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Katowice | Vivat Academia! Concert and Meeting with Prof. Leon Markiewicz


The guest of the next meeting of the "Vivat Academia" series, which will take place on Thursday, 26 September 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Archdiocese Museum in Katowice, will be Prof. Leon Markiewicz – outstanding musicologist, pedagogue and publicist. The meeting and the accompanying concert will be hosted by Grażyna Brewińska.

The Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" joined the celebrations of the 90th anniversary of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, which is the oldest academic institution in Upper Silesia. Once again, the organizers invite music lovers to a meeting held as part of the "Vivat Academia!" series, which gives the opportunity to meet the rectors of the Katowice Academy of Music.

In 1949–55, Professor Leon Markiewicz studied pedagogy and theory of music at the PWSM in Katowice – today's Academy of Music, becoming its rector in 1979–81. He has also been the head of the Music Theory Department and the head of the Music Education Department. For many years he was a lecturer at the Pedagogical University in Częstochowa. He was the director and secretary of the jury of the International Grzegorz Fitelberg Competition for Conductors in Katowice. The impressive achievements of Prof. Markiewicz covers around 140 publications, and nearly 300 reviews that appeared in the music and daily press. His research interests are focused on music analysis, Silesian music culture, all aspects of music pedagogy, and the popularization of music.

As always, the meeting led by Grażyna Brewińska will be accompanied by music. We will listen to the works by Manuel de Falla, Maurice Ravel, Karol Szymanowski and Grzegorz Fitelberg in the interpretations of graduates and current lecturers of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music – violinist Adam Mokrus and pianist Katarzyna Makowska.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://www.silesia.art.pl/

Warsaw | Musical Seasons – Autumn

jesienThe Polish Composers' Union invites you to another concert from the "Musical Seasons – Autumn" cycle, organized by the Warsaw Branch of the Polish Composers' Union as an accompanying event of the "Warsaw Autumn" Festival. The concert will take place on Monday, 23 September 2019 at 4 p.m. in the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph the Betrothed (52/54 Krakowskie Przedmieście).

The concert will feature four premieres: Sławomir Czarnecki – O crux benedicta (2015), Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska – Agnus Dei (2019), Paweł Łukaszewski – Gwiazd siewco i księżyców to words by Jan Lechoń (1989), and Pacierz za zmarłych to words by Artur Oppman (1988). The programme will also include works by such composers as: Romuald Twardowski – Chwalitie Imia Gospodnie (1990), Aldona Nawrocka – Agnus Dei (2002), Jerzy Bauer – Hymne des premieres Vepres de Saint Martin (1995), Jakub Szafrański – Tu es filius meus (2015), Miłosz Bembinow – Beatus servus (2008), Two loves I have to words by William Shakespeare from the cycle ShakeSpired (2015), Sławomir Zamuszko – Serce roście to words by Jan Kochanowski (1999, rev. 2004), Bartosz Kowalski – Where are you to the composer's words  (2012), Zbigniew Bagiński – Inventores rerum, nr 4. Dzwonów głosy to words by Jan Protasowicz (1992), Jerzy Bauer – Pieśń o żołnierzach z Westerplatte to words by Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński (1968).

The concert will be performed by the VOCORE vocal ensemble composed of: Adrianna Żołnierczuk – soprano, Julia Gniazdowska – soprano, Apolonia Golachowska – alto, Katarzyna Karbownik – alto, Kacper Szemraj – tenor, artistic director, Filip Ejlak – tenor, Michał Malec – baritone, Michał Kijewski – bass.

Admission free!


Kraków | 10th International Sfogato Music & Arts Festival

SfogatoThe 10th anniversary edition of the International Sfogato Music & Arts Festival will be held betwwen 23 September and 5 December 2019 in Krakow. The Artistic Director of the event in Marta Polańska.

International Sfogato Music & Arts Festival is the only regular festival event in Krakow, for which the music and the creative personality of Frederic Chopin is the main inspiration. This symbolized the name of the event – Sfogato – the Italian word used for the first time by Frederic Chopin as a musical term to describe one epizode of his Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60. Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz interpreted sfogato epizode, definited by Chopin with an adjective dolce, as a moment that brings catharsis, ecstasy and purification. By using this parallel he referred to the function, which art, and music, served in ancient times. The aim of the festival is to present the multifaceted role of music and art in human life.

