|Polish Music Newsletter|
The Board of the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles has announced a new event in the Festival’s array of cultural offerings on the Central Coast, this time with a "Pops" theme. On July 2, 2016, join Festival organizers for the PASO POPS Independence Day Concert at the new Paso Robles Horse Park.
"PASO POPS was created to provide an annual Independence Day tradition for all members of the community," said Steve Cass, PASO POPS president and past president of the Paderewski Festival. "We wanted something that would complement the county's existing city celebrations, while providing recurring funding for youth arts." To watch a fun promo video for the event, visit pasoroblesdailynews.com.
The concert will feature the San Luis Obispo Symphony, along with Paderewski Competition winner Daniel Ha and Youth Symphony members, led by Tulare County Symphony and Pasadena Symphony conductor Bruce Kiesling in a 90-120 minute patriotic program with a fireworks finale. It will be an event not to be missed, with music, fireworks, great wines, great beers, and lots of family-friendly activities.
Tickets range from $10 for Patriot Mall (lawn seating) admission up to $3,500 for sponsored President tables that include wine tasting, gourmet buffet, wine and VIP parking. Other sponsor options include Vice President and Speaker tables at $2,500 and $1,500 respectively. Advanced sales of individual tickets are: Vice President $95, Speaker $65, Diplomat $40 and Patriot Mall $10. For active and retired military with ID, students with ID, and seniors over 60, Patriot Mall tickets are $5. Subject to availability, tickets also may be purchased at the gate: Vice President $105, Speaker $75, Diplomat $50 and Patriot Mall $15 ($10 with discount). Up to two children 12 and under are free with paid Patriot Mall admission.
Net proceeds from PASO POPS will be distributed to the Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition and Student Cultural Exchange Program, San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony, Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation and Studios on the Park Youth Art Program.
PMC @ BEA
This year’s Book Expo America was held in Chicago, May 11-14, and Poland was the designated guest of honor at this huge and prestigious event. Alongside the Polish Book Institute, who organized part of the Polish exhibit, the Los Angeles based publisher Aquila Polonica participated with its series of fascinating and beautifully produced books about history of Poland during World War II. On the coattails of Aquila Polonica’s invitation and thanks to its owner, Terry Tegnazian, several titles from the Polish Music Center’s Polish Music History Series found some space on the shelves of the Polish stand at BEA. PMC Director Marek Zebrowski travelled to Chicago to present the PMC’s books on leading Polish composers and took the opportunity to promote his own related titles, including Celebrating Chopin and Paderewski, published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Paderewski in California, published by the Tumult Foundation in Toruń, and a series of CAMERIMAGE Film Festival volumes on directors and cinematographers, also published by Tumult.
Two of Aquila Polonica’s authors—John Guzlowski and Julian Kulski—were on hand to introduce their work at BEA. Guzlowski’s poetry collection, Echoes of Tattered Tongues: Memory Unfolded, is a deeply moving tribute to a Polish family that survived Nazi labor camps during the war, years in refugee camps after the war, and the eventual resettlement in the United States, where Guzlowski’s parents and sister moved in the early 1950s. Julian Kulski’s memoir, The Color of Courage, describes his ordeal as a fourteen-year old Boy Scout who fought in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, endured Nazi POW camps as a teenager, and also finally emigrated to the U.S. after spending the immediate post war years finishing high school in England.
Guzlowski, Kulski and Zebrowski gave presentations on their books during the BEA and held signings at several events during the convention’s last day, when the doors to a cavernous exhibit hall at McCormack Place were open to the public. Together with Terry Tegnazian, the authors also gave presentations at the Copernicus Institute in Chicago and participated in interviews for Radio Deon/Chicago conducted by a young and intrepid reporter and filmmaker, Rafał Muskała—visit deon24.com to listen to the interviews (in Polish).
Overall, it was a very productive trip for all concerned, with several opportunities to address the large Polish diaspora in Chicago and introduce them with titles about Frederic Chopin, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski, Zygmunt Stojowski, as well as two women composers and virtuoso performers: Grażyna Bacewicz and Maria Szymanowska. Scores of booksellers, distributors, librarians and other industry professionals had, likewise, a chance to become familiar with the Polish Music Center, its staff and collaborators, and its publications.
