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15 November 2023 ALBUM BY POZNAŃ PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA NOMINATED FOR 2024 ICMA AWARD!

Will the album of Feliks Nowowiejski pieces bring the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra another prestigious award?

In the spring of this year, the album featuring two concertos by Feliks Nowowiejski – the piano in C Minor, op. 60 (known as Slavic), and cello, op. 55 – recorded by Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra under Łukasz Borowicz with pianist Jacek Kortus and cellist Bartosz Koziak, was awarded the 2023 Fryderyk Prize.

Now, it has been nominated for the 2024 edition of one of the most prestigious musical awards in the world, the International Classical Music Awards (in the “Premiere Recordings” category).

World phonographic premiere, the album “Felix Nowowiejski, Piano Concerto in D Minor, Op. 60, Slavic, Cello Concerto op. 55” was published by DUX and co-funded by Culture Promotion Fund, an earmarked state fund of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, under “The Musical Trace” programme operated by the National Institute for Music and Dance.

Nominated for the ICMA several times in the past, the PPO won the prestigious trophy in 2018 for the recording of Quo vadis also by Feliks Nowowiejski.

This year, the album of Nowowiejski’s concertos competes with 375 productions from around the world. The finalists will be announced on 11 December, while the winners – on 18 January 2024. The award ceremony and gala concert shall be held at the Palau de la Musica in Valencia on 12 April 2024.

Łukasz Borowicz, who led the orchestra during the recordings of Feliks Nowowiejski’s concertos, has received one more nomination for 2024 ICMA– for “Complete Symphonic Works Vol. 1 Bacewicz: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4” recorded with WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, and published by cpo.
Sincere congratulations to our ensemble’s Chief Conductor!

 

 

16 October 2023 Wojciech Pawłowski awarded honorary degree from Academy of Music in Poznań

Wojciech Pawłowski, businessman, social activist, patron of culture, sponsor of cultural events, endower, philanthropist… the list aiming to cover the wide range of his professional, social and charitable activities was long. These were enumerated in the laudation delivered by Prof. Bogumił Nowicki (2005-2012 rector of the Academy of Music) at the ceremony of conferring doctorate honoris causa on Wojciech Pawłowski by Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań.

Among Wojciech Pawłowski’s activities championing the cause of culture, Prof. Nowicki mentioned the VRP Fund, whose goal is to support, promote, and popularise advancement of culture, art, science and education; refurbishment of the Faras Gallery at the National Museum in Warsaw;
W. Pawłowski’s involvement in the development of Centre of Music in Poznań (where Poznań Philharmonic will find its seat), in the operation of Wydawnictwo Poznańskie (Poznań Publishing House), his assistance to young musicians in the form of grants and stipends, as well as his support for the Poznań Philharmonic, whose main backer he has remained for years. Prof. Nowicki also evoked a quote from Wojciech Pawłowski, who once said: Sharing the effects of my work is my life’s joy.

The newly-appointed honorary doctor’s lecture “Patronage: privilege or duty?” was delivered to enthusiastic reception.

Held at the Aula Nova, the ceremony of awarding honorary degree from Academy of Music in Poznań to Wojciech Pawłowski took place during inauguration of the school’s new academic year.

Gratitude for promotion of culture and involvement in operation of the Academy was also extended to Wojciech Pawłowski’s wife, Dorota.

Our sincere congratulations to Mr and Mrs Pawłowski!

 

04 October 2023 TRADITION AND NEW CHALLENGES

A new artistic season brings not only new plans and challenges, but also anniversary recollections. Last year, we celebrated seventy-five years of the Poznań Philharmonic; this year marks the fifty-fifth anniversary of the young music-lover movement Pro Sinfonika, a phenomenon truly unique throughout the country.

It was about what’s in stock for music lovers in the new artistic season that Wojciech Nentwig (PP’s General Manager), Łukasz Borowicz (PP’s Music Director and Chief Conductor of Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra) and Marlena Gnatowicz (Artistic Manager of Pro Sinfonika) talked about at a press conference.

Although considerable attention was paid to tradition, merging it with new challenges was also addressed, for in the new season, music lovers will not only listen to works by great composers, but thanks to Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra – will also discover pieces forgotten or unknown.

Popular concert cycles will continue; these feature both artists that Poznań audiences are already familiar with, and new soloists, incl. artists-musicians of the PPO, of whom as many as twelve will perform this season in the capacity of soloists.

