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Bonn and Hamburg | Conference of the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC)

The annual meeting and conference of the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC) will take place in Bonn and Hamburg from 21 to 26 May 2022. For the first time in 20 years, Germany will once again be the host country for the International Association of Music Information Centres, which has members from more than 30 countries worldwide.

On Tuesday, 24 May 2022, you can participate in the conference online. The public conference day under the topic "Musical Life at the Intersection Between Tradition and the Future" will be livestreamed worldwide from the Beethoven House in Bonn. In four panels, top-class experts will deal with how internationalisation and globalisation affect different areas of musical life, and which trends can be observed. The focus will be on the topics of contemporary music and copyright as well as questions of programming, the promotion of young musicians, and music education. Aspects such as digitalisation, climate protection or diversity will be examined as well as the question of what lessons can be learned from the Covid-19 pandemic. Speakers include Steven Walter (Artistic Director of Beethovenfest Bonn), Christiane Wiesenfeldt (Professor of Musicology, University of Heidelberg), Christiane Engelbrecht (Managing Director of International Ensemble Modern Academy), Thomas Schäfer (Director of International Music Institute Darmstadt) and Jürgen Brandhorst (Director of Society for Musical Performance and Mechanical Reproduction Rights GEMA).

The streaming will be realised by a professional camera team in order to offer the participants in front of the screens an exciting conference experience. The form of the webinar allows you to be present not only as a silent spectator, but also to ask questions and actively participate in the discussion.

It would be our great pleasure to welcome you online at IAMIC2022 on 24 May. Please register now via the registration form so that the link to the webinar can be sent to you:

https://konferenztechnik-de.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rNDEVTdnS7WqZcEy-rCMNA

For more information on the programme and speakers, please see our website at

https://miz.org/en/focus/international-conference-of-music-information-centres

The conference will generally be held in English. Simultaneous translators for the parts in German will be available.

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Vienna | Premiere of 'The Ancient Night' by Wojciech Chałupka in the Golden Hall of Musikverein

On the 30th of April 2022 at 7.30 p.m. a premiere of a composition The Ancient Night for soprano saxophone, accordion and symphony orchestra by Wojciech Chałupka - a third-year student in composition class of Prof. Dariusz Przybylski at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music will take place in the legendary Golden Hall of Vienna Musikverein.

The title of the piece refers to the pagan festival of Kupala Night. On that night of the summer solstice rituals were performed to worship fire, water, sun, moon, fertility and love. The five parts of The Ancient Night allude to them.

The piece was commissioned by Duo Aliad composed of Polish saxophonist Michał Knot and the Serbian accordionist Bogdan Laketic. The ensemble and the Wiener Jeunesse Orchestra conducted by Herbert Böck will present the composition to the audience for the first time. The artists will also perform works by Franz Schubert and Igor Stravinsky.

Additional information: https://www.musikverein.at/konzert/eventid/48148 

Prague | 'Made in Poland': Kwartludium concert in Prague

Kwartludium ensemble which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year was invited to take part in a ‘Made in Poland’ concert by Berg Orchestra. The event will take place on the 7th of March 2022 in Prague. The two groups will work together on the project.

Berg Orchestra has been performing contemporary music for over 20 years using collaboration with partners from all over the world as a main tool of activity. Cycles of concerts organized by Berg Orchestra belong to the most prestigious events promoting contemporary music in Czech Republic.

The programme of the upcoming concert will consist of works by Polish composers recognized internationally: Chamber Piano Concerto of Agata Zubel, 3 for 13 of Paweł Mykietyn, Geysir Grisey of Marcin Stańczyk as well as Obraz wielokrotny of Tadeusz Wielecki.

All compositions will be performed in Czechia for the first time. The artistic director of the Berg Orchestra Peter Vrabel will be leading the project.

Additional information: https://berg.cz/ 

Anna Sowa's stage work at the opening of an Italian opera festival

SowaExperimental music theater Silenzio / Silence with music of Polish composer Anna Sowa will open this year’s edition of the Opera Festival ‘Larger Than Life’ – event organized by Italian Fondazione Haydn Stiftung. First performances of the new production will take place on the 4th and 6th of March 2022 in theatres in Bolzano and Trento. Witty and surreal libretto was written by Martina Badiluzzi who together with Anna Sowa directed the performance.

Silenzio / Silence is a winner of the ‘Fringe Volume III’ competition for an avantgarde opera project. It’s a pocket-opera created for a small group of performers. Instrumental and electronic music combo joins different music styles together into a dynamic and shivering frenzy.

Anna Sowa presented her compositions at many internationally recognized festival among others at Warsaw Autumn, Sacrum Profeanum in Cracow or ECLAT Festival Neue Musik in Stuttgart.

Silenzio / Silence is a winner of the ‘Fringe Volume III’ competition for an avantgarde opera project. It’s a pocket-opera created for a small group of performers. Instrumental and electronic music combo joins different music styles together into a dynamic and shivering frenzy.

Associazione Culturale ANOMALIA ETS is the project’s host. It was supported financially by Polish Institute in Rome, Consulate General of Poland in Milan, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Martin Hugo Kunzi, Comune

Paweł Wołowicz

More information:

https://www.haydn.it/programmi/opera-festival-2022

https://www.haydn.it/eventi/silenzio-silenzio

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New York | American premiere of Maciej Bałenkowski Sinfonietta

17 lutego 2022 o godz. 19.30 w Carnegie Hall Orkiestra Kameralna Nowego Jorku prawykona I Sinfoniettę „Time is ticking" Macieja Bałenkowskiego na orkiestrę smyczkową.

On the 17th of February 2022 at 7.30 p.m. in Carnegie Hall in New York the Chamber Orchestra of New York will perform a world premiere of Sinfonietta ‘Time is ticking’ by Maciej Bałenkowski. The performance is the result of a ‘Respighi Prize’ awarded by the Orchestra to Bałenkowski. The prize is awarded annualy in 4 categories: solo, piano, composition and conducting. 2018 award went to a Polish artist for the first time in history. The idea of the Prize is to enable young artist to perform in one of the most prestigious concert halls in the world.

The participation in the competition was co-financed by Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the programme ‘Kultura polska na świecie’ (Polish Culture in the World).

Chamber Orchestra of New York conducted by Salvatore di Vittoria will also perform George Gershwin’s Lullaby for strings, Ancient Airs and Dances No. 3 by Ottorino Respighi as well as The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires of Astor Piazzolla. The soloist will be American violinist Elena Urioste.

Additional information: https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2022/02/17/Chamber-Orchestra-of-New-York-0730PM