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The Lower Silesian Philharmonic: Concert in the "Conductor-in-residence" Programme of the Institute of Music and Dance

FDAn online concert as part of the "Conductor-in-residence" programme of the Institute of Music and Dancen will be held on 22 January 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the Lower Silesian Philharmonic in Jelenia Góra. The Philharmonic Orchestra will perform under the baton of Szymon Makowski.

The "Conductor-in-residence" in the 2020/2021 artistic season at the Lower Silesian Philharmonic is Anna Sułkowska-Migoń, who prepared the programme of the January concert. She graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, where she studied viola with Piotr Reichert and Katarzyna Budnik (2019). In 2019 she completed her BA studies in symphony and opera conducting in the class of Piotr Sułkowski at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. Currently, she is a graduate student of the Academy of Music in Krakow. She made her debut on the stage of the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic conducting the diploma concert (2019). A year later, she conducted the orchestra during the 7th Krakow Cello Spring at the Academy of Music in Krakow. She is conductor of the Ars Cameralis choir in Krakow and the female choir of the Ignatianum Academy in Krakow as well as choir teacher at the W. Kilar Primary Music School in Olkusz.

The programme of the upcoming concert will include Piotr Klimek's Omdlenia for guitar and strings, Astor Piazzolla's Concerto for clarinet and strings and Double Concerto for clarinet and guitar, as well as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 35 in D major KV 385 ("Haffner").  Clarinetist Jan Jakub Bokun and guitarist Jakub Kościuszko will perform as soloists.

More information at: https://filharmonia.jgora.pl/koncert-symfoniczny,47/dyrygent-rezydent,3039?did=5338 

World premiere of the album "Karol Rathaus. Piano Trios" (DUX)

DUX 1712An album that is unique for many reasons will be added to the DUX catalog on 21 January 2021. It includes the premiere recording of two chamber works by Karol Rathaus, the composer hailed by German critics in the 1920s as "the hope of new music".

The official consent to take the composer's name was given to the ensemble by Karol Rathaus' granddaughter. Karol Rathaus Ensemble, made up of Marcin Hałat (violin), Marcin Mączyński (cello), Piotr Lato (clarinet) and Aleksandra Hałat (piano), recorded for the DUX label Trio, Op. 53 and Trio Serenade, Op. 69, thus enlarging the collection of Rathaus' chamber music recordings with works for three instruments. The recorded works have been very rarely performed and have probably never been presented in the composer's homeland.

The album Karol Rathaus. Piano Trios restores outstanding chamber works to the repertoire and gives listeners an unprecedented opportunity to discover music that has remained forgotten for several decades. "The intimate meeting with Karol Rathaus’ top quality art of composing allowed us, performers, to get to know him as a person – a brilliant, forgotten artist, an emigrant whose works combine Polish, European and American elements", wrote Dr Aleksandra Hałat, the initiator of the project.

The album is available for sale in the official DUX store from 21 January. Soon it will be available in physical and digital international distribution.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

WATCH: Official Music Video

Open call for UN/MUTE virtual residency

IPNYPolish musicians, composers and performance artists, who have never been to New York before and who are interested in an international artistic, cross-discipline cooperation project with European and New York City based artists are invited to apply for a virtual residency. Apply by sending a bio and short cover letter (max. 1,000 words) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 22 January 2021.

This paid virtual residency will take place online in the spring of 2021, over a period of three months. The ideal candidate is either a Polish citizen residing anywhere in the world, but in New York/New York City, or is an artist who permanently resides in Poland and has any or no citizenship. It is a requirement for the residency that the candidate has never been to New York before.

Covid-19 has shuttered artists from residencies, travel, and exhibitions. This project dives into our digitalized world connecting EU and New York City based artists from various disciplines and gives them an opportunity to work on a collaborative artistic project. The project explores what it means for a European artist to virtually meet a transatlantic counterpart based in NYC, of different age, race, culture and artistic medium in order to create a new and unique work of art together.

During the residency, the process of creative collaboration is put under a magnifying glass and presented via edited Zoom recordings on a website giving the viewers the unique opportunity to monitor it. The collaborative three-month long virtual residency is facilitated and hosted by Undercurrent gallery in Brooklyn, New York. A presentation of the art works is scheduled to take place on Europe Day, 9 May 2021.

More information athttps://instytutpolski.pl/newyork/2021/01/07/open-call-un-mute-residency/

Harpsichord Without Borders: 4th Seminar of Contemporary Harpsichord Music

KlawesynThe 4th Seminar of Contemporary Harpsichord Music "Harpsichord Without Borders" will be held on Wednesday, 20 January 2021 and broadcast online on the YouTube channel of the G. and K. Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź.

