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Warsaw | Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra: Premiere of Hanna Kulenty's "Alinea"

POSIThe fundamental mission of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra is to promote Polish historical and contemporary music. The ensemble finds great joy and satisfaction in participating in first performances of musical pieces. The concert on 30 October 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw will be one of those exciting occasions: it will feature the first performance of a piece by Hanna Kulenty, created under the “Composition Commissions” programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

Hanna Kulenty is one of the most interesting personalities of Polish contemporary music scene. The composer’s extensive and varied output includes compositions for solo instruments, emphasizing their potential to “manifest reality and unreality”, with soloists usually accompanied by a large orchestra. Alinea refers to the concert’s concept, but in this case the genre is merely conventional and fluid, serving the music- and experience-related layer. The piece consists of one part, built on a dialogue between melodic lines of a clarinet and a piano, which are accompanied by a large orchestra. The main pseudotonal theme, clearly heard in the solo parts, is a dialogue between two worlds. The soloist of this extremely attractive premiere will be Roman Widaszek, a charismatic and versatile clarinet virtuoso with an impressive number of concerts and recordings in his portfolio.

Apart from the awaited premiere of the new piece, we will also hear two other attractive compositions: Jean Sibelius' concert suite Pelléas et Mélisande (1894) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Italian-styled Symphony No. 32 in G Major. The concert will be conducted by George Tchitchinadze – one of the most popular Georgian musicians, who has won great acclaim of audiences and critics due to his impressive musical skills, taste, imagination and, at the same time, the warmth and sensitivity in his interaction with listeners and musicians.

First part of the concert (Mozart, Kulenty) will be broadcast on YouTube channel and www.sinfoniaiuventus.pl

Free entrance tickets will be available until 22 October. The number of seats is limited.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Detailed information: www.sinfoniaiuventus.pl 

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Warsaw | „Schaeffer Arts Fight” – 13th Schaeffer's Era Festiva

EraThe 13th edition of Schaeffer's Era Festival will feature a multimedia performance Schaeffer Arts Fight. This energetic "Fight for Art" from the perspective of Schaeffer's works will take place on 29 October 2021 at 7.00 p.m. at the Basen Artystyczny Stage in Warsaw.

Everyone who knows the avant-garde style of Professor Bogusław Schaeffer, knows very well that each meeting with his work – combining music, dance, graphics, visual arts and acting – has a unique character and is an extraordinary experience on an aesthetic and philosophical level.

Quoting Maciej Sobociński, who directed all the performances as part of the Schaeffer's Era project since its inception, "The 13th Schaeffer's Era will surprise you with its original form like never before. Based entirely on the Schaefferian unpredictable dialogue of the participating artists, it will become an unconventional duel for Man / Truth and Essence of Art."

Among the performers will be: Lidia Bogaczówna, Izabela Warykiewicz, Alicja Węgorzewska-Whiskerd, Sean Palmer, Marcel Wiercichowski, Witold Jurewicz, Janusz Radek, Marcin Wyrostek & Coloriage, Paweł Tomaszewski and Małe Instrumenty Ensemble.

The Honorary Patrons of the Festival are: the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport, the Marshal of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship, Adam Struzik, and the President of the Capital City of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski.

The event is co-financed from the budget of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship. The project is co-financed by the Capital City of Warsaw as well as the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Music" programme, implemented by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: http://aureaporta.eu/ 

Warszawa | Koncerty organowe na 120-lecie Filharmonii

FNThe first of a series of organ concerts on 29 October 2021 at 7.30 p.m., with which the Warsaw Philharmonic will be celebrating its 120th anniversary, features several appealing works by three great German neo-Romantics and Wojciech Kilar, who was always very closely associated with our institution (in 2001 he honoured its centenary with his Missa pro pace).

His hypnotic Exodus (1981) is a vocal-symphonic poem, a great “crescendo” for choir and orchestra, similar in this regard to Ravel’s Bolero, will be performed by Warsaw Philharmonic under the direction of Maciej Tomasiewicz.

Following the Overture to Wagner’s Tannhäuser we will hear Bacchanal – a scene added specially to the Parisian staging of the piece to allow room for a display of dance and in this way meet the demands of the French capital.

Works by Joseph Rheinbergerare - an organ player, conductor, chorus master and respected teacher - characterised by perfect technique and subtle harmony, with a particular penchant for euphony: these features are evident in his extensive and spectacular Organ Concerto, the first of two such works he composed, and one of only a few ever written for organ and orchestra.

