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Polish Cultural Institute New York: Krzysztof Penderecki in Memoriam Worldwide

PendereckiThroughout the spring of 2021, Polish Cultural Institute New York will curate "Krzysztof Penderecki in Memoriam", honoring the life and legacy of Poland’s greatest modern composer. Leading up to and beyond 29 March 2021, marking the one-year anniversary of Penderecki’s death, Polish Cultural Institute New York – in partnership with the Ludwig van Beethoven Association, Crossover Media, DUX Records, Lincoln Center, Naxos of America, and Schott Music publishers – will celebrate Penderecki’s life and legacy across an array of worldwide media outlets.

Highlights include: Penderecki in Memoriam Podcast with in-depth interviews with artists and close collaborators, live radio broadcasts and rebroadcasts of archived performances, and live streamed concerts, as well as a broad presentation of the composer’s prolific oeuvre. Concerts from the 2021 25th Jubilee Anniversary of the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, "Beethoven and Penderecki. The Sphere of Sacrum", will be streamed live at Lincoln Center throughout 21 March – 1 April 2021.

Polish Cultural Institute New York’s head of music programming, Anna Perzanowska, who worked with Krzysztof Penderecki for over a decade, has been the driving force behind "Krzysztof Penderecki in Memoriam" since the composer’s death on 29 March 2020, at his home in Kraków, Poland.

Full programme is available at: https://instytutpolski.pl/newyork/2021/02/16/krzysztof-penderecki-in-memoriam-worldwide/ 

Katowice | New Music Orchestra and Alicja Molitorys

OMNThe principal flautist of the New Music Orchestra, Alicja Molitorys, will perform as a soloist during a concert at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Concert Hall in Katowice on 14 March 2021 at 6.00 p.m. The programme will include Polish and Slovak music.

The New Music Orchestra under the baton of Szymon Bywalec will present Zofia Dowgiałło's Voice for orchestra, electroacoustic layer and light, Joseph Kolkovich's Arboretum III for chamber orchestra, and Ryszard Osada's Flute Concerto.

The latter piece, according to the composer, "morphologically refers to phenomena based on fractals, which structurally arrange the course of the composition on many levels. In the sonic sense, fractal phenomena are complemented by the microtonality that permeates the whole work, and the 'disorganisation' of the material through frequent improvisations. The entire composition is based on a clearly outlined 3-part form with a cadence following attaca after part II". The work was co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme operated by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information athttps://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/orkiestra-muzyki-nowej-alicja-molitorys 

Kraków | "Wajda. Fascinations" – Sinfonietta Cracovia on the 95th birth anniversary of Andrzej Wajda

WajdaOn the occasion of the 95th birth anniversary of Andrzej Wajda, Sinfonietta Cracovia in cooperation with the Manggha Museum prepared a unique project inspired by the master's work and its interesting – and often surprising – contexts. The project will be held both online (6 March 2021 at www.playkrakow.com) and live, with the participation of the audience, on 13 March 2021 at 7.00 p.m.

We are all fascinated by the works of Andrzej Wajda. But what was the fascination of the first  and only  Pole awarded with an Oscar for lifetime achievement? The answer to this question will be provided by a unique project organised by Sinfonietta Cracovia on the occasion of the 95th anniversary of the director's birth. The Krakow orchestra conducted by Jurek Dybał will take the audience on a journey through the inspiring world of Andrzej Wajda and his artistic fascinations: those musical, illustrated with compositions used by the Master in his greatest works, and those in the universe of visual arts, represented by the art and aesthetics of the Orient. As part of the project, the most beautiful compositions from Wajda's films will be presented along with extraordinary museum exhibitions as well as self-portraits and oriental sketches by the director himself – embellished with virtuosity and brilliance of Sinfonietta Cracovia, they will transport music lovers into the world of one of the most eminent representatives of Polish cinematography.

The music and film material produced by Sinfonietta Cracovia in tribute to Andrzej Wajda in the interiors and gardens of the Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, which was close to the artist's heart, will be premiered online on 6 March at www.playkrakow.com. A week later, the Orchestra conducted by Jurek Dybał will perform live at the Manggha Museum in front of the audience. We will hear the music of Karol Szymanowski, Witold Lutosławski, Wojciech Kilar, Krzysztof Penderecki, Andrzej Korzyński, as well as Toru Takemitsu and Arnold Schoenberg. The performance will be accompanied by an exhibition of oriental sketches and the director's self-portraits.

