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Wrocław | Love sonnets

NFMThe first meeting with vocal literature this year will take place on January 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.n. in the National Forum of Music. The concert will be devoted to one of the most important feelings accompanying people throughout their lives – love.

The programme will include vocal works based on timeless literary works written in the 20th and 21st centuries in the interpretation of Joanna Dobrakowska (mezzo-soprano), Tobias Greenhalgh (baritone) and Marcin Kozieł (piano).

In the first decade of the twentieth century, Ralph Vaughan Williams became interested in the poetry of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, which resulted in the series The House of Life, including six songs on the subject of love. Love is also the main theme of the Three Songs after Stanisław Długosz written by Ludomił Rogowski at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. The human voice plays a prominent role in much of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s output, considered nowadays the second most important Finnish composer after Jean Sibelius. He is the author of, among others, Three Sonnets of Shakespeare, Op. 14. In the final of this concert, the audience of the NFM will have a chance to be the first in Poland to listen to the unique Sonnets from Neruda by Geoffrey Gordon  – a series of six songs to the lyrics by Chilean Nobel prize winner Pablo Neruda.

More information at: http://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/6647 

Łódź | Inauguration of the Grażyna Bacewicz Year

AM Lodz

The Academy of Music in Łódź invites you on January 17, 2019 at 6.00 p.m. to the inauguration ceremony of the year of Grażyna Bacewicz on the 110th birth anniversary and the 50th death anniversary of the Academy's patron.

This important event for the academic community will feature the String Orchestra PRIMUZ of the Music Academy in Łódź under the baton of Łukasz Błaszczyk, performing Bacewicz's works (Concerto and Divertimento for string orchestra). A group of rhythmics students will also perform a special choreography to Divertimento. The ceremony will be complemented by a screening of a documentary on the life and work of Grażyna Bacewicz.

Grażyna Bacewicz – an outstanding composer and violinist – took her first lessons at the Helena Kijeńska-Dobkiewiczowa Conservatory in Łódź. After the war, she lectured briefly at the State Higher School of Music – today's Academy of Music, which in 1999 adopted the name Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz. The inauguration ceremony will start a year full of events related to the patron, including the 2nd International Violin Competition, the 6th Grazyna Bacewicz International Composer Competition and the publication of a special publication of the Department of Composition, Theory of Music, Conducting, Rhythmics and Music Education of the Academy of Music in Łódź.

Admission to the inauguration ceremony is free.

Detailed programme at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/koncerty-i-wydarzenia-zapowiedzi/styczen-2019/153332-uroczysta-inauguracja-obchodow-roku-grazyny-bacewicz 

Professor Mieczysław Tomaszewski died at 97


With deep sorrow we received the news about the death of Professor Mieczysław Tomaszewski. He died on January 14, 2019 in Krakow, at the age of 97.

A member of the Polish Composers' Union since 1962, in 1997 honored with the highest distinction: Honorary Membership. He was a character in the Polish musical life, completely unique, individual, and at the same time exemplary. Many musicologists and music theoreticians modeled themselves on Him. It was difficult to meet His standards, although His work was the inspiration for several generations of musicologists.

He was a musicologist, but traditional musicology was too narrow for him. He would be well defined as a "poet of musicology", because of his output is musicological poetry, or poetic musicology. He dragged into the depths of music, just like a poet drags deep into the word. He left, and with him goes the entire era, but his texts remain and will always draw us into music.

Funeral ceremonies will take place on January 21 in Kraków. The funeral mass will be held at 11.00 a.m. at the University Collegiate Church of St. Anne and the burial ceremony will start at 1.00 p.m. at the Rakowicki Cemetery.

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Łódź | 100th birth anniversary of Mieczysław Weinberg

Am Lodz

On January 14, 2019 at 6.15 p.m., the Academy of Music in Łódź will be filled with chamber music for cello and piano. The works of Mieczysław Weinberg will be performed by Wojciech Fudala and Michał Rot in connection with the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth.

The concert is part of a project dedicated to the promotion of Weinberg's work, which the musicians carry out jointly under the scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. In the coming weeks, their album with the music of this composer will be released. The programme of the evening will include Sonata for cello and piano, Op. 21 and Op. 63 by Mieczysław Weinberg as well as two works by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Romance sans paroles op. 109 and Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58.

Cellist Wojciech Fudala graduated from the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels (with highest distinction). From 2018, he is a lecturer at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź. A very important part of Wojciech Fudala's activity is chamber music. He is a member and founder of the Polish Cello Quartet, and since 2017 he regularly performs with pianist Michał Rot. The latter is a graduate of the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź, where he works as an adjunct at the Institute of Chamber Music.

Admission to the concert is free.

More information at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/koncerty-i-wydarzenia-zapowiedzi/styczen-2019/153330-wieczor-muzyczny-w-100-lecie-urodzin-mieczyslawa-wajnberga 

Izabella Grzenkowicz passed away


Musicologist Izabella Grzenkowicz, a long-time employee of the Polish Radio and a member of the Musicologists Section of the Polish Composers' Union, died on January 10, 2019 in Józefów.

Izabella Grzenkowicz worked at Polish Radio since 1959. She started working in the Foreign Programme Team as the manager of the Music Catalogue. Two years later she moved to the Music Department of the Polish Artistic Agency "Pagart", where she worked until 1967. She wrote scripts for radio programmes and developed music for a number of radio plays and broadcasts. She was involved in the promotion of Polish music, and as a music editor she prepared and conducted a series of interviews with well-known Polish artists, among others with Stefan Kisielewski and Krzysztof Penderecki. As a music editor, she also collaborated with Polish Television (including the "Estrady Poetyckie" programme).

