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World Kociewie Day: "Kociewie painted with music" online concert

ProgressThe World Kociewie Day is celebrated annually on 10 February. On this occasion, the online premiere of the concert entitled "Kociewie painted with music" will be held next Wednesday at 6.00 p.m. on the Progress Chamber Orchestra YouTube channel.

The World Kociewie Day was established in 2007 on the initiative of the Kociewie Local Tourist Organisation from Tczew and the Kociewie Culture Association from Starogard Gdański to commemorate the first written mention of the region. When talking about the cultural heritage of Kociewie, one cannot ignore the tradition and spiritual and material culture that are typical only for this region. To place the Kociewie folklore in the context of the music of other regions of Poland, the programme of the concert will include a series of Kociewie Songs for soprano, piano and orchestra by the Gdańsk composer Maciej Zakrzewski, 5 Folk Melodies by Witold Lutosławski and 4 Pieces in Polish Style for string orchestra by the outstanding contemporary composer and teacher Stanisław Moryto, who died in 2018.

The concert was performed by the Progress Chamber Orchestra conducted by Szymon Morus, soprano Magdalena Chmielecka and pianist Jakub Ostrowski. The event will be preceded by a short conversation with the performers, introducing the audience to the musical land of Polish folklore.

The project was co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the web" programme.

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Archiving of Bogusław Schaeffer's works under the "Digital Culture" Programme

Repozytorium SchaefferaThe Aurea Porta Foundation, which promotes Polish contemporary art, is expanding the Repository of Bogusław Schaeffer's Works. Thanks to the project, the rich artistic output of one of the most outstanding contemporary Polish artists, composer and playwright, will be preserved for posterity.

The expansion of the Repository of Bogusław Schaeffer's Works by the Aurea Porta Friends of Arts Foundation reintroduces the artist’s world-renowned yet often forgotten works to the culture world. The project covers conservation, resource listing and publishing digitized paper materials – scores, graphics and texts (manuscripts, facsimiles) – from the composer's private collections. The list of archived works makes it possible to reuse the digital resources (scores and recordings of Bogusław Schaeffer's compositions) for dissemination and educational purposes. It broadens the archiving work carried out for the last 11 years.

A crucial step in archiving is the production of separate digitization tracks that meet the applicable standards for individual resources of various types, preservation states and physical copy storage locations. The scores and music literature are presented as * jpg files. Most of the resources can be saved to a local drive and automatically converted to PDF files. Audio and audio-visual materials are available in mp4 and mp3 formats providing a high resolution of the presented materials while maintaining the website’s responsiveness on mobile devices.

The materials are available on www.aureaporta4schaeffer.pl. Most of them are free to use, without logging in, whereas in cases in which separate license agreements apply, they will be made available under fair use.

The project was co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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1st Polish National Composers' Competition for a School Miniature

Konkurs kompozytorskiThe Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz and the Fryderyk Chopin Music School Complex in Piła announce the 1st National Composers' Competition for a school miniature for students of secondary music schools. The deadline for submissions is 20 May 2021.

The competition is open to all students of secondary music schools in Poland. The subject of the competition is a piece composed for 2 to 4 instruments, selected from the following list: violin, viola, cello, clarinet or soprano / alto saxophone, piano. Estimated duration of the piece: 4-7 minutes. One participant may submit a maximum of two works to the competition.

The first, second and third prizes in the competition are:

  • premiere of the winning compositions during the concert of laureates performed by the instrumentalists of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz in the Fryderyk Chopin Music School Complex in Piła;
  • audio recording of award-winning works;
  • individual consultations with a composition teacher of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz chosen by the laureate.

Rules and regulations are available at: http://www.amuz.bydgoszcz.pl/konkurs/ 

Interactive 6.0: Six characters in search of an author

UMFCThe Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw invites you on 7 February 2021 at 5.00 p.m. to watch the online event "Interactive 6.0 or Six Characters in Search of the Author".

This Interdepartmental Concert will be performed by students and teachers of the Department of Dance (Choreography and Dance Theory and Contemporary Dance specialties), the Department of Choir Conducting and Singing, Music Education and Rhythmics (Chair of Music Education, Chair of Rhythmics and Piano Improvisation), as well as invited guests.

