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Katowice | Grażyna Bacewicz and America(ns)!


The Silesian String Quartet together with Marek Andryski will perform on 7 March 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice as part of the "Grażyna Bacewicz and America(ns)!" concert series.

The programme includes: String Quartet in B minor, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber, Five Tango Sensations for bandoneon and string quartet by Astor Piazzolla and String Quartet No. 4 by Grażyna Bacewicz. It is the best known and most often performed among Grażyna Bacewicz’s seven string quartets. It was written in 1951, following a commission from the Polish Composers’ Union, which invited its members to take part in a composers’ competition for a string quartet organised in Liège, Belgium. Bacewicz’s piece, entered as “1951”, won the first prize.

In one of the interviews, the composer said: "The Quartet consists of three movements; its uses all instruments and the melody features elements of folklore." It could be said that the piece owes its success to that folkloristic note making the work less abstract and more accessible than those quartets which owe its high status only to technical excellence and thoughtful, logical dramaturgy.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/ 

Wieliczka and Kraków | 3rd "Piano e Forte" Festival and Piano Competition 2020


The 3rd "Piano e Forte" Festival and Piano Competition will last until 7 March 2020.

The originator and artistic director of the "Piano e Forte" Festival and Piano Competition is pianist Marta Polańska. Organizers: the Music School Complex in Wieliczka and the Sfogato Music and Arts Society in Kraków. This innovative project aims to inspire young pianists to deepen their knowledge of the history of the instrument, increase awareness of the performance practices of a diverse repertoire on contemporary and historical pianos, as well as learn about interpretive trends and piano literature of different eras. The goal of the "Piano e Forte" Festival and Piano Competition is also to show the history of piano evolution in the context of the development of the piano repertoire.

The 3rd "Piano e Forte" Festival and Piano Competition 2020 takes place on the eve of the eighteenth International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, therefore the repertoire includes works and issues related to Chopin and his performance practice. The programme of this year's Festival also refers to the 210th anniversary of the birth of Robert Schumann, a contemporary and friend of Frederic Chopin, the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven and the 335th anniversary of the birth and 270th anniversary of the death of Johann Sebastian Bach.

The whole event will include "Piano e Forte" Concert, workshops on the construction of the piano, grand piano and one of its prototypes – harpsichord, lectures on the history of instruments, as well as piano works of Ludwig van Beethoven, instrumentological workshops and museum lessons at the Gallery of Artistic Craft of the National Museum in Kraków, 3rd "Piano e Forte" Piano Competition 2020 (6 March 2020) and Gala Concert of Young Piano Masters (7 March 2020) in the concert hall of the Bronisław Rutkowski Primary and Secondary Music School in Kraków.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: www.pianoeforte.pl 

Kielce | "Not Only Beatrice" Women's Day Concert


On 6 March 2020 at 7.00 p.m. the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic will host an uunusual concert on the occasion of Women's Day with the participation of the world-famous marimbists  the Axoum Duo (Elwira Ślązak and Gabriel Collet).

The concert will start with the "Beatrice" Symphonic Poem, Op. 17 No. 1 by Feliks Nowowiejski performed by the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Martyna Szymczak - participant of the "Conductor-In-Residence" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. This Romantic-style work sparkles with flickering sounds of the harp and percussion section.

The Axoum Duo we present the Concerto for two marimbas and orchestra "Conversation with a stone" by Gabriel Collet, inspired by the poetry of Wisława Szymborska (Nobel Prize). The composer said: "Due to my interests in literature and philosophy, the idea to connect poetic thought with music came naturally; combining two worlds, which are both important in my life, thus embodying the spirit of poetry, Loose links drawn and inspired by several Wislawa Szymborska poems are reflected throughout the music, forming altogether a thoughtful composition. The concerto is instrumental, in three parts. Rich in empathetic, emotional, and tonal themes."

In addition, the programme will include the Valse triste by Jean Sibelius and the Romeo and Juliet overture-fantasia by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.kielce.com.pl/press/press_06.03.20.html 

Katowice | Sinfonia Iuventus at the Silesian Philharmonic


The Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will perform together with Szymon Klima under the baton of Yannis Pouspourikas on 6 March 2020 at 7.00 p.n. at the Silesian Philharmonic. The programme will include works by Sergei Prokofiev, Gerald Finzi and great Polish artists associated with Silesia.

