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Wagner's "The Valkyrie" live from the Metropolitan Opera on March 30


The Valkyrie, the second part of Richard Wagner's tetralogy The Ring of the Nibelung, in the monumental production of Robert Lepage, will be broadcast live to cinemas from The Metropolitan Opera on March 30, 2019. The "Praha" Cinema in Warsaw invites you to broadcast at 4.40 p.m.

The second opera in Wagner’s monumental Ring cycle has long stood on its own as an evening of extraordinarily powerful theater. Part of this appeal lies in its focus on some of the Ring’s most interesting characters at decisive moments of their lives: Wotan, the leader of the gods; his wife, Fricka; his twin offspring, Siegmund and Sieglinde; and, above all, Wotan’s warrior daughter Brünnhilde. These characters and others follow their destinies to some of Wagner’s most remarkable music.

In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, Wotan’s willful warrior daughter, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance. Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek play the incestuous twins Siegmund and Sieglinde. Greer Grimsley sings Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts.

The list of places in Poland, where you can watch broadcasts from the MET, is available here.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.kinopraha.pl

Poznań | Premiere of Jerzy Fryderyk Wojciechowski's opera "Ofelia"

Teatr Wielki Poznań

The premiere of "Ofelia" by Jerzy Fryderyk Wojciechowski, directed by Krzysztof Cicheński, will take place on March 30, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Stanisław Moniuszko Grand Theater in Poznań.

This one-act opera based on Stanisław Wyspiański's drama The Death of Ophelia qualified itself to the final of the10th Metaphors of Reality Competition (2017) organized by the Polish Theater in Poznań and the Stanisław Moniuszko Grand Theater in Poznan.

Wojciechowski, who did not change or delete a single line of the original, wrote his opera for two soloists, and introduced the third heroine – Britney Spears, whose songs were discreetly introduced to the score. A frightened student in a school uniform, a miserable bride-to-be in a wedding dress and shaved, filled with rage Britney represent exaggerated cultural clichés. On the one hand, these stereotypical representations facilitate identification with such a phantasmatic (Young Poland and contemporary) representation of femininity, and on the other hand enable (feminist, emotional and ideological) opposition to traditional or patriarchal, commonly persisted patterns.

Maria Domżał, Maria Antkowiak and Diana Cristescu will perform the leading roles.

More information at: https://opera.poznan.pl/pl/ofelia 

Stanisław Dybowski has passed away


Polish musicologist, journalist, publicist, and music critic Stanisław Dybowski died at the age of 72 on March 25, 2019.

He graduated from the Institute of Musicology at the University of Warsaw. From 1972 he worked at the Fryderyk Chopin Society, and in the years 1978-1993 at the "WIFON" label.

Since 1970 he published circa 1000 concert reviews and articles in newspapers and periodicals such as: „Słowo Powszechne”, „Ruch Muzyczny”, „Kierunki”, „Studio”, „Nasz Dziennik”, „Nasz Głos”, „Muzyka21”. He was also writing concert programme notes for the Warsaw Philharmonic. He was an author of many radio broadcasts for the Polish Radio (circa 1000 broadcasts since 1970, including such series as „Antologia sonaty fortepianowej”, „Wielcy wykonawcy”, „Rachmaninow”, „Grają uczniowie Liszta”, „Wykonawcy polscy”). He was one of the founders of the Liszt Society in Wrocław and a member of the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Society in Bydgoszcz.

Katowice | With Motion Trio

Motion Trio

On March 31, 2019 at 6.00 p.m. Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice invites you to a joint concert of the Silesian Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Robert Kabara and the Motion Trio.

An accordion trio was founded in 1996 by Janusz Wojtarowicz – leader and author of most of the compositions. They are a phenomenon on the European and global music market. Janusz Wojtarowicz, Paweł Baranek and Marcin Gałażyn are world class accordionists. Using all the advantages of the accordion in their creations, they continually explore the new possibilities of this instrument, changing the way that it is perceived. Their concerts are musical performances that contain action and drama.

During the March concert at the Silesian Philharmonic, the musicians will present motion music – defined by composer Janusz Wojtarowicz as music that incorporates new sounds by using new accordion techniques, thus providing a fresh look at the possibilities of this instrument. The programme will also incude Prelude in E minor, Op. 28 No. 4 by Fryderyk Chopin and Orawa by Wojciech Kilar in the version for three accordions, first performed in 2008 at the New York Carnegie Hall.

More information at: https://www.filharmonia-slaska.eu/koncert-15476482829170!3158.htmlss 

Łódź | Four Decades of Accordion Music

AM Łódź

World premieres of accordion works, lectures and master classes with the participation of foreign guests constitute a programme of the International Scientific and Artistic Conference entitled "Four decades of accordion music in the Academy of Music in Łódź – retrospective, current status, continuation strategies", which will be held on 28-29 March 2019.

During the concert in the Academy of Music in Łódź on November 28, two orchestras will perform: the Młodzi nie.poważni Orchestra under the baton of Michał Śmiechowicz and the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź under the direction of Marcin Wolniewski and soloists. As part of the Conference, there will also be a concert of accordion music with world premieres of orchestral and chamber compositions written by Sławomir Kaczorowski, Arshia Samsaminia, Leszek Kołodziejski and Volodymyr Runchak. We will also listen to the Asteroides for accordion ensemble by Bronisław Kazimierz Przybylski.

