Women in Music
The Polish Chamber Musicians’ Association [PCMA, or SPMK in Polish] organized their first international festival promoting women composers and their work. It was an online event, taking place on October 4-5 and 11-12 and broadcast on the SPMK YouTube channel.
The Festival focused on presenting works by Grażyna Bacewicz and other Polish women composers as well as Roxana Panufnik (right), a British-born artist with Polish roots. Performers of the featured works also included women with violist Katarzyna Budnik, violinist Katarzyna Duda, Monika Gardoń-Preinl, Jaga Klimaszewska and Julia Kociuban.
London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama served as the Festival’s partner and organized a recital of music for voice and piano by Polish and British composers. This program was presented by vocalists Magdalena Molendowska and Katherine McIndoe and pianist Julia Samojło.
The Festival’s honorary patrons included Mieczysław Struka, Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodship, Aleksandra Dutkiewicz, President of the City of Gdańsk, and British Embassy in Warsaw. All concerts were recorded at the Nadbałtyckie Centrum Kultury [Baltic Cultural Center] in Gdańsk and more information on this can be found on the Festival’s website: spmk.com.pl/projekt/kobiety/
Intergenerational Music Academy
The fourth edition of the Intergenerational Music Academy in Krakow is a series of artistic and educational meetings, including classical recitals, chamber concerts of contemporary music, as well as lectures, meetings with artists and workshops. It is taking place between 26 September and 19 December 2021 at the Villa Decius in Kraków.
The concerts feature masterpieces of Polish chamber music for reed trio, works by Apolinary Kątski, August Fryderyk Duranowski, Stanisław Szczepanowski, Władysław Żeleński, Aleksander Tansman, Witold Lutosławski, Antoni Szałowski, Benedykt Konowalski, as well as English, French, Argentinian and Spanish music.
Among the performers will be: LLLeggioero Woodwind Trio, clarinetists Agnieszka Dąbrowska-Kras and Piotr Lato, pianists Wioletta Fluda-Tkaczyk and Ewelina Panocha, violinists Paweł Wajrak and Justyna Dybek-Boczek, violist Anna Migdał-Chojecka, cellist Korrabasek Pallusz and cellist Franciszek Pallusz.
The final extraordinary Christmas concert entitled the “Faces of pianism” will be held on 19 December. Marta Mołodyńska-Wheeler, Anna Duda, Monika Gardoń-Preinl, Ireneusz Boczek, Grzegorz Mania and Piotr Różański will present Christmas carols arranged for piano four- and six-hands.
Admission to the concerts is free. More information at: spmk.com.pl