CLOSING OF THE FESTIVAL
Morphing Chamber Orchestra (Vienna, Austria)
artistic director Tomasz Wabnic
phot. Andrzej Wach
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About Christian Culture Festival
Christian Culture Festival was organized for the first time in 1997 on 10th Anniversary of the Logos Theatre. In a sense, it extends the idea of Christian Culture Weeks organized in Poland in 70s and 80s of the last century, which were to become counterpoise to lay media model promoted by the State. Lodz Christian Culture Days were organized in churches all around the city, so as to accommodate the artists, spectacles, exhibitions and projections.
One of such places was the John Paul lecture theatre in the vault of the Assumption of Holy Mother Church in Kościelna Street. This is where the Logos Theatre started, before it was moved to the church in Maria Skłodowska-Curie. It was this church that Archbishop Władysław Ziółek gave to the Lodz artists in 1993, and in which the Centre of Creative Communities’ of Lodz Archdiocese was appointed. It is here that the ‘logistic’ centre of the Festival is located, and where some of the Festival events take place.
Traditionally, the Festival takes place in November, on the first Sunday after All Soul’s Day. It usually lasts for two weeks, during which various event take place – spectacle premiers, other theatres come to Lodz, there are exhibitions of invited artists, performances of choirs and musicians, very often not to be seen anywhere else in Poland at any other time. The Festival programme is the result of the whole year’s work of rev. Waldemar Sondka, the Festival Director, who – using his contacts – invites artists who are interesting, out of the ordinary, noteworthy and creating art perhaps not always religious, but always searching and at the highest level. Care for the level of the Festival offers is a permanent rule, the Logos environment has always wished to provide the Lodz citizens with the possibility of contact with art deprived of parochialism, open to the man and as perfect formally as possible.
The Festival is not an activity that brings profit. Any entrance cards are issued as invitations that are free of charge, and the team of the Logos Theatre and all the people engaged in the Festival organization, act as volunteers. This does not mean that Christian Culture Festival costs nothing. On the contrary, to organize such a cultural event at appropriate level is always connected with costs. Rev. Waldemar Sondka deals with organizing means to secure the Festival events all year round. He manages to gain sponsors (without whom the Festival would not exist) and subsidies from institutions that deal with funding culture (without which the Festival could not develop). All that in order to realize the basic idea of the event that derived from the Lodz Christian Culture Days – to enable anyone who wishes and needs that, to live the Mystery through art. This idea assumes a free of charge participation in all the artistic events, which has been the case since the very beginning of the Festival until today, the only condition is that on the day of the Festival opening, one must queue as long as it takes to get invitations. The only limit to the number of invitations is the capacity of rooms in which the events are organized every day throughout the two weeks of the Festival.
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XX Christian Culture Festival in Lodz
6th — 20th November 2016
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MORPHING — Stands for permanent evolution, metamorphosis and change, resulting in innovative interpretation, while reaching highest standard of performance
VIENNA — The city where the distinguished young artists forming the Morphing Vienna Chamber Orchestra met, all of whom maintain strong ties to the Viennese music world
CHAMBER — One of the main goals of the ensemble is to create a new standard in chamber music performance
ORCHESTRA — Elastic ensemble composition. Musicians from 15 countries around the world, performing repertoire ranging from classical music to musical entertainment
“Change brings about progress. It fosters development and releases energy.” Technical perfection combined with elasticity and creativity in interpretation and repertoire are the main artistic goals of the Morphing Viena Chamber Orchestra. Under the direction of Tomasz Wabnic, this group of remarkable young musicians, laureates of numerous international competitions, has created a new standard in chamber music performance. Their vast repertoire, ranging from classical music to light music, along with the flexibility of the ensemble’s composition — from duo to chamber orchestra — define the Morphing Viena Chamber Orchestra as an ensemble of constant evolution and development. The Morphing ensemble is comprised of young artists from 15 countries around the world, and since 2006 has engaged some of the most prominent representatives of the jazz scene and the entertainment sector on various projects. The musicians’ collective joy in creating music is evident in each of their world-class performances. Their dynamic creativity and openness to new interpretations distinguish this special ensemble. The Morphing Viena Chamber Orchestra holds the exclusive rights for the debut performances and world premieres of the musical archives at the Jasna Gora monastery in Czestochowa, Poland. Within this collection are many newly discovered works by W. A. Mozart and Josef Haydn.
“Pure enthusiasm and musical intelligence — this is what characterizes “Morphing Vienna Chamber Orchestra”. The ensemble understands how to make music scores speak. It gives every detail the attention it deserves and comprehensively illustrates the entire musical structure of each composition. One often notices a work’s fine nuances thanks to the transparent sound characteristics of the performance. Despite its size, the ensemble plays music in a sophisticated and compact manner — a true listening pleasure.”
