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Cracow, Wieliczka, Kąśna Dolna | 6th Festival and Piano Competition 'Piano e Forte'


Piano eForte 2023Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

The Sfogato Music and Art Society in Cracow, together with its co-organizers and partners, invite you to participate in the 6th Festival and Piano Competition ‘Piano e Forte’ on February 27 - March 5, 2023. The events will take place in Cracow, Wieliczka and Kąśna Dolna. The programme of the project includes: festival concerts, piano Master Course, a series of lectures and workshops ‘Piano e Forte’ Academy and the 6th ‘Piano e Forte’ Piano Competition.

The 6th Festival will start on the 27th of February at 9.00 Piano Master Course in the Ballroom of the Villa Decius Institute of Culture in Cracow, led by Prof. Andrzej Pikul from the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Cracow. Participation in the course is free after registration at www.pianoeforte.pl/akademia2023

The project was financed by the PZU Foundation

Szczegółowy program: www.pianoeforte.pl 

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Jerzy Morawski passed away...

Morawski Jerzy

Yesterday, on the 26th of February in Warsaw, at the age of 90, a musicologist, Prof. Jerzy Morawski, member of the Polish Composers' Union since 1964, in 1969-1973 - secretary, and in 1973-1975 - chairman of the Section of Musicologists of the Polish Composers' Union, passed away in Warsaw

He graduated from the Institute of Musicology at the University of Warsaw and the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw. He lectured at the University of Warsaw (1968-1970), Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University (1970-1974) and the Jagiellonian University in Cracow (1971-1984, 1999). He worked for almost 50 years at the Art Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences (1956-2005). His scientific interests focused on the theory and history of music in the Middle Ages, Classicism and early Romanticism. He collaborated with the PWM Music Encyclopedia as a scientific editor of the ‘Middle Ages’ section and the author of entries (since 1970).

He received the badges for Merit to the Opole Region (1974), for Merit for the Protection of Monuments (1979), and the Golden Cross of Merit (1985). In 2014, he was decorated with the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

May he rest in peace!

New (almost) board of the Polish Composers' Union Cracow Branch

ZKPOn the 25th of February, 2023 at 11.00 at the Pusłowski Palace of the Jagiellonian University at Westerplatte 10 street, the General Assembly Polish Composers' Union Cracow Branch was held, during which the authorities of the Branch were elected for the next 2 years!

Marcel Chyrzyński was re-elected as the president of the Branch. The Board of the Branch, elected by the General Assembly, was constituted as follows: Jerzy Stankiewicz - vice president, Aleksandra Patalas - secretary, Maciej Jabłoński - treasurer, Agnieszka Draus and Krzysztof Kostrzewa - members of the board.

Marcel Chyrzyński was again elected director of the Cracow International Festival of Composers, which has been organized by the Cracow Branch since 1989.

Congratulations and we wish you even more successful projects!

Collegium Cantorum new CD release: 'Juliusz Łuciuk – Aniphonae. Apocalypsis'

Luciuk 28.2.23Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Juliusz Łuciuk – Aniphonae. Apocalypsis (DUX 1905) is the eighth album released as part of the ‘Anthology of Polish a cappella music’ launched in 2018 by maestro Janusz Siadlak. The Choir of the Częstochowa Philharmonic Collegium Cantorum reaches for works of Juliusz Łuciuk for the third time. The album will go digital on the 28th of February, 2023.

The album consists of 2 extensive works - Aniphoanae from 1984, Apocalypsis from 1985 - and the smaller Partes Variabiles from the same year.

The cycle Antiphonae to the Blessed Virgin Mary is intended for a cappella men's choir. Each of the four antiphons - Alma Redemptoris Mater (Holy Mother of the Redeemer), Ave Regina caelorum (Hail, Queen of Heaven), Regina coeli laetare (Queen of Heaven, rejoice) and Salve Regina (Hail, Queen) - drew extensively on the tradition of European religious music related to the Gregorian chant.

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Katowice | 'Singing Gardens' 2023

SpiewajaceOgrody 23Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

‘Singing Gardens’ is a series of artistic events with the participation of school choirs from the Silesian region, taking part in the nationwide project „Singing Poland”. The coordinator of the Silesian region of „Singing Poland”, Danuta Jeziorowska, co-created the concept of the project and cooperates with the Music Education Department of the City of Gardens in its organization.