PMC @ IAML
The International Association of Music Libraries will hold its Annual Congress in Rome in early July. The Polish Music Center will be represented by Director Marek Zebrowski at a July 7 session devoted to the PMC’s Manuscript Collection and Composers’ Archives. Chaired by Marie Cornaz from the Bibliothèque royale de Belgique in Brussels, the presentations will include such topics as the musical archives of the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice and Le Fonds Olivier Messaen at the Bibliothèque nationale of France.
Dir. Zebrowski’s “Polish Music Center at USC and Its Unique Manuscript Collection” will highlight the extraordinary collections of manuscripts and memorabilia of such composers as Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Zygmunt Stojowski, Henryk Wars [Henry Vars], Bronisław Kaper, and Roman Ryterband, among many others. The session is scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Teatro Studio in the Parco della Musica complex that also serves as prestigious venue for musical and theatrical performances.
For a full listing of events and presenters, visit www.iaml2016.org.
Led by Adam Knight Gilbert, the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles will present a program entitled “Musica Antiqua Polonica: Musical Treasures of Early-Modern Poland” at the Early Music America—Young Performers Festival on June 9 in Berkeley, CA. Featuring music by Mikołaj Zieleński, Marcin Mielczewski, Stanisław Sylwester Szarzyński, Diomedes Cato, Wojciech Długoraj, Wacław of Szamotuły, Jakub Polak, and Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki, their program highlights the considerable and little-known repertoire of Polish early music. This award-winning program is based on one curated for the PMC’s 2015 Paderewski Lecture-Recital featuring the Baroque Sinfonia.
Held in Berkeley June 8-10, the Early Music America—Young Performers Festival will feature ensembles from Indiana University, Bowling Green State University, Case Western Reserve University, and Brigham Young University. All concerts take place at the Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley. More information and program details can be found at: www.earlymusicamerica.org.
[Source: press release]
PREMIERES AT 7+7=70
The seventieth anniversary of the Polish Composers’ Union [ZKP] will be celebrated at a Festival of Seven Trends and Concert of Seven Premieres [Festiwal Siedmiu Nurtów oraz Koncert Siedmiu Premier] held June 19-26, 2016 at the National Audio-Visual Institute (NInA) and the Polish Radio’s Lutosławski Concert Studio in Warsaw. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture, Piotr Gliński, serves as the Honorary Patron of this event.
The “Seven Trends” presented at the Festival will cover Polish music during the years 1945-2015 and each of the seven concerts will be prepared by one musicologist selected for the occasion, who will be curating one single program. Notes and analysis of these experts will then be published in a program booklet accompanying the Festival. The musicologists chosen to curate these programs are: Rafał Augustyn, Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska, Marcin Trzęsiok, Katarzyna Naliwajek-Mazurek, Iwona Lindstedt, Krzysztof Szwajgier, and Małgorzata Gąsiorowska. For a full listing of all of the composers on each of the seven programs, see the Festival website at zkp70org.wix.com.
The closing concert on June 26 will feature seven commissioned works by seven composers representing seven generations. Maestro Wim Boerman and his ensemble, Orkest de ereprijs, will give the world premieres of these works and possibly feature the same repertoire in their future performances. The works are solo concertos by the following composers and the corresponding soloists who will perform them on June 26: Piotr Tabakiernik (b. 1986) – Andrzej Bauer (cello); Paweł Hendrich (b. 1979) – Leszek Lorent (percussion); Aleksander Kosciow (b. 1974) – Agata Zubel (soprano); Jarosław Siwiński (b. 1964) – Zdzisław Piernik (tuba); Tadeusz Wielecki(b. 1954) – Frank Peters (piano); Zygmunt Krauze (b. 1938) – Zygmunt Krauze (detuned piano); Zbigniew Penherski (B. 1935) – Paweł Gusnar (saxophone).
On May 20, the Baltic Philharmonic presented a birthday concert celebrating Paweł Mykietyn, featuring the World Premiere of his Double Concerto for two flutes and orchestra. Conductor Juri Gilbo led the orchestra of the Baltic Philharmonic with soloist flutists Łukasz Długosz and Agata Kielar-Długosz. Also on the program were the Overture to Mozart’s Magic Flute, and Brahms’s Symphony No. 3.
