcut

55. Muzyczny Festiwal w Łańcucie2016 edition of the Music Festival in Łańcut will be held between 21st and 29th of May. It will be opened with The Haunted Manor by Stanisław Moniuszko performed by the Krakow Opera’s artists.

The programme includes concerts of classical music (piano recital performed by Kate Liu, Julian Rachlin’s performance with Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot, concerts given by "Amadeus" Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra with cellist Karolina Jaroszewska-Rajewska under Agnieszka Duczmal, Hungarian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra under Antal Barnas, Rzeszów Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra with violinist Michael Barenboim under Case Scaglione) and jazz/pop music (performance of Anna Maria Jopek with Kroke and Elbląg Chamber Orchestra, Stanisława Celińska with Jánoška Ensemble), as well as theatre play entitled Double Solo performed by Jan Peszek.

The Festival events will be held in the Rzeszów Philhamonic, Łańcut Castle and an open-air venue – the Castle Park.

The ticket sale will start on February 23, 2016.
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Stefan Kisielewski’s music in the Warsaw Rising Museum

Muzyka pod LiberatoremPianist Magdalena Lisak will perform compositions by Stefan Kisielewski on February 23, 2016 in the Warsaw Rising Museum.

The event will be devoted to Stefan Kisielewski who was also known as a writer, journalist and commentator, social and political activist. Composing was only one of several fields of his public activity. Because of his uncompromising stand in all these areas, he became an object of communist repressions.

Magdalena Lisak, who specializes in performing Kisielewski’s music, will present the composer’s piano works written during the war and in the 1950s, including Danse vive (1939), the score of which was destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising. The composition was re-created after the war by pianist Lech Miklaszewski, for whom it had been written.

The concert is organized by the Warsaw Rising Museum, PWM Edition and Polish Radio Programme 2.

Admission free.

World Premiere of a Composition Awarded at the Szymanowski Composition Competition

Koncerty Akademickiej Orkiestry Symfonicznej w KatowicachOn March 1 and 2, 2016 the Karol Szymanowski Academic Symphony Orchestra under Maciej Tomasiewicz will give a premiere performance of Fili di Perle (Strings of Pearls) by Jonathan Posthuma (USA), which received 3rd prize at the 2nd Karol Szymanowski International Composition Compeition in 2015.

Aleksandra Świgut - piano
Maciej Tomasiewicz - conductor
Karol Szymanowski Academic Symphony Orchestra

Jonathan Posthuma - Strings of Pearls for symphony orchestra
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano Concerto in D minor, K. 466
Antonín Dvořák - Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 13

Admission free.
(booking free tickets required – Academy of Music in Katowice: (+48) 32 77 92 100)

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Read more: World Premiere of a Composition Awarded at the Szymanowski Composition Competition

Christoph Eschenbach and NSO in Warsaw

Teatr Wielki- Opera NarodowaThe National Symphony Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach will perform on February 19, 2016 at the Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera.

The programme includes Adagio for strings from Symphony No. 3 by Krzysztof Penderecki, Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 by Antonín Dvořák, and Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven. German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott will be the soloist of the evening.

Wrocław-born Christoph Eschenbach began his career in 1951 by winning the 1st prize at the Steinway Young Pianist Competition. The artist studied piano in Cologne and pursued further studies in Hamburg, where he also studied conducting. His mentors included George Szell and Herbert von Karajan. He was chief conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra (1998-2004) and artistic director of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (1999-2003). Over the last 6 seasons, he has been music director of both the National Symphony Orchestra and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The National Symphony Orchestra is one of the most highly acclaimed U.S. symphony orchestras. While maintaining a high artistic level, the orchestra gives more than 150 classical and popular concerts a year, appearing during important state and international events. It was founded in 1931 and became the artistic affiliate of the Kennedy Center in 1986.

Source: www.beethoven.org.pl

20th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival

20. Wielkanocny Festiwal Ludwiga van Beethovena 2016 edition of the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival will be held in Warsaw in March 12-25.

The programme of the 20th anniversary edition of the event includes performances of several orchestras (Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under Jacek Kaspszyk and Krzysztof Penderecki, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich under Lionel Bringuier, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg under Krzysztof Urbański, Santander Orchestra under Jerzy Maksymiuk, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under Alexander Liebreich, Sinfonia Varsovia under John Axelrod and Maximiano Valdés, Sinfonietta Cracovia), ensembles (Emerson String Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Szymanowski Quartet, Meccore String Quartet) and soloists (pianists Yefim Bronfman, Alexei Volodin and Szymon Nehring, baritone Thomas Hampson, clarinetist Michel Lethiec, cellist Claudio Bohórquez, and others).
The repertoire ranges from works by Ludwig van Beethoven and 19th-century composers (Franz Schubert, Antonín Dvořák, Felix Mendelssohn, Fryderyk Chopin, Gustav Mahler, Richard Wagner), to Karol Szymanowski, Igor Stravinsky, Dmitri Shostakovich, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst, George Gershwin and Krzysztof Penderecki (St. Luke Passion).
The concerts and other fringe events will also be held in other cities in Poland (Katowice, Krakow, Gdańsk, Wrocław, Szczecin, Zabrze, Olsztyn, Radom).

Programme: www.beethoven.org.pl

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