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Warsaw | Concert to Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Zygmunt Krauze's Work

KrauzeOn 16 December 2021 at 7.30 p.m. the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio will host a concert to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Zygmunt Krauze's work. The event is organised by the Kwadrofonik Association.

Zygmunt Krauze's compositions will be performed by Lutosławski Piano Duo (Emilia Karolina Sitarz and Bartek Wąsik) and Silesian Quartet (Szymon Krzeszowiec, Arkadiusz Kubica, Łukasz Syrnicki, Piotr Janosik). We will also hear works by Tomasz Sikorski and Claude Debussy

The highlight of the programme will be the premiere of Zygmunt Krauze's new piece Threnody in memory of Krzysztof Penderecki, created especially for this event. As described by the composer: “The idea arose spontaneously right after the tragic news of the Master's death. The planned composition is to express the energy, strength and determination that formed the basis of Penderecki's work. At the same time, it expresses the pain after losing a great composer. It is a work consisting of five segments, referring to the ancient Greek literary form: exordium, laudatio, comploratio, consolatio and exhortatio.Threnody in memory of Krzysztof Penderecki will not contain any stylistic allusions to his work. It is conveyed in my personal musical language with a strong emotional character”.

The concert is co-organised by Polish Radio Channel 2, which will broadcast the event. The partner is PWM Edition.

Admission free! Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Art Mintaka Christmas Festival – remote edition 2021

Art MintakaThe Art Mintaka Christmas Festival, organised by the Art Mintaka Polish Chamber Music Foundation in collaboration with the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, will be held remotely on 16-19 December 2021. The event will feature premieres of works by Polish composers as well as presentations of works by visual artists. All festival events will be available to watch for free on the YouYube channel of the Art Mintaka Foundation.

December is a special time of the year: a time of connecting, summing up and sharing; a time of community and a new beginning. These are the main ideas behind the Art Mintaka Christmas Festival: ideas of bringing together through art, ideas of finding new solutions and returning to old ones, ideas of beauty. At this time of the year, on the one hand, we are already thinking about Christmas and New Year, but on the other hand we are still active. In many cities there are no festival events for more than two months. This is going to change thanks to the Art Mintaka Christmas Festival.

This year's edition of the festival will present the latest compositions of classical music by the most important Polish composers, works of female and male artists from other fields of art, some commissioned especially for this occasion, others already produced and awarded, combining various fields of art. We will hear, among others, the premieres of the compositions SudavikSonata by Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil, Ludzie z Vełny by Rafał Gorczycki and 7 by Artur Zagajewski.

Follow the festival events on the ART MINTAKA Foundation YouTube Channel. Find out more at: www.facebook.com/FundacjaArtMintaka 

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Katowice | Concert in Memory of 'Wujek Nine' on 40th Anniversary of Pacification of 'Wujek' Coal Mine

NOSPROn 15 December 2021 at 7.30 p.m. – on the eve of the 40th anniversary of the tragedy at the 'Wujek' mine – the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra will host a special concert in memory of the 'Wujek Nine'.

The protest in the 'Wujek' mine began after the introduction of martial law, following the news of the arrest of the head of the "Solidarity" factory, Jan Ludwiczak. As a result of the pacification of the mine by the militia, which was supposed to intimidate the public, on 16 December 1981 nine miners were shot by ZOMO soldiers. Their death was the greatest tragedy of martial law. This mining protest was a fight for human dignity, in defense of values ​​such as freedom and solidarity.

A gala concert to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the pacification of the mine will feature the premiere of Piotr Moss' Threnody to the Memory of the Dead Miners of the Wujek coal mine for 9 cellos, symphony orchestra and brass bands. This composition, commissioned by the Silesian Freedom and Solidarity Centre, was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance. The programme will also include Karol Szymanowski's Stabat Mater and the revised version of Eugeniusz Knapik's When...

