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Brodnica | 2nd ClassiX Festival


Classical, electronic, jazz and contemporary music, complemented by modern visual art. Outstanding names, the latest art projects and a number of fringe events. The 2nd ClassiX Festival in Brodnica will be held on 26-29 March 2020.

On the last weekend of March Brodnica will host eight concerts and a series of fringe events featuing 55 artists in four so-called festival zones: café, workshop, climate and beauty with a classic-futuristic fashion show. The leitmotif of the second edition is "Beauty through distortion" expressed in music, light, image and fashion.

Outstanding Polish instrumentalists accepted the invitation to participate in the festival, including Rafał Kwiatkowski, Anna Maria Staśkiewicz, soloists of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra, as well as representatives of the modern jazz and modern classic current: Sebastian Wypych, Olo Walicki, Nikola Kołodziejczyk, Nika Lubowicz, Big Band Konglomerat, Dutch jazz musician Roderik Povel, Hania Rani and Dobrawa Czocher.

There will be premieres of completely new works. The final concert will premiere Brodnica Symphony by Mat Kwiatkowski – artistic director of the Festiva. This is a spectacular work for cello, electronics, male and female voice and a 19-person big band, combining classical, jazz and contemporary aesthetics. Mateusz Kwiatkowski joined forces with young Polish motion designer Bartek Wójcicki, working in the areas of new media with strong emphasis on motion design and 3D video mapping. The music is complemented by live visualization, which in its theme closely refers to the history of Brodnica and the 100th anniversary of Brodnica's return to free Poland.

Tickets available at BDK, Empik and online at: https://goingapp.pl/city/42/bilety-w-calej-polsce 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available athttps://www.facebook.com/brodnicaclassix/ 

Gdańsk | First album of Art’n’Voices released by DUX


Art’n’Voices presents their latest album "Midnight Stories" – twelve unique compositions and almost an hour of music in which you can get lost. The premiere of the album will take place on 22 February 2020 at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk.

The album contains works by Paweł Łukaszewski, Krzysztof Komeda, as well as artists of the young generation, including Szymon Godziemba-Trytek, Zuzanna Falkowska, Anna Rocławska-Musiałczyk and Jakub Szafrański. The Art’n’Voices vocal ensemble was formed in 2010. In its repertoire it has music of different periods, starting from the Renaissance, however, it favors contemporary music compositions, a significant part of which was written especially for the ensemble. Their third, latest album, is entirely devoted to works inspired by the broadly understood theme of the night. Due to the large variety of texts used by individual artists, each of the twelve recorded compositions shows its own vision in which, in various shots, the motif of the coming of nightfall and everything related to it is presented.

The CD is available for online sale at www.dux.pl and will soon appear in physical and digital international distribution.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information about the concerthttps://www.amuz.gda.pl/

Kielce | Premiere of "Aisthetikos" by Hanna Kulenty


The world premiere Hanna Kulenty's Aisthetikos for soprano saxophone, piano and orchestra will take place on 21 February 2020 at the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic. With this work, the composer returns to the PWM Edition.

The title comes from the Greek language, where it means sensual perception – only the reception of the work with all senses allows you to feel its multidimensionality and depth. In her latest composition, Hanna Kulenty took into account the properties of all senses, creating a surreal universe that organizes musical phenomena in time.

"Aisthetikos is a one-piece composition, where the parts of the duo: saxophone and piano, lead an almost indissoluble narration against the shadow, literally the shadow of the orchestra," comments the composer. "I try to embrace this cosmos with my human senses, where every thing is in its time, and I am only transforming this time, slowing or accelerating this cosmic nature." Aisthetikos waves, accelerates and slows down, plays with listeners and puts their musical experiences to the test.

During the world premiere, the solo parts will be performed by Magdalena and Bartłomiej Duś, for whom the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic under Jacek Rogal will create a "shadow". The work was commissioned by the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic and co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Composing Commissions" programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. The concert programme will also include an the Fidelio Ouverture by Ludwig van Beethoven and the 94th Symphony in G major "Surprise" by Joseph Haydn.

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

Information on tickets athttp://filharmonia.kielce.com.pl/press/press_21.02.20.html

Olsztyn | Stage for Polish Music


During the next edition of the "Stage for Polish Music" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance, we will be able to listen to the works by Tadeusz Szeligowski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Wojciech Kilar, Michał Spisak and Aleksander Tansman performed by the excellent group Gruppo di Tempera. The concert will take place on 20 February 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Feliks Nowowiejski Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic.

