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Katowice | 9th Festival of Premieres: Barbara Kinga Majewska's Sound Installation

NOSPRBarbara Kinga Majewska's sound installation A Narrow Passage With Steep Walls will be presented for the first time on 10 October 2021 at. 4.00 p.m. in the NOSPR foyer as part of the 9th Festival of Premieres. The installation tells the story of an opera set design element, which becomes a source of sounds.

Barbara Kinga Majewska describes her installation as a sound sculpture with live music: the composer herself will participate in the premiere, as well as the violist Aleksandra Batog and the cellist Danuta Sobik-Ptok.

The starting point for the installation is the theatrical horizon from the staging of the opera Valkyrie by Richard Wagner – 36 meters long and 7 meters wide, hand-painted canvas. During the performances, it was hanging from a batten at the back of the stage, thus closing the performance space. In 1989, after fourteen performances, it ended up in the magazine and remained there for the next 30 years. This year, it will be moved to the foyer of the NOSPR Concert Hall in Katowice. With the use of speakers, it will emit sounds and engage in a dialogue with the musicians.

Admission is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://nospr.org.pl/pl 

3rd International Józef Madeja Festival

Festiwal MadeiThe 3rd edition of the International Józef Madeja Festival will be held on 14–24 October 2021, featuring interesting chamber and symphonic concerts, premieres of works by Polish composers and workshops open to the public.

The programme will include works by Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Andrzej Panufnik, Antonio Vivaldi, Piotr Czajkowski and Astor Piazzolla, as well as premieres of works by Radosław Mateja, Jerzy Mackiewicz and Piotr Pawlik. The premiere of the reconstructed clarinet concerto by Józef Madeja (on the 70th anniversary of the work) will take place on 21 October 21 at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music. The soloists will be clarinettist Paweł Kroczek and cellist Justus Grimm, accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Poznań conducted by Jakub Chrenowicz.

Among the performers will also be the Clarinet Orchestra, the I Cantanti Ensamble vocal ensemble, Ami Ensemble with soloist Celina Kotz, as well as outstanding students from Greater Poland. The Festival will be accompanied by a concert in Germany organised together with the German Cultural Association in Bayreuth. Apeiron Trio will perform, among others, works by Władysław Żeleński. The master classes will be conducted by famous artists: cellist Justus Grimm (Royal Conservatory in Antwerp) and clarinetist Barbara Borowicz (Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow).

Admission to all concerts is free!

The festival is co-financed by the funds of: the Self-government of the Greater Poland Region, the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, the Zakłady Kórnickie Foundation, the PZU Foundation, the LOTTO Foundation, STOART, Jankowice Palace, the Tarnowo Podgórne Commune, the Music School Complex in Poznań and the Local-Government Primary Music School in Tarnów Podgórne .

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationwww.festiwalmadei.pl 

Olsztyn | Improvisation Workshops for Children "Tell me a story" 2021

OMBThe next edition of the improvisation workshops for children "Tell me a story", organised by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music for several years throughout Poland, is about to start. The first workshop in 2021 will be held on 7-9 October as part of the "Sonikalia" sound festival for children in Olsztyn.

The main idea of ​​the project is to popularize the music of our time and the art of improvisation among the youngest. During the workshops, children aged 3-5 and 6-8 learn the basics of improvisation, discover a variety of instruments, play with beautifully illustrated books (including the "Ulica Czereśniowa" series by Dwie Siostry publishing house) and thus gently enter the world of contemporary music.

The classes are conducted by outstanding artists: harpist Agata Galik, double bass player Małgorzata Kołcz, composer and pianist Jarosław Siwiński, and actor and director of plays for children Grzegorz Ociepka.

This year, the workshops will be held in the framework of two projects in Krajenka, Zakrzewo, Jastrowie, Bielawa and Warsaw.

Co-financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund. Sponsored by the PZU Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed information: https://sonikalia.pl/program/opowiedz-mi-bajke/ 

Premiere of the album "Andrzej Koszewski – Choral Works", or his orchestra of human voices

DUXThe album "Andrzej Koszewski  Choral Works" will be available for sale from 7 October 2021. The fourth album in the "Anthology of Polish works a cappella" series, realised since 2018 by the Collegium Cantorum Choir of the Częstochowa Philharmonic conducted by Janusz Siadlak, was released by DUX Recording Producers in cooperation with the Institute of Art Developement.