A block of lectures on various performance and historical issues will begin on March 28 at the Palace of the Music Academy in Łódź. Master classes conducted by artists from abroad will be held both on Thursday and Friday and will be open to public. On March 29 at 4.30 p.m., the organizers also invite for the 50th anniversary of artistic activity of prof. Bogdan Dowlasz, accordionist and composer, pedagogue at the Academy of Music in Łódź, in 1993-99 the rector of this academy. The artistic and pedagogical output of the Professor will be presented, and his works will be performed by teachers and students of the Academy of Music in Łódź. Admission free.

More information at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl

Warsaw | Resounds. New Polish Music – Mykietyn, Kościów, Strawiński

Sinfonia Varsovia

The first edition of the cycle "Resound. New Polish music" will end with the premiere of two concertos for solo instruments and orchestra composed by Paweł Mykietyn and Aleksander Kościów. On March 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw, Sinfonia Varsovia under the baton of Bassema Akiki will accompany soloists, Marcin Zdunik and Klaudiusz Baran, dedicatees of the new works.

The cycle "Resound. New Polish music", organized by the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, has become a platform for the presentation of the latest works by leading Polish composers in confrontation with the 20th-century tradition. The finale of the first edition presents two different perspectives on the form of a concerto for a solo instrument accompanied by a symphony orchestra.

Concerto for cello and orchestra No. 2 by Paweł Mykietyn, featuring cellist Marcin Zdunik as a soloist, will begin the evening. Then Klaudiusz Baran, an extremely valued and versatile accordionist, rector of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, will perform the solo part in Aleksander Kościów's Concerto for accordion and orchestra. The works were commissioned as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. The concert will end with the Suite from the ballet The Fire Birdby one of the classics of the last century, Igor Stravinsky

A meeting with Paweł Mykietyn and Aleksander Kościów, conducted by Jan Topolski, will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the foyer of the Polish Radio Concert Studio.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Bydgoszcz | Flute as the lead instrument


On March 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz invites you to a concert featuring the Second Flute Concerto by Mieczysław Weinberg.

This year, Mieczysław Weinberg would celebrate 100th birthday. Born in Warsaw on December 8, 1919, a composer and pianist of Jewish origin emigrated to the USSR after the outbreak of World War II and continued his artistic career there. His Second Flute Concerto, Op. 148 will be performed by Łukasz Długosz, a laureate of many national and international prestigious flute competitions.

After the break, we will listen to Sergei Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27, which brought the composer considerable publicity and remains one of his best-known compositions. The Symphony Orchestra of the Pomeranian Philharmonic will perform under the baton of Robertas Šervenikas – graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, conductor of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra and the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater.

Information on tickets at: http://www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/blog/wydarzenia/koncert-symfoniczny-44/

Nowy Jork | Moniuszko Bicentenary Gala

Moniuszko26 marca 2019 roku o godz. 20:00 w Carnegie Hall będzie miał miejsce koncert, który zainauguruje obchody Roku Stanisława Moniuszki w Stanach Zjednoczonych.

Podczas koncertu w Carnegie Hall zostaną zaprezentowane najbardziej znane pieśni i arie operowe kompozytora, a także jego Kwartet smyczkowy d-moll, wirtuozowskie parafrazy fortepianowe jego utworów, arcydzieła Fryderyka Chopina i Henryka Wieniawskiego. Ponadto odbędzie się światowa premiera Sonetów krymskich kompozytora Norberta Paleja, dedykowanych Stanisławowi Moniuszce.

Utwory zaprezentują znakomici artyści, w tym polscy muzycy: śpiewacy Monika Krajewska (mezzosopran), Marc-Antoine d'Aragon (baryton), Emily Riedel (mezzosopran), skrzypkowie Anna Filochowska i Piotr Filochowski, pianiści Radoslawa Jasik, Natasha Ulyanovsky, Xheni Rroji oraz gościnnie Julia Izabela Partyka i nowojorski polski chór Angelus.

Koncert poprowadzi polska aktorka Liliana Komorowska, której działalność przyczynia się do promocji polskiej sztuki w Stanach Zjednoczonych i Kanadzie.

Opole | Forgotten Polish Music


A repertoire of the concert on March 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic is an intriguing combination of works by three composers.

Grażyna Bacewicz (whose 110th birthday and 50th death anniversaries fall this year) was a great violinist, winner of the First Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition. Therefore, her compositions were mainly written for this instrument. Nevertheless, she also created for symphony orchestra, and her Ouverture from 1943 is a flagship example. It will be peerformed by the Symphony Orchestra of the Opole Philharmonic directed by Przemysław Neumann.

Dmitri Shostakovich was claimed as the greatest symphonist of the twentieth century. Although the times in which he lived determined his musical language, the composer brilliantly smuggled the characteristic irony, elements of the grotesque and dramaturgy into his works. These features are evident in his Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, which will be performed by Bartosz Koziak. In the finale of the evening, we will listen to the popular Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an exhibition, instrumented by Maurice Ravel.

The concert is held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performances of Polish music.

More information at: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/wydarzenia/polska-muzyka-zapomniana-2/