The concert hall of the City of Gardens will host outstanding, competition-winning vocal ensembles from educational and cultural institutions in Silesia: the Children’s Choir of the Silesian Opera directed by Maja Białas-Drzewiecka, Youth Choir of the Silesian Opera dir. by Oskar Zgoła, the Omega Voice choir (Omega Primary School in Katowice) dir. by Alicja Kotyl, the bel Canto choir (I High School in Rybnik) dir. by Lidia Blazel-Marszolik, the Piano-Forte children’s choir and Radość children’s ensemble (Primary School in Radostowice) dir. by Katarzyna Machnik, the Parole Melodiche choir (Primary School in Suszec) dir. by Alicja Pastuszka-Koczar, the Chamber Choir of the Academy of Music in Katowice dir. By Krystyna Krzyżanowska-Łoboda. In addition to the concerts, happenings with the participation of the choirs in various unexpected places in Katowice are planned.

The project is mainly aimed at children and young people from Silesian primary and secondary schools, while the size of the concert hall makes it possible to invite all music lovers who are keen on choral singing and have time on the dates indicated and hours before/at noon (11.00/12.00). The repertoire of the performances will be very wide and varied: from charming children’s songs by Małgorzata Nowak-Guzowska and others, through arrangements of folk melodies and Silesian uprising songs, film and pop music hits, to choral masterpieces from the works of such composers as Józef Świder, Marcin Wawruk, Jan Krutul and Gordon Young. There will also be interaction with the audience and joint singing. Free admission to all concerts!

Press release

More: https://www.miasto-ogrodow.eu/news/view/id/988 

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Cracow | Virtuosos with Sinfonietta: Theodosia Ntokou and Sulamita Ślubowska

SC 28.2.23Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

In 2023, the series ‘Stars with Sinfonietta’ returns with the power of two expressive artists who will perform solo parts on the 28th of February 28 at 19.30 at the Cracow Philharmonic in a concert combining romantic virtuosity with what is the most beautiful in Polish music of the 20th century.

The programme will include two works by Polish composers: Karol Szymanowski's Etude arranged for string orchestra by Agnieszka Duczmal, and Symphony for string orchestra by Grażyna Bacewicz, which draws on musical traditions in an intriguing way. The programme will be complemented by the virtuosic, early Romantic Double Concerto in D minor, written by fourteen-year-old Felix Mendelssohn-Bartoldy.

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Warsaw | Bedřich Smetana. My Homeland – heart of the Czechia

POSI 26.2.23Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

The series of symphonic poems Má vlast (My Homeland) by Bedřich Smetana will be performed on the 26th of February, 2023 at 19.00 in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio by Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra conducted by Martyna Zych.

Each of the six poems refers to a selected place, an episode in the history of the Czech Republic and Czech legends, constituting an extraordinary musical expression of the composer's ardent patriotism. The compositions delight with beauty of the melody, colorful orchestration and suggestive illustrativeness.

Conductor Martyna Zych, who is also a violist of Sinfonia Iuventus, specializes in Czech music.

More: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/bedrich-smetana-moja-ojczyzna-serce-czech/ 

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Gdańsk | Weinberg.Epitafium.XXVII

WeinbergEpitafium 25.2.23Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

The Department of Vocal Studies at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk and the o.to.ja Foundation invite you on the 25th of February, 2023 at 17.00 to a multimedia concert, which will take place on the 27th anniversary of Mieczysław Weinberg's death and the 366th day of the war in Ukraine. Free entrance!

Bass Tomasz Raff and accompanying trumpeter Emil Miszk and pianist Monika Kolasińska will perform Wajnberg's songs to words by, among others, Leopold Staff, Julian Tuwim, in which the dramatic contemporary world is reflected. An important part of the project will be the participation of Zuzanna Grzegorowska, who will complete the whole message with video-art projections.

Additional information: https://amuz.gda.pl/wydarzenia/koncert-weinbergepitafiumxxvii,1310 

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Warsaw | POLIN Music Festival 2023


On February 24-26, 2023, the POLIN Music Festival 2023 will take place at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. David Krakauer, Michael Guttman, Jing Zhao, Alexey Botvinov, the Silesian Quartet, Bastarda Trio and orchestras: Sinfonia Varsovia and the Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw will perform at the Festival.

Polish music will sound on the 25th and 26th of February. The second day of POLIN Music Festival will be an evening of album premieres. The Silesian Quartet, the second quartet in the history of phonography, recorded all 17 string quartets by Mieczysław Weinberg. This impressive seven-disc box, released by CD Accord, will have its concert premiere at the POLIN Music Festival. The second premiere box of the evening will be the three-disc release ‘Nizozot’ by the Bastarda trio (published by Audiocave).

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