On June 3, 2016 the premiere of the Fourth Symphony Paweł Łukaszewski took place in the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Białystok, which commissioned the piece in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Bialystok. The composer subtitled this work ‘Symphony on the Mercy of God,’ referring to earlier works of this genre dedicated to Divine Providence, love and angels.
PREMIERE OF LISTY NA KRESY
This oratorio with fifteen set pieces of different musical genres, including rock, gospel, and blues, tackles a difficult and little known subject of Polish history during World War II. Listy na Kresy [Letters to the Borderlands] describes the forced exile of Polish nationals living in the eastern half of Poland that was invaded by the Soviets in September of 1939. The producer, Marek Klementowski, stated that, “We aimed at reaching the young audiences through our musical presentation. The history of Poles displaced from their homesteads and exiled to Siberia contains an enormous emotional baggage. We hope that this artistic experience will spur the young to seek and discover their own roots.”
The work was premiered on June 4 by the Śląsk Opera in Bytom, and the event was emceed by actor Bernard Krawczyk, and narrated by Adam Żurawski. Texts were authored by Jan Drechsler and Michał Malicki provided the musical accompaniment and the arrangements.
CONCERT IN SUPPORT OF JACEK JANISZEWSKI
A special Chopin/Wagner Concert will be held on the initiative of Waldemar Dąbrowski, director of the Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera, for their excellent colleague, exquisite singer Jacek Janiszewski (right). Winner of the 1998 Moniuszko Competition alongside Aleksandra Kurzak, this phenomenal bass has mainly been working in Germany for some time now. However he has also appeared in a range of world premieres at the Teatr Wielki, singing Zbigniew in Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor or Leporello in the much publicized production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni by Mariusz Treliński, to name just a few, as well as Dr. Grenvil in Verdi’s La Traviata and Bertrand in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta by the same director. He took to the stage for the last time in December 2014, performing one of the leading roles in Verdi’s Luisa Miller in Aachen, Germany. Diagnosed with cancer, the artist is now fighting to recuperate and return to the stage, at the price of a costly rehabilitation.
The performers in the Chopin/Wagner Concert, who have all donated their fees to support the singer, includes: Janusz Olejniczak, world-class pianist, juror of the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competitions, and Tomasz Konieczny, Polish singer of international renown, as well as the Orchestra of the Teatr Wielki-Polish National Opera led by Stefan Soltesz, who has stunned the Warsaw audience with the excellent conducting of Wagner’s Lohengrin (2014) and Strauss’s Salome (2016).
To support Jacek Janiszewski, please find donation information as well as concert details at teatrwielki.pl.
POLISH DAY IN LA
On June 11 from 2:00 to 10:00 pm, the Polish Day in LA Festival will be held in the downtown Long Beach East Village Art District, on Linden Avenue between 1st and Broadway. This event celebrating Polish-American heritage will include such musical performances as the Wessex Consort accompanying Irene Ujda’s ‘Vistula Danza’ ensemble as they perform Polish traditional dances (4:00 & 5:30 p.m.) and give dance lessons throughout the afternoon. There will be art and other creative works in the Hellada Gallery, random creative magic on the street, and a replica display of the finely crafted armor used by the 17th Century Polish Winged Hussars. Enjoy crafts and booths and live musicians, as well as Polish beer, Polish food, and more.
FIRST KILAR BIOGRAPHY
Entitled Kilar. Geniusz o dwóch twarzach [Kilar. Genius of two faces], the first full biography of composer Wojciech Kilar provides a fascinating portrait of the recently deceased artist. Describing himself as “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Kilar was known for his great love of fast cars and his fervent Catholic faith. The book sheds light on Kilar’s greatest love—his wife Barbara—and his appreciation of fine things in life, including an elegant lifestyle, world travel, the love of books and a sweet spot for cats.