A few years ago, clarinetist Szymon Klima became famous for an extraordinary project to “expand” the 10-minute cycle of appealing Dance Preludes (1954) by Witold Lutosławski, an improvisation inspired by this piece which resulted in concerts as well as the album Lutosławski Retuned (performed by a trio also featuring Adam Kowalewski and Piotr Wyleżoł). The March concert will feature these preludes in their original form and the artist will also perform the spectacularly expressive Clarinet Concerto (1949), the best-known work today by the somewhat forgotten, yet prolific British composer Gerald Finzi. The dance, quasi-folk idiom of Lutosławski’s Preludes will be completed by the lively third of the Dances op. 34, which Henryk Mikołaj Górecki composed in 1998 for the Rybnik Philharmonic.

Sergei Prokofiev, one of the pioneers of ambitious film music from the USSR, composed appealing music for the film Lieutenant Kijé, whose fame (in the form of a concert suite op. 60) considerably outlived the film itself. This colourful and attractive programme will be led by Yannis Pouspourikas – born in Marseilles, the conductor studied in Geneva and made his debut at the Opernhaus in Zurich; he has collaborated with, among others, the Glyndebourne festival, the Opéra National de Paris and many of the most important theatrical stages of France and Switzerland, as well as other countries. Particularly valued as an opera conductor, he has also appeared in many countries with great success in presenting symphonic repertoire.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/szymon-klima-yannis-pouspourikas-polska-orkiestra-sinfonia-iuventus-im-j-semkowa/ 

Białystok | Paweł Mykietyn’s "Double Concerto"


The Stanisław Moniuszko Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Centre in Bialystok invites you on 6 March 2020 at 7:00 p.m. to the concert entitled "God's Voice", featuring works by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Paweł Mykietyn.

“The Year 1812” Overture Tchaikovsky composed to be performed in the open air. To a big ensemble of brass, woodwinds and percussion, he added orchestra, toll of the bells, and sounds of the cannons – all to celebrate Russia’s great victory over Napoleon’s army in 1812. But there’s an American side to the work as well – the premiere directed by composer himself in 1891 took place at an opening concert of the Carnegie Hall in New York, and now it’s often performed for the Independence Day. Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2 both in structure and character resembles Tchaikovsky’s last symphonies, especially the Fifth, with whom it shares the E minor key. The Second brought Rachmaninov success and opened a new better chapter of life.

These two Russian works will be split by Mykietyn’s Double Concerto for two flutes and orchestra. This mellow, but at the same time very dramatic work is composed of three parts played attacca, the first and the last of them based on the composer’s own technique of continuous accelerando and ritardando. The well-known flute duo – Łukasz Długosz and Agata Kielar-Długosz will perform as soloists.

The concert is held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.PL project promoting the performance of Polish music. The event is co-organized and co-financed under the "Conductor-in-Residence" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://www.oifp.eu/repertuar/glos-boga/ 

Kraków | 7th Kraków Cello Spring


The Cello Students' Scientific Circle of the Academy of Music in Kraków invites you to the 7th Kraków Cello Spring, which will take place on 5-8 March  2020. The aim of this scientific and artistic event is to promote young talents and development of cello music.

The festival programme includes lectures, courses and concerts conducted by cellists from Poland and the world. The internaitonal character of the event is aimed at expanding knowledge about Polish and foreign works, as well as learning the latest trends in composing and performance. The project's programme is structured to show the cello as a versatile instrument and to interest a wide audience.The concerts of the invited cellists will contribute to the integration and development of the cello community in Poland.

The 7th Krakow Cello Spring will open with the "Cello in three scenes" concert , featuring Recitativa and the ariosa "Lerchenmusik" for clarinet, cello and piano by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. On 6 March, there will be a concert entirely dedicated to one of the greatest composers – Ludwig van Beethoven on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of his birth. The concert on 7 March will present music of South America – works by Piazzolla, Medina and Villa-Lobos will be performed by teachers and students of the Academy under Prof. Lars Hoefs. For the first time in Europe, the Krakow audience will hear the original, recently found version of Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5 and the world premiere of two miniatures by José Medina. Elegy for cello and string quintet by Mikołaj Górecki will be performed during the final concert.

Admission to all the events is free.

