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"La Bayadere" live from Bolszoi Theatre on 20th January

BolszojDazzling La Bayadere with music by Leon Minkus and libretto after Marius Petipa in HD LIVE broadcast from the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre on Sunday, January 20th, 2019. At the Warsaw Cinema "Praha", you can watch at 4.00 p.m.

La Bayadere is one of the greatest works in classical ballet history – a story of love, death and vengeful judgement set in India. Dazzling sets, costumes, and one of the most iconic scenes in ballet, the “Kingdom of the Shades,” illuminate the tragic tale of the temple dancer Nikiya’s doomed love for the warrior Solor, and their ulimate redemption.

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

Warsaw | Polish symphonic music of the 20th century

SI

Jerzy Semkow Polish Orchestra Sinfonia Iuventus under the direction of Marek Wroniszewski will perform the works of Bacewicz, Szymanowski, Różycki and Karłowicz on January 19, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw. Piotr Pławner will perform as a soloist.

The favourite theme of Polish music criticism at the turn of the 19th and 20th century was the search for “influences of Wagner and Strauss” in Polish music – which was both praise and reprimand, depending on the preferences of the critic; these comparisons were often completely misguided, but in the case of Ludomir Różycki and Mieczysław Karłowicz, they were justified. Both great Polish Neo-Romantics owed much especially to the colourful style of Richard Strauss and his concept of “programme music” realised in brilliant symphonic poems. Różycki’s symphonic scherzo Stańczyk from 1900 refers to Matejko’s famous painting and the history of the royal jester (with the motif of a krakowiak introducing the Krakow milieu), and the contrasting, vividly instrumented poem allegorically outlines the idyllic and dramatic episodes of national history, seen through the prism of the philosophical jokes of this legendary character. Mieczysław Karłowicz’s Eternal Songs are one of the most personal compositional statements of the prematurely deceased Polish Neo-Romantic, a testimony to the enormous scale and originality of his talent.

Karol Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1 (dedicated to Paweł Kochański) was written in Zarudzie in the Eastern Borderlands during World War I. The brilliant work stands as the creative apogee of this period and still inspires admiration with its original form and texture, subtlety of sound, and an unusual oneiric aura. All these advantages will be revealed by the performance of the excellent violinist Piotr Pławner, winner of the 10th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, today one of the leading Polish violinists. Motoric, full of energy, sparking with spectacular sounds, Grażyna Bacewicz’s Overture for Symphonic Orchestra was created during the difficult time of German occupation, and its premiere took place during one of the first major post-war music events – the Festival of Polish Contemporary Music in Krakow – under the baton of Mieczysław Mierzejewski.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfoniaiuventus.pl 

Warsaw | Resounds. New Polish Music

Oddźwięki

On January 17, 2019 at 7.00 p.m., the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio will host a second concert from the cycle "Resounds. New Polish music". The Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra will perform works of Mieczysław Weinberg and Grażyna Bacewicz. The organizers also invite you to a meeting with the composers' friends and relatives at 6.00 p.m.

The second concert of the cycle "Resounds. New Polish music" is a programmatic counterpoint to other events filled with world premieres of works commissioned by the Sinfonia Varsovia Orchestra. This time, the musicians will present composition from the 40s of the last century to show the wider historical context of new Polish music, with special emphasis on the period of World War II, and to illustrate the changes that have occurred since then. The pretext for this musical retrospection are two unique anniversaries.

This year, Mieczysław Weinberg would celebrate his 100th birthday. His Cello Concerto, Op. 43 will be interpreted by Marcel Markowski, a respected soloist, chamber musician, and also a leader of the Sinfonia Varsovia cello group. This work comes from the period when Weinberg, after escaping from Warsaw, was arranging his new life in exile in the USSR. The death of loved ones, the persecution of the Jews and the horrors of war were clearly reflected in music written by Weinberg at that time. Dmitri Shostakovich, who had great appreciation for Weinberg's work, helped him in many difficult moments. The programme will also feature the classicist and light Symphony No. 9 in E flat major by the Russian artist of Polish origin.

In addition, the day of the concert martk the 50th death anniversary of the most outstanding Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz. During the concert, the musicians under the baton of Fuada Ibrahimova will perform her Overture for symphonic orchestra. This vivid miniature was written in 1944, and its first performance took place a year later, at the first post-war Festival of Polish Contemporary Music in Krakow.

To get to know the fate of these three composers, the organizers invite you one hour before the concert to the meeting with special guests. Andrei Ustinov, an outstanding musicologist and promoter of Weinberg's work in Russia, and Joanna Sendłak, writer and granddaughter of Grażyna Bacewicz, will talk about their memories related to the composers. The meeting will be led by Aleksander Laskowski.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Piotr Beczała in the "Adriana Lecouvreur" MET broadcast on January 12

Met

Francesco Cilèi's Adriana Lecouvreur in a new staging by Sir David McVicar will be broadcast from The Metropolitan Opera to cinemas on January 12, 2019. The main roles will be performed by Piotr Beczała and Anna Netrebko. The Warsaw Cinema Praha invites you to broadcast at 6.35 p.m.

