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Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC will create a catalog of works related to the widely understood Olympic theme

POLMICDue to the cooperation of the Polish Composers' Union with the Polish Olympic Committee, the Polish Music Information Center POLMIC intends to create a catalog of works related to the widely understood Olympic theme, which will facilitate the selection of candidates for the "Olympic Laurel" prize.

This is a special award of the Polish Olympic Committe established in 1967 "as an expression of appreciation and respect for Polish artists who shape the humanistic values of sport and its image in society". The prizes are awarded in four-year Olympic cycles in various fields of work. The list of winners include representatives of the visual arts, musicians, writers, filmmakers, photographers, and architects. The "Olympic Laurel" medal was designed by the sculptor Stanisław Sikora and is awarded for lifetime achievement or a particular work. Cultivating the tradition of combining art with sport by the Polish Olympic Committee emphasizes the importance of culture and art in spreading the Olympic idea. The prestigious prize was awarded to, among others, Krzysztof Penderecki and Wojciech Kilar.

We encourage you to send information on musical works related to the Olympic movement, sport, peace and similar topics by 31 December 2020 to the address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2nd International Artistic and Scientific Session "From the forgotten pages of Polish chamber music"

AMuz The Departments of Chamber Music and String Instruments of the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk invites you to an online conference. The 2nd International Artistic and Scientific Session "From the forgotten pages of Polish chamber music" will be held on 14-15 November 2020 on the YouTube channel of the Academy of Music in Gdańsk.

Lectures during the session will be delivered by 14 speakers from Poland (Gdańsk, Katowice, Warsaw, Łódź, Wrocław, Kraków), Germany and the USA. Sławomir Dobrzański, PhD (Kansas State University) will discuss the chamber music of Maria Szymanowska. The unknown chamber works by Zygmunt Stojowski and Irena Regina Wieniawska will be presented by Agnieszka Marucha, PhD Habil. (Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw) and Katarzyna Markiewicz, MA (Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk). Anna Mikolon, PhD Habil. (Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk) will present a paper Henryk Pachulski, Juliusz Wertheim and Jerzy Gablenz  the unknown chamber music composers. Three fascinating biographies and completely unknown works.

A series of papers will be devoted to Polish contemporary music. Andrzej Kacprzak, PhD Habil. (Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk) will talk about Roman Maciejewski – an original and unknown artist. Arkadiusz Kubica, PhD Habil. (Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice) will analyze Bolesław Szabelski's String Quartet No. 2. Mikołaj Pacholczyk, PhD (Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź) will discuss pieces for two pianos by Aleksander Tansman.

New facts about the work of Polish composers in the United States and Germany will be presented by Tomasz Robak, MA (Davidson College, North Carolina) and Prof. Tomasz Tomaszewski (Universität der Künste Berlin).

Full programme is available at: https://amuz.gda.pl/wydarzenia/ii-miedzynarodowa-sesja-artystyczno-naukowa-z-zapomnianych-kart-polskiej-kameralistyki-,390 

NFM: „Carmen Fantasy” – live streaming

NFMThe concert on 13 November 2020 at 7.00 p.m. features work by composers from France, Poland and Russia. The concert of The National Forum of Music in Wrocław entitled „Carmen Fantasy” will be broadcast online on the NFM fanpage on Facebook, at www.nfm.wroclaw.pl and on YouTube channel. The orchestra will be conducted by Bassem Akiki, and the solo parts will be performed by the flutist Jan Krzeszowiec. The theme of several of works is playing with conventions, a creative dialogue with the works by composers of various eras and writing in different styles.

Carmen is the most popular work by Georges Bizet, while the prestigious second place is taken by two suites compiled from incidental music created for L’Arlesienne. The first suite consists of four movements. The Fantaisie brillante by French composer and flutist François Borne, written in 1880, is based on the themes from Bizet’s famous opera. This virtuoso work for flute and orchestra is not only the most popular composition of Borne, but also one of the most famous works for flute created in the Romantic era.

Polish contemporary music will be represented by Paweł Mykietyn’s 3 for 13. The title of the song reflects its structure, because it consists of three movements intended for thirteen performers. The composition was created as an expression of fascination with the work of the leading Polish postmodernist – Paweł Szymański.

Music historians sometimes consider the Petersburg premiere of Sergey Prokofiev’s I Symphony in 1918 as a symbolic moment of the inauguration of a new trend in music – Neoclassicism. Composer commented: “It seemed to me that if Haydn had lived to our times, he would have kept his way of writing and at the same time taken up something new”.