Founder and Artistic Director of the MORPHING VIENNA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, Tomasz Wabnic began his musical education in the violin class of professor Jadwiga Kaliszewska in Bydgoszcz and Poznan, Poland. He moved to Vienna in 2000 to continue his viola studies at the Vienna Conservatory with professor Herwig Zelle, and completed his diploma in 2005 with unanimous distinction. He is also a graduate of the Altenberg Trio’s chamber music master class at the Conservatory. It was during his time in Vienna that he met the group of musicians who inspired him to found the MORPHING VIENNA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA. Mr. Wabnic has worked under the musical direction of numerous distinguished musicians, including Alexander Arenkow (glinka Quartett), Norbert Brainin (Amadeus Quartett), Altenberg Trio, Daniel Barenboim, Yakov Kreizberg, Ennio Morricone and Bobby McFerrin. He is the co-founder of the Fidelio Quartet, which was one of ten ensembles in the final round of the 2003 International Chamber Music Competition in Melbourne (over 600 ensembles from all over the world applied). As a soloist, Mr. Wabnic performed in the Golden Hall of Vienna’s Musikverein on two occasions during the Mozart Year 2006. He has made numerous recordings as a chamber music soloist and has performed in many European countries, as well as in Japan, Australia and South America. Mr. Wabnic is also the Artistic Director and member of the ensemble “Capella Czestochoviensis” which specializes in Baroque music, and in 2008 was named president of the MORPHING VIENNA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA.
The internationally renowned marimba virtuoso Katarzyna Myćka, (born 1972), is the founder of the International Katarzyna Mycka Marimba Academy, besides her years of study at the music academies in Gdansk, Stuttgart and Salzburg, where she graduated with honours, her artistic development has been documented by numerous prizes at international competitions.
She impressed the musical scene very early on with two first prizes at international marimba competitions: in 1995 she won not only the Luxembourg International Percussion Competition, winning the audience prize there as well, but also the First World Marimba Competition in Stuttgart in 1996.
She has also been successful at other percussion competitions as well, winning the First Prize at the 1991 Polish Percussion Competition in Opole and being awarded a special prize in the form of a scholarship for foreign study at the 1992 “Concours International d'Exécution Musicale” in Geneva. Katarzyna Myćka was also a finalist at the 1997 ARD Competition in Munich.
During the same year she appeared as soloist at the First Marimba Festival in Osaka/ Japan and at the International Marimba Festival in Linz/Austria (2004). She is a guest soloist with many orchestras as well, including the Stuttgart Philharmonic, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Bejing Symphony Orchestra, Bochum Symphony, Camerata Israeli, WKO Heilbronn, Neubrandenburg Philharmonic, Vanderbilt University Orchestra and with many Philharmonic Orchestras in Poland.
After having been awarded the honour of “Ambassadress of Polish Percussive Arts” by the Polish Percussive Arts Society in 1999, a scholarship from the Baden-Württemberg Artistic Foundation followed, as well as invitations to perform in concerts and give master classes in the U.S.A., Germany, Poland, Japan, China, Corea, Mexico, Luxembourg, Belgium, Bulgaria and Switzerland a. o. Katarzyna Myćka made her American debut at the International Percussion Festival PASIC 1997 in Anaheim (LA), 2001 and 2008 she came back to PASIC performances in Nasville and Austin.
Meanwhile, Katarzyna Myćka has been called upon to serve on the juries of international percussion competitions. In 1999 and 2002 she was a member of the jury of the International Percussion Competition in Luxembourg, in 2000 at the First Polish Marimba Competition in Warsaw, in 2001 at the Percussion Competition in Ostrava/CZ, 2004 and 2007 at Federal German Competitions Jugend Musiziert, 2005 and 2007 at International Percussion Competition in Plovdiv/BL and 2006 at the International Marimba Competition in Linz/A. Since October 2006 she teaches marimba at the Music Academy in Poznan.
Following CD-recordings have been released:
1997 — Katarzyna Myćka “Marimba Spiritual”
1999 — Katarzyna Myćka “Marimba Dance”
2001 — Katarzyna Myćka “Marimba Concerto”
2003 — Katarzyna Myćka “Marimba Sculpture”
2005 — Mycka/Bacanu — J. S. Bach “Marimba Concertos”
2008 — Katarzyna Myćka “Marimba Classica”
Winning first prize in The Australian Singing Competition marked the begging of an international career for the Japanese soprano Akiko Nakajima. In quick succession there followed her debut for Opera Australia in La Clemenza di Tito under Christopher Hogwood and her European debut at the Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli as Musetta in La Boheme.
She then embarked on an international career as both opera and concert singer. She made her Austrian debut in the title role of Handel's Alcina for Innsbruck's Festwochen der Alten Musik— a production that was awarded by the European Broad Casting Union. She joined the Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck and later the Staatstheater Darmstadt where she sang principal roles. Her appearances in the demanding Bel Canto roles of Adina in L'Elisir D'Amore, the title roles of La Sonnambula and La Fille du Regiment were greeted with great enthusiasm by audience and critics alike and her sensational triumph as Lucia di Lammermoor led to her nomination as The best singer of the year (1998) by Opernwelt magazine. Her stylish interpretations of Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier and Pamina in Die Zauberflote were also greatly acclaimed.
Her stunning debut as Sonja in Der Zarewitsch at the Vienna Volksoper in 1999 was followed by other successes: as Violetta in La Traviata; Anne in The Rake's Progress; Annina In Eine Nacht in Venedig. In 2007 She made her debut at the Hamburg State Opera as Donna Fiorilla in Il Turco in Italia, and covered Cecilia Bartoli at the Royal Opera House, London in 2006 with the same role. At the same time, her career has continued to develop in Japan where she regularly appears with NHK Orchestra and New National Theater Tokyo.
In the field of concert and recital, Akiko Nakajima has a broad repertoire, reaching from the Bach Passions and lieder by Schubert and Wolf, to contemporary composers. She has appeared in festivals such as Festival Dei Due Mondi, Spoleto; Festwochen der Alten Musik Innsbruck; Munchener Biennale, Wiener Festwochen. Venues at which she has appeared include the Leipzig Gewandhaus; Kulturpalast Dresden; Alte Oper Frankfurt; Konzerthaus Berlin; Konzerthaus Wien; Theatre des Champs Elysees, Suntory Hall and NHK Hall in Tokyo. Her debut at the Wigmore Hall (2005) was greeted with great acclaim.
Among the celebrated conductors with whom she has appeared are; Lorin Maazel, Herbert Blomstedt, Charles Dutoit, Kazushi Ono, Myung-Whun Chung and Thomas Hengelbrock.
Akiko Nakajima's first solo CD LA PASTORELLA has been released on the Viennese label Preiser Records (PR90647) and was nominated for the Deutschen Schallplattenkritik list. FEMALE PORTRAITS (PR90691), a collection of operatic arias and duets was followed by another recording, PLAISIR D'AMOUR (CDS556) from an Italian Label, Dynamic in 2008.
On stage, a role debut as Cio-cio-san in Madama Butterfly has received many triumphant reviews this summer. The future schedules include Mahler 2nd with Zubin Mehta and Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Abu Dhabi, New Year Concerts in Chicago, Toronoto as well as some Gala concerts with Roberto Alagna. Since October 2008, Akiko Nakajima works also as an assistant of the Faculty of Architecture and Design at the Vienna University of Technology.
Clarinetist, chamber musician and a pedagogue.
Born in Czestochowa where he made his debut as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Czestochowa.
He graduated with distinction from the K. Lipinski Academy of Music in Wroclaw, in the clarinet class of Prof. Mieczyslaw Stachura, and the Music Conservatory in Vienna, in the class of Prof. Roger Salander. In 2006 he started doctoral studies and was employed as a lecturer at the Academy of Music in Wroclaw.
He taught the clarinet class during the 24th Interpretation Course in Duszniki-Zdrój and 7th International Music Workshops in Szczecinek.
He has participated in master classes where he worked under e.g. Prof. Guy Dangain, Guy Deplus, Stanley Drucker, Yehuda Gillad, Sharon Kam, Bela Kovacs and Brad Terry.
Laureate of many competitions in Olsztyn, Wloszakowice, Piotrków Trybunalski, Jawor, Wroclaw and Pörtschach (Austria), among others.
He has performed in many music festivals e.g. in St. Petersburg, Clarimania in Wroclaw, The Stars Are Promoting in Jelenia Góra, the Guitar Festival in Swidnica and the Idyllwild Arts Festival in Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Principal clarinetist of The Zielona Gora Philharmonic Orchestra, Morphing Vienna Chamber Orchestra and The FilmHarmony Orchestra and a member of trio d’anches Reed Connection
Jarosław Podsiadlik leads dynamic concert activity as both soloist and a chamber musician in Europe and the USA. His enthusiasm and energy for music transcend the performer and permeate throughout audiences.
Bernhard Pfaffelmaier was born in 1974 in Mödling (Austria). He had taken his first clarinet lesson in the age of 8. He graduated from the High School of Music in Wiener Neustadt in 1993.
In 1991 he started his studies at the Univestity of Music in Vienna in the class of Prof. Peter Schmidl (Principal clarinetist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) and the assistant Gerald Pachinger (principal clarinetist of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra). On the 7. of May he recived a Master of Art Diploma.
He is a laureate of many clarinet national competitions in Austria.
Mr. Pfaffelmaier is co-operating with many orchestras such as: Tonkünstlerorchester, Jeunesse Orchestra, The Young Wind Philharmony in Vienna and many chamber music ensambles. During his concert career he visited Korea, Japan, South America, China and Europe. Presently Bernhard Pfaffelmaier is also a clarinet teacher at The School of Music in Markt Piesting (Austria).