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Katowice | Sacred Music Concert

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A concert of sacred music will take place on January 27, 2019 at 6.00 p.m. in the Saint Stephen's Church in Katowice.

The Silesian Philharmonic Choir conducted by Jarosław Wolanin will present a wide range of religious music – Protestant, Orthodox and Catholic choral music. The programme will include Weihnachten and Jauchzet dem Herrn, Op. 69 No. 2 by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, compositions for the Latin biblical texts by Gustav Holst, Morten Lauridsen, Maurice Duruflé, Francis Poulenc and Anton Bruckner. The choir will also perform a fragment of Sergei Rachmaninov's masterpiece – the seventh part of The All-Night Vigil – Glory To God in the Highest. In the finale, Krzysztof Penderecki's song Iże chieruwimy will be performed.

The concert will be led by Karina Paszek. Admission free.

More information available at: https://www.filharmonia-slaska.eu/koncert-15380351701658!3072.html 

Szczecin | January "SoundLab" with Anna Zaradny

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Performance of Anna Zaradny at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin with the "SoundLab" cycle is more than an electronic concert. On January 26, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., the artist invites you to participate in the event that incorporates sound and image, silence and darkness.

The concert will open with the short Octopus (2012). Using the medium associated with popular music – a video clip, a music video – Zaradny exploits the video format and combine it with experimental music. She switches images according to sounds, plays with them, changes contexts and builds a coherent, musical and visual work.

The second part will be filled with material from the Go Go Theurgy studio album, which centers around improvisation. Presentation of this sound narration in the dark chamber hall of the Philharmonic in Szczecin will be a unique experience, referring both to nature and culture.

The evening will end with a short film Enjoy the silence which records the flashes of matter breaking in front of our eyes against inscrutable black. These twinkling, soundless constellations are a call to meditation, a temporary contemplation of the work. Subsequent images and overwhelming silence may give birth to anxiety – it easily makes us reflect on the surrounding noise.

More information at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/wydarzenia/989-Anna_Zaradny__Lab_4_El-sono 

Jelenia Góra | The Power of Sounds

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Another concert within the "filharmonia / ostrożnie, wciąga!!!" programme, organized by the Institute of Music and Dance from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, will take place on January 25, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the Lower Silesian Philharmonic. The programme will feature works by Gioacchino Rossini, Antonín Dvoŕák and Mikołaj Majkusiak.

The Lower Silesia Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will perform under the baton of the Greek conductor Georgios Balatsinos. The evening wil start with The Thieving Magpie Ouverture by Gioacchino Rossini. Then, one of the most famous Polish accordionists, Paweł Zagańczyk, will perform as a soloist in Mikołaj Majkusiak's Concerto classico for accordion and orchestra. The grand finale will include the Symphony No. 7, Op. 70 by Antonín Dvoŕák.

Information on tickets at: http://filharmonia.jgora.pl/repertuar,6/sila-dzwiekow,2721?did=3780 

Gdańsk | Reverbs. Poetry in music

Chor kameralnyPolish Chamber Choir under the baton of Jan Łukaszewski invites you to a concert "Reverbs. Poetry in music", which will take place on January 25, 2019 at 6.00 p.m. in the Artus Court in Gdańsk.

Poetry has always been in close relation to music. Composers of various eras eagerly reached for lyrical texts, combining verses of the most eminent writers with their music. During the concert, we will listen to the songs that have been composed within the last 150 years. They were all written for romantic poetry; even if Adam Asnyk does not belong to purely romantic artists, his poems clearly draw from the spirit of this era, and he is described by literary scholars as an epigone of romanticism.

The concert will start with Five Songs by Fryderyk Chopin, arranged for mixed choir by Andrzej Koszewski. The songs come from opus 74, which is a collection of 19 pieces originally composed for soprano and piano, written to words by Stefan Witwicki, Bohdan Zaleski and Wincenty Pol. Next we will listen to Ignacy Jan Paderewski who composed a total of 22 songs for voice and piano. The ones from opus 7 will be performed: Four songs to words by Adam Asnyk, dedicated to the poet, which were created in Berlin, Vienna and Warsaw from 1882 to 1885. The finale will be filled with a series of works titled Nachklänge (German "reverbs"), written by Heinrich Poos, regarded as one of the most outstanding contemporary German composers of choral music.

