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Szczecin | The Evening of Polish Ballets

Opera na Zamku

Roman Palster's Song of the Earth choreographed by Paolo Mangioli and Stanisław Moniuszko's On the Billet choreographed by Rafał Bondara will be presented on 25-26 January 2020 the Opera in the Castle in Szczecin as part of "The Evening of Polish Ballets".

The first choreography is the work of Italian artist Paolo Mangioli, director of the national ballet in Malta, who reinterpreted the masterly orchestrated and extremely energetic score of Roman Palester through the prism of universal values. The second choreography was prepared by Robert Bondara – one of the best choreographers in Poland, appreciated for his modern interpretations of Polish historical works. Ballets in his choreography were staged at the Grand Theatre – National Opera (Świtezianka by Eugeniusz Morawski) ad at the Grand Theatre in Poznań (The Baltic Legend by Feliks Nowowiejski).

The performance is co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage from the Culture Promotion Fund under the "Moniuszko 2019 – Promesa" programme implemented by the Institute of Music and Dance. "The Evening of Polish Ballets" is held under the patronage of the PWM Edition as part of the TUTTI.pl project, promoting the performancse of Polish music.

More information athttp://www.opera.szczecin.pl/component/repertuar/spektakl/403-wieczor-baletow-polskich 

Łódź | Penderecki and Kilar at the Łódź Philharmonic


The concert at the Lodz Philharmonic on 24 January 2020 at 7.00 p.m. will feature the string section of the Łódź Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tomasz Gołębiewski and 13-year-old Ryan Martin Bradshaw, a talented Slovak pianist. The musicians will perform works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Edvard Grieg, Wojciech Kilar and Krzysztof Penderecki.

Krzysztof Penderecki's Three pieces in old style were originally composed as film music, whereas Orawa by Wojciech Kilar, a well-known composer of both classical and film music, is his most popular symphonic work. The latter piece was inspired by the Podhale folklore and belongs to the series of works devoted to the Tatra mountains. The cycle of Three pieces in old style is a pastiche of 18th-century music, in which Penderecki makes use of nearly untransformed elements of historical sound language. Early music also inspired Edvard Grieg, whose suite "From Holberg's Time" was written on the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of the Danish writer Ludwig Holberg.

The programme of the concert will also include Piano Concerto in A major KV 414 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which will be performed by Ryan Martin Bradshaw. Born in 2006, he started to play piano at the age of 6. Since 2016 he has studied at the University of Music and Performaning Arts in Vienna with Prof. Vladimir Kharin. This young Slovak pianist won the 1st prize at the Bela Bartok International Piano Competition in Graz (2017), 3rd prize at the Internationa Franz Liszt Piano competition in Weimar (2017), and 1st Prize and grand Jury prize at the Viennna International Art Open Music Competition (2017). Last summer, he won the first place in his age group at the 27th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition for Children and Youth in Szafarnia.

More information at: https://filharmonia.lodz.pl/pl/wydarzenia/koncert-symfoniczny-111 

Kraków | Stars with Sinfonietta: Sergei Babayan and Rafael Payare


Sinfonietta Cracovia will inaugurate the Beethoven Year on 23 January 2020 at 7.00 p.m. in the St. Katherine of Alexandria Church in Kraków. The orchesta will perform with the outstanding pianist Sergei Babayana, under the baton of Venezuelan conductor Rafael Payare. The programme will include Ludwig van Beethoven's Great Fugue.

Sergei Babayan is an Armenian-American pianist, the winner of numerous international competitions who continues to appear as soloist with leading orchestras. He is famous for his extremely diverse repertoire, which he will be present to the Krakow audience during the concert as part of the extremely popular series "Stars with Sinfonietta".

