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Kraków | Intergenerational Music Academy


The fourth edition of the Intergenerational Music Academy in Krakow is a music and art university of the third age. A series of artistic and educational meetings, including classical recitals, chamber concerts of contemporary music, as well as lectures, meetings with artists and workshops, will take place between 26 September and 19 December 2021 at the Villa Decius in Kraków.

The concerts will feature masterpieces of Polish chamber music for reed trio, works by Apolinary Kątski, August Fryderyk Duranowski, Stanisław Szczepanowski, Władysław Żeleński, Aleksander Tansman, Witold Lutosławski, Antoni Szałowski, Benedykt Konowalski, as well as English, French, Argentinian and Spanish music.

Among the performers will be: LLLeggioero Woodwind Trio, clarinetists Agnieszka Dąbrowska-Kras and Piotr Lato, pianists Wioletta Fluda-Tkaczyk and Ewelina Panocha, violinists Paweł Wajrak and Justyna Dybek-Boczek, violist Anna Migdał-Chojecka, cellist Korrabasek Pallusz and cellist Franciszek Pallusz.

The final extraordinary Christmas concert entitled the "Faces of pianism" will be held on 19 December. Marta Mołodyńska-Wheeler, Anna Duda, Monika Gardoń-Preinl, Ireneusz Boczek, Grzegorz Mania and Piotr Różański will present Christmas carols arranged for piano four- and six-hands.

Admission to the concerts is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://spmk.com.pl/ 

Toruń | Verdi Gala – 120th Death Anniversary of "The King of Opera" Giuseppe Verdi

TOS"Great Composers – Great Anniversaries" is a Toruń Symphony Orchestra's project to commemorate artists who celebrate important anniversaries in 2021. The concert on 26 September at 5 p.m. in the CKK Jordanki Concert Hall will be devoted to Giuseppe Verdi.

The project celebrates the following anniversaries: the 280th anniversary of the death of A. Vivaldi, the 100th anniversary of the death of C. Saint-Saëns, the 50th anniversary of the death of I. Stravinsky, the 230th anniversary of the death of W.A. Mozart, the 110th anniversary of the death of G. Mahler, the 100th anniversary of the death of W. Żeleński, and the 120th anniversary of the death of G. Verdi.

Giuseppe Verdi, as a precursor of musical verism, assumed that opera should talk about matters affecting ordinary people, with their weaknesses, flaws and immersion in everyday life, but also, as a passionate patriot, he reflected patriotic and national ideals in his works. The "Verdi Gala" concert will feature a selection of arias, duets and overtures from the most popular operas of the "king of opera" performed by the soloists Gabriela Gołaszewska and Piotr Buszewski alongside the Toruń Symphony Orchestra led by its first guest conductor Adam Banaszak.

All audience members are invited to the half-hour introductory meeting with an opera expert Jerzy Snakowski. The meeting will start at 4 p.m. in the Chamber Hall of CKK Jordanki.

Co-financed under the "Music" programme implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationhttps://tos.art.pl/ 

Tarnowskie Góry | Concert series of Elżbieta Chojnacka Centre for Contemporary Harpsichord Music: "Old & Modern"

CWMKThe second musical evening in the "Old & Modern" concert series, organised by Elżbieta Chojnacka Centre for Contemporary Harpsichord Music, will take place on 26 September 2021 at 6.00 p.m. in the Palace in Rybna.

The "Gajeckie Sisters" duo is composed of twins – harpsichordists and pianists: Hanna Balcerzak and Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz. The artists debuted in 1992, performing W. A. Mozart's Double Concerto in E flat major. Since then, they have successfully performed at prestigious festivals in Poland and abroad. The duo's repertoire includes a series of pieces for harpsichord and piano for four hands, as well as for two harpsichords and two pianos.

In the programme of the "Old & Modern" concert, the artists will present an extremely interesting and rarely performed repertoire consisting of pieces of early and contemporary music. The harpsichord returned to concert halls not only as a symbol of the past, but also as a harbinger of what is new and unknown, because... forgotten. The juxtaposition of two harpsichords (a copy by Pascal Taskin from the 18th century and a modern model built especially for Elżbieta Chojnacka by Antony Sidey) will allow the audience to familiarize themselves with the wealth of tonal and expressive possibilities of these instruments.

Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Francois Couperin and Girolamo Frescobaldi will intertwine with the music of the 20th and 21st centuries: computer music by Piotr Klimek, instrumental and electronic music by Stephen Montague, experimental music by Bronisław Kazimierz Przybylski, Marcin Tadeusz Łukaszewski and John Cage, minimalist and repetitive music by Artur Zagajewski and Pierre-Adrien Charpy. Thus the concert will combine tradition with modernity.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationhttps://bit.ly/2X67PM5 

"Classics Across Poland": Urszula Kryger and Paweł Cłapiński

NIMiTOn 24-26 September 2021, the mezzo-soprano Urszula Kryger and pianist Paweł Cłapiński will present Polish music at the Culture Centre and Library in Przytyk, at the Municipal and Communal Culture Centre and Local Government Library in Mogielnica and at the Sanctuary of St. Anne in Smardzewice. The concerts will be held as part of the series "Classics Across Poland", organised by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

One of the most recognised Polish singers, Urszula Kryger, is a professor at the Academy of Music in Łódź. She has participated in many international music competitions, receiving high awards. In 1995 she performed at La Scala with a recital of Fryderyk Chopin's songs. A year later, she made her debut on the stage of the Semper Oper in Dresden as Angelina in G. Rossini's Cinderella. She has performed with such outstanding conductors as Jan Krenz, Jerzy Semkow, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Sir Colin Davis, and Armin Jordan. She pays special attention to chamber music – its art of song interpretation combines perfection with extraordinary naturalness. Urszula Kryger has made many recordings for radio stations and record companies. Paweł Cłapiński, associated with the Academy of Music in Łódź, also collaborates with the Grand Theater in Łódź. He has won numerous prizes at national and international piano competitions, both as a soloist and as an accompanist of famous singers. In 2016-2018 he was a member of the Opera Academy at the Teatr Wielki – Polish National Opera in the piano class of Eytan Pessen.

During the upcoming concerts, the artists will perform the most beautiful songs of Fryderyk Chopin and Władysław Żeleński, as well as Vincenzo Bellini, Gioacchino Rossini and Giacomo Puccini.

Admission is free! Information about invitations: https://nimit.pl/ 

Sopot | 17th 'Mundus Cantat' International Choir Festival

MundusThe 'Mundus Cantat' International Choir Festival is coming back to Sopot! 15 choirs from all over the world will take part in the 17th edition of the festival on 22-26 September 2021. The festival’s guest will be this year’s Fryderyk award winner – the Art’n’Voices vocal ensemble.

Due to the global situation, the festival competition will take place in a hybrid form. The organisers invited Polish choirs to live auditions at the Our Lady, Star of the Sea Church in Sopot, but they also invited choirs from around the world to participate in the virtual edition of the festival. The live competition will include choirs from Płock, Wągrowiec, Grudziądz, Wejherowo and representatives of the Tri-City. Eight choirs from all over the world have joined the on-line competition: from Belarus, Brazil, China, Philippines, Mexico, Slovakia, and for the first time in the history of the festival – a choir from Indonesia.

The festival will also feature concerts in Sopot churches, Sopot Centrum and in the Social Welfare Center in Sopot, as well as two concerts dedicated to Sopot on the 120th anniversary of granting city rights, performed by the Mundus Cantat Festival Choir and students of the Sopot Music School. The Final Concert on 25 September in the auditorium of the Faculty of Economics of the University of Gdańsk will feature Art’n’Voices vocal ensemble – winner of the Fryderyk 2021 Award in the contemporary music category for the album Midnight Stories. The ensemble was the Grand Prix winner at the 'Mundus Cantat' Festival in 2015.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Programme detailshttps://munduscantat.pl/ 

Białystok | 40th Anniversary International Festival of Orthodox Church Music "Hajnówka 2021"

HajnówkaFor the fortieth time, choirs from all over the world will perform in Poland at the largest and most prestigious Festival of Orthodox Music. The International Festival of Orthodox Church Music "Hajnówka" in Białystok will be held on 21-26 September 2021.

The International Festival of Orthodox Music "Hajnówka" is the first event in the world presenting Orthodox music from the beginning of Christianity to modern times, with particular emphasis on music written by Polish composers. Choir singers compete for prestigious awards in a competition judged by a jury consisting of the most eminent composers and conductors of church singing. For many years the jury has been chaired by Romuald Twardowski, an outstanding Polish composer and teacher. During the Festival, church music is performed by choirs regardless of nationality and religion – secular choirs, Orthodox Christians, Catholics, Greek Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Buddhists, and Jews. The Festival has been held continuously since 1982.

