Polish Film Music in ICE Krakow in November!

Greatest hits from the Polish Tinseltown! Only in November, only in ICE Krakow – the only concert of its kind: Polish Film Music.

Łódź, the birthplace of Polish cinematography is without a doubt the most film-centered town in Poland. It is not surprising that a number of productions from the Łódź Feature Film Production Company featured unforgettable melodies, which have become an important part of the repertoire of Polish film music. The Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź conducted by Marcin Wolniewski will recreate melodies that people have hummed across Poland. These will include music from films and TV series such as: Ziemia obiecana (The Promised Land), Znachor (The Quack), Wakacje z duchami (Holidays with ghosts), Daleko od szosy (Far from the Highway), Pan Samochodzik i Templariusze (Mr. Car and the Knights’ Templar), and also melodies which are now forgotten but are equally beautiful – the suites from the films Ocalić miasto (To Save the City), Granica (The Frontier). The concert will also present music composed by Wojciech Kilar, one of Poland’s most important composers of film music. His works will include the mazur dance from Zemsta (The Revenge), music fragments from The Ninth Gate and the suite from Pan Tadeusz.

The Polish Film Music concert will also be a multimedia show, which will take spectators on a journey through the most famous locations and productions of the Polish Hollywood!!!

Polish Film Music

28.11 2017 at 19.00 p.m.

Tickets available at Eventim.pl

The Symphony Orchestra of the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź

The origins of the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź date back to 1945. The orchestra was first conducted by Kazimierz Wiłkomirski and Jan Krenz and gave its first concerts right after World War Two. Since 1959 the orchestra has been led by the following conductors: Tomasz Kiesewetter, Zdzisław Szostak, Tadeusz Kozlowski, Andrzej Knap, Jan Miłosz Zarzycki. Marcin Wolniewski has been working with the ensemble since the 2012/2013 academic year.

The orchestra performs several times a year, both in its own concert hall at the Łódź Academy and in other concert halls, for example in Łódź Philharmonic, Świętokrzyska Philharmonic, Czestochowa Philharmonic and twice in the National Philharmonic in Warsaw.

The concert programmes of the orchestra include great symphonic works and oratorios. The musicians frequently look to opera by Polish contemporary composers. Their repertoire comprises also music by Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin.

In recent years the orchestra has participated in opera productions staged by the Łódź Academy of Music, which have included the Polish premiere of Abu Hassan by C. M. von Weber and in the first performance in Łódź of Aleko by S. Rachmaninoff.

 On 17th October 2013, conducted by Jerzy Swoboda, the orchestra performed during the inauguration of the new concert hall of the Łódź Academy of Music on Zubardzka street. Two days later, this time conducted by Marcin Wolniewski, the orchestra participated in the gala concert to celebrate the 85th birthday of maestro Jerzy Semkow. In March 2015, three months after the maestro’s death, the musicians played a concert to commemorate Jerzy Semkow in his home town of Radom.

Outstanding soloists -  Piotr Pławner, Agata Szymczewska and Krzysztof Książek - have performed with the orchestra in the recent years.

Marcin Wolniewski

A conductor and educator was born in Łódź. He is a graduate of the choir conducting faculty at the G. and K. Bacewicz Academy of Music in Łódź and the symphony and opera conducting faculty at the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wrocław (he studied in the class of prof. M. Gawroński). He also studied in the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar (symphony conducting in the class of prof. Nicolas Pasquet, opera conducting under the supervision of prof. Gunter Kahlert). He has worked for the Łódź Academy of Music since 2003. He has the title of Doctor of Fine Arts. As an associate professor, he teaches classes in conducting and art education faculties, focusing on music. He holds the position of the conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the Academy of Music in Łódź. He was elected for the position of Dean of the Faculty of Composition, Theory of Music, Conducting, Eurhythmics and Music Education for the years 2016 – 2020.

In 2003, he has started an ongoing collaboration with ensembles of the Łódź A. Rubinstein Philharmonic. He held the position of a permanent assisting conductor in the Łódź Philharmonic in the years 2005-2010. At that time he had the opportunity to work with T. Wojciechowski and D. Raiskin. He collaborated with magnificent personalities of the conducting world, including: J. Semkow, J. Maksymiuk, J. Krenz, T. Strugała and K. Penderecki. He has conducted concerts with participation of distinguished soloists (including: D. Stabrawa, P. Pławner, K. Buniatashvili, K. Duda, J Balint, P. Kowalski, T. Wojnowicz, U. Kryger).

His intensive concert activity has involved performing with majority of Polish philharmonic orchestras and ensembles of Academies of Music from Łódź, Wrocław and Białystok. He has conducted concerts organised as part of national and international festivals, including the following: the 7th edition of the ‘Gardens of Music’ Festival  (Warsaw 2007), the 8th and 13th editions of the ‘Colours of Poland’ Festival (Łódź 2007, 2012), the 2nd Łódź Music Easter (Łódź 2009). Since 2014 he has also been collaborating with the Music Theatre in Łódź.

He was the first Polish conductor to prepare, and then to conduct on numerous occasions, the Polish premiere of the Oscar awarded animation Peter and the Wolf with the music of S. Prokofiev performed live by an orchestra. In May 2009, he became the first conductor in the world to perform live music of G. Ligeti, R. Strauss, A. Khachaturian and J. Strauss during an open-air screening  of S. Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey together with the ensembles of the Łódź Philharmonic.

He was the music director of a number of opera performances prepared by the Łódź Academy of Music, which were staged in the Wielki Theatre in Łódź, Museum of the City of Łódź and in the concert hall of the Łódź Academy of Music (Xerxes by G. F. Haendel, 2006; The Marriage of Figaro by W. A. Mozart, 2007; The Marriage Contract by G. Rossini, 2008; Aleko by S. Rachmaninoff, 2014; Abu Hassan by C. M. Weber, 2016).

In December 2015, Wolniewski went on a tour with a concert programme entitled Die Grosse Verdi Gala, together with a group of Italian soloists, the Polish Opera Choir and the Roncole Verdi Orchestra. They performed in renowned Swiss concert halls, including: Tonhalle Zurich, Stadtcasino Basel and Kulturcasino Bern. He has recorded several CDs (including Aleko by S. Rachmaninoff, classical bassoon concerts by Stamitz, Hummel, Mozart, including the first Polish recording of Hummel’s concert, a CD recorded together with Varius Manx, entitled  Varius Manx symfonicznie) and a DVD with  Requiem by G. Fauré (2008) which was performed during a grand concert commemorating the anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II. He has written a book describing the work of a conductor leading student orchestras (Specyfika procesu przygotowania dzieła muzycznego w pracy dyrygenta z orkiestrą akademicką – Process of preparing musical works in the work of the conductor with an academic orchestra) which was published in 2011.

In 2014, he was awarded a Bronze Cross of Merit for his artistic achievements and engagement in development of music culture by the President of the Republic of Poland.

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