Andrzej KosowskiThe double anniversary of Feliks Nowowiejski’s 140th birthday and the 70th death is an excellent opportunity to honor this outstanding composer, conductor, organist, pedagogue and organizer of musical life in Poland. It is also an exquisite occasion to show, on the example of the artist’s biography, the complex process of political, historical and cultural change that Poland faced at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The Institute of Music and Dance runs – on commission of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage – office of the Feliks Nowowiejski Year, and our activities are to support the organization of artistic, scientific, educational, documentation and popularization activities related to Feliks Nowowiejski and his work in the context of music, history and culture of the end of 19th and first half of 20th century.

This is served, among others, a special program of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage  – the “Nowowiejski 2017” – whose Institute is the operator. 35 concert, recording, educational and publishing projects will be implemented within the program. There will appear Organ Symphonies  set, children’s book and monograph for music lovers. Concerts composed of Feliks Nowowiejski’s pieces will take place in all important for the composer places in Poland – Barczewo, Święta Lipka, Olsztyn, Cracow and Poznań. Not only recognized artists will participate in the projects, but also students and pupils. Recipients of cultural events will be a multitude of music lovers.

The Office of Celebrations also co-organizes many projects submitted by the Feliks Nowowiejski Society, the Feliks Nowowiejski Warmia and Mazury Philharmonic, The Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, Polish Composers’ Union, PWM Edition and the Grand Theatre in Poznań.

After last year’s successful concerts and Quo vadis? recordings, it is time to make and record Znalezienie świętego krzyża [Finding of the Holy Cross]. After the presentation of organ and choral works – it will be time for Legenda Bałtyku [the Baltic Legend] and Śmierć Ellenai [Death of Ellani].

We are honored that we co-organize with the Feliks Nowowiejski Society the International Organ Competition, in Poznań – favorite and important for the composer city.

We are convinced that the Nowowiejski Year, full of artistic events, will leave lasting traces and will make Feliks Nowowiejski’s music stay in concert and opera halls in Poland and in the world.

 

Andrzej Kosowski

Director of the Institute of Music and Dance

 

elzbieta karolakThe 6th International Feliks Nowowiejski Organ Competition is part of a number of interesting artistic projects related to the jubilee celebrations of the 70th anniversary of death and the 140th anniversary of Feliks Nowowiejski’s birth. Musical Poznań will again resonate with the sound of magnificent organ decorating the interiors of Poznań churches and concert halls – just as in the years when lived and concertised here our outstanding countryman, Patron of the Competition. Feliks Nowowiejski performed and improvised on almost all the celebrations in our city, including the ones in the Poznan Parish Church, where the second stage of the Competition will take place. Let’s bare that in mind while listening to these young artists…

I express my great appreciation to the Contestants for preparing a difficult program and being ready to present it in a noble competition. I wish them, that youthful enthusiasm and fascination with Feliks Nowowiejski’s music accompany them constantly in artistic endeavors.

On behalf of the Society I would like to thank all the people and institutions who contributed to the organization of this year’s edition of the Competition. It is held thanks to the cooperation of the Society with the Institute of Music and Dance and Poznań partners: the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music, Evangelical Augsburg (Lutheran) Church of God’s Grace in Poznań and Poznań Parish Church, with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the City of Poznań and the Wielkopolska Region. I would like to thank the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Culture and National Heritage Professor Piotr Gliński, Marshal of the Wielkopolska Region Mark Woźniak and the Mayor of Poznań Jacek Jaśkowiak for the honorary patronage of the Competition, as well as media patrons – for promotion. I express my special gratitude to the founders of non-regulatory awards in the form of recitals and concerts within the framework of major organ music festivals in Poland.

I am sure that this year’s participants will provide us wonderful artistic experiences and we will meet in a week at the outstanding Winners’ Concert, and in next years in subsequent editions of the Competition.

 

Elżbieta Karolak

Director of 6th International Feliks Nowowiejski Organ Competition

VI Międzynarodowy Konkurs Organowy im.  Feliksa Nowowiejskiego jest współorganizowany z Instytutem Muzyki i Tańca ze środków Ministerstwa Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego

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