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Katowice | NOSPR Chamber Concert


The piano quintets of Grażyna Bacewicz and Johannes Brahms will fill the programme of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra chamber concert, which will take place on March 21, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the NOSPR Concert Hall in Katowice.

In Grażyna Bacewicz's catalog of works, there are two piano quintets: from 1952 and 1965. The first one belongs to the neoclassical period, in which the composer referred to traditional forms, folk stylizations, expressive themes, transparent texture, and clear narrative. Less known is the Second Piano Quintet, commissioned by Władysław Szpilman for the Warsaw Quintet. Its texture and form is more complex, harmonic language is more radicalised, and it pertains to the sonoristic style. Piano Quintet in F minor by Johannes Brahms was created on the basis of Sonata for two pianos (op. 34b). Brahms probably wrote it for Klara Schumann as a future performer. It is one of the most popular piano quintets in the history of this genre.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1335/nospr-kameralnie 

Elbląg | String Classics in Virtuoso Performance


A musical storm of emotions awaits the Elbląg music lovers on April 4, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the State Music School Complex in Elbląg.

Elbląg chamber musicians and Yibai Chen – 3rd prize winner of the International Witold Lutosławski Cello Competition – will convince the audience that there are no emotions that cannot be expressed in the language of string instruments. They will present works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Divertimento in F major KV138), Joseph Haydn (Celllo Concerto in C major), Dmitry Shostakovich (Symphony in C minor, Op. 110a), and Romuald Twardowski (Oberek for string orchestra) under the baton of one of the most talented young Polish conductors, Szymon Stec.

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

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: http://www.eok.elblag.eu/pl/news/w-kregu-smyczkowych-mistrzow-partytury 

Kraków | New Concert Cycle of Sinfonietta Cracovia


The great works of the masters of the Romantic era, energetic contemporary pieces and a unique combination of string and marimba sounds ‒ another concert in the new cycle "Sinfonietta po krakowsku" is a real treat for music lovers. The event will take place on March 20, 2019 at 8.00 p.m. in the concert hall of the Kraków Philharmonic.

"Sinfonietta po krakowsku" is a cycle in which Sinfonietta Cracovia promotes the most talented young artists from Kraków. This time the ensemble will perform under the baton of Jurek Dybała with Jakub Frączek, the laureate of the competition "I play with orchestra" organized by the Academy of Music in Kraków. The marimbist will perform with Sinfonietta Cracovia a virtuoso, thrilling Concerto for marimba and string orchestra by Ney Rosauro ‒ the most popular composition for this instrument in history, extremely appreciated by music lovers and critics around the world.

We will also listen to Franz Schubert's famous Symphony No. 8 in B minor "Unfinished" and the third part of the Richard Wagner's opera Parsifal, immersed in the fairy-tale world, in which the Christian mystery meets the convention of a medieval epic about the Holy Grail guardians. The evening will end with the extremely popular Suite "Carmen" from the famous opera by Georges Bizet in the arrangement of the Russian composer Rodion Szczedrin dedicated to his wife, the prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater, Maja Plisiecka.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: www.sinfonietta.pl 

Bydgoszcz | 25 Hours of Art for the 25th Anniversary of the "Mózg" Club


For its 25th anniversary, "Mózg" club in Bydgoszcz will offer 25 hours of art: performances, concerts, exhibitions and film screenings. The series of events will start at March 29, 2019 at 11.59 p.m.

A quarter of a century is a lot of time and a lot of events. Throughout these years, the "Mózg" club has hosted a huge number of artists from around the world. There were both great stars and creators taking their first steps. Music, visual arts, film, theater, performance art, installations – all these fields of art were present and are still in the "Mózg" club, making it recognizable in the world of contemporary art in many parts of the world.

A large group of artists, both Polish and foreign, who have built the identity of the place over the years, has announced their participation in the event. Among them are composers Marek Chołoniewski, Anna Jędrzejewska and Teonika Rożynek. The full list of performers includes more than 70 people.

Within 25 hours of entertainemnt, concerts will take place on the main stage, in the recording studio, film studio (solo concertos) and the cinema "Pomorzanin", which has been closed for 15 years. The events will be broadcast live on several online platforms.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/clubmozg/ 

1st Festival Brodnica ClassiX


The last weekend of March in Brodnica will definitely be a music weekend. The first edition of the brand new Brodnica ClassiX festival will take place on March 28-31, 2019. Four festival days will be filled with diverse repertoire presented by the renown classical and jazz music artists.

