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Cracow | Victims of the war in Ukraine in memoriam

FK 24.2.23Another week of daily work of the Cracow Philharmonic ensembles with Łukasz Borowicz, the institution's first Guest Conductor, will result in oratorio concerts on the 24th of February at 7.30 p.m. and on the 25th of February 25, 2023 at 18.00. The dates of the events are the anniversary of the days when a year ago the world was informed about the tragic events in Ukraine, which is why these concerts were dedicated to the memory of the victims on the first anniversary of the outbreak of the war. The culmination of the programme will be the world premiere of the original version of Roman Palester's Fifth Psalm.

The programme opens with Prelude and Death Scene of Isolde from Richard Wagner's musical drama.

The second in the programme will be Psalm No. 5 by Roman Palester to the words of the Baroque poet Wespazjan Kochowski, with the solo part of the baritone Mariusz Godlewski.

The concert will close Francis Poulenc's Stabat Mater.

Małgorzata Koch

Ticket information: https://filharmoniakrakow.pl/public/program/koncert-oratoryjny-144-2 

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Zielona Góra | Solidarity with Ukraine

FZ 24.2.23Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Thanks to the orchestra parts preserved in the Warsaw Music Society, it was possible to reconstruct the score of the Piano Concerto in E minor, Op. 11 by Fryderyk Chopin, orchestrated by Adam Münchheimer. For the first time after more than 130 years, a version of Chopin's masterpiece unknown to the contemporary listener will be performed by the Tadeusz Baird and Tymoteusz Bies Zielona Góra Philharmonic Orchestra on the 24th of February, 2023 at 19.00. During the concert ‘Solidarity with Ukraine’ the orchestra conducted by Rafał Kłoczko will also perform works by Lew Rewucki and Ludomir Różycki.

Chopin's Concerto in E minor in Münchheimer's instrumentation was first performed at the concert inaugurating the summer music festival in Warsaw's Swiss Valley in 1892. The solo part was performed by Aleksander Michałowski – an outstanding Polish pianist, an excellent interpreter of Chopin's music. The version of Chopin's Concerto, enthusiastically received by the audience and critics, was performed several times with the participation of the pianist.

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Warsaw | Opening of the Hashtag Lab Contemporary Music Space!

Hashtag 24.2.23

On the 24th of February, 2023, the opening of the Contemporary Music Space Hashtag Lab will take place - the first and only permanent stage for new music in Poland. The Hashtag Ensemble and the Sphere of Harmony Foundation invite you  to visit its premises at 29 Barska Street on February 24-25, where concerts, meetings with artists led by Ewa Szczecińska, the opening of the mural and the premiere of the interactive installation will take place. Admission to all events is free!

For the next 4 years at Hashtag Lab - a social cultural institution of the capital city of Warsaw - there will be concerts, educational workshops, classes for children and master classes.

The programme of the first project in the new space includes the premiere of the interactive installation #NetworkMusic of Wojciech Błażejczyk. Anyone willing can hear the address of their own website converted into sounds in the #NetworkMusic installation. For this purpose, you can send an e-mail with your website address to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We will also hear a Venetian video-opera on the patio with music by Salvatore Sciarrino, dj set by Rafał Ryterski (Poland) and Vład Błyzniuk (Ukraine). In addition, we can take part in the Polish premiere of Surge by the composers' duo Martyna Kosecka & Idin Samimi Mofakham - this is the musicians' voice on the crimes taking place in Iran.


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Wrocław | Fantasy and romances

NFM 23.2.23Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Concert of bassoonist Prof. Katarzyna Zdybel-Nam - accompanied by pianist Szczepan Kończal - will be an excellent opportunity to listen to the bassoon repertoire created mainly in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the premiere of compositions for bassoon by Paweł Mykietyn.

Minimalist, virtuosic and requiring great precision Mykietyn's work was commissioned and dedicated to Katarzyna Zdybel-Nam. This evening we will also hear the Sonata for bassoon and piano by the Polish composer Juliusz Łuciuk, who died less than two years ago.

In addition, the programme includes works by Roger Boutry, Robert Schumann, Georg Philipp Telemann and François Devienne.

Ticket information: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/9679 

Warsaw | Radzimir Dębski Hommage Krzysztof Penderecki

TWON 20.2.23

Radzimir Dębski will share with the Warsaw audience the effects of a unique symphonic project created together with the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic Orchestra in tribute to Master Krzysztof Penderecki. On the 20th of February, 2023 at 17.30 and 20.00 at the Grand Theatre - Polish National Opera, a concert will take place as part of the Hommage Krzysztof Penderecki series.

