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Paderewski Centre in Kąśna Dolna | Talent Week Festival 2021 Online

Centrum PaderewskiegoIt is hard to imagine the concert season in Kąśna Dolna without the Week of Talents – a festival with almost 40 years of tradition. In 2021, the event will take place without the audience, with all concerts broadcast online on 18-23 May.

The Paderewski Centre scheduled two new events as part pf the festival: the Competition for the Anna Knapik Award for students of music schools in Lesser Poland and the Competition for the Scholarship of the Paderewski Center in Kąśna Dolna for students of Polish art schools. The general assumption of both competitions is to focus on one specialization in a given year, in the cycle: vocal, string instruments, piano. Participants of the current vocal edition will present their skills at competition concerts in a unique place – the last surviving property of Ignacy Jan Paderewski in the world. We will hear works by Paderewski himself, Grażyna Bacewicz, Mieczysław Karłowicz, Franciszek Maklakiewicz, Feliks Nowowiejski, Ludomir Różycki, Władysław Żeleński, as well as representatives of various European composers' schools. The competition participants will be assessed by committees composed of eminent figures of Polish culture.

The festival will also include a traditional concert of Tarnów Talents, i.e. distinguished students of the Tarnów music school, under the patronage of Ignacy Jan Paderewski. The list of performers includes: Grzegorz Wijas (organ), Karolina Starzyk and Borys Komisarz (piano duo), Aleksandra Kubala (violin) and Jan Łukasik (drums).

All concerts will be broadcast live (free of charge) on Paderewski Centre's YouTube and Facebook.

More information: https://www.centrumpaderewskiego.pl/ 

Festival of Polish Music and Art – performance

Swieto Polskiej MuzykiTo celebrate the Festival of Polish Music and Art, Zajezdnia Kultury in Pleszew has created an artistic project which will have its premiere on 15 May 2021 at 8:00 p.m. on the institution's YouTube channel and Facebook page.

The project combines paintings of a Polish artist and cultural animator associated with Pleszew – Marian Bogusz with music composed for this occasion by composer Artur Żuchowski and performed by flautist Natalia Chudzicka, who is associated with the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań. The film material was produced by Dawid "Budzik" Budziński and Norbert "Nupa" Radomski. The result is a several-minute presentation of three selected paintings by the artist from the collections of the Regional Museum in Pleszew, on behalf of which Katarzyna Rutkowska is the curator of the exhibition.

The idea of ​​the event itself may owe its final shape to the times of self-isolation in which we have recently lived. It might be considered as a condensation of the elements of a vernissage, presented through the subjective eye of the producers and published online. Nevertheless, it can aspire to be an independent art form, a certain attempt at an artistic presentation of the world.

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Warsaw | Night of Museums in Białołęka with Henryk Melcer

MelcerFew people know that the great Polish pianist and composer Henryk Melcer-Szczawiński was born in 1869 in the Marcelin estate in Warsaw's Białołęka district. It is to him that the AVE Foundation dedicates the Night of Museums on 15 May 2021. An exhibition, vintage bus tours, activities for children and a unique musical spectacle are planned!

Dr Michał Piekarski from the Institute of the History of Science of the Polish Academy of Sciences is the author of the exhibition, which will be opened during the Night of Museums at 5.00 p.m. at the Majlert family's horticultural farm "Rysiny" at Smugowa St. in Marcelin. It covers the entire biography of the composer and presents his work.

The opening of the exhibition will be accompanied by a unique outdoor musical performance about the life and work of the composer. Those present will hear his Sonata in G major for violin and piano, considered the most outstanding Polish violin sonata of the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, selected songs and the ballad MrsTwardowska to the words of Adam Mickiewicz. Outstanding musicians will perform: violinist Celina Kotz, laureate of the 15th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, pianists Grzegorz Skrobiński (lecturer at the FCUM) and Gabriela Machowska, soloist of the Polish Royal Opera Witold Żołądkiewicz and the Białołęka AVE choir with friends from the National Philharmonic Choir conducted by Barbara Hijewska.

Moreover, historic bus trips around Białołęka from Melcer's times will depart from in front of the town hall of the Białołęka District at 7.00 and 10.00 p.m., and during the day there will be interactive workshops for children about the composer's life and work, conducted by an excellent musicologist, Anna Ługowska (four tours: 9.00, 10.10, 11.20, 12.30).

Activities are planned on-site. Due to the pandemic, reservations are required for all events (http://fundacjaave.pl/en/ and tel. 608 178 447).

Night of Museums 2021 at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic

OiFPOn 15 May 2021, the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic (OiFP) invites you to the "Night of Museums" in a hybrid form. The programme includes performances by the OiFP Children's and Youth Choir, a show of the skills of ballet artists, a photo exhibition "The Birth of a Musical" and an online concert.

