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Szczecin Classic Academy - 2024 Edition

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

KursSzczecinClassic 24The Baltic Neopolis Orchestra invites you to participate in the Szczecin Classic Academy - masterclasses conducted by outstanding artist-teachers in a unique venue, as part of the 6th International Szczecin Classic Festival, to be held between the 27th of April and the 3rd of May, 2024 in Szczecin. The deadline for application is the 15th of March.

This year's music course is distinguished by a new artistic concept: the programme includes individual classes with several teachers, classes in chamber groups and rehearsals with a chamber orchestra. In addition, participants will be able to prepare and perform concerts with recognized master-teachers from the most important art schools in Europe.

In addition, lectures on career development strategies and dance classes are scheduled.

Szczecin Classic Academy is a project aimed at pupils, students and graduates of art schools and universities, including instrumentalists (string instrument group) and chamber ensembles (free composition).

Detailed information and rules and regulations available on the website: https://szczecinclassic.pl/faq2-3/ 

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3rd International Composition Competition SAX and VILLAS 2024

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Sax and Villas 24Willa Lentza in Poland, Villa la Padula in Italy and Escola Artística Do Conservatório De Música Calouste Gulbenkian (Portugal) announce the 3rd International Composition Competition SAX and VILLAS 2024. Its subject is the creation of new compositions for chamber ensembles with the participation of the saxophone. The competition is open to composers from all countries of the world under the age of 35. The deadline for submitting applications is the 31st of March, 2024.

The competition aims to enrich chamber music literature and covers works for the following instrumental ensembles to choose from:

  • Trio consisting of: two saxophones (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone in any configuration) and a piano
  •    Saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor, baritone to choose from) duo with piano
  •    Chamber saxophone orchestra of 8 to 12 saxophones (e.g. Snino or soprano, SSAAATTTBBBs).

The duration of the composition is 10 to 12 minutes.

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List otwarty Związku Kompozytorów Polskich w sprawie budowy siedziby Polskiej Opery Królewskiej

ZKP - list w sprawie nowej siedziby Opery Królewskiej„Nie będziemy budować Polskiej Opery Królewskiej. Decyzja została podjęta i głęboko przeanalizowana ze służbami konserwatorskimi oraz z Łazienkami Królewskim, zanalizowana ekonomicznie. Jest to inwestycja na miarę potrzeb naszych czasów, my takich potrzeb nie przewidujemy” – powiedział podsekretarz stanu Andrzej Wyrobiec.

Polska Opera Królewska powstała w 2017 roku jako państwowa instytucja kultury. Od początku istnienia główną jej sceną był piękny Teatr Stanisławowski w Łazienkach Królewskich, wyremontowany wraz z całą Starą oranżerią w latach 2012-2016. Stanowi prawdziwą perełkę architektoniczną jako jeden z kilku w Europie oryginalnych XVIII-wiecznych teatrów dworskich. Spektakle operowe w takim miejscu mogą dostarczać niezwykłej satysfakcji i estetycznego przeżycia, ale są trudne do realizacji i dostępne dla niewielkiej liczby publiczności. Sala liczy 180 miejsc, kanał orkiestrowy mieści jedynie mały zespół muzyków, zaplecze praktycznie nie istnieje.

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Cracow | Premiere performance of Janusz Krzysztof Korczak's Quartet

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NowaMuzyka 24 2 24The House of Light and Sound invites you to a concert at the Potocki Palace in Cracow on the 24th of February, 2024 at 8.00 p.m. with the participation of the string quartet of the New Music Orchestra. The programme includes world premiere of the String Quartet "Effatha" by Janusz Krzysztof Korczak, financed by the Creative Scholarship of the City of Cracow; electroacoustic works by composers associated with the House of Light and Sound will also be performed. Admission is free!

The House of Light and Sound Association was founded by composers associated with the Cracow music community. Its main goal is to support original and valuable artistic initiatives in the field of electroacoustic music and audiovisual art. The most important inspiration for the creation of the association were the ideas that gave direction to the activities of the Polish Radio Experimental Studio in Warsaw. An important goal of the association is also to create a center for integration of creative communities, enabling cooperation and exchange of ideas between artists representing various fields of art.