Krzysztof Penderecki's works will be performed by the orchestra conducted by Maciej Tworek, the Master's assistant for many years. In turn, works by Radzimir Dębski will be conducted by the composer himself. It is worth noting that the Threnody of the Warsaw Ghetto and Hommage, composed especially for this occasion, will have their Warsaw premieres.

The concerts will also take place on the 29th of March in Wrocław, on the third anniversary of the Professor's death, and on the 1st of April at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Center for Music in Lusławice, which is the partner of the concerts.

Press release

Ticket information: https://goingapp.pl/polecamy/hommage

Toruń | Music and Space: concert on the 550th anniversary of Nicolaus Copernicus' birth

TOS 19.2.23

This year's 550th anniversary of the birth of Nicolaus Copernicus will be celebrated with the music of Adam Wesołowski, who especially for this occasion created a piece inspired by the life and activities of the great astronomer. The premiere of the work will be performed by the Toruń Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dainius Pavilionis on the 19th of February, 2023 at 17.00 in the auditorium of the Nicolaus Copernicus University.

The work was commissioned by the Toruń Symphony Orchestra.

At the beginning of this interstellar musical journey, we will hear a fragment of a composition by Richard Strauss, used, among others, in Stanley Kubrick's Space Odyssey, and later Ludwig van Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, arranged by J. Kowalewski, and Planets, Op. 32 by Gustav Holst.

Ticket information: https://biletytos.pl/rezerwacja/numerowane.html?id=895 

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Katowice | NOSPR: 'Organ Nights and Mornings' cycle

NOSPR 18.2.23Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Between February 18 - June 11, 2023 NOSPR will host ‘Organ Nights and Mornings’ series, in which Julian Gembalski, the author of the concept of the new NOSPR organ, and the graduates of music academies will participate.

On three mornings, the 5th of March, the 28th of May and the 11th of June, organist Julian Gembalski will show you what is really hidden in an organ cabinet, what a windchest actually is, how water organs work and why you need as many as a million parts, to build such an instrument.

On the 18th of February, the artists will juxtapose the imagination-stimulating, mythological, metaphysical and sensual images of French artists, and on the 1st of April - the craziest, surprising and contradictory musical fragments, such as... Waltz on four legs, or referring to the legendary rivalry between Bach and Handel, improvised Dinner for four arms and legs performed by Daniel Strządała and Michał Botor.

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ISCM World New Music Days 2023


The Polish Society for Contemporary Music, as every year, organizes the National Jury of the World Music Days 2023, which this time will be held in South Africa from November 24 to December 3. The deadline for submitting applications to PTMW is March 15, 2023. The deadline for submitting individual applications (directly to the Festival Organizers) is March 24.

The National Jury will select six works recommended by the Polish Section of ISCM for the ISCM World New Music Days festival. The Regulations are addressed to all Polish composers and to foreign composers living in Poland.

In accordance with the guidelines of the festival organizer's regulations, it is recommended that the duration of the submitted compositions be consistent with the duration assigned to each of the 16 categories. Works shorter than 10 minutes are preferred. Compositions written after 2018 are prioritized.

The compositions selected by the National Jury of each ISCM section will then be judged by an international jury in South Africa.

All information available on the website: https://ptmw.art.pl/iscm-world-new-music-days-2023/

Warsaw | Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra: Wróblewski and Wars

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

POSI 18.2.23On the 18th of February, 2023 at 19.00 in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will perform compositions by legends of Polish music. The soloist of the evening will be the saxophonist Henryk Miśkiewicz, who will perform a piece by Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski. The second part will feature the multicolored Symphony No. 1 by Henryk Wars. Sinfonia Iuventus will be conducted by Zbigniew Graca.

Altissimonica by Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski had its premiere in 2000, and was performed by the artist to whom it was dedicated: Henryk Miśkiewicz. And in 2004, the work was released on a well-received album of the Polish Radio Orchestra conducted by Zbigniew Graca.

Henryk Wars is remembered primarily as one of the precursors of Polish jazz and a master of song. Less is remembered about the ‘serious’ face of Wars. His monumental, colourful, four-part Symphony No. 1 (1949), close to the post-romantic tradition, delights with its changing moods, combining subtle lyricism with rhapsodic and dramatic elements.

More: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/wroblewski-wars/