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Katowice | New Music Orchestra: Marcel Pérès


The New Music Orchestra together with the vocalists of Schola Cantorum Minorum Chosoviensis under the direction of Maciej Tomasiewicz will perform the latest composition by Marcel Pérès – Mysteria Apocalypsis II. The concert will take place on 15 December 2019 at 6 p.m. in the chamber hall of the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

There is no more mysterious, even strange book in the New Testament than the Apocalypse of Saint John. The images of the end of the world have been feeding our imaginations for centuries. Marcel Pérès referred to this text in his two-part Mysteria Apocalypsis. As a singer and scientist, Pérès revolutionized the performance of ancient music. He restored influences of Corsican, Byzantine, Arab, Hebrew and even Egyptian traditions, all forgotten over the centuries, in the practice of Gregorian chant. He proved wrong the common belief that medieval music is sterile and emotionless.

Experience in various types of singing – although present in culture for over a thousand years, sounding even exotic to us – is used by Pérès in his work as a composer. In the Mysteria Apocalypsis II, which received its world premiere this year, the composer combined not only different vocal traditions, but also contemporary instrumental texture. The text for his composition was taken from chapters 21 and 22 of the book, describing the new earth and new heaven, the world of happiness and peace.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Sopot | 5. International Choir Festival of Advent & Christmas Music 2019


The International Choir Festival of Advent & Christmas Music Mundus Cantat Sopot will be held for the fifth time on 14-15 December 2019.

This unique event smelling of gingerbread, cinnamon and Christmas tree will put the Tri-City community in a joyful mood while waiting for Christmas. The festival is a competition during which the participating choirs will compete for the prize of the Mayor of Sopot, Jacek Karnowski.

It will be a unique opportunity to listen to Christmas carols from around the world performed by talented choirs. Six choirs from Szczecin, Police, Nakło, Wejherowo, Gdańsk and Sopot will take part in the Festival. The choirs will carol in many languages ​​of the world in different places in Sopot – the Sopot Centre, the Star of the Sea Church, Sopot City Hall and the Church of Christ. The participants will be judged by a professional jury composed of outstanding specialists in the field of choral music – choral conductors, professors of the Music Academy in Gdańsk: Waldemar Górski, Michał Kozorys and Beata Wróblewska.

The auditions will begin on Saturday, 14 December at 11:00 a.m. at the Star of the Sea Church. After the auditions, the festival choirs will present themselves to a wider audience in the Sopot Centre. The Final Concert, during which the results of the competiton will be announced, will be held on the same day at 3:30 p.m. at the Star of the Sea Church.

The festival's culmination will be the annual concert dedicated to the memory of Michael Ray Dawidow, which will take place in the Church of Christ on 15 December at 5.00 p.m. The concert will be performd by the SSW Festival Choir Mundus Cantat conducted by Beata Wróblewska and the Gdańsk Choir of Doctors conducted by Michał Kozorys. Toys, sweets and bandages for children from the hospital in Kiev, Ukraine will be collected during the event.

The festival is organised by the Mundus Cantat Foundation and the City of Sopot. Admission to all concerts is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://munduscantat.pl/5-miedzynarodowy-festiwal-choralny-muzyki-adwentowej-i-swiatecznej-2019/ 

Warsaw | International Organ Concerts Cycle: Michał Markuszewski

Michal Markuszewski

The Evangelical-Reformed Parish in Warsaw invites you to the final concert of the year-round cycle of organ recitals on the historic organ built by the Schlag und Söhne company in 1900, which will take place on 15 December 2019 at 7.00 p.m.

The historic instrument, restored years ago, is used not only during the Sunday liturgy. You can also admire its wonderful, beautiful and warm sound during organ recitals. Prominent musicians from six European countries took part in the tenth jubilee edition: Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Greece, Italy and Poland. Their recitals include masterpieces of organ music, works by Western European composers and Polish artists, among others compositions by Mieczysław Surzyński.

The final concert will be performed by the festival's artistic director, Michał Markuszewski, PhD, Habil. The programme will be filled with improvised music inspired by a classic of silent cinema – Nosferatu (1922) directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau.

Admission to the concert is free (the church is heated).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.festiwal.reformowani.pl 

Łódź | 2nd Grażyna Bacewicz International Violin Competition

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The Academy of Music in Łódź invites you to the 2nd Grażyna Bacewicz International Violin Competition, which will be inaugurated with a symphonic concert on 8 December 2019 at the Concert Hall at 2a Żubardzka Street. The two-stage auditions will be held on 9-14 December in the Academy's Chamber Hall. The results of the competition will be announced on 14 December during the laureates concert (6.00 p.m.). Admission to the auditions and the final concert is free. The auditions will be also broadcast live.

