We invite you to a concert promoting Michał Ziółkowski’s album The Light of a Winter Night! The programme will also include Christmas carols and pastorales arranged by this composer. The works will be presented by as many as three ensembles of the National Forum of Music: the NFM Boys' Choir, the NFM Choir and the NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra, as well as the “Con Brio” Choir of the 1st degree Music School. “G. Bacewicz” in Wrocław!
Born in Zakopane in 1991, composer, arranger, instrumentalist and producer Michał Ziółkowski represents the young generation of Polish composers. He became interested in making music late, at the age of fifteen, but he quickly became proficient in this field, and his skills were noticed and appreciated. He studied composition at the Academy of Music in Wrocław with Grażyna Pstrokońska-Nawratil. He currently lectures at his alma mater.
As a composer, Ziółkowski is a prize-winner at many national and international competitions, and his works are regularly performed at festivals and in concerts in Poland (including the National Forum of Music) and internationally. He likes writing music for theatre and film and is also the author of the opera Ugly Duckling, staged in June 2016. Ziółkowski appreciates the clarity of form, colourful instrumentation and subtlety of sound.
The first part of the concert will feature arrangements of seven Christmas carols and pastorales prepared by Ziółkowski. The first will be the medieval Christmas hymn Puer natus in Bethlehem. His other works – Jam jest dudka, Lulajże, Jezuniu, Przybieżeli do Betlejem Mizerna cicha, O gwiazdo betlejemska and Gore gwiazda Jezusowi – are well known to Polish listeners. The second part of the evening will be filled with the Christmas suite Light of a Winter Night, consisting of seven movements. It is intended for boys’ choir, mixed choir and chamber orchestra. The composer’s goal was to convey the nostalgic reverie atmosphere of Christmas in this work. Joy is mixed here with melancholy, and the individual movements are intriguing with the richness of expression and sonic variety.