More information at: https://www.polskichorkameralny.pl/pl/component/jevents/9/poglosy-poezja-w-muzyce?Itemid=105 

Kielce | Tango Music

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On January 25, 2019 at 7.00 p.m., the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic will host a concert "Around Tango" under the honorary patronage of the Embassy of the Republic of Argentina in Poland.

Exciting tango and sophisticated dances for guitar, accordion and symphony orchestra are a perfect "recipe" for a carnival night. We will listen to these hits of classical music in the interpretation of two artists: guitarist, pedagogue and manager Paweł Kwasny, and accordionist Bartosz Kołsut , Young but very talented Musician of the Year (2014), winner of accordion contests all over the world.

The Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will be led by Argentinian conductor Gustavo Fontana. The programme will include tangos by Astro Piazzolla as awell as dances by Józef Świder, Alberto Ginastera and Arturo Marquez.

Concert within the „filharmonia / ostrożnie, wciąga!!!" programme, coorganised by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.kielce.com.pl/press/press_25.01.19.html

Katowice | Mieczysław Weinberg Days

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The National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestrainvite invites you to the January concert series devoted to the work of Mieczysław Weinberg whose 100th birth anniversary is celebrated this year. Mieczysław Weinberg Days will be held on January 17-27, 2019 in Katowice.

A total of 22 symphonies, including seven for voice and orchestra, eight operas, 17 string quartets, concertos, sonatas, cantatas, and songs… One cannot stop marvelling at the richness and diversity of Mieczysław Weinberg’s life work. He was a composer “from three worlds”: a Polish artist of Jewish origin, an émigré who settled in the Soviet Union, a student of Józef Turczyński and Vasily Zolotarev, a friend of Dmitri Shostakovich and Mstislav Rostropovich, and a witness of history who escaped death, and who firmly believed in humanism as the only cure for the madness of the 20th century.There is no doubt that this outstanding figure deserves to be introduced to the wider public, and there is no better time for that than the year 2019, with the 100th anniversary of his birth falling on December 8.

Days of Mieczysław Weinberg are an occasion to celebrate this centenary and to savour his works in superb interpretations. Among others, we will listen to Linus Roth, an outstanding violinist and one of the contemporary discoverers of the composer (final concert on January 27). It is on his initiative that the International Weinberg Society was founded to bring the composer and his work to public attention. The series will be inaugurated on January 17 by a NOSPR chamber concert. On January 18, Fantasia for cello and orchestra will be performed by the NOSPR orchestra conducted by Jamie Phillips along with the well-known cellist of the younger generation, Marcin Zdunik. Weinberg's music will be also included in the concerts of the Silesian Quartet and Michał Frenchman, Berlin Piano Trio and Joanna Freszel, young instrumentalists Wojciech Fudala and Michał Rot, the AUKSO chamber orchestra under the baton of Marek Moś, Jadwiga Kotnowska and Andrzej Ciepliński.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programme available at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/ 

The Polish Royal Opera first director has died

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Director, actor, professor at the Theater Academy in Warsaw Ryszard Peryt died on January 23, 2019 at the age of 71.

He was a graduate of the Aleksander Zelwerowicz State Higher School of Theater in Warsaw. Together with Małgorzata Dziewulska and a group of PWST graduates, he founded Puławy Theater Studio, and then co-founded its Warsaw continuation – Studio Teatralne Stołecznej Estrady. In the 1970s, he was an actor at the Contemporary Theater and collaborated with Jerzy Grotowski at his Laboratory Theatre. He was a director at the National Theater under Adam Hanuszkiewicz. At that time he made his debut as an opera director: in 1977 in Słupsk, he staged two small operas by Mozart – The Impresarioand Bastien and Bastienne. From the 1980s, he directed only in opera theaters. He collaborated with the Grand Theater in Poznań, the Grand Theater in Łódź, and was the artistic director of the Warsaw Grand Theater – National Opera, the director of the Warsaw Chamber Opera under the direction of Stefan Sutkowski, and the director of the Polish Royal Opera. He also lectured at his Alma Mater and was one of the co-founders of the Opera Institute. His aim was to combine activities of students of the Theater Academy, the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and the Academy of Fine Arts.

