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Częstochowa | Play while you play. Instrumental Theater of Bogusław Schaeffer

Era Schaeffera

Play while you play. Instrumental Theater of Bogusław Schaeffer – an additional event of the 11th "Schaeffer's Era" Festival – will take place on 13 December 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Adam Mickiewicz Theatre in Częstochowa.

The "Schaeffer's Era" Festival is a cyclical event that combines music, theater and dance and promotes the rich creative output of the Polish contemporary composer, music theoretician, playwright, philosopher and graphic artist Bogusław Schaeffer. The Festival takes place in the autumn season in Warsaw, regularly since 2009. Different events are also presented in various cities in Poland and around the world. This year, the "Schaeffer's Era" additional event will take place in Częstochowa,

Play while you play is Schaeffer's instrumental theater in a new setting – a large, international and interdisciplinary stage performance inspired by the work of one of the most versatile and respected Polish contemporary artists. Performance directed by Maciej Sobociński, who collaborated with the Adam Mickiewicz Theatre in Częstochowa, is a collage of actor's creations, contemporary dance and various musical forms. Accordion virtuoso Marcin Wyrostek with the Corazon ensemble and the charismatic rapper Andy Ninvalle will take part in the spectacle, along with the actors: Lidia Bogaczówna, Izabela Warykiewicz, Marcel Wiercichowski, Sean Palmer and Witold Jurewicz. The unusual event shows the work of the artist who has become a source of inspiration for future generations.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Katowice | Multimedia Organ Evening


The Silesian Philharmonic invites you to a Multimedia Organ Evening, which will take the audience to an unusual journey deep into the mechanism of the organs. The concert will take place on 24 November 2019 at 5 p.m., featuring two premieres.

Jan Bokszczanin, an excellent organist, interpreter and researcher of Russian and Soviet organ music literature, will present works by Dmitry Shostakovich, Sergei Rachmaninov, Sofia Gubajdulina, Georgi Muschel, Eduard Khagagortyan as well as premieres of new composistions by Jarosław Mamczarski and Aleksander Nowak. The organist will perform together with the Silesian Philharmonic Choir under the baton of Jarosław Wolanin. The programme will also include Aleksander Lasoń's Benedictus for mixed choir a cappella, the composer's only work for such ensemble.

The concert will take place as part of the 7th International Days of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki "ReGenerations". The project is 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 

Poznań | 4th "Światłodźwięki" Audiovisual Art Festival


The 4th edition of the Festival of Audiovisual Art "Światłodźwięki" will take place on 22-24 November 2019 in Poznań, presenting the most important works of the European and native artists which combine visuality and music.

"Światłodźwięki" are concerts, jam sessions, and above all lectures and presentations in Polish and English, during which artists, musicians and scientists will talk about the latest trends in European art and different combinations of art, computer science and architecture. The list of speakers include Florence To – British media artist, Ireneusz Gawlik – programmer from AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, Slavo Krekovič – musicologist and artist from Slovakia, Lubomir Slovinsky – Slovak designer and digital artist and legendary Thomas Köner from Germany, known among others from recordings of the sounds of Arctic glaciers. The Festival will also feature such Polish artists as Patryk Piłasiewicz and Jarosław Majewski (double bass), Martyna Kabulska and Paweł Ernst (violin), Piotr Mełech (clarinet), Jacek Buhl (drums), Jakub Królikowski (electronics), Jagoda Chalcińska, Barbara Żach and Paweł Krupski (light and projections).

Admision to all festival events is free and does not require prior reservation. The festival is co-financed by the Poznań City Hall.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information atwww.swiatlodzwieki.pl and https://www.facebook.com/

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 25 November 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 Wojciech Niedziółka, Jakub Staszel and Jan Widlarz who will present a programme composed of works by Fryderyk Chopin, Henryk Wieniawski and Krzysztof Penderecki.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Katowice | New Music Orchestra: First Performances


The New Music Orchestra will premiere the latest works by Polish composers during the concert on 24 November 2019 at 6 p.m. in the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice.

