2016: A Tribute to Roman Ryterband

Saturday, April 2, 2016 | 8:00 p.m. Alfred Newman Recital Hall, USC (see AHF on campus map) 3616 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA Reception following the concert Admission is FREE and open to the public Campus Parking: $12 – enter Gate 3 at Figueroa St. & McCarthy Way (Parking Structure X) From PMC Newsletter March 2016…Continue Reading 2016: A Tribute to Roman Ryterband

Maciejewski at the Warsaw Rising Museum

The music of 20th century Polish composer Roman Maciejewski was showcased at the Warsaw Rising Museum on March 30. Organized by the Warsaw Rising Museum, PWM Edition and Polish Radio Program 2, the concert included various piano, orchestral and chamber works performed by the Chopin Piano Duo. The program emphasized the composer’s modern style, as influenced by his teacher…Continue Reading Maciejewski at the Warsaw Rising Museum

Lutosławski at CSO

Twenty-three years after its world premiere, Witold Lutoslawski’s “Symphony No. 3” was once again performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, to whom the work was dedicated along with then Artistic Director Sir Georg Solti. The performance was conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, who himself knew the composer well and has conducted much of his music (pictured at…Continue Reading Lutosławski at CSO

Szymanowski Quartet in Beverly Hills – A Review by Lars Hoefs

The chic Ace Gallery on Wilshire Blvd. just east of Beverly Dr. played host to the Szymanowski Quartet on Saturday evening, February 20—the Polish ensemble’s only Los Angeles appearance in their 8-concert California tour this February.  The gallery offers infrequent but fantastic concerts of chamber music, regular guests in recent seasons being the Takács and Emerson String Quartets.  Founded…Continue Reading Szymanowski Quartet in Beverly Hills – A Review by Lars Hoefs

20th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival

Themed “Beethoven and New Directions,” the Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival (March 12-25) celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. This momentous event, organized since 1997, included performances by several orchestras, ensembles, and soloists from Poland and abroad. The festival began on March 12, inaugurated by a concert featuring several soloists, like pianist Yeol Eum Son and tenor Michael Schade, along…Continue Reading 20th Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival

Gdańsk Music Festival

The 9th Gdańsk Music Festival will be held between April 8 and 15, 2016. The theme of the 2016 edition is “Polish Concert,” reflecting the focus not only on Polish composers of all eras, but also Polish performers, both established and up-and-coming, and ensembles. This year, the festival’s artist-in-residence will be legendary Maxim Vengerov, who will give violin…Continue Reading Gdańsk Music Festival

Beethoven by the Baltic – A Review by Marek Zebrowski

The Philharmonic Society of Orange County presented the Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa on March 15. This concert marked one of the last stops on Baltic Phil’s extensive tour of the U.S. that began on the East Coast in early January. For the southern California program,…Continue Reading Beethoven by the Baltic – A Review by Marek Zebrowski

Musica Polonica Nova

The 30th anniversary edition of Musica Polonica Nova will be held between April 8 and 16, 2016 at the National Forum of Music in Wrocław. Its main theme was taken from The Romantic by Adam Mickiewicz: “Faith and love are more discerning than lenses or learning.” The festival consists of 11 concerts, meetings with composers, journalists and music critics….Continue Reading Musica Polonica Nova

Sadej Wins Vocal Competition

Polish-Canadian mezzo-soprano Katarzyna Sądej is the first prize winner in the Susan and Virginia Hawk Vocal Competition. The memorial scholarship was established in 1979 by Virginia Fletcher Hawk, in memory of her daughter Susan, and has been awarded annually to outstanding vocalists. Sądej will select two pieces from her extensive repertoire to perform during the Awards Concert on…Continue Reading Sadej Wins Vocal Competition

Adam Golka in Concert

Pianist Adam Golka has a busy and exciting performance schedule around the US during the month of April. Several concerts will feature other Polish musicians as well, and the month will end on a high note with a performance in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. See details below. Polish-American pianist Adam Golka was recently selected by Sir…Continue Reading Adam Golka in Concert