The virtuoso will perform with the charismatic Rafael Payar – Honorary Guest Conductor of Sinfonietta Cracovia. They will present two piano concertos: Concerto for piano and string orchestra by Alfred Schnittke and Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-major KV 271 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The evening will be inaugurated by another work by Alfred Schnittke Moz-Art à la Haydn – a good-natured Mozartian parody that ends with an evocation of Haydn's Farewell Symphony. The concert will end with Ludwig van Beethoven's Great Fugue (in arrangement for string orchestra), which is still considered to be controversial.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Information on tickets at: www.sinfonietta.pl 

Chełmno | Laureates of the 15th National Christmas Carols and Pastorals Competition


The 15th National Polish Carol and Pastorals Competition, organized by the Choir Collegium Cantorum Friends' Association in Chełmno, took place on 18 January 2020. The Jury decided to award the following awards:

The Grand Prix award went to the Di Nuovo Female Chamber Choir from Poznań conducted by Dorota Wojnowska.

The "Mixed Choirs" category: the Strong in Faith Choir a cappella from Olsztyn, the KOE Chamber Choir from Sokołów Podlaski, the University of Łódź Academic Choir (Golden Bands); and the Powidoki Chamber Choir from Piastów (Silver Band).

The "Homogeneous Choirs" category: the Di Nuovo Female Chamber Choir from Poznań, the Vocal Ensemble of the FCUM Department of Church Music in Warsaw, and the Polirytmia Women's Choir from Zielona Góra (Golden Bands)..

The "Vocal Ensembles" category: the Lumen Vocale Solo Ensemble from Poznań and the Cantavi ad Homini Vocal Ensemble from Śrem (Golden Bands); the Contrapunkt Vocal Ensemble from Grudziądz (Silver Band).

The "Senior Choirs" category: the Parati Semper Choir from Świecie (Golden Band), the Cantilen Chamber Male Choir from Wrocław (Silver Band) and the Choir of the Third Age University of Helena Kretz from Łódź (Brown Band).

The "Parish Choirs" category: Schola Padre Pio from Gdańsk and Cantate Collective of the parish of St. James the Apostole in Piotrków Trybunalski (Golden Band), Corda Cordi Choir from Śrem, Iunctus Choir from Oleśnica and Choir of the parish of Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians in Niemcz (Silver Band), Laudate Dominum Choir of the parish of St. Kazimierz in Łochów and the Choir of the parish of the Transfiguration in Morzewo (Brown Band).

The "Children's and Youth Choirs" category: Intention Children' Choir from Nakło nad Notecią, Inovroclaviensis Cantans Choir from Inowrocław (Golden Band); the Canzon Girls' Choir from Murowana Goślina (Silver Band).

A special award for the best conductor went to Aneta Mroczek – conductor of the KOE Chamber Choir from Sokołów Podlaski.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttps://e-chelmno.pl/pl/11_wiadomosci/58802_laureaci_xv_ogolnopolskiego_konkursu_koled_i_pastoralek_chelmno_2020.html 

Łódź | Harpsichord without borders: 3rd Simnar of Contemporary Hapsichord Music

Klawesyn bez granic

The artists and scientists interested in contemporary harpsichord music will take part in the 3rd seminar entitled "Harpsichord without borders", which will take place on 22 January 2020 at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź.

The seminar will start at 10.00 a.m. with the lectures deliverd by Krzysztof Urbaniak, Ewa Rzetecka-Niewiadomska, Magdalena Itman-Wasilewska and Weronika Ratusińska-Zamuszko. The presentation part will be followed by a concert at 4.00 p.m. in the ballroom of the Palace of the Academy of Music. The programma will include works by Olga Hans, Johan Huys, Weronika Ratusińska-Zamuszko, Marian Sawa, and Daniel Strządała performed by, among others, the laureates of the 1st Elżbieta Chojnacka Harpsichord Competition.

The event's partners are the Elżbieta Chojnacka Center for Contemporary Harpsichord Music and the Palace in Rybna. Admission is free!

Full programme available at: http://www.amuz.lodz.pl/pl/koncerty-i-wydarzenia-zapowiedzi/styczen-2020/154215-klawesyn-bez-granic 

Warsaw | Silence of the Mermaids

Milczenie syren

On 22-24 January 2020, Warsaw's Nowy Teatr invites you to the Silence of the Mermaids – a unique concert-film-performance. The programme includes works by Kaija Saariaho, Tomasz Sikorski, Philip Glass and Jimi Hendrix.

