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Elbląg | New Year with Cello Phenomenon

EOK

On January 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., the State Music School Complex in Elbląg will host a New Year's concert of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra and its guests.

Marcin Zdunik, who dominated the 6th International Witold Lutosławski Cello Competition by winning the first prize, the Grand Prix title and nine other prizes, will perform as soloist along with Karolina Nowotczyńska, concertmaster of the EOK. The orchestra will be led by Marek Moś. The programme will include: Fantasy for cello and orchestra, Op. 52 by Mieczysław Wajnberg,recorded by Marcin Zdunik and the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante KV 364 (arr. for violin, cello and string orchestra) and Adagio and Fugue in C minor KV 546 (arr. for string orchestra), as well as Wojciech Kilar's Orawa.

The concert is organised under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project promoting performances of Polish music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: http://www.eok.elblag.eu/pl/news/nowy-rok-z-fenomenem-wiolonczeli 

Wrocław | Scottish Fantasy

NFM

The National Forum of Music Wrocław Philharmonic invites you to a unique musical trip to Scotland on January 11, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. The programme of the concert will include two works inspired by the beauty of this country, whose authors are German composers – Max Bruch and Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy.

This time we will go to Scotland through ... Moldova. It will be due to the opening Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes by Mieczysław Weinberg – a "rediscovered" Polish-Jewish composer. In his artistic output, this work appears as a rather light piece, being a charming picture of Moldovan and Balkan folklore. In this amazingly captivating music, we can also hear a klezmer dance tune that reminds of the composer's roots. Rhapsody was written during Weinberg's stay in Russia and improved the composer's position on the Moscow music scene. Among the performers of the work was Dawid Oistrakh, who presented his interpretation during a concert in Moscow in 1953.

Among the "Scottish" works that will be presented during the concert, we will find Scottish Fantasy by Max Bruch, written in 1880 for the legendary Spanish violinist Pablo de Sarasate, and Symphony No. 3 by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, inspired by the composer's first visit in Scotland in 1829. The NFM Orchestra will perform under the baton of Gabriel Chmura. The outstanding Russian virtuoso Boris Belkin, lecturer at the Conservatorium Maastricht, will perform as a soloist.

More information at: http://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/6540 

Polityka's Passports 2019: Aleksander Nowak i PanGenerator among the laureates

Polityka

On January 8, 2019, the 26th gala of Polityka's Passports awards took place at the Polish Theater in Warsaw.

Paszport Polityki (Polityka's Passport) is an annual prestigious Polish award presented by the weekly magazine Polityka since 1993. It is presented in six major categories: literature, film, theatre, classical music, popular music, and visual arts. Since 2002, the special award "Creator of culture" has also been granted to creators who in a special and non-standard way contribute to the promotion of Polish culture in the country and in the world.

This year, the winner in the category of "Classical Music" nominees were: counter-tenor Jakub Józef Orliński – winner of the Grand Finals at the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, pianist Tomasz Ritter  – winner of the 1st International Chopin Competition on Historical Instruments and composer Aleksander Nowak. The latter won the Polityka Passport for creative independence and original musical world view.

In the category of "Digital Culture", the prize was given to the extremely creative panGenerator group, composed of: Piotr Barszczewski, Krzysztof Cybulski, Krzysztof Goliński, and Jakub Koźniewski. The PanGenerator collective has been awarded the Passports "for the phenomenal bonding of analog and digital worlds into one whole, for creativity in creating objects and installations that become links between modernity and tradition". At the request of the "Warsaw Autumn" Festival, the group created an interactive installation called Music of the spheres.

The full list of nominees and laureates is available on the website: https://www.polityka.pl/TygodnikPolityka 

Warsaw | New Year's Concert

SI

On the 12th of January 2019, at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw, the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under the baton of Antoni Wit will give a concert featuring the talented American violinist Angela Wee. Pieces by Stanisław Moniuszko, Pablo de Sarasate and Manuel de Falla will be included in the programme.

Young violinist Angela Wee from the US won many competitions, including the second place at the 12th Pablo de Sarasate International Violin Competition (Spain) in 2015. A particularly promising part of the concert is her interpretation of the brilliant virtuoso works by this Spanish violin master – his two fantasies on the motifs of Gounod’s Faust and Bizet’s Carmen, and the popular Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs). The hot Iberian sun will be also present in the music from Manuel de Falla’s ballet The Three-Cornered Hat, based on a humorous story about an insidious mayor and a cunning miller’s wife, set in the scenery of an Andalusian town. The programme will also include one of Moniuszko’s less known, but very interesting works, Overture to Pariah.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at:  http://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/new-years-concert-2/

Bydgoszcz | Brazilian... not only in Paris

FP

On January 11, 2019 at 7.00 p.m., the I. J. Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz will host a concert "Brazilian ... not only in Paris".

Carnival is an exceptionally good time for the operetta, a genre of light opera – in terms both of music and subject matter. In the past, the word "operetta" simply meant a one-act opera. It was not until the success of Orpheus in the Underworld by Offenbach in Paris in 1858 that this genre was sanctioned as an art form. Pleasant, often humorous operetta subjects are eagerly undertaken by major baton masters, like maestro José Maria Florêncio.

The concert will begin with the Overture to the famous Orpheus in the Underground, followed by the work inspired by the Offenbach's operetta, written by the contemporary Polish composer Maciej Małecki. His music is strongly embedded in the twentieth-century tradition and can be described in terms of neoclassicism, constructivism, and colourism. The evening will end with fragments from the operetta Candide by Leonard Bernstein – outstanding conductor, pianist and American composer whose 100th birthday anniversary was celebrated last year. Ewelina Osowska (coloratura soprano) and Jacek Laszczkowski (tenor) will perform as soloists.

