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Łódź | Inauguration of the 2019/2020 season at the Łódź Philharmonic

Filharmonia Łódzka

The Artur Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic will inaugurate 2019/2020 season with a performance of Krzysztof Penderecki's Credo on 21 September 2019 at 7 p.m. The concert will be dedicated to the memory of Maestro Zdzisław Szostak – conductor and composer strongly associated with the Philharmonic for many years, who passed away on 7 September.

In the years 1971–1987 Zdzisław Szostak was the deputy artistic director and conductor of the Łódź Philharmonic. He came to Łódź at the invitation of the then artistic director of the Łódź Philharmonic, Henryk Czyż, with whom he later collaborated. He made many recordings of film music with the Łódź philharmonic, both as a conductor and composer. He conducted over 200 film illustrations. In 2005 the Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir performed the world premiere of Zdzisław Szostak's greatest piece – Missa Latina. Thanks to the efforts of this institution, the Star of Zdzisław Szostak was embedded in the Avenue of Stars of the Road of Fame in Łódź on Piotrkowska Street. Maestro unveiled his star on 13 January 2018, on his 88th birthday. His death marks the end of an era in the history of the Łódź Philharmonic.

Credo for 5 soloists, boys' choir, mixed choir and orchestra by Krzysztof Penderecki will be performed by the Łódź Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Choir together with the Children's Choir of the Stanisław Moniuszko Music School Complex in Łódź under the baton of Paweł Przytocki. The soloists will be soprano Iwona Hossa, Katarzyna Hołysz, mezzo-soprano Karolina Sikora, tenor Tomasz Warnijak and bass Liudas Mikalauskas.

More information at: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl 

Elbląg | Inauguration of the 13th season of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra


The Elbląg Chamber Orchestra inaugurates its 13th artistic season with a concert on 22 September 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the State Music School Complex in Elbląg.

The musicians under the direction of two conductors: Sabrina Stachel and Piotr Jędrzejczyk, will present music composed by Mieczysław Karłowicz, Andrzej Panufnik and Ludwig van Beethoven. The concert will be joined by cellist Maciej Kułakowski, a soloist and chamber musician who won the first prize and a special prize at the 10th Witold Lutosławski International Cello Competition.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.eok.elblag.eu 

Tarnowskie Góry | Harpsichord as a social instrument


Elżbieta Chojnacka Centre for Contemporary Harpsichord Music invites you to the concert "Harpsichord as a social instrument", which will take place on 22 September 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Palace in Rybna as part of the "Two streams" series.

Concert life is travel, rehearsals, meetings, mutual inspirations, motivations, shared passion. Artistic element. The concert programme will consist of works from these journeys, a fusion of cultures and various types of music: French, German, Australian, Spanish, Argentine, African and Polish, among others Six folk melodies for harpsichord and guitar by Marek Pasieczny. We will also listen to musical portrait of the harpsichordist Hanna Balcerzak by Philip Czapłowski and the premiere of Hommage a Elizabeth pour clavecin, Op. 68 (2018) by Tomasz Kamieniak, composed at the turn of May and June 2018, on the first death anniversary of Elżbieta Chojnacka (on 10 September this year the artist would celebrate her 80th birthday).

The harpsichord will be accompanied by the sounds of guitar, accordion and drums. Exceptional artists were invited to participate in the concert: harpsichordists Magdalena Bąk, Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz and Hanna Balcerzak, drummer Arkadiusz Kuc, accordionist Leszek Kołodziejski and Due Corde ensemble.

The concert is co-financed from the funds of the Tarnowskie Góry Commune and the Palace in Rybna. Reservation of free tickets is required at: (32) 284 18 37.

More information at: https://www.aleksandragajecka-antosiewicz.com/centrum-współczesnej-muzyki-klawesynowej-elżbieta-chojnacka-center/ 

38th International Festival "Chopin in the Colors of Autumn"

Chopin w barwach jesieni

The 38th International Festival 'Chopin in the Colors of Autumn' will take place in Ostrów Wielkopolski and Antonin between 19 and 22 September 2019.

