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Bydgoszcz | An Evening with Johannes Brahms and Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa


On 28 February 2020 at 7:00 p.m. The Pomeranian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kai Bumann will perform works by Johannes Brahms and Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa. The soloists will be Ewa Marciniec (alt), Krzysztof Polonek (violin, new concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic) and Katarzyna Polonek (cello).

The evening will begin with Joanna Wnuk Nazarowa's song Słuchaj, Neronie! for alto and grand orchestra. The solo part will be perform by Ewa Marciniec, a graduate of two faculties of the Music Academy in Gdańsk: Composition and Theory of Music and Vocal and Acting in the class of Zofia Janukowicz-Pobłocka. Thanks to the DAAD scholarship, she continued her post-graduate studies at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart in the class of Luisa Bosabalian.

The duo of virtuosos recognized in Europe – violinist Krzysztof Polonek, the current concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and cellist Katarzyna Polonek – will perform the elaborate Double concerto, Op. 102, the last symphonic work by Johannes Brahms. Krzysztof Polonek has been a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009. He studied under Tomasz Tomaszewski at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Thomas Brandis at the University of Music in Lübeck and Markus Becker at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover. He received a PhD in musical arts under the direction of Jarosław Pietrzak at the Academy of Music in Wrocław. Katarzyna Polonek studied cello at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna in the class of Angelika May and Wolfgang Aichinger. She teaches cello at the Academy of Music in Poznań.

Finally, the Pomeranian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will perform Brahms' Symphony No. 3, Op. 90, which is symbolically referred to as "Brahms' Eroics".

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/ 

Gdańsk | Premiere of the new work by Piotr Moss


The world premiere of According to Memling – a concert for flute, organ and orchestra by Piotr Moss will take place on 28 February 2020 at the Polish Baltic Frédéric Chopin Philharmonic during the concert entitled "Programme and Absolute Music".

The inspiration for the composition was the Last Judgment triptych created by the Dutch painter Hans Memling. The work was commissioned by the Polish Baltic Frédéric Chopin Philharmonic and was written for Łukasz Długosz and Roman Perucki, who will premiere it with the PBP Symphony Orchestra conducted by George Tchitchinadze.

The programme will also include Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's Symphony in D Major, which opens the cycle of four symphonies for strings and wind instruments written in Hamburg. Symphony No. 2 in D major by Joseph Haydn is relatively less known, but full of surprising moments. The slow movement in D minor is a display of the composer's counterpoint skills, and the whole work ends with an impressive finale. The audionce will also listen to the Romeo and Juliet ouverture-fantasia by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, based on the literary programme.

The concert was included in the „filharmonia / ostrożnie, wciąga!!!” programme, co-organised by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://www.filharmonia.gda.pl/

Katowice | "Iskierka" symphonically


The Children's Oncology Orchestra – the only such orchestra in the world – is back in a new setting and place. On 27 February 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall, listeners will enjoy a large dose of fairytale and film music in an absolutely new performance under the direction of Krzesimir Dębski.

Operating since 2006, the Iskierka Foundation has proven that during the oncological treatment children can do incredible and completely crazy things. The organisation founded the Children's Oncology Orchestra, headed by Piotr Sutt. Small patients of hospital wards and their carers received a chance to become artists for one day.

This time the Children's Oncology Orchestra will perform with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Krzesimir Dębski. We will listen to the music of this amazing artist from the movies Gwiezdny Pirat and W pustyni i w puszczy as well as composition from the film Akademia Pana Kleksa written by Andrzej Waldemar Korzyński and Krzysztof Bohdan Grabowski. The instrumentalists will be accompanied by the Choir of Space Creators (Anbud and friends), i.e. the donors of the foundation in a completely unusual role. The most famous songs from animated movies will be performed by Studio Accantus, Anna Jurksztowicz, Czesław Mozil, Paulina Przybysz, Daria Zawiałow and Ania Brachaczek.

The concert, which shows that you can create a musical event with high artistic value and with incredibly positive energy with oncologically ill children, will be hosted by Mirosław Neinert, Szymon Majewski and Jarosław Boberek. The total income from the event will be allocated to support the activities of the Iskierka Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/iskierka-symfonicznie 

Wrocław | Stage premiere of Rafał Augustyn's „Descensus Christi ad inferos"


The stage version of the Descensus Christi ad inferos oratorium by Rafał Augustyn will be premiered on 26 and 28 February 2020 at the Bakery Centre for Performing Arts of the Jerzy Grotowski Institute in Wrocław.