This year's edition was open to violinists of all nationalities with no age limit. 96 violinists from 27 countries will participate in the auditions. They will be judged by the international jury chaired by Łukasz Błaszczyk. The jury memebers: Adam Balas, Bartosz Bryła, Eszter Haffner, Alexey Koshvanets and Szymon Krzeszowiec.

The organizers received 152 applications, out of which 97 participants were selected from such countries as: Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Israel, Japan, Canada, South Korea, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Germany, Norway, Poland , Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Italy. The participants has to perform two works by Grażyna Bacewicz, with Polish Caprice being a must in the second stage. In addition to the main prizes, the jury will award a special prize for the best performance of Grażyna Bacewicz's composition.

The inaugural symphony concert will feature Sławomir Wilga – the first prize winner of the first edition of the Competition. He will perform the solo part in the Bacewicz's 7th Violin Concerto. The Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź will be conducted by Jerzy Salwarowski – an outstanding conductor who celebrates the 50th anniversary of artistic work this year. Under his baton, the orchestra will also present the Eternal Songs symphonic poem, Op. 10 by Mieczysław Karłowicz and the "Fairy Tale" fantastic overture by Stanisław Moniuszko.

The competition is part of the 2nd Grażyna Bacewicz International Music Festival in Łódź, organized as part of the celebration of the 110th anniversary of the birth and 50th anniversary of the death of this outstanding Polish composer and violinist.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/konkursy-muzyczne/2-miedzynarodowy-konkurs-skrzypcowy-im-grazyny-bacewicz 

Katowice | Concert of laureates of the 4th ATMA Polish National Competition for Musical Personalities


The laureates of the 4th ATMA Polish National Competition for Musical Personalities will perform on 9 December 2019 at 7.30 p.m. in the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice.

By the jury's decision, Paweł Wojciechowski, a 16-year-old pianist from Warsaw, became the winner of this year's, 4th edition of the ATMA Polish National Competition for Musical Personalities. He is a student of Joanna Ławrynowicz at the Zenon Brzewski Secondary Music School in Warsaw. The laureate of the Competition can not only enjoy financial prizes (PLN 5,000 and the Schimmel Pianos award – PLN 5,000), but above all he is honored with the opportunity to appear as a soloist with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra at its headquarters in Katowice. The other finalists also received the NOSPR Award of Ewa Bogusz-Moore – they will all perform at the headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice during chamber concerts.

The upcoming concert will feature Szymon Drabiński, Wilhelm Pilch and Milena Pioruńska, who will present a programme composed of works by Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski and Roman Ryterband.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Katowice | The premiere of "Quasi una Sonata" by Krzysztof Meyer

World-famous artists, recitals, chamber music, wide repertoire and interesting interpretations – you will find it all in the NOSPR concert series "Masterly". On 8 December 2019 at 6.00 p.m. Maciej Frąckiewicz, Łukasz Kuropaczewski and Marek Bracha will take us on a journey through various musical styles.

The star of the evening will be Maciej Frąckiewicz – an exquisite accordionist, winner of the Polityka Passport Award and multiple international awards. The instrumentalist actively cooperates with contemporary composers. He inspired the creation of nearly 100 new compositions. The recital at NOSPR will include the first performance of another work dedicated to Frąckiewicz, Quasi una Sonata for guitar and accordion, which he will perform with an acclaimed guitarist, Łukasz Kuropaczewski.

Moreover, the programme will include a range of accordion sonatas, from 19th-century ones, originally written for the concertina (a prototype of the bandoneon), to sophisticated contemporary works, exploring new technical possibilities offered by the accordion, including Dariusz Przybylski's Sonata da chiesa for solo accordion, Op. 72.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

The premiere of Maciej Zakrzewski's album "Time to Time"


Time to Time, the new album of the Gdańsk composer and organist Maciej Zakrzewski, will be released Ars Sonora on 9 December 2019. The recordings were made on the organs of the Archcathedral Basilica of St. Stanislaus Kostka in Łódź.

The title of the album has a symbolic meaning. On the one hand, it refers to the process of creating a work that arises at various time intervals, unhindered by the need to accomplish a task in a rigid framework, on the other hand, it refers to the philosophy of time in music – its transience and temporality.

