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Łódź | Premiere of "Paradiso" based on Dante's "Divine Comedy"

NawrockaThe premiere of Paradiso – a multimedia event based on Dante's Divine Comedy will be held on 14 September 2021 at the "Logos" Theatre in Łódź.

The producers of Paradiso, based on the third part of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, follow the author's vision, but also make the characters and events universal and introduce the elements of distancing irony. Paradiso is the culmination of Dante's journey and the culmination of the journey of the artists who lead the viewer through the three parts of the Divine Comedy, creating a space for artistic exploration and spiritual experience.

Paradiso is an artistic event that brings together artists from various fields. Having the experince of working on Inferno during the pandemic, Ewa Wycichowska decided to use movie visualizations made in collaboration with Jarosław Darnowski (responsible for film editing in Inferno) and music by Aldona Nawrocka (responsible for the final scene of Inferno). Paradiso will also feature antiphons of Hildegard of Bingen. In pursuit of a multimedia art project, the performance would become an interactive hybrid of contemporary opera with dance, words, film technology and space.

More information: https://www.logos.art.pl 

"Classics Across Poland": Zuzanna Nalewajek & Paweł Sommer

NIMiTThe concerts of the mezzo-soprano Zuzanna Nalewajek and pianist Paweł Sommer, organised by the Polish Music Management, will take place on 10 September 2021 at 6.00 p.m. at the Barlinek Cultural Centre, on 11 September at 5.00 p.m. at the State Music School in Choszczno and on 12 September at 4.00 p.m. in the Przelewice Dendrological Garden.

Zuzanna Nalewajek studies with Prof. Ewa Iżykowska-Lipińska at the Vocal and Acting Department of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and participates in the Opera Academy Young Talents Development Programme at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera. She is a laureate of international and national vocal competitions. Paweł Sommer is also associated with the FCUM: he is an employee and a doctoral student of Prof. Anna Jastrzębska-Quinn, a scholarship holder of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. The valued chamber musician also performs as a soloist and accompanies singers at many prestigious competitions and courses in Poland and abroad.

The outstanding young artists will perform works by Fryderyk Chopin, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Karol Szymanowski, Stanisław Niewiadomski, Władysław Żeleński, Emil Młynarski, as well as Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf.

The series of concerts "Classics Across Poland" is financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport, and implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance. Admission to the concerts is free!

More information: http://muzycznyimpresariat.pl/ 

Sopot | 21st "Maria Fołtyn Kaleidoscope of Musical Forms" International Festival

Kalejdoskop form muzycznychThe Open Theatre in Gdańsk, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, invites you on 10-25 September 2021 to the 21st "Maria Fołtyn Kaleidoscope of Musical Forms" International Festival. The concerts will take place in the Garrison Church of St. George, in the Sierakowski Manor and the Armorial Hall of the Sopot City Hall.

This year's edition, referring to the multicultural heritage of Sopot and Pomerania, includes such concerts as: "From Bach to the Present", "Hits of vocal and instrumental music", "Chopin, angels and demons", "In the chambers of Mr. Stanisław", "Music of sunny Andalusia" – a Spanish concert on the 75th death anniversary of Manuel de Falla , "Canto amore mio" – a concert dedicated to the Patron of the Festival, featuring participants of the Master Course for Singers, "Between music and politics" – a chamber concert on the 80th death anniversary of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, "Dancing Eurydices" – a concert on the 85th birth anniversary of Anna German, and the final concert with the hits of the interwar period. The programme will include the music of Fryderyk Chopin, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Otto Mieczysław Żukowski, Jerzy Gablenz and Paweł Seligman.

The concerts will be performed by outstanding soloists and ensembles: mezzo-soprano Magdalena Cornelius-Kulig, tenor Jacek Szymański, accordionist Maciej Zimka, Joanna Nawrot & Baltic Quasideon Group, Duo Fortecello, Trio Fogg and Dariusz Wójcik, the artistic director of the Festival.

The project was co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programme, implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance; realised with the financial support of the City of Sopot Commune.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information about tickets and detailed programme: www.teatrotwarty.pl 

Toruń | 100th anniversary of the Pomeranian Music Society: Young Music Festival 2021

PTMThe Pomeranian Music Society in Toruń celebrates its 100th anniversary with a special edition of the Young Music Festival, which will run from 10 to 18 September 2021.

The festival is a continuation of social concerts that have been held regularly since 2012. This year's edition will celebrate the anniversary of one of the most important music associations operating in the region since 1921. One of the most important achievements of the Pomeranian Music Society is the establishment of the Music Conservatory, the present Music School Complex. From the very beginning, the society has been organizing concerts, promoting high culture, developing and disseminating music culture and artistic education.

The programme will include premieres and works by various generations of artists associated with Toruń, inclusive of young composers. We will hear classical, new, carillon, electroacoustic and jazz music, as well as literary songs. Two monographic concerts will be dedicated to the memory of Bogusław Schaeffer and Piotr Perkowski. In addition, the festival will feature events promoting young instrumentalists, concerts and meetings with outstanding artists from all over Poland, including Piotr Moss from Toruń, an exhibition, "Electro-Legends" workshop, and an anniversary publication.

Outstanding soloists, ensembles and orchestras will perform, including Krzysztof and Jakub Jakowicz, Gabriela Szendzielorz, Sepia Ensemble, Toruń Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dainius Pavilionis and Cappella Gedanensis conducted by Rafał Kłoczka.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: http://www.ptm.info.pl/ 

1st Witold Friemann International Clarinet Competition online

Friemann1st Witold Friemann International Clarinet Competition is a new online project of the Life and Art Foundation made in collaboration with Thailand Clarinet Association. The deadline for submitting applications is 31 January 2022.