In their performance, we will watch and listen to Aldona Nawrocka's inifinity with choreography by Aleksandra Dziurosz, Bartosz Kowalski's Multi-concert, Edward Sielicki's Willows and Jarek Kordaczuk's EKPHRASIS choreographed by Paulina Wycichowska. The event is under the artistic supervision of prof. Ewa Wycichowska.

Information on live streaming at: https://chopin.edu.pl/szczegoly-wydarzenia/58_interaktywnie-60-szesc-postaci-w-poszukiwaniu-autora 

Aeschylus' Trilogy in Agata Zubel's Sound Theatre

Chor Polskiego RadiaThe dramopera Oresteia by Agata Zubel, one of the most recognized and respected Polish composers, will be available online on 6 February 2021 at 7.30 p.m. in the concert version performed by the Polish Radio Choir featuring, among others, Danuta Stenka, Anna Zawisza, Michał Sławecki and Tomasz Piluchowski. The concert will be broadcast on the YouTube channel and on the Facebook page of the Polish Radio Choir.

Oresteia is a combination of two genres – drama and opera. The libretto by Maja Kleczewska is based on Maciej Słomczyński's translation of the Aeschylus' trilogy. The work was commissioned by the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in Warsaw in 2011. The Oresteian Trylogy is the only surviving example of a complete ancient trilogy. For centuries, people have drawn upon the myth of Orestes, son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, who killed his mother and her lover to avenge his murdered father. It is a raw and shocking tale about the tragic curse that afflicts the Pelopides, in which murder after murder befalls consecutive generations and there is no end to the settling of accounts: “Death here – death there, he who killed must pay with blood.” The final part of the trilogy shows the madness of Orestes as he is pursued by the Furies and finally a court in which gods also take part and break the cycle of revenge and bloodshed.

Agata Zubel poses fundamental questions about moral laws, punishment, justice, and the chain of evil. However, these questions remain unanswered. The dramatic choices of Clytemnestra (act I) and Orestes (act II) are timeless. They are embedded in ancient history, and at the same time extremely contemporary, commented on by other characters and a choir in various roles: an ancient commentator, mourning victims, raging Furies, noisy crowd and a medium creating "information overload". Apart from the choir, percussion instruments and electronics play a leading role in the score. Both acting parts – of Queen Clytemnestra and her son Orestes – are performed by the actress of the National Theater Danuta Stenka. Anna Zawisza (soprano) plays the part of Kassandra, Michał Sławecki (countertenor) the part of Apollo, and Tomasz Piluchowski (tenor) the part of Athena. Arkadiusz Kątny performs the electronics. The artists are led by Szymon Bywalec. Maria Piotrowska-Bogalecka is responsible for preparing the choir.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

"Conductor-in-residence": Anna Sułkowska-Migoń

FDThe Lower Silesian Philharmonic in Jelenia Góra invites you on 5 February 2021 at 7:00 p.m. to a concert of Anna Sułkowska-Migoń and Małgorzata Wasiucionek as part of the "Conductor-in-residence" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance.

Anna Sułkowska-Migoń is the conductor-in-residence at the Lower Silesian Philharmonic in the 2020/2021 artistic season. She graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, where she studied viola with Piotr Reichert and Katarzyna Budnik. In 2019 she completed her BA studies in symphony and opera conducting in the class of Piotr Sułkowski at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. Currently, she is a graduate student of the Academy of Music in Krakow. She made her debut on the stage of the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic conducting the diploma concert (2019). A year later, she conducted the orchestra during the 7th Krakow Cello Spring at the Academy of Music in Krakow. She is conductor of the Ars Cameralis choir in Krakow and the female choir of the Ignatianum Academy in Krakow as well as choir teacher at the W. Kilar Primary Music School in Olkusz.

During the upcoming concert, the Lower Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Anna Sułkowska-Migoń will perform Mieczysław Karłowicz's Serenade for string orchestra, Bedřich Smetana's Vltava from My Homeland and Mieczysław Karłowicz's Violin Concerto in A major. The soloist of the concert will be Małgorzata Wasiucionek – doctor of musical arts, assistant professor at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, member of the Messages Quartet.

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

Atom String Quartet & Szczecin Philharmonic Wind Quartet: Karłowicz


Among the works of Mieczysław Karłowicz – a pioneer of the Young Poland movement in music – it is the songs that have retained the strongest resonance. The Atom String Quartet & Szczecin Philharmonic Wind Quartet will present their interpretation of the composer's work on 5 February 2021 at 7.00 p.m.

