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Kraków | Polish Patriotic Song Competition "Every Pole Plays and Sings for Poland"

Dom HarcerzaThe 2nd edition of the Polish Patriotic Song Competition "Every Pole Plays and Sings for Poland" will be held in a stationary mode on 20-21 November 2021.

The aim of the competition is to cultivate the cultural heritage, broaden the knowledge of Polish musical culture and cultivate the tradition of performing Polish patriotic songs together. The competition is organised by the Youth House of Culture "Dom Harcerza", "Debiuty" Song Studio and "Canzonetta" Voice Emission Studio. The event is co-organized by the Council and the Board of the V Krowodrza District. The honorary patronage over the event was taken by the Institute of Musicology of the Jagiellonian University and the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow.

Last year the contest was organised online and its popularity exceeded the expectations of the organisers. A total of 734 participants took part in the competition, supervised by 297 teachers. 12,816 votes were cast in the vote for the Audience Award. The competition recordings lasted a total of 26 hours. This year's edition is planned in a stationary mode, in compliance with the sanitary regime.

Soloists, vocal ensembles, instrumental ensembles and vocal-instrumental ensembles may enter the competition. Participants can compete in three age groups: younger (6-8), middle (9-12) and older (13-18).

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://www.mdk-dh.krakow.pl/konkursy/1025-konkurs-piosenki-patriotycznej-2021 

Warsaw | Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra: Concert in memory of Prof. Piotr Baron

POSI The programme of the Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra's concert on 20 November 2021 at 7 p.m. at the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio will feature a unique Silesian accent in the form of a musical tribute to Prof. Piotr Baron, an outstanding researcher who popularised the music of his region, a respected pedagogue (who lectured, among others, at the State Higher Vocational School in Nysa), the founder and director of the Silesian Composers’ Festival, and a conductor, organist, composer and art therapist, whose premature death on 24 July 2020 was mourned by the regional and national musical community.

The annals of music history include many aristocrats who were gifted with true musical talent and highly valued as composers, including Count Bolko von Hochberg, born into a powerful family that for centuries ruled vast estates in Silesia, among them Książ Castle. In his time, he was a respected author of operas, songs and chamber works (published under the pseudonym Johann Heinrich Franz), who also held important positions, incl. as Intendant of the Royal Theatre Institute in Berlin. His now somewhat forgotten work, maintained in the late-Romantic spirit, is being rediscovered thanks to the efforts of his family and Polish musicologists. A contemporary performance of his Piano Concerto in C minor will be interpreted by respected pianist and chamber musician Zofia Antes, who performs in Poland and abroad and works, among others, at the Institute of Music of the University of Warmia and Mazury.

The Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra conducted by Marek Wroniszewski will also perform Felix Mendelssohn's Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 21 and Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C minor.

Piotr Maculewicz

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information: https://sinfoniaiuventus.pl/

Gdańsk | Concert to Celebrate the Year of Mieczysław Fogg

FoggIn 2021, the Open Theatre in Gdańsk celebrates its 25th anniversary. On the occasion of the Year of Mieczysław Fogg, the institution organises a concert to celebrate his 120th birth anniversary. The concert will be held on 20 November 2021 at 6.00 p.m. at the Artus Court in Gdańsk.

Mieczysław Fogg was the most popular performer of the evergreen To ostatnia niedziela (The Last Sunday, 1935). During the upcoming concert, Jerzy Petersburski's piece will be performed in Hebrew. The programme will also include other well-known pieces from the repertoire of Mieczysław Fogg, composed by Henryk Wars, Władysław Daniłowski, Stanisław Ferszko, Julian Front, Artur Gold, Zygmunt Karasiński, Szymon Kataszek, Albert Harris, Zygmunt and Adam Lewandowski.

The concert will be performed by Dariusz Wójcik – a singer awarded with the honorary distinction "Złoty Liść Retro" (Golden Leaf Retro) 2013 by the Fogg Family in recognition of his artistic merits and achievements, as well as for maintaining traditions and popularising the works of the interwar period. In 2020, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage awarded Dariusz Wójcik with the Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis. The soloist will be accompanied by Cuarteto Re! Tango ensemble composed of: Paweł A. Nowak (bandoneon), Łukasz Perucki (violin), Paweł Zawada (piano), Sebastian Wyszyński (double bass).

Co-financed by the City of Gdańsk.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

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Katowice | Anu Tali at NOSPR

NOSPRLudomir Michał Rogowski and Dora Pejačević will be the heroes of the next subscription concert at the NOSPR Concert Hall on 19 November 2021 at 7.30 p.m. The legacy of these two outsiders has only recently come back into favor with music lovers.

Ludomir Michał Rogowski was fascinated by psychology, the occult and Indian philosophy, worked with theatres, and produced his own literary works. Dora Pejačević was fluent in five languages, studied musicological, philosophical and political texts, and read classics in the original language. The output of both these indomitable turn-of-the-century personalities long remained forgotten.

