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Bydgoszcz | International Conference "The past and the present in a musical work"

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Department of Theory of Music and Composition at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz invites you to the International Conference "The past and the present in a musical work", which will take place on 26-28 November 2019.

Among the participants there will be well-known musicologists from around the world, representing such institutions as the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (Warsaw), the Academy of Music in Krakow, the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music (Bydgoszcz), the Nicolaus Copernicus University (Toruń), the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music (Katowice), the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music (Poznań), the Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznań), University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MA), Universite de Caen Normandie (Caen), Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (Riga), the Jan Albrecht Academy of Music and Art (Banska Štiavnica), the University of Graz, Kamianets-Podilsky Ivan Ohienko National University, Lviv National Music Academy, Ivan Franco National University of Lviv, the Odessa National A. V. Nezhdanova Academy of Music.

An important place in the programme of the conference is occupied by papers devoted to Polish contemporary music, among others works by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (Teresa Malecka), Hanna Kulenty (Anna Nowak), Witold Lutosławski (Ewa Schreiber), Mieczysław Weinberg (Agnieszka Nowok-Zych), Andrzej Krzanowski (Magdalena Stochniol), Zbigniew Bargielski (Violetta Przech), Dariusz Przybylski (Katarzyna Szymańska-Stułka), Michał Kondracki (Elżbieta Szczurko), Krzysztof Meyer (Ewa Wójtowicz), Zygmunt Mycielski (Barbara Mielcarek-Krzyżanowska), Marcel Chyrzyński (Jacek Szerszenowicz), and Piotr Salaber (Aleksandra Kłaput-Wiśniewska).

The Conference will feature concerts on 26 and 27 November at 7 p.m. in the Roman Suchecki Concert Hall (7 Staszica St.).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.amuz.bydgoszcz.pl/wydarzenia/dzielo-muzyczne-wobec-przeszlosci-i-wspolczesnosci/ 

Warsaw | Roman Lasocki and Friends


During the extraordinary Roman Lasocki and Friends concert, which will take place on 26 November 2019 at 7 p.m., at the Warsaw Philharmonic, the audience will be able to appreciate some of the most virtuosic and representative works ever written for the violin, reflecting the broad spectrum of the chamber repertoire devoted to this instrument.

César Franck’s Sonata in A Major for violin and piano from 1886 is one of the most exquisite examples of this genre. Since its premiere, it has been a constant fixture of violin recitals. The fact that it features in the programme alongside Eugene Ysaÿe’s similarly titled composition is no accident, as the latter was not only an important composer for this instrument but first and foremost a phenomenal violinist, for whom Franck wrote his Sonata in A Major.

Over a hundred different paraphrases, potpourris, fantasias and variations on opera themes have been arranged for violin and piano. Henryk Wieniawski wrote Fantasia on Themes from Gounod’s Faust in 1865 (with himself in mind as the performer), only six years after the opera’s premiere in Paris. Moreover, Wieniawski was not the only artist to come up with the idea of using Gounod’s operatic themes (which were extremely popular with the public) to dazzle a large audience with a display of virtuosity – similar works were written by Sarasate and Vieuxtemps, among others.

The Russian Igor Frolov has gone down in history not only as a first-rate violinist but also as a teacher of several generations of violinists. And the fact that he was also a composer – his works are now a mandatory part of the repertoire at prestigious violin competitions – is further testimony to his versatility.

The concert begins and ends with Polish music from the 20th century. Apart from Witold Lutosławski’s Partita for violin and piano, whose rhythmical diversity reflects influences from the 18th century, the audience will also hear Ricercar sopra Roman Lasocki performed by the addressee of the dedication (the theme of the piece is a musical arrangement of the violinist’s name).

Piotr Maculewicz

More information athttp://www.filharmonia.pl/koncerty-i-bilety/repertuar/koncert-kameralny55 

Katowice | Concert of laureates of the 4th ATMA Polish National Competition for Musical Personalities


The laureates of the 4th ATMA Polish National Competition for Musical Personalities will perform on 25 November at 7.30 p.m. in the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice.

