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Antoni Wit conducts NOSPR

Anotni WitAntoni Wit, director of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) in 1983-2000, after a long break will reunite with the Orchestra on stage during the concert on January 22, 2016 in Katowice.

Richard Wagner – Ouverture to Tannhäuser
Mieczysław Karłowicz – Stanisław and Anna Oświecimowie, Op. 12
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherezade, Op. 35

The violin solo part will be performed by Piotr Tarcholik - the orchestra’s concertmaster.

Live broadcast will be available at Polish Radio Programme 2.

International Violin Festival in Toruń

II Międzynarodowy Festiwal Skrzypiec2nd edition of the International Violin Festival will be held between February 14 and 28, 2016 in Toruń. The programme includes concerts of eminent violinists, competitions, exhibitions, lectures, film screenings and demonstrations of violin-making.

The opening concert on February 14, 2016 will be performed by Soyoung Yoon. The prize-winner of the 14th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition will present Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto. The central event of the festival will be the 4th International Violin Competition held every 3 years. Konstanty Andrzej Kulka has accepted to be the chairman of the Jury, while Prof. Krzysztof Penderecki became the Honorary President of the Competition. The Festival’s organizers have also announced the 2nd National Composition Competition, as well as the Review’s Writing Contest.

See: programme

More information: www.violintorun.tos.art.pl

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Journalist and publicist Bogusław Kaczyński dies at 73

altBogusław Kaczyński - journalist, music theorist, popularizer of opera and operetta, TV presenter, and author of many TV broadcasts, died on January 21, 2016 in Warsaw.

He was also a laureate of many awards, author of numerous books, manager, and founder of the Jan Kiepura European Festival in Krynica and world-famous Music Festivals in Łańcut. In 1993 he was offered a post of the vice-rector of the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (currently the Chopin University of Music). Between 1994 and 1998 he was the artistic director of ROMA Music Theatre in Warsaw.
He was very successful as a lecturer, having presented lectures about the history of music and opera, both in Poland and abroad (Beijing, Moscow, Vienna, Rome, Florence, Paris, London, Berlin, Munich, Prague, Budapest, Madrid, Havana, Boston, Miami, Toronto, Vancouver).

”Save the Music” Campaign

Save the Music"Save the Music" campaign, organized by MEAKULTURA Foundation, will have its opening at the press conference held on January 27, 2016 at 12.00 in the PWM Editon at 8 Fredry St.

The campaign’s main goal is to promote good music and artists (regardless of genre) with the use of fashion and visual art. The programme includes concerts, fashion shows and exhibitions. One of the first events involves a presentation of clothes (designed by Kinga Król) with Max Skorwider’s graphic images of Fryderyk Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frank Sinatra, Astor Piazzolla, Sid Vicious and Enrico Caruso.

More information: www.savethemusic.eu

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

90th anniversary of the Polish Union of Choirs and Orchestras

Jubileuszowy koncert kolędPolish Union of Choirs and Orchestras will celebrate its 90th anniversary at the concert held on January 24, 2016 in the Catholic Church (Mother of God, Helper of the Faithful) at 7 Conrada St.

Performers: "Harfa" Singing Society Choir (dir. Paweł Choina), Chamber Choir of the Mińsk Music Society (dir. Tomasz Zalewski), Władysław Skrowaczewski Choir (dir. Krystyna Stańczak-Pałyga), Ecumenical Chamber Choir of the Evangelical Reformed Church (dir. Paweł Hruszwicki), Orchestra MODERATO from Warka (dir. Artur Gębski).

The programme features traditional Polish, Czech, Ukrainian, and English carols.
Introduction: Andrzej Krusiewicz.

Admission free.

400 Years of Violin Music

400 lat muzyki skrzypcowejNational Museum in Szczecin (3 Wały Chrobrego St.) will host a concert entitled 400 Years of Violin Music organized by the Academy of Early Music Foundation on January 29, 2016.

Violinist Stefan Plewniak, Foundation's artist-in-residence in season 2015/16, will perform works composed by Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Henryk Wieniawski, Nicolo Paganini, Fritz Kreisler, Grażyna Bacewicz and Krzysztof Baculewski.

More information: www.famd.pl

String Quartet by Andrzej Kwieciński

Lutosławski QuartetLutosławski Quartet will premiere Andrzej Kwieciński's String Quartet on January 21, 2016 in the National Forum of Music in Wrocław.

The ensemble continues to promote the 20th- and 21st-century Polish music. Apart from the new composition, the artists will perform also String Quartet composed by their patron.

Witold Lutosławski - String Quartet (1964)
Dmitri Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 3 Op. 73 (1946)
Andrzej Kwieciński - String Quartet (2016)

More information: www.nfm.wroclaw.pl

Penderecki a cappella

Krzysztof PendereckiPolish Chamber Choir conducted by Jan Łukaszewski will perform compositions by Krzysztof Penderecki on January 30, 2016 at 6.00 pm in the Artus Court in Gdańsk.

The programme of the concert, attended by Krzysztof Penderecki himself, features composer’s 10 works, such as Psalm No. 3, fragments of oratorio Dies Illa and premiere performance of Christmas pastorale My też pastuszkowie (We the Shepherds).

New video clip by Meccore String Quartet

Meccore String Quartet: Szymanowski & DebussyMeccore String Quartet launched a video clip promoting ensemble’s new album Szymanowski & Debussy, which was released in October 2015 by Warner Music Poland.

Established in 2007, the Meccore String Quartet received many international awards. The group studied with Artemis Quartett at the Universität der Künste in Berlin and in the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel’s chamber music masterclass in Brussels. They further developed their skills during masterclasses run by outstanding artists, such as: Gerhard Schulz (Alban Berg Quartet), Cuarteto Casals, Vogler Quartett, Kuss Quartett, Barthold Kuijken, Heime Müller, Antonello Farulli, Peter Cropper (Lindsay String Quartet). The artists performed in many prestigious concert halls, they also organize the International Chamber Music Festival Q’arto Mondi and work for charity.

Video Clip: www.youtube.com
Directed and produced by Wojciech Klimala; choreography by Izabela Szostak.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.