02 - 07 - 2021 (Saturday) H. 20:15

 

Will perform:

Choir 441 Hz

Anna Wilczewska - conductor

Jing Luo – conductor

Alicja Pałka – organ /Gdańsk/

Łukasz Truszczyński – organ /Gdańsk/

 

Repertoir: 

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 - 1707)
In Dulci Julbilo (Bux WV 197)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Toccata i fuga d-moll (BWV 565)

Jacek Sykulski (1964)
Peace meditation

Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
If ye love me

Tim Sarsany (1966)
Salve mater
Solo: Artur Szczeparski

Andrej Makor (1987)
O lux beata trinitas

Marek Raczyński (1982)
Laudate dominum

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Toccata, Adagio & Fuga C-dur BWV 564

Fredrik Sixten (1962)
Peace

Arvo Pärt (1935)
Deer’s cry

Ēriks Ešenvalds (1977)
O salutaris hostia
Solo: Alicja Giętkowska-Liguz, Martyna Smoczyńska

Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960)
Aftonen

Laura Jēkabsone
Dindaru dandaru
Solo: Sylwia Holeksa-Wilkowska, Jan Dzierżanowski

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

Jing Luo

is a graduate of choral conducting at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk. She comes from China where she began her adventure with music at the age of six. She has authored a number of research papers and worked with both Polish, and Chinese choirs. Her mission as a conductor is to present Chinese music to European audiences. Apart from taking the conductor’s role she performs soprano parts in a choir, and regularly attends concerts and lectures on music in her free time. Although she has worked with the 441 Hz Choir for only a year now, she says she cannot imagine her life without it.

ALICJA PAŁKA

an organ player and pianist, was born in Katowice on 6 June 1994. She did her first and second level instrumental studies at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, specialising in the field of Instrumental Pedagogy – Piano in the class of Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Artykiewicz and dr Maciej Gański. On top of that, in 2021 she graduated from the Master’s degree studies at the Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk in the field of Artistic Education, specialising in Church Music, having studied the organ in the class of st. wykł. mgr Ewa Rytel, and improvisation in the class of Prof. zw. dr hab. Bogusław Grabowski. She is a piano teacher at the Stanisław Moniuszko Primary School of Music in Sopot.

ŁUKASZ TRUSZCZYŃSKI

is an organ player, church musician, and pianist. He began his musical education at the A. Krzanowski State Primary and Secondary School of Music in his hometown of Mława. In 2017 he graduated from the Master’s degree studies at the S. Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk, where he studied the piano at the Faculty of Instrumental Studies in the class of Prof. dr hab. Andrzej Artykiewicz and dr Maciej Gański. Since 2017 he has worked as a piano teacher and accompanist at the Primary School of Music in Przasnysz. In 2018 he took up studies to further his education in the field of Church Music at the Academy of Music in Gdańsk, studying the organ in the class of as. mgr Ewa Rytel (performance of organ compositions) and prof. dr hab. Bogusław Grabowski (liturgical organ performance).

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