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Warsaw | 11th Little Warsaw Autumn

Mała WJIn 2021, Little Warsaw Autumn becomes a teenager. Eleven is an age when the child is fully immersed in humanity.  This year’s Warsaw Autumn on 17-26 September will look closely at the issues of childhood, but it will primarily – as always – invite you to play with sounds, experiment, and experience music from a purely aesthetic point of view.

In 2021, Little Warsaw Autumn will focus variously on what it stems for: the premises of the Festival’s main thread. Addressing the motif of immersing the listener in art, we shall invite our youngest audiences – but also the somewhat more aged – to a fuller sensual reception of art: listeningwatching, i.e. the simultaneous perception of music and image.

The protagonists of Little Warsaw Autumn shall include Polish composers Wojciech Błażejczyk, Krzysztof Knittel, Elżbieta Sikora, Lidia Zielińska, Tadeusz Wielecki, Agata Zubel, and Wojciech Ziemowit Zych. Our young audiences will also familiarise themselves with the works of international composers such as Salvatore Sciarrino.

In terms of instruments, Little Warsaw Autumn this year is dominated by the voice, piano, flute, and percussion. Performers include notably Dorota Miśkiewicz, Joanna Freszel, the Kwadrofonik ensemble, Adam Kośmieja, and musicians of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra: Andrzej Krzyżanowski and Karol Krasiński. Selected events and concerts will be chaired by favourite animators Anna Szawiel and Malina Sarnowska, the latter with the support of actors and animators Aneta Jucejko-Pałęcka and Wojciech Pałęcki. The 11th Little Warsaw Autumn will feature 11 premieres of works by Polish composers, including eight first performances and two first Polish performances.

All Little Warsaw Autumn events will take place live at concert halls with audience participation, and will additionally be recorded and made available on the Festival’s website.

Anna Kierkosz
Curator of Little Warsaw Autumn

The full Festival programme is available at: https://warszawska-jesien.art.pl/2021/mala-wj 

Kraków | Children to Children

DomosławiceA concert on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Primary Music School at the Rev. Prof. Józef Tischner School and Kindergarten Complex in Domosławice will take place at the Krakow Philharmonic on 6 June 2021 at 5.00 p.m.

The Primary Music School in Domosławice has been operating since 2012. It educates about 500 students from the rural areas of south-eastern Lesser Poland, offering classes in eight branches located in three counties. The school implements an original curriculum, based on thorough learning about new music and on performing compositions created especially for didactic purposes. Grzegorz Majka and Renāte Stivriņa, who consistently introduce elements of modern sound language into the repertoire, play an important role in the implementation of the School's philosophy. The Music School in Domosławice has become an important culture-forming centre in the region, cooperating with numerous institutions. In addition to the individual successes of its students, the School has been granted prestigious awards, among others, the Award of the Polish Composers' Union for merits in the field of music education (2021).

The best school students as well as string and wind ensembles, choir and symphony orchestra will take part in the anniversary concert. The rich programme will include works by Polish composers, among others Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski, Józef Świder, Maria Dziewulska, as well as pieces by the school teachers, Grzegorz Majka and Renāte Stivriņa.

More information: https://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/ 

"Welcome Spring!" – online family concert

e"Welcome Spring!", a family concert of the Gorzów Philharmonic, will be broadcast online on 21 March 2021 at 12.00 p.m. on the Philharmonic's YouTube channel and Facebook. The recording will be available for the next 24 hours.

On the occasion of the first day of spring, young and old music lovers will be able to watch extraordinary musical stories about the world of nature – insects, birds and water expans, which will engage them in an unusual game of imagination and impressions.

Ornithology composed by Jarosław Siwiński to the words by Małgorzata Kołcz is a piece that awakens imagination and becomes a fascinating game – with sound, text, form, texture, instruments, colours, twittering and various melodies. Insectology is a fairy tale about Mrs. Mosquito, who meets Beetle the Growler, Miss Ladybird and other nice creatures on her way. Simple children's songs illustrated with music were written by Anna Maria Huszcza. Adrian Robak's Hydrology to Maja Baczyńska's text is an extraordinary story about the element of water. The piece juxtapose the human voice with the harp and percussion instruments.

We will hear these wonderful compositions performed by outstanding soprano Joanna Freszel and the Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Bartosz Olejnik.

Detailed information at: https://www.filharmoniagorzowska.pl/ 

Szczecin | Family Children's Day at the Castle Opera "About dwarfs and Mary the Orphan"

Opera na ZamkuOn the occasion of Children's Day, the Castle Opera in Szczecin invites whole families to a musical for children based on the fairytale by Maria Konopnicka – "About dwarfs and Mary the Orphan". The performances with music by Janusz Stalmierski will be held on 29 and 30 May 2021 at 5.00 p.m.

A dancing and singing show, where the fairytale world will move far beyond the boundaries of the stage. A story teaching us that good deeds come back to us when we need it the most. To the Crystal Cave, the Foxhole and for a meeting with Tatra Queen the young viewers will be taken by dancing and singing dwarfs who help those who are good and noble. They will also show us that hard work and teamwork help you move mountains. Will the dwarfs manage to defeat the clever bad Fox and help Mary the Orphan? What method will they find for the lazy Scraper?

More information: https://www.opera.szczecin.pl/en/whats-on/about-dwarfs-and-mary-orphan

Warsaw | "Awantura w mollDurze" at the Mazovian Musical Theatre

MTMThe Jan Kiepura Mazovian Musical Theatre invites you to the Awantura w MollDurze [A Brawl in MinorMajor] – a unique performance for the whole family, and above all for youth and children from the age of six. The libretto was written by Maciejka Mazan especially for the Theatre, the performance was directed by Agnieszka Płoszajska, and the music was composed by Marcin Kuczewski. Two performances will take place on 28 February 2021, at 4.00 and 7.00 p.m.

Among the offers targeted to young viewers, the theater has a special place. It's much more than entertainment. Theatre teaches children to think out of the box, develops imagination and creative skills, and makes them sensitive to the feelings of others.

The MinorMajor is the imaginary world of the main character, Wiola. During her travels, she meets various characters, including: Baba Yaga, dwarfs, the mad White Rabbit, King Harmony. Every meeting is an intriguing adventure that brings with it an instructive lesson of growing up. A Brawl in MinorMajor is also an educational journey, during which the young viewer learns about styles, musical genres and instruments. Nevertheless, the most important thing is the joy that theatre and music bring!

The fairy-tale characters will be played by extraordinary young actors: Zuzanna Makowska, Kamil Zięba, Sylwia Przetak, Paulina Grochowska, Karol Osentowski and Jeremiasz Gzyl.

You can purchase your tickets at a promotional price at the Theatre box office or online: https://butik.mteatr.pl/rezerwacja/termin.html?idw=4&idg=2&fbclid=IwAR1ZhPy7ZjId2YlypFX9Q6veK9nqlCKACyA3xCNVVVexI-9auXCAOZOL97A