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Szczecin | Family Children's Day at the Castle Opera "About dwarfs and Mary the Orphan"

Opera na ZamkuOn the occasion of Children's Day, the Castle Opera in Szczecin invites whole families to a musical for children based on the fairytale by Maria Konopnicka – "About dwarfs and Mary the Orphan". The performances with music by Janusz Stalmierski will be held on 29 and 30 May 2021 at 5.00 p.m.

A dancing and singing show, where the fairytale world will move far beyond the boundaries of the stage. A story teaching us that good deeds come back to us when we need it the most. To the Crystal Cave, the Foxhole and for a meeting with Tatra Queen the young viewers will be taken by dancing and singing dwarfs who help those who are good and noble. They will also show us that hard work and teamwork help you move mountains. Will the dwarfs manage to defeat the clever bad Fox and help Mary the Orphan? What method will they find for the lazy Scraper?

More information: https://www.opera.szczecin.pl/en/whats-on/about-dwarfs-and-mary-orphan

Premiere of the second solo album of violist Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf "Quantum of Silence"

TymendorfThe world premiere of Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf's second solo album Quantum of Silence, released by the American record label Odradek Records, will take place on 28 May 2021.

The album title Quantum of Silence implies a sound in which there is silence or a vacuum to be filled, alluding to the artist's focus on creating music not only via the notes themselves but during the spaces in between. The viola was rarely treated as a solo instrument until the 20th century, so in order to cover a wide chronological timespan this programme includes arrangements of violin works as well as original pieces composed for solo viola, many of them written by contemporary Polish composers specifically for Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf.

A journey through viola music of different eras performed with great sensitivity by violist Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf opens with Heinrich Ignaz Biber’s legendary Passacaglia from his ‘Mystery’ Sonatas, followed by Aram Khachaturian’s final work, his cadenza-like Sonata-Song. We also hear the Cadenza by the great Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki as well as the latest compositions by Magdalena Kurdziel, Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk, Kamil Cieślik, Marek Czerniewicz, Tadeusz Dixa and Maciej Zimka.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.tymendorf.com 

Warsaw | Boreyko, Smoczyński and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra

FNThe first concerts with the audience after the break will take place at the Warsaw Philharmonic on 28 and 29 May 2021 at 7.30 and 6.00 p.m. The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of its artistic director Andrey Boreyko will perform with Mateusz Smoczyński his 'Adam's Apple' Violin Concerto. Moreover, the institution will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Zygmunt Krauze's composing debut by performing his Serenade.

One artist – two professions: violinist and composer in one person. Mateusz Smoczyński will perform his 'Adam's Apple' Violin Concerto during the upcoming symphonic concerts with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Andrey Boreyko. What this piece was inspired by, what performance techniques were used by the composer and why did he wrote it for two violins? You will find out during the upcoming concerts.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Zygmunt Krauze's composing debut. The composer often introduced rarely used instruments to his music, for example a piano out of tune in his Serenade. Krauze wrote that “it is an extremely simple composition, shamelessly easy to perceive, showing its message directly, without a mask. There is a waltz, there is a bit of nostalgia and a certain theme that runs through many of my works, constantly changing”.

In the finale of the concert, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Igor Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements.

Information about tickets: http://filharmonia.pl/ 

Wrocław | On the 20th anniversary of ElettroVoce

NFMThe concert "Ritual: Voice" on 27 May 2021 at 8.00 p.m. as part of the 10th Musica Electronica Nova Festival will be a great occasion to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of ElettroVoce. The formation is created by two outstanding artists: Agata Zubel and Cezary Duchnowski. The event was organised in collaboration with the Wrocław Branch of the Polish Composers' Union.

The concert will begin and end with the performance of works that are the result of joint work by Zubel and Duchnowski. The work Widzimisię was written in 2020. The artists commented on the assumptions and message of this composition as follows: ‘The ElettroVoce duo has been balancing BETWEEN the oldest and newest instrument for nearly twenty years. Somewhere BETWEEN human usually loses their voice to infuse a spirit into the machine. […] We will play with a question about the meaning and answer with the sound to hear the mind and the spirit. If anyone hears it, that’s how we see this BETWEEN.’

