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Katowice | Miserere mei Deus – Good Friday Music

Camerata Silesia

The Katowice City Singers' Ensemble "Camerata Silesia" under the direction of Anna Szostak will perform an exceptional passion programme on Good Friday night, April 19, 2019 at 11:00 p.m. in the Church of St. Apostles Peter and Paul in Katowice (32 Mikołowska St.).

The concert-mystery "Miserere mei Deus – Music for Good Friday" will be an element of a great vigil. In one of the largest temples in Katowice, the famous Gregorio Allegri's Miserere will be performed. The programme will also include Paweł Łukaszewski's Seven Last Words of Jesus on the Cross for cello and two choruses ando John Tavener's Svyatyi, featuring cellist Marcin Zdunik. The concert-mystery will be complemented by Peteris Vasks' Pater Noster and Sabina Meck's attangement of the song People, my people. Music will intertwine with recitations by actor Adam Myrczek.

The Katowice City Singers' Ensemble, dressed in medieval habits, will begin the concert with a procession, establishing the right mood of this exceptional event. The broadcast from the concert will be provided by Radio eM 107.6 FM. Admission free!

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Toruń | More than a concert...

Musica Vera

The Musica Vera Association invites you on Good Friday – April 19, 2019 – to the event titled "Music of Silence", which will take place in the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Toruń at 10:00 p.m.

It is more than a concert  it is a joint reflection at the Tomb of Christ, it is God's Word to move hearts and, finally, it is unique music, the most perfect tool to express emotions. When all the parishes will plunge into deep silence after the Good Friday liturgies, one of the most beautiful churches in Toruń will begin adoration through music...

The Schola Cantorum Thorunensis Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Paweł Głowiński will perform Stabat Mater by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Miserere by Gregorio Allegri and Fac me tecum pie flere (from Stabat Mater) by Karol Szymanowski. Fragments of the Holy Bible will be read by prelate Wojciech Niedźwiecki.

The event is co-financed from the funds of the Toruń Municipality. Admission free!

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Warsaw | Concert to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising


On 18 April 2019, on the eve of the 76th anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra under the baton of Gabriel Chmura will perform at the POLIN Museum’s auditorium. They will pay tribute to the musicians from the Warsaw ghetto.

Lauren Zhang, a 16-year old laureate of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, will play the grand piano. The concert featuring pieces by Mozart, Schubert and Wajnberg is to commemorate the Jewish Symphony Orchestra and its exceptional soloist, Josima Feldschuh.

The Jewish Symphony Orchestra performed in the ghetto in the years 1941-1942. It consisted of Jewish musicians who before the war had been employed by the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Warsaw Opera or the Polish Radio Orchestra. At its peak, the Jewish Orchestra boasted ca eighty musicians. Among the conductors of symphony concerts were: Adam Furmański, Marian Neuteich, Szymon Pullman and Izrael Hammerman. On 15 March 1941, the Jewish Orchestra gave a concert featuring pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Schubert. 11-year old pianist Josima Feldschuh was the soloist. Alas, despite the successful action of leading the girl out of the ghetto in 1943, she soon died of tuberculosis. Her notebook where she had used to jot down her compositions survived the war and today is part of the Yad Vashem Institute collection

In the second part of the concert we will listen to Chamber Symphony No. 4 by Mieczysław Wajnberg – the last piece he managed to complete before his passing in 1994. The symphony is a unique testament in which one can hear the echoes of Jewish music, the atrocities of war, the life in Stalinist Russia and the hope for the future.

More information at: https://www.polin.pl/pl/wydarzenie/koncert-z-okazji-76-rocznicy-wybuchu-powstania-w-getcie?d=0 

Warsaw | The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross


The Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under the direction of Paul Esswood will perform Haydn's The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross Hob. XX / 1A on Holy Wednesday, 17 April 2019, at 7.30 p.m. in the Church of the Holy Cross in Warsaw.

The Gospels convey seven sayings of Jesus uttered while he was dying on the Cross (commonly referred to as ‘the seven words’) – these messages, so significant for Christians, were often reflected upon by theologists and became a topic of homilies as well as musical compositions, mainly oratorios and cantatas. In 1786, Joseph Haydn received an extraordinary commission from Cádiz, a city in Andalusia located at the edge of the coast of Spain. A local clergyman, Don José Sáenz de Santa María, wanted an instrumental composition accompanying prayers and contemplation of ‘the Seven Words’ to be performed at Oratorio de la Santa Cueva in Cádiz on Good Friday the following year. The composer created a piece of art that was highly unconventional and unprecedented: Die sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze, including seven sonatas written for orchestra (all in slow tempos: adagio, largo, grave and lento) preceded by an introduction and finished with a lively finale, an illustration of an earthquake that followed the death of Christ.