The concert will be performed by the Polish Radio Choir, Camerata Silesia – the Katowice City Singers' Ensemble, and the Orchestra of the Polish Mining Group KWK 'Wujek' conducted by Łukasz Borowicz. Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk (soprano), Jan Jakub Monowid (alto) and Sebastian Szumski (baritone) will perform as soloists.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://nospr.org.pl/en/kalendarz/koncert-pamieci-dziewieciu-z-wujka-w-40-rocznice-pacyfikacji

Zielona Góra | "Voice – Strike – Time": Concert on the Occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the University of Zielona Góra

UZThe Institute of Music of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Zielona Góra is organising the third concert devoted to the work of contemporary composers who represent Zielona Góra, Poznań, and Szczecin. This year's Chamber Music Concert "Voice – Strike – Time" will take place on 14 December 2021 at 6 p.m. at the MCM hall of Tadeusz Baird Zielona Góra Philharmonic within the framework of the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the University of Zielona Góra.

The concert programme is unique for two reasons: it only encompasses premieres of works written specifically for this occasion, and all compositions are for solo voices and percussion instruments. The composers are lecturers of the University of Zielona Góra, Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, and Art Academy of Szczecin: Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz, Alina Kubik, Artur Cieślak, Katarzyna Taborowska-Kaszuba, Agnieszka Zdrojek-Suchodolska, Zbigniew Kozub, Stanisław Leśniewski and Juliusz Karcz.

The concert has been organized by the Institute of Music of the University of Zielona Góra in cooperation with the Department of Composition of Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. The programme will be presented twice: in Zielona Góra (14 December 2021) and in Poznań (18 December 2021). The performers will also be the lecturers of those universities. The patron of the event is the Polish Composers’ Union.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Kielce | "Polish Music Scene": Jacek Kortus

KortusOn 13 December 2021 at 6.30 p.m. the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic in Kielce will host another concert of the "Polish Music Scene" programme: pianist Jacek Kortus will perform works by Franciszek Lessel, Antoni Stolpe and Józef Wieniawski.

The "Polish Music Scene" is a project aimed at Polish music performers, organised in collaboration with the Warsaw Philharmonic and art institutions in Poland. The main goal of the next concert is to popularize Polish piano literature, which is not often performed in concert halls. The programme will include piano sonatas by three composers from the same region (Puławy, Lublin), each of whom contributed to the development of Polish piano music.

Jacek Kortus graduated with honours from the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, where he studied with Prof. Waldemar Andrzejewski. Currently, he works as an assistant at the Academy's Piano Department. He has received many awards at international and national piano competitions, including the 1st prize and "Grand Prix" at the 9th International Chopin Competition in Antonin (2005) and an honourable mention at the 15th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2005). He has performed at leading philharmonics in Poland and abroad. In 2017 he was awarded the Decoration of Honour "Meritorious for Polish Culture" by the Minister of Culture.

Detailed programme: http://filharmonia.kielce.pl/ 

Winners of 12th International Competition for Young Pianists "Artur Rubinstein in memoriam" Announced!

RubinsteinThe jury of the 12th International Competition for Young Pianists "Artur Rubinstein in memoriam" in Bydgoszcz, after two stages of auditions and final concerts with the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra at the Pomeranian Philharmonic, announced its verdict.

The first prize went to Mateusz Krzyżowski (Poland) – PLN 30,000, financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The winner of the 2nd prize was Vladimir Acimovic (Serbia) – PLN 15,000, financed by the Centre for Artistic Education in Warsaw. The third prize – PLN 9,000, financed by the Bydgoszcz City Hall– went to Hyo Lee (Korea). Financial prizes were awarded to all finalists: 4th prize – PLN 8,000, financed by the Senator of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Kobiak – went to Yonghuan Zhong (China); 5th prize – 6,000 PLN, financed by the Marshal's Office of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship in Toruń – went to Krzysztof Wierciński (Poland); 6th prize – PLN 4,000, financed by Marlena and Waldemar Latoń, owners of Polimex-Profil in Solec Kujawski – went to Mateusz Dubiel (Poland).

The international jury chaired by Ewa Osińska included famous concert pianists: Beata Bilińska, Valentina Igoshina and Ian Hobson. The jury auditioned 29 pianists from 12 countries around the world.