Krzysztof Wołek’s Cookbook for the Modern Boygirl is a work in which the author used the text of the young American poet Bunny Morris. It tells about the author’s experiences as a genderqueer person from the pandemic period. It is personal and sensual at the same time, and at times even vulgar. The topic of Wojciech Błażejczyk’s Co-Relations, a piece for voice and gestophone, is the relationship between a woman and a man. The voice part and live electronics are inextricably linked here. Zubel sings and Duchnowski transforms her voice by means of gestures.

The programme also includes The Borges y el espejo for soprano and computer by Alejandro Viñao and the composition cells of perspective by the Austrian composer Wolfgang Mitterer, which was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance. The concert will end with the performance of excerpts from Stories Nowhere from, written in 2014. In the words of the artists, this is the story of nine magical worlds, and each of them has its own story, which, however, cannot be put into words.

More information: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/8366 

"Roman Berger in memoriam" – a meeting in memory of the Honorary Member of the Polish Composers' Union

BergerThe Polish Composers' Union invites you to a virtual meeting in memory of Roman Berger, an outstanding composer and philosopher of music, Honorary Member of the Polish Composers' Union. The meeting and promotion of the album with his music will take place on the Zoom platform on Thursday, 27 May 2021 at 4.00 p.m. Each meeting participant will receive a copy of the CD as a gift.

The event dedicated to the memory of the artist, who died on 22 December 2020 at the age of 90, will be attended by his relatives and close collaborators. One of the highlights of the meeting will be the promotion of the album with Roman Berger's monumental Missa pro nobis, published just before the composer's death by the Polish Composers' Union together with the National Centre for Culture and co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport.

The link to the zoom platform will be made available on Wednesday, 26 May 2021.

In the album essay, the composer wrote: "The (confidential) message that the Polish Composers’ Union was going to release my Missa pro nobis on CD moved me greatly, [...] Classical (and even more pop) music, especially sacred compositions, are not written for our own pleasure (“so that it feels nice,” as stated in Sławomir Mrożek’s Émigré). I therefore took this message as an expression of the PCU management (presided over by Mieczysław Kominek) solidarity with the message of my work, intended as a response to St John Paul II’s ‘commandment’ which the Holy Father put forward in the context of the 50th anniversary of the Holocaust (let me quote from memory): 'Let people dare to sing today, as long as their song will be a lament, a protest, or a sign of hope'".

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10th Musica Electronica Nova

MENDo geographical borders still exist in art and communication technologies? Is it still possible to mix cultures without creating at the end the same kind of results? Are we still able to be influenced or inspired by traditional cultures? What is the place of archaism in a world defined by a constant control? Those are the questions which will guide the new edition of Musica Electronica Nova on 23-29 May 2021.

The motto “Rituals” will be addressed from several perspectives: Ritual-Japan, Ritual-Machines, Ritual-Voices. The programme will range from pure electroacoustic concerts up to works for large ensemble. As a signature of the festival, we want to continue to show projects outside of the pure musical fields: dance, installations, performances, video; this direction reflects a big evolution in contemporary music where composers have a need of extending their vocabulary and developing new visions. We will also host premieres of some new works that we commissioned to French, Austrian and German composers as a sign of the European dimension of the festival.

We will present a very special version of the Rite of Spring by the David Wampach Danse company, where Stravinsky’s music just appears as a ghost, replaced by obsessional and circular breathings by the performers for 45 minutes! We will also be part of the Shuni-e medieval rituals of the Nara temple in Japan, where composer Bertrand Dubedout recorded the whole ceremony and created an electroacoustic composition. The programme will also include several composers from the last century such as Luigi Nono, Ivo Malec or George Crumb, whose pieces could also be considered from the point of view of ritual and offer a rich counterpoint.

Pierre Jodlowski, Artistic Director of MEN

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/musica-electronica-nova 

"Great Composers – Great Anniversaries": May with the music of Camille Saint-Saëns

TOS"Great composers – Great anniversaries" is a project of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra, the idea of ​​which is to commemorate artists and their important anniversaries falling in 2021. Online concerts on 14, 15, 22 and 26 May will be devoted to Camille Saint-Saëns.

