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25 November 2020 NEW YEAR’S EVE CONCERT – TICKET RESERVATION

We would like to inform you that due to the pandemic situation and the lack of official information whether after the 27th of December cultural institutions will be open for the public, Poznan Philharmonic takes only reservations for the tickets for the traditional New Year’s Eve Concert.

You can book the tickets by e-mail (sent to one of the following addresses: rezerwacje@filharmoniapoznanska.pl; kasa@filharmoniapoznanska.pl, sekretariat@filharmoniapoznanska.pl) or by phone: +48 61 853 69 35, +48 660 405 813 (from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

We will inform you whether the New Year’s Eve Concert is held with audience participation right after the government decisions are known.

We encourage you to follow the news on our website and on Facebook, and every Friday at 7 p.m. we invite you to our Internet Concerts.

24 November 2020 INTERNET CONCERTS

In relation to the epidemiological situation and the government’s decision to close cultural institutions until at least the 27th of December we would like to inform that the concerts of Poznan Philharmonic will be broadcast on the Internet till that time. We invite you to Internet Concert every Friday at 7 p.m.

During the forthcoming concerts we will present you works by Roman Statkowski and Michał Bergson (27th of November), as well as Franz Xaver Scharwenka (4th of December). For more detailed information about these and subsequent concerts please check our website and Facebook profile.

23 November 2020 DON’T YOU KNOW IT? LISTEN THEN

It can be said that the next Internet Concert scheduled for Friday the 27th of November is a… double jubilee concert. In 2020 we celebrate the 95th death anniversary of Roman Statkowski, coming from Szczypiorno near Kalisz, and the 200th birthday anniversary of Michał Bergson.

Roman Statkowski composed the two-act opera “Filenis”, based on a libretto inspired by Herman Erler’s drama, in 1987. The work had to wait seven years for the Warsaw premiere. It was not staged until a year after an international success in 1903, when the piece won the 1st prize at an international competition in London. “Filenis”, as well as the second opera of the composer, “Maria” (based on the same-titled poetic novel by Antoni Malczewski) are among the most outstanding artistic achievements of Roman Statkowski.

By that concert we would like to present you the figure of Michał Bergson, a Polish composer of Jewish origin. The Bergson family, which included numerous eminent merchants and bankers, had played a significant role in creating the city of Warsaw for several generations. Incorporating the music of Michał Bergson in the concert’s repertoire was directly inspired by the discovery of the manuscript of “Concerto symphonique pour piano avec orchestre”, Op. 62 in a London antiquarian bookshop and its purchase by the Poznan Philharmonic. The finder was Jonathan Plowright, an excellent British pianist, who will perform the concert and who, along with the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra led by Łukasz Borowicz, recorded an album with Michał Bergson’s music. The CD, published by DUX label and titled “Michał Bergson, Concerto symphonique pour piano avec orchestre, Op. 62/ Music from the opera Luisa di Monfort” was released at the beginning of November and is another world premiere in the discography of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra.

PERFORMERS:

JonathanPLOWRIGHT– piano
Łukasz BOROWICZ – conductor
Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra

PROGRAM:

  • Roman Statkowski
    Introduction to the opera Filenis
  • Michał Bergson
    Concerto symphonique pour piano avec orchestre, Op. 62

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18 November 2020 MAESTRO AND THE NIGHTINGALES

Next Friday, on the 20th of November at 7 p.m. we invite you for another Internet Concert of Poznan Philharmonic.

This evening we will listen to The Poznan Nightingales at a concert commemorating the choir’s founder, Prof. Stefan Stuligrosz.

Stefan Stuligrosz was a conductor, composer, organist, lecturer at the Academy of Music in Poznan (he held the post of the rector of that institution for five years), chairman of the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society. However, it was The Poznan Nightingales choir that he considered his magnum opus. He had spent several decades on creating the ensemble of a unique and always discernible artistic image.

