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Katowice | Moniuszko from the heart: vocalists in the Silesian Libary

IPIUM Silesia

A special concert celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Stanisław Moniuszko will be held on February 26, 2019 at 5.00 p.m. in the auiditorium hall "Parnassos" of the Silesian Library in Katowice.

The concert of Stanisław Moniuszko's arias and songs in the Silesian Library is one of the first proposals for music lovers prepared by the Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" as part of the "Moniuszko from the heart" cycle in the Year of Moniuszko.

Young vocalists from the Katowice and Kraków Music Academies, winners of the last International Vocal Competition of Sacred Music "Ars et Gloria", will perform fragments of Moniuszko's operas. Laureate of the third prize, Justyna Bujak, will present recitativo and aria Ah! Out child is dying... from Halka, Patryk Wyborski will sing Miecznik's aria Who wants to win the hearts of my girls, and Piotr Kalina will perform Jontek's aria The fir trees sigh on mountain peaks, interpretation of which also won him a distinction at the Jan Kiepura International Vocal Competition in Krynica-Zdrój. Jakub Schmidt, winner of the first prize at the "Ars et Gloria" competition in his age category, will sing the famous Skołuba's bass aria. The programme of the concert will also include other Moniuszko's arias and songs.

Admission to the event is free! Free entrance cards are available at the IPiUM Silesia office (2 Sejmu Śląskiego Square, ground floor, room 20) or can be booked by phone: (32) 219 33 44 / 33.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://www.silesia.art.pl/strona-glowna/koncerty/362_moniuszko-od-serca-wokalisci-w-bibliotece-slaskiej 

Warszaw | International Organ Concerts 2019


The Collegiate Church of the Evangelical Reformed Parish in Warsaw cordially invites you to the Evangelical Reformed Church for a cycle of organ recitals on the historic organs of the Schlag und Söhne company from 1900.

This wonderfully renovated historic instrument is used not only during the Sunday liturgy. Its beautiful and warm sound can be admired also during organ recitals, which are held on the fourth Sunday of every month of 2019 at 7.00 p.m. (exceptionally on the third Sunday of December). During the tenth jubilee edition, outstanding musicians from six European countries will perform: Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Greece, Italy and Poland. The artistic director of the festival is Michał Markuszewski.

Admission to all concerts is free,

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.festiwal.reformowani.pl

Read more: Warszaw | International Organ Concerts 2019

Katowice | Concert on the occasion of the 110th anniversaries of Grażyna Bacewicz's birth and Mieczysław Karłowicz's death


On February 24, 2019 at 12:00 p.m., the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of František Macek will perform the works of Mieczysław Karłowicz, Grażyna Bacewicz, and Wojciech Kilar.

Mieczysław Karłowicz was born in Vishniev, on the Belorussian lands absorbed by Lithuania. His Lithuanian childhood lasted only a short time: the family sold the estate when he was only five years old and moved to Heidelberg. In November 1906, the composer wrote in a letter to Adolf Chybinski: "Today [...] I finished the composition, which I will probably call the Lithuanian Rhapsody. I have tried to encapsulate within it the total grief, sadness and eternal servitude of that race whose songs I heard in my childhood... Whether or how much I have succeeded in instilling into the form of an orchestral work even just a particle of what hangs vanishing into the air in every part of that region, I am unable to judge".

In Grażyna Bacewicz's output, violin compositions play a prime role, however, it is impossible to disregard her pieces for piano – among them Concerto from 1949, awarded by the Polish Composers' Union. The piano part of this work will be performed by Piotr Sałajczyk. Kościelec 1909, another symphonic poem by Wojciech Kilar after Krzesany, refers not only to the Tatra folklore, but also to the legacy of Mieczysław Karłowicz. Thus, the programme of the concert is composed of three compositions created over the period of seventy years, and at the same time three proofs of the seductive power of stylization and references to the tradition.

The concert is produced under the patronage of PWM Edition as part of the project TUTTI.pl promoting the performances of Polish music. 

