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Kraków | 17th Sacrum Profanum Contemporary Music Festival: Neighberhood

Sacrum Profanum

The 17th edition of the Sacrum Profanum Festival will be held between 27 September and 4 October 2019. Itl will feature 14 world premieres and 29 Polish premieres, including works commissioned from Wojtek Blecharz, Kasia Głowicka and Artur Zagajewski (to Inni ludzie by Dorota Masłowska). This year's main theme is "Neighberhood".

The programme will feature six concerts presenting the achievements of Lithuanian composers, including Egidija Medekšaitė, Justė Janulytė and Rytis Mažulis. Four of the programmes were created as part of the residence of the outstanding cellist Anton Lukoszevieze, who will take part in the events as a soloist, conductor, musician and artistic director. The Lithuanian Post-Minimalism concert is a reference to the 2017 Romanian Spectralism programme and yet another event presenting the most characteristic style from a unique, national perspective. The programme will also have no shortage of American minimalism. Once again, we will have an opportunity to listen to the minimalism of the French musician Éliane Radigue, with Katarzyna Głowicka, Polish representative of this genre, on residence in the Netherlands.

The 17th edition of the Sacrum Profanum Festival will also showcase Małe Instrumenty, Kwadrofonik, Zespół Wokalny Gęba and the ICE Ensemble for the first time. Among the avant-garde Polish artists, the Sacrum Profanum Festival will present mainly the works of Lucia Dlugoszewski, an artist who is mostly unknown in our country, active in the USA. Only after last year’s efforts was it possible to find the scores of the composer, who passed away in 2000. Thanks to this, the festival will feature three of her compositions, arranged by Hashtag Ensemble, Arditti Quartet and Reinhold Friedl. It is impossible not to mention Studie in Form – an outstanding composition by Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, a Pole of Jewish origin. Friedl’s solo interpretation will be a world premiere of the work, which seems even more impressive, considering the date of the score – 1954. The concert will be a tribute to the composer on his 100th birthday. Once again, the organisers are going to burden the festival audience with the works by Zbigniew Karkowski, graduate of the local Academy of Music. The whole festival will be presented and artistically commented on by Marta Śniady in the form of a commissioned audiovisual work using recordings from the festival.

Full programme available at: http://sacrumprofanum.com/ 

Jelenia Góra | Among the Bold Forms


A concert entitled "Among the Bold Forms" will take place on 27 September 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Lower Silesian Philharmonic. The Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Szymon Makowski.

Bolesław the Bold, op. 8 is the second symphonic poem by Ludomir Różycki. Although its style refers to Wagnerian patterns, it is inspired by the historical drama of the same title written by Stanisław Wyspiański.Robert Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor is one of the most frequently performed works of its genre, among others thanks to the perfect use of the solo instrument potential. The soloist of the September concert will be Maciej Kułakowski. Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 4 –classified as one of the greatest orchestral works since the time of Ludwig van Beethoven – perfectly demonstrates the power of expression of this form.

More information at: http://filharmonia.jgora.pl/ 

Częstochowa | 8th Bach Family Music Festival


The 8th Bach Family Music Festival will take place on 27-29 September 2019 at the Częstochowa Philharmonic, featuring three unique concerts.

The festival will begin with "A concert in the old style", presenting the delightful Bach's Mass in A major as well as Three Pieces in Old Style by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Old Polish Concert and Triptych of the St Mary's Church by Romuald Twardowski.

The second day is the Seconda Practica performance, especially prepared for the Festival by a duo of producers and live electronic music performers from Łódź: Piotr Matula and Maciej Milczarek. The performance will combine electronic music with baroque inspirations in the form of a concert-improvisation.

The third concert will be a return to the classics, but this time in the rock and jazz style. "BaRock & Roll" is a set of the most famous Baroque motifs in rock and jazz arrangements prepared by Michał Walczak and his band.