Maria Wilczek-Krupa, a radio and press journalist, has woven into her book many little-known facts and anecdotes from Kilar’s long and eventful life that included working with such iconic film directors and Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Polański, Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Zanussi, among others. The biography is based on many long conversations the author carried with the composer shortly before his death on December 29, 2013.
PACF CELEBRATES 50 YEARS
The Polish Arts and Culture Foundation (1966-2016) celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. From April 30 to May 13, the PACF co-organized several events in honor of its Founder, the late Mme. Wanda Tomczykowska, and the 50 remarkable years of promoting Polish culture in the Bay Area and beyond that she launched by starting the PACF. Guest of Honor for the celebrations was Polish Consul General from Los Angeles, Hon. Mariusz Brymora. Highlights of the opening events included a Gala Lunch and Chopin Recital performed by Robyn Carmichael at the elegant Crystal Lounge of the Marines Memorial Club, a screening of Opwiesci Poli Negri at the Polish Club of San Francisco, and the opening of the Jan Karski Exhibit at War Memorial Veterans’ Building, Civic Center.
For more about the significance of the PACF, watch a feature about the 1990 Annual Polonaise Ball and interviews with Wanda Tomczykowska and other San Francisco Bay Area Poles at www.youtube.com.
PIOTR MOSS HONORED IN FRANCE
In February, Polish composer Piotr Moss (b. 1949) was promoted to title of Officer in the “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. A resident of Paris since 1981 and a holder of the title of “Chevalier” in the same order since 2000, Moss has long been recognized by the French government for his contributions to French culture.
Piotr Moss was born on May 13, 1949 in Bydgoszcz. He studied composition with Piotr Perkowski at the State Higher School of Music in Warsaw, graduating with honors in 1972. In 1976-77 he continued his studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, where he received the Friends of Lili Boulanger Society Award for his entire oeuvre.
He has also been awarded in national and international competitions for composers: in 1972 - 1st prize in the Competition for Composers in Cracow for Tre istanti per arpa sola (1972); in 1973 - 2nd prize in the Young Composers' Competition of the Polish Composers' Union for his Symphony "Charon" (1973); in 1978 - 1st prize in the International K. M. Weber Competition for Composers in Dresden for Quartetto per quattro violoncelli (1978) and the main award in the competition of the Associazione Musicale Valentino Bucchi in Rome for Trois pensées... for clarinet and chamber ensemble (1978); in 1979 - 1st prize in the Artur Malawski Competition for Garść liści wierzbowych [A Handful of Willow Leaves] for baritone, 3 cellos and 3 double-basses to poems by Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz (1978); in 1982 - 3rd prize in the International Competition for Composers in Stroud for Chants d’antan for flute and piano (1982) and 1st prize in the International Competition for Composers in Barcelona for Salve Regina for boys' choir and organ (1981); in 1983 - 2nd prize in the International "Berliner Liedertofel" Competition in West Berlin for Gloria for men's choir, 3 trumpets and 3 trombones (1982); in 1984 - 1st prize in the Competition for Composers in Fresnes for Musique concertante for piano and four instruments (1983), 2nd prize in the Composers' Competition in Bernach for Der du bist drei in Einigkeit for mixed choir and string quintet (1984) and 3rd prize in the Competition for Composers in Brazil for the trio Stances for clarinet, cello and piano (1984-85); in 1988 – 2nd prize in the Karol Szymanowski Competition in Warsaw for Veillée for oboe and string orchestra (1988).
Moss's works have been performed in many countries in Europe, as well as the United States, Singapore, Columbia and South Africa. Since 1993, he has collaborated with the writer Jean-Luis Bauer, with whom he has jointly produced the following works: the melodrama Ugui for reciting voice and orchestra (1993), the oratorio Gédéon (1996), two chamber operas: Karla (1996) and Les Ailes de Jean-Pierre (1997) and a song cycle for tenor and orchestra De l’amour... (1994).
MONIUSZKO COMPETITION IN WARSAW
The 9th International Stanisław Moniuszko Vocal Competition took place on May 9 – 14 in Warsaw. Held every three years, the competition is a great opportunity for young artists to demonstrate their talent to leading figures of the music scene who make up the international jury. In the words of juror Peter Mario Katona, casting director at the Royal Opera House-Covent Garden, this year’s edition has gathered singers presenting extremely high level of performing ability. As a result, the jury voted to admit 16 instead of 12 contestants to the finals.