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://www.nospr.org.pl/pl/koncerty/1238/nospr-frantisek-macek-piotr-saajczyk 

Kraków | Stars with Sinfonietta: Patrick Gallois


On February 23, 2019, French flutist and conductor Patrick Gallois will perform with Sinfonietta Cracovia at the Gallery of 19th-century Polish Art in the Cloth Hall at 7:00 p.m..

Patrick Gallois, a student of Jean-Pierre Rampal, has been playing a double role for years, presenting audiences around the world with the full spectrum of his artistic talent.

The concert in Kraków will feature the Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, with the famous Badinerie in the rendition of Gallois. Under his baton we will also listen to the first symphonic works of two unparalleled Viennese classics: Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, written by only eight-year-old Mozart, and Symphony No. 1 in D major by Joseph Haydn. The programme will also include Krzysztof Penderecki's Chaconne in memoria del Giovanni Paolo II and the impressionist Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun by Claude Debussy in the Gallois' arrangement for flute, harp and string orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: www.sinfonietta.pl 

Warsaw | Sinfonia Iuventus Carnival Concert


The original programme of the Sinfonia Iuventus Carnival Concert on 22 February 2019, 7 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio of the Polish Radio in Warsaw, will delight every enthusiast of ambitious masterly symphonic music coming into interactions with the “lighter Muses”.

Leonard Bernstein was a master of such synthesis: he referred to his Candide as an operetta but this large work drawing from motifs of the Voltairian ironic and bitter tale combines traditions of many genres. They are announced by the grand overture, potpourri, played also as a standalone symphonic composition. West Side Story by the same author became a milestone in the history of musical. Admired on the Broadway stage, it earned the author his great popularity, particularly in the film version (1961). The daring dance scenes lived to see the author’s take in the form of the colourful orchestral suite.

John Williams is a true legend of film music. His soundtrack for Catch me if you can, the mischievous Steven Spielberg’s comedy from 2002, may be a slightly less known achievements of the author but it matches those most famous in terms of quality and beauty of musical ideals. Orchestral miniatures: Escapades with the saxophone solo (Paweł Gusnar in this part, one of the most valued Polish saxophonists of his generation) based on the film score is a charming and funny stylization of the film music of the 1960s, the time settings of the film. The vibraphone that used to be very popular at that time, with a pronounced part played by Dominik Bukowski, was its specific “hallmark”. The bravura saxophone is also the concertising hero of Darius Milhaud's Scaramouche suite (the character is a fanfaron soldier from the commedia dell’arte) composed in 1937 as part of music for The Flying Doctor comedy by Molière. Danzón No. 2 by Arturo Márquez is a symphonic gem of Mexican music (imitating the Cuban dancing style), popularized as encore , played gladly by the famous Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel. Wojciech Rodek, active on many stages in Poland and abroad, will stand behind the conductor’s console.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Szczecin | The Prelude of Talents


On February 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. the orchestra of the Mieczysław Karłowicz Philharmonic in Szczecin under the direction of Andrzej Boreyko will perform works of Górecki, Ravel and Stravinsky.

The concert will start with Mikołaj Górecki's Zan Tontemiquico, which title in the language of Náhuatl, spoken in the area of ​​present Mexico, in free translation means "We only come to dream." The words are taken from a poem by Tochihuitzin, a prince and a poet who lived at the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries. Next, we will listen to Maurice Ravel's Dafnis i Chloe Suite No. 2. The culmination of the concert will be the performance of Igor Stravinsky's ballet suite The Firebird. The premiere of the ballet in Paris in 1910 turned out to be a huge success, and Stravinsky gained the recognition of such celebrities as Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Manuel de Falla, and Jean Cocteau.

More information at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/wydarzenia/1000-Boreyko__Strawinski__ 

Wrocław | Premiere of Paweł Mykietyn's "Violin Concerto"


The premiere of Concerto for violin and symphony orchestra by Paweł Mykietyn will take place at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław on February 22, 2019. The work was written for and dedicated to Marcin Markowicz. The soloist will be accompanied by the orchestra of the National Forum of Music conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk.