The experimental musical language of Rogowski, a Lublin-born composer for whom Slavic culture possessed more links to the ancient East than to the West, failed to win approval in Poland, and the composer spent a considerable part of his life in a monastery in sunny Dubrovnik. There he wrote his Impressions of Dubrovnik, which will be performed during the concert. Although brought up in the family palace, Pejačević, who composed the first Croatian works for orchestra, took a critical view of the aristocracy, for which the sole concern was losing a game of bridge. A self-taught composer, she nursed wounded soldiers during the war and, seeing her relatives’ indifference to the suffering of her compatriots, abandoned the social elite for good. Her wartime experiences inspired her Symphony in F sharp minor, Op. 41, considered to be the first established Croatian symphony work.

That evening the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by the outstanding Estonian conductor Anu Tali. Editor Jakub Puchalski (Polish Radio Chopin) will discuss the pieces performed under her baton before the concert, at 6:30 p.m. in the NOSPR chamber hall.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket Information: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/nospr-anu-tali 

Opole | Once Upon a Time in Paris

FOThe Józef Elsner Opole Philharmonic invites you on 19 November 2021 at 7.00 p.m. to a concert entitled "Once Upon a Time in Paris", featuring the Opole Philharmonic Orchestra and the organist Karol Mossakowski under the baton of Jakub Chrenowicz.

The thirties and forties of the twentieth century. Two Poles and a French. Probably both Polish composers – Antoni Szałowski and Andrzej Panufnik – met Francis Poulenc in Paris. Before World War II, Szałowski went to study with the famous Nadia Boulanger and he stayed in the capital of France for the rest of his life. The neoclassical, daring and pleasant Overture was the last composition he wrote under the tutelage of the great professor. Concerto for organ, timpani and strings by a Paris born Francis Poulenc was composed two years earlier. This work consists of a single continuous movement with seven tempo marks and it contains references to the Baroque era.

In 1938, when Poulenc was composing his Organ Concerto, Andrzej Panufnik was studying conducting in the same city. However, the young artist soon returned to Poland, where he spent the cruel time of World War II. In his homeland, which was rising from the rubble after the war, remembering the centenary of Chopin's death, he wrote Sinfonia Rustica inspired by the Kurpie folklore. The symmetry of the Kurpie paper-cuts was reflected by the unusual setting of the orchestra on the stage – this unusual idea guarantees not only an unusual view, but also an interesting acoustic experience.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket Information: https://filharmonia.opole.pl/ 

Gdańsk | Open Course on Performing, Composing and Arranging for Carillon

CarillonThe open course on Performing, Composing and Arranging for Carillon will be held on the 18-20 November 2021 in Gdańsk by Monika Kaźmierczak (PhD) and Kamil Cieślik (MA) from the Stanisław Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdańsk, Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz (PhD, Assoc. Prof.) from the University of Zielona Góra and Gert Oldenbeuving – city carilloneur in Zutphen, Groenlo, Winterswijk (The Netherlands).

Organisers of the course are: The Church Music Chair of the Stanisław Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdańsk, The Museum of Gdańsk, The City of Gdańsk and The Chair of Composition and Music Theory, Institute of Music, University of Zielona Góra. The course will be held on the tower of St. Catharine Church in Gdańsk (3 Profesorska St.), the tower of the Main Town Hall in Gdańsk (46 Długa St.), and at the Stanisław Moniuszko Music Academy in Gdańsk, room 413 (the yellow building) and room 414 (the red building).

The programme of the course encompasses: the presentation of the carillons of the St. Catherine Church and the Main Town Hall, carillon for advanced performers (class with Gert Oldenbeuving) and for beginners (class with Monika Kaźmierczak), individual work of the participants with appointments for a consultation. In the theoretical part of the course for composers Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz and Kamil Cieślik will reveal the arcana of composing and arranging for carillon.

Moreover, two weekly carillon concerts will take place. On 19 November at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Catherine Church we will hear compositions by Elżbieta Sikora, Agata Zubel, Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz, Krzysztof Falkowski, Gert d’Hollander. Before the concert Monika Kaźmierczak will hold a presentation "New compositions for the carillons of Gdańsk" about the CD Contemporary Carillon (Anaklasis, 2021). On 20 November at 12:05 p.m. a the Main Town Hall there will be a oncert with compositions by Aleksander Nowak, Paweł Mykietyn, Zygmunt Krauze, Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz. Before the concert Monika Kaźmierczak and Katarzyna Kwiecień-Długosz will hold a presentation „About composing for a meantone carillon from the point of view of the performer and the composer”.

The course will be held under the patronage of the Polish Composers’ Union and under the media patronage of the Polish Music Information Centre  POLMIC.

Full programme is available athttps://amuz.gda.pl/wydarzenia/otwarty-kurs-gry-kompozycji-i-aranzacji-na-carillon,605 

Winners of Coryphaeus of Polish Music Award 2021 Were Announced!!

