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MENINAS DUO at the Polish House – Concert

December 10, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

We cordially invite you to the unique recital of the Polish band MENINAS DUO; Ewelina Koniec-mezzo-soprano and Bianka Szalaty-classical guitar performing Polish music (R. Twardowski), Spanish music (M. de Falla, F. Obradors, E. Granados), American music (L. Bernstein), Italian music (G. Puccini, G Rossini) and Christmas music.
Time: 19:00
Admission: € 10 (Tickets to be purchased at the entrance).
Concert program:
– G. Donizetti: Me voglio fa’na casa, Canzone napoletana
– A. Parisotti: Se tu m’ami
– G. Puccini: E l’uccellino
– G. Rossini: Canzonetta spagnuola
– G. Puccini: Terra e mare
– W. A. ​​Mozart: Non so piu cosa son, cosa faccio, Cherubino’s aria from “The Marriage of Figaro”
– R. Twardowski: A series of 7 folk songs: Zebyś ty chmielu
Z tamtej strony jeziora
Oj, służbo moja, służbo!
Oj, szynkarko szynkareczko
A za lasem
Rozlecieli się ptaszki
Moja matuleńka
– L. Bernstein: I hate music! Cycle of 5 children’s songs: My name is Barbara | Jupiter has seven moons | I hate music | A big Indian | I am person too
– M. de Falla: Cancion del amor dolido and Cancion del fuego fatuo with “El amor brujo”
– F. Obradosrs: El Vito
– Selected Christmas carols: Lulajże Jezuniu | Miserable silent | He is lying in the manger.
The duo, made up of singer Ewelina Koniec and guitarist Bianka Szalaty, was founded in 2015 at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. The duo combines a warm mezzo-soprano sound with the traditional timbre of a classical guitar. A significant part of the repertoire are Bianca’s original arrangements, which gives the interpretations an authentic and individual character. Ewelina graduated with honors from the Academy of Music. St. Moniuszko in Gdańsk under the supervision of prof. Ewa Marciniec, broadening her vocal skills also at the Guidhall School of Music and Drama in London in the class of Janice Chapman. Bianka is a graduate of the I. J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań in the guitar class of Łukasz Kuropaczewski and is currently a student of the prestigious postgraduate studies “Konzertexamen” at the Folkwang Universitat der Kunste in Essen (Germany) in the guitar class of prof. Tomasz Zawierucha. The musical paths of both artists met at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where they honed their talent under the wings of Per Pålsson, a member of Scandinavian Guitar Duo. Both artists actively perform on stages, including Poland, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Italy and Greece. They have also been awarded many times in international competitions and scholarship programs. In 2020, they won first place and a special award from the legendary Cuban composer, conductor and guitarist Leo Brouwer at the Paganini Guitar Festival Competiton in Parma and 3rd place at the International Chamber Music Competition “Massimiliano Antonelli” in Latina (Italy). In 2019, Bianka Szalaty won prizes in competitions in Tokyo, Antwerp, Brno, Bratislava, Birštonas, Naples, Thessaloniki and Krynica-Zdrój. Just 5 months ago, the duo won the first prize in the chamber ensemble category at the 12th International Guitar Competition. Joaquin Rodrigo in Olsztyn. In addition to concert activities in a duet, Ewelina Koniec, as an active opera singer, performs in various international projects, cooperating, among others with the National Forum of Music in Wrocław, Krakow Chamber Opera, Europa Choir Akademie and Nymphea Vocal Ensemble Copenhagen. The band performed, among others at festivals such as: the 15th International Guitar Festival in Brno in 2019, as part of the series of concerts “Un pizzico di luna”, organized by Societa dei Concerti di Parma in Parma, Italy in 2019, during the 15th Russian-Polish Festival “Youth Academy of Arts ”in Moscow 2019, 5th new Copenhagen Guitar Festival 2017, 16th International Guitar Festival 2017 in Aarhus, Akademia Gitary 2017, Polish Culture Fest 2017 in Copenhagen, Festival of Borderland Folkowisko 2019 and 2016 in Gorajec and many others.

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