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Szczecin | Polish premiere of the work commissioned by the BBC


The Polish premiere of Paweł Szymański's composition commissioned by the BBC will take place on January 6, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin.

British edition of Polish music – this is a brief introduction to the evening's programme, featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michał Nesterowicz. The concert will start with the "Polonia" Symphony Prelude, Op. 76 by Edward Elgar. Written in 1915 at the request of the conductor Emil Młynarski, the piece is a unique tribute to Polish music. The repertoire will also include music by Polish composers of three different generations: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 17 by Ignacy Jan Paderewski in the interpretation of Janina Fialkowska, Canadian pianist with Polish roots, Symphony No. 1 by Witold Lutosławski, and a new piece commissioned by the BBC from Paweł Szymański, one of the best-known contemporary Polish composers.

Information on tickets at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/wydarzenia/980-BBC_Symphony_Orchestra 

Kraków | New Year's Concert of Sinfonietta Cracovia featuring Janoska Ensemble


After the New Year's Eve fireworks, on January 5, 2018 at the ICE Kraków Congress Center (17 Marii Konopnickiej St.) at 7:00 p.m., Sinfonietta Cracovia will perform in the company of world-renowned virtuosos from Janoska Ensemble.

The classics of New Year's concerts flavored with an eclectic gypsy jazz will ignite even the coldest January evening. Janoska Ensemble gives concerts all over the world, and we can hear their recordings thanks to, among others, Deutsche Grammophon. An unusual combination of gypsy jazz, classics and world music creates a unique style, known as Janoska Style. This time, we will hear their bravura interpretations of the works of the Strauss, Paganini and Mozart.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: http://sinfonietta.pl/ 

New Year's Concerts in the "Wieliczka" Salt Mine


The New Year's concerts, organized by the "Wieliczka" Salt Mine and the Krakow Opera, will take place on January 5 and 6, 2019 at 6.00 p.m.

The events will be held in one of the most beautiful spaces of the "Wieliczka" Salt Mine – "Warszawa" chamber, located 125 meters underground. Every year they attract audiences from Krakow, as well as guests from all over Poland and abroad. This year, the concerts will feature Katarzyna Oleś-Blach, Iwona Socha, Monika Korybalska, Krzysztof Kozarek, Adam Sobierajski and the Krakow Opera Orchestra conducted by Tomasz Tokarczyk.

The programme will include fragments of popular operettas, such as Lottery for husbands by K. SzymanowskiThe Bird Seller by K. Zeller, The Merry Widow by F. Lehár, The Bat and The Gypsy Baron by J. Strauss, Clivia by N. Dostal, and The Csardas Princess by E. Kálmán. In the second part of the concert we will hear Italian hits, including Neapolitan songs: Torna and Surriento by Ernesto De Curtis, Santa Lucia by Teodoro Cottrau, Felicita by C. Minellono, Lasciatemi cantare by T. Cutugno, and Volare by D. Modugno.

Information on tickets at: https://www.kopalnia.pl/aktualnosci/imprezy/koncerty-noworoczne-w-kopalni-soli-wieliczka-2019 

Szczecin | Silent Night

Opera na Zamku

The most beautiful Polish Christmas carols could be heard on January 5 and 6, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in Szczecin churches: St. Nicholas the Bishop Church (Golisza Street) and Garrison Church (Zwycięstwa Square).

Silent Night – a concert of Christmas carols for choir and chamber string orchestra written in 2006 is treated comprehensively as a collection of a dozen or so traditional Polish carols, compiled by the Warsaw composer Maciej Małecki in the original, albeit classic, way. The programme of the concerts will be diversified by three pastorales by Maciej Małecki, two of which are intended for a cappella choir: Dziś z żywota Pańskiego to words of Stanisław Herakliusz Lubomirski, Niemowlątko na słomie and Prowadź gwiazdeczko to word by Elżbieta Szeptyńska. The choir of the Castle Opera in Szczecin will perform traditional Christmas music along with a string orchestra under the direction of Małgorzata Bornowska.

Tickets will be available for purchase in the churches before the concert.

More information at: http://www.opera.szczecin.pl/component/repertuar/spektakl/261-cicha-noc 

The Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów. Signing the Letter of Intent

IMiTThe Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów, organized by the Institute of Music and Dance, was officially announced on 18 December 2018.

The Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów is a new cultural initiative whose purpose is to promote Polish music around the world and make the listeners realise the quality and significance of the musical legacy of Stanisław Moniuszko and many other distinguished Polish composers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The letter of intetnt was signed by Professor Piotr Gliński, Vice-President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Mr Władysław Ortyl, Marshal of Podkarpackie Voivodeship, Ms Marta Wierzbieniec, Director of the Podkarpacka Philharmonic in Rzeszów and Mr Maxymilian Bylicki, Director of the Institute of Music and Dance.

The Competition will be organised on a biennial basis and will be intended for a variety of different sets of performers. The first edition of the Competition will be divided into two distinct categories: one for piano and the other for chamber ensembles. The Competition accepts instrumental musicians applying either as soloists or as chamber ensembles (from duos to as many as sixteen musicians in an ensemble). There are no age or citizenship restrictions for the musicians applying to take part in the Competition.

