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Katowice | Polish Music Too Little Known


The next concert from the cycle "Polish music too little known" will be held on June 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra. We will hear quartets by Władysław Żeleński and Krzysztof Penderecki.

Jacek Władysław Żeleński, who studied with Franciszek Mirecki in Krakow, and later with Berthold Damcki in Paris, is considered to be the most eminent composer of chamber music in the second half of the 19th century. In 1880 he composed Quartet in A major, Op. 42 – traditional four-movement work, with scherzo in the second movement. In all of the movements appear phrases that testify the composer's passion for folk music (although without any direct quotes).

The premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki's String Quartet No. 3 took place during a concert honoring the composer's 75th birthday on November 21, 2008 at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw. The composer himself revealed then the less official subtitle of the composition – "Leaves of an Unwritten Diary", because the composition is a sentimental journey in time, a journey to childhood; it is a kind of dialogue between an aged artist and the past.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Katowice | ElectroKilar

ElectroKilarThe most magnificent pieces by Wojciech Kilar in modern electronic arrangements by Szymon Padoła, known as 5cet, and musicians of the AUKSO Orchestra conducted by Marek Moś, will be performed on June 14, 2018 at 9.00 pm in the headquarters of the Polish National Rafał Symphony Orchestra in Katowice.

Wojciech Kilar was born in Lviv, but he spent most of his artistic life, until his death in 2010, in Katowice. It is in this city that he wrote his greatest chamber and symphonic music, but also film scores. Kilar collaborated with the most outstanding Polish directors: Andrzej Wajda, Roman Polański, Krzysztof Kieślowski, but also foreign ones: Francis Ford Coppola or Jace Campion.

The project "ElectroKilar" was created a year ago, on the occasion of the 85th anniversary of the birth of Kilar. The most wonderful pieces composed for films (including Dracula directed by Francis Ford Coppola) and masterpieces of chamber music, such as Orawa, are presented in new, surprising arrangements prepared by Wiesław Świderski and Szymon Padoła. This Katowice DJ, composer and producer undertook a risky but successful task of including electronic music in the works of Kilar. Their joint arrangements, which he performs together with the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Marek Moś, open the music of Wojciech Kilar to new audiences.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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

Warsaw | Final Concert of the 59th The Tadeusz Baird Young Composers Competition


The final concert of the 59th Tadeusz Baird Competition for Young Composers will take place on June 14, 2018 at 6.00 pm in the Warsaw headquarters of the Polish Music Publishers (8 Fredry St.).

Tadeusz Baird Young Composers Competition (former name: Youth Competition of Polish Composers' Union) has been organized annually since 1958. Its aim is to enable young Polish composers to start their career and encourage them to work independently. The main prize – Tadeusz Baird Award – in the amount of $2,500 for further compositional studies is funded by Alina Sawicka-Baird, wife of the composer. Honorable mentions are funded by the Main Board of the Polish Composers' Union. Since 2003, the Competition has two stages. The works that were qualified by the jury for second stage are performed during a public concert, after which the final verdict is announced. Then we also get to know the names of the winners.

The subject of the competition is different each year. This year we will hear works for percussion and viola performed by Miłosz Pękala and Michał Zaborski: Fraszki durbaszki  – emblem of Frapuccino; from the Study in scarlet series – Serpentinato – emblem Klapancjusz, Sonata – emblem thatRhythm.man, Landscape Out of Time  – emblem RIFF66TOY4J04.

Admission to the concert is free.

Witold Lutosławski Stipend 2018

LThe Board of the  Witold Lutosławski  Society announces a competition for a scholarship granted by the Composer's Family.

A scholarship of $ 10,000 for master's education abroad will be awarded to one person. Polish students, pupils and graduates of national music schools and colleges can apply for the scholarship: composers and musicians interested in the works of the 20th and 21st century.

Those interested are requested to submit applications and the following documents by July 6, 2018:

  • a biography that covers previous achievements;
  • school / university graduation certificate or document certifying the stage of education;
  • education plan abroad with a name of the selected teacher;
  • recommendations of two academic lecturers;
  • attached recordings, scores (in a traditional or electronic version), links to performances, in order to get acquainted with the artistic achievements of the candidate to the address of the Witold Lutosławski Society, 23 Bracka St., 00-028 Warsaw;
  • with a note on the envelope: Scholarship Witold Lutosławski 2018 (the date of the postmark is decisive).

More information at: http://www.lutoslawski.org.pl/pl/event,216.html 

Katowice | The Youth's Wednesday at NOSPR: Al Pari Quartet


On June 13, 2018 at 7.30 in the headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, the Al Pari string quartet will perform String Quartet No. 7 by Grażyna Bacewicz.

