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Łódź | 78th Musica Moderna Session

AMOn 5-9 December 2021 the Department of Composition of the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź and the Polish Composers' Union will host the 78th Musica Moderna session – a celebration of contemporary music in Łódź.

The programme of this year's session included a symphonic concert, a performance of Anna Kwiatkowska / Mikołaj Pałosz duo, the final concert of the 6th "Moja (mi)nuta" Youth Composition Competition, an evening with electronic and electroacoustic music, and a traditional concert "Young Composers, Young Performers", presenting new works by composition students of the Academy of Music in Łódź. The four days event will feature pieces by Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, Anahita Abbasi, Matthias Pintscher, Mathias Spahlinger, Zdzisław Szostak, Artur Zagajewski, Bartosz Kowalski-Banasewicz, Olga Hans and Maciej Kabza, and others.

Tickets for the inaugural concert are available for purchase at the ticket office of the Concert Hall of the Academy of Music in Łódź, admission to other events is free.

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Programme: https://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/78-sesja-musica-moderna 

Warsaw | Gala Concert of Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020

WWECCThe Warsaw Wind Music Association invites you to the Gala Concert of the International Composition Contest for  Wind Orchestra – Warsaw Wind Ensemble Composition Contest 2020, which will take place on Sunday, 5 December 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the "Alternatywy" Culture Centre in Ursynów in Warsaw (9 I. Gandhi St.). The concert will feature the premiere of works by the Competition Winners in the international and Polish categories, as well as distinguished works.

Compositions awarded in the 1st (international) Competition category will be performed by the Concert Orchestra of the Representative Artistic Ensemble of the Polish Army under the baton of Lt. Marcin Ślązak. Compositions awarded in the 2nd (Polish) Competition category will be performed by the Representative Orchestra of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences under the baton of Chris David Westover (USA) – the winner of the Warsaw Wind Ensemble Conducting Competition 2019. Among the awarded composers from Poland are: Marcin Molski (1st place), Krzysztof Falkowski (2nd place), Wojciech Zwierniak (3rd place), Tomasz Labuń, Piotr Sarnecki and Bartłomiej Szułakiewicz (distinctions).

The event will be combined with the Gala Concert of the International Competition for Conductors of Brass Orchestras – Warsaw Wind Ensemble Conducting Competition 2021. The concert will feature the winners of the Competition, the final stage of which will take place on the same day from 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the "Alternatyty" Culture Centre in Ursynów. The event will be open to the public and broadcast online on the Competition website and on social media. The gala will be available on the YouTube channel of the Warsaw Wind Music Association.

The event is organized by the Warsaw Wind Music Association, PWM Edition and the "Alternatywy" Culture Centre in Ursynów. Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme, carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Katowice | "Generation '51 on their 70th birthday": Silesian Quartet, Piotr Lato & Piotr Sałajczyk

KwartetThe Generation ‘51 composers began a current in Polish music which Andrzej Chłopecki called neoromanticism. The next concert of the Silesian Quartet in the series "Generation '51 for their 70th birthday" on 4 December 2021 at 6.00 p.m. in the NOSPR Chamber Hall will be an opportunity to verify this statement.

The instruments featured in Eugeniusz Knapik’s Trio for violin, clarinet and piano provide a connection with Béla Bartók’s Contrasts, but also with Darius Milhaud’s and Alexander Arutiunian’s suites, Stravinsky’s Soldier's Tale and Khachaturian’s Trio, written for the same type of ensemble. Yet, it was not referencing history that mattered for the composer. It was the sum of timbres offered by such an ensemble and reaching for the essence of the trio genre. The piece, commissioned by Walter Verdehr in 2003, premiered at the “Warsaw Autumn” International Festival of Contemporary Music.

Can performers provide inspiration for the composer? Two years ago, the Silesian Quartet performed Bettina Skrzypczak’s String Quartet No. 4 and Mieczysław Weinberg’s Piano Quintet in one concert in Bern. It was after the concert, at which the composer was present, that the idea of writing a new piece for the same classical type of ensemble, piano and string quartet, burdened with a long tradition, yet also letting one’s sonic-timbre imagination wander freely. Bettina Skrzypczak's Piano Quintet will be premiered by the Silesian Quartet and Piotr Sałajczyk.

Bettina Skrzypczak's piece was co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme, implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket Information: https://nospr.org.pl/

"Classics Across Poland": Książek Piano Duo

NIMiTKsiążek Piano Duo, composed of Agnieszka Zahaczewska-Książek and Krzysztof Książek, will have a three-day concert tour around Greater Poland on 2-4 December 2021 as part of the Polish Music Management.

