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Poznań | 4th "Światłodźwięki" Audiovisual Art Festival


The 4th edition of the Festival of Audiovisual Art "Światłodźwięki" will take place on 22-24 November 2019 in Poznań, presenting the most important works of the European and native artists which combine visuality and music.

"Światłodźwięki" are concerts, jam sessions, and above all lectures and presentations in Polish and English, during which artists, musicians and scientists will talk about the latest trends in European art and different combinations of art, computer science and architecture. The list of speakers include Florence To – British media artist, Ireneusz Gawlik – programmer from AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, Slavo Krekovič – musicologist and artist from Slovakia, Lubomir Slovinsky – Slovak designer and digital artist and legendary Thomas Köner from Germany, known among others from recordings of the sounds of Arctic glaciers. The Festival will also feature such Polish artists as Patryk Piłasiewicz and Jarosław Majewski (double bass), Martyna Kabulska and Paweł Ernst (violin), Piotr Mełech (clarinet), Jacek Buhl (drums), Jakub Królikowski (electronics), Jagoda Chalcińska, Barbara Żach and Paweł Krupski (light and projections).

Admision to all festival events is free and does not require prior reservation. The festival is co-financed by the Poznań City Hall.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.swiatlodzwieki.pl and https://www.facebook.com/

Gdańsk | 1st National Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition

Konkurs Moniuszki

The 1st National Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition for students and graduates of second-degree music schools and academies will take place on 21-24 November 2019 at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk.

The competition is organised by the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk and the Grand Theater – National Opera on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko (1819-1872) – the father of Polish national opera, one of the most important Polish composers. It is one of the most important events of the Polish celebration of the Moniuszko Year 2019. The Director of the competition is Professor Ryszard Minkiewicz, vocal pedagogue at the Faculty of Vocal Music and Vice Rector for Artistic Affairs of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk.

The competition aims to promote the works of Stanisław Moniuszko, support talented vocalists of the young generation and prepare them for artistic activity. It also supports dissemination of Polish culture, promotion of the Pomeranian Region and Voivodship and exchange of experience. Nearly 50 vocalists from all over Poland applied for the Competition. Young vocalists will be judged by a jury composed of: Prof. Bożena Betley, Prof. Izabela Kłosińska, Prof. Agata Młynarska-Klonowska, Prof. Ryszard Karczykowski and Prof. Piotr Kusiewicz.

The competition is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Admission to all competition events (auditions of the first and second stage, Award Gala, Laureates' Concert) in the Concert Hall in the yellow building of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk is free! In addition, the entire Competition will be broadcast online.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Harmonogram Konkursu jest na bieżąco aktualizowany na: http://konkurswokalny.amuz.gda.pl/harmonogram-konkursu/ 

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Łódź | Unpredictable Sides of the Singers


During the concert on 22 November 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Artur Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic, entitled "Unpredictable sides of the singers", the multi-talented choristers of the Łódź Philharmonic will perform not only as singers but also as instrumentalists and composers.

This unusual concert, organised as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Łódź Philharmonic Choir, will feature a premiere of Artur Zagajewski's Madrigal music for 6-voice choir and 6 instruments, as well as Marcin Mielczewski's Magnificat, a selection of Mieczysław Karłowicz's songs arranged by Jakub Kowalewski and Karol Szymanowski's Kurpie songs.

More information athttps://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/koncert-choralny-nieobliczalne-oblicza-chorzystow 

Kraków | Premiere of Marta Ptaszyńska's "Double Concerto"


Marta Ptaszyńska's Double Concerto for piano, cello and orchestra will be premiered on 22 November 2019 at 7:30 p.m. at the Polish Aviation Museum in Kraków.