With the youngest music lovers in mind, new records and books have been released. It is also for them, as well as for their parents and grandparents (who may well have got familiar with music via Pro Sinfonika membership) that an anniversary concert will be held at A. Mickiewicz University Auditorium on Saturday, 7 October, at 11:00 a.m. The event features the premiere performance of “Vivat Pro Sinfonika!”, a piece composed by Krzysztof Meyer to mark the movement’s fifty-fifth anniversary.

Towards the end of the meeting, the journalists were in for a surprise when the pianist Yoav Levanon, the star of the upcoming two philharmonic concerts and the Pro Sinfonika’s anniversary event arrived at the conference en route from the airport.

04 September 2023 2023/2024 ARTISTIC SEASON: TICKET SALES

Ladies and Gentlemen,

we wish to inform you that the box office of the Poznań Philharmonic opens on 4 September (A. Mickiewicz University Auditorium, 1, Wieniawskiego st., entrance hallway).

Opening hours in the 2023/2024 artistic season:

  • September: Mon.-Fri. 1-5 p.m.,
  • October-June: Tue.-Fri. 1-5 p.m.,
  • concert days: box office opens one hour prior to concert and closes at end of intermission.


DL
and SG season tickets booked can be purchased between 4 and 29 September.

KP season tickets booked can be purchased between 11 and 22 September.

MW season tickets booked can be purchased as of 25 September.

Holders of 2022-2023 season tickets are requested to carry these while purchasing 2023-2024 tickets.

Should a season ticket be lost, a duplicate issue charge of 50 PLN is applicable.

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Individual ticket reservations, as well as enquiries regarding new season can be made as by e-mail at: rezerwacje@filharmoniapoznanska.pl, or by phone at: (+48) 660 406 918, (+48) 660 405 813, (+48) 618-536-935.

In September, our staff are also available in University Auditorium hallway at box office opening times.

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Ticket sales commence on 18 September 2023 at box office of Poznań Philharmonic, at Centrum Informacji Kulturalnej (Cultural Information Centre, 44, Ratajczaka st.); for online sales, go to bilety24.pl.

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Poznań Philharmonic reserves the right to change the above schedule of season and individual ticket sales, as well as to alter the concert calendar.

11 August 2023 Lover of Art and Photography

Archival records and photography… Two areas to interlace throughout his life. Both are specific forms of preserving the past – in documents and in the picture frame…

In his professional life, Tadeusz Boniecki looks after the archives of the Poznań-based Philharmonic and Opera House. At the Wieniawski Society, he put in order not only the composer and musician’s legacy, but also the archive of the Wieniawski competitions. At Poznań Philharmonic, besides systemizing archival records, he also compiled a list of first concert performances (close to five hundred!) since the establishment of our institution in 1947, as well as this of all domestic and international tours made by The Poznań Nightingales choir.

In his private life, he never parts with the camera. A few years ago, an exhibition at the Raczyński Library featured his pictures to chronicle various aspects of life in Poznań at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries. This exciting historical documentation was, however, just a fragment of a batch of over thirteen thousand photographs taken by Tadeusz Boniecki between 1981 and 2022, and now handed over to become part of the Raczyński Library’s collection.

The main building of the Raczyński Library plays now host to another exhibition, “Teatr w fotografii Tadeusza Bonieckiego” (Theatre In Tadeusz Boniecki’s Photographs). A choice of almost four hundred images (selected from a body of fifteen hundred photographs) taken in recent years at theatre performances staged by professional and amateur companies at theatrical venues and elsewhere. Each picture is meticulously described with the date, title of performance, and name of the company. And each commands viewer’s attention. Actors’ emotions, dramatic quality of particular scenes, beauty of artistic arrangement… It is hard to pass them by unresponsively. Sometimes we even get the impression that dancers are going to emerge from the picture to perform in front of us, that actors are going to address us not only with the gesture visible in the photograph, but also with the word… For what binds these images is just that: artists’ emotions.

“I love theatre,” says Tadeusz Boniecki. “And this is the reason why theatre photographs are closest to my heart. Of course, when you focus on photographing a performance, you always miss out on some of it. That’s why I sometimes go to see a performance twice…

“Teatr w fotografii Tadeusza Bonieckiego” exhibition is open till end of August. Main building of Raczyński Library; entrance free.

 

30 June 2023 2023/2024 ARTISTIC SEASON: TICKET SALES

1. Box office of Poznan Philharmonic reopens after summer break on 4 September 2023.

Schedule of operation in 2023/2024 artistic season:

  • September: Mon.-Fri. 1-5 p.m.,
  • October-June: Tue.-Fri. 1-5 p.m.,
  • concert days: box office opens one hour prior to concert and closes at end of intermission.

