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Warsaw | Roman Palester – here and now


A series of concerts and seminars on the 30th anniversary of the death of the eminent Polish composer and publicist of the Radio Free Europe, Roman Palester, will be held in Warsaw on 25-27 October 2019.

The University of Warsaw invites you to a three-day series of events organized by the University of Warsaw Foundation and the University of Warsaw Library with the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The project emphasizes the artist's relationship with the university, and pays tribute to him on the 30th anniversary of his death. The versatility of Palester's compositional output will be presented during two monographic concerts: symphony concert in the Auditorium Maximum and chamber music concert in the Collegium Politicum of the University of Warsaw.

Outstanding musicians will present both his neoclassical works from the inter-war and war periods (including the stage premiere of the beautiful choral cantata Kołacze to words by Szymon Szymonowic), as well as examples of later works dealing with advanced musical means. In addition, two seminars will recall the important activities of the journalist of the Radio Free Europe station in Poland and his involvement in the creation of film music, especially in the 1930s. An example will be the movie Girls of Nowolipki (1937) directed by Józef Lejtes.

Admission to the events is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: https://www.buw.uw.edu.pl/

Gdańsk | 8th "NeoArte – Synthesizer of Arts"


The 8th "NeoArte – Synthesizer of Arts" – international festival presenting the most interesting trends in contemporary music and art – will be held in Gdańsk on 23-26 October 2019.

The originator of the festival that focuses on the synthesis of arts is the Tri-City ensemble NeoQuartet, winner of the Pomeranian Artistic Award of 2019. Contemporary composers create works combining video art and theater, visual artists create sound installations, theater and dance are moving towards performative art. It is becoming increasingly difficult to set boundaries between various fields of creativity, and it is becoming easier to combine them.

This year's festival will last five days, featuring nine concerts, two artistic installations, a radio play and several performances. Composition students will have the opportunity to take part in composer workshops led by the festival's patron Gwyn Pritchard, as well as performance workshops presented by Alwynne Pritchard. Children and youth will be able to participate in electronic music creation classes led by Krzysztof Topolski. Each concert is planned as a multidisciplinary performance, which makes the audience paricipate in the artistic process.

In the Gdańsk garrison, the audience will participate and co-create the premiere of the latest project of the Krakow artist Piotr Peszat – Into the Heart of Hearts (2019) for acoustic and electric string quartet, live-electronics and live-video. The finale of the festival, "NeoArte Night" in the New Synagogue, is a challenge for both the audience and performers – the 12-hour concert marathon will premiere latest works by contemporary Polish composers written for piano and string chamber orchestra.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://neoarte.pl/ 

Warsaw | Warsaw Wind Ensemble Conducting Competition 2019

Warsaw Wind

The Warsaw Wind Ensemble Conducting Competition 2019 is the first edition of the international competition for wind orchestra conductors, which will be held in Warsaw on 23-27 October 2019.

The competition will consist of three stages and 20 conductors from 11 countries will compete. Participants will be judged by a jury chaired by Prof. Szymon Kawalla, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Composition, Conducting and Music Theory at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

The first stage will take place from 23 to 24 October (8:00–10:00 p.m.) at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music (auditorium 338). The conductors will be accompanied by two pianists, and the performance will include Dance Sacrale from the ballet The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky and the Bajka Concert Overture by Stanisław Moniuszko. The next stages of the competition will take place in the District Cultural Centre Ursynów. The second stage will be held from 25 to 26 October (4:00–10:00 p.m.). Conductors will lead the Festival Orchestra consisting of musicians from Youth Warsaw Wind Orchestra. The repertoire will include two pieces: Serenade in D minor for wind instruments by Antoni Dvorzak and Film Variations on the theme of the aria “Szumią jodły na szczycie” by Stanisław Moniuszko by Tomasz Dudziński.

On 25 and 26 October, after the competition auditions (8:00 and 9:00 p.m.) there will also be lectures given by pedagogues, composers and musicians (the speakers will be pedagogue and composer Ignacy Zalewski, composer Paweł Pudło, trumpeter musician Bartłomiej Łubian and composer Artur Słotwiński).

The final of the competition will take place on Sunday, 27 October (4:00–7:30 p.m.), during which the 6 best conductors will lead a much larger Festival Orchestra consisting of musicians from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences Representative Orchestra and Youth Warsaw Wind Orchestra. In the repertoire of the finale, Second Suite in F major for military orchestra by Gustav Holst and Overture Year 1918 by Artur Słotwiński. The culmination will be the Gala Concert, which will take place at the end of the Competition, on 27 October at 8:00 p.m. in District Cultural Centre Ursynów. The winners of the Competition will be announced during the concert. The best conductors will receive prizes and conduct the Festival Orchestra, which will perform works from the competition repertoire.

