CMCF ‘Day At The Races’

The generous founders of the Polish Music Center, Dr. Stefan and Wanda Wilk, were not only crucial supporters of Polish culture and the arts in Los Angeles—their philanthropy also extended to Dr. Wilk’s medical profession, in particular, medical care for children and the training of doctors in that field back in his native Poland. It…Continue Reading CMCF ‘Day At The Races’

2015 Jubilees

Twardowski 85th Birthday June 17, 2015 is the 85th birthday of Romuald Twardowski—composer, teacher and author of orchestral, choral and theatre music. Encompassing almost all genres, his oeuvre is a boundless source of varied repertoire, from religious music, through song cycles to great orchestra forms. Below is an excerpt from “Romuald Twardowski. The Master of…Continue Reading 2015 Jubilees

World Premieres At The Festival Of Kraków Composers

The International Festival of Kraków Composers (formerly known as Days of Music by Kraków Composers) was held from April 18-26, 2015. A fixture in the cultural life of Kraków since 1989, the main purpose of the Festival is the promotion and presentation of contemporary works by the city’s composers—from well-established professionals and professors, through the…Continue Reading World Premieres At The Festival Of Kraków Composers

Krauze Monographic Concert & Premieres Of His Students

Zygmunt Krauze

On May 19, the National Philharmonic in Warsaw presented the concert “Zygmunt Krauze – A Composer Portrait,” highlighting the oeuvre of one of the most original Polish modern composers. The audience heard works typical of various periods of his composition output, including those coming the 1980s (Rivière souterraine, Tableau vivant) next to works created in the…Continue Reading Krauze Monographic Concert & Premieres Of His Students

Nowak Premiere at NInA

Aleksander Nowak‘s work Naninana (2015) for amplified keyboard instrument and string orchestra arranged in two groups was first performed in Warsaw, Poland on May 29, 2015 during the official opening of the new headquarters of the National Audiovisual Institute [NInA]. The composition was written for the opening, which was presided over by Minister of Culture…Continue Reading Nowak Premiere at NInA

World Premieres by Regional Composers

The two most important cities in the Kujawy Region of Poland—Bydgoszcz and Toruń—hosted world premieres on June 5 and 6 that spotlighted music by leading local composers. Soloists of Opera Nova in Bydgoszcz and the Toruń Symphony Orchestra led by Piotr Wajrak presented works by Marcin Kopczyński (based in a nearby town of Inowrocław) and…Continue Reading World Premieres by Regional Composers

M. Górecki World Premiere

On June 28, Trio Integro will give the world premiere of Mikołaj Górecki’s Trio for alto flute, violin and viola. Warsaw-based Trio Integro is comprised of Agnieszka Guz – violin, Aleksandra Demowska-Madejska – viola, and Ania Karpowicz – flute. The concert is a part of the “Summer Concerts at Grochowska Street” series, hosted by Sinfonia Varsovia from…Continue Reading M. Górecki World Premiere

Warner Music Poland Now Owns ‘Muza’

On May 26, the US-based Warner Music Group (WMG) announced that its Polish subsidiary has finalized its acquisition of Polskie Nagrania ‘MUZA’, Poland’s longest-running record company. Polskie Nagrania was previously owned by the Polish government, which offered the label up for auction in January of this year after having declared bankruptcy in March 2010. The Polskie…Continue Reading Warner Music Poland Now Owns ‘Muza’

Maciej Obara In Us & Canada

Polish saxophonist and composer Maciej Obara burst onto the international jazz scene after recording “Message from Ohayo” which won the Bielska Zadymka Jazz Contest for young jazz bands in 2006. In 2008 he toured Poland with US saxophonist Antoine Roney and was also recommended by Manfred Eicher (ECM) to Tomasz Stanko, with whom he has performed and recorded a…Continue Reading Maciej Obara In Us & Canada