What was Jesus doing on Easter Saturday? The canonical gospels are silent about this episode, so we need to consult apocryphal records, such as the beautiful Latin text translated from ancient Greek which is included in the Gospel of Nicodemus. The fast-paced and eventful story starts among Jerusalem Jews who are looking for witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection, and then moves to the abyss that the Greeks called Tartar where the holy fathers and the first mother, Eve, held captive by Satan, await their liberation.

Inspired by the eminent philologist Professor Jerzy Woronczak, Rafał Augustyn started working on Descensus Christi ad inferos in the 1990s. Completed in 2016, the oratorio was first performed at the 14th Song of Our Roots Festival of Early Music in Jarosław. Incorporating a range of stylistic idioms, from chant to medieval motet technique to contemporary elements, the piece forms a cohesive, tightly-knit whole.

The piece will be sung by three choirs. The chant schola will narrate the story and the National Forum of Music Choir will complete the ‘cantus firmus’, with the solo parts sung by a group of solo singers. Despite its psychological interest and delving into serious theological matters, the libretto (as well as music) contains a good dose of humour.

Koncert zrealizowano w koprodukcji Instytutu Grotowskiego i Narodowego Forum Muzyki. Partnerem wydarzenia jest Stowarzyszenie Schola Gregoriana Silesiensis.

Tickets are available at: www.bilety.grotowski-institute.art.pl/ 

More information at: http://grotowski-institute.art.pl/wydarzenia/descensus-christi-ad-inferos/

Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus and Konstanty Andrzej Kulka


The Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra conducted by Maciej Tomasiewicz will present works by Gioacchin Rossini, Gabriel Fauré and Pyotr Tchaikovsky on 29 February 2020 at 7.00 p.m. at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. The masterpieces of Karol Lipiński will be performed by a truly legendary violinist, one of the most outstanding musicians of his generation – Konstanty Andrzej Kulka.

Karol Lipiński was one of the foremost luminaries of Polish Romantic music and among the greatest virtuosos of his era. He was perceived as a competitor of Paganini, and there were those who praised his playing and talents as a composer in even more superlative terms. Konstanty Andrzej Kulka will perform works that were particularly appreciated by 19th-century virtuosos: Rondeau de Concert in C Major and an operatic paraphrase, presented here as a variation (which considerably increases the technical challenge) – on motifs from the opera La Cenerentola (Cinderella) by Rossini. The creativity of this opera master will recall the brilliant and witty overture to L’Italiana in Algeri.

The second half of the concert will be filled with the expressiveness and cheer of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Serenade in C Major, a piece that showcases a surprisingly rich palette of colours and shades from the string ensemble. The French neo-romanticist Gabriel Fauré, whose subtle harmonic and colour sensitivity paved the way for a generation of modernists, is now remembered for only a few works, including the incredibly popular and moving Requiem as well as the subtle, reflective, captivating euphonium Pavane.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Kraków | "Elementi 8": screen or sounds and pixels


"Elementi" is an annual event that focuses attention on contemporary music: created, performed and interpreted here and now. The eighth edition, which will take place on 6-8 March 2020 at the Academy of Music in Kraków, will include, among others, a two-day scientific conference, four concerts of new music, lectures and meetings with invited guests.

This year, the main theme of "Elementi" is "screen" – everything that is related to the multimedia and intermediality of music, its visual aspect, as well as film, stage, commercial and artistic work. The importance of music in the context of current social, cultural and technological development changes will be discussed.

