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Festival of World Premieres

Tuesday, 23 April 2013
During the last weekend of April, Katowice will turn into Poland's capital of new music. The 5th Festival of World Premieres will take place from 26 to 28 April. This year’s edition will see first performances of almost 30 works by Polish composers representing different generations — from young beginners to the doyens of Polish composers. In addition to the organizer, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (PNRSO), the festival will feature leading Polish ensembles: the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra of Tychy, the Katowice City Singers’ Ensemble Camerata Silesia, the Silesian String Quartet, Warsaw Cellonet Group, the Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej, as well as soloists Marcin Bronikowski, Magdalena Bojanowicz, Paweł Gusnar, Urszula Kryger, Piotr Pławner, Piotr Sałajczyk, Tomasz Strahl, Gracja Szymczak, Janusz Wawrowski, and Agata Zubel. The concerts will be held in the Grzegorz Fitelberg's Concert Hall in the Cultural Centre in Katowice and in the Concert Hall of the Academy of Music in Katowice. Polish Radio Channel 2 will broadcast three performances of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra: on Friday, 26 April and Saturday, 27 April at 7:00 pm, and on Sunday, 28 April at 6:00 pm.
The festival programme includes the premiere of Mikołaj Górecki’s Symphony No. 2, which draws upon the epoch-making achievements of his father Henryk, as well as the first performances of “Partita" for saxophone, orchestra and electronic media by Krzysztof Knittel, the Polish doyen of avant-garde improvisation and radical electroacoustic experimentation, and the sensual and slightly sentimental “Canzona" by Zygmunt Krauzy, regarded by some as the East European pioneer of minimalism. Agata Zubel, who gained renown for apt musical interpretations of poems by Wisława Szymborska, Czesław Miłosz, Samuel Beckett and William Shakespeare, will this time use the texts of Tadeusz Dąbrowski (“In Between the Ebb of Thoughts and the Flow of Sleep”), while accordion virtuoso Mikołaj Majkusiak, master of catchy, genre-spanning medleys will premiere his “Pulsaciones" for accordion, guitar and string orchestra.
The Festival of World Premieres Polish Modern Music – a biennial of Polish contemporary music has been held in Katowice since 2005. The event was conceived by Joanna Wnuk-Nazarowa, the Managing Director of the PNRSO. When announcing the first edition of the festival 8 years ago, she wrote: "The aim of the Festival of World Premieres is to present the broadest possible range of the latest works by Polish composers to music lovers – those attending the concerts in Katowice and the loyal listeners of Polish Radio Channel 2."

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