Both events will be preceded by an introductory word by the actress, director, set designer, and privately Andrzej Wajda's wife – Professor Krystyna Zachwatowicz-Wajda.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information about the projectwww.sinfonietta.pl 

Warsaw | Per archi: Mendelssohn – Haydn – Bacewicz

POKAfter a long break, the Polish Royal Opera invites you on 13 March 2021 at 7.00 p.m. for a musical meeting in the historic interiors of the Royal Castle. The concert will be broadcast live on the YouTube channel of the Polish Royal Opera.

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847) – "the prodigy of the Romantic era" – showed remarkable musical talent from an early age. From the Symphony in B minor No. 10, composed in 1823, only one movement has survived to this day and, judging by the architecture of the other symphonies from that period, was originally supplemented with additional passages. Its compact structure and formal perfection allow it to successfully function as an autonomous piece. It was clearly inspired by the works of the masters of the Classicism era, but we can also already hear the lyricism and dramaturgy of the development of form characteristic of Mendelssohn’s style.

The piece will be followed by Joseph Haydn’s (1732-1809) Violin Concerto in C major, which also carries reminiscences of a bygone era, such as melodic figuration and other techniques characteristic of the Italian style prevalent in Europe at that time, the sources of which lie in the Baroque era. On the other hand, the three-part form of the composition beginning with the sonata-allegro is typical for classicism.

The programme ends with the thrilling Concerto for string orchestra from 1948 by the outstanding Polish composer and violinist – Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969). The piece premiered at the convention of the Polish Composers’ Union in 1950 and was highly recognised by the public, as evidenced by the enthusiastic statement of Stefan Kisielewski: "It can be said with a clear conscience that the honour of Polish composers was this time saved by a 'broad' – Grażyna Bacewicz. Her Concerto for String Orchestra, written with impetus and energy, full of fluid invention and great instrumentation ideas, finally awakened us from lethargy […] ”.

Full programme: https://operakrolewska.pl/en/repetoire/per-archi-mendelssohn-haydn-bacewicz/

"Resounds: New Polish Music": Transcending the matter

SVUnusual experiments with matter – not only that of sound – will be one of the main themes of the March concert of Sinfonia Varsovia in the series "Resounds. New Polish Music".The concert will be live streamed on 13 March 2021 at 8.00 p.m. on Sinfonia Varsovia’s YouTube channel and Facebook. The programme includes premieres of works by Teoniki Rożynek and Edward Sielicki as well as pieces by Sofia Gubaidulina and Włodzimierz Kotoński. Sinfonia Varsovia will perform under the direction of the Russian conductor Mikhail Agrest.

The concert will begin with the premiere of Teoniki Rożynek's Nox (2016) for string ensemble and brass stands. The composer is known for her experimental research in electronic music. In her latest piece, Rożynek uses a permanent element of the concert landscape that usually does not attract attention. The sound of the orchestra is enriched by the sound of the brass instruments stands vibrating harmoniously with the bows.

The second premiere of the March "Resounds" is Edward Sielicki's Symphony Concertante No. 3 (2020), which was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance.The composer, drawing upon the tradition of the concertante symphony (an intermediate genre between the symphony and the concerto), offers a new perspective on the relationship between solo and orchestral parts. The solo group includes flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, and percussion. The extended percussion is the connective tissue between the above-mentioned instruments and the strings, piano, and harp.

A pre-concert meeting with Teoniki Rożynek, Edward Sielicki and Adam Suprynowicz (music journalist), hosted by Agata Kwiecińska, will start at 7:00 p.m.

More information: www.sinfoniavarsovia.org 

Poznań | 50th Poznań Music Spring – Opening Concert

Spring will appear PWMin Poznań on 12 March 2021. The opening concert of the 50th "Poznań Music Spring" Festival, organised by the Polish Composers' Union, will start at 7 p.m. in the Adam Mickiewicz University Hall.

2021 marks the 50th anniversary edition of the "Poznań Music Spring" Festival. Therefore, the opening concert will have a really festive spirit (due to the pandemic other Festival concerts are scheduled for autumn). We will listen to four excellent soloists in four different works: Marzena Michałowska (soprano), Jakub Kaszuba (oboe), Wojciech Jeliński (trombone) and Damian Kurek (trumpet). The last three artists are associated with the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra.