Boy’s and Men’s Choir of the Poznan Philharmonic The Poznan Nightingales is a phenomenon in Poland in every way. The ensemble achieved international fame by singing in almost all European countries, as well as in the United States, Canada, South Korea and Japan, has been led by its founder, Prof. Stefan Stuligrosz, for 72 years. Even shortly before his death (let us remind you that Prof. Stefan Stuligrosz died on the 15th of June 2012 in Puszczykowo at the age of 92) the Scoutmaster, as the choirsingers have called him for decades, led rehearsals and conducted during the concerts.

On the 100th anniversary of Maestro’s birthday The Nightingales sang a concert dedicated to his memory. The program include works written by the Scoutmaster.

PERFORMERS:

The Poznań Nightingales Boys and Men’s Choir of the Poznań Philharmonic
Maciej BOLEWSKI – organ
Maciej WIELOCH – conductor

PROGRAM:

  • Stefan Stuligrosz
    Veni Creator
    Angelus Domini – Ave Maria
    O ziemio polska
    Dobry Pasterzu
    O Matko miłościwa

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Co-financed from funds of the National Cultural Centre under the program “Culture on the Net”.

17 November 2020 THIRD NOMINATION FOR ICMA AWARD

It is the third time when an album recorded by Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra has been nominated for International Classical Music Awards (ICMA), one of the most prestigious phonographic awards in the world.

In January 2018 we celebrated receiving ICMA 2018. Poznan Philharmonic obtained it for the recording of Feliks Nowowiejski’s “Quo Vadis” Oratorio performed by the soloists (Wioletta Chodowicz, Robert Gierlach and Wojciech Gierlach), Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir prepared by Violetta Bielecka and Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Łukasz Borowicz.

In the same year we got the nomination for ICMA 2019 for the recordings of Symphonies No. 2 and No. 3 by Feliks Nowowiejski played by Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra led by Łukasz Borowicz. Now another album of ours, “Stanislaw Moniuszko, Cantatas Milda/Nijola” has been nominated for ICMA 2021.

“Milda” and “Nijola” are scarcely currently known cantatas composed by Stanislaw Moniuszko. They are both inspired by Józef Ignacy Kraszewski’s poem “Witolorauda” and refer to Lithuanian mythology. Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra recorded them along with soloists: Wioletta Chodowicz (soprano), Maria Jaskulska-Chrenowicz (soprano), Ewa Wolak (mezzosoprano), Sylwester Smulczyński (tenor), Robert Gierlach (baritone), Szymon Kobyliński (bass) and Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Choir prepared by Violetta Bielecka. The artists performed under the baton of Łukasz Borowicz. Double album, which was the world phonographic premiere, was published by DUX label.

The ICMA 2021 list of nominees contains 365 albums released by 122 record labels. The short list will be announced on the 15th of December, while the winners – on the 20th of January 2021. The prize giving ceremony will take place during a gala concert with the participation of Sinfonieorchester Liechtenstein led by Yaron Traub in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, on the 18th of April 2021.

16 November 2020 Piotr Beczała and Łukasz Borowicz in the memorable concert of Poznan Philharmonic

This was his first gala concert in Poland. In the Poznan Philharmonic. Piotr Beczała sang on the 14th of April 2007 in AMU Concert Hall during the concert of the cycle “World Opera Stars” and… he enchanted everybody! Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted then by Łukasz Borowicz.

Today Piotr Beczała, world-renowned tenor and the brilliant conductor Łukasz Borowicz, Chief Guest Conductor of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra are among the nominees for this year’s Public Media Award in the category of Music.

Before the results are announced late in the evening (10:45 p.m., Polish Radio Program I, TVP1 and TVP Polonia), at 7:30 p.m. on the air of Polish Radio Program II, in the framework of Poznan Philharmonic, there will be a rebroadcast of this unusual concert from years ago with the participation of both heroes. It will be an opportunity to bring back memories, as well as for new artistic thrills.

The concert of the Polish Radio Program II Philharmonic will be hosted by editor Róża Światczyńska.

