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Atom String Quartet tours the US for the second time

ASQ

The Atom String Quartet will tour the United States on 7-16 January 2020. In less than two weeks, the quartet will play 7 concerts in various parts of the country. The American tour will begin the celebrations of the quartet's 10th anniversary.

It will be the ensemble's second tour in the United States, which this time will include cities such as Minneapolis, Madison, San Francisco, Phoenix, Baltimore and New York. The artists will present a diverse programme composed of works by Krzysztof Penderecki (from the ensemble's last album Penderecki), Zbigniew Seifert and musicians of the quartet. A special event will be held at Dizzy`s Club – Jazz at Lincoln Center, one of the most prestigious jazz clubs in the world. Atom String Quartet will perform there twice on 16 January: at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Atom String Quartet is one of the most intriguing string quartets in the world, and also one of best Polish jazz bands. The group combines the capabilities of a string quartet (i.e. two violins, viola and cello) with improvisation in its broad sense. The set of instruments of a chamber music ensemble, which is most classic and firmly established in music tradition, enables the artists to search for new sound and formal achievements. It is difficult to define, in an explicit way, the music style of the group. Its music output, besides jazz, shows sources of inspiration coming from Polish folk, music of various regions of the world, and also contemporary and classical music.

The American ASQ tour has been co-financed within the "Polish Culture in the World" programme of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

Moscow | Sinfonia Varsovia on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mieczysław Weinberg

Wajnberg

The outstanding Polish-Jewish-Soviet composer, marked by the drama of World War II, will be the hero of Sinfonia Varsovia's concert in Moscow – the place where he spent the last years of his life. The event is organized on 19 December 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Zaryadye Concert Hall on the 100th anniversary of his birth, but also at the end of the Moniuszko Year celebrations.

Mieczysław Weinberg is a composer whose work, so far poorly known, has recently aroused great emotions among music critics as well as the artists themselves, fascinated by his style and rich artistic output. For many years his work was influenced by dramatic war events and personal experiences, including loss of loved ones during the extermination of the Warsaw Ghetto and emigration to Russia. Referring to neoclassicism in the undertaken forms and genres, i.e. symphony, string quartet or solo concert, he created his individual compositional style, captivating with emotional depth, richness of references to Polish folklore, Jewish and Moldavian music and symphonic panache. Weinberg's work is characterized by balanced form and clarity of instrumentation.

The programme of the concert will feature Mieczysław Weinberg's Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op. 61 as well as Stanisław Moniuszko's the Fairy Tale ouverture and Fryderyk Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor. The concert will be conducted by a great interpreter of Mieczysław Weinberg's works – Gabriel Chmura. He was the first to record the composer's three symphonies: IV, XIV and XVI, which were released by the Chandos label. Yulianna Avdeeva will perform as a soloist.

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

Filharmoniczne chóry koncertują w Pradze z okazji urodzin prof. Pendereckiego

PendereckiZ okazji 86-tych urodzin profesora Krzysztofa Pendereckiego w archikatedrze p.w. świętych Wita, Wacława i Wojciecha w Pradze odbędzie się nadzwyczajny koncert z udziałem obu chórów Filharmonii Krakowskiej – mieszanego, przygotowanego przez Teresę Majkę-Pacanek oraz chłopięcego, kierowanego przez Lidię Matynian. Wydarzenie będzie miało miejsce 25 listopada 2019 roku o godz. 20.00.

Program tego niezwykłego wieczoru wypełnią utwory Jubilata – Hymn do świętego Wojciecha oraz Credo, którymi zadyryguje sam profesor Penderecki oraz Maciej Tworek. Pośród wykonawców znajduje się ponadto I, CULTURE Orchestra oraz grono solistów – sopranistki Iwona Hossa i Karolina Sikora, Anna Lubańska (mezzosopran), tenor Adam Zdunikowski oraz Piotr Nowacki śpiewający basem.

Uroczystość praską poprzedzi jubileuszowy koncert w tym samym kształcie wykonawczym, jaki odbędzie się dokładnie w dniu urodzin profesora Pendereckiego, czyli w sobotę 23 listopada br. o godz. 19.00 w Europejskim Centrum Muzyki Krzysztofa Pendereckiego w Lusławicach. W programie Credo Jubilata.

Małgorzata Koch-Butryn

Paryż | Prawykonanie „Sonosphère V, Wanda Landowska” Elżbiety Sikory

Sikora14 grudnia 2019 roku o godz. 15:00 w sali Philharmonie de Paris odbędzie się prawykonanie Sonosphère V, Wanda Landowska Elżbiety Sikory na orkiestrę i gitarę elektryczną.

Jak wskazuje tytuł utworu symfonicznego, Elżbietę Sikorę zainspirowała twórczość Wandy Landowskiej, która znana jest nie tylko jako znakomita klawesynistka, prekursorka wykonawstwa historycznego, lecz także kompozytorka. Elżbieta Sikora zaznaczyła: „Jestem przekonana, że Wanda Landowska, z jej apetytem na nowoczesność i żywiołowym charakterem także sięgnęłaby po gitarę elektryczną, gdyby żyła w naszych czasach”.

Premiery utworu Sonosphère V, Wanda Landowska dokona Orchestre Pasdeloup, którą poprowadzi Elena Schwarz. W roli solistki wystąpi Misja Fitzgerald Michel. „Ten utwór ma formę otwartego koła, w którego centrum znajduje się rozbudowane solo gitary, które, niczym czarny diament zatopiony w drogocennym metalu, determinuje kształt całej kompozycji. […] We wspomnianym solo chciałam wydobyć nerwowość i barwę brzmienia gry Jimiego Hendrixa, pozostawiając soliście wolność interpretacji”, komentuje Elżbieta Sikora.

Utwór został skomponowany na zamówienie Instytutu Adama Mickiewicza.

New York City | 2nd Paderewski Days Festival

Dni Paderewskiego

As part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Poland and the USA, on 16-24 November 2019, the second edition of the Paderewski Days Festival will be presented in New York City. The festival, through various activities addressed to the New York audience, presents, promotes and reminds Ignacy Jan Paderewski and his great merits in the field of music and Polish-American diplomatic cooperation for Polish independence.

The festival is supported by the Honorary Patronage of Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York Maciej Golubiewski, and co-financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland as part of the competition "Cooperation in the field of public diplomacy 2019”. The programme of Paderewski Days includes a series of cultural events: concerts, recitals, exhibitions, art-shows, lectures and meetings with artists from Poland.

During "Paderewski Days 2019" the music of Maestro Paderewski will be heard in various districts of New York City. On 16 November, during the concert "Keys to Freedom" in Lincoln Center internationally acclaimed pianist Radosław Sobczak will perform two epic, romantic sonatas by revolutionary Polish composers: Paderewski and Szymanowski. After that, on 24 November, during the concert "Paderewski & Chopin" at the Polish & Slavic Center, pianist Radosław Sobczak will perform together with soprano Anna Koźlakiewicz. Both concerts will be hosted by Adam Wibrowski – artistic director and originator of festival.

The Paderewski Days Festival is co-organized and supported by: RenesArt Foundation, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Polish & Slavic Center, Polish Museum of America. Participation in the events is free.

Full programme available athttp://www.polishslaviccenter.org/m,6759,a,8896,druga-edycja-festiwalu-dni-paderewskiego-w-centrum-polsko-slowianskim.html