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Christmas broadcast of "The Nutcracker" ballet from the Bolshoi Theatre


Live HD broadcast of the Christmas ballet The Nutcracker from the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow will take place on December 23, 2018 in Polish cinemas. In Warsaw's Kino Praha, the broadcast will take place at 4.00 p.m.

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s Nutcracker doll magically transforms into a prince and their wonderful adventure begins. The holiday classic returns to the majestic Bolshoi stage for a live broadcast of a timeless story, The Nutcracker, taking audiences of all ages on a magical journey through a world of enchantment complete with dancing snowflakes and dolls that have come to life, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.

Libretto by Yuri Grigorovich after the fairy-tale of the same name by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann,
ideas from the scenario by Marius Petipa used. Choreographer: Yuri Grigorovich. Designer: Simon Virsaladze.
Music Director: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. The performance has 1 intermission. Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes.

The list of cinemas in Poland, where you can watch broadcasts from the Bolshoi Theater, is available here.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.kinopraha.pl

Katowice | Christmas film music concert


Three days before Christmas, on December 21, 2018 at 7.00 p.m., the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic invites you to a concert of Christmas film music.

The programme of the concert will be filled with Polish carols arranged by Jan Maklakiewicz for mixed choir and soprano solo. Also, we will hear Christmas movie music: compositions by outstanding John Williams for Kevin home alone, which has been included in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most profitable comedy of all time, and music from the Polar Express – first animated full-length movie designed for viewing in IMAX theaters. The film was nominated for an Oscar in three categories, and won a Grammy Award for the best song (Believe by Alan Silvestri to lyrics by Glen Ballard, performed by Josh Groban). 

The Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir will be led by Maciej Sztor; the soprano Marcela Wierzbicka will perform as a soloist. The concert will be led by Regina Gowarzewska – manager of the Philharmonic concert office.

Information on tickets at: https://www.filharmonia-slaska.eu/koncert-15295765117082!3041.html 

Katowice | Polish Music Too Little Known


The next concert from the cycle "Polish music too little known" will take place on December 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. the NOSPR chamber hall in Katowice. The programme will include compositions by Józef Świder and Grażyna Bacewicz.

Józef Świder (born in 1930) belonged to the generation of Penderecki, Górecki and Kilar, but in the years of the avant-garde sonorism he remained faithful to neoclassicism. He also never gave up on postromantic expression. He is usually associated with choir music, as he wrote about 300 compositions for vocal ensembles, but his output in other genres is also impressive – three operas, numerous oratorio and cantata works, and over 80 instrumental pieces, including many valuable pieces for wind instruments.

The programme of the Thursday concert will feature a seven-part Mini-Quintetto, composed – as if in defiance of avant-garde trends – tonally, with the classical rules of counterpoint and reference to various traditions and idioms. We will also hear the composer's Scherzo for flute and guitar, coming from the last period of his life, Andante for oboe and piano, an early work found after the composer's death, as well as Improvisation for clarinet and piano.

The repertoire will be complemented by Grażyna Bacewicz's Quintet for Wind Instruments, which was written during the postgraduate compositional studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris under the direction of prof. Nadia Boulanger. Bacewicz received for her work the first prize at the competition for composers of the Paris Society Aide aux femmes de professions libres. The concert will be performed by: Maria Grochowska (flute), Piotr Pyc (oboe), Roman Widaszek (clarinet), Marek Barański (bassoon), Mariusz Ziętek (French horn), Wanda Palacz (guitar), Eugeniusz Knapik (piano).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/

Wrocław | Szymanowski's Heritage


On December 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Chamber Hall of the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, Aleksandra Szwejkowska-Belica (violin) and Cezary Sanecki (piano) will perform a concert entitled Szmanowski's Heritage.

Undoubtedly the leading Polish composer between Chopin and Lutosławski, Karol Szymanowski drew inspiration from a wide range of influences, which he later merged with his explorations of folk music from his native Poland. Together with writers and visual artists, Szymanowski was part of the Young Poland movement, which offended the conservative establishment. Szymanowski expressed his attitude toward “national characteristics” asserting, “Let our music be national in its Polish characteristics but not falter in striving to attain universality. Let it be national, but not provincial.”

Szymanowski's thought is reflected in the work of his successors, whose music will fill the programme of the December concert. We will hear: Stained-Glass Window, Mazovian Dance and Slavic Dance by Grażyna Bacewicz, Polish Suite by Szymon Laks, who emigrated to Paris in 1926, but repeatedly referred to Polish folklore, Polish Dance from the ballet The Song of the Earth by Roman Palester, who also emigrated to France, Three miniatures by Juliusz Łuciuk, and Pleiades and Oberek by Romuald Twardowski.

More information at: http://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/

Szczecin | Chamber concert: Beethoven, Ravel and Szymanowski


A concert of Karłowicz Quartet will take place on December 19, 2018 at 7.00 p.m. at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin.

The Karłowicz Quartet is composed of the musicians of the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra: Elżbieta Fabiszak (1st violin), Karolina Hyli (2nd violin), Magdalena Micke (viola) and Klara Świdrów (cello). During the concert they will perform string quartets from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century: Ludwig van Beethoven – String Quartet No.1 in F Major. Op. 18, Maurice Ravel – String Quartet in F MajorKarol SzymanowskiString Quartet No. 2, Op. 56.