After the concert we encourage you to check our Q&A cycle featuring Piotr Beczała, his wife Katarzyna Bąk-Beczała (here) and Łukasz Borowicz (here).

12 November 2020 VARIETY OF SOUND

Tomorrow, on the 13th of November at 7 pm we invite you for the Internet Concert of Poznan Philharmonic. This time the Percussionists of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra will present themselves to the music lovers in the foreground, in the full artistic display. Grzegorz Siek, Jerzy Mackiewicz, Beata Słomian and Piotr Sołkowicz prepared a special program which perfectly expose their abilities and the possibilities of the instruments they play.

During the concert the listeners would have an opportunity to discover the sound of the percussion instruments and the whole range of their potential. This time percussion instruments form a separate ensemble. In the presented works you will be able to hear lilting marimba themes, rich snare drum sounds, as well as sonoristic effects resulting from fusing the vibraphone with other instruments.

The Philharmonic musicians have chosen the works by contemporary authors: American percussionist, composer and pedagogue Mitch Markovich, German composers Berthold Hummel and Eckhard Kopetzki and a Canadian John Thrower, who dedicated his piece “Aurora Borealis” presented by our artists to Katarzyna Myćka, Polish (coming from the region of Greater Poland) marimba virtuoso.

PERFORMERS:

Poznan Philharmonic Percussionists Ensemble:

  • Grzegorz SIEK
  • Jerzy MACKIEWICZ
  • Beata SŁOMIAN
  • Piotr SOŁKOWICZ

PROGRAM:

  • Mitch Markovich, Teamwork for Quartet
  • Berthold Hummel, Fresken 70 (Fifth movement: Finale – konklusion)
  • John Thrower, Aurora Borealis (movement “Starry Night”)
  • Eckhard Kopetzki, Le chant du serpent

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Co-financed from funds of the National Cultural Centre under the program “Culture on the Net”.

12 November 2020 World Phonographic Premiere!

The album’s origin slighty resembles the discovery of new worlds. One day Jonathan Plowright, a prominent British pianist, comes across the manuscript of Michał Bergson’s “Concerto symphonique pour piano avec orchestre”, Op. 62 in a London antiquarian bookshop. And as Polish music occupies a special place among numerous passions of the artist, his discovery intrigued Poznan Philharmonic with the Orchestra of which he performed a number of times. The Philharmonic purchased the script and decided to record the piano concerto, as well as enrich the album with other works by Michał Bergson. This way “Michał Bergson. Concerto symphonique pour piano avec orchestre, Op. 62 / Music from the Opera Luisa di Monfort” became the next world phonographic premiere in the discography of Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Besides the titular Concerto symphonique the album comprises also Mazurkas (No. 1 and No. 4 from Op. 1 “Polonia! Mazurka pour piano”), Grand polonaise héroïque as well as the excerpts of the composer’s Opus Magnum: four-act opera “Luisa di Monfort” (introduction to the opera, scene and aria for solo clarinet and orchestra, Il Ritorno for soprano and orchestra).

The recordings by Jonathan Plowright (piano), Jakub Drygas (clarinet), Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk (soprano) and Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Łukasz Borowicz were done in the Aula of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, the Concert Hall of Poznan Philharmonic.

The latest album of Poznan Philharmonic was released by DUX label and is available in good music stores and on www.dux.pl.

06 November 2020 Suspended concerts

Due to the second pandemic wave and the actions undertaken to limit the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus the Government Crisis Management Team decided to close cultural institutions for the audience. The restrictions take effect from the 7th to the 29th of November 2020. For that reason Poznan Philharmonic suspends planned concerts till the 29th of November 2020.

04 November 2020 ATTENTION! CHANGED CONCERT DATES

We would like to inform that the concerts VIOLIN AND A… HEN from z cycle BEETHOVEN OUR CONTEMPORARY, planned for the 5th and 6th of November 2020, have been rescheduled by the Poznan Philharmonic to the 18th and 19th of February 2021 due to the current epidemiological situation.