The inauguration concert will take place at the Ostrów Cultural Center, featuring the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Łukasz Borowicz. The 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko will be honored with the performance of Mazur from the opera Halka. The programme will also include Łukasz Krupiński's rendition of Piano Concerto in A minor by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and Ingolf Wunder's rendition of Frederic Chopin's Concerto in E minor, Op. 11 and Allegro de concert in A major, Op. 46 arrangeed for piano and symphony orchestra.

During the next three festival days at the Hunting Palace of the Radziwiłł Princes in Antonin we will have a chance to listen to, among others, songs by Chopin, Perkowski, Karłowicz, Malawski, Moniuszko, Niewiadomski and Szymanowski performed by soprano Edyta Piasecka and pianist Bartłomiej Kominek. There will be a late evening concert with jazz music performed by Włodzimierz Nahorny Trio, who will present compositions inspired by the music of Chopin, Paderewski, Szymanowski and Komeda. The final concert will feature world renowned pianist Anna Malikova, graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, winner of the XII International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition.

Full programme available at:  http://ckis.kalisz.pl/wydarzenia/38-miedzynarodowy-festiwal-chopin-w-barwach-jesieni/ 

Zielona Góra | Inauguration of the 2019/2020 season


The inauguration concert of the 2019/2020 season of the Tadeusz Baird Zielona Góra Philharmonic will take place on 20 September 2019 at 7 p.m., featuring works by Franz Liszt, Sergey Rachmaninov and Mieczysław Weinberg.

In 2019, 100 years have passed since the birth of Mieczysław Weinberg – Polish composer whose music remained little known for many years. Today, his works are admiried in the musical world. While remaining in the neo-romantic aesthetics, he created his own characteristic musical language. Polish melodies, Op. 47 No. 2 for rochestra were composed in 1950 as an expression of longing for the homeland, which the composer left in 1939. They are written in a simple, folcloric style, with references to such dances as oberek, krakowiak, kujawiak, and polonaise. At the outbreak od WWII Weinberg moved to Minsk to continue his musical studies started in Poland, and since 1943 he lived in Moscow. The greatest popularity brought him the score written for the film The Cranes are Flying, awarded the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival in 1958.

During the inaugural concert, we will also listen to Franz Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, Op. 45. The Symphony Orchestra of the Zielona Góra Philharmonic will be conducted by Czesław Grabowski. Pianist Karol Radziwonowicz will perform as a soloist.

More information at: http://filharmoniazg.pl/ 

Jelenia Góra | Music of our times


On 20 September 2019 at 7 p.m., the Lower Silesian Philharmonic in Jelenia Góra invites you to a concert of proMODERN sextet.

The proMODERN vocal sextet specializes in contemporary music performance, and the ensemble's concerts are distinguished by passion, perfection and creativity. proMODERN has won four 'Fryderyk' awards of the Phonographic Academy: in 2015 in the categories 'The best recording of Polish music' and 'Album of the year: choral, oratorio and opera music' for their debut album Where are you. Pieces from Warsaw, and in 2018 in the categories 'Album of the year: contemporary music' and again 'The best recording of Polish music' for the second album – proMODERN shakespired. In 2018, the sextet was nominated for the Coryphaeus of Polish Music Award in the category 'Discovery of the Year' for the performance of Stimmung by Karlheinz Stockhausen at he KODY festival in Lublin.

During the concert in Jelenia Góra, the ensemble will perform works by Polish composers of the 20th and 21st centuries: Krzysztof Penderecki, Rafał Ryterski, Piotr Tabakiernik, Jagoda Szmytka, Aleksander Kościów and Witold Lutosławski.