September 23, 2019 begins the 10th Jubilee International Sfogato Music and Arts Festival in Krakow. During this edition of the festival, we will celebrate many anniversaries, including the 170th anniversary of the death of Fryderyk Chopin, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Clara Schumann, the 110th anniversary of the birth and the 50th anniversary of the death of Grażyna Bacewicz and the 50th birthday anniversary of Alexei Sultanov. The presence of Japanese artists is related to the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Japan and Poland. The Opening Gala Concert, which will take place on 23 September at 7 p.m. at Villa Decius, will feature works by Frederic Chopin, Franz Schubert, Clara Schumann, Henryk Wieniawski, Stanisław Moniuszko, and Grażyna Bacewicz.

The festival programme will also includ  the Sfogato International Composers' Competition for the works for bell and signal, walk along the Krakow trail of Frederic Chopin and Stanisław Moniuszko, "Master and Student" concert, music workshops conducted by eminent pedagogues from Russia and Poland, and the conference under the slogan Psychology: Music–Art–Media, which will be chaired by prof. Helena Wrona-Polańska. Admission to all festival events is free!

The festival is held under the honorary patronage of: Marshal of the Lesser Poland Province Witold Kozłowski, Mayor of Krakow Jacek Majchrowski, Metropolitan of Krakow Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Krakow Dr Michael Groß.

Media patronage: Polish Miusic Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sfogato.org, www.sfogatofestival.com

Częstochowa | Music in the Temples 2019

Muzyka w Świątyniach

Next edition of the historic concerts "Music in the Temples" will take place on 23-25 Septembe 2019 in Częstochowa. This is a unique, mystical journey through time, accompanied by soothing sounds of sacred choral music.

The concerts will take place in three Churches in Częstochowa: St Joseph Church, St. Barbara and Andrew the Apostle Church and Church of Of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The programme will include pearls of Polish and European a cappella music – works by Juliusz Łuciuk, Paweł Łukaszewski and Romuald Twardowski. The concert will be performed by the Częstochowa Philharmonic Choir Collegium Cantorum conducted by maestro Janusz Siadlak. A short historical introduction will be provided by the head of the Częstochowa Documentation Center, Dr Juliusz Sętowski.

The project organized by the Institute of Art Development in cooperation with the Częstochowa Philharmonic was co-financed by the Częstochowa City Hall and the Polish History Museum in Warsaw.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Łódź | International Symposium for Wind Instruments

Am Łódź

On 23-24 September 2019, the Academy of Music in Łódź will host the International Symposium for Wind Instruments. The event dedictaed to the art of orchestral parts performance will feature lectures, presentations, master classes and public concerts with the participation of specialists from Germany and Poland.

The concerts will include transcriptions and original works written for tuba, natural horns, flugelhorns and piccolo trumpets. On the first evening, the artists will present baroque, classical and contemporary music for trumpet and horns, including Musica Festiva II for brass trio by contemporary composer from Łódź, Olga Hans. The second evening will be dominated by music for tuba and trombone, featuring compositions and arrangements by Øystein Baadsvik, Gary A. Buttery, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Launa Grøndahl, Stjepan Šulek and Erik Ewazen.

In addition, on Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the participants will have a chance to take part in public presentations and exhibitions of musical instruments and publications.

More information athttp://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/miedzynarodowe-sympozjum-dla-instrumentow-detych 

Warsaw | 62nd International Festival Of Contemporary Music "Warsaw Autumn"


The 62nd edition of the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music will take place on 20-28 September 2019 under the slogan "Pneuma – ExpandedReality". The festival features over 50 events, including 29 in the main thread, two within Warsaw Autumn Hits the Club, seven at Little Warsaw Autumn, and a dozen fringe events.

This year’s "Warsaw Autumn" concludes a specific triptych of ideas that inspired our programmes between 2017 and 2019. 2017’s “Trans/avant-garde” addressed musical radicalism and various avant-garde movements with their social agendas. 2018’s “Res Publica” tackled different aspects of identity, shaping our consciousness, including national and social. 2019’s “Pneuma” nurtures the nature of the undefined. Regardless of its themes, "Warsaw Autumn" is primarily an overview of new music from recent years, with references to twentieth-century music.

The main thread of the Festival will feature eleven first performances of works by Monika Dalach, Magdalena Długosz, Paweł Hendrich, Zygmunt Krauze, Cécile Marti, Adrián Mocanu, Piotr Roemer, Agnieszka Stulgińska, Piotr Tabakiernik, Tadeusz Wielecki, and Sławomir Wojciechowski. Further premieres will be featured at Warsaw Autumn Hits the Club and Little Warsaw Autumn. Especially interesting will be two large musical shows: Aperghis’s Thinking Things presented by IRCAM; and Rønsholdt’s Gaze for Gaze celebrated by the Danish ensemble SCENATET, the VRC choir and …the audience. One of the Festival’s threads will be the music of Swiss female composers: Cécile Marti and Katharina Rosenberger, featured in a spectacular concert of the Basel Sinfonietta, as well as Icelandic female composers: Thurídur Jónsdóttir and Bára Gísladóttir, whose works are included in the opening and final concert.