This year’s competition jury included mezzo-soprano Ewa Podleś, baritone Jerzy Artysz, soprano Izabela Klosińska, and pianist Jerzy Marchwiński. The finalists sang a Polish and an international operatic aria each, accompanied by the Orchestra of the Teatr Wielki conducted by Andriy Yurkevych. The competition was broadcast online at vod.teatrwielki.pl. The winners were as follow:
Female vocal category:
Male vocal category:
A full list of winners is available at: teatrwielki.pl.
WIENIAWSKI VIOLIN-MAKING COMPETITION
120 violins from 23 different countries participated in the 13th International Henryk Wieniawski Competition, which started Sunday, May 8, 2016. The competition takes place every five years and is organized by the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society in Poznań in cooperation with Polish Union of Artist Violin Makers and National Museum in Poznań. The instruments were judged on the level of craftsmanship as well as its functional acoustic properties. A select number of these violins were exhibited at the Spanish Hall of the National Museum of Poznan from Sunday, May 15 to Sunday, May 22, following the end of the competition. The Meccore String Quartet performed Jean Silbelius’s “String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56” during the inaugural concert of the competition. Admission to the opening ceremony was open to the public as well as the competition past the second stage of evaluations.
ŁÓDŹ FOUR CULTURES FESTIVAL
Since 2002 the Four Cultures Festival has been taking place in Łódź. It is a multidisciplinary event, consisting of ceremonies, film and theatre shows, concerts and exhibitions connected with four nations living in Łódź before the war: Polish, Jewish, German and Russian. According to Festival Director Zbigniew Brzoza: “…there is no need to fear the unknown. After all, Łódź was once a city inhabited solely by foreigners, who by working together created this extraordinary city.” Continuing in his introductory remarks, Director Brzoza also notes that, “In the contemporary world the arrival of strangers is just as inevitable as the changing weather. It won’t be halted by abandoning the greatest achievements of our culture that include respect for the rights of citizens and respect for diversity.” This approach, Director Brzoza concludes, bodes for a positive outcome: “We shall welcome artists from different parts of our old continent and the Middle East, who find inspiration in the rich heritage of world culture. The ‘alien’ part of fear may become a source of inspiration and lead to creation of new works.”
To support this idea, the 2016 Łódź Four Cultures Festival (May 20 – June 5) will feature musicians, artists, filmmakers, actors, and culture creators from all over Europe and the Middle East. Drawing on the wealth of cultures in the world, the classical music performers include renowned Polish musicians such as Karol Radziwonowicz, Andrzej Bauer and Sinfonia Viva as well as Tunisian singer and composer Dhafer Youssef. Other cultural creators from around the globe joining this year’s Festival line-up include street performers from France, puppeteers from Spain, and collaborating jazz/folk musicians from Syria, Yemen, Greece, Israel and Poland. Visit www.4kultury.pl for a full lineup and more information.
TRZY - CZTE – RY!
The first edition of the TRZY - CZTE – RY! [Three-Four-Go!] Festival is being held in Warsaw from May 17-June 9, under the subtitle of “Contexts, Contrasts and Confrontations.” This theme will be explored in a series of ten concerts at the Polish Radio’s Lutosławski Studio, spotlighting the most recent trends in contemporary music.
“Contrasts or confrontations are not really how we communicate with other—it is the context that allows us to constructively and creatively approach the problems,” according to pianist Maciej Grzybowski, the Festival’s Artistic Director. “The arts that are created in proximity with each other can be totally alienated from each other and works that are separated by decades or centuries can sometimes engage each other in a fascinating dialogue,” added Director Grzybowski.
The Festival will present works by Chopin, Lutosławski, Panufnik, Baird, Serocki, Szymański and Mykietyn as well as compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms, Ravel, Bartok, and Ligety. A total of over one hundred and fifty artists will participate, including such ensembles as the Szymanowski Piano Trio, Meccore Quartet, Sinfonia Varsovia, and Camerata Silesia, among many others. Organized by the Cultura Animi Foundation, this Festival is also supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Program and performer details can be found on the Festival website: www.trzy-czte-ry.pl
The Eighth edition of the Leo Festival in Wrocław (May 29 - June 4) was curated and directed by maestro Ernst Kovacic and this year’s edition focused on the athletic aspects of music. Both music and sport require good physical condition and feature a strong quest for excellence by all of its participants.
With ballet being one of the best examples of intersecting disciplines, the Festival presented Stravinsky’s Apollo and Beethoven’s Creatures of Prometheus. Another aspect of the Festival is the creative engagement of children, which led this year to a premiere of a new children’s opera performed by young soloists with the Leopoldinum Orchestra. The same orchestra shared the podium with Sinfonietta Cracovia in the closing concert of the Festival, featuring Polyptique by Frank Martin and Bartok’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta.
For a full program of the Festival and more information, visit
NEW: TCZEW GUITAR FESTIVAL
The Tczew Guitar Festival will be held from June 3-5, 2016 in the Gdańsk region of Poland. This first edition of the Festival will include lectures, master classes and three concerts, featuring guitarists Monika Dżuła-Radkiewicz, Tomasz Fechner, and Festival Artistic Director Bartosz Paprot. This new Festival also includes a National Competition of Classical Guitar for children and young people playing solo and in chamber ensembles involving guitar (see the rules of the competition for details).
[Sources: email, ckis.tczew.pl]
POLISH CONTEMPORARY MUSIC IN MOLDOVA
The 2016 Festival ‘Zilele Muzicii Noi’ [Days of New Music] (June 4-7) in Chisinau, Moldova featured a Polish Music Day on June 4. The following Polish composers were on the program: Grażyna Bacewicz – Concerto for String Orchestra; Tadeusz Baird – Colas Breugnon; Witold Lutosławski – Five Folk Melodies; Andrzej Panufnik – Concerto for Bassoon and Chamber Orchestra; Henryk Mikołaj Górecki – Three Pieces in the Old Style; and Wojciech Kilar – Ricordanza for Strings. Also performed was Glance Behind the Curtain by Moldovan composer Ghenadie Ciobanu. The concert was performed by the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra with conductor Paweł Kotla and bassoon soloist Arkadiusz Adamczyk.
WARSAW FESTIVAL OF SONG
Beginning on May 28 and continuing until November 27, the Traugutt Philharmonic in Warsaw will present the Thirteenth Festival of Song, featuring top-notch Polish and foreign vocal repertoire and performers. The Festival intersperses recitals devoted to vocal works by Polish composers with those featuring composers from other European countries. Concerts will be held in some of the most spectacular venues in Warsaw, including the Great Hall of the Royal Castle, the Łazienki Palace, and the White Hall of the Wilanów Royal Castle.
The May 28 opening gala featured soprano Olga Pasiecznik and countertenor Jan Jakub Monowid in a program of works by Edward Pałłasz, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Benjamin Britten. The subsequent programs will present works by Mikołaj Gomółka, Stanisław Niewiadomski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Karol Mikuli, Paweł Łukaszewski, and Stanisław Moniuszko. Later in the fall, songs from Ukraine, Germany, Spain, Slovak Republic and France will be heard across the Polish capital. The last concert (27 November 2016) will feature songs of the November 1831 Uprising.
A detailed Festival program and ticket details are available at: www.fit.waw.pl
PENDERECKI CONDUCTS PENDERECKI
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Krzysztof Meyer: Trio Op. 90 Quintet Op. 66
20th Century Polish Music for Clarinet
CHORAL MUSIC ON NAXOS
Choral Concert: National Forum of Music Choir (De profundis)
KINGA AUGUSTYN CD
Kinga Augustyn on her relationship with the 24 Caprices:
[Sources: press release, amazon.com]
POLISH ACCENTS AT THE GOETHE INST
The Goethe Institute in Los Angeles is an elegant and modern venue located in the Mid-Wilshire/Museum-Mile district. With a well-stocked library of books, magazines, sound recordings and many rare DVDs, it is a very attractive place to visit and become familiar with German culture today.
