Friday, October 12, 2018

Paderewski, 100 Years of Poland's Independence - Events in October (vol. 9, no. 7)


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 7:00 PM NEWMAN RECITAL HALL. The event will be held on USC Campus; the Newman Recital Hall is located within Hancock Auditorium, 3616 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089. The program is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served, and RSVPs are not available.

Portrait of Paderewski by Sanford, Maja Trochimczyk Collection.

The USC Polish Music Center celebrates 100 years of Polish independence with a collaborative lecture performance of music composed between World War I and II, featuring the USC Thornton Chamber Singers, the Quadrophonic String Quartet, and guest lecturer, USC musicology professor Lisa Cooper Vest – who specializes in Polish music after 1945 and recently joined the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music. The colorful program will explore how Poland’s return to the map of Europe in 1918 opened the doors for a period of intense cultural flourishing.

More information about the program:

PARKING: Enter USC at the McCarthy Way Gate from Figueroa south of Jefferson, park in Structure 2. Cost $12. Walk straight into the campus on the road you drove into the parking to the main walkway, turn left, walk to the main square with the fountain. Newman Recital Hall is inside the Hancock Building to the left behind the fountain and the sculpture of Traveler – USC Mascot. The sculpture of Tommy Trojan is on the other corner of the square. 

The next event of the Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club is a concert "100 Years of Poland in Music" by Katarzyna Sadej (mezzosoprano) and Basia Bochenek (piano) with special guest appearance by film composer & pianist Miro Kępiński. The event will be held at Beverly Hills, CA, on Saturday, October 20, 2018, 6 p.m. 


Zakazane piosenki – Inspiracje / Forbidden Songs – Inspirations Based on songs from the 1946 musical about occupied Poland, e.g. Zielone Jabłuszko, Hymn Szarych Szeregów, Kto handluje ten żyje.
Miro Kępiński, pianist and film composer

100 Years of Poland in Music Remarks by Maja Trochimczyk, Ph.D. 
               President of Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club

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Hej, Orle Biały / Hey White Eagle
(1917) text and music by Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941).
Written for the “Blue Army” of Gen. Haller formed in the U.S. and Canada to help liberate Poland during WWI

Dziś do Ciebie przyjść nie mogę / I Cannot Come to You Tonight
(1943) text and music by Stanisław Magierski, written for the Home Army in German-occupied Poland during WWII.

Czerwone maki na Monte Cassino / Red Poppies on Monte Cassino
(1944) by Feliks Konarski (text) and Alfred Schütz (music).Written for the Polish II Corps of Gen. W. Anders.

Five Songs by Derwid
Z lat dziecinnych / From Childhood Years
Zakochać się w wietrze/To Fall in Love with the Wind
Tylko to słowo / Only this Word
Filipince nudno / The Filipino Girl is Bored
Cyrk jedzie / The Circus is Coming
(1950s-1960s)  by Derwid (Witold Lutosławski, 1913-1994) Popular songs from PRL-period written to texts by Jerzy Miller, Tadeusz Urgacz, and others.

To ostatnia niedziela / That Last Sunday
(1935) by Zenon Friedwald (text) and Jerzy Petersburski (music). Petersburski (1895-1979) who fought with Polish II Corps, lived in Argentina, Venezuela and returned to Poland.

Katarzyna Sadej, mezzosoprano and Basia Bochenek, piano


The Paderewski Festival of Raleigh, NC, Nov. 3-17, 2018  

The Fifth Annual Paderewski Festival of Raleigh will take place in November 3-17, 2018. The Fifth Festival features six performances by five Polish and American pianists. The Festival honors Ignacy Jan Paderewski, who played a prominent role on the international stage during World War I and contributed significantly to the reestablishment of Poland as a sovereign state. Paderewski played three times in Raleigh (January 23, 1917; November 23, 1923; April 28, 1939) and once in Durham (January 8, 1931). November 11, 1918, was not only the date of the Armistice ending World War I, but also the date of the official reestablishment of the Republic of Poland. Paderewski had for years worked tirelessly for this reconstitution. The year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of that event. The New York program is a re-creation of the November 24, 1891, program, Paderewski's first piano-only recital in New York. 

⦁ November 3: N.C. Museum of History, Daniels Auditorium, 3:00pm - Sara Daneshpour (USA);
⦁ November 4: N.C. Museum of History, Daniels Auditorium, 3:00pm – Kamil Pacholec, Poland ;
⦁ November 6: Embassy of Poland, Washington, DC, 7:30pm - Kamil Pacholec; 
⦁ November 10: Saint Mary’s School, Smedes Parlor, 3:00pm - Eric Lu (USA); 
⦁ November 11: Saint Mary’s School, Smedes Parlor, 3:00pm - Jakub Kuszlik (Poland); 
⦁ November 17: Lincoln Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium. New York, NY, 8:00pm - Jakub Kuszlik (Poland) and Timothy Jones (USA).

The Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, CA 
10/31-11/4, 2018

 2018 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles will be held on October 31-November 4. This four-day music festival celebrates Paso Robles' rich heritage and its most famous resident Ignacy Jan Paderewski - virtuoso pianist, composer, international politician, local landowner, grower and winemaker. Concerts featuring world renowned talent, exhibits, lectures, master classes and film screenings are accompanied by wine tastings and tours of local vineyards. A youth piano competition, recital and student cultural exchange with Poland additionally honor Paderewski's legacy.

  • October 31: Cultural Exchange students from Poland and Ukraine in concert, Paso Robles High School
  • November 1, 7pm: A Conversation with Corey: Paso musician on his musical journey, Cass Winery 
  • November 2, 11am: Master Class with Katie Liu, Park Ballroom, Paso Robles
  • November 2, 7 pm. Three Paderewskis— a musical by Jenni Brandon, text by Oliver Mayer, Park Ballroom 
  • November 3, 4 pm: Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition Winners' Recital, Paso Robles Inn
  • November 3, 7pm. Paderewski Festival Gala Recital with pianist Kate Liu,  Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, California students, Halter Ranch Vineyard, 10:30-2 p.m.

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