Double concerto for piano, cello and orchestra is a new four-part piece by Marta Ptaszyńska, Polish composer and percussionist. The solo parts during its premiere will be performed by pianist Marek Szlezer and cellist Jan Kalinowski, who perform as the Cracow Duo. The Strad magazine wrote about the ensemble: “Kalinowski and Szlezer, friends since childhood, have a wonderfully natural rapport and there is an arresting quality to their playing that gives life to the music”. The fascination with Polish music makes them actively engaged in promoting native culture in the country and abroad, presenting to the audience works for cello and piano, including a number of contemporary pieces, written especially for the duo by Polish and foreign artists. A great example is the new work by Marta Ptaszyńska, which was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

This evening, the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paweł Kapuła will also perform Polish Melodies, Op. 47 Mieczysław Weinberg, a suite inspired by Polish dances, and Symphony No. 5 by Antonín Dvořák.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/Home/8525-KONCERT_SYMFONICZNY.html 

Nowa Ruda | The final of the free improvisation workshops for children "Tell me a story" 2019


This year's last edition of workshops for children oragnised by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music, during which the youngest participants will learn, play and improvise in the company of great musicians and unusual books, will be held on 22 and 23 November 2019 in Nowa Ruda.

The main idea of ​​the project is to trigger graphic-inspired improvisations. Children will create their own stories based on picture books. The improvised fairy tales will be then "translated" into musical language under the guidance of the class leaders. Improvisation is the most basic, primary and joyful form of music performance, which is why the workshops combine children's creativity and imagination with books and contemporary music.In addition to playing with improvisations and books, children will learn various techniques of sound extraction, which expose its color and dynamic values, and will also be able to play drums on their own. The musical guests of the upcoming workshops will be: Izabela Buchowska (cello), Bartosz Smorągiewicz (saxophone) and Jarosław Siwiński (composer). Adventure through improvisation with artists will be led by double-bassist Małgorzata Kołcz.

Participation in the workshops is free, although it requires previous reservation. The workshops for kindergartens and schools will take place on 22 November (groups can be registered by phone 74 872 44 85 or by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The workshops for children with parents will take place at the Municipal Culture Centre in Nowa Ruda on 23 November: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – children aged 3-5; h. 12:00 p.m. – 13:30 p.m. – children aged 6-8 years (registration of participants by phone 790 395 228 and by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://ptmw.art.pl/warsztaty-improwizacji-dla-dzieci-opowiedz-mi-bajke-2/final-warsztatow-improwizacji-dla-dzieci-opowiedz-mi-bajke-2019-nowa-ruda/ 

Warsaw| „Eufonie” – a meeting with Maestro Zsolt Nagy


A meeting with Maestro Zsolt Nagy will take place on 21 November 2019 at 6 p.m. at the "Eufonie" Festival Office (17 Krakowskie Przedmieście Street).

This well-known Hungarian conductor will lead the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and soloist in Krzysztof Penderecki's Polish Requiem at the final concert of the 2nd "Eufonie" Festival (23 November, detailed program of the concert at: https://nck.pl/projekty-kulturalne/projekty/festiwal-eufonie/). The meeting will be hosted by dr Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska, a musicologist whose research interests focus on Polish contemporary music. The interview will be conducted in English, but the introduction and summary will be presented in Polish.

Maestro Zsolt Nagy (born in 1957, Hungary) is the first conductor and music adviser to the Israel Contemporary Players ensemble. The artist has led over 800 premieres, as well as numerous radio recordings. He is a laureate of numerous music awards, a longtime professor of conducting at the Paris Conservatoire.

Admission to this unique event is free!

More information at: https://nck.pl/projekty-kulturalne/projekty/festiwal-eufonie/ 

Katowice | NOSPR Chamber ensembles: Four Strings Quartet


Four Strings Quartet will perform at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice on 21 November 2011 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the "NOSPR Chamber Ensembles" concert series.

The ensemble was formed in 2004 on the initiative of Lucyna Fiedukiewicz and consists mainly of musicians of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. The quartet performs works from different periods – from baroque to modern times. Frequent cooperation with outstanding world-class artists gave the musicians the opportunity to shape their own musical personality while learning from masters and broadening their horizons. The quartet's characteristics are ingenuity, individuality and temperament. The Four Strings Quartet won the 2009 Grand Prix in the 6th edition of the 'Forgotten Polish Music' Competition organized by the Acte Prealable publishing house. They recorded six albums with music by Zygmunt Noskowski, Władysław Żeleński, Witold Maliszewski, and Eugeniusz Morawski.