The album contains the seven-part suite The Allegories, which is a musical image of the present, in which age-old, important questions, ideas, elements, emotions clashes with virtual reality that changes our perception of life in society (Like, Face to book, To be or not online, Log out). This dramatic confusion of two realities makes us ask again what is real, important, timeless, and what is only a delusion, creation and gallantry.

The album also includes Psalterium – a four-part cycle illustrating subsequent, selected texts of psalms from the Old Testament (Ps. 91 "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High", Ps. 7 "O Lord my God, I take refuge in You", Ps. 113 / 117 "Hallelujah, Praise the Lord, all you nations"), although it opens with the Jewish prayer of Shema Ijrael ("Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength"). The Psalterium is the answer to the dichotomy of the world illustrated in The Allegories.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The Composer's Official Websitehttps://maciejzakrzewski.pl/ 

Katowice | Italian Inspirations at the Silesian Philharmonic


The final concert of the 7th International Days of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki will take place on 6 December 2019. The Italian artists will take music lovers on a musical journey through steppe landscapes and film-like images.

Massimiliano Caldi, the winner of the 6th Grzegorz Fitelberg International Competition for Conductors, will lead the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, which will perform together with Raffaele Trevisani, an excellent flutist with extraordinary sensitivity and numerous international successes. The evening will open with the first symphonic poem in Polish music literature  – The Steppe, Op. 66 by Zygmunt Noskowski, particularly valued by Massimiliano Caldi. Then we will listen to the Concerto-Cantata, Op. 65 for flute and orchestra by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, in which the outstanding soloist will have the opportunity to show the whole range of his virtuoso skills. The concert will culminate in the Nino Rota's La Strada Suite, combining themes from the film of the same title directed by Federico Fellini.

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Music" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu 

Katowice | Up and reach the places out of sight: a special project


The International Day of People with Disabilities is celebrated every year in December. On this occasion, from 10 to 14 December 2019, the Henryk Mikołaj Górecki Silesian Philharmonic in Katowice will present a special project: the fairy tale Salija based on the opera of the same title by Krzysztof Dobosiewicz and Małgorzata Szwajlik.

"Up and reach the places out of sight" is the interdisciplinary educational project of the Silesian Philharmonic addressed to the blind and visually impaired, increasing their comfort of life. The project includes concerts with the possibility of interactive participation using instruments created during the workshops. As part of the project, the audience will have a chance to experience the world as it is experienced by people with visual impairments. The programme is also adapted to the dysfunctions of recipients so that they can take an active part in the events.

The musical work composed by Krzysztof Dobosiewicz based on the libretto of the opera Salija by Małgorzata Szwajlik will take the audience to magical places and move their imagination. It will tell the story of Salia, a girl who learns to appreciate what she has – home, family, everyday life and little joys. The classic tale with a moral will gain a new, musical dimension enriched by the participation of machines appearing here as a choir. The work will be performed at the chamber concerts, during which the participants of the workshops will form a kind of rhythmic section, playing not only on traditional musical instruments, but also on instruments made by themselves. In this way, people with disabilities will actively contribute to the project, learning the elements of a musical work in practice.

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/production/tam-siegaj-gdzie-wzrok-nie-siega-projekt-specjalny/ 

Warsaw | SUPERSAM + 1: Axel Dörner & Michał Górczyński


Axel Dörner and Michał Górczyński  will perform in the series of master performances organised by the MÓZG club in Warsaw in cooperation with the House of Fun and Culture DZiK on 5 December 2019 at 8 p.m. (DZiK, 44 Belwederska St.).

“Supersam + 1” focuses mainly on music, however, it also includes other forms of expression such as: performance, multimedia, monodrama. “Supersam + 1” will present respected Polish and foreign artists whose work is original, experimental and innovative. “SUPER” in the title means that the programme will be based on renowned artists – masters. “SAM” (from Polish, means „alone”, "by himself/herself") refers to the solo performances as well as the creative loneliness. “+ 1” in the title means that each evening will be crowned with a duo performance. During the upcoming concert, Axel Dörner and Michał Górczyński will meet on stage for the first time.