The programme of the 1913 inaugural concert of the Wiener Konzerthaus, attended by Emperor Franz Joseph, included Beethoven’s Ninth and a new piece written especially for this occasion by Richard Strauss – the solemn Festliches Präludium, which opens with the sound of the organ. The Philharmonic’s jubilee is a perfect occasion to reacquaint our audiences with this relatively rarely performed work.

More: http://filharmonia.pl/en/repertuar/koncert-symfoniczny-koncerty-organowe-na-120-lecie-filharmonii- 

Warsaw | Zbigniew Bargielski's Musical Manuscripts at the University of Warsaw Library Archives of Polish Composers

BUWThe University Library in Warsaw invites you on 28 October 2021 at 6.00 to a concert of Zbigniew Bargielski's music as a gesture of thanks to the Professor for his generous donation.

In 2019, Professor Zbigniew Bargielski donated to the University Library in Warsaw his musical manuscripts – a testimony to five decades of work, thus enriching the collection of the BUW Archives Polish Composers. The concert is an expression of gratitude to the Composer. It will also be an opportunity to present the received gift.

Professor Bargielski's compositions will be performed in the auditorium on level -1 of the BUW complex. Among the performers will be outstanding Warsaw musicians: saxophonist Alina Mleczko, soprano Ewa Leszczyńska, pianists Paweł Popko and Adam Mikołaj Goździewski, violinist Dominika Przech and accordionist Sara Wienczek. The programme will include such works as: "Night-Day" – 5 songs, Hierophany I, Neosonatina, Tango, and A Few Minutes of Presence.

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Read more: https://www.buw.uw.edu.pl/rekopisy-muzyczne-prof-zbigniewa-bargielskiego-w-archiwum-kompozytorow-polskich-buw/ 

Warsaw | "Stage for Polish Music": Messages Quartet and Julia Kociuban

Messages QuartetThe Messages Quartet and pianist Julia Kociuban will perform on 26 October 2021 at 7.00 p.m. as part of the "Polish Music Stage" artistic programme carried out by the National Institute of Music and Dance in cooperation with the Warsaw Philharmonic.

Polish music of the twentieth century still hides many undiscovered, wonderful works, and the discovered ones still need promotion and publicity, so that the oeuvre of outstanding composers is not forgotten. Grażyna Bacewicz's two piano quintets – one of the artist's most popular chamber works  – will be performed at the Warsaw Philharmonic. Although the first quintet, written in noeclassical style, sometimes appears on concert posters, the second one – more sonoristic in style – is performed much less frequently.

The concert will end with Alexandre Tansman's Musica a cinque for string quartet and piano. It is a five-movement piece written at a time when the composer enjoyed international fame. The premiere recording of the work will be released on the album of Julia Kociuban and Messages Quartet. The juxtaposition of these two composers in the concert programme is not accidental: they are united not only by the common city of birth, but also by numerous trips around Europe, the musical language and their love for chamber music.

The concert is co-organized by the National Institute of Music and Dance as part of its own program "Polish Music Stage", financed by the Minister of Culture, National Heritage and Sport.

Ticket Information: http://filharmonia.pl/repertuar/-scena-muzyki-polskiej-10-2021 

Wrocław | Premiere of Paweł Hendrich's "Osamotnienie(nie)..."

Caspar NeumannThe New Music Orchestra under the baton of Szymon Bywalec will premiere Paweł Hendrich's work Osamotnienie(nie)... and perform several accompanying miniatures by the composer on 25 October 2021 at the Ossoliński National Institute in Wrocław. Osamotnienie(nie)... is an expression of respect for the residents of Wrocław who suffered due to Covid-19.

The composer himself wrote in 2020: "The concept of the piece derives from the current pandemic situation and the related limitations. As a society, for the first time in several decades, we have found ourselves in this kind of situation of common danger. Although it concerns all of us, each of us perceives it subjectively. […] The work will depict the emotions felt during the pandemic by the residents of Wrocław – a city that became one of the first outbreaks of an epidemic in Poland. We will hear sounds symbolizing rebellion against unwanted isolation, forced separation from loved ones and constant uncertainty. "

The premiere of Paweł Hendrich's piece, combined with the closing of the exhibition "Psychopomp", is the final event of the project "Caspar Neumann. Souls and Funds. Book of Births and Funerals for the City of Wrocław", held on 4-25 October 2021. The aim of this project is to encourage the audience to jointly reflect on issues such as climate, ecological and medical problems. The project includes an exhibition, concerts, a scientific conference and sociological research. The guides are members of the Academy of Young Scholars and Artists and people of culture and science invited to cooperate.