Founded in 1996, the New Music Orchestra is the oldest Polish ensemble specialising in contemporary music performance, with intense activity now spanning over 20 years. Working first under the direction of the ensemble’s founder Aleksander Lasoń, and since 2006 under Artistic Director Szymon Bywalec, the OMN has gradually morphed from a group of enthusiastic students into a professional ensemble able to tackle the most complex scores. The orchestra premiered over 150 works at Polish and international festivals. Since 2014, the OMN runs its own concert cycle at the NOSPR orchestra seat in Katowice. 

The programme of the upcoming concert will include first performances of Marcin Rupociński's  Sensitivity for chamber orchestra and video, Mateusz Ryczek's Cello Concerto (‘Apparitions’), and Aleksander Lasoń's Metta. Sinfonia concertante No. 2 for bassethorn, bass clarinet and chamber orchestra. The works by Marcin Rupociński and Aleksander Lasoń were created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. The orchestra will be accompanied by outstanding soloists specializing in contemporary music performance: Roman Widaszek (basethorn), Jadwiga Czarkowska (bass clarinet) and Tomasz Skweres (cello).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://www.nospr.org.pl/ 

Katowice | NOSPR Chamber ensembles: Four Strings Quartet


Four Strings Quartet will perform at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice on 21 November 2011 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the "NOSPR Chamber Ensembles" concert series.

The ensemble was formed in 2004 on the initiative of Lucyna Fiedukiewicz and consists mainly of musicians of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice. The quartet performs works from different periods – from baroque to modern times. Frequent cooperation with outstanding world-class artists gave the musicians the opportunity to shape their own musical personality while learning from masters and broadening their horizons. The quartet's characteristics are ingenuity, individuality and temperament. The Four Strings Quartet won the 2009 Grand Prix in the 6th edition of the 'Forgotten Polish Music' Competition organized by the Acte Prealable publishing house. They recorded six albums with music by Zygmunt Noskowski, Władysław Żeleński, Witold Maliszewski, and Eugeniusz Morawski.

During the  upcoming concert they will perfom the String quartet in D minor, Op. 9 No. 1 and Vis-à-vis, a tram duet for violin and cello by Zygmunt Noskowski, Variations on original theme for string quartet in G minor, Op. 21 by Władysław Żeleński and Jazz Etude for string quartet by Henryk Czyż.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://www.nospr.org.pl/ 

Tokyo | Marek Bracha „heritance: radiating piano”

Heritance piano

On 25-26  November 2019, the TO-ON Concert Hall In Tokyo will host a presentation of the pianist Marek Bracha's original project "heritance: radiating piano", co-financed by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

The project "heritance: radiating piano" explores the influence of traditional music in Polish and Japanese piano literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. The phenomenon of the transposition of traditional Polish dances (polonaise, mazurka) into classical music in the works of Fryderyk Chopin, Mieczysław Weinberg and Karol Szymanowski is analyzed comparatively with the stylization of the Bugaku dance, one of the genres of the traditional Gagaku style, in the work of the outstanding Japanese composer Yoritsune Matsudaira (1907–2001) .

The project will also feature a conference devoted to interpretation problems in Polish and Japanese piano literature, organised in cooperation with Tokyo Piano Teachers' National Associatiation. The lectures will be accompanied by a recital by pianist Marek Bracha, featuring works by Fryderyk Chopin, Tadeusz Kościuszko, Maria Szymanowska, Józef Wieniawski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski, Aleksander Tansman, Tadeusz Kassern, Władysław Szpilman, Mieczysław Weinberg, and Yoritsune Matsudaira. Marek Bracha will also lead master classes with the participation of young Japanese pianists aimed at familiarizing the idiom of Polish national dances and building long-term cooperation.

The project, organized by the "Sfera Harmonii" Foundation, is financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage under the Multiannual Program NIEPODLEGŁA for 2017-2022, as part of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute's grant programme "Cultural bridges".

Media patronage: Polish Music information Centre POLMIC.

Warsaw | SUPERSAM + 1: Nina De Heney & Marek Pospieszalski


Nina De Heney and Marek Pospieszalski will participate in the 4th edition of the "Supersam +1" project. The artists will perform together on 28 November 2019 at 8 p.m. in the Płyty Gramofonowe – Warsaw Vinyl Store (11 Ząbkowska St., Warsaw).