Full programme is available at: https://www.amuz.krakow.pl/7-krakowska-wiosna-wiolonczelowa/ 

We know the winners of the 3rd Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition for Young Composers

Konkurs Pendereckiego

The session of the Jury of the Competition, composed of: Marcel Chyrzyński (chairman), Zbigniew Bargielski, Ivan Buffa (Slovakia), Iwona Glinka (Poland / Greece) and Wojciech Widłak, was held in Krakow. The Secretary of the Competition was Aleksandra Patalas.

Nineteen scores from countries such as Austria, Armenia, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, France, South Korea, Poland, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, USA were sent to the competition, one of which was rejected due to non-compliance with the regulations.

The Jury, after familiarizing themselves with 18 scores, decided to award the Main Prize of USD 1,000 (gross) to the work streams ... contacts (emblem: 1221). In addition, the Jury decided to award three honorary distinctions for the works Dialoge (emblem: BOBBA1), Éclat dans le brouillard (emblem: FONT) and Metanoia (emblem: PHOENIX).

After opening the envelopes, it turned out that the winner of the Main Award is Otto Wanke from Austria. Among the other awarded composers are Orhan Veli Özbayrak from Turkey (emblem: BOBBA1), Tetsuya Yamamoto representing Japan and France (emblem: FONT) and Wojciech Chałupka from Poland (emblem: PHOENIX).

The official reading of the minutes and the first performance of the Grand Prize winner's composition will take place on 22 April 2020 during the 32nd International Festival of Kraków Composers.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Konkurs na kandydata na stanowisko Dyrektora Filharmonii Częstochowskiej im. Bronisława Hubermana

FCzPrezydent Miasta Częstochowy Ogłasza konkurs na kandydata na stanowisko Dyrektora Filharmonii Częstochowskiej im. Bronisława Hubermana z siedzibą przy ul. Wilsona 16, 42-202 Częstochowa.

1. Niezbędne wymagania:

1) wykształcenie wyższe magisterskie – w dziedzinie sztuki, nauk humanistycznych lub społecznych,

2) minimum 5-letni staż pracy zawodowej,

3) minimum 3-letni staż pracy na stanowisku kierowniczym w instytucjach kultury związanych z działalnością muzyczną,

4) brak skazania wyrokiem sądu za umyślne przestępstwo ścigane z oskarżenia publicznego lub umyślne przestępstwo skarbowe,

5) korzystanie z pełni praw publicznych,

6) posiadanie pełnej zdolności do czynności prawnych,

7) brak zakazu pełnienia funkcji związanych z dysponowaniem środkami publicznymi, o którym mowa w art. 31 ust. 1 pkt 4 ustawy z dnia 17 grudnia 2004 r. o odpowiedzialności za naruszenie dyscypliny finansów publicznych (t.j. Dz. U. z 2019 r., poz. 1440 z późn. zm.),

8) brak przeciwwskazań zdrowotnych do zajmowania stanowisk kierowniczych,

9) przedstawienie programu realizacji zadań w zakresie bieżącego funkcjonowania i rozwoju Filharmonii Częstochowskiej im. Bronisława Hubermana.

Read more: Konkurs na kandydata na stanowisko Dyrektora Filharmonii Częstochowskiej im. Bronisława Hubermana

Katowice | 90th anniversary of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice


A concert on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice will be held on 5 March 2020 at 07.30 p.m at the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall. The NPRSO under the baton of Lawrence Foster and world-famous artists Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth will perform works composed by eminent artists.

The last part of Krzysztof Penderecki's "triptych" – De natura sonoris No. 3 – was written almost half a century after the composer's first attempt to explore the nature of sound in an orchestra, inspired by the epicurean poem of Lucretius. Penderecki no longer collects research material: he skillfully recapitulates the evolution of his style and technique.

Johannes Brahms created the Double Concerto, his last symphonic work, with the cellist friend Robert Hausmann and the former violinist friend Józef Joachim in mind. It was a gift for reconciliation wilth the latter, after the divorce of the violinist with Amalia Joachim, one of Brahms' closest associates. The gesture was appreciated: both virtuosos took part in the first performance.

The Concerto for orchestra is one of the last works by Bela Bartók: it is possible that the commission from Sergei Kusewicki prolonged the life of the ailing and underestimated Hungarian composer in exile. The reckoning with the past is a feature of all the late works of great artists – in this masterly yet accessible composition, Bartók combined native folk melodies, references to European impressionism and American traditional music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://nospr.org.pl/pl