Adriana Lecouvreur occupies a unique place in the repertory: largely dismissed by experts from its premiere in 1902 to the present day yet cherished by its fans for the dramatic possibilities provided by the lead roles. The opera is a deft combination of frank emotionalism and flowing lyricism, with pseudo-historical spectacle. Based on a play by Eugène Scribe, the story was inspired by the real-life intrigues of famed actress Adrienne Lecouvreur and the legendary soldier—and lover—Maurice of Saxony. Cilea's operatic retelling quickly became a favorite of charismatic soloists. The title character in particular is a quintessential diva role.

The score of Adriana Lecouvreur relies on elegance and a deft weaving of themes rather than symphonic grandeur. There are nods to a neo-Rococo style, especially in Act III’s dance sequences, but generally the score serves to showcase the singers. Lyricism abounds in the solos, particularly in the tenor’s “La dolcissima effigie” in Act I and Adriana’s Act I aria “Io son l’umile ancella,” whose arching line and theme of the singer as “the humble handmaiden of the creative genius” have made it a soprano anthem of sorts.

The list of places in Poland where you can watch broadcasts from Met is available here.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Katowice | Mieczysław Weinberg Days

NOSPR

The National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestrainvite invites you to the January concert series devoted to the work of Mieczysław Weinberg whose 100th birth anniversary is celebrated this year. Mieczysław Weinberg Days will be held on January 17-27, 2019 in Katowice.

A total of 22 symphonies, including seven for voice and orchestra, eight operas, 17 string quartets, concertos, sonatas, cantatas, and songs… One cannot stop marvelling at the richness and diversity of Mieczysław Weinberg’s life work. He was a composer “from three worlds”: a Polish artist of Jewish origin, an émigré who settled in the Soviet Union, a student of Józef Turczyński and Vasily Zolotarev, a friend of Dmitri Shostakovich and Mstislav Rostropovich, and a witness of history who escaped death, and who firmly believed in humanism as the only cure for the madness of the 20th century.There is no doubt that this outstanding figure deserves to be introduced to the wider public, and there is no better time for that than the year 2019, with the 100th anniversary of his birth falling on December 8.

Days of Mieczysław Weinberg are an occasion to celebrate this centenary and to savour his works in superb interpretations. Among others, we will listen to Linus Roth, an outstanding violinist and one of the contemporary discoverers of the composer (final concert on January 27). It is on his initiative that the International Weinberg Society was founded to bring the composer and his work to public attention. The series will be inaugurated on January 17 by a NOSPR chamber concert. On January 18, Fantasia for cello and orchestra will be performed by the NOSPR orchestra conducted by Jamie Phillips along with the well-known cellist of the younger generation, Marcin Zdunik. Weinberg's music will be also included in the concerts of the Silesian Quartet and Michał Frenchman, Berlin Piano Trio and Joanna Freszel, young instrumentalists Wojciech Fudala and Michał Rot, the AUKSO chamber orchestra under the baton of Marek Moś, Jadwiga Kotnowska and Andrzej Ciepliński.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed programme available at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/ 

Katowice | A concert for tables, brain waves and electronics (in a box)

NOSPR

On January 13, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., the works of Franciszek Araszkiewicz and Michał Pawełek will be performed in the headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

The New Music Orchestra, known for its fondness for avant-garde music, new experiences and experiments, will perform unconventional works during the event entitled "Concert for tables, brain waves and electronics (in a box). In addition to the unique aural sensations, we will be able to admire graphics Diabolus in musica by Ewa Synowiec and a graph of the conductor's brain waves that will be displayed during the performance of the selected compositions.

In the interpretation of the New Music Orchestra under the baton of Szymon Bywalec, we will hear Thierry De Mey's piece with the unusual instrumentation – Musique de table for 3 drummers and tables. The programme will also include the experimental Innerealization for chamber orchestra and electronics controlled by brain waves and electromagnetic fields composed by Franciszek Araszkiewicz. The evening will end with the performance of Simeia for chamber orchestra and electronics by Michał Pawełek.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1397/orkiestra-muzyki-nowej-koncert-na-stoy-fale-mozgowe-i-elektronike-w-pudeku 

Warsaw | New Year's Concert

SI

On the 12th of January 2019, at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw, the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra under the baton of Antoni Wit will give a concert featuring the talented American violinist Angela Wee. Pieces by Stanisław Moniuszko, Pablo de Sarasate and Manuel de Falla will be included in the programme.

Young violinist Angela Wee from the US won many competitions, including the second place at the 12th Pablo de Sarasate International Violin Competition (Spain) in 2015. A particularly promising part of the concert is her interpretation of the brilliant virtuoso works by this Spanish violin master – his two fantasies on the motifs of Gounod’s Faust and Bizet’s Carmen, and the popular Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs). The hot Iberian sun will be also present in the music from Manuel de Falla’s ballet The Three-Cornered Hat, based on a humorous story about an insidious mayor and a cunning miller’s wife, set in the scenery of an Andalusian town. The programme will also include one of Moniuszko’s less known, but very interesting works, Overture to Pariah.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at:  http://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/new-years-concert-2/

Warsaw | Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music

SV

In the new year, the second edition of the Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music cycle returns under the motto "From duet to octet". The first concert will take place on January 9, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in the Orchestra's residence at 272 Grochowska Street.

The first edition of Sinfonia Varsovia Chamber Music was focused on Polish music of the last 100 years. This year's edition, however, leads listeners through gradually growing ensembles, starting from two and ending with eight performers. The programmes of seven individual concerts will feature Polish music, classical chamber repertoire, as well as many less known compositions and original arrangements.

The series will start with a concert of three duets formed from various combinations of bass clarinet, bassoon and piano. The programme will include Basson Sonata in G major, Op. 168 by Camille Saint-Saëns in transcription for bass clarinet and piano and Lied by François Rasse for the same set of instruments, as well as Sonata in B flat major for bassoon and cello KV 292 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arranged for bassoon and bass clarinet and Concertino by Marcel Bitsch for bassoon and piano. The musicians of Sinofnia Varsovia, Karol Sikora (bass clarinet) and Szymon Michalik (bassoon) will be joined by pianists Wioletta Fluda and Romana Orłowska.

All those who want to learn more about the performed works will be able to meet the musicians and talk about the music they have listened to after the concerts. Admission free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

André Rieu carnival concert in Polish cinemas from January 1st

Riu

Starting 1 January 2019, a concert of André Rieu and his Johann Strauss orchestra recorded at the end of the year in Sydney will be broadcast in nearly 100 cinemas thanks to nazywowkinach.pl.

The popular violinist André Rieu is returning to cinemas around the world to present a special carnival concert, registered in Sydney Town Hall. The programme of the evening includes Christmas carols, pieces of classical and film music, as well as truly carnival hits from operettas and Viennese waltzes. The concert will feature sopranos and tenors cooperating with André and other special guests. As usual, viewers will have the opportunity to look behind the scenesa and absorbe the atmosphere of the event in Sydney.

The list of places in Poland where you can watch the broadcast is available here.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Katowice | Concert of the 1st International Karol Szymanowski Music Competition laureates: Maja Horvat

Horvat

On January 9, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the NOSPR Concert Hall in Katowice we will hear a recital of Slovenian violinist Maja Horvat, the third and special prize winner at the 1st International Karol Szymanowski Music Competition.

Maja Horvat graduated from the Ljubljana Music and Ballet Conservatory in the class of Volodja Balžalorsky in 2015. Currently, she studies at the Royal College of Music in London in the class of prof. Daniel Rowland and prof. Leonid Kerbel. She worked with many esteemed pedagogues, such as Ivry Gitlis, Anton Martynow, Alina Ibragimowa, Saewon Suh, Vasilij Meljnikov, Tatiana Balashova, Igor Ozim, Wonji Kim Ozim. As soloist and chamber musician, she won a number of awards at national and international competitions. She has given concerts with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of the Music and Ballet Conservatory in Ljubljana, the Chamber Orchestra "Mladi ljubljanski solisti", the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra and others. In 2019, she plans to renew her cooperation with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, and at the end of the year she will perform with the Royal College of Music Philharmonic Orchestra.

During the recital in Katowice, she will perform works by Johannes Brahms, Eugène Ysaÿe, Paul Hindemith as well as Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28 by Karol Szymanowski.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1354/sroda-modych-koncert-laureatow-i-miedzynarodowego-konkursu-muzycznego-im-karola-szymanowskiego-maja-horvat 

Kraków | New Year's Concert of Sinfonietta Cracovia featuring Janoska Ensemble

SC

After the New Year's Eve fireworks, on January 5, 2018 at the ICE Kraków Congress Center (17 Marii Konopnickiej St.) at 7:00 p.m., Sinfonietta Cracovia will perform in the company of world-renowned virtuosos from Janoska Ensemble.

The classics of New Year's concerts flavored with an eclectic gypsy jazz will ignite even the coldest January evening. Janoska Ensemble gives concerts all over the world, and we can hear their recordings thanks to, among others, Deutsche Grammophon. An unusual combination of gypsy jazz, classics and world music creates a unique style, known as Janoska Style. This time, we will hear their bravura interpretations of the works of the Strauss, Paganini and Mozart.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: http://sinfonietta.pl/ 

Warsaw | "Paderewski to Chopin" exhibition closing day

NIFC

"Paderewski to Chopin" exhibition finissage will be held on January 8, 2019 at 6.00 p.m. at the Fryderyk Chopin Museum.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski – a pianist, composer and politician, without whom it is impossible to think about Polish independence. What is his contribution to Chopin? This question was answered by the exhibition of memorabilia belonging to the collections of the Fryderyk Chopin Museum and the Library of the National Fryderyk Chopin Institute: valuable musical manuscripts, concert programmes and preserved iconography. The exhibition was a unique opportunity to look at Paderewski as a performer, editor and promoter of Chopin's legacy, which was a source of inspiration throughout his life. The character of the exhibition was special: some of the artist's souvenirs were presented for the first time.

The finissage of the exhibition will feature a special tour guided by Marta Tabakiernik and Michał Szymanowski's concert on January 8, 2019 at 6.00 p.m., featuring works of Fryderyk Chopin and Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

The exhibition was carried out as part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland and the "Polish Music Heritage" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Admission free, a seat reservation is required: www.bilety.nifc.pl 

Christmas broadcast of "The Nutcracker" ballet from the Bolshoi Theatre

Bolszoj

Live HD broadcast of the Christmas ballet The Nutcracker from the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow will take place on December 23, 2018 in Polish cinemas. In Warsaw's Kino Praha, the broadcast will take place at 4.00 p.m.

On Christmas Eve, Marie’s Nutcracker doll magically transforms into a prince and their wonderful adventure begins. The holiday classic returns to the majestic Bolshoi stage for a live broadcast of a timeless story, The Nutcracker, taking audiences of all ages on a magical journey through a world of enchantment complete with dancing snowflakes and dolls that have come to life, accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s beloved score.

Libretto by Yuri Grigorovich after the fairy-tale of the same name by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann,
ideas from the scenario by Marius Petipa used. Choreographer: Yuri Grigorovich. Designer: Simon Virsaladze.
Music Director: Gennadi Rozhdestvensky. The performance has 1 intermission. Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes.

The list of cinemas 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

Warsaw | Grażyna Bacewicz in memoriam

UMFC

In Memory of Grażyna Bacewicz – a concert of violin students of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music on the composer’s 110th birthday and 50th death anniversaries will take place on January 14, 2019 at 7.00 p.m.

Grażyna Bacewicz studied violin at the Warsaw Conservatory with Józef Jarzębski and in Paris with André Touret and Karl Flesch. As a concerting virtuoso, until the mid-1950s, she was performing in Poland, France, Spain, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Romania and Hungary. In her enormous compositional output, works for string instruments constitute the main part. The programme of the concert will include Oberek, Polish Caprice, Mazovian Dance, Violin Sonata, Sonata for solo violin and Quartet for four violins dedicated to "students of the Warsaw Conservatory".

Free admission cards for Monday concerts are available at least one week before the concert at the Chopin University Press in the FCUM main hall, from Monday to Friday between 4.00 and 7.00 p.m.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Katowice | Polish Music Too Little Known

NOSPR

The next concert from the cycle "Polish music too little known" will take place on December 20, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. the NOSPR chamber hall in Katowice. The programme will include compositions by Józef Świder and Grażyna Bacewicz.

Józef Świder (born in 1930) belonged to the generation of Penderecki, Górecki and Kilar, but in the years of the avant-garde sonorism he remained faithful to neoclassicism. He also never gave up on postromantic expression. He is usually associated with choir music, as he wrote about 300 compositions for vocal ensembles, but his output in other genres is also impressive – three operas, numerous oratorio and cantata works, and over 80 instrumental pieces, including many valuable pieces for wind instruments.

The programme of the Thursday concert will feature a seven-part Mini-Quintetto, composed – as if in defiance of avant-garde trends – tonally, with the classical rules of counterpoint and reference to various traditions and idioms. We will also hear the composer's Scherzo for flute and guitar, coming from the last period of his life, Andante for oboe and piano, an early work found after the composer's death, as well as Improvisation for clarinet and piano.

The repertoire will be complemented by Grażyna Bacewicz's Quintet for Wind Instruments, which was written during the postgraduate compositional studies at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris under the direction of prof. Nadia Boulanger. Bacewicz received for her work the first prize at the competition for composers of the Paris Society Aide aux femmes de professions libres. The concert will be performed by: Maria Grochowska (flute), Piotr Pyc (oboe), Roman Widaszek (clarinet), Marek Barański (bassoon), Mariusz Ziętek (French horn), Wanda Palacz (guitar), Eugeniusz Knapik (piano).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/