Ryszard Peryt is the only director in the world who staged all Mozart's operas, as well as all Monteverdi's stage works. He was one of the co-founders of the Mozart Festival. He also directed Baroque and contemporary operas. He carried out projects abroad as well: in Austria, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Italy, France, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Japan, and the United Arab Emirates. In 2018, Ryszard Peryt was honored with the annual award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in the "Music" category.

Polish Circles of Art Festival – grand finale in Poland

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Third edition of the “Festival Polish Circles of Art in China” will end with two concerts in Warsaw and Gdańsk.

On January 23, 2019 at the Concert Studio S1 of Polish Radio in Warsaw we will listen to the Circles of Art Orchestra. The project has been created by the director of the Polish Circles of Art Festival Wojciech Majewski. He invited the composer, leader and visionary of Polish jazz – Wojciech Konikiewicz to collect a super band of Polish Jazz. The concerts in China were the premiere of this project, to which the leader invited the Polish jazz elite.

On January 25, 2019 at the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk, Grzegorz Niemczuk will perform works by Fryderyk ChopinWojciech Kilar, and Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The artist belongs to the most active Polish classical pianists of the young generation. He has traveled the world and given more than 400 recitals and concerts in 31 different countries on all 6 continents. Admired for his sensitivity, poetry, beautiful sound and passionate virtuosity he became a favorite with audiences and critics alike. His interpretations of Chopin’s music were placed in 2017 by the National Polish Radio together with those by Martha Argerich, Maurizio Pollini and Adam Harasiewicz.

The special guest of both concerts will be Anna Krysztofiak – an artist of Lodz Philharmonic, singer and multi-instrumentalist playing early European instruments (organ and early keyboards, viola da gamba, folk instruments) as well as many traditional Chinese and Japanese instruments. She received her Master’s degree in history of art (master’s thesis about organ building). She participated in internship in the Manufacture d’Orgue de Bruxelles (Patrick Collon) in Brussels. In 2013, she was granted a scholarship by Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to study at the Taipei National University of the Arts in Prof. Po-Chi Lin Nanguan Music Class, Traditional Music Department.

Both concerts are closed to the public. Admission is possible only with personal invitations.
To get an invitation, please write to the email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Wrocław | Repercussion

RepercussionA concert of the Repercussion ensemble, featuring the world premieres of works by its members, will take place on January 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the National Forum of Music.

Repercussion, percussion ensemble, is a leading promoter of composition for percussion instruments in Wrocław. Jacek Muzioł, Bartłomiej Dudek, Radosław Jędraś, and Miłosz Rutkowski are graduates of the percussion department of the Wrocław Academy of Music and are an active part of musical life in Poland as performers and pedagogues. The group has performed during the Crossdrumming Festival in Warsaw, the International Percussion Forum, in Żagań, and DRUM BATTLE Rhythm Festival, in Legnica. The ensemble also has a passion for presenting educational activities for children and young people.

The evening's programme will feature two compositions by ensemble members, Bartłomiej Dudek and Miłosz Rutkowski, representing percussion music from Peru and Asia, as well as music composed by Dariusz Kaliszuk, who currently serves as a lecturer in the Jazz Department at the Academy of Music in Wrocław. Due to the nature and age of percussion instruments, the ensembles’ repertoire ranges from classical to ethnic and incorporates jazz, contemporary, and even indie styles. The carefully selected programme allows listeners to become acquainted with all the capabilities percussion instruments offer. These concerts are not only great fun for percussion enthusiasts, but also serve as an unparalleled experience for novices and budding music students.

Full programme available at: http://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/6649