The main goal is to promote clarinet music by a forgotten Polish composer Witold Friemann (1889-1977), whose excellent works enriched clarinet literature and are worth to promote worldwide. Characteristic style of his pieces comprising unique elements of Polish music will contribute to developing participants' taste as well as technical skills. The majority of clarinet pieces were dedicated to the splendid Polish clarinetist Ludwik Kurkiewicz (1906-1998), a promoter of Friemann’s music.

1st Witold Friemann International Clarinet Competition will be divided into 3 categories: senior (born after 1 January 1989), junior (born after 1 January 2003), and children (born after 1 January 2007). Each participant will receive a free membership of the International Clarinet Association until 31 December 2022.

The jury is composed of renowned clarinetists: Matthias Müller (Switzerland), Eddy Vanoosthuyse (Belgium), Barbara Borowicz (Poland), Robert Stefański (Poland), Rachel Yoder (USA), Kristine Dizon (USA), Nattapon Banjatammanon (Thailand), Chaiphat Tripipitsiriwat (Thailand), Pimnatthika Angkanajerathiti (Thailand).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: www.en.lifeandart.eu/wficc/ 

Świdnica | 20th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center: the world premiere of the work by Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska

FPA concert on the 20th anniversary of entering the Church of Peace in Świdnica in the UNESCO World Heritage List and the 20th anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center will be held on 11 September 2021 at 6.00 p.m. The Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz will perform as the soloist.

The world premiere of Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska's Adagio in memory of the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York will take place during the concert. The piece, commissioned by the Poznań Philharmonic, will be presented by the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Łukasz Borowicz – the institution's new music director. The programme will also include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, KV 488 – with a guest apperance of the celebrated pianist Rafał Blechacz, and Symphony No. 3 in G minor, KV 550.

More informationhttps://sok.com.pl/wydarzenie/blechacz-gra-mozarta/ 

Online Premiere of Rafał Zapała's first opera

TWThe online premiere of Rafał Zapała's first opera Solastalgia will be held on 11 September 2021 at 9.00 p.m. on the VOD platform of the Stanisław Moniuszko Grand Theatre in Poznań.

Solastalgia – a concept coined by the Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht. It describes a complex of mental and physical ailments, depression and anxiety disorders caused by environmental change, the feeling of helplessness in the face of the perceived changes and being overwhelmed by global media narratives. It is a state of homesickness that is felt even when we are physically at home. It is only a matter of time before we feel like a refugee at home. Technological utopias of the end of the 20th century turned into dystopias. We experience the "melting" of key and stable concepts such as: human, life, consciousness, nature, culture, art, we experience a crisis of democracy, a crisis of faith, including faith in science. Human civilization has found itself in a state of uncertainty. We dive, dissolve, and perhaps even drown in the ocean of information.

The composer Rafał Zapała found the main inspiration for his work in the most original concept of Stanisław Lem – a conscious aquatic life, an intelligent ocean – Solaris, or Sola (ri) stalgia. His experimental opera was written as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Watch the premiere onhttps://vod.opera.poznan.pl/ 

Kraków | One of the most important events of the Year of Cyprian Kamil Norwid: premiere of the opera ‘Wanda’ by Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa

PWMIn the year of Cyprian Kamil Norwid, the PWM Edition and the Kraków Opera together with the Channel 2 of Polish Radio and the Wawel Royal Castle invite you to watch the premiere of the opera Wanda by Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa to the words of Cyprian Kamil Norwid’s mystery play. The premiere will take place on 10 September 2021 at 8.30 p.m. with the second performance of the play on 11 September on the Arcade Courtyard of the Wawel Royal Castle.

The event is the only so highly ranked undertaking in the Year of Cyprian Kamil Norwid announced by the Sejm of the Republic of Poland on the occasion of the 200th birth anniversary of this poet, writer and playwright. The honorary patronage of the play was taken by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport, Prof. Dr. hab. Piotr Gliński.

Wanda by Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa is not only the second finished and staged opera devoted to the legendary Polish ruler worldwide, after Vanda by Antonin Dvořák. It is also the first opera in the catalogue of the composer: the unique musical piece that adapts Norwid’s text to the stage of the opera.

The new opera is an attempt to create an outstanding synthesis of the elements of legends from the ancient history of the city of Kraków, Norwid’s output, cultural contexts of the epoch of Romanticism and, finally, the contemporary music composition, in which rhythm of Polish national dances combined with Proto-Slavic choral singing play the main role. The composer reads Norwid’s values in the contemporary context, encouraging us to give it multidimensional considerations.

The choice of time and place of the premiere of the work is not a coincidence. The Norwid’s mystery play is in fact set at the Wawel Royal Castle and its courtyard. Also there, in the Crypt of the National Poets in the Wawel Cathedral, the symbolic funeral ceremony of Norwid took place twenty years ago, in 2001.

Wanda by Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, dedicated to the memory of Jadwiga Halina Gallowa, is also a 70-minute musical work written for large ensemble with solo voices, mixed choir, children’s choir, ballet and symphony orchestra.

The piece was written as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Justyna Pieszczek-Zadańska

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information about the tickets: www.opera.krakow.pl 

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Katowice | Inauguration of the 77th season of the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra

FSThe 77th season of the Silesian Philharmonic will be inaugurated on 10 September 2021 at 7.00 p.m. The Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of its Artistic Director, Yaroslav Shemet, will present music by Maurice Ravel, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. The soloist of the evening will be the internationally acclaimed pianist Andrew von Oeyen.

The concert will open with Two Tristan Postludes and Chorale, Op. 82 by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, which were discovered after his death in the home archive. The composer's son took care of arranging this composition for its premiere in 2016. It is an elegiac work for strings, percussion and piano with references to the music of Richard Wagner. The programme will also include Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, the last of his major works.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information about tickets: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/