2. DL and SG season tickets reserved can be purchased as at 4 September.

3. KP season tickets reserved can be purchased as at 11 September.

4. MW season tickets reserved can be purchased as at 25 September.

5. Holders of 2022-2023 electronic tickets are requested to carry these while purchasing 2023-2024 tickets.

6. Should a season ticket be lost, a duplicate issue charge of 50 PLN is applicable.

7. Individual ticket reservations, as well as enquiries regarding new season can be made as at 5 September by e-mail: rezerwacje@filharmoniapoznanska.pl, or by phone: (+48) 618-536-935 or (+48) 618-522-266. In September our staff are also available in University Auditorium hallway at box office opening times. However, with regard to reservations only, you are requested to contact us remotely.

7. Poznań Philharmonic reserves the right to change the above schedule of season and individual ticket sales, as well as to alter the concert calendar.

27 April 2023 2023 FRYDERYK PRIZE FOR POZNAŃ PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA AND ŁUKASZ BOROWICZ!

The record containing two concertos by Feliks Nowowiejski – the Piano Concerto in C Minor, Op. 60 (Slavic), and Cello Concerto, Op. 55 – recorded by the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra under Łukasz Borowicz with the pianist Jacek Kortus and cellist Bartosz Koziak, has been awarded the 2023 Fryderyk Prize in the Best Symphonic and Concerto Music Album category.

The album is the world phonographic premiere; although performing tradition does exist, to date the works have been presented a handful of times only.

Łukasz Borowicz, who took the effort of preparing and recording the pieces with the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra, writes in the album booklet: the concertos’ orchestra material has been thoroughly analysed and compared against the manuscripts which miraculously survived war-time desolation. These comparisons made it possible to fine-tune instrumentation, tempo, and articulation details.

Released by DUX, the album “Felix Nowowiejski, Piano Concerto in D Minor, Op. 60, Slavic, Cello Concerto, Op. 55” has been co-funded by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage with resources from the state earmarked Culture Promotion Fund, as part of the “Musical Trace” programme operated by the National Institute of Music and Dance.

27 April 2023 SEASON TICKETS FOR ARTISTIC SEASON 2023/2024

Like every year, in the 2023/24 artistic season Poznan Philharmonic is planning to prepare for you musical evenings within the DE LUXE (DL), STAR ZONE (SG) and POZNAŃ CONCERTS (KP) season tickets.

If you are interested in the purchase of season tickets for these concerts, please fill in the or-der form below and submit it in the ticket office of Poznan Philharmonic until the 30th of June 2023.

The estimated date of the collection of the tickets is September 2023. The details will be given later – please track the information on our website www.filharmoniapoznanska.pl.

Print the order form for DL | SG | KP season tickets (season 2023/24)

26 April 2023 THE BOX OFFICE OF THE POZNAN PHILHARMONIC

We inform that the ticket office of Poznan Philharmonic will be closed from the 30th of April till the 8th of May.

We encourage you to purchase the tickets online.

 

We also remind that the ticket office of Poznan Philharmonic is open as follows:

  • Monday: closed
  • Tuesday: 1pm – 5pm
  • Wednesday: 1pm – 5pm
  • Thursday: 1pm – 5pm
  • Friday: 1pm – 5pm or 1pm – 7pm (on the days when Poznan Philharmonic concert is held)
19 April 2023 ŁUKASZ BOROWICZ AND ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Łukasz Borowicz has debuted with the legendary Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. To mark the eightieth anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, an exceptional concert “Remembering Together” was held at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv last night, on the eve of the anniversary. The event featured Adagietto from the opera “Paradise Lost” by Krzysztof Penderecki, Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in B-flat Major, Op. 94 by Mieczysław Wajnberg, and Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven. The soloist was Reinhold Friedrich (trumpet).

Tomorrow (20 April) the concert will be performed at the Rappaport Hall in Haifa, while on 22 April, it will be repeated at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv.

Another concert by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Łukasz Borowicz shall be held on 23 April, again at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv. On the programme: Overture Ruy Blas, Op. 95 by Felix Mendelssohn, Clarinet Concerto No. 2 by Carl Maria von Weber, and Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 by Ludwig van Beethoven. The soloist is Yevgeny Yehudin (clarinet).

The four concerts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra let Łukasz Borowicz join the likes of Witold Rowicki, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Witold Lutosławski, or Jerzy Semkow, who make up the small group of Polish conductors to have led this illustrious ensemble.