"Today, writing a piece for symphony orchestra can be considered a sign of eccentricity." – said Paweł Mykietyn during a conversation about his latest work. Mykietyn is certainly one of the most characteristic composers of Polish music, as indicated by successive premieres of his works as well as a number of awards and prestigious distinctions he received: first place at the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris (1995), "Polityka's" Passport (2000), and the Order of Polonia Restituta Fifth Class, "Knight's Cross" (2011). From the very beginning, the composer was keenly interested in creating music, and the first composing tips he received, among others, from Andrzej Kosendiak. Mykietyn developed his composer's workshop at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (today the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music) in the class of Włodzimierz Kotoński. Already at that time he made his debut during the "Warsaw Autumn" festival with La Strada.

In addition to the latest Mykietyn's composition, the cfoncert will also feature famous works from the last century: Quattro versioni originali della Ritirata Notturna di Madrid di L. Boccherini by Luciano Berio, Divertimento by Leonard Bernstein, and La valse by Maurice Ravel.

More information at: http://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/6544

Wrocław | Kaleidoscope


On 21 February 2019, NFM Ensemble invites you to a meeting with Polish chamber music. An unusual kaleidoscope of sounds and musical styles awaits the listeners. The programme of the evening consists of works by five native composers representing different generations. Performed by the chamber musicians of the National Forum of Music, both compositions by famous composers of the 20th and 21st centuries will be performed, as well as a work by Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński – the master of Polish chamber music of the Romantic period.

Full of extraordinary energy, the Kaleidoscope for M.C.E. by Paweł Szymański was created in 1989 when the composer was 35. The work, according to its title, is based on the continuous processing of the motive that begins it and presents various possibilities of the cello technique. Witold Lutosławski also wrote a solo composition for this instrument. He composed his Sacher Variation in 1975 at the request of Mstislav Rostropovich. Another solo work, this time intended for double bass, is Titane by Elżbieta Sikora – belonging in the realm of compositions for students of music commissioned by the director of the Conservatoire in Angouleme, Jacques Pési. 

The fullness of the sound of the string quintet will be revealed in two contrasting compositions by Krzysztof Penderecki and Felix Ignacy Dobrzyński. The first of these composers in his String Quintet "Leaves of an unwritten diary" returns to various stages of his own artistic language development. From the chamber music tradition also grows the work of Dobrzyński, Chopin’s school friend. His Piano Quintet in F major is an artistic reaction to the defeat of the November Uprising and a manifestation of the composer's courage – despite the risk resulting from the political moods, in the third movement Dobrzyński quoted the melody of Mazurek Dąbrowskiego, a military song that was to become Poland’s national anthem in 1918.

More information at: http://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/6720

Bydgoszcz | Harpsichord music

FPWieczór kameralny w Filharmonii Pomorskiej im. Ignacego Jana Paderewskiego 20 lutego 2019 roku o godz. 19:00 będzie prawdziwą ucztą pełną muzycznych rarytasów, zwłaszcza dla wielbicieli muzyki klawesynowej.

An intimate evening at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic on February 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.will be a real feast full of musical delicacies, especially for fans of harpsichord music.

Marek Toporowski – harpsichordist, organist, chamber musician and conductor – is especially valued as a harpsichord virtuoso and conductor specializing in the performance of baroque oratorio music. After graduating from the Academy of Music in Warsaw (organ – Józef Serafin, harpsichord – Leszek Kędracki), he improved his skills under the supervision of masters in France, Germany and the Netherlands. At the Academy of Music in Katowice he runs the harpsichord class. His CDs of early Polish music were awarded the "Fryderyk" award four times, and other records received nominations for this award.

Marek Toporowski and the Capella Bydgostiensis Chamber Orchestra will begin the evening with Concert No. 4 in B flat Major by Rameau, considered one of the most important composers of the 18th century and the founder of the French opera. Next, we will listen to the Bach's Harpsichord Concerto in E major, BWV 1053 and the soloist's rendition of Hommage à J.S. Bach by Ryszard Borowski. The finale will include Harpsichord Concerto in B flat Major and Symphony in G Major by Josef Mysliveček, known as "divine Bohemian" (il divine boemo), who was a close friend and mentor of the young Mozart.

More information at: http://www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/blog/wydarzenia/kregu-muzyki-klawesynowej/