More information at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/

Warsaw | Premiere of Piotr Wróbel's piece at the Warsaw Philharmonic


A premiere of Piotr Wrobel's Short Fanfare Piece for Eight Trombones will take place on December 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. during the chamber concert at the National Philharmonic.

The piece will open the December concert, which programme will feature: Dance of Two Quartets by Dave Brubeck, fragments of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, and one of the most famous symphonies from the early nineteenth century, Symphony No. 5 by Ludwig van Beethoven. All the pieces will be presented in the arrangements for a trombone ensemble.

More information at: http://filharmonia.pl/koncerty-i-bilety/repertuar/koncert-kameralny46 

Szczecin | Advent Concert for the Independent


On December 18, 2018 at 6.00 p.m., the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin will host the Advent Concert for The Independent. The first part will feature the world premiere of The Independent oratorio by Artur Cieślak.

The composition was written in the summer of 2018 to commemorate the centenary of Poland regaining its independence. It is intended for soprano, tenor, bass, reciting voice, mixed choir and orchestra. The oratorio consists of three parts. Each of them refers to a certain historical event, which is an important part of the struggle for independence. The first part is devoted to the November Uprising, the second part to the January Uprising and the third is related to the events of 1918. Fragments of the November Night and Liberation by Stanisław Wyspiański, poems by Kornel Ujejski and the legionary poet Józef Mączka, and fragments of Józef Piłsudski's and Stefan Żeromski's prose were used as a text. The stylistics of the musical language oscillates between sharp sounds with an avant-garde aftertaste and traditional euphonic solutions, which constantly permeate.

The Independent oratorio will be presented for the first time on December 18, 2018 at the Szczecin Philharmonic. The patron of the project is the Academy of Art in Szczecin. The performers will be lecturers and students of this university: Sylwia Burnicka-Kalischewska (soprano), Tomasz Krzysica (tenor), Janusz Lewandowski (bass-baritone), Krystyna Maksymowicz-Ambros (recitation), the Academy of Art choir prepared by Barbara Halec and the orchestra of the Academy of Arts under director of Norbert Twórczyński.

In the second part of the concert, traditional carols and Christmas songs will be performed by soloists and students of the Academy of Art in Szczecin. Preparation of students: Małgorzata Bornowska, Joanna Gajda, Barbara Halec, Tomasz Licak, Anna Tarnowska, and Jolanta Szczepaniak. Organ: Jakub Stefek. Piano: Michał Landowski.

The event co-financed from the budget of the Westpomeranian Region and the City of Szczecin. Co-organization: Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin, the Academia Nova Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Katowice | Concerts as part of the Academic Conference "Wind and percussion chamber music"


The Department of Wind and Percussion Instruments invites you to concerts of the Academic Conference "Wind and Percussion Chamber Music", which will take place on December 17-18, 2018 at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice.

On December 17 at 6.00 pm, LutosAir Quintet, one of the National Forum of Music resident ensemble, will perform in the concert hall of the Krakow Academy. The quintet founded in 2013, on the centenary of Witold Lutosławski’s birth, is one of the most active and versatile Polish wind ensembles. It is made up of the soloists of the NFM Wrocław Philharmonic: Jan Krzeszowiec – flute, Wojciech Merena – oboe, Maciej Dobosz – clarinet, Alicja Kieruzalska – bassoon, Mateusz Feliński – French horn. During the concert in the Academy in Katowice, Tomasz Żymła will join the band on the bass clarinet. The musicians will perform the Quintet for wind instruments by Tadeusz Szeligowski, Six bagatelles by György Ligeti and Sixtuor by Jean Françaix.

The following day the chamber ensembles of the Wind and Percussion Instruments will perform. The conference will also include chamber workshops, which will be led by prof. dr hab. Zbigniew Płużek, prof. Roman Siwek and Vadim Simongauz. During the conference sessions, papers will be delivered by: Adrianna Lis, adt dr hab. Krzysztof Fiedukiewicz, as. Tomasz Żymła, dr hab. Michał Mazurkiewicz, prof. AM.

Full programme is available here.

Goniądz | Jubilee Concert on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Michał Rajewski's artistic work

Rajewski Michal

Conductor Michał Rajewski will celebrate 20 years of artistic work with a jubilee concert on December 16, 2018 at 1.00 p.m. in the St. Agnes Church in Goniądz.

Michał Rajewski graduated from the Diocesan Organ Studies in Pelplin, the University of Casimir the Great in Bydgoszcz, the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań at the Faculty of Pedagogy and Fine Arts in Kalisz. He expanded his knowledge and passion at Postgraduate Choirmaster Studies at the Feliks Nowowiejsk Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. Currently, he is a student of two majors at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

Michał Rajewski was awarded the Bronze Cross of Merit by the President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski for his artistic contribution for to the promotion of culture. As a soloist, he collaborates with many choirs performing during vocal and instrumental concerts. He is a founder and conductor of many choirs and ensembles, he also performs the function of artistic director of choir festivals.

The jubilee concert will feature Vocal Ensemble Omnis Mea and Chamber Choir Endorfina from Warsaw, choirs of the parish of St. Agnes in Goniądz, and the Ad Hoc Chamber Orchestra conducted by Michał Rajewski. The soloists will be Wioleta Sędzik (soprano) and Julia Janiak (mezzo-soprano). The musicians will present works by Wacław of Szamotuły, Mikołaj Gomółka, Henryk Jan Botor, Łukasz Urbaniak, Józef Świder, Ola Gjeilo, Edvard Grieg, Anton Bruckner, Charles Gounod, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.