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Katowice | Wojciech Kilar in memoriam

Kilar in memoramMedia patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

Just before Christmas, the Silesian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Maciej Tomasiewicz will invite music lovers to an evening of music by Wojciech Kilar as part of the "PGE - HoloGrams" series. This will happen not coincidentally on the 22nd of December, 2023 at 7 p.m., as it is at the end of the month that we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of death of this remarkable composer.

The concert will be an opportunity to experience the many facets of Wojciech Kilar's work. We will hear his famous Orava, Chorale Prelude, during which we will remain in the circle of highland inspirations, Ricordanza with a strong overtone, as well as examples of a genre without which the figure of Wojciech Kilar could not be fully reflected, namely film music. We will hear themes from Pan Tadeusz, Promised Land, The Pianist, The Shadow Streak, and Salt of the Black Earth.

Great music and tributes to the world-famous composer, who is strongly associated with Silesia and Katowice, will be combined with specially designed holograms.

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Composition Competition for a song to the words of Zbigniew Herbert

Konkurs kompozytorski HerbertaMedia patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC

The Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk announces a Composition Competition for a song to the words of Zbigniew Herbert.

The competition is intended for students of composition classes and graduates who graduated from the Faculty of Conducting, Composition and Music Theory at the Gdańsk Academy after the 30th of September, 2013. The subject of the competition is to compose a song to the words of Zbigniew Herbert. intended for solo soprano with piano accompaniment or solo baritone with piano accompaniment. The deadline for submitting scores is the 10th of January, 2024.

Duration of the composition: from 4 to 6 minutes.

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Szczecin | 'For those who did not return form the sea...': premiere of Michał Dobrzyński 'Once there was a glassy sea' song cycle

POLMICThe Castle Opera in Szczecin invites you to the concert ‘For those who did not return from the sea", which will take place on the 11th of June, 2022 at 22.00 at the Central Cemetery in Szczecin. The Castle Opera Orchestra conducted by Przemysław Zych and mezzo-soprano, Urszula Kryger, will present works by Mieczysław Karłowicz and Krzysztof Penderecki. Premiere of a a song cycle by Michał Dobrzyński, specially composed for this event, will also be performed.

The concert ‘For those who did not return from the sea ...’ is a cyclical event, taking place in the unusual scenery of the Central Cemetery, among the symbolic graves of those who were taken by the sea. The concert is preceded by a maritime ceremony with the participation of the honorary company of students of the Maritime University of Szczecin to commemorate the people who tied their lives with the sea.

Additional information: https://www.opera.szczecin.pl/repertuar/tym-ktorzy-nie-powrocili-z-morza-2 

Online concert for Ukraine

On the 16th of April 2022 at 3:00 PM ET (12:00 PM PST) on The Violin Channel Cleveland Institute of Music, Colburn School, Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, New World Symphony, Royal Conservatory of Music and San Francisco Conservatory of Music will present an online charity concert featuring their young artists. Music of Mieczysław Wajnberg will be performed among others.

Young artists from eight institutions will take part in an online concert. The author of the concept is Midori - the famous violinist and teacher.

During the concert fundraising for organizations providing humanitarian aid and organizing medical care for Ukrainians will take place.

The program includes performances by Improvisation Klezmer Ensemble, San Francisco Conservatory of Music's Roots, Jazz and American Music (RJAM) and Colburn School's Ziering-Conlon Initative for Recovered Voices dedicated to the presentation of works by composers persecuted by the Nazi regime.

Works by Schubert, Bartók, Taffanel, Skoryka and Popper will also be performed during the event.

Source: https://theviolinchannel.com/north-american-conservatories-to-host-benefit-concert-for-ukraine/ 

Electroacoustic Music Competition "Etude for one bell stroke"

PSEMEThe Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music (PSeME) announces the international electroacoustic music competition "Etude for one bell stroke" as part of the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Sigismund Bell in Krakow. The deadline for submitting applications is 15 June 2021.

The competition is dedicated to Włodzimierz Kotoński, the author of the first Polish electroacoustic composition Etude for one cymbal stroke, realised in the Polish Radio Experimental Studio in Warsaw in 1959.

The competition is open to everyone, regardless of age, gender and nationality.

The leading theme of the competition is the sound of the Sigismund Bell, ordered and funded by King Sigismund the Old at the beginning of the 16th century. The material of the competition composition is limited to the sound of the bell in its historical and spectral dimension (the preferred sound of the Sigismund Bell is available on the Internet) with any transformations, references and multi-channel spatial sound projection.

From among the 10 final works, 3 main prizes and 3 honourable mentions will be awarded. The results of the competition will be announced during the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Sigismund Bell in July 2021. The awarded compositions will be performed on 13 July 2021 in the open space around the Wawel Royal Castle, as well as during the concert in Nuremberg on 17 July 2021. The works will be also released on an album by the Audiomat label.

Rules and regulations are available at: www.pseme.com