Agnieszka Frei

More information at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/en/component/nfmcalendar/event/8010 

Sinfonia Iuventus & Atom String Quartet online

POSIThe Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra will perform with Atom String Quartet on 14 November 2020 at 8.00 p.m. at the House of Creative Work in Radziejowice, presenting compositions by each of the quartet’s members. The event will be hosted by Ruben Silva.

While there is an abundance of string quartets, Atom String Quartet is one of its kind – it is truly unique and beyond any comparison. The ensemble, which has been delighting audiences and critics for a decade now, does not fit any traditional classifications, because it is in continuous pursuit of new styles, sounds and inspirations. Although it is often dubbed a “jazz quartet” (with jazz as its central domain and improvised play as its trademark), the ensemble also refers to traditional music of different cultures, and plays both new and "classical" music, frequently performed in an innovative way.

A good quartet is a combination of eminent personas. In the case of Atom String Quartet, each of its members (who are all graduates of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw) boasts their own significant output in the area of solo performances, phonography and composition. It is worth mentioning that the quartet’s cellist, Krzysztof Lenczowski, had been part of the first line-up of the newly-established Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra since 2008. Apart from its independent concerts, the quartet also performs with an impressive group of most exquisite musicians in various configurations. Their collaborators include Leopoldinum NFM, with which ASQ recorded two critically-acclaimed albums: Made in Poland (compositions by Karol Szymanowski, Grażyna Bacewicz and Mikołaj Górecki as well as by Krzysztof Lenczowski and Dawid Lubowicz) and Supernova, featuring premiere recordings of pieces composed by the quartet’s members together with Concerto Rosso by Hanna Kulenty-Majoor, dedicated to both ensembles. Both albums have been awarded with a Fryderyk.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

The concert will be broadcast on YouTube and on the website: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/ 

Olsztyn | "Stage for Polish Music”: Motion Trio

FWMOne of the most famous and energetic Polish accordion ensembles, Motion Trio, will perform on 13 November 2020 at 7.00 p.m. on the stage of the Feliks Nowowiejski Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic in Olsztyn.

Motion Trio was founded in 1996 by Janusz Wojtarowicz – leader and author of most of the compositions. They are a phenomenon on the European and global music market. Janusz Wojtarowicz, Paweł Baranek and Marcin Gałażyn are world class accordionists. Using all the advantages of the accordion in their creations, they continually explore the new possibilities of this instrument, changing the way that it is perceived. The music style, which they present in their creation is the widely understood "crossover" containing elements of jazz, world music, rock, classical and even contemporary music.

The upcoming concert will feature Polish works for accordion trio as well as pieces arranged for the ensemble by Janusz Wojtarowicz and Marcin Gałażyn. The programme will include Chopin's preludes and nocturnes, Ignacy Jan Paderewski's Nocturne, Op. 16 No. 4, Krzysztof Komeda's Lullaby, Wojciech Kilar's Orawa, and Witold Lutosławski's Bucolics. We will also hear rarely performed works for accordion trio by the Silesian composer and accordion virtuoso Andrzej Krzanowski and Bronisław Kazimierz Przybylski.

The concert is co-organized as part of the "Stage for Polish music" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information athttps://filharmonia.olsztyn.pl/ 

28. Audio Art Festival online

Audio ArtThe 28th edition of the Audio Art Festival will run from 13 to 22 November 2020. Concerts, installations and performances will be broadcast live.

Audio Art is an experimental and postmodernist art of the close of XX century and the beginning of the XXI century. Audio Art is an integration of sound and visual art. Presentation of Audio Art appears in form of the concert, performance and installation. Audio Art creates new concept of sound source: as an object and musical instrument in certain space and time. Audio Art is a "one person art": composer, designer and performer unify the whole process of art creation. Audio Art uses low and high technology. Audio Art Festival presents individual artists from all over the world. Festival also presents other non-audio art events extending the whole image of the art based on sound.

During this year's edition of the festival, among others, the latest works of students of prof. Marek Chołoniewski, which were created as part of the Audiosfera Studio (the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow) will be presented: installation Microbiological soundscape of Nina Szukała and Salt of the Earth by Piotr Madej. In the performance of Spółdzielnia Muzyczna Contemporary Ensemble we will watch Plants Concerto with Pianosong (+ live-electronics and live-video from plants) by Piotr Peszat. Ludomir Franczak will present his performance-installation Atlas of sounds. Krzysztof Wołek will deliver a lecture Escaping the Box, An Open Ended Future in the Arts and will take part in the performance of his work Zero Gained. The collective work Hommage à Georges Méliès by Wojciech Błażejczyk, Sławomir Wojciechowski and Rafał Zapała, which were created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance. will be performed. The Fl-Ar: Art ensemble will perform works by Zofia Dowgiałło and Wojciech Ziemowit Zych.