Andrzej Koszewski's music stands out from contemporary Polish choral music, which is why the presence of his works in the anthology initiated by Janusz Siadlak is a natural, and even necessary, step. Especially on the eve of the 100th birth anniversary of the composer, whose output is dominated by music for a cappella choir.

The album includes a cross-section of Andrzej Koszewski's work – 60 minutes of exceptional music, including both sacred and secular works. The Częstochowa Philharmonic Choir under the baton of Janusz Siadlak presents: Fa-Re-Mi-Do-Si Music (1960), the poetic Great Poland Triptych (1963), delightful miniatures Games (1968), Tre pezzi (1986), Angelus Domini (1981) – dedicated to John Paul II, and Trittico da messa (1992).

A concert promoting the album will be held on 18 November at 7.00 p.m. at the Częstochowa Philharmonic.

The album is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport as part of the "Musical Trace" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance. The partners are the ZAiKS Authors' Association, the Regional Cultural Centre in Częstochowa and the Częstochowa Philharmonic.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Additional informationhttp://www.dux.pl/

Stawisko – A Place of Symbiosis of Arts and Cultures

StawiskoThe motto "Stawisko – A place of Symbiosis of Arts and Cultures" accompanies a new interdisciplinary project of the Museum of Anna and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz in Stawisko, which will be held between 10 October and 5 December 2021. The idea is to continue the tradition of the Anna and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz House as a space for symbiosis of arts, an area open to various cultures.

The universalism of Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz's literary output is, among others, the effect of experiencing multiculturalism that accompanied him constantly, from the earliest period of his life to the last years. A special value of Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz's writing is also sensitivity to other fields of art, among which music plays a leading role. Musical feelings are usually an inseparable element of experiences accompanying reflections caused by the works of painters, sculptors, architects, and also by natural phenomena.

The festival is planned as a five-year cycle. This year, it will be devoted to the relations between the Iwaszkiewicz family and the House in Stawisko with Jewish culture, as well as relations with outstanding writers, composers and artists of Jewish origin. We will hear songs by Szymon Laks, Alexandre Tansman, poetic songs to words by Ginczanka, Mandelsztam, Leśmian, Tuwim, Ficowski, as well as traditional Jewish music.

The programme also includes an exhibition documenting the merits of the Iwaszkiewicz family in saving Jews during the occupation (they were honoured posthumously with the Righteous Among the Nations Medal), music concerts of various genres and styles, and literary meetings.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Museum Website: http://stawisko.pl/ 

Wrocław | Rediscovered Weinberg

NFMMieczysław Weinberg is one of the most intriguing composers of the last century. Although he was born and raised in Warsaw, he spent his adult life in the Soviet Union, where he earned fame and recognition. Only recently has his fascinating music come to prominence in Poland. At the concert on 7 October 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the National Forum for Music, the renowned singers Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk and Anna Bernacka accompanied by pianist Monika Kruk will perform selected songs by the composer.

Weinberg’s output is vast: it encompasses 153 compositions with opus numbers, as well as many functional works composed for film, circus or radio. Among numerous symphonies, instrumental concertos and operas is a special place for the songs written simply for voice and piano. These constituted Weinberg’s personal, almost intimate space: a statement and an expression of deeply concealed feelings.

The programme of the concert in Wrocław includes five song cycles. One of them – Three Songs, Op. 22 – consists of arrangements of texts by Adam Mickiewicz. However, the poet that was particularly valued and liked by Weinberg was Julian Tuwim. The concert artists will perform four cycles composed to the works of this poet, from various stages of the composer’s life. These will be: Old Letters, Op. 77, Memory, Op. 62, The Gypsy Bible, Op. 57 and Acacias, Op. 4.

The concert dedicated to Weinberg’s songs will be a moving meeting with the works of an outstanding – and unjustly forgotten – composer.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationhttps://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl 

1st "Brzmienie Fest" Music Festival

Brzmienie FestThe "Brzmienie Fest" Music Festival is the first edition of a new music project of the Kultura Brzmienia Foundation. A series of concerts will take place between 9 October and 13 November 2021 in the Lower Silesian Voivodeship. The leitmotif is music of Polish and foreign composers of the 20th and 21st century in arrangements for various instrumental ensembles performed by outstanding Polish artists.

