2017: Exploring The Avant-Garde feat. gnarwhallaby

Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 4:00 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) On March 25 at 4…Continue Reading 2017: Exploring The Avant-Garde feat. gnarwhallaby

Touching Infinity

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, composer and conductor, was one of the first donors to the PMC Manuscript Collection

By Marek Żebrowski Ściskam dłoń—I shake your hand—was the recurring refrain expressed in person or at the close of every handwritten letter from Maestro Stanisław Skrowaczewski, who passed away on February 21 in Minneapolis. Congratulating the Maestro after his concerts, too, was a rather formal ritual: smiles and warm words were fine, but please no embraces!…Continue Reading Touching Infinity

Chamber Music at Łódż Philharmonic

A concert featuring chamber works by Wojciech Kilar, Benedykt Konowalski, Waldemar Kazanecki and Henryk Kuźniak was held on February 28 at the Łódź Philharmonic. Artists, such as Duet Clarigotto, Trio Andare, Antidotum Quartet, el-Men Brass, Apertus Quartet, and Grohman Orchestra (under the baton of Elizabeth Stępnik), performed a variety of chamber compositions that were written for double bass duo, string quartet, wind…Continue Reading Chamber Music at Łódż Philharmonic

Rutkowski on Leschetizky’s Piano in Warsaw

Pianist Hubert Rutkowski visited Warsaw late last year and appeared as soloist at the inaugural concert of the Third International Paderewski Festival held in the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall. On November 5, 2016, Rutkowski performed Leschetizky’s one-movement Piano Concerto in C minor Op. 9 and Paderewski’s Polish Fantasy Op. 19 with Polish Radio Orchestra led by Michał Klauza. Rutkowski also recorded…Continue Reading Rutkowski on Leschetizky’s Piano in Warsaw

Mielczewski on CD Accord

MIELCZEWSKI, M.: Vocal Music Marcin Mielczewski: Triumphalis dies; Laudate Dominum; Audite et admiramini; Currite populi; Canzona primna a 3; Veni Domine; Deus in nomine tuo; Sub tuum praesidium; Salve Virgo puerpera; Canzona terza a 3; Vesperae dominicales (arr. R. Gilmour for vocal ensemble and chamber ensemble) Aldona Bartnik – soprano, Jonathan Brown – bass-baritone, Jerzy Butryn – bass-baritone, Maciej Gocman – tenor, Karol Kozlowski – tenor, Tomáš…Continue Reading Mielczewski on CD Accord

Warsaw Phil Plays Szymanowski for Warner Classics

Szymanowski – Warsaw Philharmonic Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937): Litany to the Virgin Mary; Stabat Mater; Symphony No. 3 ‘Song of the Night’ Soloists Aleksandra Kurzak, Agnieszka Rehlis, Artur Ruciński, and Dmitry Korchak with Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Jacek Kaspszyk – cond. Warner Classics In their follow-up to the Grammy-winning album “Penderecki conducts Penderecki,” the new album by…Continue Reading Warsaw Phil Plays Szymanowski for Warner Classics

New on Naxos

WEINBERG: VIOLIN SONATAS Mieczysław Weinberg: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-6;  Violin Sonatina Tatiana Goncharova – piano, Grigory Kalinovsky – violin NAXOS 8.572320-21 (March 2017) MONIUSZKO: BALLET MUSIC Stanisław Moniuszko: Concert Polonaise in A Major; Hrabina: Ballet Music; Marsz żałobny Antoniego Orłowskiego [Funeral March of Antoni Orłowski]; Polonaise in F Major, “Obywatelski” [Civic]; Halka, Act I: Mazurka; Halka, Act III: Tańce góralskie [Highlanders’ Dances]; Ballet Music for Otto Nicolai’s opera The…Continue Reading New on Naxos

Pendereckis Win Aleksander Gieysztor Prize

On February 8, Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki and his wife, cultural organizer Elżbieta Penderecka, received the 18th Aleksander Gieysztor Prize at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. The award, granted by Citibank Handlowy’s Leopold Kronenberg Foundation, was given for the creation of the Krzysztof Penderecki European Center for Music in Lusławice, supporting young artists and promoting classical music in Poland and abroad….Continue Reading Pendereckis Win Aleksander Gieysztor Prize

Lorenc Wins Czech Lion Award

On March 4, Polish composer Michał Lorenc and Czech composer Kryštof Marek received the Czech Lion Award for “Best Music” during the gala event at Dvořák’s Hall of the Rudolfinum in Prague. The artists won the award for score to the film Masaryk [A Prominent Patient] by Julius Ševčíkm, which indisputably dominated the ceremony, taking home 12 awards out of its 14 nominations…Continue Reading Lorenc Wins Czech Lion Award

Miernik: All-Polish Program in Florida

On March 11-12, the Chopin Foundation of the United States will present afternoon recitals performed by award winning pianist from Poland, Anna Miernik. The program will feature music by Polish composers, including Chopin, Szymanowski, Paderewski, Nowowiejski and Tansman. The two concerts are a part of the 2016/2017 Chopin for All Free Concert Series, celebrating outstanding young pianists, including…Continue Reading Miernik: All-Polish Program in Florida