Brodnica ClassiX is a pioneering artistic event that will significantly enrich the cultural offer of the city. An innovative festival in which the world of classical music combines with jazz and improvisation is the first and only such venture in the region. On the initiative of Maja and Mat Kwiatkowski, Brodnica becomes a place where the best Polish musicians of various specialties meet to present their artistic exploration. The invitation to participate in the festival has been already accepted by: Anna Maria Staśkiewicz and soloists of the Sinfonia Varsovia orchestra, Toruń Symphony Orchestra, Koszalin Philharmonic, SawarS Tango Orquestra and jazzmen – Mateusz Smoczyński, Krzysztof Szmańda, Maciej Szczyciński and Marek Kądziela.

The programme of this year's festival includes chamber and symphonic works, combined with an audiovisual and electronic performance with the participation of the choir, cello and violin, an evening with tango of Polish and Argentinian composers of the interwar period, as well as premieres of new classical works with elements of jazz and improvisation. We will listen to, among others, the Mass by Józef Świder and Stanisław Moniuszko's Songs, selected and arranged by Mat Kwiatkowski. The finale of the festival will take place at the Brodnica Community Center. The Brodnica Symphony Orchestra will premiere the Symphony of Shadows by Mat Kwiatkowski.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

SEE: Official Festival Website.

Katowice | Vivat Academia! The 90th anniversary of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music

IPiUM Silesia"Vivat Academia!", a concert devoted to the celebrations of the 90th anniversary of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music, will take place on March 21, 2019 at 6.00 p.m. in the Archdiocesan Museum in Katowice (16 Wita Stwosza St.). 

Prof. Tomasz Miczka, Rector of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in the years 2009-2016, will be a guest performer of the evening. Miczka graduated from the Katowice Academy in the oboe class of Prof. Edward Mandera and in the chamber music class of prof. Andrzej Janicki. Since 1986 he has been a lecturer at his alma mater. He was an oboist in the Great Symphony Orchestra of Polish Radio and Television and for many years he has  been active as a soloist and chamber musician. He made recordings for the Philips, Naxos and Dux labels as well as many archival recordings for Polish Radio.

During the concert, prof. Tomasz Miczka will perform together with Dr. habil. Prof. AM Grzegorz Biegas, an outstanding chamber musician who was the prorector of the Katowice Academy of Music in the years 2009-2016. Among the performers, there will also be a current student of Prof. Miczka, oboist Weronika Flisek. The artists will present works by C. Saint-Saëns, W.A. Mozart, G. Silvestrini and C. Debussy.

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.silesia.art.pl/strona-glowna/koncerty/374_vivat-academia-koncertnbspinbspspotkaniebrz-prof-tomaszem-miczka 

Kraków | Concert closing the celebrations of the 130th anniversary of the Music Academy

AM Krakow

With a concert on March 16, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Siemiradzki Hall in Kraków Cloth Hall, the Academy of Musica in Kraków will close the celebrations of its 130th anniversary.

The programme of the jubilee concert will consist of works by artists associated with the Kraków Music Academy since its inception. We will listen to compositions by Władysław Żeleński – founder of the Conservatory of the Music Society in Kraków, creators associated with the Academy of Music nowadays as well as its former rectors: Krzysztof Penderecki, Krystyna Moszumańska-Nazar and Marek Stachowski. The concert will be attended by a group of university graduates and the Alumni, Teachers and Students Orchestra. The evening will be hosted by the current rector, prof. Stanisław Krawczyński. Małgorzata Janicka-Słysz will say a few words about the repertoire..

Invitations are available at the Art Promotion Office at 43 St. Tomasz Street (room 221, second floor), between 8.00 a.m.–3.00 p.m..

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.amuz.krakow.pl/event/koncert-wienczacy-jubileusz-130-lecia-akademii-muzycznej-w-krakowie/ 

Łącko | Start your summer with classical music!

Porta musicae

The Porta Musicae Artistic Association is pleased to once again invite pupils, students and graduates of music schools and universities to the Małopolska Academy of Talents. The fifth edition of music courses will take place on June 30  July 7, 2019, in the picturesque scenery of Łącko in Lesser Poland.

This year, the organizers invited eleven teachers of various specialties to lead their classes: Iga Bialic (string orchestra), Maria Shetty (viola, orchestral studies), Jan Kalinowski (cello), Gajusz Kęska (piano), Bartłomiej Kominek (piano duets), Piotr Lato (clarinet), Oriana Masternak (violin), Marek Szlezer (piano), Wioletta Strączek (flute), Beata Urbanek-Kalinowska (chamber music), Małgorzata Wasiucionek (violin).

The Malopolska Academy of Talents is an opportunity to improve your skills under the watchful eye of experienced and recognized authorities of classical music scene. During the courses, participants have the opportunity to make direct contact with a selected teacher and work with her or him individually. The formula of the courses, developed over the past years, is destined to broaden the musical horizons of young instrumentalists and give them tools to independently assess the level of their skills, ant to set out new bold but achievable goals to which they will strive. During the courses there will be performances of participants and teachers of the courses open to public. Participants must prepare for them short pieces in a relatively short time, which allows them to become familiar with the specificity of dynamic work in the music profession and teaches them to deal with stage fright. Admission to the concerts of the Małopolska Academy of Talents is free.