The upcoming edition will feature lectures by music theoretician Krzysztof Szwajgier and musicologist Jan Topolski, as well as composers: Joanna Bailie and Óscar Escudero. The concerts will include works by young Polish composers, among others students and PhD candidates of the Academy of Music in Kraków. It has become a tradition to reach for new and important works by outstanding contemporary artists and to invite well-known professional ensembles specializing in contemporary music performance. This year, the Danish Current Resonance Ensemble and the Kraków Contemporary Music Ensemble will perform, among others, compositions by Jessie Marino, Joanna Bailie, Michael Beil, Simon Steen-Andersen and Alexander Schubert. One of the planned concerts – organized in the 360 ​​° Hevre gallery in cooperation with the Intermedia Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków – will take on a slightly different, more performative, audiovisual (and later perhaps party) character.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://elementi.amuz.krakow.pl/ 

Rzeszów | A Concert at the End of the Carnival


The works by Ignacy Zalewski and Wojciech Kostrzewa will be performed by Duo Karolina Mikołajczyk & Iwo Jedynecki on 25 February 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Artur Malawski Philharmonic in Rzeszów during the "Concert at the end of the carnival".

Duo Karolina Mikołajczyk & Iwo Jedynecki (violin and accordion) is one of the most interesting chamber ensembles of the young generation. They are the winners of the international competitions in Poland, Croatia, France and Austria. In November 2014, during the Concert of the Year – a competition for chamber ensembles, they received the Rectors' of Polish Music Universities Award and the ZAiKS Association of Authors Award. The ensemble's repertoire includes literature from all eras, from Baroque to the 21st century. They perform works by composers of different nationalities, diverse in character, representing different styles. In addition to the compositions written originally for violin and accordion, the artists make their own transcriptions of literature for violin and piano.

The programme of the upcoming concert will include, among others, Mazurka (2016) by Ignacy Zalewski and The Hollywood Fantasy (2019) by Wojciech Kostrzewa. The latter is an impressive 3-part composition written by a laureate of the Grand Prix at the 3rd Krzysztof Penderecki International Composers' Competition. The work is based on the most famous themes from such Hollywood films as Casablanca, Pink Panther, Godfather, Pirates of the Caribbean, American Beauty, Harry Potter and many others.

Full programme available at: http://www.filharmonia.rzeszow.pl/repertuar/dzien,25-02-2020.html 

Poznań | Premiere of works by Monika Kędziora and Janusz Stalmierski

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A concert "String Parnassus" will take place on 24 February 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the academy.

The Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań is called the cradle of the Polish violin school, whose foundations were created by, among others, the excellent violinist prof. Jadwiga Kaliszewska. This work was continued by a large group of its graduates – outstanding pedagogues who educated and continue to educate subsequent generations of musicians. In the year of the 100th anniversary of the Poznań Academy of Music, we will listen to a unique orchestra prepared by teachers of the Institute of Violin Making Instruments.

A group of pedagogues with prof. Mariusz Derewecki, the artistic director of the project, will present works by Stanisław Moniuszko, Wojciech Kilar and Romuald Twardowski. The concert will also premiere two works written by composers connected with the Academy: Sub glaciae, sum summa aqua ... by Monika Kędziora and Mild Light by Janusz Stalmierski. The programme will also feature Piotr Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence, inspired by the composer's visit to Florence, in arrangement for string orchestra. The concert will be hosted by Piotr Niewiedział.

The admission is free.

More information at: https://amuz.edu.pl/event/smyczkowy-parnas/ 

Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus under George Tchitchinadze: Mozart & Elgar


The Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra conducted by George Tchitchinadzi will perform works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Edward Elgar on 22 February 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw. Violists Katarzyna Budnik and Maria Machowska will perform as soloists.

The concert will begin with the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's ouverture to Così fan tutte. This sunny opera, preceded by a charming, lively overture, is a wonderful summary of Mozart’s comedic work and more broadly – his affirmative, joyful attitude towards the world and people; it also represents the completion of his triptych of later works in this genre, in which opera buffa equalled opera seria in quality for the first time in its history.

Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola was created at the end of the composer’s youthful period in Salzburg when he was already bathed in the radiance of European fame. The title itself indicates the genre, combining symphony and concerto, although it is clearly dominated by the latter. Two instruments carry on a lively dialogue and the entire work is filled with a cheery and carefree atmosphere.

The beginning of Edward Elgar’s career did not foretell the enormous popularity and fame which would be bestowed upon the more than 40-year-old musician. His later success first manifested on the European continent, where his works gained recognition from acclaimed artists such as Richard Strauss and conductor Hans Richter, who directed the premiere of the Enigma Variations op. 36 at London’s St. James Hall on 19 June 1899. This event was a milestone in Elgar’s career and his variations soon gained even greater fame throughout Europe.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/