32 choirs from 18 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa have been qualified and invited to participate in the anniversary edition of the Festival. The culmination of the five-day music event will be a unique gala concert. In addition to the laureates, the concert will feature a choir who won the first edition of the Festival in 1982 – the Jerzy Szurbak Orthodox Church Music Ensemble, as well as outstanding soloists, including Jadwiga Rappe. The ensemble will also perform on 19 September at the Church of the Holy Mother of God in Bemowo, Warsaw.

The patron of the Festival is the Polish Composers' Union.

Full programme: www.festiwal-hajnowka.pl 

Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2021 – submit your nomination!

KoryfeuszThe 11th edition of the "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" award of the Polish music community has officially started. Nominations for candidates can be submitted until 29 September 2021 through the website www.koryfeusz.org.pl in the categories: "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award", as well as in the "Discovery of the Year" category for debuting artists. Nominations may be submitted by people associated with the Polish musical life.

The Programme Council of the National Institute of Music and Dance will select the nominees from the submitted nominations. The award in the "Discovery of the Year" category will be awarded by the audience in an open online voting, which will be held between 8 and 13 October at www.koryfeusz.org.pl. The winners in the three remaining categories will be selected by a secret ballot by the Electoral College, whose members are representatives of musical organisations and institutions in the country as well as all the past winners of the "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" award.

The winners will be announced during the gala awards ceremony, which will broadcast from the TVP Kultura studio on 14 November 2021. The winners will receive statuettes designed by professor Adam Myjak, rector of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Read more about the award at: www.koryfeusz.org.pl.

Read more: Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2021 – submit your nomination!

Gorzów | "The Power of Colour": Opening Concert of the 2021/2022 season of the Gorzów Philharmonic

FGThe new 2021/2022 season of the Gorzów Philharmonic will open with the music of Polish and Russian composers. Their works, presenting extraordinary pictures, landscapes, stories and moods and expressing the great craftsmanship and imagination of each of the creators, will be presented by the Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Przemysław Fiugajski. The violinist Anna Maria Staśkiewicz will perform as the soloist.

The City Sketches were written when Henryk Wars was already living in America. This "jazzy" orchestral triptych, akin to Gershwin's style, depicts the landscape of the American metropolis, enchanting with its incredible panache and freedom of instrumentation. The concert will include the first part of the suite – Skyscrapers.

Karol Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 2 includes echoes of the Podhale region and highlander music. The work, which eludes all known harmonic, colour or formal patterns, hypnotised the entire musical Europe of the first half of the 20th century. Szymanowski's friend – Paweł Kochański – the first performer of the solo part and the author of the cadence, persuaded the composer to write the concerto.

Russian folk and eastern colours permeate Modest Mussorgsky's Dawn on the Moscow River and the fairy-tale suite from Igor Stravinsky's ballet Firebird, which surprises with brilliant orchestration and extraordinary musical expression.

Sabrina Stachel, a participant of the "Conductor-in-residence" programme run by the National Institute of Music and Dance and financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport, participated in the preparation of the concert.

Ticket information: https://www.filharmoniagorzowska.pl/ 

Kąśna Dolna | Premiere of works by Maciej Jabłoński and Wojciech Ziemowit Zych

Centrum PaderewskiegoA concert of flautists Łukasz Długosz and Agata Kielar-Długosz will take place on 24 September 2021 at 6 p.m. at the Paderewski Centre in Kąśna Dolna. The evening will feature two world premieres of pieces for two flutes and piano by Wojciech Ziemowit Zych and Maciej Jabłoński.

Łukasz Długosz is recognized by critics as one of the most famous Polish flautists. As a laureate of all national flute competitions and winner of top prizes at several prestigious international competitions, he is also the most honoured Polish flautist in history. He gives concerts as a soloist and chamber musician in Poland and abroad. He also teaches at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk and serves on the jury of national and international flute competitions. Agata Kielar-Długosz is a recognized flautist and propagator of Polish music. She has played as a soloist with all orchestras in Poland. She is regularly invited to collaborate with renowned orchestras in Europe. Professionally, she is also associated with the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk. The musicians will be accompanied at the piano by Andrzej Jungiewicz, associated with the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.

The programme of the concert, in addition to the premieres of the latest works by Polish composers, will include Ignacy Jan Paderewski's Melody, Op. 16 No. 2, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's Good Night, Op. 63 for alto flute and piano, Fryderyk Chopin's Mazurka, Op. 33 for 2 flutes and piano and Astor Piazzolla's Oblivion for 2 flutes and piano. Admission to the concert is free!

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

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