She wrote over 100 articles for the national and foreign press, including reviews, reports, interviews and essays. From 1961, she edited the chronicles of foreign exchange of artists, published reviews and a series of extensive interviews with Polish composers in the "Ruch Muzyczny" magazine. In the years 1967-1971 she was the head of the Polish Music Center at the Polish Music Council. In 1971 she became a member of the Theater and Music Department at the Ministry of Culture and Arts.

In the years 1977-1981 she was the head of the music department of the "Kultura" weekly. She also cooperated with magazines: "Wychowanie Muzyczne", "Miesięcznik Literacki", "Polska" (foreign edition), "Uroda" (foreign edition), "Polish Perspectives" (published by the Polish Institute of International Affairs), "Soviet Music", " Litieraturnaja Gazieta "," Polish Music "and" Opus Musicum "(published in the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic).

She prepared over seventy entries for the PWM Music Encyclopedia, as well as entries for the Dictionary of Polish musicians (Krakow, PWM, 1964-1967, under the name Dybowska). She was the co-author (editorial, commentary) of the book Conversations, Sketches, Reflections (PWM), which contains a series of conversations, full of deep reflection, with one of the most famous Polish composers of our time – Tadeusz Baird.

Katowice | Philharmonic Organ Evening with Choir "Polish Christmas Carols"


On January 13, 2019 at 7 p.m., the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic will host a Christmas concert of "Polish Christmas Carols".

Carols are sung from December 24 to February 2. Thus, they were included in the organ evening programme of the renowned virtuoso and composer Henryk Jan Botor, lecturer at the Kraków Academy of Music. The Silesian Philharmonic Choir under the direction of Jarosław Wolanin, will present old and little-known Polish carols arranged by Botor. Organ improvisations will be also part of the performance.

Information on tickets at: https://www.filharmonia-slaska.eu/koncert-15295775592356!3060.html 

Katowice | A concert for tables, brain waves and electronics (in a box)


On January 13, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., the works of Franciszek Araszkiewicz and Michał Pawełek will be performed in the headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

The New Music Orchestra, known for its fondness for avant-garde music, new experiences and experiments, will perform unconventional works during the event entitled "Concert for tables, brain waves and electronics (in a box). In addition to the unique aural sensations, we will be able to admire graphics Diabolus in musica by Ewa Synowiec and a graph of the conductor's brain waves that will be displayed during the performance of the selected compositions.

In the interpretation of the New Music Orchestra under the baton of Szymon Bywalec, we will hear Thierry De Mey's piece with the unusual instrumentation – Musique de table for 3 drummers and tables. The programme will also include the experimental Innerealization for chamber orchestra and electronics controlled by brain waves and electromagnetic fields composed by Franciszek Araszkiewicz. The evening will end with the performance of Simeia for chamber orchestra and electronics by Michał Pawełek.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1397/orkiestra-muzyki-nowej-koncert-na-stoy-fale-mozgowe-i-elektronike-w-pudeku 

Piotr Beczała in the "Adriana Lecouvreur" MET broadcast on January 12


Francesco Cilèi's Adriana Lecouvreur in a new staging by Sir David McVicar will be broadcast from The Metropolitan Opera to cinemas on January 12, 2019. The main roles will be performed by Piotr Beczała and Anna Netrebko. The Warsaw Cinema Praha invites you to broadcast at 6.35 p.m.

Adriana Lecouvreur occupies a unique place in the repertory: largely dismissed by experts from its premiere in 1902 to the present day yet cherished by its fans for the dramatic possibilities provided by the lead roles. The opera is a deft combination of frank emotionalism and flowing lyricism, with pseudo-historical spectacle. Based on a play by Eugène Scribe, the story was inspired by the real-life intrigues of famed actress Adrienne Lecouvreur and the legendary soldier—and lover—Maurice of Saxony. Cilea's operatic retelling quickly became a favorite of charismatic soloists. The title character in particular is a quintessential diva role.

The score of Adriana Lecouvreur relies on elegance and a deft weaving of themes rather than symphonic grandeur. There are nods to a neo-Rococo style, especially in Act III’s dance sequences, but generally the score serves to showcase the singers. Lyricism abounds in the solos, particularly in the tenor’s “La dolcissima effigie” in Act I and Adriana’s Act I aria “Io son l’umile ancella,” whose arching line and theme of the singer as “the humble handmaiden of the creative genius” have made it a soprano anthem of sorts.

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

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Warsaw | Jubilee concert of Sławomir Czarnecki


A concert devoted to Sławomir Czarnecki, president of the Warsaw branch of Polish Composers' Union, on the occasion of the 50th jubilee of artistic work, will take place on January 12, 2019 in the Warsaw headquarters of the PWM Edition.

The evening will be filled with Czarnecki's chamber music of patriotic overtone: Wierch Fantasia, Funeral Sonata, Mazurkas for piano, Capriccio Zawrat, Kuyavian Sonata, and Trio "Perseids" (to the memory of heroes who died for freedom). The works will be presented by the composer's friends – well-known Polish artists from Warsaw, Poznań, Gdańsk, Bydgoszcz: violinists Paul Preuss, Krzysztof and Jakub Jakowicz, viola player Lech Bałaban, cellist Filip Syska, double bass player Andrzej Kaczanowski, flutist Klaudia Grad. The piano part will be performed by Larysa Miszkowska-Wiltos, Radosław Kurek, Witold Kawalec, and Krzysztof Sowiński.

Admission free!