Full programme available at: https://www.filharmonia.com.pl/ 

Opole | Inauguration of the 68th season of the Opole Philharmonic


The 68th season of the Opole Philharmonic will be inaugurated by the music of its patron – Józef Elsner – on 27 September 2019 at 7 p.m.

This time, the orchestra and its director, Przemysław Neumann, will reach for the overture from the opera Jagiełło in Tenczyn. The work, existing only in the manuscript, was never recorded and certainly not performed over the last century. The beginning of the Philharmonic's season will therefore honor Elsner in the ongoing year of his 250th birthday anniversary. The programme will be complemented by Johannes Brahms'Symphony No. 2 and Fryderyk Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, featuring Krzysztof Jabłoński as a soloist.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/wydarzenia/68-sezon-artystyczny-inauguracja-68-sezonu-artystycznego/ 

Warsaw | La Folle Journée 2019 "Carnets de Voyage"

Szalone Dni

10th edition of the festival "La folle journée" will take place on 27-29 September 2019, featuring 61 concerts under the theme "Carnets de Voyage". For the first time, the festival will be preceded by a Prelude (26 September) composed of four events at the concert hall of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra.The programme will cover works inspired by distant voyages from the repertoire of classical, jazz, popular and traditional music.

Travels impressions – the main theme of this year's edition – will be presented in the form of musical postcards, even from the most remote corners of the world. Works inspired by long journeys have been written by composers over the centuries. At the festival, the audience will listen to compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Karol Szymanowski, George Gershwin, Astor Piazzolla, Wojciech Kilar and Herbie Hancock. The programme will also include works by contemporary Warsaw composers: Aldona Nawrocka and Aleksandra Kościów. There will be both symphonic concerts and events presenting opera, jazz, musical, film and traditional music.

Ticket sales will start on 2 September (Monday) at 9:00 a.m.

More information at: www.szalonednimuzyki.pl

Cyprian Kamil Norwid Awards 2019


The Cyprian Kamil Norwid Awards for artists active and living in Mazovia were awarded on 23 September 2019 during the gala ceremony at the Royal Castle in Warsaw.

The chairmen of the chapters – Małgorzata Komorowska, Krzysztof Masłoń, Lech Śliwonik and Stanisław Wieczorek – announced the names of the winners in five categories.

In the "Work of Life" category, this year's statuette was handed to the classic of contemporary Polish art, sculptor and educator Adam Myjak. Krystyna Janda was awarded the prize in the "Theater" category for the main role in the show Notes from Exile. The novel Needle Eye by Wiesław Myśliwski was recognized as the best book of 2018. The artist Leon Tarasewicz received an award in the field of visual arts for the Jerusalem exhibition presented at the Foksal Gallery in Warsaw.

Janusz Wawrowski became the laureate of the Cyprian Kamil Norwid Award 2019 in the "Music" category. The statuette was handed to him by the Marshal of the Mazowieckie Province Adam Struzik and the Chairman of the Mazovian Regional Assembly Ludwik Rakowski. The violin virtuoso received a statuette and a cash prize of PLN 20,000 for the reconstruction of Ludomir Różycki's Violin Concerto and for the performance of the work Polonia on Stradivarius violin.

More information at: http://biuro-prasowe.mik.waw.pl/releases/nagroda-norwida-2019 

Szymon Godziemba-Trytek and his choral works released by DUX


One of the most interesting Polish composers of the young generation, conductor and music theorist, laureate of many international composer's awards – Szymon Godziemba-Trytek. His monographic album Choral Works, recorded by the Polish Radio Choir under the baton of Vaclovas Augustinas, will go on sale on 27 September 2019.

Szymon Godziemba-Trytek is an assistant at the Faculty of Composition, Theory of Music and Sound Engineering at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, he also lectures on choral music of the 20th and 21st centuries at the Postgraduate Choirmaster and Voice Emission Studies at this university. In the 2016/2017 season, he was a composer-in-residence at the Polish Radio Choir in Kraków (as part of the Institute of Music and Dance programme). In 2019, he received a PhD in Music Composition.