The seminar will be opened at 10 a.m. by the head of the Department of Organ, Church Music, Harpsichord and Early Music – dr hab. Krzysztof Urbaniak, prof. AM, and dr hab. Ewa Rzetecka-Niewiadomska. We will listen to four papers. Adam Wesołowski, director of the H. M. Górecki Silesian Philharmonic, will talk about symbolism and multimedia in his composition Silver concerto. Aleksandra Gajecka-Antosiewicz from the E. Chojnacka Centre for Contemporary Harpsichord Music will present information on collections of harpsichord pieces. Urszula Jasiecka-Bury from the Academy of Music in Łódź will discuss the contemporary harpsichord as a partner in the performance of early music. Ewelina Zawiślak from the Academy of Music in Łódź will describe the work of a contemporary harpsichordist.

The seminar will be followed by a concert performed by harpsichordists Ewa Rzetecka-Niewiadomska and Urszula Jasiecka-Bury, violinist Paulina Wielgosińska and students of harpsichord classes: Lena Nowakowska, Agnieszka Wegner, Emilia Walasik, Agnieszka Wilk, Kamil Szymczakowski, Emilia Mamińska, Karolina Dróżdż, Przemysław Janczewski. The programme will include works by Marian Sawa, Bronisław Kazimierz Przybylski, Krzysztof Grzeszczak, Barbara Strzelecka, Krystyna Kijani and Victor Frost.

More information at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/

Musical Meeting "Schaeffer electronically"

SchaefferThe concert "Schaeffer electronically" will be broadcast on 19 January 2021 at 2.00 p.m. on RadioJAZZ.FM as part of the JazzPRESSjonizm show led by Piotr Wickowski, editor-in-chief of the JazzPRESS magazine. It is a musical fusion of seemingly distant high and alternative cultures, showing their common, experimental roots.

The electronic music concert based on the work of Bogusław Schaeffer is a part of the 12th edition of the "Schaeffer's Era" festival and complements the main event, which took place on 23 November 2020 as an online broadcast of the play "Schaeffer's Planet" connecting artists from L.A. and Warsaw. The concert is organised on the initiative of the Aurea Porta Friends of Arts Foundation, which deals with the promotion of contemporary art, and in particular with the promotion of Bogusław Schaeffer's artistic output. The aim of the project "Schaeffer electronically" is to reach a new audience with Schaeffer's music – enthusiasts of contemporary art in Poland and abroad, including young people – on the example of live art in a multidisciplinary version of electronic music creators. The recorded material will be available after the radio broadcast on social media channels (YouTube, Facebook) of the Aurea Porta Foundation.

As part of the "Schaeffer electronically" event, musicians Mateusz Adamczyk and Piotr Zaufal will perform 8 pieces for piano part II, Monosonata, Streichquartett, 4H / 1P, Equivalenze Sonore, Course Jazz, Collage and Form from the repertoire of Professor Schaeffer. Both artists were nominated for the Fryderyk Award in the category of classical chamber music for the album Magia del Tango, recorded with Marcin Wyrostek and the Corazon band, with whom they have been taking part in the "Schaeffer's Era" festival for several years. Mateusz Adamczyk – instrumentalist, violinist, session musician, operates between various musical genres, from classical and jazz to electronic music. He is a graduate of the Academy of Music in Katowice and Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona. Piotr "Cufal" Zaufal – bassist, arranger, session musician (he has recorded about 30 albums in bands from Silesia), graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. He has played over 700 concerts with Marcin Wyrostek in the bands Coloriage and Corazon, over 50 concerts with Kayah, about 30 concerts with Mateusz Adamczyk and the international group The Johny Freelance Experience.

The project was carried out in cooperation with the National Centre for Culture and was financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and co-financed by the Mazowieckie Voivodeship Self-Government.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://aureaporta.eu/

GRaMuz at aMuz!

GraMuzOn 14-28 January 2021 the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk will present a series of online chamber concerts entitled "GRaMuz". The programme will include works by Artur Malawski and Władysław Żeleński.

"GRaMuz" is a series of online chamber concerts performed by students and teachers from all faculties of the Gdańsk Academy of Music, who present works they are currently working on. Premiere materials will be published on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. on the Academy's YouTube channel and will be available until the next event is published.

On 18 January students of the Chamber Music Department will perform Malageuna by Ernest Lecuona, Suite from the ballet Sleeping Beauty by Piotr Tchaikovsky arranged for piano duo by Sergei Rachmaninoff, String Quartet in C major, Op. 20 No. 2 by Joseph Haydn, Trio in D minor, Op. 49 by Felix Mendelssohn, Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 by Johannes Brahms and the first movement of Piano Trio by Artur Malawski. The concert on 21 January entitled "Władysław Żeleński – Moniuszko's successor" will be performed by students of the solo singing class of prof. Jadwiga Rappé. We will hear songs and duets by Władysław Żeleński..

