One of the most important film music festivals in the world is back to make up for the pandemic! In front of us there will be a film with live music (How to Train Your Dragon), composition commissions, outstanding artists (Jerzy Skolimowski, John Powell, Zygmunt Konieczny), soloists (Joanna Słowińska, Tomasz Organek, Aleksander Dębicz) and excellent choirs, orchestras and conductors. We hope that our invitation will also be accepted by the festival audience. At this special time, we also want to bring aid and a strong message of solidarity with Ukraine, joined by the most outstanding composers associated with the FMF.
FMF 2022 PROGRAMME
23.05.2022 | workshops for instrumentalists and composers
24.05.2022 | 19:30 Kilar | Glass
25.05.2022 | 19:30 Scoring4Polish Directors: Jerzy Skolimowski
26.05.2022 | 19:30 Composers4Ukraine
27.05.2022 | 19:30 Słowińska & AUKSO & Konieczny
28.05.2022 | 19:30 The Music of John Powell
29.05.2022 | 18:00 FMF4Kids: How to Train Your Dragon – Live in Concert
In recent years, the pandemic has made it difficult for us to meet live, so I am all the more pleased that this year I can invite you to the six concerts of the 15th FMF, which returns in the traditional May date. The main guest of the festival will be John Powell, who we have been waiting for since 2020, known, of course, from the animated series “How to Train Your Dragon”, but also from such titles as “The Bourne Identity” or “Han Solo: A Star Wars Story” – says Magdalena Doksa-Tverberg, the director of KBF.
The 15th edition of the festival will be opened with a Kilar | Glass concert, which will take place on Tuesday, 24th May, at 7.30 p.m. in the Karol Szymanowski Philharmonic Hall in Krakow. It will be a celebration of the expressive style of Wojciech Kilar, who would have celebrated his 90th birthday this year, and of the minimalist music of Philip Glass. Kilar gained world fame thanks to the music to Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula from 1992. In 1999 Glass was commissioned to compose a new soundtrack for Tod Browning’s 1931 film Dracula. This allowed him to reach an ever-widening audience through many avenues. He created dozens of film scores (for which he received three Academy Award nominations), 14 symphonies, 13 concertos, 25 operas, 9 string quartets and scores for ballets and piano pieces. The music of the masters will be performed by pianist Aleksander Dębicz, soprano Joanna Radziszewska and the Sinfonietta Cracovia Orchestra conducted by Michael Riesman, music director of the Philip Glass Ensemble.
Previous years’ concerts in the Scoring4PolishDirectors series have honored the work of some of the most famous Polish directors – Agnieszka Holland, Andrzej Wajda, Roman Polanski and Krzysztof Zanussi. This year (May 25th at 7:30 pm) the main character and guest of the event will be Jerzy Skolimowski – director of Essential Killing, Scream, Four Nights with Anna, 11 Minutes, and Fuchy. Jazz and dark contemporary sounds arranged by Jan Stokłosa will reign on the stage. We will also hear Tomasz Organek, a friend of the director. During the concert in the Krzysztof Penderecki Auditorium at the ICE Krakow Congress Centre, the Polish Soundtrack of the Year award will be presented for the best soundtrack of 2021 created for a Polish production. Therefore, in the first part of the concert, we will hear music from Polish premieres of recent years (including Ciemno, prawie noc [Darkness, Almost Night] and Hiacynt [Hyacinth]). The concert is only for viewers over 16 years old.
This year’s edition of the FMF will also be a demonstration of solidarity with Ukraine in the form of the Compo-sers4Ukraine concert, which will take place on 26 May at 7.30 p.m. in the Krzysztof Penderecki Auditorium at the ICE Krakow Congress Centre. The music is intended as an expression of respect for the heroism of our eastern neighbors and the attitude of people from all over the world who selflessly help them. There are over two million refugees in Poland, among them many musicians from Kiev, Lviv or Kharkiv looking for a place to work. That is why the choir and orchestra that will perform at the concert on 26 May will include instrumentalists from Ukraine.