During the  upcoming concert they will perfom the String quartet in D minor, Op. 9 No. 1 and Vis-à-vis, a tram duet for violin and cello by Zygmunt Noskowski, Variations on original theme for string quartet in G minor, Op. 21 by Władysław Żeleński and Jazz Etude for string quartet by Henryk Czyż.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://www.nospr.org.pl/ 

Kraków | Marek Stachowski – Zbigniew Bujarski. Masters and students

Stachowski Bujarski

A concert "Marek Stachowski – Zbigniew Bujarski" in the "Master and their students" series, organized by the Academy of Music in Kraków and the Board of the Polish Composers' Union – Kraków Branch, will take place on 21 November 2019 at 6 p.m. in the chamber hall of the Academy of Music in Kraków.

The culture passed down from generation to generation is mainly based on the master-student relationship. Hence the series of autumn concerts, entitled "Masters and their students", presenting outstanding composers – educators and their pupils, who are now mature artists. In connection with this year's celebration of the 15th anniversary of the death of Prof. Marek Stachowski and the anniversary of the death of Prof. Zbigniew Bujarski, the fifth edition of the series will be devoted to these composers. The concert will also feature compositions of the students of both Masters – Wojciech Widłak and Marcel Chyrzyński (from the class of Prof. Stachowski) as well as Michael Gatonska and Mendi Mengjiqi (from the class of Prof. Bujarski).

The special guest of the event will be Mendi Mengjiqi – Albanian composer, who currently teaches composition at the University of Music in Pristina (Kosovo). His works are performed in many countries around the world. In 2008, his composition was chosen in the International Competition as the National Anthem of the Republic of Kosovo. The meeting with Mengjiqi will be led by Marcin Strzelecki, PHD – music theorist and composer associated with the Krakow Academy of Music.

Admission to the event is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Katowice | 7th International Days of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

Dni Goreckiego

The 7th International Days of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, devoted to an outstanding visionary, mystic and one of the greatest world artists of the 20th century, will be held from 11 November to 6 December 2019 in Katowice under the slogan "ReGenerations".

The title of the edition introduces the idea of ​​combining different music generations among creators, performers and recipients, as well as the regeneration of music reception in various age groups. The Silesian Philharmonic Community in a special way cares about propagating the achievements of its Patron, through concerts, recordings and publications. As part of this edition of the event, we will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Italy, which will solemnly emphasize the performance of Górecki's Concerto-Cantata, Op. 65 for flute and orchestra by the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Italian conductor, Massimiliano Caldi and with the Italian soloist Raffaele Trevisani.

On 11 November, two concerts of sacred music will be held as a prelude to the festival. The inaugural concert will take place in the concert hall of the Silesian Philharmonic on 15 November with the participation of the Silesian Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Robert Kabara. The programme will include two premieres: Industrial Concerto for harpsichord, string Orchestra and multimedia by Adam Wesołowski and Spindles for harpsichord, electronic effects and chamber orchesta by Jerzy Kornowicz. The soloist will be an outstanding harpsichord player, Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz.

The 9 festival concerts will feature works by Tadeusz Paciorkiewicz, Marek Jasiński, Andrzej Koszewski, Józef Świder, Adrian Robak, Piotr Pudełko, Wojciech Kilar, Mieczysław Weinberg, Paweł Mykietyn, Jaroław Mamczarski, Aleksander Nowak, Aleksander Lasoń and Krzysztof Meyer. The list of performers will include Marcin Zdunik, Chikara Imamura, Władysław Szymański, Piotr Sałajczyk, Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, Ewa Tracz, Stanisław Kuflyuk, and Emilia Stańczyk (granddaughter of the patron). The festival programme will be complemented by a number of fringe events in the form of educational concerts, film screenings, city games or screenplay games.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music", "Musical Trace" and "Composing Commissions" programmes implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available athttps://filharmonia-slaska.eu/7-mdhmg/