Karłowicz composed songs during his studies. He decided to give them a new dimension – as he wrote in his letters: "Maybe music cannot rise higher than poetry, but it can certainly fly elsewhere, in a different direction." He especially appreciated poems by Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer. Their spiritual kinship was based on similar experience of love and longing for the world that has already passed or has not yet come into existence.

In 2020 the Philharmonic in Szczecin once again reached for Karłowicz's work. The album Mieczysław Karłowicz – Songs, performed by Małgorzata Walewska and the musicians of the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Rune Bergmann, was released on 30 October. Piotr Moss is the author of the wonderful orchestrations on the album. During the upcoming concert, the Philharmonic will present yet another version  a jazz interpretation of the songs prepared by the well-known Atom String Quartet.

The online premiere will be held on the Philharmonic's YouTube channel and Facebook page.

More information at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/pl 


"Profiles of Composers": Juliusz Łuciuk

ŁuciukThe Bronisław Huberman Częstochowa Philharmonic invites you on 5 February 2021 at 7.00 p.m. for the next YouTube premiere of a monographic concert from the "Profiles of Composers" series. The Collegium Cantorum Choir of the Częstochowa Philharmonic under the direction of Janusz Siadlak will present works by Juliusz Łuciuk, an outstanding composer of religious and vocal music.

A graduate of music schools in Częstochowa, in 1947-52 he studied musicology with Zdzisław Jachimecki at the Jagellonian University. Simultaneously, in 1947-56, he studied theory of music with Aleksander Frączkiewicz, composition with Stanisław Wiechowicz, piano with Sergiusz Nadgryzowski and Jan Hoffman as well as organ with Józef Chwedczuk at the State Higher School of Music in Krakow. He continued his musical education in Paris, where in 1958-59 he studied composition with Nadia Boulanger and Max Deutsch as well as attended Olivier Messiaen's seminars. Since his graduation, he had been solely occupied with composition, for which he received numerous awards.

In 2018 the Collegium Cantorum Choir of the Częstochowa Philharmonic under the direction of Janusz Siadlak recorded the monographic album Juliusz Łuciuk. Choral works, which was created in cooperation with the composer. He supervised its implementation and final shape, making sure that his thoughts were perfectly expressed by the artists as accurately as possible. It includes pieces not yet recorded, as well as a completely new work composed for maestro Janusz Siadlak, Lullaby on the Cradle to the words of Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński.

More information at: https://www.filharmonia.com.pl/ 

Warsaw Philharmonic: Premiere of André Tchaikowsky's "Concerto classico "

FNThe world premiere of André Tchaikowsky's Concerto classico for violin and orchestra will take place on 5 February 2021 at 7.30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Warsaw Philharmonic. Outstanding Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts will perform the solo part. The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Andrzej Boreyko will also present Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 3 and Gesualdo da Venosa's Six madrigals arranged for orchestra by Stanisław Skrowaczewski.

In recent decades, the oeuvre of André Tchaikowsky has been slowly gaining the recognition it truly deserves. Born in 1935 in Warsaw, he first made his name as an outstanding pianist – he won prizes in the Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1955 and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels a year later; from 1956 until his death in 1982 he lived in England. His output includes, inter alia, a symphony, two piano and two violin concertos, flute concerto, numerous works for solo piano, several chamber pieces, songs and the opera The Merchant of Venice. Many of Tchaikowsky’s pieces still remain unpublished. In today’s concert, we will hear the premiere of his Concerto Classico for violin and orchestra, which he composed in the years 1962–64.

Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, was one of the most outstanding composers of the end of the Renaissance. His main interest as a composer was the madrigal – the leading genre of lay a cappella music during the Cinquecento period. In 1992, six of Gesualdo’s madrigals were orchestrated by Stanisław Skrowaczewski, a renowned composer and one of Poland’s greatest conductors. Brahms completed his Symphony No. 3 in F Major in the summer of 1883. The first movement, Allegro con brio, begins with a threenote motif F-A-flat-F, which recurs many times during the course of the piece. This is the musical symbol of Brahm’s life motto “Frei, aber froh” (“free but happy”).

Paweł Markuszewski

Information on tickets and live streaming at: http://filharmonia.pl/