The artists will visit three places: on 2 December at 5.00 p.m. they will perform in the Concert Hall of the Apolinary Szeluto Music School Complex in Słupca, on 3 December at 5.00 p.m. at the Stanisław Moniuszko Primary Music School in Zbąszyń, and on 4 December at 5 p.m. at the Jankowice Palace.

The talented musicians will perform works by Władysława Markiewiczówna, Witold Lutosławski, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Maurice Ravel and Sergei Rachmaninoff for four hands and two pianos. The concerts will take place as part of the "Classics Across Poland" series financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, organised by the National Institute of Music and Dance. The aim of the project is to reach smaller community centres, cities, towns and villages with music programmes of the highest artistic level performed by outstanding Polish artists. So far, two editions included 96 concerts in 11 provinces across the country.

Admission to the events is free, but prior reservation is required.

More informationhttps://nimit.pl/wydarzenia/ksiazek-piano-duo-z-klasyka-przez-polske/ 

Kraków | 54th Organ Music Days

KrakowThe 54th Organ Music Days –  one of the oldest organ festivals in Poland, established at the Krakow Philharmonic in 1966 on the initiative of prof. Eugenia Umińska and Henryk Czyż – will be held in Krakow on 1-5 December 2021. The concerts of this year's edition, due to the conservation of the philharmonic organ, will be held primarily in Krakow's churches.

The first concert will take place on Wednesday, 1 December at 8.00 p.m. in the Saint Michael the Archangel and Saint Stanislaus the Bishop and Martyr Basilica. The Italian organist Eugenio Maria Fagiani will perform works from Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, to Wilhelm Rust, Gaetano Donizetti and Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck. The second concert will be held on Friday, 3 December at 7.30 p.m. in the Church of Of Our Lady Queen of Poland. Julian Gembalski, an outstanding Polish organist, will present works by Georg Muffat, Piotr Drusiński and Johann Sebastian Bach and his own pieces –Two Advent Hymn Preludes, as well as improvisations on Advent songs.

A day later, on Saturday, 4 December at 6.00 p.m., the Krakow Philharmonic will host a special oratorio concert to celebrate the 625th anniversary of the establishment of the Faculty of Theology and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Krakow. The Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir under the direction of Tomasz Tokarczyk will perform works by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki – Beatus Vir, Wojciech Kilar – Victoria, and fragments of the opera about John Paul II – Totus Tuus by Paweł Sydor. Stanislav Kuflyuk (baritone), Adrian Domarecki (tenor), Sylwia Ziółkowska (soprano), Dawid Roy (baritone), Grzegorz Królak (bass), mezzo-sopranos – Agnieszka Karpińska and Klaudyna Nitkiewicz and Karol Bonawentura Mieliński (baritone) will perform as soloists.

The last concert of the 54th Organ Music Days will be held on Sunday, 5 December at 6.00 p.m. at the Sanctuary of Saint John Paul II. Bogdan Narloch on the organ and Roman Gryń on the trumpet will present compositions by Clarke, Stanley, Bach, Chopin, Wawiłow, Czerniewicz, Dubois and Bédard. Admission to all concerts outside the Krakow Philharmonic is free!

More information: www.filharmonia.krakow.pl 

Kraków | Cracow Duo celebrates its 20th anniversary

CracowDuoThe Polish Composers' Union – Krakow Branch and the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow invite you to a concert to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Cracow: Kalinowski & Szlezer which will take place on 4 December 2021 at 7.00 p.m. in the Aula "Florianka" Hall.

The cellist Jan Kalinowski and pianist Marek Szlezer studied together in Cracow and Paris and began to perform together as Cracow Duo twenty years ago. Since that time their concerts and recordings received the highest critical acclaim in Poland and abroad. They share a special commitment and fascination with music written by rarely performed Polish composers. Among their many programs, the Cracow Duo frequently presented compositions for cello and piano by Fryderyk Chopin, Aleksander Tansman, Karol Szymanowski, Zygmunt Stojowski, Szymon Laks, Ludomir Rożycki and Tadeusz Majerski, as well as works by contemporary Polish and foreign composers written specially for them. Since 2009, Cracow Duo regularly records and releases CDs. In 2019 they were recognized with Global Music Awards Outstanding Achievement for the best duo performance in Classical Music.