The author of the script and program – Michał Pepol – describes the play as follows: "Singing is the essential strength of mermaids, and working under their spell is a perverse dream of many a musician. I would also like to have this power of a mermaid and always be able to seduce an audience. But this would require an unconditioned opening into the dark side of my subconscious. A meeting with a mermaid is a meeting with myself, one most sensitive and delicate, and at the same time a self-censored fraction of my hidden self. So let this be a concert-liberation from conventions, genres, habits and expectations. Let this be a concert-hybrid, just like a mermaid is. Let's look the mermaid in the eye and listen to her. While listening to her, let's listen to ourselves. Let's get seduced by the polyphony of the human voice, cellos, and the inhabitants of the ocean."

Cellist Michał Pepol will also take part in the concert as one of the performers together with Magdalena Cielecka. The project was inspired by the exhibition "The Beguiling Siren is Thy Crest" commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.

Information on tickets at: https://nowyteatr.org/pl 

Wrocław | Christmas Carols


On 22-26 January 2020, the National Forum of Music will host a series of concerts entitled "Christmas Carols" as part of the Youth Philharmonic and the Family Philharmonic.

The NFM Boys Choir and the Con Brio Choir invite the young music lovers to joyful carolling at the National Forum of Music.

Małgorzata Podzielny, Artistic Director of the NFM Boys' Choir, will conduct a concert of the most beautiful Christmas carols and pastorals, in arragements spiced up by percussive instruments and accompanied by the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra. The audience will learn about the history of the Christmas season repertoire, often sung at home, about who wrote the carols and about their forms and genres.

Information on tickets at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/ 

Kraków | University Concert


The Collegium Novum in Kraków will hold a University Concert on 22 January 2020 at 7:00 p.m. featuring the Messages Quartet. The programme will include string quartets by Stanisław Moniuszko, Aleksander Tansman and Krzysztof Penderecki.

The aim of the Messages Quartet is to promote Polish chamber music, especially the less known and the latest compositions. The ensemble performs in Poland and abroad, including Vienna, London, Sao Paulo or Moscow. The Messages Quartet is a laureate of the "Young Poland" Scholarship Programme financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, thanks to which they recorded a debut album with Szymon Laks's string quartets (2017, DUX).

The quartet's repertoire includes works by Polish composers, among others, Szymon Laks, Andrzej Panufnik, Mieczysław Weinberg, Karol Szymanowski, Stanisław Moniuszko, and Grażyna Bacewicz, as well as masterpieces of the world literature. The quartet presents a versatile and innovative repertoire as part of a series of chamber concerts at the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice, and also cooperates with the Composition Department of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

Information on tickets athttp://www.filharmonia.krakow.pl/Home/8615-KONCERT_UNIWERSYTECKI.html 

Kielce | Stage for Polish Music


Piatr Sałajczyk's piano recital will take place on 21 January 2020 at 6.30 p.m. at the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic as part of the new program of the Institute of Music and Dance – "Stage for Polish Music".

The pianist is a laureate of the "Fryderyk" award and the "Orpheus" award "for outstanding performances of Polish music". Nominated to "Polityka's Passport" award for "sensitivity and intelligence in approaching the forgotten repertoire". He teaches piano at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, of which he is a graduate. He is interested in modern music as well as unknown music of Polish romanticism. In 2017, he released a four-disc album with a complete set of piano works by Juliusz Zarębski. A year later, he registered all works by Władysław Żeleński.

The programme of the recital in Kielce will include Sonata by Franciszek Lessel, Grande Polonaise, Op. 6 by Juliusz Zarębski, Variations, Op. 62 by Władysław Żeleński, Sonata No. 2 by Mieczysław Weinberg and suite The Life of Machines by Władysław Szpilman.

More information athttp://filharmonia.kielce.com.pl/press/press_21.01.20.html