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Paweł Mykietyn received the second Cyprian Kamil Norwid Award


The winners of the 19th edition of the Cyprian Kamil Norwid Award were announced on 24 September 2020 at 12.00 p.m. during an online conference.

The conference was attended by representatives of Masovian authorities and the chairman of the Norwid Chapter. In the "Music" category, nominations for the work or performance created in 2019 went to: Marta Boberska for the roles of Music and Eurydice in the premiere of Claudio Monteverdi's Orpheus (Polish Royal Opera), Paweł Łukaszewski for the work Ascensio Domini and Paweł Mykietyn.

In accordance with the decision of the Norwid Chapter, the Cyprian Kamil Norwid Award in the "Music" category went to the composer and clarinetist Paweł Mykietyn for Concerto No. 2 for cello and symphony orchestra. Let us recall that the composer received this Award for the first time in 2017 for the opera The Magic Mountain.

The Cyprian Kamil Norwid Award is awarded annually to artists working in Masovia in four categories: literature, music, fine arts and theater for an outstanding work or performance created in the preceding year. Since 2005, the Self-Government of the Masovian Voivodeship has also awarded "The Lifetime Achievement" award to artists who work in the Masovian Voivodeship.

More information at: http://biuro-prasowe.mik.waw.pl/109805-laureaci-nagrody-im-norwida-2020 

Gdańsk | Contemporary and Classical Music

PFB"Contemporary and classical music" will constitute the programme of the Polish Baltic Philharmonic concert on 25 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m. The Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by the Australian conductor Daniel Smith, winner of the Fitelberg Competition 2012, and the soloist will be the winner of the Wieniawski Competition 2006 – violinist Agata Szymczewska.

Does contemporary music have to be difficult? Mikołaj Górecki, son of the eminent Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, proves that it does not. His works combine delicate lyricism with moderately modern language and are always attractive for soloists. That is why so many of his concertos are very eagerly performed by leading Polish and foreign soloists. During the upcoming concert Agata Szymczewska will perform Mikołaj Górecki's Violin Concerto, Op. 13.

The concert will begin with the Overture to Gioacchino Rossini's opera The Barber of Seville. In the second part we will hear a masterpiece of all time – Symphony in C major No. 41 KV 551 "Jupiter" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Overture to his opera Don Giovanni. These works provide an excellent opportunity for the orchestra to shine with full brilliance.

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

Lublin | "Time is Love": symphonic concert

FLThe last concert in the series "Time is love. In tribute to the Primate of the Millennium in the year of beatification", will take place at the Henryk Wieniawski Philharmonic in Lublin on 25 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m.

On 3 October 2019, Pope Francis approved a decree that opens the way to the beatification of the Primate of the Millennium. The ceremony was to take place in June this year, but due to the threat of the epidemic, the event was postponed to an unspecified date, so that many of the faithful from all over the world could join the celebration on the spot. The common experience of the Primate's beatification is currently continued in the spiritual dimension, through the art of music.

During the last cncert in the "Time is love" series, the Lublin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jerzy Swoboda will present works by Tomas Albinoni, Johann Sebastian Bach, Thomas Emanuel Cornelius – the first organist of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and the main organ builder of Hamburg, who will also perform as a soloist, as well as Mieczysław Karłowicz's Serenade for string orchestra, Op. 2 and Wojciech Kilar's Orawa, a symphonic poem for string orchestra which reflects the musical traditions of the Podhale region.

More information: https://filharmonialubelska.pl/ 

Katowice | Inauguration of the 76th artistic season of the Silesian Philharmonic

FSThe Silesian Chamber Orchestra and the Silesian Philharmonic Choir will open the 76th artistic season with a concert on 25 September 2020 at 7.00 p.m., featuring works by Polish composers of the 20th and 21st centuries as well as compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The programme of the concert will include two works of the same title – Three Pieces in Old Style for string orchestra written by the patron of the Silesian Philharmonic, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, and by the deceased Krzysztof Penderecki.

The Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maciej Tomasiewicz, together with the outstanding soprano Bożena Bujnicka, will premiere Mikołaj Górecki's O dolce lume, a one-movement piece based on Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. The work was created as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme carried out by the Institute of Music and Dance.

The inaugural concert will also feature three compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony in C major KV 162, Laudate Dominum omnes gentes from Vesperae solennes de Confessore KV 339 and Mass in C major KV 317. The artists of the Silesian Philharmonic Choir will perform solo parts: Agata Piękosz-Pierszalik (alto), Tomasz Dziwisz (tenor) and Michał Schoppa (bass).

More information at: https://filharmonia-slaska.eu/ 

Warsaw | Musical Seasons – Autumn 2020


Polish Composers' Union – Warsaw Branch invites you to a concert in the series "Musical Seasons - Autumn", which will take place on 24 September 2020 at 5.00 p.m. at the PWM Edition office in Warsaw (8 Fredry St.).

Pianist Igor Torbicki, who specializes in contemporary music perfomance, will present pieces from the series Miniatures by Władysław Słowiński, Eclosion by Carlos E. Malcolm,Two Inscriptions for Witold Lutosławski by Jerzy Bauer, Etudes for piano by Artur Cieślak, and Hommage à J. S. Bach by Romuald Twardowski.

In addition, the pianist will premiere compositions by Paweł Kwapiński, Jan Oleszkowicz and Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska. Paweł Kwapiński's Espressioni is based on virtuoso techniques of playing the keyboard as well as inside the instrument. Thus, the work is a kind of synthesis of traditional and avant-garde virtuosity. Jan Oleszkowicz Genotypes cycle of miniatures for piano was written especially for the concert "Musical Seasons – Autumn". The sound material used in the miniatures is based on appropriately selected and processed scales and rhythmic permutations, creating specific sound "chains", characteristic for each of the miniatures. Anna Ignatowicz-Glińska's nAdAl was dedicated to the composer, improviser and pianist Ryszard Alzin (the title is a pun on the incipits of Anna and Alzin). The composition is about weaving... Shaping a narrative is making a digression on the margin of the "theme" (repetitive structure), and drawing consequences from this theme, migrating to other aesthetic regions.

Free admission (obligatory masks, limited number of places).

Co-financed from the funds of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage as part of the "Music" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance.

The online broadcast of the concert will be available at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/uce2h6r9a9okgrsu2fuem0rw 

Szczecin | III MDF Festival


MUSIC.DESIGN.FORM Festival returns to the Philharmonic in Szczecin. The third edition will run from 23 to 27 September 2020, focusing on the sounds around us and presenting musical and visual landscapes.

This year's edition of the MUSIC.DESIGN.FORM Festival is devoted to sound landscapes – soundscapes. Festival concerts, performed by the Szczecin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and broadcast online, will take listeners to the world of sounds inspired by nature or a journey through the urban jungle, mountain trails or an endless ocean. The festival will premiere the latest, nature-inspired music project by Hania Rani and Dobrawa Czocher. During the two-day workshop, young people will be introduced to the world of city sounds, from which their joint composition will be created. Its premiere will take place during an open-air concert.

There will also be exhibitions, a city walk, a DJ live set, an online sound installation and an effective illumination of the philharmonic building, which will again turn into a canvas intriguing with colorful visualization. Above all, the Festival will allow the audience to break away from everyday life and get to know fascinating soundscapes.

Full programme is available at: https://mdf.filharmonia.szczecin.pl/pl

"Don't be afraid to improvise" with Jarosław Siwiński and Grzegorz Ociepka

Nie boj sie improwizowac

The Art Deco Group Music Agency invites children aged 7-12 learning to play instruments to participate in the workshops "Don't be afraid to improvise!", which will be held online on 21-24 September 2020 (4.00 p.m. – 1st group, 5.30 p.m. – 2nd group). The classes will be conducted by composer and pianist Jarosław Siwiński and actor and director of children’s plays Grzegorz Ociepka.

During the workshops, children will learn about contemporary music and methods of improvisation and they will take part in exercises and games that will help them absorb the knowledge more easily. In this project, it is very important to make music together and collaborate in a group, so children will participate in classes with their instruments and will actively improvise under the guidance of the teachers.