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund. Co-financed from the budget of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodeship.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationwww.konkurs-rubinstein.bydgoszcz.pl 

Stanisławów, Dobre | Mińsk County's Art Festival

czas sztukiThe next concerts in the framework of the Mińsk County's Art Festival, organised by the "Czas Sztuki" Foundation, will take place on 10 December 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the Municipal Cultural Centre in Stanisławów and on 12 December 2021 at 5.30 p.m. in the building of the Volunteer Fire Department in Dobre.

The music and poetry event in Stanisławów will be devoted to three outstanding Polish poets whose birth anniversaries fall in 2021: Cyprian Kamil Norwid, Tadeusz Różewicz and Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński. The famous actress Olga Bończyk will read selected poems to the accompaniment of music. Violin duo consisting of Maksymilian Grzesiak and Katarzyna Grzesiak will present compositions by Grażyna Bacewicz, Jean-Marie Leclair and the latest piece by Bartosz Kowalski, Dialogues for two violins.

czas sztukiThe event for families with children in Dobre will feature Miłosz Bembinow's mini-opera for children and adults Dzieciaki # 2022. The Amazing Solaris and Łukasiewicz. Based on the libretto by Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk, the mini-opera tells the story of the outstanding Polish inventor and entrepreneur Ignacy Łukasiewicz and his kerosene lamp. The work will be performed by the soprano Anna Farysej and the string quartet The Time Quartet.

Admission to all festival events is free!

Co-financed from the budget of the Minsk Poviat and Mazowieckie Voivodeship. Sponsored by the PZU Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.



"Polish Tears" Album Premiere – On the 40th Anniversary of the Introduction of Martial Law in Poland

Collegium CantorumSuffering has always been an integral part of Polish culture, including music. It resonates in the works of renowned 20th-century Polish composers which make up the new album of the Czestochowa Philharmonic Choir Collegium Cantorum Łzy polskie [Polish tears]. The album will premiere on 13 December 2021.

The date of the album premiere is a symbolic one. On the 40th anniversary of the introduction of martial law in Poland, let us focus on music that tries to understand suffering, bring relief and lead us to emotional catharsis.

Apart from presenting the music of prominent composers, the album touches a broad theme of suffering and its sources, so different for each artist and person. The list of composers is not accidental. Andrzej Nikodemowicz, Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz, Edward Pałłasz and Wojciech Kilar – born at the beginning of the 20th century, they lived in Poland fighting for freedom and true independence, struggling with many adversities, sacrificing a lot – including their own security – to cultivate and promote Polish culture. Their work clearly shows the national spirit, love for the homeland and fundamental values ​​on which Polish culture is based.

The album also includes the first recording of a unique piece Orfeusz w lesie [Orpheus in the Forest] by Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz to the words of Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński.

From 13 December, the CD will be available for sale on the publisher's website www.instytutsztuki.com. It will also be released in digital distribution (Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, Amazon).

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Musical Trace" programme, implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Katowice | Concert to Commemorate 40th Anniversary of Pacification of "Wujek" Mine

FSThe Upper Silesian Pantheon and the Silesian Philharmonic organise a special event on 12 December 2021 at 7.00 at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Katowice. A symphonic concert, filled with extremely emotional and expressive music, will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the pacification of the "Wujek" mine.

On 16 December 1981, ZOMO units and the army carried out the bloodiest pacification during the martial law period – a massacre in the KWK "Wujek" coal mine, where about three thousand miners were on strike. The 40th anniversary of the pacification will be commemorated with a unique concert. The Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Yaroslav Shemet, together with the outstanding soloist Monika Sendrowska, will celebrate it with the music of Silesian composers. We will hear the most famous symphony by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, the extremely lyrical and meditative Symphony No. 3 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs" and the premiere of a new piece by Adam Wesołowski, Songs of Angels for string orchestra, prepared especially for this occasion.

Górecki's Symphony No. 3 is a piece that touched the hearts of millions around the world. In three movements the composer used a 15th-century Polish lament of Mary, mother of Jesus, a message written on the wall of a Gestapo cell during World War II, and a Silesian folk song of a mother searching for her son killed by the Germans in the Silesian uprisings. Wesołowski's Songs of Angels is a piece inspired by the desire to take the listener into a world far from worldly problems. Symbolically, it refers to the light, God and the angelic choirs.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket information: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/katowice-archikatedra-sendrowska-shemet-orkiestra-symfoniczna/