All events are free and all auditions are open to the public.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: www.wwecc.warsawwindmusic.pl 

Warsaw | 11th "Schaeffer's Era" Festival

Era Schaeffera

The 11th "Schaeffer's Era" Festival will take place on 24 October 2019 at 8 p.m. in the Artistic Pool (Basen Artystyczny) in Warsaw (6 M. Konopnicka St.).

The "Schaeffer's Era" Festival is a cyclical event that combines music, theater and dance and promotes the rich creative output of the Polish contemporary composer, music theoretician, playwright, philosopher and graphic artist Bogusław Schaeffer. The Festival takes place in the autumn season in Warsaw, regularly since 2009. It is a multimedia and audiovisual event inspired by sound, word, movement, and image, which uses a collage technique.

11th "Schaeffer's Era" combines presentation of works by Bogusław Schaeffer with the celebration of his 90th birthday. The professor died less than a month after his 90th birthday, so this year's Festival will also be a symbolic farewell to the Master. A multimedia spectacle The Eternal Carousel directed by Maciej Sobociński combines performances by Polish and foreign stage artists with a display of Schaeffer's graphic works as well as fragments of his musical works in the interpretation and arrangement of young Polish musicians. Among hte performers there will be actors Lidia Bogaczówna, Izabela Warykiewicz, Sean Palmer, Marcel Wiercichowski, accordionist and composer Marcin Wyrostek with the band Corazone, singer Janusz Radek, rapper Andy Ninvalle, violinist and composer Patryk Zakrocki, pianist Maciej Piszek and composer and pianist Andrzej Karałow.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information at: http://aureaporta.eu 

Kraków | 3rd Kraków Music Salon: Moniuszko – Żeleński


The Association of Polish Chamber Musicians invites you to the 3rd Festival "Krakow Music Salon: Moniuszko – Żeleński", which will take place betwwen 24 October and 23 November 2019.

To this day the festival is the largest regular event promoting the work of Władysław Żeleński. This year's edition will be devoted not only to Żeleński, but also to Stanisław Moniuszko on the occasion of his 200th birth anniversary. Both composers highly contributed to the development of Polish songwriting, which is why the festival programme will include three vocal recitals, as well as an orchestra concert with arrangements of Moniuszko's songs, recitals of piano duo, reed trio and string quartet, lectures on the songs of Moniuszko and Żeleński, and Polish songwriting in the 20th century.

The list of performers includes the Messages Quartet, LLLeggiero Woodwind Trio, Ravel Piano Duo, Urszula Kryger, Krzysztof Urbaniak and many others. This year's festival will also promote two CDs: on 17 November Ravel Piano Duo will promote their Polish Kaleidoskope No. 4, while on 21 November soprano Magdalena Molendowska and pianist Julia Samojło will promote the first, complete recording of Zygmunt Stojowski's songs.

Admission to all events is free.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

Full programme available at: http://www.spmk.com.pl/salon/ 

Wrocław | Bagatelles and Premieres


The LutosAir Quintet, one of the most active wind ensembles performing contemporary music, will premiere three works by Polish composers at the chamber music concert on 24 October 2019 at 7 p.m. at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław.

The Thursday concert will begin with the performance of Six Bagatelles for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn by the Hungarian composer György Ligeti, who went down in history as a great avant-garde artist. The Bagatelles are his early work, written in 1953, before leaving his homeland, and the musical language used in it is easier on the ear than his later compositions. They are arrangements of another of his compositions, the Musica ricercata for piano. The title of the fifth one, Béla Bartók in memoriam, points to an important source of inspiration for Ligeti during this period. Despite the fact that these miniatures are graceful and accessible, the Soviet censorship decided that the last Bagatelle was too radical and did not allow it to be performed during the premiere of the work in 1956.

Other works in the programme were written by contemporary Polish composers. The Wrocław audience will also have an opportunity to listen to the world premieres of the Brass Sextet by the Wrocław composer Ewa Podgórska, Dr JanKeys by the violist and composer Dawid Pajdzik and the Concert Suite for bass clarinet and wind quintet by Nikola Kołodziejczyk. The commission of the latter work was subsidised from the funds of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage – Culture Promotion Fund as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme realised by the Institute of Music and Dance.

More information at: https://www.nfm.wroclaw.pl/component/nfmcalendar/event/7269 

Warsaw | SuperSam +1: Marta Zapparoli & Piotr Zabrodzki

SuperSamMarta Zapparoli and Piotr Zabrodzki will perform at the next concert of the cycle "SuperSam +1", which will take place on 24 October 2019 at 8 p.m. in the Warsaw club "DZIK" (44a Belwederska St.).

“Supersam + 1” is a series of master performances. The project focuses mainly on music, however, it also includes other forms of expression such as: performance, multimedia, monodrama. “SUPERSAM + 1” will present respected Polish and foreign artists whose work is original, experimental and innovative.

