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Warsaw | Concert of the winners of the Kazimierz Serocki 16th International Composers' Competition

Konkurs Serockiego

A concert of the winners of the Kazimierz Serocki 16th International Composers' Competition will take place on 30 November 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw.

A meeting of the Jury of the Kazimierz Serocki 16th International Composers' Competition took place on 4-6 October 2019 in Radziejowice. 144 scores were submitted for the competition, held under the honorary patronage of the Polish Composers' Union. The jury composed of Fredrik Österling (Sweden), Paul Patterson (United Kingdom) and Dariusz Przybylski (Poland), awarded four prizes and three honorable mentions.

The first prize of PLN 13,000 was awarded to Jinseok Choi – a composer from South Korea – for the work Pathos. Adam Vilagi (Finland) received the second prize of PLN 8,000 for the work Directions. The third prize of PLN 4,000 was awarded to Hugh Collins Rici (Great Britain) for the work Canto Celato. Jinseok Choi also received a Special Award of the PWM Edition for the youngest laureate (a set of Polish contemporary scores). Honorable mentions went to: Youngwoo Yoo (South Korea), Minzuo Lu (China) and Zhaoyu Zhang (China). The awards were funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Polish Society of Authors and Composers ZAiKS, Witold Lutosławski Society and the Association of Polish Musicians.

The Winners' Concert, co-organized with Polish Radio Programme 2, will feature works by the Competition's patron – Kazimierz Serocki, Jinseok Choi, Adam Vilaga and Hugh Collins Rice. The compositions will be performed by outstanding artists specializing in contemporary music: Łukasz Długosz and Agata Kielar-Długosz, Hashtag Ensemble, Seweryn Zapłatyński, Franciszek Olszowski, Alicja Kieruzalska, Łukasz Łacny and Krystyna Wiśniewska. The concert will be recorded and broadcast in the Programme 2 of Polish Radio, and then offered to the European Broadcasting Union.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Poznań | Stefan Stuligrosz Grand Prix of Polish Choir Singing 2019


The second edition of the Stefan Stuligrosz Grand Prix of Polish Choir Singing will take place in Poznań from 29 November to 1 December 2019.

The idea behind ​​this musical event is the confrontation of the winners of the six oldest and most recognized Polish choir competitions, who will compete in the capital of Greater Poland for victory in the "competition of competitions". This year, the following choirs will participate in the Grand Prix of Polish Choir Singing: University of Warsaw Academic Choir, "Schola Cantorum Bialostociensis" Female Choir, "Our Voice" Youth Choir from Działdowo, "Kosy" Girls' Choir from Poznań, Chamber Choir of the Academy of Art in Szczecin and "Rondo" Vocal Ensemble from Wroclaw. The organizers of the undertaking are the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań and the "Stuligrosz Choir – Poznań Nightingales" Foundation.

The event will be complemented by workshops conducted by conductors and specialists in the field of voice emission, as well as concerts of invited choirs in various parts of the city, among others a concert to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Affabre Concinui ensemble and the 80th anniversary of the Poznań Philharmonic Boys' and Men's Choir. Polish contemporary choral music holds an important place in concert and competition programmes.

Admission is free, although free admission cards are required for some events.

More information at: www.grand.prix.stuligrosz.pl 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/grand.prix.stuligrosz 

Katowice | Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's "Sanctus Adalbertus" at the Silesian Philharmonic


Music lovers gathered in the Silesian Philharmonic on 29 November 2019 at 7 p.m. will witness an extraordinary event –  the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Choir under the baton of Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk will perform Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's oratorio Sanctus Adalbertus, Op. 71.

The concert will begin with Krzysztof Meyer's Piano Concerto, Op. 46 performed by Piotr Sałajczyk, considered by critics to be among the most outstanding Polish performers of his generation, winner of the "Fryderyk" phonographic award and the "Orpheus" award "for outstanding performances of Polish music". Then we will listen to Sanctus Adalbertus with solo parts performed by world-class soloists, Ewa Tracz and Stanislav Kuflyu. The oratorio was written in 1997 to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the death of Saint. Adalbert. It was to be performed during the John Paul II pilgrimage to Poland, but, unfortunately, due to the composer's illness, the prformance did not take place. The oratorio was found by Mikołaj Górecki and in 2015, five years after the death of its creator, Sanctus Adalbertus was performed for the first time.

The CD with the work by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki will be released later this year. The project is co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Musical trace" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu 

Olsztyn | Krzysztof Herdzin – Polish film music

Filharmonia Warmińsko-Mazurska

The Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic is preparing a special concert for fans of Polish film music on 29 November 2019 at 7 p.m.