The festival is going to take place in several beautiful places in the region: Castle on the Water in Wojnowice (9 and 29 October), Kliczków Castle (6 and 13 November), and Poviat Starosty in Trzebnica (5 November). The following artists will perform: Time Quartet, Reed Connection Trio, Repercussion Percussion Group, Ewelina Zawiślak – flute, Anna Warecka-Gryć – mezzo-soprano, Kinga Firej-Kubica – piano, Maksymilian Grzesiak – violin, Iwona Sukienik – piano. The programme will include works by such Polish composers as: Karol Szymanowski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Wojciech Kilar, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Aleksander Tansman, Antoni Szałowski, Weronika Ratusińska-Zamuszko, Justyna Kowalska-Lasoń, and Aleksander Brych.

Kultura Brzmienia Foundation is a young organisation whose mission is to invite people to the world of culture. The foundation deals mainly with the organisation of concerts and artistic events, combining music with other fields of art. The "Brzmienie Fest" festival is co-financed by the PZU Foundation and the "Lotto" Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Foundation Website: https://www.facebook.com/fundacjakulturabrzmienia/ 

Poznań | Z2P Stage #3: "Spatiality"

Z2PThe concert of spatial music by three Poznań composers from the Z2P Stage series will take place on 7 October 2021 at 6.00 p.m. at the Future Labs Supercomputing and Networking Centre in Poznań. The works will be presented in a specially adapted room equipped with a set of over 30 speakers.

The theme of the third edition of Z2P Stage will be spatiality in experimental electronic music. It involves the use of a multi-channel sound system to spatialize sound compositions. Works presented during the event will be a summary of artistic residencies in the ambisonic sound studio of the Art & Science laboratory. The residency participants developed their artistic projects over several weeks using a 24-speaker sound system. The concert programme will include: Michał Janocha's Tactile thresholds II, Anna Obara's OVERRESONATED_finalversion(15), Wiktoria Różycka's Journey of The Guilty Souls, Soil Troth's Utricularia, and Lidia Zielińska's Pustynnienie.

Z2P Stage is a series of concerts and performances at the Art & Science laboratory of the PSNC Future Labs. The idea of Z2P Stage is to present, next to regular concerts, events including the new technology as an equal instrument. Z2P Stage is also a space for mediation through technology, science and art, which results in sound, soundart or performance experiments.

Due to the unusual conditions of this event the number of places is limited! To get on the list, write to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Toruń | Concert on the 110th anniversary of Gustav Mahler's death

TOS"Great Composers – Great Anniversaries" is a Toruń Symphony Orchestra's project to commemorate artists who celebrate important anniversaries in 2021. The concert on 2 October at 6 p.m. in the CKK Jordanki Rehearsal Room will be devoted to Gustav Mahler.

The project celebrates the following anniversaries: the 280th anniversary of the death of A. Vivaldi, the 100th anniversary of the death of C. Saint-Saëns, the 50th anniversary of the death of I. Stravinsky, the 230th anniversary of the death of W.A. Mozart, the 100th anniversary of the death of W. Żeleński, the 120th anniversary of the death of G. Verdi, and the 110th anniversary of the death of G. Mahler.

The song is the oldest musical genre next to the dance. It results from the combination of poetic word and music and it reflects the history of music from primitive cultures to the 21st century. Bohdan Pociej wrote: "If there is any indestructible element of musicality in a person, then song is its seed." The upcoming concert will feature not only songs by Gustav Mahler, but also by outstanding Romantic composers: Johannes Brahms and Stanisław Moniuszko, performed by Agata Schmidt (mezzo-soprano) and Bartłomiej Wezner.

Co-financed under the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://tos.art.pl/en/wydarzenia/circle-songs

Chlewiska | 4th Mazovian Musical Meetings Without Barriers: "Amor divino!"

Czas sztukiThe next concert as part of the 4th Mazovian Musical Meetings Without Barriers entitled "Amor divino!" will take place at the House of Creative Work "Reymontówka" in Chlewiska on 3 October 2021 at 3.00 p.m.

The concert will feature sopranos Katarzyna Wiwer and Julieta Gonzalez-Springer and the Lute Duo ensemble of early instruments composed of: Anton Birula and Anna Kowalska (theorba, baroque guitar). The artists will present baroque compositions from Spain and Mexico by composers such as Antonio de Salazar, Cristóbal Galán, Santiago de Murcia and Sebastián Durón.