Axel Dörner studied trumpet with Jon Eardley in Köln and piano at the conservatory in Arnhem, the Netherlands, then from 1989–1994 piano and trumpet (with Malte Burba) at the Musikhochschule in Köln. He is one of the most unique voices in free improvisation. He developed a completely different language for the trumpet in the late 1990s. Most of the ensembles he is part of are characterized by a non-hierarchical collaboration of the musicians involved. He is mainly associated with musicians and communities of Berlin, London, Chicago as well as New York. At this time his discography consists of more than 150 CDs / LPs. Since 2000 has has been playing extended concert tours on all five continents which led to a worldwide genre-comprehensive musical network with the most distinguished musicians of our time.

Michał Górzyński is a clarinettist, composer and music teacher, a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. Since 1998, he has been composing music for various instrumental ensembles as well as theatre music. Since 2002, he has been a member of Kwartludium ensemble, specialising in modern music performance. Since 2008, he has worked on extending the sound of the bass clarinet, inspired by beatbox and in cooperation with one of the leading Polish beatboxers, Patryk Matela a.k.a. Tik Tak. He has coined the term of “composed education.” He received grants for the creation of alternative educational manuals. Since 2013, he has been running a project entitled Music for Languages, writing original music for the Yiddish language (CD published by Multikulti Records), Japanese poetry (CD published by Fortune Records), and Persian poetry by Jalāl ad-Dīn Rūmī.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://supersam.mozg.pl/ 

Lusławice | The Final Concert of the "Autumn in Lusławice" series


The final concert of the "Autumn in Lusławice" series will take place on 1 December 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music.

"Autumn in Lusławice" is a series of 6 unique musical events characterized primarily by the stylistic diversity of the presented repertoire, as well as the participation of excellent Polish and foreign musician. During the final concert of this year's series, the Symphony Orchestra of the Music Academy in Kraków conducted by Rafał Jacek Delekta will perform two monumental works by Ludwig van Beethoven: the 'Coriolan' Overture, Op. 62 and Symphony No. 3 in E flat major 'Eroica', Op. 55. The programme will also include Polish contemporary music: Concerto for two flutes by Janusz Bielecki, with solo parts performed by flutists Agata Kielar-Długosz and Łukasz Długosz.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://penderecki-center.pl/ 

Warsaw | Krzysztof Herdzin: One Man – Orchestra


Although terms such as “an icon of Polish jazz” are sometimes overused, in the case of Krzysztof Herdzin, they are absolutely justified and well deserved. The Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will perform under his baton in the Witolda Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio on 7 December 2019 at 7 p.m.

This outstanding artist – a pianist, chamber musician, conductor, composer, arranger, band leader, producer and academic lecturer – is one of the greatest musicians of his generation and, although generally associated with the jazz scene, he is also active in the sphere of classical music (as a well-educated graduate of the Music Academy in Bydgoszcz, including a class taught by the incredible K. Popowej-Zydroń) and pop. He is the first Polish composer to record for DECCA Records in London, the monographic album Suite on Polish Themes, with one of the most famous orchestras worldwide – the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

Selected compositions from this incredibly fascinating album will be included in the programme of the concert in December, conducted by the composer himself and featuring talented soloist performers Katarzyna Budnik (viola) and Paweł Gusnar (saxophone). The programme will highlight Herdzin’s activity as a composer, whose works, varied in form and genre (including those ordered by the Polish Composers’ Union and the Institute of Music and Dance), have resounded at prestigious festivals, as well as in the best Polish and foreign concert halls. “I would describe the compositions on the album Suite on Polish Themes as impressionist-neoclassical and strongly associated with Polish folklore,” said the artist of his London recording. “This is contemporary music with expanded tonality, inspired both by my Polish masters – Karol Szymanowski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Tadeusz Baird, Wojciech Kilar – as well as Shostakovich, Prokofiev and the French group Les Six.”

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.sinfoniaiuventus.pl 

Poznań | To hear light, to see music – 8th edition of Neofonia


The 8th National Student and Doctoral Scientific Conference "Neofonia" will take place on 3 and 4 December 2019 at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Music Academy in Poznań. The event will be accompanied by the Intercollegiate Composition Concert.