Full programme available at: http://filharmonia.jgora.pl/ 

Professor Maria Przychodzińska has passed away


Maria Przychodzińska, outstanding professor in the field of music education, passed away on 14 September 2019. Funeral ceremonies will take place on Friday, 20 September, at 1 p.n. at the Powązki Military Cemetery in Warsaw.

Professor Maria Pokrzywińska for many years was an employee of the Institute of Music at the Faculty of Arts of the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin. In the years 1991–2005, she was the head of the Department of Music Teaching. She was an outstanding teacher, educator of many generations of students, doctoral students and music teachers, the most distinguished person in music education field in Poland, a co-creator of the Polish concept of musical education, author of numerous textbooks for students and teachers, monographs, several hundred articles as well as methodological and scientific studies.

Zabrze | 7th Krzysztof Penderecki International Festival – Level 320

Poziom 320

Wold-class artists – Cameron Carpenter, Rafael Payare, Jerzy Stuhr – will take part in the 7th Krzysztof Penderecki International Festival – level 320 in Zabrze on September 14-19, 2019.

The Festival will be inaugurated by Maestro Penderecki himself. He will conduct his Adagio from the Symphony No.3 for string orchestra and Mazur from Moniuszko's opera The Haunted Manor, in the year of the celebrations of the composer's 200th birth anniversary. Rafael Payare, director of the famous San Diego Symphony Orchestra, together with Sinfonietta Cracovia – who celebrates 25th anniversary this year – will interpret Penderecki's Symphony No. 4 'Adagio'  and Schuman's Symphony No. 4.

The concert on 15 September will feature Cameron Carpenter, whom the American press described as "one of the rare musicians who changes the game of his instrument". The artist will present his renditions of Bach, Poulenc and Penderecki, playing on specially constructed organs that he will bring to Zabrze. The Festival will end on 19 September with a famous interpretation of The double bass play by Patrick Süskind, directed and acted by Jerzy Stuhr. All events will take place 320 meters underground in the Guido Mine.

More information atwww.penderecki320.com 

The nominees for the Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2019 award has been announced!


The laureates of the 9th edition of the Coryphaeus Polish Music Award will be announced during a gala ceremony at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw on 1 October 2019 – the International Music Day. The winners selected by the Polish music community will receive statuettes in the categories: 'Personality of the Year', 'Event of the Year', 'Honorary Award' and 'Discovery of the Year'.

On 13 September 2019, the Programme Board for Music of the Institute of Music and Dance selected nominees in all categories from 127 submitted nominations.

Nominees in the category 'Personality of the year':

  • Łukasz Długosz – flautist;
  • Jakub Józef Orliński – counter-tenor;
  • Martyna Pastuszka – violinist;
  • Maciej Prochaska – musicologist;
  • Aga Zaryan – jazz vocalist.

Nominees in the category 'Event of the Tear':

  • Prince Władysław Lubomirski Festival;
  • Kromer Biecz Festival;
  • 10/40 Kwartet w Muzeach;
  • Moniuszko for the World;
  • Moniuszko. Halka.
Nominees in the category 'Discovery of the Year':
  • Zuzanna Budzyńska i Szymon Ogryzek – chamber musicians;
  • Janusz Olejniczak – radio music promoter;
  • Jakub Józef Orliński – counter-tenor;
  • Tomasz Ritter – pianist;
  • Sasha Strunin – jazz vocalist.

Due to the nature of the Honorary Award, the winner's name will not be announced until the awards gala, but the candidates will be voted by the Electoral College. From 16 to 19 September 16-19, the audience will vote in the 'Discovery of the Year' category at www.koryfeusz.org.pl. A secret ballot will be held by the Electoral College, which will select the winners in the other three categories.

The voting results will be announced during the gala concert on 1 October 2019 at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw. The winners will receive the Coryphaeus statuette designed by Prof. Adam Myjak. The financial awards are funded by the ZAiKS Association of Authors and the STOART Association of Performing Artists. The event is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance and Polish Radio Programme 2.

More information about the nominees atwww.koryfeusz.org.pl.