“Supersam + 1” is a series of master performances. The project 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. In most cases, the artists will meet on stage for the first time..

Nina de Heney has been working in the jazz and improvisation scene in Sweden for many years with a number of groups. Currently she works with pianist Lisa Ullén. She started doing solo performances in 1992, often working with dancers. Her three solo albums Archipelago, 2 and Three have all been critically acclaimed and she has, on several occasions, been nominated for the Swedish Jazz Celebration and received the 2012 Jazz Musician of the Year Award. In addition to this she has been awarded funds from the Swedish Arts Grant on several occasions.

Marek Pospieszalski graduated from the Music Academy in Cracow. He is involved with improvised music, experimental music, and contemporary jazz, nevertheless, he cooperates with hip hop, electronic, rock and pop artists. He is the leader of his own quartet (with Elias Stemeseder, Maks Mucha and Max Andrzejewski), which released the album Marek Pospieszalski gra piosenki, które śpiewał Frank Sinatra. Together with Tomasz Sroczyński he recorded and released the album Bareness. He plays in a duo with Qba Janicki called Malediwy. He is a member of Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet, Kuba Płużek's quartet and Mateusz Pospieszalski's quintet.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Łódź | In Memory of Roman Ryterband (1914-1979)

AM Łódź

An International Conference, „Roman Ryterband as an heir and advocate of Polish musical traditions in the United States,” will take place at the Łódź Music Academy on 30 November 2019. The programme will include a concert, scholarly presentations and the unveiling of a memorial plaque.

This will be the first such event in Poland devoted to life and music of Roman Ryterband— composer, pianist, conductor and music educator. Born in Łódź 105 years ago in 1914, Ryterband was a world citizen who died in Palm Springs, California, in 1979. Living outside Poland after 1939, he successfully developed his artistic career, residing, in turn, in Switzerland, Canada and, for almost 20 years, in the United States. Nonetheless, he did not neglect his links to Polish culture and traditions, as witnessed by his activities as artist and promoter, as well as by his music that is inspired by Polish history and folklore. Ryterband’s musical career began in Łódź; he wrote his first composition here while still a teenager. He studied music at the Helena Kijeńska-Dobkiewiczowa Music Academy and, before the war, had worked for Łódź Radio and collaborated with local theatres. The first concerts featuring his works were also held here, in Łódź.

The goals of this international Conference are to rediscover and return Roman Ryterband’s rich musical opus to Polish audiences who had no chance to hear it in Poland during the composer’s life and after his death. The organizers of the Conference, “Roman Ryterband as an heir and advocate of Polish music traditions in the United States” include the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Music Academy in Łódź and the Polish Music Center at the University of Southern California, where a collection of documents and manuscripts of compositions by Roman Ryterband are held. The honorary guests of the Conference will include members of Roman Ryterband’s family, who will travel to Poland for the first time.

Scholarly presentations about Roman Ryterband are scheduled for Saturday, 30 November, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Hall 31 of the Music Academy. A concert of solo, chamber and choral works by Roman Ryterband will follow at 4 p.m. in the Academy’s Chamber Hall. The participating artists will include musicians and scholars from the USC Thornton School of Music and Polish Music Center in Los Angeles, as well as performers from music academies and conservatories in Łódź, Kraków, and Prague.

A plaque commemorating Roman Ryterband will be officially unveiled on Friday, November 29, at the composer’s birthplace on Narutowicza 40

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/pamieci-romana-ryterbanda 

Gdańsk | 1st National Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition

Konkurs Moniuszki

The 1st National Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition for students and graduates of second-degree music schools and academies will take place on 21-24 November 2019 at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk.

The competition is organised by the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk and the Grand Theater – National Opera on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko (1819-1872) – the father of Polish national opera, one of the most important Polish composers. It is one of the most important events of the Polish celebration of the Moniuszko Year 2019. The Director of the competition is Professor Ryszard Minkiewicz, vocal pedagogue at the Faculty of Vocal Music and Vice Rector for Artistic Affairs of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk.