The programma will consist of a combination of film music themes by Polish composers, among others from the movies such as The Pianist, Pan Tadeusz, Finding Neverland, Pharaoh, Fire and Sword, Nights and Days, Vabank, as well as – for all amateurs of the PRL – immortal tv series such as Janosik, Alternatives 4, Wanted – Him or Her, More Than Life at Stake, A Forty-year-old, Wojna Domowa, How I Unleashed World War II .The Symphony Orchestra of the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic will present works by Wojciech Kilar, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Krzesimir Dębski, Michał Lorenc, Adam Sławiński, Adam Walaciński, Krzysztof Komeda, Bronisław Kaper, Waldemar Kazanecki and Jerzy Matuszkiewicz. All these works will be presented in the interesting jazz arrangements prepared by Krzysztof Herdzin, who will lead the whole concert.

Full programme available at: https://filharmonia.olsztyn.pl/koncert/dudusiowe-melodie-w-andrzejkowy-wieczor/ 

Łódź | 75th Musica Moderna Session

Musica Moderna

First performances, youthful compositions and interpretations, the canon of 20th-century music, lecture and film projection – these are the elements of the programme of the 75th "Musica Moderna" session at the Academy of Music in Łódź (29 November – 5 December 2019). Traditionally, the concerts will feature present students of the Academy – composers and instrumentalists. The event's partner is the Polish Composers' Union.

The inaugural concert of the 75th "Musica Moderna" session will take place on 29 November at 7 p.m., presenting works by 1st and 2nd prize winners of the 6th Grażyna Bacewicz International Composers' Competition: The Landscape for orchestra by Satoshi Ohmae (Japan), and Earthise by Nicholas Gotch (Great Britain). The Artur Rubinstein Łódź Philharmonic Orchestra will be led by Paweł Przytocki.

The guests of this year's session will be: pianist Martyna Zakrzewska (Kraków), Symphony Orchestra of the Music Academy in Gdańsk under the baton of Maciej Tomasiewicz and Prof. Gordon Williamson (Hannover). Martyna Zakrzewska's recital entitled "Still piano?" is a compilation of works in which the pianist plays the piano, but also sings, whistles, whispers, screams, hits or knocks, plays percussion instruments, constructs new instruments, cuts aluminum foil into small scraps ... The pianist will present, among others compositions by Michał Lazar and Piotr Peszat. Composer Gordon Williamson (Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hanover) will present and discuss the work Encounters for two Inuit throat singers, accordion and the ensemble Neue Vocalsolisten. The composition is the result of his research on the Inuit community – the indigenous people of northern Canada. In addition, his composition breathing room will be presented during the 'Young Composers. Young performers" concert. The session will end with a concert presenting stylisticly diverse compositions by Polish authors.

Free admission to all events at the Chamber Hall of the Music Academy in Łódź.

More information at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/75-sesja-musica-moderna 

Warsaw | Warsaw Winds+ Festival

Warsaw Winds +

Chamber music works for wind instruments plus strings, piano and voice in a wealth of musical contexts and masterful performances. This is the idea behind the Warsaw Winds + Festival – a new event on the cultural map of Warsaw that will take place from 28 November to 1 December 2019.

This musical venture will change the perception of wind instruments among a wide audience. Everyone will find something for themselves in the festival program – from the popular songs of Stanisław Moniuszko in new arrangements, through the classical repertoire for string quartet and wind quintet, the premiere works of young generation composers – Mikołaj Majkusiak and Paweł Pudło, to improvisations on early music themes by Bastarda Trio.

For the initiators of the Warsaw Winds + Festival – the Warsaw sextet Gruppo di Tempera – chamber music is not only the most important career path, but also the greatest passion. Their goal is to present chamber music at the highest world level, which they have made one of the festival's leitmotifs. This idea connects all this year's artists, including: Bastarda Trio, Lutosławski Quartet, the mentioned sextet Gruppo di Tempera, as well as singers Urszula Kryger and Szymon Komasa. The Festival will feature Polish music – classical and contemporary, popular and less known, juxtaposed with works from the world canon.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://warsawwindsplusfestival.pl/ 

Bydgoszcz | Forum.Lutosławski


The "Forum.Lutosławski" festival – an event organized as part of the "Regional Initiative of Excellence" project led by the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz – will take place on 26 November and 1 December 2019. The Forum will consist of meetings, discussions, workshops and concerts introducing the work of Witold Lutosławski – one of the greatest Polish composers of the 20th century.

