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Adam Didur in Memoriam

Adam DidurOn January 9, 2016 the Concert Hall of the Silesian Opera in Bytom will host a concert commemorating the 70th anniversary of Adam Didur’s death.

Famous opera singer, born in 1873 near Sanok, sang extensively in Europe and had a major career at New York's Metropolitan Opera between 1908 and 1932. Having completed his career as a singer, he worked as a professor in Lwów and Katowice, where he also started working on founding an opera company After the war ended in 1945, he was appointed the first director of the Silesian Opera, which opened with the performance of Moniuszko's opera Halka that Didur produced.

The programme of the concert, including the songs and airs from operas, operettas and musicals, will be performed by singers Cezary Biesiadecki, Stanisław Duda, Bogdan Kurowski, Wojciech Paczyński, Aleksander Teliga, Romuald Tesarowicz and Zbigniew Wunsch, and pianists Larysa Czaban and Halina Mansarlińska.

Agnieszka Duczmal’s Birthday Concert

Z mojego życiaA special concert entitled From My Life, performed by Amadeus Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio and organized on the occasion of Agnieszka Duczmal’s 70th birthday, will be held on January 10, 2016 in the hall of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.
The programme includes Fryderyk Chopin’s Piano Concerto in F minor, Op. 21 No. 2 (the solo part will be played by Ivo Pogorelić), Bedřich Smetana’s String Quartet in E minor No. 1 "From My Life" (arr. A. Duczmal) and Bogusław Schaeffer’s Kesukaan I.

Tickets available on-line: www.bilety24.pl

Trzej Mistrzowie na Trzech Króli

Trzej Mistrzowie na Trzech KróliNiezwyczajny Koncert Noworoczny Trzej Mistrzowie na Trzech Króli. Spotkanie przyjaciół odbędzie się 6 stycznia 2016 roku o godz. 17.15 w Centrum Sztuki Fort Sokolnickiego na warszawskim Żoliborzu.

Na scenie spotkają się skrzypek Krzysztof Jakowicz, klawesynista Władysław Kłosiewicz oraz pianista Janusz Olejniczak. Gościem specjalnym koncertu będzie ich wspólny przyjaciel, Daniel Olbrychski. W świątecznej atmosferze zabrzmią najpiękniejsze utwory z repertuaru artystów, pierwsze wspólne wykonania oraz muzyczne niespodzianki.

Organizatorzy: Fundacja Wspierania Kultury "Przyjaciele Muzyki", Narol Enterprise oraz Centrum Sztuki Fort Sokolnickiego.

Więcej informacji – na stronie: www.nowyfort.pl  

Vivaldi performed by Nigel Kennedy in Kraków

Nigel Kennedy The Four SeasonsBritish violinist Nigel Kennedy will play a new interpretation of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons in a New Year’s Day concert in Kraków (January 1, 2016 at the ICE Kraków Congress Centre), accompanied by a jazz band and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra.

The concert will be part of a European tour promoting The New Four Seasons album which the artist released in October. Kennedy is returning to Vivaldi after 25 years. His recording of The Four Seasons (1989) sold over two million copies and became one of the best-selling classical recordings in history. This time the violinist offers a new take on Vivaldi that includes electronic percussion, heavy metal and trip-hop influences.

Nigel Kennedy – violin
Adam Czerwinski – percussion
Tomasz Kupiec – double bass
Rolf Bussalb – guitar
Julian Buschberger – guitars
Paweł Tomaszewski – harpsichord
Beethoven Academy Orchestra

Christmas Concert performed by the Polish Chamber Choir

Koncert KolędThe Annual Christmas Concert, performed by the Polish Chamber Choir under Jan Łukaszewski, will take place on December 27, 2015 at 2.00 pm in St. Nicholas Church in Gdańsk (72 Śwętojańska Street).

The concert continues the longstanding tradition in which the Choir, together with its director Jan Łukaszewski, brings the Christmas spirit to the inhabitants of Gdańsk and the entire Tricity.
This year the programme includes Polish carols and Christmas songs arranged by Feliks Nowowiejski, as well as Navidad Nuestra by Spanish composer Ariel Ramirez. The vocal and instrumental parts will be performed by the members of the Choir: Jerzy Stelmański (tenor I, guitar I), Krzysztof Pękała (tenor II), Damian Bykowski (tenor II, guitar II), Sebastian Mandziej (baritone), Andrzej Macierzyński (keyboard instruments), singers of the Choir (percussion instruments).

The concert is held under the auspices of the Mayor of Gdańsk.

Admission free.

Piano Recital by Rafał Łuszczewski

Recital Rafała ŁuszczewskiegoRafał Łuszczewski will perform a piano recital on December 21, 2015 at 6.30 pm in the Służew Culture Centre (15 Bacha Street).

Fryderyk Chopin - Polonaise in A major, Op. 40
Fryderyk Chopin - Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. posth.
Fryderyk Chopin - Scherzo in B minor, Op. 20
Manuel de Falla - Primera y Segunda Danza Española from ”El Amor Brujo”
Isaac Albéniz - Córdoba, Op. 232, No. 4
Isaac Albéniz - Sevilla
George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue

The concert is organized by the Polish-Argentine Association and the Służew Culture Centre.
Honorary Patronage: Embassy of Argantina in Warsaw

Admission free (booking a free ticket required)

New Year’s Eve Concert at the ICE Kraków

Koncert sylwestrowyMagdalena Molendowska and Ben Connor, soloists of many renowned opera festivals (including the Glyndebourne Festival and Baden-Baden Festspiele), and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra under the baton of Christian Schumann will present the New Year’s Eve Concert on December 31, 2015 at the ICE Kraków Congress Centre.

The programme includes arias and duets from the repertoire of the Viennese, Italian and German composers, orchestral works by Maurice Ravel, Arturo Márquez and Mieczysław Weinberg, as well as fragments taken from the the musicals by Leonard Bernstein and Frederick Loewe.

Magdalena Molendowska – soprano
Ben Connor – baritone
Christian Schumann – conductor
Beethoven Academy Orchestra
Leszek Mikos – introduction

Joanna Freszel launches her debut album for Christmas

Real Life SongThe artist’s album real life song will be released on December 23, 2015 just in time for the Christmas rush.

Meant to break stereotypical thinking about contemporary music as hermetic and overwhelmed by incomprehensible elements, the CD astonishes, enchants, and presents a rich range of emotions, discovered when going into precise forms, structures and sophisticated harmonies. Their diversity allows to show the mastery of the soloist.

Joanna Freszel’s album is a result of almost two-year work and an expression of musical enquiries of people, who create music on the highest level and represent various trends in Polish music. 8 young composers (Miłosz Bembinow, Andrzej Borzym jr, Rafał Janiak, Aleksander Kościów, Jagoda Szmytka, Katarzyna Szwed, Sławomir Zamuszko, Agata Zubel), invited to participate in the project, either wrote new works or changed the instrumentation of previously composed pieces.

The next promotional concert will be held on January 11, 2016 in the Studio Theatre in Warsaw.

More information: www.reallifesong.wix.com/reallifesong

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Christmas Carol Concert performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir

Chór Filharmonii NarodowejThe annual Christmas carol concert performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir will be held on December 19, 2015 at 6.00 pm in the Concert Hall of the Warsaw Philharmonic.

The artists will present traditional and contemporary carols and Christmas songs, including Silent Night arranged for choir and string orchestra by Maciej Małecki.

Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
Julian Gembalski – organ
Henryk Wojnarowski – conductor

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