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The winners of the 11th edition of the Coryphaeus of Polish Music Award, organised by the National Institute of Music and Dance from the funds of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, were announced on 14 November 2021 at the Awards Gala on TVP Kultura. The ceremony was broadcast live on TVP Kultura and on the Internet.

The awards went to:

  • in the "Honorary Award" category: Lidia Grychtołówna – for lifetime artistic activity;
  • in the "Discovery of the Year" category: Kinga Głyk – bass guitarist, for virtuosity in playing the bass guitar, achieving success on European stages and continuing the tradition of outstanding jazz bassists;
  • in the "Personality of the Year" category: Aleksander Nowak – composer, for a number of world premieres in the 2020/2021 season, with particular emphasis on the premiere of lo firgai. Mask by Klangforum Wien and Agata Zubel in Vienna;
  • in the "Event of the Year" category: publication of Danuta Gwizdalanka's book The Seducer. A Thing About Karol Szymanowski – for an intriguing and insightful monograph of Karol Szymanowski, which analyzes the composer's personality.

The winners selected by the Polish music community were awarded with statuettes designed by Professor Adam Myjak. The awards in the "Personality of the Year" category and the Honorary Award were accompanied by financial awards sponsored by the STOART Union of Performing Artists and the ZAiKS Association of Authors.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More informationwww.koryfeusz.org.pl 

Katowice | "The Youth's Stage" at NOSPR: Cracow Golden Quintet

NOSPRThe Cracow Golden Quintet – 2nd prize winners of the Stanisław Moniuszko International Competition of Polish Music in Rzeszów, organised by the National Institute of Music and Dance – will perform on 15 November 2021 at 7.30 p.m. in the NOSPR series "Youth's Stage".

The "Youth's Stage" pulsates with energy and enthusiasm of debutants, for whom the performance at the NOSPR is an important moment on their way to a great career – these are concerts for everyone who prefer musical discoveries and sprouting talents to established names.

The Cracow Golden Quintet's repertoire covers both classical and popular music ranging from the classical era all the way to the contemporary. The group specialise in performing and promoting the musical output of Poland. That particular repertoire consists of pieces by Grażyna Bacewicz, Wojciech Kilar, Michał Spisak, and Tadeusz Szeligowski, among others, and is continually extended, especially to include music which has been forgotten and rarely performed onstage. Another field of Cracow Golden Quintet’s activity is premiering and recording 20th and 21st-century works. Acclaimed both domestically and internationally, the group have earned several awards and has performed at prestigious concert halls all over the world. In 2020, DUX released the ensemble’s first album, featuring works by Polish composers which was nominated for the 'Fryderyk' 2021 phonographic awards in the 'Chamber Music Album of the Year' category.

The programme of the upcoming concert will include Wojciech Kilar's Quintet for wind instruments, Józef Świder's Mini-Quintetto, as well as Jacques Ibert's Trois pièces brèves, Malcolm Arnold's Three Shanties and Júlia Medaglia's Belle epoque en Sud-America.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket Information: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/scena-mlodych-cracow-golden-quintet-2 

Katowice | Generation '51 on their 70th birthday: Silesian Quartet and Tymoteusz Bies

NOSPRThe first concert in the series "Generation '51 on their 70th birthday" will be held on 13 November 2021 at 6.00 p.m. at the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra Chamber Hall. We will hear the '51 Generation's 40-year acquaintance with the Silesian String Quartet.

Andrzej Krzanowski wrote Salve Regina for choir in 1981, but it was only in 2020, after Grażyna Krzanowska had arranged it for string quartet, that Silesian Quartet played it in the „Silesian misterioso” series, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of St John Paul II’s birth.

Relief for Andrzej is Aleksander Lasoń’s tribute to his friend taken away by premature death. Silesian Quartet first played it in 1995 to celebrate the Chamber Hall of the M. Karłowicz Music School in Katowice being named after Andrzej Krzanowski. A short piece, yet one most moving in its message...

Eugeniusz Knapik’s String Quartet No. 1 of 1980 is today considered a classic of 20th-century music, but in the year of its creation it was a challenge for the musicians to perform and it forced them to get over their habits. Working with the most demanding composer was a true test for them. The form of the piece is twofold, as in Lutosławski’s work, only put together in reverse order. It is dense, dynamic, stormy, to the point of virtuosity, at first. Then, there comes the calm of the song arising from and aiming for the chorale chords. In his author’s commentary, Knapik mentions a reference to the gravity of Beethoven’s masterpieces.

The concert will close with a second performance of Aleksander Lasoń’s Ananda for piano and string quartet commissioned for the 44th Karol Szymanowski’s Music Days in Zakopane.

The first and the last piece of this evening are proof that the ‘51 generation is not an ideology, but wonderful active composers.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Ticket Information: https://nospr.org.pl/pl/kalendarz/kwartet-slaski-tymoteusz-bies-pokolenie-51-na-70-lecie-urodz