Chamber works for wind instruments, although definitely less popular than those intended for string ensembles, were written by the greatest composers: Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. It is no wonder that in the 20th century neoclassical artists were eager to reach for this instrumental ensembles. Quintets for wind instruments by Polish artists have many common features, and at the same time each of them is marked by the unique character of its creator.

Tadeusz Szeligowski's Qiuntet for Wind Instruments seduces with a serene, almost fairy-tale atmosphere from the first bars. A year older, the Wojciech Kilar's Quintet is distinguished by its tireless motor skills and melodic references to folk music. "This is the first piece that can be read as a text which credibly represents the composer's style," wrote Małgorzata Gąsiorowska, a biographer of the artist, about the Quintet for Wind Instruments by Grażyna Bacewicz. The work was written during a scholarship in Paris, and the Society Aide aux femmes de professions libres distinguished it with the first prize in the Competition for composers. The classical Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon by Michał Spisak – honorary citizen of Dąbrowa Górnicza – is considered by researchers to be one of the best Polish wind quintets. The lively La danse de la sorcière from the ballet La Jardin du paradis by Alexander Tansman will finish the concert.

More information athttps://filharmonia.olsztyn.pl/koncert/scena-dla-muzyki-polskiej-gruppo-di-tempera/ 

Szczecin | Sound Lab 5: Teoniki Rożynek & Qba Janicki


A duo of experimenters and improvisers – Teoniki Rożynek & Qba Janicki – and visual artist Martyna Chojnacka will perform on 20 February 2020 at 8:00 p.m. at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin as part of the "SoundLab" concert series.

The artists will premiere the composition for amplified percussion, electronics and chamber ensemble, which was inspired by cymatics – the acoustic wave science that deals with the visual representation of sonic phenomena. The visual setting based on generative animation and the processing of cymatic patterns recorded using the loudspeaker installation for fluid stimulation will be performed by Martyna Chojnacka

Teoniki Rożynek and Qba Janicki use the "electronic processing of audio signal generated by acoustic instruments". They have an academic education but are far from obeying classical rules. Their joint activities are primarily characterized by improvisation and expression. They performed together, among others at the Wrocław edition of the Avant Art Festival in 2019, as well as at the International Festival of Contemporary Music and Visual Arts "Mózg Festival" in 2018.

More information at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/events/1221-Lab_5_Teoniki_Rozynek_and_Qba_Janicki_

Warsaw | "Stage for Polish Music" – Gruppo di Tempera


The next concert of the "Stage for Polish Music" programme will take place on Wednesday, 19 February 2020 at the Warsaw Philharmonic, featuring Gruppo di Tempera.

The “Stage for Polish Music” is a new project of the Institute of Music and Dance aimed at Polish music performers and organised in collaboration with the Warsaw Philharmonic and arts institutions in Poland. Programmes featuring Polish music, selected on the basis of a competition, will be presented at the Warsaw Philharmonic Chamber Hall and then repeated in other cities in Poland. The goal of the project is to inspire musicians to prepare concert programmes featuring Polish music, promote the performance of Polish musical works as well as draw listeners’ attention to Polish music, especially lesser known pieces.

The program of the upcoming concert will include four twentieth-century quintets for wind instruments. Tadeusz Szeligowski's Quintet was written in 1953 and is characterized by a great sense of the capabilities of each instrument, from the very first measures captivating with optimism and lightness of the sound. Grażyna Bacewicz's Quintet for wind instruments is the most important piece composed during her stay on a scholarship in Paris. The composition won the first prize at the Competition for composers, organized by the Aide auxfemmes de professions libres Society. You can easily find folk motifs in the Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn by Wojciech Kilar from 1952. The Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon by Michał Spisak was commissioned in 1948 by the Polish Composers' Union. The chamber concert will culminate with La danse de la sorcière – the excerpt from the ballet Le Jardin du Paradis by Alexander Tansman.

More information athttp://filharmonia.pl/koncerty-i-bilety/repertuar/scena-dla-muzyki-polskiej5

Warsaw | Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music “Beethoven’s Mirror”


The third edition of the Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music series is titled “Beethoven’s Mirror”. To celebrate the great composer’s 250th birthday, the Orchestra’s musicians will perform some of Beethoven’s lesser-known chamber works, set against music written by his predecessors and successors. Each concert will take place in Sinfonia Varsovia’s rehearsal hall and will be performed again in one of the centres of culture in Warsaw or in its vicinity. The second event will take place on 12 and 20 February 2020 at 7:00 p. m.

Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music is a series of concerts performed by the Orchestra’s musicians, intended to familiarise listeners with music written for small ensembles from various periods in many styles. This year, the programme will consist of works written by Ludwig van Beethoven – showing the many facets of his chamber music – from sentimental salon pieces to challenging virtuoso works. Variations, serenades, sonatas for various instruments will reveal to us Beethoven’s lesser-known works, as opposed to the composer’s famous cycle of string quartets. The Bonn master’s compositions will be set against a backdrop of works ranging from late baroque to the contemporary. Composers include Johann Friedrich Fasch, Giacomo Puccini, Maurice Ravel, Jean Cras and Krzysztof Penderecki.

On 12 February (repeated on 20 February in the Praga Południe Centre for Promotion of Culture) we will have an opportunity to hear a work heralding Beethoven’s mature writing for string quartet. Published in 1799, the String Trio in C minor, Op. 9 is a four-part work from a collection considered at the time by the young (not yet 30 years old) composer to be his greatest achievement. Written in Beethoven’s favourite key of C minor, the Trio is an example of serious chamber music, in opposition to lighter works written for the salon. The programme will conclude with a composition considered to be a turning point in the output of Krzysztof Penderecki – the Quartet for Clarinet and String Trio (2004), praised for its clarity of form and musical content. The works will be performed by Celina Kotz (violin), Adam Siebers (viola), Piotr Mazurek (cello) and Karol Sikora (clarinet).

More information at: http://www.sinfoniavarsovia.org/en/sinfonia-varsovia-chamber-music-beethoven-s-mirror-.html# 

Przesłuchania do Polskiej Orkiestry Sinfonia Iuventus im. Jerzego Semkowa: skrzypce tutti, obój i wiolonczela tutti

POSIPolska Orkiestra Sinfonia Iuventus im. Jerzego Semkowa ogłasza przesłuchania dla muzyków do 30 roku życia na stanowiska: „skrzypce tutti”, „obój” i „wiolonczela tutti”. Przesłuchania odbędą się 9 marca 2020 w Warszawie, w Studiu Koncertowym Polskiego Radia im. Witolda Lutosławskiego, Studio S3.

Osobom, które pomyślnie przejdą przesłuchania Polska Orkiestra Sinfonia Iuventus im. Jerzego Semkowa może zaoferować: umowę o pracę, atrakcyjne wynagrodzenie, pracę pod kierunkiem wybitnych dyrygentów, szeroko zakrojoną edukację artystyczną oraz zdobycie doświadczenia pracy w orkiestrze.

Zgłoszenia można dokonać wyłącznie poprzez stronę internetową. Link do rejestracji: https://bit.ly/2lSyTLU 

Do zgłoszenia należy dołączyć: życiorys w języku polskim, podpisane oświadczenie (do pobrania na stronie: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/przesluchania/)

Termin nadsyłania zgłoszeń: 3 marca 2020 roku.

W przypadku odwołania swojej obecności na przesłuchaniu kandydat zobowiązany jest do poinformowania instytucji drogą e-mailową lub telefonicznie najpóźniej na 2 dni przed terminem przesłuchania.

Szczegółowe informacje – na stronie: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/skrzypce-oboj-termin-przesluchan-9-marca-2020/ 

Heidelberger Komponistinnenpreis 2020 for Bettina Skrzypczak!


The famous Polish composer Bettina Skrzypczak received the "Heidelberger Komponistinnenpreis 2020" award. This prestigious distinction has been granted since 1987 only to women-composers. This is the only such award in the world.

In the recent years the award granted at the request of a specially appointed Chapter of the City of Heidelberg went to such composers as: Zofia Gubajdulina, Galina Ustwolskaja, Adrian Hölszky, Kaija Saariaho and Olga Neuwirth.

The recommendation of the Heidelberg City Chapter of the work of Bettina Skrzypczak stated: "Care for structural details and thoughtful dramaturgy of the form are combined in her works with respect for the laws of perception, which is reflected in the sound processes of extraordinary intensity. [...] Through the visceral expressiveness and emotional suggestibility her music strongly affects the listener. [...] The composer also devotes attention to other fields of knowledge: from aesthetics, through philosophy, to exact sciences. "

The award ceremony will take place on 19 February 2020 during a concert with the Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg orchestra conducted by Joseph Bastian, who will perform Betina Skrzypczak's Initial for symphony orchestra (2005). This composition, premiered in 2007 in La Chaux-de-Fonds by the Orchester de Chambre de Lausanne (dir. Marco Angius), was performed in Poland the same year during the "Warsaw Autumn" International Festival of Contemporary Music performed by SWR Symphonieorchester (dir.Rupert Huber).