During the two-day session of this year's edition, participants will highlight (nomen-omen!) the issue of light in music as an idea, as a creative material, as an instrument, or as a symbol and allegory. The event is a great opportunity to exchange insights and experiences of young researchers from various Polish academic centres. The meeting will begin with a lecture by Michał Janocha, Ph.D. (Studio of Electroacoustic Music SMEAMuz in Poznań), who will talk about light and sound in a multimedia spectacle I hear you are watching. The 1st Panel will be devoted to senses and perception, addressing the impact of sight on hearing and the phenomenon of chromesthesia. During the 2nd Panel, participants will consider, among others presence of light in sacred music. Traditionally, the first day of the conference will feature the Intercollegiate Composition Concert in Aula Nova, pesenting the works by young Polish composers. The second day of the conference will be filled with workshops with Ryszard Lubieniecki, composer, improviser and accordionist. Participants will be able to learn about the possibilities offered to contemporary composers by techniques of amplification and sampling of instruments.

The organizer of the conference is the Artistic and Scientific Circle of Students of Composition and Theory of Music at the Academy of Music in Poznań.

Admission to all events is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at www.amuz.edu.pl and www.facebook.com/kanamp2012 

Warsaw | 29th Portraits of Composers

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The best ensembles specializing in contemporary music performance –Hashtag Ensemble and Spółdzielnia Muzyczna contemporary ensemble – will take part in the 29th edition of the "Portraits of composers" festival, which will take place on 10-11 December 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Masovian Institute of Culture (12 Elektoralna St., Warsaw).

The "Portraits of composers" festival have been organized by the Polish Composers' Union since 1988. Every year it presents chamber works by several contemporary composers. The programme is designed so that listeners can get acquainted with compositions characteristic for a given artist. During the upcoming concerts we will listen to the works by Marcel Chyrzyński and Eunha Chang.

Marcel Chyrzyński performs the function of the President of the Polish Composers' Union in Kraków. He is the director of the Institute of Composition, Conducting and Theory of Music at the Academy of Music in Kraków and the director of the International Festival of Kraków Composers. In 1994-98 he wrote a series of compositions Quasi Kwazi I, II and III for solo clarinet, which had its performances in Poland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, South Korea, Australia and the USA. and was broadcast in the Andrew Ford's The ABC Music Show programme by Australian Radio. The premiere of the composition Death in Venice, inspired by the Luchino Visconti's film of the same title, took place during the monographic concert of Chyrzyński in Los Angeles (2017). The next series of works by Chyrzyński entitled Reflection is an expression of thoughts related to the transience and fragility of existence. Reflection No. 1 was commissioned by the Amar Corde quartet and entered the ensemble's repertoire permanently. Reflection No. 4 was premiered during the 27th Takefu International Music Festival in Japan – the composition was commissioned by the organizers of the project. Reflection No. 7 was commissioned by Chang-min Park – the artistic director of Ensemble SoriYuhi and premiered at Daegu Concert House. The Polish premiere will take place at the concert on 10 December.

On 11 December we will listen to the music by a composer from South Korea, Eunho Chang. He is a graduate of Keimyung University and the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, where he also obtained a doctorate in musical arts under the supervision of Prof. Marcin Błażewicz. In the Sanjo cycle for solo instruments or voice, the composer presents his own view of traditional Korean music using contemporary compositional means and Western instruments, which are to imitate Korean instruments through the use of appropriate performance techniques. Eunho Chang himself will play on one of these instruments, called saenghwang. We will also listen to the Lyric Nocturne for a traditional Chinese bamboo flute called dizi. The final of the concert will be the premiere of Eunho Chang's Prism, which is based on the reflection of different colors of sounds coming from the "prism".

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Katowice | Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's "Sanctus Adalbertus" at the Silesian Philharmonic


Music lovers gathered in the Silesian Philharmonic on 29 November 2019 at 7 p.m. will witness an extraordinary event –  the Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Choir under the baton of Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk will perform Henryk Mikołaj Górecki's oratorio Sanctus Adalbertus, Op. 71.

The concert will begin with Krzysztof Meyer's Piano Concerto, Op. 46 performed by Piotr Sałajczyk, considered by critics to be among the most outstanding Polish performers of his generation, winner of the "Fryderyk" phonographic award and the "Orpheus" award "for outstanding performances of Polish music". Then we will listen to Sanctus Adalbertus with solo parts performed by world-class soloists, Ewa Tracz and Stanislav Kuflyu. The oratorio was written in 1997 to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the death of Saint. Adalbert. It was to be performed during the John Paul II pilgrimage to Poland, but, unfortunately, due to the composer's illness, the prformance did not take place. The oratorio was found by Mikołaj Górecki and in 2015, five years after the death of its creator, Sanctus Adalbertus was performed for the first time.

The CD with the work by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki will be released later this year. The project is co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Musical trace" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu