|Polish Music Newsletter
October 2005, Vol. 11, No. 10. ISSN 1098-9188. Published monthly.
Los Angeles: Polish Music Center, University of Southern California
During the 10th annual Festival of Polish Composers, held from October 13-15 in Bielsko-Biała, Poland (see below), H.M. Górecki's new work, String Quartet No. 3, will be given its world premiere. The piece will be performed by one of world's leading contemporary music ensembles, the Kronos Quartet, on October 15 at 8:00 p.m. in the Church of Maksymilian Kolbe in Bielsko-Biała. © Photo by Gerry Hurkmans, Amsterdam 1997
Joanna Bruzdowicz's newest work, Fanfare for Celebration of Women in Music will have its world premiere in Los Angeles this month. The premiere will be played by the "Borealis Brass Ensemble" from Alaska during the Gala Concert of the International World Forum for Music (UNESCO) on October 3rd, 8:30 pm in the Ricardo Montalban Theatre. The forum will take place between the 1st and the 5th of October and is organized with a help of "Donne in Musica" Foundation (Patricia Adkins-Chiti, President). Joanna Bruzdowicz gave the 2003 Paderewski Lecture at USC, and she is pictured at the right during her visit.
The Witold Lutosławski Society was founded in 2000 in Poland with purpose of protecting and promoting the artistic and spiritual heritage of Witold Lutosławski and to promote performance of his works. In this spirit, the Society announces its LUTOSŁAWSKI AWARD—International Composers Competition for 2005. The competition is open to composers of all nationalities and ages. The following types of unpublished and un-premiered compositions will be considered: string quartet, works for violin and piano, cello and piano, oboe and piano, clarinet and piano, voice and piano (in any language, but must include an English translation) and piano duet. The use of tape and live electronics will not be permitted and the length of the work must be between 15 and 30 minutes. The deadline for submission of scores is 1 November 2005. For more information and entry details, visit www.lutoslawski.org.pl.
Photo by Betty Freeman, Los Angeles, 1993
The Kosciuszko Foundation's Chamber Music Series is acknowledged as one of the most distinguished in New York. The Paderewski Trio will inaugurate the sixteenth season of this series on Sunday, October 16, at 3 PM. Rarely-heard works of Smetana, Lalo, and contemporary Polish composer Romuald Twardowski are featured in the concert, which is hosted by Candice Agree, of WQXR-FM. The program will be broadcast on WQXR on Sunday October 23 at 6 PM.
The Paderewski Trio is made up of Krzysztof Kuznik, violinist; Rafał Jezierski, cellist; and Juny Jung, pianist. Winners of the 32nd Artists International Annual Debut Prize in 2003, this is their third annual appearance in the KF Chamber Music Series. Born in Poznań, Poland, Rafał Jezierski, cello, first studied with his father, a professional cellist and singer. After graduating from the Manhattan School of Music, he is currently a completing his Master's Degree at The Juilliard School, where he is studying with Bonnie Hampton. Krzysztof Kuznik, violin, graduated from both the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and the Manhattan School of Music. A founding member of the Elsner String Quartet, he is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and frequently performs with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Korean born pianist Juny Jung is the music director and founder of the Simons' Pond Music Festival in Pennsylvania. He graduated from both the Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes College of Music.
The Kosciuszko Foundation building is located at 15 E. 65th St., between Fifth and Madison Avenues. Tickets for the concert are $30 ($25 for KF members) and include a reception and discussion with the artists after the concert. Call (212) 734-2130 for reservations. www.kosciuszkofoundation.org
This October, the Witold Lutosławski Society will inaugurate a cycle of concerts dedicated to the piano music of the 20th century. The event is produced in cooperation with Warsaw Royal Castle. It is no coincidence that the concerts will take place in the Castle, because the piano that has been used in concerts at the castle for the last 10 years was donated by Lutosławski. It is the same instrument that is pictured with the composer in all the photos from his studio.
The first recital of the cycle will take place on October 9 and will be dedicated mostly to French music (with the exception of Bukoliki by Lutosławski). Included in this concert is the Polish premiere of Préludes by Henri Dutilleux and an un-published piece by Claude Debussy, Les soir illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon. The soloist will be a renowned French pianist, Jean-Pierre Armengaud. Also included on the program are three pieces by Erik Satie and other works by Dutilleux and Debussey.