The competition aims to promote the works of Stanisław Moniuszko, support talented vocalists of the young generation and prepare them for artistic activity. It also supports dissemination of Polish culture, promotion of the Pomeranian Region and Voivodship and exchange of experience. Nearly 50 vocalists from all over Poland applied for the Competition. Young vocalists will be judged by a jury composed of: Prof. Bożena Betley, Prof. Izabela Kłosińska, Prof. Agata Młynarska-Klonowska, Prof. Ryszard Karczykowski and Prof. Piotr Kusiewicz.

The competition is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Admission to all competition events (auditions of the first and second stage, Award Gala, Laureates' Concert) in the Concert Hall in the yellow building of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk is free! In addition, the entire Competition will be broadcast online.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Harmonogram Konkursu jest na bieżąco aktualizowany na: http://konkurswokalny.amuz.gda.pl/harmonogram-konkursu/ 

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Nowa Ruda | The final of the free improvisation workshops for children "Tell me a story" 2019


This year's last edition of workshops for children oragnised by the Polish Society for Contemporary Music, during which the youngest participants will learn, play and improvise in the company of great musicians and unusual books, will be held on 22 and 23 November 2019 in Nowa Ruda.

The main idea of ​​the project is to trigger graphic-inspired improvisations. Children will create their own stories based on picture books. The improvised fairy tales will be then "translated" into musical language under the guidance of the class leaders. Improvisation is the most basic, primary and joyful form of music performance, which is why the workshops combine children's creativity and imagination with books and contemporary music.In addition to playing with improvisations and books, children will learn various techniques of sound extraction, which expose its color and dynamic values, and will also be able to play drums on their own. The musical guests of the upcoming workshops will be: Izabela Buchowska (cello), Bartosz Smorągiewicz (saxophone) and Jarosław Siwiński (composer). Adventure through improvisation with artists will be led by double-bassist Małgorzata Kołcz.

Participation in the workshops is free, although it requires previous reservation. The workshops for kindergartens and schools will take place on 22 November (groups can be registered by phone 74 872 44 85 or by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The workshops for children with parents will take place at the Municipal Culture Centre in Nowa Ruda on 23 November: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – children aged 3-5; h. 12:00 p.m. – 13:30 p.m. – children aged 6-8 years (registration of participants by phone 790 395 228 and by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://ptmw.art.pl/warsztaty-improwizacji-dla-dzieci-opowiedz-mi-bajke-2/final-warsztatow-improwizacji-dla-dzieci-opowiedz-mi-bajke-2019-nowa-ruda/ 

Warsaw | Premiere of Paweł Pudło's "Whistleblower" and Mikołaj Majkusiak's "Concerto in Air"


The inaugural concert of the Warsaw Winds + Festival on 29 November 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw will premiere works by Paweł Pudło and Mikołaj Majkusiak.

The title of Paweł Pudło's Whistleblower refers to the name of people who inform the public, among others about irregularities in the functioning of states, special services or corporations. Whistleblowers and their deeds often face extreme, turbulent emotions on the part of society, despite the fact that the information they disclose is extremely important to avoid armed conflicts or maintain a balance between mass surveillance and freedom. The whistleblower spreads ideas, but will society accept them? This will be revealed during the premiere of Paweł Pudło's work.

The concert will also include the premiere of Mikołaj Majkusiak's Concerto in Air in a version for wind quintet and piano. The works will be presented by the Lutosławski Quartet, double bass player Tomasz Januchta and the Gruppo di Tempera ensemble composed of: Agata Igras (flute), Sebastian Aleksandrowicz (oboe), Adrian Janda (clarinet), Artur Kasperek (bassoon), Tomasz Bińkowski (French horn) and Agnieszka Kopacka-Aleksandrowicz (piano). In their performance we will also listen to La Danse de la sorcière from the ballet Le Jardin du Paradis by Alexander Tansman, Wind Quintet by Michał Spisak and Dixtuor pour quintette à vent et quintette à cordes by Jeans Françaix.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The Festival's Official Website: https://warsawwindsplusfestival.pl/ 

Bydgoszcz | International Conference "The past and the present in a musical work"

Dzieło Muzyczne

Department of Theory of Music and Composition at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz invites you to the International Conference "The past and the present in a musical work", which will take place on 26-28 November 2019.