Marta Zapparoli is an experimental sound artist, radio artist, improviser, performer, and self-taught researcher. She has been working and living in Berlin since 2007. In the past fourteen years her sonic work has focused on recorded sound from the external world using a wide array of devices, microphones, sensors, ultrasonic, digital and analogue recorders. In the past four years she has also included antennas, radio receivers, and detectors. She works without boundaries and with many unconventional techniques. Her influences and interest is the sonic environment, acoustic ecology, cosmic energies, electro-smog (radio waves communication, EMF), Natural Radio VLF (electromagnetic signal emissions which originate from natural phenomena, weather, lighting, borealis aurora and more) and they relations and effects on human senses and body. With all the recordings she has captured around the world, she builds highly narrative and visionary soundscapes. Through live performances the sound material is transformed and placed into other contexts, consequently changing its original character by creating a distinct aurality into another universe of sound. She aims to stimulate critical thinking, awareness, memories and auditory imagination of the audience.

Piotr Zabrodzki is a pianists and a composer. He graduated from the Music Academy in Warsaw. His music combines jazz improvisation with sonorism, heavy metal and electronics and all of that is topped with a good sense of humour. As a musician he is very flexible and versatile, which is reflected in the number of bands he is a member of: LXMP, Efekt Moozgu, Trylobit, 60 Minut Projekt, The Kurws, Blast Muzungu, SEMAFOR COMBO. He worked with leading avant-garde musicians such as Yoshida Tatsuya, Zdzisław Piernik, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Ove Volquartz, Tabata Mitsuru.

Media patronage: Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC.

More information athttp://supersam.mozg.pl/

Kraków | 6th Krakow Musical Autumn

Krakowska Jesień Muzyczna

For the sixth time the "Porta Musicae" Artistic Association together with the Karol Szymanowski Krakow Philharmonic invite you to participate in the Krakow Musical Autumn. This year, the organizers are offering you a series of five concerts on 20-24 October 2019, and an accompanying concert on 28 October 2019. Festival concerts will take place in the Main Building of the National Museum in Krakow.

The programme of this year's edition of the festival, as in previous years, involves the presentation of works by Polish and foreign composers, contemporary works and those belonging to the classics of the repertoire intended for chamber instrumental ensembles. This year, the invitation to perform the inaugural concert was accepted by the well-known and appreciated both by the audience and critics – the Lutosławski Quartet, who will present the works of Stanisław Moniuszko, Witold Lutosławski and Dymitr Szostakowicz.

On the second day of the festival, a duet that had never been before at the Krakow Musical Autumn, i.e. flutist Ania Karpowicz and pianist Marek Bracha, will present works by Mieczysław Weinberg, Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern and Aaron Copland. The third day will feature a concert for four hands: Piotr Różański and Grzegorz Mania will sit at one piano and present works of Antonin Dvořák, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Emil Wojtacki, Władysław Żeleński and Johannes Brahms.The first premiere will take place on day four: violinist Volodja Balzarolsky and pianist Peter Caelen will perform for the first time in Poland For Fred by American composer Aaron Alter. The programme will also include works by Leoš Janáček, Antonin Dvořák, Ludomir Różycki and Johannes Brahms.

At the end of this year's edition of the Festival, soprano Joanna Freszel and pianist Bartłomiej Kominek will present a selection of songs by Fryderyk Chopin, Stanisław Moniuszko, Sergei Rachmaninov, Karol Szymanowski, Grażyna Bacewicz, Alberto Ginastera and Sławomir Zamuszko. During this concert, the artists will also perform the world premiere of Marta Ptaszyńska's Conversation with an Angel, commissioned and written especially for the sixth edition of the Krakow Musical Autumn as part of the "Composing Commissions" programme of the Institute of Music and Dance.

Full programme available at: http://kjm.festiwalmuzyczny.com/ 

Kielce | Stage for Polish Music


The Cracow Duo will perform works by Polish composers of the 19th and 20th centuries on 22 October 2019 at 6.30 p.m. at the Oskar Kolberg Świętokrzyska Philharmonic. The concert will take place as part of the Institute of Music and Dance's "Stage for Polish Music" programme intended for Polish performers.

The selected repertoire for cello and piano shows the diversity of forms and genres – from lyrical miniatures, through one-movement narrative forms, to cyclical forms and sonatas. The programme includes such works as Introduction and Polonaise by Fryderyk Chopin, for whom cello was the preferred instrument in chamber music, and Deux Pieces by Alexander Tansman, another Polish composer associated with Paris. The presented pieces belong to the permanent repertoire of Cracow Duo, whose members have contributed to the popularization of many Polish compositions.

The artists gained international critical acclaim. They performed, among others, at Seoul Arts Center in Seoul, Alfred Newman Hall in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall in New York, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico, Salle Cortot in Paris, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. They also promoted Polish music during the concert tours in th Middle East, Caucasus, Georgia, the USA, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and China. Magazine The Strad wrote about the Cracow Duo: “Kalinowski and Szlezer, friends since childhood, have a wonderfully natural rapport and there is an arresting quality to their playing that gives life to the music”.

Full programme available at: http://filharmonia.kielce.com.pl/press/press_22.10.19.html