Full programme available at: http://www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/blog/wydarzenia/brazylijczyk-nie-tylko-w-paryzu/ 

Warsaw | Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music

SV

In the new year, the second edition of the Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music cycle returns under the motto "From duet to octet". The first concert will take place on January 9, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the Orchestra's residence at 272 Grochowska Street.

The first edition of Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music was focused on Polish music of the last 100 years. This year's edition, however, leads listeners through gradually growing ensembles, starting from two and ending with eight performers. The programmes of seven individual concerts will feature Polish music, classical chamber repertoire, as well as many less known compositions and original arrangements.

The series will start with a concert of three duets formed from various combinations of bass clarinet, bassoon and piano. The programme will include Basson Sonata in G major, Op. 168 by Camille Saint-Saëns in transcription for bass clarinet and piano and Lied by François Rasse for the same set of instruments, as well as Sonata in B flat major for bassoon and cello KV 292 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arranged for bassoon and bass clarinet and Concertino by Marcel Bitsch for bassoon and piano. The musicians of Sinofnia Varsovia, Karol Sikora (bass clarinet) and Szymon Michalik (bassoon) will be joined by pianists Wioletta Fluda and Romana Orłowska.

All those who want to learn more about the performed works will be able to meet the musicians and talk about the music they have listened to after the concerts. Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Katowice | Concert of the 1st International Karol Szymanowski Music Competition laureates: Maja Horvat

Horvat

On January 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the NOSPR Concert Hall in Katowice we will hear a recital of Slovenian violinist Maja Horvat, the third and special prize winner at the 1st International Karol Szymanowski Music Competition.

Maja Horvat graduated from the Ljubljana Music and Ballet Conservatory in the class of Volodja Balžalorsky in 2015. Currently, she studies at the Royal College of Music in London in the class of prof. Daniel Rowland and prof. Leonid Kerbel. She worked with many esteemed pedagogues, such as Ivry Gitlis, Anton Martynow, Alina Ibragimowa, Saewon Suh, Vasilij Meljnikov, Tatiana Balashova, Igor Ozim, Wonji Kim Ozim. As soloist and chamber musician, she won a number of awards at national and international competitions. She has given concerts with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Music and Ballet Conservatory in Ljubljana, the Chamber Orchestra "Mladi ljubljanski solisti", the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra and others. In 2019, she plans to renew her cooperation with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, and at the end of the year she will perform with the Royal College of Music Philharmonic Orchestra.

During the recital in Katowice, she will perform works by Johannes Brahms, Eugène Ysaÿe, Paul Hindemith as well as Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28 by Karol Szymanowski.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1354/sroda-modych-koncert-laureatow-i-miedzynarodowego-konkursu-muzycznego-im-karola-szymanowskiego-maja-horvat 

Łódź | 2nd Seminar of Contemporary Harpsichord Music

AM Lodz

The Chair of Harpsichord and Early Music at the Academy of Music in Łódź invites you on 9-10 January 2019 to the Second Seminar of Contemporary Harpsichord Music "Harpsichord without borders", opening a jubilee year of two great harpsichordists of the 20th and 21st century.

The year 2019 marks the 140th birth anniversary and 60th death anniversary of Wanda Landowska as well as the 80th birth anniversary of Elżbieta Chojnacka. During the Seminar, papers on these outstanding artists and contemporary harpsichord music will be delivered. Apart from lectures by the invited guests (dr hab. Robert Stefański, dr hab. Artur Zagajewski, dr hab. Marcin Tadeusz Łukaszewski, prof. FCUM), performance workshops will be led by dr Gośka Isphording from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam – Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten.

The Seminar will be accompanied by a concert on January 9 at 6.15 p.m., preceded by a lecture by dr. Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz. The programme will include works by Artur Zagajewski, Marcin Tadeusz Łukaszewski, Hug Morales Murguìi, Jukka Tiensuu, Marek Pasieczny, Andrzej Cwojdziński, Maurice Ohana and Grant McLachlan. The pieces will be performed on a copy of a historical instrument and a harpsichord modeled after Pleyel's instrument, built according to the idea of ​​Wanda Landowska. Two types of instruments, different sound, different technical possibilities: one grew out of the idea of modernization, the other – from the master's traditions of the eighteenth century.

Admission free.

More information at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/koncerty-i-wydarzenia-zapowiedzi/styczen-2019/153324-koncert-z-cyklu-klawesyn-i-muzyka-dawna 

Warsaw | "Paderewski to Chopin" exhibition closing day

NIFC

"Paderewski to Chopin" exhibition finissage will be held on January 8, 2019 at 6.00 p.m. at the Fryderyk Chopin Museum.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski – a pianist, composer and politician, without whom it is impossible to think about Polish independence. What is his contribution to Chopin? This question was answered by the exhibition of memorabilia belonging to the collections of the Fryderyk Chopin Museum and the Library of the National Fryderyk Chopin Institute: valuable musical manuscripts, concert programmes and preserved iconography. The exhibition was a unique opportunity to look at Paderewski as a performer, editor and promoter of Chopin's legacy, which was a source of inspiration throughout his life. The character of the exhibition was special: some of the artist's souvenirs were presented for the first time.

The finissage of the exhibition will feature a special tour guided by Marta Tabakiernik and Michał Szymanowski's concert on January 8, 2019 at 6.00 p.m., featuring works of Fryderyk Chopin and Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

The exhibition was carried out as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland and the "Polish Music Heritage" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Admission free, a seat reservation is required: www.bilety.nifc.pl