Haydn’s work was a tremendous success – it was performed not only in Cádiz, but also in Vienna, Paris and Berlin. Deeply inspired by the success, the composer soon created a string quarter version (also popular to this day) and, ten years after composing the original, a choral version. During the April concert, the original version of Haydn’s masterpiece written for full orchestra will be performed under the legendary British conductor Paul Esswood.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/

Białystok | Concert on the Occasion of the 85th Birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki


A concert to commemorate the 85th birthday of Krzysztof Penderecki will be held on April 17, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – the European Art Center in Białystok.

Three oratorios of one of the greatest living Polish composer have the power to bring the heavens closer to the earth. Song of Cherubim, Missa brevis and O gloriosa virginum are written for mixed choir a cappella, what enhances their mystical, spiritual character. As framing device will serve Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor KV 427, one of the most renowned works of sacral music.

The works will be performed by the Orchestra and Choir of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic under the direction of Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk. The soloists will be: Anna Wolfinger (soprano), Joanna Krasuska-Motulewicz (alt), Paweł Cichoński (tenor), Mateusz Stachura (bass), and Andrzej Klepacki (cantor).

More information at: https://www.oifp.eu/repertuar/koncert-z-okazji-85-rocznicy-urodzin-krzysztofa-pendereckiego/ 

Poznań | The Lord's Passion

AmadeusOn the Holy Wednesday, 17 April 2019, the Chamber Orchestra of Polish Radio Amadeus will perform at the Adam Mickiewicz University Concert Hall in Poznań.

The coming Easter is a great opportunity to indulge in musical contemplation. On the Holy Wednesday the orchestra conducted by Agnieszka Duczmal will perform The Passion of Our Lord according to St. Matthew by Krzysztof Knittel and the Chamber Symphony by Dymitr Shostakovich. The soloists at this concert will be Jarosław Bręk (bass-baritone), Wojciech Gierlach (bass), Krzysztof Knittel (electronic instruments) and Soloists of the Adam Mickiewicz University Chamber Choir under the direction of Krzysztof Szydzisz.

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

Information on tickets at: http://www.amadeus.pl/event-17-04-2019-meka-panska

Warsaw | Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music – Within Reach


Next event of the second edition of the cycle "Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music" will take place on April 14, 2019 at 5.00 p.m. in the Wilanów Cultural Centre in Warsaw (3 Kolegiacka St.).

“Within Reach” is the motto for "Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music" concerts taking place in various locations around Warsaw. This is a unique opportunity to listen to the Orchestra’s musicians playing chamber music without having to travel to distant locations in the city. This year, the theme of the cycle is “From Duet to Octet”, with opportunities to listen to performances featuring from two to eight instruments. Before performance, every work will be discussed by a host and by the musicians themselves, who will invite the audience to join the discussion.

The April concert will feature flutist Andrzej Krzyżanowski, oboist Arkadiusz Krupa, clarinettist Radosław Soroka, trumpeter Henryk Kowalewicz, and bassoonist Piotr Kamiński. The programme will include rarely performed music for the quintet of wind instruments by Ferenc Farkas, György Ligeti and Malcolm Arnold. It 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 supervision of prof. Nadia Boulanger. Bacewiczówna received for this work the first prize at the competition for composers organised by the Paris Society "Aide aux femmes de professions libres".

All presented compositions will be discussed by Dr. Mariusz Gradowski, lecturer at the Institute of Musicology at the University of Warsaw. Admission to all concerts in the "Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music" series is free!

Full programme available at: http://www.sinfoniavarsovia.org/ 

Białystok | Lenten Concert


On April 14, 2019 at 6.00 p.m. the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic – European Art Center in Białystok will host a premiere of Stabat Mater by Marcin Nagnajewicz.

Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Children’s Choir for years has been performing during the magical times of Christmas and Easter. This time with the accompaniment of Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic String Orchestra, the Choir will perform the most beautiful lenten songs arranged by Jacek Glenc. There will also be a truly extraordinary event: the first performance of Marcin Nagnajewicz’s Stabat Mater featuring soprano Anna Wolfinger. The concert will be led by Ewa Barabra Rafałko.

Informaction on tickets at: https://www.oifp.eu/repertuar/koncert-wielkopostny/