Once again, the Institution for the Promotion and Dissemination of Music "Silesia" invited Al Pari string quartet. The ensemble was formed in 2017 on the initiative of female students of the Academy of Music in Katowice. It consists of: Marta Lucjan and Alicja Miruk-Mirska (violins), Magdalena Maier (viola) and Elżbieta Rychwalska (cello).

During the June concert from the cycle "The Youth's Wednesday – Silesia presents", the ensemble will perform three quartets from great chamber literature – compositions by Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude Debussy and Grażyna Bacewicz.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: http://www.nospr.org.pl

Bohdan Pilarski died on June 4, 2018

Bohdan Pilarski (b. 1931) – music critic, organizer of musical life, social and political activist died on 4 June 2018. In the years 1958-1978 he was a member of the Polish Composers' Union.

He studied at the Adam Mickiewicz University and the University of Warsaw. He graduated in 1957 with a master's thesis on Chopin's rondos under the guidance of prof. Fr. Hieronim Feicht. He was a member of the editorial team of the "Ruch Muzyczny" magazine. He also collaborated with the Polish Radio, implementing music programmes. In the years 1962-1965 he was living in France, studied history and aesthetics at the Sorbonne, as well as history of art and anthropology at the Collège de France. He worked in the Polish Section of the French Radio and Television. He refused to cooperate with the PRL intelligence. As a result, he was deprived by the "security authorities" of the possibility of foreign trips, permanent employment and cooperation with cultural institutions and media in the country. He spent a few years in the village of Krupki, where he took up scientific work and started to breed sheep. It was not until 1970 that he returned to Warsaw, where until 1973 he was the programme director of the National Philharmonic. He founded the "Young Philharmonic" club. In the 1980s he was the chairman of the Commune Board, he was a member of the Municipal and Commune Board in Wieruszów, the Citizens' Committee in Wieruszów and Kalisz. In the years 1989-1993 he was a member of the Polish delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. In 1992 he was a delegate of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to the International Conference of the Ministers of Culture of European countries in Paris. In 1993 he became the chairman of the SLCh party.

The last broadcast of the season – "Coppelia" live from Bolshoi Theatre on June 10th


The broadcast of the comic ballet Coppélia with Léo Delibes' music live from Moscow is approaching. Viewers in 20 cinemas will watch the spectacle on June 10, 2018 and later retransmitions are planned in many other venues. Praha Cinema invites you to the broadcast on June 10 at 5.00 pm.

The Bolshoi’s unique version of Coppélia exhibits a fascinating reconstruction of the original 19th century choreography of this ebullient comedy involving a feisty heroine, a boyish fiancee with a wandering eye, and an old dollmaker. The company’s stunning corps de ballet shines in the divertissements and famous “dance of the hours,” and its principals abound in youthful energy and irresistible humor in this effervescent production.

Synopsis: Swanhilda notices her fiancee Franz is infatuated with the beautiful Coppélia who sits reading on her balcony each day. Nearly breaking up the two sweethearts, Coppelia is not what she seems and Swanhilda decides to teach Franz a lesson…

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

List of cinemas, screening dates and casting available here.

Additional information at: http://www.kinopraha.pl 

4th Sinfonietta Per Sinfonietta Composition Competition: Awards

SinfoniettaThe winners of the 4th International Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta Composition Competition, held under the honorary patronage of prof. Krzysztof Penderecki, were announced on 6 June 2018.

The jury of the competition consisted of: Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, Eugeniusz Knapik, Jerzy Kornowicz, Marcel Chyrzyński, Jurek Dybał, Adam Wesołowski has reached its verdict. Due to serious health issues prof. René Staar could not attend the session.

This year the jury did not decide to award the first prize. The second prize was awarded to Mr. Xavier van de Poll (Holland) for the piece Sinfonietta concertante per Sinfonietta. The Tale of Prince Ivanovich. The jury has also decided to award two equal, honorable mentions to Mr. Olgierd Juzali-Deprati (Poland) for the piece Sinfonietta concertante per Sinfonietta. Adagio concertante and to Mr. Filippo Ferruggiara (Italy) for the piece Sinfonietta per Sinfonietta.

The composition of the second prize laureate, Mr. Xavier van de Poll, will receive its premiere on 22 June during the Sinfonietta Festival’s concert The roots. In memoriam Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (The Gallery of the 19 th Century Polish Art in Sukiennice ‒ MNK branch, 7.00 pm) and will be accompanied by the ceremony of awarding the diplommas to both the laureate and the recipients of the honorable mention.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.