The deadline for submissions is 31 May 2019.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information about courses and pedagogues as well as application form are available at www.kursymuzyczne.com/en/home.

Gdańsk | Premiere of the "Chemistry of Love" album as part of the "Neo Concept"

Requiem Records

The inauguration of the concert cycle "Neo Concept" and the promotion of the latest CD with music by Marzena Majcher Chemistry of Love, which has just been released by Requiem Records, will take place on March 16, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. in WRZEpracownia (19/8 Słowackiego St., Gdańsk).

Chemistry of Love is a cycle of works for soprano and string quartet by Marzena Majcher – a composer of contemporary classical and film music, who is considered to be one of the most interesting artists involved in projects comprising music and science. Her latest interdisciplinary album is based on an original concept of finding analogies between music and chemistry. The structure of music is inspired by the patterns of chemicals (such as phenylethylamine or dopamine) responsible for the state of falling in love, colloquially called the "chemistry of love". The most importan part of this experiment was to find harmony, melody and the source of emotion in these patterns. Małgorzata Kubala, an electrifying soprano, and NeoQuartet, one of the most active Polish ensembles specializing in contemporary music, are the performers of the compositions..

Chemistry of Love is already known to audiences of music festivals in Poland and abroad. It was performed at the Music Festival Ecos Urbanos in Mexico (Mexico City, 2017), 14th International Festival of Contemporary Music and Visual Arts (Bydgoszcz, 2018), and in the Planetarium of the Copernicus Science Institute (Warsaw, 2017).

Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

SEE: FB Event.

Kraków | Full Microtonality

Sinfonietta Cracovia

What are the mysterious microtones? Why is microtonal music so different from the one we arre used to as listeners of European classical music? The answers to these questions will be sought together with Sinfonietta Cracovia on March 16, 2019 at 7.00 p.m., during the next edition of the cycle "Music without applause" at the Museum of Contemporary Art MOCAK.

On March 16, Jurek Dybała's ensemble will perform under the baton of the outstanding conductor Ernst Kovacic, with whom they inaugurated this innovative series four years ago. We will listen to microtonal compositions, based on musical intervals smaller than a semitone. In modern European music, microtones appeared only thanks to the modernists and avant-garde artists. It is worth mentioning that it was the forgotten, unequal temperament that was characteristic of the musical culture of ancient India, China, Arab countries and Greece. It is not without reason that the concert will start with the precursory experimental works of 20th-century Greek composers: bravura and dynamic 10 sketches for string orchestra by Nikos Skalkottas and dramatic Syrmos for 18 string instruments, in which you can feel the mathematical precision and spatial imagination of the composer and architect Iannis Xenakis.

The raw space of the Museum of Contemporary Art MOCAK also enables to reach for the latest music, which will be represented by the economical and moving antichesis for 14 strings by the Austrian composer Beata Furrer. The evening will end with a Polish premiere of L'ideale lucente e le pagine rubate for strings by the Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino, one of the most renowned and most frequently awarded contemporaries.

According to the rules of the cycle "Music without applause", listeners will be asked to refrain from applause both during the concert and after its end. So far, this unusual postulate has been successfully implemented – will it work out this time?

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: www.sinfonietta.pl 

Elbląg | Musical Spring According to EOK


"Vive la Gioacchino Rossini!" – under this slogan two spring concerts of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra will take place on March 24 and April 28, 2019 in the Concert Hall of the Elbląg City Hall.

Although Gioacchino Rossini is known primarily as the author of operas, his sonatas are no less worthy of interest. Elbląg Chamber Orchestra along with conductor and violinist Jan Stanienda will perform two special concerts of Rossini's sonatas for the Elbląg music lovers. The programme of the eveniengs will be complemented by chamber music of Mieczysław Karłowicz, Feliks Janiewicz, Edward Elgar, and Andrzej Panufnik. The concerts will be hosted by Jarosław Praszczałek.

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

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.eok.elblag.eu/pl/news/dwa-akty-sonatowej-maestrii 

Katowice | Fryderyk Awards 2019: Classical Music Gala


The classical music gala of the "Fryderyk" awards will take place on March 12, 2019 at 7:45 p.m. in the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice.

The National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra has been nominated in two categories: "Album of the Year: Symphony and Concert Music" (for the album Dziadek. Orchestral works) and "Album of the Year: Choral Music, Oratorio and Opera" (for the album Szymanowski. Operetta in 3 acts "Lottery for husbands or fiance No. 69").

The gala concert will feature outstanding Polish soloists of the young generation. Pianist Szymon Nehring, winner of the Artur Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Tel Aviv (2017), will present his rendition of Piotr Czajkowski's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor for the first time in Poland. Janusz Wawrowski will perform Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor by Henryk Wieniawski on the stradivarius "Polonia" , built in 1685 by the legendary luthier from Cremona Antonio Stradivari. The instrument was bought in 2018 by a private Polish owner and put at the exclusive disposal of Janusz Wawrowski. Both soloists will be accompanied by the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice under the direction of the Belarusian conductor Alexander Humala.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1544/fryderyk-gala-muzyki-powaznej 

"The Sleeping Beauty" from the Bolshoi Theatre in cinemas


The Bolshoi’s sumptuous staging with its luxurious sets and costumes, over a hundred dancers and a lot of ballet variations at the highest level. The Sleeping Beauty is a spectacle worthy of the Tsar's court for which it was created. On March 10, 2019 at 4.00 p.m., you can watch the ballet at the Kino Praha cinema in Warsaw.

The Sleeping Beauty is a ballet in a prologue and three acts, premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1890. The original scenario was conceived by Ivan Vsevolozhsky, and is based on Charles Perrault's La Belle au bois dormant. The choreographer of the original production was Marius Petipa. The music was written by Pyotr Tchaikovsky strictly according to the instructions and choreographic plan of Petipa. The work has become one of the classical repertoire's most famous ballets.

In 1963, the Moscow Bolshoi Theater presented The Sleeping Beauty in the version of Yuri Grigorovich (one of the leading choreographers of Bolshoi), which was based on the original choreography of Petipa. In 2011, Grigorowicz revised the staging: he changed the set design and costumes, and moved the action to the nineteenth-century manor of imperial Russia. The ballet, starring Olga Smirnov as the Princess Aurora and Siemion Chudin as Prince Desiré, was broadcast live in HD on January 22, 2017. The retransmission of this broadcast will be screened at cinemas worldwide.

The list of places in Poland, where you can watch broadcasts from the Bolshoi Theater, is available here.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.kinopraha.pl

Katowice | Weinberg in Poland


On March 9, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice, the Silesian Quartet, Joanna Freszel and Paweł Wakarecy will present works by Mieczysław Weinberg and Ludomir Różycki.

Three Palms, Op. 120 (1977) by Mieczysław Weinberg is a cycle of songs for soprano and string quartet to the words of Mikhail Lermontov. In the poem of the romantic poet, palms growing in the Arabian Desert complain to God of their uselessness. This Romantic Weltschmerz found personal resonance in Wajnberg's work. The unusual combination of a soprano and string quartet is probably modeled on the Second String Quartet, Op. 10 (1908) by Arnold Schönberg.

Ludomir Różycki, a contemporary of Karol Szymanowski, also belonged to the "Young Poland" group. He socialized with the most prominent figures of artistic and philosophical bohemia of Polish Modernism, and his works were recognised not only in Poland: the opera Eros and Psyche (1916) was staged in theaters across Europe. His Piano quintet in C minor, Op. 35, written in the late Romantic style, combines German (Brahms, Reger) and French inspirations (Franck, Fauré).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1404/kwartet-slaski-joanna-freszel-pawe-wakarecy-wajnberg-w-polsce 

Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus and Klaudiusz Baran


On March 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio in Warsaw, the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra and Klaudiusz Baran, the rector of the Fryderyk Chopin Warsaw University of Music, will perform wroks by Szabelski, Riepnikow, Prokofiev.

Finished in 1951, Symphony No. 7, a four-part composition which is traditional in its form, proved to be Prokofiev’s last work. It was created in the dark times of Stalinism, when the composer was in disgrace of the oppressive government. The work’s premiere was the composer’s last concert, as he died on the exact same day as the murderous Soviet dictator, which made Prokofiev’s death and funeral almost unnoticed… Undeservedly, Opus ultimum, a beautiful and moving piece, has gained less popularity than his other symphonies.

Albin Repnikov is one of the most popular accordionists – the master of an instrument that has always been particularly beloved in Russia. Many pieces from his interesting and abundant repertoire belong to the ‘canon’ and are played at almost every competition. Accordion Concerto No. 3, showing composer's great imagination and the rich tones of accordion, will be performed by one of the most notable Polish virtuosos: Klaudiusz Baran, currently the rector of the Fryderyk Chopin Warsaw University of Music.

Another work to be recalled is Bolesław Szabelski’s Etude for orchestra – a relatively unknown, yet interesting piece composed in 1938 when Szabelski worked in a newly established conservatoire of Katowice (after a period during the war when he fought in the Home Army, he continued to work as a teacher). Katowice was also the city where the work’s premiere was hosted. The same school (currently known as Academy of Music) was attended by Maciej Tomasiewicz – formerly associated with Archetti Chamber Orchestra – who will conduct the concert. His artistic achievements include performances with a variety of important ensembles in Poland and abroad.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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