During the upcoming concert, the ensemble will perform two world premieres. We will hear the first performance of the piece The Gates of Light – Quasi una fantasia (2021) by Marta Ptaszyńska, which was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance, and Three dreams and the lullaby (2020) by Maciej Zieliński. There will also be a Polish premiere of Michał Dobrzyński's Quasi una partita (omaggio a Tansman). In addition, the programme will include works for cello and piano by Zbigniew Bujarski, Anna Zawadzka-Gołosz, Tomasz Jakub Opałka, Marcel Chyrzyński and Wojciech Widłek.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Warsaw | Adam Bałdych & Sinfonia Iuventus

POSIA concert of Adam Bałdych and his excellent quartet alongside the Jerzy Semkow Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under the baton of Szymon Bywalec will take place on 4 December 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw.

Adam Bałdych, violinist and composer, called "a child prodigy of violin", started his career at the age of 14. Soon he was hailed an innovator combining the achievements of classical music with contemporary improvised violin. In his recent pieces, composed for renowned orchestras, there are clearer references to classical music.

In 2019, on commission from AUKSO orchestra, he composed Early Birds Symphony for the auksodrone festival. Teodor, on the other hand, was composed for his son, born in the summer of 2020. Adam Bałdych ran the project with his wife – vocalist Kari Sál, and with Krzysztof Dys, Michał Barański and Dawid Fortuna, who are members of his ensemble, Adam Bałdych Quartet. The artist decided to go back to the years of his childhood and draw inspirations from the exceptional atmosphere of the 1980s. It was not only the time of the explosion of synthetic sounds and provocative music projects, but also the golden era of Polish Jazz represented by such eminent musicians as Tomasz Stańko, Michał Urbaniak or Zbigniew Namysłowski. The 80s, marking the decline of the Polish People’s Republic, abounded in rebellious compositions and avant-garde peregrinations, both in jazz and classical music.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: www.sinfoniaiuventus.pl 

Wrocław | Ãtma Quartet: Death and the Maiden

AtmaThe programme of Ãtma Quartet's concert on 2 December 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław includes two works. One of them represents the modern era, the other – Romanticism. What they have in common is their genius form, with the depth of emotions and the intimacy of expression going hand in hand with the mastery of craft.

Krzysztof Penderecki composed the String Quartet No. 3 'Leaves from an Unwritten Diary' in 2008. Its premiere took place on 21 November of the same year, exactly on the artist’s 75th birthday. It is a one-movement work in which the composer enters a dialogue with his past, as evidenced by the subtitle. The piece begins with a dark introduction marked as Grave (Italian: “hard”), followed by a restless, virtuoso episode of Vivace (Italian: “lively”), a sentimental waltz (Tempo di valse) and a romantic nocturne (Adagio notturno). A Hutsul or Gypsy melody played on the violin by Penderecki’s father from Rohatyn, also resounds here, developed in various ways: like a vague, last-minute memory recalled. This is one of the artist’s most moving, personal and reflective compositions.

An entirely different work is the dramatic, intense 14th String Quartet in D minor D 810 'Death and the Maiden' by Franz Schubert. The second movement, Andante con moto, is a variation on a song composed by Schubert to a poem by Matthias Claudius, in which a young girl asks death to spare her life.

The project is part of the commemoration of the centenary of regaining independence and rebuilding Polish statehood.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket Information: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/ 

Warsaw | 6th SuperSam + 1: Biliana Voutchkova & Teoniki Rożynek

SuperSamThe next concert in the 6th SuperSam + 1 series of master performances will take place at the SPATiF Club in Warsaw on 2 December 2021 at 8.00 p.m. Biliana Voutchkova will perform on one stage with Teoniki Rożynek.

"Super" in the title means that the programme will be based on renowned artists – masters. "Sam" (from Polish, means 'alone', 'by himself/herself') refers to the solo performances as well as the creative loneliness. "+ 1" in the title means that each evening will be crowned with a duo performance. In most cases, the artists will meet on stage for the first time – like Bulgarian musician Biliana Voutchkova and Polish composer Teoniki Rożynek.

Teoniki Rożynek composes instrumental, electroacoustic and electronic music. Her works have been performed at various festivals, including the "Warsaw Autumn", Musica Electronica Nova, Sacrum Profanum, Unsound, Containerclang (Cologne) or Bedingo International Festival of Exploratory Music. She has collaborated with such ensembles as Kompopolex, Spółdzielnia Muzyczna, Capella Cracoviensis and Sinfonia Varsovia. She creates music for films, theatre and television productions as well as performances.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: http://supersam.mozg.pl