By the jury's decision, Paweł Wojciechowski, a 16-year-old pianist from Warsaw, became the winner of this year's, 4th edition of the ATMA Polish National Competition for Musical Personalities. He is a student of Joanna Ławrynowicz at the Zenon Brzewski Secondary Music School in Warsaw. The laureate of the Competition can not only enjoy financial prizes (PLN 5,000 and the Schimmel Pianos award – PLN 5,000), but above all he is honored with the opportunity to appear as a soloist with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra at its headquarters in Katowice. The other finalists also received the NOSPR Award of Ewa Bogusz-Moore – they will all perform at the headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice during chamber concerts.

The upcoming concert will feature Wojciech Niedziółka, Jakub Staszel and Jan Widlarz who will present a programme composed of works by Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski and Krzysztof Penderecki.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.nospr.org.pl/ 

Tokyo | Marek Bracha „heritance: radiating piano”

Heritance piano

On 25-26  November 2019, the TO-ON Concert Hall In Tokyo will host a presentation of the pianist Marek Bracha's original project "heritance: radiating piano", co-financed by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

The project "heritance: radiating piano" explores the influence of traditional music in Polish and Japanese piano literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. The phenomenon of the transposition of traditional Polish dances (polonaise, mazurka) into classical music in the works of Fryderyk Chopin, Mieczysław Weinberg and Karol Szymanowski is analyzed comparatively with the stylization of the Bugaku dance, one of the genres of the traditional Gagaku style, in the work of the outstanding Japanese composer Yoritsune Matsudaira (1907–2001) .

The project will also feature a conference devoted to interpretation problems in Polish and Japanese piano literature, organised in cooperation with Tokyo Piano Teachers' National Associatiation. The lectures will be accompanied by a recital by pianist Marek Bracha, featuring works by Fryderyk Chopin, Tadeusz Kościuszko, Maria Szymanowska, Józef Wieniawski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski, Aleksander Tansman, Tadeusz Kassern, Władysław Szpilman, Mieczysław Weinberg, and Yoritsune Matsudaira. Marek Bracha will also lead master classes with the participation of young Japanese pianists aimed at familiarizing the idiom of Polish national dances and building long-term cooperation.

The project, organized by the "Sfera Harmonii" Foundation, is financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage under the Multiannual Program NIEPODLEGŁA for 2017-2022, as part of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute's grant programme "Cultural bridges".

Media patronage: Polish Music information Centre POLMIC.

Katowice | Multimedia Organ Evening


The Silesian Philharmonic invites you to a Multimedia Organ Evening, which will take the audience to an unusual journey deep into the mechanism of the organs. The concert will take place on 24 November 2019 at 5 p.m., featuring two premieres.

Jan Bokszczanin, an excellent organist, interpreter and researcher of Russian and Soviet organ music literature, will present works by Dmitry Shostakovich, Sergei Rachmaninov, Sofia Gubajdulina, Georgi Muschel, Eduard Khagagortyan as well as premieres of new composistions by Jarosław Mamczarski and Aleksander Nowak. The organist will perform together with the Silesian Philharmonic Choir under the baton of Jarosław Wolanin. The programme will also include Aleksander Lasoń's Benedictus for mixed choir a cappella, the composer's only work for such ensemble.

The concert will take place as part of the 7th International Days of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki "ReGenerations". The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu 

Katowice | New Music Orchestra: First Performances


The New Music Orchestra will premiere the latest works by Polish composers during the concert on 24 November 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice.

Founded in 1996, the New Music Orchestra is the oldest Polish ensemble specialising in contemporary music performance, with intense activity now spanning over 20 years. Working first under the direction of the ensemble’s founder Aleksander Lasoń, and since 2006 under Artistic Director Szymon Bywalec, the OMN has gradually morphed from a group of enthusiastic students into a professional ensemble able to tackle the most complex scores. The orchestra premiered over 150 works at Polish and international festivals. Since 2014, the OMN runs its own concert cycle at the NOSPR orchestra seat in Katowice. 