The auditions for the Competition will take place at the Artur Malawski Podkarpacka Philharmonic Hall in Rzeszów and at the University of Rzeszów between 20 and 26 September 2019. The Prize Winners Concert, along with the Award Ceremony, will be held on 27 September 2019 at the Podkarpacka Philharmonic Hall in Rzeszów and again on 29 September 2019 at the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw. The deadline for the submission of applications to take part in the Competition is 23 June 2019.

The Rulebook, framework schedule of the Competition, application forms, details of the repertoire, composers and sheet music, as well as all the news updates relating to the event can be found at: www.konkursmuzykipolskiej.pl 

Poznań | New Year's Concert


The Stanisław Moniuszko Grand Theater in Poznań invites you to spend the last evening of the year at the New Year's Concert (January 31, 2018 at 7.00 p.m).

New Year's Eve is a magical time, so you will not miss amazing musical performances. In the first part of the concert, the orchestra will present pieces with solo instruments (violin, saxophone, trumpet). We will hear, among others, Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes op. 47 No. 1 by Mieczysław Weinberg, whose 100th birthday will be celebrated next year.

The second part will introduce compositions by Johann Strauss (The Beautiful Blue Danube), Franz Lehar (The Land of Smiles, Giuditta), Gioacchino Rossini (La danza), Imre Kálmán (The Csardas Princess), as well as Neapolitan songs and other timeless compositions. During the concert, a New Year's toast will be made. The orchestra and soloists of the Poznań Grand Theatre will be led by it's artistic director Gabriel Chmura.

After the concert, the audience will be served with refreshments in the foyer, where the First Poznań Non-Symphonic Orchestra Ukulele and the jazz trio The Raisins will perform a New Year's programme.

More information at: https://opera.poznan.pl/pl/koncert-sylwestrowy-2 

Kraków | New Year's Concert "Waltz Embarras"


The audience and artists of the Krakow Opera will say goodbye to the old and welcome New Year with the concerts on 30, 31 December 2018 and 1 January 2019.

The evenings will be filled with Polish repertoire performed by the theater's artists: Katarzyna Oleś-Blacha, Iwona Socha, Paula Maciołek, Tomasz Kuk, Adam Szerszeń, Michał Kutnik and Jarosław Bielecki. They will be accompanied by Ballet, Choir and Orchestra of the Krakow Opera conducted by Tomasz Tokarczyk.

The programme of the concerts will include fragments from Stanisław Moniuszko's operas, including The Haunted Manor and Halka. We will also hear works of Fryderyk Chopin and Henryk Wieniawski, as well as film music of Wojciech Kilar and Michał Lorenc. New Year's Eve is a time of joy and fun, so there will be plenty of well-known songs from the repertoire of such stars and bands as Irena Santor, Irena Jarocka, Anna Jantar, Urszula Dudziak, Eugeniusz Bodo, Zbigniew Wodecki, Alibabki or Skaldowie. During the break, the Krakow Opera invites spectators to a glass of wine and refreshments.

More information at: https://www.opera.krakow.pl/pl/repertuar/spektakl/549/koncert-br-sylwestrowy-br-walc-embarras 

Bydgoszcz | New Year's Eve Concerts in Polish

LogoIgnacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz invites you to the "New Year's Eve Concerts in Polish", which will be held on 30 and 31 December 2018 (at 5:00 and 8:00 p.m.).

Well-known Polish melodies, like the spirited Moniuszko's Mazur or the dignified Kilar's Polonaise, seem to never become boring. The same applies to the pre-war songs of Henryk Wars, which were sung by the best singers of the time, such as Hanka Ordonówna, Eugeniusz Bodo, Mieczysław Fogg, or Robert Stolz. Also, good old hits from the silver screen, including the main theme from the movie Forgotten melody. These are just some of the musicial propositions which will constitute a programme of the "New Year's Concerts in Polish" at the Pomeranian Philharmonic.

The concerts will be performed by: Adam Zdunikowski – professor at the Bydgoszcz Academy of Music, a respected tenor regularly cooperating with foreign and Polish opera theaters; tenor Krzysztof Zimny ​​– a graduate of the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz; baritone David Roy – a student of Adam Zdunikowski; Weronika Bochat – actress and vocalist for years associated with the ROMA Theater, winner of many major awards at prestigious song festivals; Karol Drozd – musical actor who performs in Poland and abroad. The Orchestra of the Pomeranian Philharmonic will be led by Maestro Kai Bumann, artistic director of the Philharmonic since 2015.

Information on tickets at: http://www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/blog/wydarzenia/polski-sylwester/ 

André Rieu carnival concert in Polish cinemas from January 1st


Starting 1 January 2019, a concert of André Rieu and his Johann Strauss orchestra recorded at the end of the year in Sydney will be broadcast in nearly 100 cinemas thanks to nazywowkinach.pl.

The popular violinist André Rieu is returning to cinemas around the world to present a special carnival concert, registered in Sydney Town Hall. The programme of the evening includes Christmas carols, pieces of classical and film music, as well as truly carnival hits from operettas and Viennese waltzes. The concert will feature sopranos and tenors cooperating with André and other special guests. As usual, viewers will have the opportunity to look behind the scenesa and absorbe the atmosphere of the event in Sydney.

The list of places in Poland where you can watch the broadcast is available here.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.