The first work performed during the concert will be a piece written by the founder of the Festival and the patron of the Poznań Philharmonic, Tadeusz Szeligowski. His Green Songs were arranged for soprano and orchestra by Maciej Żółtowski especially for this concert. One can call it a premiere of the work in a new version. Then we will hear concertos for wind instruments. Four Dialogues for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra by Tadeusz Baird are one of the most important 20th century Polish works in the oboe reperoitre. Zbigniew Kozub's Concerto for Trombone and Small Orchestra was composed for Wojciech Jeliński to be premiered during the opening evening of the Festival. The climax of the concert wil be the Poznań premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Concertino for Trumpet and Orchestra of 2015, one of the late works of the great composer, whose first death anniversary falls in March. Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra will perform under the direction of Łukasz Borowicz.

Information about tickets: https://filharmoniapoznanska.pl/aktualnosci/ 

Kielce | Premiere of "Viola Concerto" by Olga Hans

FSwThe premiere of Olga Hans' Viola Concerto will take place at the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic in Kielce on 12 March 2021 at 7.00 p.m. Róża Wilczak will perform as a soloist.

Olga Hans's Concerto for Viola and Orchestra was commissioned in 2020 by the Świętokrzyska Philharmonic as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme opearted by the Institute of Music and Dance. Classical in form, the concerto is composed of three contrasted movements. According to the composer, they shows "various sound qualities of the viola against and in cooperation with the orchestral ensemble". Composer and pedagogue Olga Hans, associated with the Academy of Music in Łódź, has already composed several works for viola, and her "muse", as she confessed, was always Róża Wilczak. The soloist teaches the viola at the mentioned academy.

The Świętokrzyska Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jacek Rogala will also present Richard Wagner's Siegfried Idyll, which was the composer's gift to his wife on the birthday of their son, and the symphonic poem Preludes by Franz Liszt.

More information at: http://filharmonia.kielce.pl/ 

Kalisz | Concerto Notturno

DyczkoThe Kalisz Philharmonic promotes young and talented musicians. On 12 March 2021 at 7.30 p.m. saxophonist Łukasz Dyczko and the Kalisz Philharmonic String Orchestra will perform works by Mikołaj Piotr Górecki and Feliks Janiewicz during "Concerto Notturno" – a concert organised together with PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl programme.

Łukasz Dyczko believes that "the instrument helps to express the personality of each artist". He plays the saxophone with great passion and skill: two years ago, as the third Pole in history, he won the final of the 18th Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians in Cologne. This success resulted in a nomination for "Polityka's" Passport (2016) in the "Classical Music" category and for the "Coryphaeus of Polish Music" (2016) in the "Debut of the Year" category.

Concerto Notturno, or the night concert, is the title of the upcoming concert and also a title of the piece by Mikołaj Piotr Górecki. Composed for string orchestra and saxophone, Concerto-Notturno is a kind of musical contemplation of the night landscape. The composer evokes the impression of a vast space flooded with fleeting light and an aura of peace and quiet. The musicians of the Kalisz Philharmonic under the direction of Paweł Kotla will also perform Mikołaj Piotr Górecki's Divertimento. Moreover, the concert programme will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Serenade in G major KV 525, known as "Eine kleine Nachtmusik", and Feliks Janiewicz's Divertimento, to show the historical context of works devoted to the theme of the night.

More informationhttp://filharmoniakaliska.pl/ 

Bydgoszcz | Cello as the lead instrument

FPA phenomenal Polish cellist Marcin Zdunik will perform on 12 March 2021 at 7.00 at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic in Bydgoszcz.

Mieczysław Weinberg, a composer of Jewish origin, was born in pre-war Warsaw and died in Moscow. Hence, his work was influenced by three different cultures that built the composer's artistic identity. Weinberg's compositions are more and more often included in concert programmes in Poland. Marcin Zdunik will perform his three-movement Fantasy for cello and orchestra, Op. 52, created in the years 1951-1953.

This evening, the Pomeranian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Michał Klauza will also present the overture to Monbar, or the Flibustiers – the first and only completed opera by Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński, which shows influences by the great French opera. The concert will end with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's last symphony, "Jupiter", which remains one of the composer's most famous works.

Information about tickets: http://www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/