“On Saturday evening, we invite you for a family walk on Odeska Street. Here at 6.00 and 7.00 p.m., the Children's and Youth Choir of the OiFP will perform in our Amphitheater under the direction of Ewa Rafałko. Young artists will present the programme "Brzechwa Musically", composed of the works of the king of children's literature to music by Marcin Nagnajewicz. At 6.30 and 7.30 p.m., in the square at the entrance to the Amphitheater, a dance show by the artists of our ballet company will begin, to the music from the concert dedicated to the memory of Krzysztof Krawczyk," – explains Prof. Violetta Bielecka, acting director of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic.

Throughout the evening, you will also be able to see photos from the exhibition "The Birth of a Musical" by OiFP photographer Michał Heller. Amateurs of beautiful views will be able to enter the terraces and the roof of the Opera House between 5.30 and 9.00 p.m.

This year's "Night of Museums" will take place in a hybrid form: the concert "On a beautiful cruise..." with works by Krzysztof Krawczyk will be streamed on the OiFP YouTube channel and Facebook page at 7:00 p.m.

All the events are free of charge! Detailed programme is available at: https://www.oifp.eu/repertuar/noc-muzeow-2021/

Stars of World Stages at Poznań Philharmonic. Mozart our Contemporary

FPJan Lisiecki, a prominent Canadian pianist with Polish roots (and a connection with Poznań) will be the main performer of the next Poznań Philharmonic’s Internet Concert held as part of the Stars of World Stages series on 14 May 2021 at 7 p.m. The event was entitled “Mozart Our Contemporary”, as during the concert we will listen to one of Mozart’s works, as well as a contemporary piece composed… in Mozart style.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat major KV 482 in Vienna, which he called, in a letter to his father, the land of the piano. He began to compose the Concerto in E-flat major in November 1785, while simultaneously working on The Marriage of Figaro. He completed it on 16 December and the same evening he performed it… between the acts of the Ester oratorio by Karl Ditters von Dittersdorf! It has been found in the notes of Leopold Mozart, father of Amadeus, that the listeners back then were particularly captivated by the second movement of the Concerto and that they regularly called for an encore.

After Mozart – Symphony in Mozart Style by Krzysztof Meyer – a unique example of a pastiche of Mozart style revealing how well the composer is able to handle various styles and techniques. The audience truly has an impression of listening to a work from the 18th century. Poznań music lovers who sat in the audience of the AMU Concert Hall on the 1 April 1977 were entirely sure that the piece was written by Mozart. Only the conductor Renard Czajkowski was aware of that April Fools’ Day joke (the concert even had a subheading: “April Fools’ Day”). Everybody else (even the musicians!) didn’t know the truth until it was revealed after the premiere performance. Could they fall for it? Listen and assess yourself…

More information: https://filharmoniapoznanska.pl/en/

9th "New Music" Festival

Nowa MuzykaThe 9th "New Music" Festival, organised by the Kujavian-Pomeranian Branch of the Polish Composers' Union in Bydgoszcz, the Municipal Cultural Centre in Bydgoszcz and the Department of Music Education of the Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, will be held on 7-16 May 2021. The rich programme of the festival will include over a dozen world premieres. All concerts will be available online.

The festival will start with a concert of electroacoustic music with harpsichord at the Municipal Cultural Centre in Bydgoszcz. Subsequent events – chamber music concerts, an evening of songs and a concert of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Mariusz Kończal, will take place in the Copernicanum Hall of the Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz on 8, 9, 10, 11 and 16 May at 5.00 p.m.

We will hear the latest works by Paulina Zujewska, Angelika Iżykowska, Sławomir Opaliński, Magdalena Kurdziel, Marcin Kopczyński, Marcin Gumiela, Aleksandra Brejza, Agnieszka Zdrojek-Suchodolska, Artur Kroschel, and Piotr A. Komorowski. The list of performers will include many great musicians who specialize in the performance of contemporary music: soprano Kornelia Wojnarowska, violists Krzysztof Komendarek-Tymendorf and Lech Bałaban, cellists Filip Syska and Agnieszka Bałaban, harpsichordist Dorota Zimna, accordionist Stanisław Miłek, violinists Jan Bałaban and Michał Szałach, and pianists Marcin Kopczyński, Rafał Tworek, Maciej Gański, Małgorzata Furche-Jurczyk, Witold Kawalec, and Krzysztof Sowiński.

All concerts will be broadcast on the "New Music Festival in Bydgoszcz" YouTube channel.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme is available at: http://www.nowamuzyka.bydgoszcz.pl/ 

14th Gdańsk Music Festival

GFMThe 14th Gdańsk Music Festival, which aims at popularizing the heritage of Polish and world music culture, will be held on 14-23 May 2021. The concerts will be available online at www.gdanskifestiwal.pl and on YouTube.