Full programme available at: http://www.warszawska-jesien.art.pl/wj2019/home-2019 

Bydgoszcz | 57th Bydgoszcz Music Festival

Bydgoski Festiwal

57th edition of the Bydgoszcz Music Festival will take place on 20 September – 11 October 2019 at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic, featuring ten concerts under the slogan "Contrasts – songs from different sides".

The festival will present vocal and instrumental works of different eras, incuding less known but extremely attractive genres of music – from songs from the Okinawa island region in Japan, through the presentation of songs inspired by the Kashubian folklore (the premiere of the cycle of twelve Kashubian songs God's Will by Łukasz Godyla), to the performance of the original "Zaboracy' Folk Theater from Brusy. A separate concert will be dedicated to the cantatas of Stanisław Moniuszko. During the "Silver Screen Vocals" concert, which will be accompanied by live visualizations, we will listen to music by Fryderyk Chopin, Wojciech Kilar, Michał Lorenc and Krzesimir Dębski. The "Evening of Songs", held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting the performances of Polish music, will including works by Karol Szymanowski (Four Polish Dances, Penthesilea) and Witold Lutosławski (Chantefleurs et Chantefables).

Among the performers, there will be outstanding Polish and foreign musicians, including the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic Choir in Katowice, the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir of the European Art Center, the Capella Bydgostiensis Chamber Orchestra, the Astrolabium Choir from Toruń, the Chamber Choir of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, the Taras Shevchenko National Opera Choir of Ukraine, the famous group L'Arpeggiata with their latest project Himmelsmusik (the Polish premiere will take place in Bydgoszcz) and a group of internationally renowned conductors and soloists.

Full programme available at: http://www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/ 

Rzeszów | 1st Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music

Konkurs Moniuszki

The Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów will take place on 20-27 September 2019. It is a new cultural initiative which purpose is to promote Polish music around the world and make the listeners realise the quality and significance of the musical legacy of Stanisław Moniuszko and many other distinguished Polish composers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The first edition of the Competition is intended for two categories of participants – pianists and chamber ensembles. The programme will include works mainly from the 19th and 20th century, selected from the works of 50 Polish composers.

Competition auditions will be held at the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów on 21-26 September 2019, and the winners' concert – on 27 September. The performers will be the Artur Malawski Philharmonic Orchestra  in Rzeszów under the direction of Jerzy Salwarowski and Tomasz Chmiel as well as the winners of the competition. The event will be repeated on 29 September at the National Philharmonic.

The competition is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance. The event is co-organized by the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów. The first edition of the Competition is held under the National Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda in the 100th Anniversary of Independence.

More information at: www.konkursmuzykipolskiej.pl 

Lublin | 6th International Wieniawski Brothers Festival

Festiwal Wieniawskich

6th edition of the International Wieniawski Brothers Festival will be held at the Lublin Philharmonic on 21-27 September 2019.

The festival aims to present the musical heritage of the brothers: brilliant violinist Henryk and excellent pianist Józef Wieniawski – well-known virtuosos and composers of the 19th century. However, the programme also includes music by composers related to Lublin – the hometown of Wieniawski, Polish composers of the 19th and 20th centuries, and masterpieces of European music.

The festival will be inaugurated by an extraordinary recital by Corina Marti – Swiss harpsichordist, flute and early keyboard instruments teacher at the Scholi Cantorum Basiliensis. The artist will present works from the tablature of Jan of Lublin, one of the greatest musical monuments of the 16th-century Europe, on the new Philharmonic instrument – a copy of the wing harpsichord, made according to the museum patterns of the 18th-century creator Pascal Taskin.

On 24 September, Norwegian pianist Aksel Kolstad, called the "Quentin Tarantino of classical music", and Agnieszka Schulz-Brzyska, lecturer at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, will present works by Józef Wieniawski, Władysław Żeleński, Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Sergiusz Rachmaninow, Claude Debussy, and Aksel Kolstad.

The festival will culminate in an extraordinary symphony concert under the baton of Wojciech Rodek together with Georgius Osokin – winner of the 9th International Chopin Piano Competition in Moscow (2014), finalist of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin  Piano Competition (2015). The artists will present symphonic works by Antonin Dvořák and Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 by Fryderyk Chopin.

Full programme available athttp://filharmonialubelska.pl/pl,0,s285,miedzynarodowy_festiwal_braci_wieniawskich.html