On Saturday, June 4, the Institute hosted a special event celebrating 25 years of Polish-German relations since the fall of Communism in Central Europe. Held in the Institute’s small auditorium, the evening began with an excellent animated film commissioned by the German Consulate in Kraków, which succinctly summarized the historical background and the last quarter century of the neighborly relations between Germany and Poland. Stefan Biedermann, Deputy Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, officially opened the proceedings with a well-crafted address, building on the points made in the bilingual video shown beforehand. Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Mariusz Brymora, in turn presented the Polish perspective of the past twenty-five years in Polish-German relations, closing on a prediction of the upcoming Polish-German football match that delighted the mixed audience of Polish and German emigres.
The official part over, it was time for the Polish-German duet of flutist Krzysztof Kaczka and guitarist Perry Schack to present a musical interlude with works by Molino, Bach, Giuliani, Chopin, Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla. Born in Poland, Mr. Kaczka, graduated from the Musikhochschule in Munich. During the last decade he has won several prestigious competitions and performed in concerts and festivals all across the globe. Perry Schack also studied in Munich and that’s where the two musicians met and founded Duo Artus, an ensemble dedicated to promoting the flute and guitar repertoire and to arranging a number of well-known works in classical catalogue for this combination of instruments. With their mix of charm and virtuosity, the audience warmly responded to the artists and elicited another Piazzolla favorite as an encore before enjoying a delightful reception at Goethe Institute’s outdoor garden.
More information about the 25th anniversary and related events around the world is available at 25de.pl.
[Photo credit: Adam Sosiński]
PTASZYŃSKA’S MUSIC IN NY
On May 26, ChamberMusicNY presented the American Modern Ensemble in a season finale evening of vocal works by composers who are (or were) percussionists. The concert was held in Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center. Entitled “Voice of Thunder,” the program included Liquid Light for mezzo-soprano by Marta Ptaszyńska, a Polish composer and percussionist who, since 1998, has served on the music faculty of the University of Chicago where she now holds the endowed chair of the Helen B. & Frank L. Sulzberger Professor of Composition.
Also on the program were: Andy Akiho: NO one To kNOW one, Warren Benson: Three Solitary Songs, David T. Little: Two Mothers Arias from Dog Days, Robert Paterson: Summer Songs (World premiere, commissioned by the ASCAP Foundation via the Charles Kingsford Fund). The concert was performed by Marnie Breckenridge, soprano; Blythe Gaissert, mezzo-soprano; Sato Moughalian, flute; Benjamin Fingland, clarinet; Blair McMillen and Geoffrey Burelson, piano; Matt Ward and Andy Akiho, percussion; Esther Noh, violin; and Arash Amini, cello.
On May 11, the Beethoven Academy Orchestra presented the next installment of their series "Jeszcze polska muzyka..." [More Polish Music]. The program included Suita pamięci Piotra Czajkowskiego op. 13 by Henryk Pachulski, Finale molto presto by Franciszek Lessel, Symphony No. 7 in A Major op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven, as well as Canticum Canticorum by young Iranian composer Mohammad Hadi Ayanboda, who is a student of Krzysztof Penderecki. Held at the Kraków Philharmonic, the concert featured the Beethoven Academy Orchestra and the Wawel Castle Choir led by Paweł Kapuła.
AUGUSTYN RECITAL: LIVE & STREAMING
On May 11 as a part of the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, New York-based Polish violinist Kinga Augustyn performed a recital with pianist Benjamin Laude at the beautiful Preston Bradley Hall of Chicago's Cultural Center. The concert was broadcast live on WFMT 98.7 fm and streamed live at wfmt.com. The program consisted of: Henryk Wieniawski (1835 – 1880): Legende, Op.1; Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827): Violin Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 “Spring”; and Pablo de Sarasate (1844 – 1908): Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20. This free concert was co-sponsored by the Polish Consulate of Chicago.
[Sources: press release, kingaaugustyn.com]
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Sources of information: Polish Cultural Institute (NY & UK), Adam Mickiewicz Institute, PWM,
Nowy Dziennik, Polish Music Information Centre - Warsaw, Polish American Journal,
Poland.pl, PAP, ZKP, infochopin.pl, Ruch Muzyczny, Gazeta Wyborcza
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