Full programme is available at: https://www.amuz.gda.pl/ 

Academy of Music in Łódź: New Year's Concert for the Łódź Scientific Society

AMFollowing several years of tradition, the Academy of Music in Łódź will celebrate the beginning of the New Year with a concert co-organised by the Łódź Scientific Society. The event will be broadcast online on Saturday, 16 January 2021 at 6.00 p.m. on the YouTube channel of the Academy of Music in Łódź.

The concert broadcast live from the Academy's Concert Hall will be performed by the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź under the baton of Jacek Rogala. The concert programme will include Krzysztof Penderecki's Ciaccona in memoria Giovanni Paolo II per archi. The piece dedicated to the memory of the Polish Pope was included by the composer in his monumental Polish Requiem. The completed work was first performed on 17 September 2005 in Wrocław during the Wratislavia Cantans festival by the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra Katowice under the direction of the composer himself.

During the New Year's concert we will also hear orchestral works of Viennese classics: Symphony No. 16 in C major KV 128 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Cello Concerto in C major Hob. VII B: 1 by Joseph Haydn. The solo part will be performed by Michał Balas – a cello student of prof. Stanisław Firlej.

More information at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/

Carnival Concert at Warsaw Philharmonic – live online streaming

logoThe Warsaw Philharmonic invites you on 15 January 2021 at 7.30 p.m. to an online carnival concert. It will be an event postponed from 8-9 January, which will take place without the audience.

2021 marks the 110th birthday and 30th death anniversary of Stefan Kisielewski – a composer and writer who was remembered by many generations of Poles as an outstanding political journalist, expressing his opposition to the absurdities of the communist system in allusions, metaphors and language games. Kisielewski, a graduate of the Warsaw Conservatory, was also the author of many chamber and symphonic works, in which he expressed his taste for neoclassical music – simple in form, sometimes of sharp harmony, permeated with musical humor. This is what Little Overture from 1953 is like.

Michał Spisak was one of the most ardent representatives of neoclassicism, a style that in the first half of the 20th century was a reaction to the overly emotional nature of romantic music. From the time of his studies in the 1930s, the artist lived in Paris, but he maintained relations with Poland. A minor example of Spisak's musical preferences are Three Miniatures for Small Orchestra from 1949. The titles of the subsequent miniatures are: Gavotte, Arietta and March.

During the concert, we will also hear Theme with Variations, Op. 42 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Variations on a Rococo Theme in A major, Op. 33 for cello and orchestra and Seasons, Op. 37a by Piotr Tchaikovsky as well as two quadrilles by Johann Strauss (son) – Fledermaus-Quadrille, Op. 363 and Maskenball-Quadrille, Op. The 272. The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Maciej Tomasiewicz, with cellist Karolina Jaroszewska-Rajewska performing as a soloist.

Tickets for the live online broadcast are available here: live.bilety24.pl

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.pl/aktualnosci_en/carnival-concert---live-online-streaming/

"Alla Polacca" –The first Polish CD with music for guitar and harp duo

Alla Polacca"Alla Polacca" is the title of the first Polish album containing Polish music for the guitar-harp duo. The pieces on the album were recorded by the unique ACh Duo, formed by guitarist Aleksander Pankowski vel Jankowski, a graduate of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and harpist Noemi Hańczyk, a graduate student at the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław. The premiere of the album, released by the Association for Polish Guitar Music Development under the small great music (QBK) record company, will take place on 15 January 2021.

The name of the disc is inspired by the title of one of the parts of Suite in modo polonico by Alexandre Tansman, which was included on the album in an original arrangement for guitar and harp, made by the composer himself. The recording of Suite is the very first full recording of this piece in the world – it was never fully recorded after its creation. The album also contains original transcriptions of Fryderyk Chopin's works arranged by Anna Wołowczyk (Prelude in D flat major, Op. 28 No. 15) and by the performers themselves (Waltz in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2). The entire publication is complemented by compositions played solo by the artists – Grzegorz Jurczyk's Fogbound Mountains for guitar (2013) and Roman Ryterband's Deux images for harp (1943).

The artists of Ach Duo began their collaboration in 2012 during their studies at the Feliks Nowowiejski Music School Complex in Szczecin under the guidance of guitarist Piotr Pałac. Ever since, the duo has been winning recognition at national and international festivals. In 2018 the musicians intensified their collaboration, which led to their current achievements, including 1st place at the International Harp Competition Suoni d’Arpa in Saluzzo (Italy, 2018), as well as 2nd place at the International Harp Competition Marcel Tournier in Cosenza (Italy, 2018) and 3rd place at the II International Guitar Competition "Ida Presti" in Samobor (Croatia, 2020) that came with the special audience prize of a recital in Croatia in 2021. The duo’s repertoire features both harp and guitar pieces by such composers as Alexandre Tansman and Máximo Diego Pujol and their own musical arrangements. The unusual combination of musical instruments and the original repertoire define ACh Duo’s uniqueness as the only ensemble of its kind actively performing in Poland.

The album is co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of The "Musical trace" program implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: www.AChDuo.com; https://facebook.com/AChDuo