Each workshop cycle includes 4 online classes (approx. 45 minutes each) and 1 mini concert (approx. 40 minutes), presenting the effects of the work with participants. Two concerts of participants and their mentors will take place on 10 October at the Quality Studio in Warsaw and will be broadcast live on Facebook.

Participants are registered by their parents / guardians only via the form available at http://artdecogroup.eu/formularz-zgloszeniowy-nbsi-2020/. Please attach to the form a video file presenting the workshop participant performing any programme (max 5 MB).

Co-financed by the National Centre for Culture as part of the "Culture on the Web" programme.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://artdecogroup.eu/event/nie-boj-sie-improwizowac-z-iza-kowalewska-i-helena-matuszewska/ 


Bydgoszcz | Bydgoszcz Music Festival in the Crown


The Ignacy Jan Paderewski Pomeranian Philharmonic invites you to the Bydgoszcz Music Festival in the Crown, which will be held betweem 18 September and 10 October 2020. 

The programme of the Festival will include real gems of music, from Bach, through Mozart, Beethoven, Penderecki and Kilar, to Sinatra, Brel and Wodecki – all performed by high-class musicians.

The inaugural concert will be dedicated to the memory of Krzysztof Penderecki. The Symphony Orchestra of the Pomeranian Philharmonic, the Women's Festival Choir, Iwona Hossa (soprano), Adam Kutn (baritone), Joanna Kravchenka (erhu) under the direction of Kai Bumann will present such works as Entrata for brass instruments and timpani, Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima, Symphony No. 6 "Chinese Songs", Chaconne and Lacrimosa II. Polish music will be also featured in the "Adam Sztaba Family Concert" (under the direction of the maestro we will hear Wojciech Kilar's Polonaise from the film Pan Tadeusz and Adam Sztaba's Riffenuto), as well as "Moniuszko 200 / Kasia Moś & Aukso".

The events will be broadcast on the Philharmonic's YouTube channel.

Full programme is available at: http://www.filharmonia.bydgoszcz.pl/blog/wydarzenia/bydgoski-festiwal-koronie/ 

"Music Network for Youth" Online Project

Muzyczna siec

The "Music Network for Youth" project aims to reach students from both music schools and general education schools by organizing various, interesting events. 10 lectures, 10 workshops, 4 concerts and 5 meetings with artists will be held between 12 and 27 September 2020 and made available online for free on the project's YouTube channel.

Individual events will be prepared by lecturers of the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań – famous artists representing various specialties and generations. The aim of the project is to encourage young people to develop their skills under the guidance of experts in a given musical field and to promote music of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Young people will be able to participate in one-to-one workshops led by artists such as Krzysztof Stencel (French horn), Joanna Horodko (soprano), Magdalena Jakubska-Szymiec (saxophone), Piotr Banyś (jazz trombone), Mikołaj Zgółka (violin, baroque viola), Marcin Suszycki (violin), Ewa Guzowska (viola), Szymon Guzowski (double bass), Jacek Kortus (piano), Łukasz Kuropaczewski (guitar), Zbigniew Kozub, Artur Kroschel (composition), and Ewa Fabiańska-Jelińska, project coordinator. All participants have to register online by filling in the application form (parents must do it on behalf of minors).

The lectures on 14 and 15 September will be given by Marcin Sompoliński (conducting), Małgorzata Pawłowska (music theory), Mariola Bryła (harpsichord), Maciej Łakomy (trombone), Kinga Ceynowa (rhythmics), Krzysztof Przybyłowicz (percussion), Sławomir Kamiński (organ), Katarzyna Polonek (cello), Monika Kędziora and Katarzyna Taborowska-Kaszuba (composition). On 13, 14, 16 and 27 September there will be concerts with the participation of Anna Budzyńska (soprano), Laura Sobolewska (piano), Bartłomiej Miller (drums), Apeiron Trio and Sepia Ensemble.

The schedule of workshops is available on the project's Fanpage.

The project was co-financed in the "Culture on the Web" programme of the National Centre for Culture.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.