Nowowiejski Year Continued
18 January 2017
Today marks the 71st anniversary of the death of Feliks Nowowiejski. Initiated in the Nowowiejski Year 2016, the artistic, scientific, and popularising activities will continue until the end of this year, which in turn marks the 140th anniversary of the birth, on 7 February, of the composer widely known for his Rota.
Although the Nowowiejski Year, instituted by the Parliament of the Republic of Poland in 2016, is formally over, several activities promoting the life and work of Feliks Nowowiejski will continue into 2017 because of the double anniversary of the composer's death and birth. A special grant programme, Nowowiejski 2017, has been announced for this year by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The results of the ongoing procedure of choosing the best projects are due to be revealed in early February (91 applications have been submitted). The Programme is supervised by the Instytut Muzyki i Tańca (Institute of Music and Dance).
The Institute’s specially set up office of commemorations (Biuro Obchodów) will still be operational and anyone interested in its projects is welcome to visit the special website www.nowowiejski2017.pl and the Year's official channel www.twitter.com/nowowiejski2016 for updated information. Additionally, the composer's photos and biography can be downloaded free of charge from the Institute's website www.imit.org.pl (to be found in ‘anniversaries’).
8 February, Feliks Nowowiejski's birthday, will be celebrated by the CD release (by the label DUX) with the recording of Quo vadis performed by an ensemble of distinguished artists, including Aleksandra Kurzak, Rafał Siwek, Artur Ruciński, the Górecki Chamber Choir, and the Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Warmińsko-Mazurskiej im. Nowowiejskiego (Symphony Orchestra of the Nowowiejski Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic) in Olsztyn directed by Piotr Sułkowski. A video with fragments of the recording of Quo vadis, made during the Extraordinary Concert at the National Philharmonic Hall with the same set of performers, will be available on the Institute's YouTube channel from 25 January. A special exhibition to commemorate the composer's artistic legacy will be opened at the Google Cultural Institute on 7 February.
Also scheduled for 7 February, a national competition will test the contestants' knowledge of Feliks Nowowiejski's life and work. The event will be held at the Ogólnokształcąca Szkoła Muzyczna I i II st. im. F. Nowowiejskiego (Feliks Nowowiejski Comprehensive School of Music) in Gdańsk.
Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne (Polish Music Publishing) is planning to publish, in 2017, several compositions written by Nowowiejski, including Śmierć Ellenai, Legenda Bałtyku, choral and solo songs, in addition to a monograph of the composer's oeuvre by Marcin Gmys and a special children's book. 2017 will also see the edition of new recordings with Nowowiejski's works made, among others, by the Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. The Towarzystwo im. Nowowiejskiego (Nowowiejski Society) is going to launch a new website dedicated to its patron.
The listeners can also look forward to a number of spectacular concerts: the choir Cantores Varmienses of the Warmian-Masurian Philharmonic will perform the cantata Testament Bolesława Chrobrego, the orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia is preparing a concert that will feature Znalezienie Krzyża Świętego, and the Teatr Wielki (Grand Theatre) in Poznań will premiere Legenda Bałtyku. The programmes and updates of all the concerts and events can be found at www.nowowiejski2017.pl.print