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Free tickets available on the website: https://kbfbilety.krakow.pl/wydarzenia/nowa-muzyka-w-domu-swiatla-i-dzwieku 

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Gdańsk | Weinberg.Epitafium.XXVIII.: concert on the occasion of the anniversary of composer's death

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"Weinberg.Epitafium.XVIII." is another artistic event organized by Tomasz Raff commemorating the Polish composer of Jewish origin, Mieczysław Wajnberg. The concert on the 28th anniversary of his death will take place on the 24th of February, 2024 at 7 p.m. in the Concert Hall of Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk. Admission to the concert is free!

This time, the event will take the form of a vocal-instrumental monographic concert, during which the first Polish performances of song cycles to words by Bazyli Żukowski (Op. 116) and Afanasija Feta (Op. 134), as well as the Sonata for viola and piano, Op. 28 and String Trio Op. 48 will take place.

Additional information: https://www.amuz.gda.pl/wydarzenia/weinbergepitafiumxxviii,1993 

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Katowice | Requiem Concert in the Silesian Philharmonic

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In the morning of the 24th of February, 2022, Russia committed armed aggression against Ukraine. On the eve of the second anniversary of these events, a unique concert will be held in the concert hall of the Silesian Philharmonic. On the evening of the 23rd of February at 7:00 p.m., the Silesian Philharmonic Choir and Symphony Orchestra conducted by Margaryta Grynyvetska will perform together with recognized soloists Joanna Moskowicz, Iryna Zhytynska, Nazar Tatsyshyn, Arnold Rutkowski, Oleksandr Forkushak and Remigiusz Łukomski, to show solidarity with the Ukrainian nation through music.

We will hear works by Ukrainian and Polish composers: Natalka's aria and Ostap's aria from the opera Natałka Poltavka by Mykola Lysenko, Three Wedding Songs by Myrosław Skoryk, Andriy's Prayer from the opera Zaporozhets Beyond the Danube by Semen Hułak-Artemowski, Agnus Dei from Krzysztof Penderecki's Polish Requiem. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Requiem in D minor will also be performed.

During the concert, there will be a collection of funds for aid for war-torn Ukraine, carried out by volunteers of the "Ukraina" Foundation.

Additional information: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/mozart-requiem-solidarni-z-ukraina-koval-zhytynska-tatsyshyn-shemet-chor-i-orkiestra-symfoniczna/ 

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Katowice | Premiere of 'A Body for Harnasie'

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On the 26th of February, 2024 at 8 p.m., premiere of performance A Body for Harnasie with music by Karol Szymanowski, directed by Wayne McGregor - a unique contemporary interpretation of the ballet Harnasie, will take place in NOSPR. 

A Body for Harnasie is a pioneering project combining the beauty of Szymanowski's music performed live by NOSPR with the choreography of contemporary dance icon Wayne McGregor and moving images by visual artist Ben Cullen Williams, creating an exciting music and film spectacle.

The visual layer of the project will be processed by artificial intelligence algorithms and displayed on the surface of a vibrant three-dimensional installation suspended in the NOSPR concert hall. During this world premiere, the musicians of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra will be led by Edward Gardner, principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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Warsaw | POLIN Music Festival 2024

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Four concert evenings filled with world and Polish premieres. Songs, symphonic music, drummers and street dancers, opera. From Bernstein to Braxton, from Glass to Weiser, from Mołodowska to Schulz.

On February 22-25, 2024, renowned Polish ensembles, young generation artists and international stars, such as Grammy winners Third Coast Percussion, will perform at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. What is Jewish music today? What story is hidden between the sounds? We will find out during this year's edition of POLIN Music Festival.

Detailed programme: https://www.polin.pl/pl/wydarzenie/polin-music-festival-2024 

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Poznań | Dance feast in the heart of the city! 1st "Early Spring Ballet" Festival

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The 1st "Early Spring Ballet" Festival, which will take place on February 15-25, 2024, is new in the repertoire of the Grand Theater in Poznań. It will be a platform for artistic creations by young artists who share fresh perspective on dance, youthful energy and the search for new forms of expression. The festival also refers to the rich festival history of the Poznań Grand Theater and the city's tradition in the field of dance.

"Early Spring Ballet" will open with the spectacle "Spectrum 02" - choreographic debuts of dancers of the Ballet of the Grand Theater in Poznań. In this project, nine ballet artists not only dance and act as choreographers, but also develop a communication strategy, produce promotional materials, set design, select music, costumes, etc. The choreography to Wacław Zimpel's composition, which is include in the event programme, was prepared by Manuel Sanchez Cirbian.

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Detailed programme: https://opera.poznan.pl/pl/festiwal-przedwiosnie-baletowe 

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