The project includes the following anniversaries: the 280th anniversary of the death of A. Vivaldi, the 100th anniversary of the death of C. Saint-Saëns, the 50th anniversary of the death of I. Stravinsky, the 120th anniversary of the death of G. Verdi, the 230th anniversary of the death of W.A. Mozart, the 110th anniversary of the death of G. Mahler and the 100th anniversary of the death of W. Żeleński. The programme of the year-long event includes symphonic and chamber concerts, recitals of outstanding musicians, an exhibition of posters, a film screening and a lecture.

The four May evenings will be devoted to the music of the French composer, piano and organ virtuoso Camille Saint-Saëns. On 14 May, Andrzej Sułek (Polish Radio Channel 2, "Ruch Muzyczny") will introduce the history and developement process of the works presented during the concerts: Symphony No. 2 in A minor, Op. 55, Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28 and the composer's most famous piece – The Carnival of Animals. The pieces will be performed by soloists: violinist Maria Sławek, pianists Karolina Sekuła and Miłosz Rządkiewicz, and the artistic ensemble of the Toruń Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Dainius Pavilionis.

The concerts will be streamed online at the TOS YouTube channel.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://tos.art.pl/ 

Wrocław | Andrzej Chorosiński's Organ Recital

NFMWe invite you to a recital of the outstanding organist Andrzej Chorosiński, during which we will hear three masterpieces. Only one of them was originally conceived by the composer as an organ composition, the other two are arrangements of pieces for a cappella choir and piano.

The concert will begin with the monumental Fantasia and Fugue on the chorale Ad nos, ad salutarem undam by Ferenc Liszt, written in 1850 in Weimar. In it, the composer relied on the chorale from the first act of the then popular opera The Prophet by Giacomo Meyerbeer, to whom he dedicated his work. Then we will listen to Agnus Dei by Krzysztof Penderecki, which he wrote at the news of the death of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, and later included it in the monumental Polish Requiem. The work was heard for the first time during the mourning ceremony of the cardinal on May 31, 1981 in the Cathedral Basilica of St John the Baptist in Warsaw. The composition begins slowly, in quiet dynamics, evoking a mood of prayerful concentration. The music gradually becomes more and more passionate and expressive, and after the poignant, marked in the score quasi in grido (almost like a scream) climax on the word peccata (sins), it is softened again and slowed down.

The last piece in the concert programme, the suite Pictures at an Exhibition, is one of the most famous works by Modest Mussorgsky. It was created as a tribute to the composer’s friend, painter Wiktor Hartmann. Mussorgsky’s suite was originally intended for piano, but quickly began to be arranged for other ensembles. The best known is undoubtedly the arrangement prepared for a great orchestra by Maurice Ravel. During this concert, the piece will be performed in a version prepared by the German composer Oskar Gottlieb Blarr and Andrzej Chorosiński.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/en/component/nfmcalendar/event/8331

Shared Soundscapes: The Legacy of Polish Jews in Music

PolinProfessor Halina Goldberg will deliver the first "Distinguished Lecture" in POLIN Museum’s 2021 series. On 23 May at 8.00 p.m. she will discuss the contribution of Polish Jews to the field of music.

Halina Goldberg is Professor of Music at the Jacobs School of Music and Affiliate Faculty at the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program and the Russian and East European Studies Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington. She also serves as the Project Director for the Digital Scholarly Commons dedicated to the study of Jewish Life in Pre-World War II Łódź. Halina’s work is interdisciplinary, drawing on cultural studies, music, politics, performance practice, and reception. She focuses on 19th- and 20th-century Poland and Eastern Europe, Chopin, and Jewish studies, and on the interconnection of Polish and Jewish cultures.

In the popular imagination, Jewish music-making in historically Polish lands is generally envisioned as separate from the music of the surrounding population, each group occupying a distinctly different soundscape. But historical records buried in Polish archives tell a different story going back hundreds of years. These sources repeatedly show that there were many opportunities for interaction between Jews and their neighbors despite legal restrictions and intense competition. This lecture explores the legacy of Polish Jews in music by focusing on the circumstances that allowed Jewish and Christian musicians to make music together to learn from each other and share repertories and musical languages. The lecture also highlights the role of Jewish musical patronage in these exchanges. The presentation will include excerpts from newly discovered music by Polish Jews.

Broadcast live in English on POLIN Museum YouTube channel.