In his compositions, which can be interpreted as a declaration of faith, he refers to the books of the Old and New Testaments and prayers, juxtaposing them with topics important for Polish history and culture. Sacred works dominate the list of his compositions. As he admits: "What I am looking for in sacred music is the possibility of stopping and transferring to an alternative space, which encourages reflection and contemplation, and is associated with an authentic experience. I am looking for a space where it is more valuable to ask questions than to look for a clear answer. "

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Warsaw | Polish Contemporary Music 2 – Chopin University Press


A meeting devoted to the latest publications (books, sheet music, CDs) of the Chopin University Press related to the music of contemporary Polish composers will take place on 25 September 2019 at 4 p.m. at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music as an fringe event of the 62nd International Festival of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn".

The meeting will be hosted by Beata Stylińska from Programme 2 of Polish Radio and will  feature music theorists, composers and performers associated with the Warsaw University of Music, including: Miłosz Bembinow, Wojciech Błażejczyk, Aleksander Kościów, Leszek Lorent, Paweł Łukaszewski, Tomasz Opałka, and Ignacy Zalewski. The discussion will be accompanied by the presentation of different publications, which will be available to purchase during the meeting. Moreover, there will be a display of the objectophones – original instruments dsigned by Wojciech Błażejczyk, which will finally be made available to the public for testing.

Chopin University Press is an academic publishing house presenting the achievements of the Chopin University of Music and the results of academic research and artistic projects in the form of monographs, collective works, thematic series, textbooks, as well as sheet music and phonograms (CDs and DVDs). Priority is given to proposals dedicated to Polish works – both new and forgotten. A dozen or so titles are published annually.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.


Poznań | 46th International Viola Congress


The 46th International Viola Congress will take place in Poznań on 24-28 September 2019, featuring lectures, meetings, workshops, master classes and concerts.

The artistic direction of this year's congress was entrusted to dr hab. Ewa Guzowska, prof. AM and dr. hab. Lech Bałaban prof. AM – leading violists associated with the Poznań music community. The event's guests will include outstanding Polish and foreign instrumentalists, including Jorge Alves, Jolanta Kukula-Kopczyńska, Diana Phoenix-Neal, Jutta Puchhammer-Sedillot, Krzysztof Chorzelski, Stefano Carlini, Paul Cortese, Dariusz Korcz, Stefan Kamas, Jerzy Kosmala, Błażej Maliszewski and Maxim Rysanov.

The inaugural concert will take place on 24 September at 7 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Mieczysław Karłowicz State Music School Complex in Poznań, featuring Ukrainian violist Maxim Rysanow as well as Jan Bałaban, Lech Bałaban and Krzysztof Sowiński. The program will include works by Dymitr Szostakowicz, Philipp Scharwenka, Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Piotr Komorowski and Sławomir Czarnecki.

Viola concertos by Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, Antonín Vranicki, Marek Stachowski and Grażyna Bacewicz will fill the Concert Hall of the Moniuszko Grand Theatre on Wednesday, 25 September at 7 p.m. Ewa Guzowska, Jerzy Kosmala, Stefan Kosmala-Bahlbeck, Paweł Riess and Tomasz Rosiński will perform with the Orchestra of the Grand Theater in Poznań under the direction of Katarzyna Tomala-Jedynak.

On 26 September at 7 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Mieczysław Karłowicz State Music School Complex in Poznań, we will listen to, among others, Letters from Warsaw by British composer Joseph Phibbs – a work commissioned by Krzysztof Chorzelski, inspired by his grandmother's correspondence from the Warsaw Ghetto. The programme of the next two concerts will include the latest works by Łódź composers, as well as less known compositions from the Baroque repertoire and works by English composers of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

More information at: http://www.ptal.art.pl/