The "Forum.Lutosławski" will include a three-day conference Musical works of the past and present, featuring lectures on compositions created in the 20th and 21st century. There will also be master classes with the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music professors, Jadwiga Rappe and Andrzej Bauer, devoted to the issues of performing the 20th-century repertoire, with particular emphasis on the work of the Forum's patron. A seminar on composition, with the participation of Dobrinka Tabakova, Joe Cutler, Ewa Pobłocka and Dariusz Przybylski, will take place on 28 and 29 November at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. The seminar will end with a discussion panel dedicated to the patron of the Forum. On 30 November, Katarzyna Naliwajek-Mazurek will lead a discussion devoted to direct relations between artists and the composer and his work, with the participation of Zbigniew Bargielski, Wojciech Michniewski and Andrzej Bauer.

The concerts on 26 and 27 November will feature works by Zbigniew Bargielski, Łukasz Godyla, Michał Dobrzyński, Marcin Gumiela, Bettina Skrzypczak, Hanna Kulenty and Franciszek Woźniak. The final concert will take place on 1 December at the Pomeranian Philharmonic Concert Hall. The Academic Choir and Symphony Orchestra of the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz under the baton of Michał Dworzyński will perform the Coronation Mass in C major, KV 317 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Concerto for cello and orchestra by Witold Lutosławski, with the solo part performed by Andrzej Bauer.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.amuz.bydgoszcz.pl/ 

Rzeszów | Musical Horn of Plenty


Krzysztof Penderecki's Horn Concerto 'Winterreise' will be performd on 29 November 2010 at 7 p.m. in the Artur Malawski Philharmonic in Rzeszów.

French horn's noble, soft timbre was already appreciated by the Viennese classics, and in the nineteenth century the French horn was inseparably associated with the romantic atmosphere. Echoes of past eras will be heard in the one-part Concerto for French horn "Winterraise" ("Winter journey", 2008) by Krzysztof Penderecki. The solo part will be performed by Jacek Muzyk. The atmospheric fragments of this work are intertwined with the "grotesque note", and at times the composition may even bring to mind associations with film music.

In the second part of the evening we will listen to the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: Adventure on Earth and the Symphony "Star Wars" by John Williams – one of the most famous and titled American film music composers awarded with numerous "Oscar" statuettes. The Subcarpathian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra will perform under the baton of the American trombone player and conductor Stefan Sanders, a graduate of the Juilliard School, University of Texas at Austin and Interlochen Arts Academy.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.rzeszow.pl/aktualnosci-link/aktualnosci/art,697,ab-29-listopada-2019r-piatek-godz-1900.html 

Łódź | In Memory of Roman Ryterband (1914-1979)

AM Łódź

An International Conference, „Roman Ryterband as an heir and advocate of Polish musical traditions in the United States,” will take place at the Łódź Music Academy on 30 November 2019. The programme will include a concert, scholarly presentations and the unveiling of a memorial plaque.

This will be the first such event in Poland devoted to life and music of Roman Ryterband— composer, pianist, conductor and music educator. Born in Łódź 105 years ago in 1914, Ryterband was a world citizen who died in Palm Springs, California, in 1979. Living outside Poland after 1939, he successfully developed his artistic career, residing, in turn, in Switzerland, Canada and, for almost 20 years, in the United States. Nonetheless, he did not neglect his links to Polish culture and traditions, as witnessed by his activities as artist and promoter, as well as by his music that is inspired by Polish history and folklore. Ryterband’s musical career began in Łódź; he wrote his first composition here while still a teenager. He studied music at the Helena Kijeńska-Dobkiewiczowa Music Academy and, before the war, had worked for Łódź Radio and collaborated with local theatres. The first concerts featuring his works were also held here, in Łódź.

The goals of this international Conference are to rediscover and return Roman Ryterband’s rich musical opus to Polish audiences who had no chance to hear it in Poland during the composer’s life and after his death. The organizers of the Conference, “Roman Ryterband as an heir and advocate of Polish music traditions in the United States” include the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Music Academy in Łódź and the Polish Music Center at the University of Southern California, where a collection of documents and manuscripts of compositions by Roman Ryterband are held. The honorary guests of the Conference will include members of Roman Ryterband’s family, who will travel to Poland for the first time.

Scholarly presentations about Roman Ryterband are scheduled for Saturday, 30 November, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Hall 31 of the Music Academy. A concert of solo, chamber and choral works by Roman Ryterband will follow at 4 p.m. in the Academy’s Chamber Hall. The participating artists will include musicians and scholars from the USC Thornton School of Music and Polish Music Center in Los Angeles, as well as performers from music academies and conservatories in Łódź, Kraków, and Prague.

A plaque commemorating Roman Ryterband will be officially unveiled on Friday, November 29, at the composer’s birthplace on Narutowicza 40

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/pamieci-romana-ryterbanda