The programme of the upcoming concert will include first performances of Marcin Rupociński's  Sensitivity for chamber orchestra and video, Mateusz Ryczek's Cello Concerto (‘Apparitions’), and Aleksander Lasoń's Metta. Sinfonia concertante No. 2 for bassethorn, bass clarinet and chamber orchestra. The works by Marcin Rupociński and Aleksander Lasoń were created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. The orchestra will be accompanied by outstanding soloists specializing in contemporary music performance: Roman Widaszek (basethorn), Jadwiga Czarkowska (bass clarinet) and Tomasz Skweres (cello).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://www.nospr.org.pl/ 

Warszaw | International Organ Concerts 2019


The Collegiate Church of the Evangelical Reformed Parish in Warsaw cordially invites you to the Evangelical Reformed Church for a cycle of organ recitals on the historic organs of the Schlag und Söhne company from 1900.

This wonderfully renovated historic instrument is used not only during the Sunday liturgy. Its beautiful and warm sound can be admired also during organ recitals, which are held on the fourth Sunday of every month of 2019 at 7.00 p.m. (exceptionally on the third Sunday of December). During the tenth jubilee edition, outstanding musicians from six European countries will perform: Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Greece, Italy and Poland. The artistic director of the festival is Michał Markuszewski.

Admission to all concerts is free,

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.festiwal.reformowani.pl

Read more: Warszaw | International Organ Concerts 2019

Warsaw | Concert on the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Mieczysław Weinberg

WajnbergA symphony concert on the 100th anniversary of Mieczysław Wajnberg's birth will take place on 23 November 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Warsaw Philharmonic.

Written eighty years ago, Dmitry Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6 is one of the most original pieces in this genre in the composer’s oeuvre. It is also one of the shortest. It lasts a mere half an hour and, similarly to the Second, the Third and subsequently the Ninth, it is blessed with an unusual architecture: a huge Largo followed by two fast movements: Allegro and Presto. The political situation was not conducive to a positive reception of the piece, and Shostakovich was accused of not being sufficiently “committed”. After all, the author of Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District had announced that he was working on a grand thanksgiving symphony in honour of Lenin, featuring solo singers and a choir, but of course, he never wrote it. Instead, he composed a monumental fresco in the spirit of Mahler with an almost vulgar and only superficially optimistic finale seemingly artificially tagged on to the end.

In the year that Shostakovich completed his Symphony No. 6, twenty-year-old Mieczysław Weinberg graduated in piano from the Warsaw Conservatoire and started composing his first pieces. It was then that he began his flight to the east – first to Minsk and then to Tashkent (where he met Dmitry Shostakovich) and finally to Moscow in 1943, where he settled for good. Of the dozen works he produced for solo instrument and orchestra, it is his Violin Concerto from 1960 that has recently won an influential group of admirers headed by Gidon Kremer keen to promote it in the concert world. One truly indefatigable champion of Weinberg’s music in Poland is Gabriel Chmura, who at this special concert will conduct the four-movement Sinfonietta No. 1 from 1948, a work suffused with Jewish folklore.

Piotr Maculewicz

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.pl/koncerty-i-bilety/repertuar/koncert-symfoniczny227 

Warsaw | Academic and Artistic Conference "Polish Cello Sonata"


The 1st National Academic and Artistic Conference devoted to Polish Cello Sonata will take place on 23 and 24 November 2019 at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music on the initiative of the Dean of the Instrumental Department, Professor Tomasz Strahl.

The conference’s aim is to familiarize participants with the repertoire of cello sonatas written by Polish composers through the lectures given by outstanding cellists, representing the largest music centers in Poland: Tomasz Strahl, Andrzej Wróbel, Piotr Hausenplas, Tadeusz Samerek, Renata Marzec, Stanisław Firlej, Urszula Marciniec-Mazur. The presentations will be held on Saturday (23 November) from 11 am. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday (24 November) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The second day of the conference will feature a concert at the Henryk Melcer Chamber Hall at 6 p.m. The programme will include the discussed cello sonatas by Fryderyk Chopin, Mieczysław Weinberg, Halina Krzyżanowska and Ludomir Różycki.

Full programme available athttp://www.chopin.edu.pl/pl/2019/10/polska-sonata-wiolonczelowa