FMF is an event that is supposed to bring joy: to composers – because this is where their music, often written in the privacy of film studios, can sound; to FMF production – because it is an event that is constantly looking for innovation and new forms of expression; to performers – because it allows them to play up-to-date and absolutely beautiful music; and to audiences – because it provides emotions, a sense of being together and experiencing beautiful emotions. The pandemic and its limitations meant that we had to wait a long time for the return of the FMF in its full version. But also the current situation of the brutal war in our eastern neighbors imposes a duty of special solidarity on the whole community of FMF creators and audiences. I asked our composer friends to compose or dedicate special choral and orchestral works as a demonstration of solidarity with the creators from Ukraine. The response surpassed our wildest dreams. We were immediately joined by John Williams, Howard Shore, Lolita Ritmanis, Laura Karpman, Antoni Komasa-Lazarkiewicz, Elliot Goldenthal, Diego Navarro, Trevor Morris, Don Davis, Craig Armstrong, Stephen Warbeck, Dirk Brossé, Benjamin Wallfisch and Michael Giacchino. This will certainly be an important and memorable performance, featuring artists from a country engulfed by war, and composers connecting with us through music,” says Robert Piaskowski, artistic director of the FMF.
The music of Zygmunt Konieczny, creator of the Polish literary song genre and Krakow’s outstanding composer of film music, will be heard on 27th May at 7:30 p.m. in the Theatre Hall of the ICE Krakow Congress Centre at a concert entitled Słowińska I AUKSO I Konieczny. The concert is organised in connection with the composer’s 85th birthday, which falls this year. Konieczny made his debut in theater in 1959, writing music for the performance Widok z mostu [The View from the Bridge], directed by Jerzy Grzegorzewski. He has collaborated with many outstanding theater directors. He has been connected with film since 1963. He has created music for over one hundred feature films, television films, documentaries and short films. He composed music for the works of such directors as Jan Jakub Kolski (Pornografia, Jasminum, Historia kina w Popielawach), Andrzej Wajda (Biesy) or Tadeusz Konwicki (Dolina Issy, Lawa, How Far, How Near). For his work he has been awarded both the Polish Film Award and the Gdynia Film Festival award three times. The concert will feature Joanna Slowinska and Karol Smialek, accompanied by the Stanislaw Slowinski Quintet and AUKSO, the Chamber Orchestra of the Town of Tychy, conducted by Marek Moś.
The culmination of the festival on the 29th of May at 6 p.m. in the Krzysztof Penderecki Auditorium at the ICE Krakow Congress Centre will be a screening with live music of the first part of the cult animated film How to Train Your Dragon. The film has been nominated for two Academy Awards (including Best Musical for John Powell, who will also be a guest of the event), as well as Golden Globe and BAFTA awards. The screening is aimed at the youngest audience, but any adult who has not forgotten their inner child will also be enchanted. The music composed for the film about the magical land of dragons and vikings will be heard by the Krakow Philharmonic Choir and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra conducted by Ernst van Tiel. The orchestra will be joined by the winners of the OF FMF competition, about which you can read more on our website.
FMF is also about education: workshops, recording sessions and master classes, as well as open meetings with composers, which take place within the FMF Audiovisual Forum. This year, we initiated the OF FMF project – a new program for graduates of music academies on stringed instruments,” adds Magdalena Doksa-Tverberg, director of the KBF.
We are very happy that FMF is returning to its classical form and for the 15th time we will be able to experience moments with live film music together. The unique atmosphere of rehearsals, preparations and the arrival of guests is something we all look forward to. While you wait for this event you will be accompanied by RMF Classic station, which is co-organizer of the whole event. We have prepared special cycles, broadcasts, playlists and memories, thanks to which you will be able to feel the festival emotions even earlier. In May, Krakow turns into the film capital. We hope to hear from you on RMF Classic – says Magdalena Wojewoda-Mleczko, music director of RMF Classic.
Location: Krakow, Poland
Date: 23. 5. – 29. 5. 2022
Start: at 10:00 – 21:00 h
ADMISSION: 60 – 100 PLN
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