Before the concert, at 5:00 pm, the Society will award medals in recognition of the propagation of the music by Witold Lutosławski. This is he first time the medals are awarded and the recipients are: Danuta Gwizdalanka, Martina Homma, Krzysztof Meyer, Irina Nikolska, Jadwiga Paja-Stach, Charles Bodman Rae, Zbigniew Skowron, Steven Stucky and Adrian Thomas. The medals will be presented by the honorary member of the Society, Andrzej Wajda.
As far as the future of the National Opera is concerned, in celebration of next year's 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the National Opera has invited Achim Freyer to prepare the staging of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte. The performance will take place on the 16th of June, 2006. The company has commissioned a children's opera from Krzysztof Penderecki, which should be ready in the coming four years. Kord has also announced plans for creating a master school to attract and keep in the country young and talented Polish singers. In addition to artistic development, there are plans for improving the sound characteristics of the hall and restructuring personnel structures of the institution.
Paweł Kowalski is one of Poland's most versatile musicians, with long list of performances and recordings all around the world. He studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, from which he graduated with honours in 1989 and at the Vancouver Academy of Music on a personal grant from Witold Lutosławski. His current repertoire includes over 50 piano concertos, chamber music and jazz compositions. For information about the artist go to: www.pawelkowalski.art.pl
FESTIVALS OF FALL
The 10th Festival of Polish Composers will take place from October 13-15 in Bielsko-Biała, Poland. This festival is organized by the Bielsko-Biała Culture Center under patronage of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. This year's edition is dedicated to works of Krzysztof Penderecki, who will be conducting several of the concerts. Besides the music of Penderecki, there also will be the world premiere of the new String Quartet No. 3 of Górecki by the Kronos Quartet on October 15 at 8:00 p.m. in the Church of Maksymilian Kolbe.
For a program of the festival go to: www.bck.bielsko.pl/docs/f_prog.htm
The Poznań Festival of Baroque Strings and Bows is being organized for the first time this year from October 1st -9th. The main ensemble is the Baroque Orchestra Arte dei Suonatori. Many of the musical guests are from Denmark, England, Japan, Finland and Italy. From the huge repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries, the organizers have chosen pieces written for instruments which produce sound by way of strings: violins, violas, cellos, basses and also viola da gamba, lutes, viole d'amore, viole da braccio, liras and instruments that are no longer part of the standard instrumentation.
The official web page (in Polish) of the festival is:www.barokowesmyczki.pl/2005.
Between September 17 and October 13, in the Grand Theatre in Poznań, the 5th annual festival of operas by Giuseppe Verdi is happening. The key event this year was a premiere of Don Carlos directed by Gianfranco de Bosio on September 24. In October the audiences will be able to see seven operatic titles by Verdi: Otello, Traviata, Rigoletto, Macbeth, Don Carlos, Aida and Nabucco.
For the info on the Festival go to: www.opera.poznan.pl.
The Garden of Arts and Sciences Society and the Museum of Anna and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz in Stawisko present the 6th Festival of Musical Confrontations - In the salon and in the garden. It will take place between 17-23 October in Podkowa Leśna. The program consists of chamber music and songs by Stanisław Moniuszko, performed by Patrycja Piekutowska, Maria Szwajger Kułakowska, Wojciech Świtała with the Camerata Quartet, Tomasz Strahl, Klaudiusz Baran, and Agnieszka Kozło as well as Julita Mirosławska - soprano, Katarzyna Rzymska - mezzo-soprano, Ewelina Wojciechowska - mezzo-soprano, Krzysztof Ciupiński-Świątek - tenor, Michał Janczak - baritone and Maciej Nerkowski - baritone. Additionally there will be a concert of the poetic songs of Grzegorz Turnau, a concert of Polish, Byelorussian, Ukrainian and Jewish music performed by Di Galitzyaner Klezmorim Trio and a jazz concert performed by Włodek Pawlik.
For a detailed program go to: www.polmic.pl.
Between 17-23 October this festival will take place in Wrocław, Opole, Piekary Śląskie and Poznań. This is the 14th edition of the festival and it is organized by Polish Percussive Association. The stars of the festival include Mike Mainieri (vibraphone), Tommy Aldridge, Mike Mangini, Tony Royster Jr. (drum-set). In addition to performances, many of the artists will also teach master-classes. The festival is also accompanied by two competitions: 4th National Drum-set competition and 3rd Open Vibraphone Competition.
For the Festival program go to:www.polmic.pl.