Among the participants there will be well-known musicologists from around the world, representing such institutions as the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (Warsaw), the Academy of Music in Krakow, the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music (Bydgoszcz), the Nicolaus Copernicus University (Toruń), the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music (Katowice), the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music (Poznań), the Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznań), University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MA), Universite de Caen Normandie (Caen), Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music (Riga), the Jan Albrecht Academy of Music and Art (Banska Štiavnica), the University of Graz, Kamianets-Podilsky Ivan Ohienko National University, Lviv National Music Academy, Ivan Franco National University of Lviv, the Odessa National A. V. Nezhdanova Academy of Music.

An important place in the programme of the conference is occupied by papers devoted to Polish contemporary music, among others works by Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (Teresa Malecka), Hanna Kulenty (Anna Nowak), Witold Lutosławski (Ewa Schreiber), Mieczysław Weinberg (Agnieszka Nowok-Zych), Andrzej Krzanowski (Magdalena Stochniol), Zbigniew Bargielski (Violetta Przech), Dariusz Przybylski (Katarzyna Szymańska-Stułka), Michał Kondracki (Elżbieta Szczurko), Krzysztof Meyer (Ewa Wójtowicz), Zygmunt Mycielski (Barbara Mielcarek-Krzyżanowska), Marcel Chyrzyński (Jacek Szerszenowicz), and Piotr Salaber (Aleksandra Kłaput-Wiśniewska).

The Conference will feature concerts on 26 and 27 November at 7 p.m. in the Roman Suchecki Concert Hall (7 Staszica St.).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.amuz.bydgoszcz.pl/wydarzenia/dzielo-muzyczne-wobec-przeszlosci-i-wspolczesnosci/ 

Gdańsk | 5th New Waves 2019

Nowe fale

The "New Waves" festival will be held for the fifth time in Gdańsk from 23 November to 1 December  2019, presenting a diverse repertoire of contemporary music.

The new compositions will be presented by composers advocating the need and possibility of continuing classical solutions, and reformers seeking new themes and means of expression. There will also be works that combines classical and entertainment music, usually welcomed by the audience.

The festival will feature both Gdańsk soloists and ensembles, as well as musicians from other centres in Poland and abroad. The cooperation with composers from Poznań, Bydgoszcz and Łódź initiated by the organizers of the Festival a few years ago will lead to presentation of their works, including premieres. The programme of the final concert will include a premiere of the work by one of the winners of this year's international composers' competition, which was held in the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź. The Festival will also present new works written by young Gdańsk composers.

Musicologists and music theorists work closely with the composers. This year, they will present the latest views on contemporary piano music as part of the 18th Scientific Conference "Piano Music", organised by the Chair of Theory of Music at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk under the theme "Challenges of the 20th and 21st Centuries". Traditionally, there will also be workshops on performing contemporary music led by the Kwartludium ensemble.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://2019.nowefale.pl/ 

Kraków | Marek Stachowski – Zbigniew Bujarski. Masters and students

Stachowski Bujarski

A concert "Marek Stachowski – Zbigniew Bujarski" in the "Master and their students" series, organized by the Academy of Music in Kraków and the Board of the Polish Composers' Union – Kraków Branch, will take place on 21 November 2019 at 6 p.m. in the chamber hall of the Academy of Music in Kraków.

The culture passed down from generation to generation is mainly based on the master-student relationship. Hence the series of autumn concerts, entitled "Masters and their students", presenting outstanding composers – educators and their pupils, who are now mature artists. In connection with this year's celebration of the 15th anniversary of the death of Prof. Marek Stachowski and the anniversary of the death of Prof. Zbigniew Bujarski, the fifth edition of the series will be devoted to these composers. The concert will also feature compositions of the students of both Masters – Wojciech Widłak and Marcel Chyrzyński (from the class of Prof. Stachowski) as well as Michael Gatonska and Mendi Mengjiqi (from the class of Prof. Bujarski).

The special guest of the event will be Mendi Mengjiqi – Albanian composer, who currently teaches composition at the University of Music in Pristina (Kosovo). His works are performed in many countries around the world. In 2008, his composition was chosen in the International Competition as the National Anthem of the Republic of Kosovo. The meeting with Mengjiqi will be led by Marcin Strzelecki, PHD – music theorist and composer associated with the Krakow Academy of Music.

Admission to the event is free!

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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