The "Czas Sztuki" Foundation was established in November 2017 and one of its main goals is to organise free artistic events for poor people from small rural towns, who are excluded from participation in cultural life. This year, thanks to funding from the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport, the "Mazovian Music Meetings without Barriers" are held for the fourth time.

Admission to all concerts is free! Sponsored by the PZU Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Sieradz | 3rd "Sieradz Organ Autumn" Music Festival

Sieradzka JesieńThe 3rd "Sieradz Organ Autumn" Music Festival includes five Sunday concerts on 3–31 October 2021, featuring no less than 60 excellent musicians who will present organ, chamber and sacred music.

The festival, initiated in 2017 by Błażej Musiałczyk, organist and president of the Art Development Centre Foundation, will take place in two churches in Sieradz: the All Saints Church (Basilica), with the historic 25-voice Adolf Homan organ from 1914, and in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, with the 50-voice organ designed by Józef Cynar.

The Festival will present early Polish music (eg. Mikołaj Gomółka's Psalms), works by young Polish composers from the Midnight Stories album awarded with "Fryderyk", as well as works by Western European artists. The final concert, dedicated to the memory of all those who lost the unequal fight against the pandemic, will feature Maurice Duruflé's Requiem for choir and organ.

Among the performers will be, among others, Łukasz Długosz – recognized by critics as one of the best Polish flautists, organist Roman Perucki, trumpet player Paweł Hulisz, Music Everywhere Choir and Art'n'Voices Vocal Ensemble – winner of the "Fryderyk" 2021 award in the "Album of the Year – Contemporary Music" category.

Admission is free! All concerts start at 7.00 p.m. and are held in the sanitary regime.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Accessible Culture" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Festival Website: https://www.facebook.com/Sieradzkajesienorganowa/ 

Katowice | 9th Festival of Premieres: Kulenty, Stańczyk and Krzewińska

NOSPRThe concert on 3 October 2021 at 6.00 p.m. as part of the autumn edition of the 9th Festival of Premieres, organised every two years at the NOSPR Concert Hall in Katowice, will feature new compositions by Hanna Kulenty, Marcin Stańczyk and Katarzyna Krzewińska.

The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Franck Ollu and the soloist Matthijs Koene will premiere Ad-Umbro for pan flute and symphony orchestra by Hanna Kulenty. The composer explains the concept of the work: "I had been carrying the idea of ​​the piece Ad-Umbro (from Latin: shade, sketch, briefly present, indicate, imitate) for over a year, because in the summer of 2018 I met Matthijs Koene, a virtuoso from the Netherlands. I would never have come up with the idea of ​​writing a piece for such an unusual instrument, but after listening to a few concerts by Matthijs and finding out what his technical and musical possibilities are, I wanted to write another composition for him, based on my new technique that I have used for several years, which I called “Musique Surrealistique.”

Marcin Stańczyk's Live for saxophone, ensemble and tape will be premiered by musicians of the National Radio Symphony Orchestra and one of the most famous European saxophonists – Paweł Gusnar, Professor of the Frydryk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. Katarzyna Krzewińska will perform live electronics. Her piece #nofilter for a large symphony orchestra and live electronics is a reflection on the "computerization" of the world and an attempt to illustrate the omnipresent information noise, which paradoxically increases the feeling of emptiness and longing. The work was inspired by Mariusz Szczygieł's book Nie ma [There is no], awarded with the Nike Literary Award in 2019.

The publisher of works by Hanna Kulenty and Marcin Stańczyk is PWM Edition. The project was co-financed under the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket information: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/9-festiwal-prawykonan-nospr-franck-ollu 

Rzeszów | 5th Rzeszów Musical Autumn

Rzeszowska JesieńThe 5th Rzeszów Musical Autumn, organised annually by the Polish Chamber Musicians' Association, will be held on 9–24 October 2021 at the Monastery of the Dominican Order and the Institute of Music of the University of Rzeszów.

The main idea is reflected in the subtitle of this year's festival: "Forgotten Music". The fifth edition aims at reminding Polish, rarely performed chamber music of different eras and to present it in the context of European aesthetic trends. The programme will include works by Juliusz Zarębski, Ignacy Friedman, Mieczysław Weinberg, Karol Szymanowski and Sebastian Perłowski.