The Gdańsk Music Festival is a cyclical international project, the largest event of this type in Northern Poland. The programme of the 2021 edition is a result of the changes that took place in 2020 due to the pandemic. It includes, among others, concerts of the winners of the International Chopin Piano Competition from previous years, candidates for the 2021 edition, laureates of other competitions of global importance, such as the winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow 2019, French pianist Alexandre Kantorow, or the winner of the Viotti International Piano Competition, Ilya Maximov. The classical piano recitals will be counterbalanced by an extraordinary concert of Leszek Możdżer and the Polish Chamber Philharmonic conducted by Wojciech Rajski and an evening with the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by one of the most outstanding European conductors, Łukasz Borowicz, featuring Karol Kurpiński's Te Deum.

A monographic concert will be devoted to Krzysztof Olczak, who celebrates his 65th birthday on 26 May this year. His latest piece ACC – 2 for accordion and tape, dedicated to Elżbieta Rosińska, will be premiered on 15 May by the composer himself. The next evening, Łukasz Długosz and Janusz Olejniczak will present Fryderyk Chopin's works arranged for flute and piano as well as compositions by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Wojciech Kilar and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme: https://www.gdanskifestiwal.pl/pl/ 

LEM – Futurology in Music

FuturologiaThe Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Kraków invites you on 13 May 2021 for the "LEM – Futurology in Music" – an event on the occasion of the 100th birth anniversary of one of the most important Polish writers, Stanisław Lem.

In 2021 we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the last – as they say – futurologist, visionary and eccentric, intellectual and bold prophet, who looks into the future, always ahead, with a dose of cultural pessimism. Does Lem's scientific future prediction in the artistic visions of what is to come still makes sense? Such important issues will be addressed in the musical-theoretical reflection, debate and a concert of space music.

Among the scheduled sessions are "Lem – Contexts" and "Lem in Opera" (with analysis of Karol Nepelski's Solaris and Krzysztof Meyer's The Cyberiad). Maria Wilczek-Krupa will give a lecture entitled 'Opowieść pierwszego Odmrożeńca', Stanisław Lem's musical-literary parable of the socialist system. The programme of the concert – installation – performance in the "Reading Lem / Hearing the Cosmos" series at 6.00 p.m. will feature works by Leonard Rizzo, Tomasz Gil, Paweł Malinowski, Monika Szpyrka, Teoniki Rożynek, Artur Kryvych, Estera Wityńska, Oktawia Pączkowska, Karol Nepelski, Olga Demeter and Maurycy Grabowski..

Online broadcast at: https://online2.amuz.krakow.pl/Lem2021 

Full programme: https://www.amuz.krakow.pl/lem2021 

13th Festival of Traditional and Avantgarde Music CODES

kodyThe Festival of Traditional and Avantgarde Music CODES confronts the latest music pursuits with the still vivid archaic musical forms. The 13th edition with the slogan "Evoking" will be held on 12-15 May 2021, combining Renaissance, Baroque and traditional music. The programme will include improvisations, meditative, engaged and therapeutic music.

"Especially the latter, in the difficult and sometimes cruel time we are going through now, allows us to evoke longing for a slightly better world 'in the best possible world'" – as emphasized by Jerzy Kornowicz, director of the Festival. Listeners will be able to soothe their emotions with the music of Morton Feldman and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. On 14 May, at the end of the meditation triptych, there will be a premiere of JAGD, a collective composition by Emil Miszek, Kuba Sokołowski, Hubert Zemler, Jerzy Rogiewicz and Miłosz Pękala.

Gośka Isphording will present the latest pieces for harpsichord and electronics, written especially for her, including premiere of Paweł Hendrich's Dulabilis II and Kuba Krzewiński's Incorporate 2. Ania Karpowicz, after last year's online premiere at the Sacrum-Profanum Festival, will present the stage premiere of the feminist TOVA project, which was created in collaboration with composers Aleksandra Kaca, Marta Śniady, Teoniki Rożynek and Nina Fukuoka. The premiere of Krzysztof Wołek's Flat Surfaces will show the power of sounds – the vast surfaces of piano sounds performed by Małgorzata Walentynowicz will merge with technologically sophisticated electronics.

The final "Night of Tradition" with the participation of Radical Polish Ansambl will evoke the spirit of joy, which we have already forgotten a bit, plunged in pandemic sadness.

Co-financed under the "Music" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance and from the Fund for Promotion of Creative Activity of the ZAiKS Authors' Association.

Full programme is available at: https://kody-festiwal.pl/