5 - 07 - 2019 (FIRAY) H. 20:15

OCCUR:

Choir 441 Hz

Anna Wilczewska - conductor 
Agnieszka Długołęcka - conductor
Maciej Zakrzewski (Gdańsk) - organs

 

Repertoir:

Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-1697) 
Preludium in e

Franz Tunder (1614-1667) 
In dich hab. ich gehoffet Herr

Georg Bohm (1667-1733) 
Partita Christe, der du bist Tag und Licht

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Jacek Sykulski (*1964) 
The peace meditation

Sven David Sandstrom (1942-2019) 
To see a world

Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) 
Beati quorum via

Filip Cieszyński (*1994)
Jezësu bôczë na mie

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) 
Preludium i fuga h – moll BWV 544

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Ola Giejlo (* 1978) 
Sanctus

Jake Runestad (*1986)
Let my love be heard

Eriks Esenvalds (*1977) 
Only in sleep

Dan Forrest (*1978) 
Good night, Dear Heart  

CHOIR 441 Hz

CHOIR 441 Hz is one of the most significant and the most recognizable vocal ensembles in Poland. The choir was founded in 2006 on the initiative of the students of the Gdańsk Academy of Music. The leading goal of the 441 Hz team is to perform and promote contemporary vocal music. While performing premieres of contemporary compositions, the 441 Hz often exceeds the aesthetic boundaries to which the audience of the vocal music is accustomed. By stepping out of the musical comfort zone, it opens to experiments with various vocal techniques, returns to the nature of the voice and moves away from the traditional bel canto singing. The continuous quest for extra-musical inspiration resulted in a number of interdisciplinary artistic -projects in which the folk culture or theatre combine in a cohesive whole with music. Choir is a laureate of prizes at national and international choir competitions, including Grand Prix of the 12th International Mundus Cantat Festival in Sopot, the International Festival "Slovakia Cantat" in Bratislava (2016), 46th National Festival "Legnica Cantat" (2015), XIII International Festival of Choral Music in Barczewo (2014) and the III International Music Festival named Józef Świder in Cieszyn (2017). In 2018, the choir became a finalist of one of the most prestigious music festivals: Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales. 441 Hz was recognized there as one of the four best choirs in the world, alongside groups from South Africa, Wales and Singapore. Until now the 441 Hz Choir has recorded three CDs with choral music: “Serioso-Giocoso” (2011), where contemporary compositions a cappella performed in the artistic part of Anna Wilczewska’s PhD programme were presented, and “Modern Choral Masterpieces” (2014) with choral pieces of the 20th and 21st centuries - characterised by innovative musical language, and “Song of the North North” (2017) which is a collection of varied compositions representing different music styles, but connected by a common denominator - each of them conveys the spirit of true North, known only by those who have been there.

ANNA WILCZEWSKA

The founder and leader of 441 Hz is ANNA WILCZEWSKA, conductor of young generation distinguished by her extreme openness to perform contemporary music. She is an employee of the Gdańsk Academy of Music as an adjunct, a two-time winner at the Polish Choral Conductors Competitions in Poznań (2006, 2008), scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2007, 2008), awarded with Sopot Muse for Young Creators (2011), honorary medal "Meritorious for Polish culture" (2014), The City of Gdańsk Award for Young Artists in the Field of Culture (2018), Special Award of the Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship for outstanding services in the field of artistic creation and dissemination and protection of culture for the inhabitants of the Pomeranian Voivodeship (2018).

AGNIESZKA DŁUGOŁĘCKA

AGNIESZKA DŁUGOŁĘCKA – a graduate of studies in choral conducting at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk (diploma with honours), laureate of the 17th National Choral Conducting Competition in Poznań, and founder of the ‘Synergia’ [‘Synergy’] Artistic and Research Group for Choral and Oratorio/Cantata Conducting. As of 2019 she has led the ‘Lwiątka’ [‘Lion Cubs’] Children’s Choir. In 2018 she became the Head of the Baltic Opera Choir, since 2017 she has been the conductor of the Children’s Choir of the Baltic Opera and the ‘Canzonetta’ Children’s Choir of the F. Nowowiejski Primary and Secondary School of General and Musical Education in Gdańsk. In July 2017 she participated in a session of the World Youth Choir, she has given concerts in Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Slovenia under the baton of outstanding conductors: Zoltan Pad (Hungary ) and Ken Wakia (Kenya). She is a musician and assistant conductor of the 441 Hz Choir.

MACIEJ ZAKRZEWSKI

MACIEJ ZAKRZEWSKI, organist, composer, improviser, lecturer at the Stanislaw Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdansk. He graduated with honors from Academy of Music in Gdansk, where he studied the organ under the tutelage of Professor Roman Perucki and dr Hanna Dys. In 2019 he recived a doctoral degree in music for his dissertation about Naji Hakim's Organ Works. He has participated in many organ and composition competitions. He has won first prize at the 7th J. P. Sweelinck International Organ Competition and fourth prize in the „Premio Elvira di Renna” International Organ Competition in Italy. In 2010 he received the „Golden Laurel for Young Organist” at the 33rd International Festival of Organ and Chamber Music in Giżycko. In his career Maciej Zakrzewski has actively participated in numerous master classes, having had opportunity to work with such splendid organists including Olivier Latry, Pieter van Dijk, Wolfgang Zerer, Lorenzo Ghielmi, Helmut Deutsch, Martin Hoselbeck, Pierre Damiano Peretti. He has also participated in master classes of improvisation under the direction of Pierre Pincemaille, Tomasz Adam Nowak. Maciej Zakrzewski co- operates on a regular basis with the Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Polish Chamber Orchestra, The PROGRESS Chamber Orchestra, Elblag Chamber Orchesra and „Discantus” Chamber Choir with whom he recorded „Kashubian Mass” composed by Michał Sławecki and „Te Deum” composed by Adam Disner. He took part in the recording of Mozart's Church Sonatas conducted by Maxim Vengerov. He also recorded music by Franz Liszt, Charles Marie Widor, Feliks Nowowiejski, Naji Hakim, Daniel Magnus Gronau and contemporary composers. His own CD's (with solo organ music by Liszt, Widor and Hakim) get a great reviews in music press. As a composer Zakrzewski wrote mostly for organ, voice and chamber orchestra. Maciej Zakrzewski is vice-chairman of The Pomeranian Association "Musica Giovane" which organizes Tczew Organ Festiwal and concerts around the Pomeranian Region. He was nominated for the City of Gdansk Award for Young Artist in the Field of Culture 2009, and a 7 year later for the „Pomeranian Griffin Award” in the category „Pomeranian Artistic Hope”. In 2010 he was nominated for the prize of Gdansk „Splendor Gedanensis” for taking part in a number of artistic events in Pomerania.