Full programme is available at: http://audio.art.pl/ 

44th Social Concert online "Tadeusz Zieliński in memoriam"

Dwór ArtusaA concert "Tadeusz Zieliński in memoriam", dedicated to the outstanding clarinet player who died 10 years ago, will be streamed live for free on 17 November 2020 at 5.30 p.m. on Facebook and YouTube of the Artus Court in Gdańsk. This will be another event as part of the "In memoriam" series dedicated to the memory of people who contributed to the development of culture in Toruń.

Tadeusz Zieliński graduated from the State Higher Music School in Łódź (Bydgoszcz branch), where he studied clarinet with prof. Zdzisław Kulak. He collaborated with many cultural institutions in the region. He worked at the Opera and Operetta in Bydgoszcz and at the Pomeranian Philharmonic. He was also a successful performer and pedagogue. He taught clarinet at the Music School Complex in Toruń for thirty-three years, educating many great clarinet players who now play in symphony and chamber orchestras around the world.

The November concert will feature pieces for solo clarinet, clarinet with piano and string quintet performed by Tadeusz Zielińki's students and even students of his students. The programme will include Magdalena Cynk's Concerto for clarinet and string quintet, Michał Ossowski's Keelmen's Etude as well as works by Carl Maria von Weber, Robert Schumann and Francis Poulenc.

More information at: https://artus.torun.pl/wydarzenia/ 

Szczecin | Polish Music

Atma QuartetThe current season of the Szczecin Philharmonic is marked by music for string quartet, so the Independence Day is a great opportunity to present Polish chamber works. On 11 November 2020 at 7.00 p.m. Ãtma Quartet will perform pieces by Stanisław Moniuszko, Krzysztof Penderecki, Andrzej Panufnik and Karol Szymanowski.

Ãtma Quartet, considered one of the most interesting string quartets of the young generation, was founded in 2016 and since the beginning has been conducting intensive concert activity, popularizing chamber music in the country and the world. The works of Polish composers occupy a special place in their repertoire.

The November concert will be opened by Stanisław Moniuszko's Quartet No. 1 in D minor, dedicated to Józef Elsner, one of the first composers in Poland to weave elements of folk music into his works. Thanks to the "Young Poland" scholarship programme of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Ãtma Quartet recorded an album with works by Polish composers Penderecki, Szymanowski, Panufnik – String Quartets (CD Accord, 2019). During the concert we will hear Penderecki's String Quartet No. 3 "Pages of an Unwritten Diary", Panufnik's String Quartet No. 3 "Paper-cuts" and Szymanowski's String Quartet No. 2.

Online broadcast will be available on Facebook and YouTube of the Szczecin Philharmonic.

More information at: https://filharmonia.szczecin.pl/pl 

Gorzów | Polish Independence Concert

FGTraditionally, the Gorzów Philharmonic invites you to a meeting with Polish music  during the independence concert, which will take place on 11 November 2020 at 7.00 p.m. This time we will listen to the works of Mieczysław Karłowicz, representative of Young Poland, and Romantic composer Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński.

Mieczysław Karłowicz – a composer with unprecedented sensitivity – created his own, original musical world with a specific type of expression. There is a lot of reflection and wistfulness, especially on the ultimate things. Serenade for string orchestra, Op. 2 (1896) refers to its well-known predecessors – serenades written, among others, by Mozart, Tchaikovsky or Dvorák. Musically, however, it takes us to the extraordinary world of Karłowicz, full of lyrical melancholy balancing between sadness and consolation.

“Uncommon ability” – this is how Ignacy Dobrzyński's talent was described by his teacher Józef Elsner. The composer of Chopin's age, as well as conductor and pianist, devoted himself mainly to symphonic and opera music. Although his Symphony No. 1 in B flat major (1829) still has many features of a mature classical style, stylistically it belongs to early Romanticism. As for the work of the 22-year-old composer, it is a very skilfully constructed symphony, abundant in many charming themes and chords. It is significant that Dobrzyński dedicated it to Tsar Nicholas I, who then wore the Polish crown.

The Gorzów Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Jan Miłosz Zarzycki.

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