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Kraków | Premiere of "Vie et Passion du Christ” by Piotr Peszat

Piotr Peszat

Premiere of the para-oratorio for chamber ensemble, live-electronics and video Vie et Passion du Christ by Piotr Peszat will take place on 31 August 2019 at 8 p.m. at the Cricoteka Center for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor in Kraków.

The main inspiration to compose the work was a silent film Life and Passion of Christ (fr. Vie et Passion du Christ) from 1903 directed by Lucien Nongueta and Ferdinand Zecca. It is one of the first color feature films with sequences made in the stencil color process Pathéchrome. In 1995, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of cinema, the Vatican compiled a list of 45 "great films" and theThe 45 movies are divided into three categories: religion, values, and the Life and Passion of Christ was included in the religion category.

Piotr Peszat's oratorio is extremely innovative in terms of genre. It combines music, theatralization of instrumentalists' performance and a non-traditional visual layer. Music is the leading element of the work, but since it is performed in conjunction with the fragments of the silent film, its role is to suggest, anticipate and refer to the image. Traditional sound of the chamber ensemble will be expanded to include non-traditional ways of extracting sound, electronic sounds as well as spoken and sung parts performed by instrumentalists. The choice of the subject of the work emphasizes the topicality of religious themes in the 21st century and indicates the importance of Christian aesthetics in the European culture.

The concert will be performed by the Music Cooperative contemporary ensemble. The project is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as part of the 'Composing Commissions 2019' programme, implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information about the composer at: www.peszat.com 

Lublin | Stanisław Moniuszko & Fryderyk Chopin

Fonie Lublina

"Fonie Lublina" concert series continues during the summer. A concert entitled "Stanisław Moniuszko and Fryderyk Chopin" will take place on 24 August 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Crown Tribunal in Lublin.

Fryderyk Chopin is spoken of as a romantic; Stanisław Moniuszko is often portrayed as a positivist. It is true on historical and aesthetic basis, but when you look closely at the music of both artists, it turns out that they have much in common. The programme of the upcoming concert includes songs of both composers as well as works by continuators of their traditions – outstanding pianist-composers and creators of operas and songs. The concert will feature soprano Ewa Biegas and pianists Agnieszka Schulz-Brzyska and Grzegorz Biegas.

The project is implemented thanks to the support of the City of Lublin. Admission to the concert is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Coryphaeus of Polish Music 2019 – submit your nomination!


The 9th edition of the Polish Music Community Award "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" has officially started. Nomination forms for candidates can be submitted in the categories: "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award", as well as in the "Discovery of the Year" category for debuting artists, until 10 September 2019 through the website www.koryfeusz.org.pl.

Since 2011, Polish music community has awarded the "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" award to its most prominent representatives. The award is organized by the Institute of Music and Dance. "Coryphaeus" is a distinction for people, groups of artists and institutions operating in the area of ​​Polish music. The award is granted for achievements in the last artistic season, with the exception of the "Honorary Award", which is awarded for overall activity. Applications can be submitted by members of the community.

The winners in the categories "Personality of the Year", "Event of the Year" and "Honorary Award" are selected in a secret ballot by the Electoral College. It consists of rectors of music academies and universities, directors of musicology and music institutes, music journalists, representatives of unions and organizations, as well as all winners who have been awarded in all categories. The award in the "Discovery of the Year" category is granted based on the results of open voting from the audience, which will take place between 16 and 19 September at www.koryfeusz.org.pl.

Winners will be announced during the Awards Gala on 1 October 2019. They will receive statuettes by Professor Adam Myjak as well as financial awards funded by ZAiKS Authors' Association and STOART Performing Artists' Union.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The rules and regulations are available at: www.koryfeusz.org.pl 

Katowice | Silesian Philharmonic – Educational Concerts 2019/2020


In its 75th anniversary season, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic invites music lovers of all ages to educational concerts.

A wide range of concerts and educational programmes has been prepared for the youngest. It will not only introduce them to the magical world of music, but will also make them love this world with all their heart.

The concert hall doors are wide open for children – even if they haven't been born yet! "Toddler Philharmonic", "Academy of Musical Taste", "Musical Nursery School", "Chamber Meetings with Music" and "Young Philharmonic" are concerts and programmes that will bring music, instruments and sounds to every listener. "Sound House of Emotions" is a series of classes with elements of art therapy, which have been very popular for several years.

The Silesian Philharmonic, as the first institution in Poland to reach schools with concerts, continues this tradition. Therefore, nursery shools, primary and secondary schools as well as cultural institutions can host philharmonic concerts. "Ms Gama Invites", "Meetings with Music" and "School Broadcasts" are the cycles that combine sounds, commentary and music education into an interesting whole, developing the sensitivity of the youngest listeners and teaching them how to read and listen to music.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Warsaw | "Penderecki" - Premiere of the New Album by Atom String Quartet


Premiere of the Atom String Quartet's new album "Penderecki" will take place on 25 August 2019 at 4:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra as part of the cycle "Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street". 

The album includes arrangements of the selected compositions by Krzysztof Penderecki – an outstanding Polish composer of our time: Capriccio for tuba solo, Three miniatures for clarinet and piano, Three pieces in old style, Suite for cello solo and Prelude for clarinet solo. The recording was realized at the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin, which is also the publisher of the album. The ensemble has already recorded five original albums, two of which were awarded with the "Fryderyk" award.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.sinfoniavarsovia.org/pl/2019-05-18-letnie-koncerty-na-grochowskiej-9-edycja1.html?t=1564094730