The work Osamotnienie(nie)... was created with funds from a scholarship from the City of Wrocław.

More information: https://akademia.wroc.pl/pl/ 

Latowicz | Mińsk County's Art Festival

Czas sztukiThe "Czas Sztuki" Foundation invites you to the seventh event as part of the Mińsk County's Art Festival, which will be held at the St. Trinity Church in Latowicz on 24 October 2021 at 1.00 p.m. The programme will include songs from the 17th and 18th centuries.

The concert will be performed by Krakow soprano Katarzyna Wiwer and organist from Świdnica Maciej Bator, who will play the positive organ. The programme will include works by such composers as Giulio Caccini, Giovanni Battista Bononcini, Claudio Monteverdi, Henry Purcell. Additionally, we will hear anonymous songs from the Cantionals of the Benedictine Sisters from Staniątki.

The Mińsk County's Art Festival features 13 artistic events in each of the thirteen municipalities of the Mińsk County. The festival combines many fields of art: classical music concerts, educational music workshops for seniors and children, as well as music and poetry meetings commemorating outstanding Polish poets and their work.

The concert will take place after the Holy Mass. Admission is free!

Co-financed by the budget of the Minsk Poviat and the Mazowieckie Voivodeship. Sponsored by the PZU Foundation.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Wrocław | The Garden of Love

pThe LutosAir Quintet and saxophonist Bartłomiej Duś will perform on 24 October 2021 at 6.00 p.m. at the National Forum of Music. The programme will include works for saxophone, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn. The artists will also premiere Miłosz Wośko's Aeration Channels for wind quintet and electronics.

The concert will begin with Henri Tomasi's Printemps (Spring). Next, we will hear the graceful and unpretentious Suite of another French artist – Charles-Édouard Lefebvre, representing the Romantic Era. This will be followed by The Garden of Love – a piece by the Dutch composer Jacob ter Veldhuis (b. 1951) for soprano saxophone and tape.

Miłosz Wośko, whose new composition for wind quintet and electronics will be premiered during the concert, is a representative of the so-called third trend in jazz music: he combines elements of jazz and classical music in his works. The latest piece by this multi-talented musician "is full of ambiguity, history and emotions", as described by the composer himself.

The concert will end with Darius Milhaud's suite Scaramouche, Op. 165.

The project is part of the commemoration of the centennial of regaining independence and rebuilding Polish statehood.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Read more: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/en/

Poznań | 4th Tromboholizm – Poznań Trombone Music Festival

TromboholizmTromboholizm – Poznań Trombone Music Festival is a unique event on the map of Poznań, which brings together trombonists from all over Poland and Europe. The 4th edtition of the Festival will be held on 22-25 October 2021, featuring concerts, lectures and master classes conducted by outstanding trombonists from around the world.

The special guests of this year's edition will be: Piotr Banyś, György Gyivicsan, Thomas Leyendecker, Maciej Łakomy, Michał Mazurkiewicz, Grzegorz Nagórski, Piotr Nobik, Zbigniew Starosta, Mateusz Wesołowski, Robert Żelazko and the trombone quartet TrombQuartet.

Concerts at the I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań and the M. Karłowicz Secondary Music School in Poznań will be performed by: Wojciech Jeliński – the originator and artistic director of Tromboholism, the TrombQuartet, lecturers of master classes, teachers and students of trombone classes from Budapest, Leipzig, Łódź, Katowice and Poznań. We will hear pieces arranged for trombone and originally written for this instrument, including by Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska.

Lectures will be given on the "Instument Care" (Tomasz Zabor, Mathias Wiedmann), "Mouthpiece in the process of creating sound" (Maciej Łakomy), "Trombonist – a celebrity at the Viennese court" (Mateusz Wesołowski) and "A training ground on a spirometer" (Zbigniew Starosta).

The organizer of Tromboholizm is the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań, and the co-organizer is the Świat Możliwości Foundation. The festival was co-financed by the Poznań City Hall.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Festival Website: https://wojciechjelinski.com/tromboholizm/