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Program of the 19th Sacrum Profanum Festival of Contemporary Music in Krakow, Poland.
September 29th through October 3rd, 2021.

Note: things keep changing, so take into account, please, that the following program is liable to alterations and cancellations. 


September 29th, Wednesday


Event Venue
8:00 p.m.
Contemporary music and theater performance entitled 3_100 features Krakow’s actress Iwona Budner and ensemble of instrumentalists.   Teatr Laznia Nowa playhouse, 25 os. Szkolne. 

September 30th, Thursday


Event Venue
8:00 p.m.

Concert THREE COLOURS features the UK’s Apartment House ensemble rendering Olivier Messiaen’s Louange a l'eternité de Jesus (1941), Maya Verlaak’s All English Music Is Greensleeves (2014), Igor Stravinsky’s Double Canon: Raoul Dufy in Memoriam (1959), Jim O’Rourke’s Best that you do this for me (2020), Mikalojus Ciurlionis’s Canon in C minor (1902), Louise Bourgeois’s Insomnia Drawing (1994-95), Anton Webern’s Langsamer Satz (1905), Ryoko Akama’s I see everything as a failure (2019), and Laurence Crane’s Blue, Blue, Blue (1986). 

ICE Krakow Congress Center, 17 Konopnickiej street and Monte Casino street 

October 1st, Friday


Event Venue
7:00 p.m.

Poland’s pianist Martyna Zakrzewska gives a recital titled ESOTERIC CHORDS playing Barbara Buczek’s Sonata breve for piano (1968), Variations for piano (1968), Eidos IV for piano (1991), Intermezzo for piano (1992), Les accords esoeteriques for piano (1991) and Boguslaw Schaeffer’s Two pieces (1960), Free Composition, Punkty wyjscia (1960. 

CE Krakow Congress Center, 17 Konopnickiej street and Monte Casino street 
9:30 p.m. Concert NOT SO EARLY MUSIC features Polish Radio Choir rendering Pawel Szymanski’s  Phylakterion for vocals and percussion instruments (2011), Agata Zubel’s Madrigals for 5 voices (2015), Pawel Mykietyn’s Choral and canon, lyrics Leyla Daryoush (2020), and Pawe; Szymanski’s In paradisum motet for a male choir (1995).  CE Krakow Congress Center, 17 Konopnickiej street and Monte Casino street 

October 2nd, Saturday


Event Venue
6:00 p.m.

Concert of contemporary classic music titled LEM: THE LACONIC EXPRESSION OF MODERNITY features Poland’s proMODERN vocal sextet performing Nina Fukuoka’s fever dream made manifest (2021), Andrzej Karalow’s out of the light of the two suns a phantasmagorical city appears (2021, world premiere), Zofia Dowgiallo’s Lubie (2021, world premiere), and Cezary Duchnowski’s Z doskonalej prozni (2021, world premiere).

CE Krakow Congress Center, 17 Konopnickiej street and Monte Casino streett 
9:00 p.m. Concert of contemporary classic music called SUMMA LEMMOLOGIAE features Poland’s soprano Joanna Freszel and Spoldzielnia Muzyczna ensemble rendering Piotr Peszat’s Musikalisches Opfer #2 for solo cello, chamber ensemble, live electronics and live video (2021, world premiere), Mikolaj Laskowski’s Fiasco for ensemble and electronics, Zaneta Rydzewska’s to my stars for 12 instruments (2021), and Aleksander Nowak’s Lo firgai: Mask - Monodrama for soprano and chamber instrumental ensemble (2021).  CE Krakow Congress Center, 17 Konopnickiej street and Monte Casino street

October 3rd, Sunday


Event Venue
4:00 p.m.

Concert MATURITY features Poland’s Ensemble Kompopolex plus Marek Choloniewski performing La Monte Young’s Composition 1960 #7 (1960), Neo Hulcker’s we speak for trio (2019), Pauline Oliveros’s Rock Piece (1979), Kelley Sheenan’s #00f6 for video controlled with MIDI keyboard (2020), La Monte Young’s Composition 1960 #13 (to Richard Huelsenbeck), Carola Bauckholt’s Gerausche (1992), Marta Sniady’s c_ut|e #2 for trio (2017), Marek Choloniewski’s Assemblages for specific artists (1975), Ole Hubner’s trauma und zwischenraum 3 for a trio (2021, world premiere), and La Monte Young’s Composition 1960 #10 (to Bob Morris)

CE Krakow Congress Center, 17 Konopnickiej street and Monte Casino street 
7:00 p.m. Concert ARDITTI QUARTET 47 1/2 ANNIVERSARY features Switzerland’s Arditti Quartet rendering Gyorgy Ligeti’s Quartet No. 2 (1968), Olga Neuwirth’s in the realms of the unreal (2009), Rebecca Saunders’s Fletch (2012), Iannis Xenakis’s Tetras (1983), Hilda Paredes’s Hacia und Bitacora Capilar (2014), and Helmut Lachenmann’s Quartet No. 3 Grido (2000-01). CE Krakow Congress Center, 17 Konopnickiej street and Monte Casino street
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