Among the performers will be respected and versatile musicians: Jakub Jakowicz, Bartłomiej Wezner, Piotr Lato, Bartosz Koziak, Marta Gidaszewska, Robert Łaguniak, Artur Rozmysłowicz, Dominik Płociński, Celina Kotz, Magdalena Bojanowicz, Piotr Różański, Agnieszka Kozło, and Katarzyna Wasiak.

The festival will also be broadcast on the Association's YouTube channel. Admission to all events is free! Co-financed under the "Music" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance. Co-financed by the Subcarpathian Voivodeship.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Programme details: www.spmk.com.pl/projekt/jesien 

Elbląg | Opening of Elbląg Chamber Orchestra Concert Season: Premiere of Sławomir Czarnecki's "Truso"

EOKThe new concert season of the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra will open on 10 October 2021 at 6:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the State Music School Complex in Elbląg. Chamber musicians under the baton of Michał Dworzyński will present the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Krzysztof Penderecki and Sławomir Czarnecki.

The soloist of the evening will be Mariusz Klimsiak – an artist who feels equally comfortable in a concert hall and in a lecture hall. The pianist began his musical career in Bydgoszcz, and today he can boast performances in Italy (Florence), Spain (Alicante) and the USA (Seattle, San Francisco). He combines his solo career with teaching – he is the dean of the Instrumental Department of the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.

The programme will include Krzysztof Penderecki's Three Pieces in Old Style, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto in E flat major KV 271, as well as the premiere of Sławomir Czarnecki's Truso. The title of the latter work reveals the composer's direct source of inspiration. Truso is an authentic settlement from the early Middle Ages, the existence of which, apart from written sources, is confirmed by archaeological excavations in recent years. It was located near today's Elbląg. The settlement situated on a wide bay was a great commercial port known in the entire Baltic region. Its cultural influence was also important. As the composer emphasizes, "The first source of inspiration is expressed in archaic sounds and raw harmony, as well as in simple diatonic motifs, the nature of which, in some distant reflection, is supposed to bring to mind contemporary sailing melodies of the "shanties" genre. The second source of inspiration is the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra itself.” Truso is an orchestral poem presenting the wide range of textures, from powerful tutti to virtuoso solo parts of a concertante character. The piece was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket information: https://www.eok.elblag.eu/wydarzenia/215 

Warsaw | Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra: Verdi, Mercadante and Tchaikovsky

POSIThe Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will perform on 16 October 2021 at 7 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw under the baton of Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, a member of the orchestra's Arts Council. We will hear works by Giuseppe Verdi, Saverio Mercadante and Piotr Tchaikovsky. The concert is co-organised by the National Institute of Music and Dance within the framework of the "Conductor-in-residence" programme.

The Italian Saverio Mercadante, of a generation close to Rossini, was a prominent opera creator in his time. His rich oeuvre remains largely forgotten today, with the exception of the work of the only eighteen-year-old composer – Flute Concerto No. 2 in E minor, loved especially for the final Rondo russo, one of the great hits of classical music, eagerly performed by flutists as an encore. During the October concert, the work will be performed by Łukasz Długosz, one of the most versatile and highly-regarded flutists of his generation.

The Italian part of the programme also includes the overture to the opera The Force of Destiny by Giuseppe Verdi, pulsating with emotions, full of beautiful melodies. What does this work have in common with Tchaikovsky's latest symphony? Both works premiered in St. Petersburg (Verdi's opera in 1862).

Due to its expressive aura, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, probably as no other symphony in the history of music, deserved the name "Tragique", as Modest Tchaikovsky, the composer’s brother and confidant, suggested. Pyotr, however, preferred his second suggestion and right after the premiere, he added the subtitle "Pathetique", suggested by his brother, to the score. The composer died nine days after the premiere of the piece, most probably due to an acute cholera attack. He did not leave any programme or commentary to the symphony. All we can do is guess and, primarily, delight upon the piece characterised by great expression, the piece that is Romantic to the bone, filled with exaltation and unconventional elements.

Anna Sułkowska-Migoń, appointed resident conductor of the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra in the 2021/2022 season, participated in the preparation of the concert.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/en/