2016: Elżbieta Sikora

Sunday, October 16, 2012 | 7:00 p.m.
Alfred Newman Recital Hall, USC (see AHF on campus map)
3616 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA
Reception following the concert

Sunday, October 16, 2016 | 1:00 p.m.
Screening & Q&A: Madame Curie at the Polish Film Festival
Laemmle’s Monica Film Center
1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Admission to both events is FREE and open to the public
Campus Parking: $12 – enter Gate 3 at Figueroa St. & McCarthy Way (Parking Structure X)


Composer Elżbieta Sikora will give a lecture exploring her compositional process and her successful international career, followed by a concert of her chamber works.


A lecture by the composer will be followed by a program of her works: Alla breve for piano (2006), Lamento for soprano and piano from the opera Madame Curie (2011), Titane for Solo Double Bass (2005), and String Quartet No. 3-In Memoriam Ursula (1999). Performances by soprano Jamie Chamberlin, pianist Richard Valitutto, bassist Levi Jones and the Qian String Quartet.


On Sunday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m., the Polish Music Center will host its annual Paderewski Lecture-Recital at USC’s Alfred Newman Recital Hall. Our honored guest for this year’s event is composer Elżbieta Sikora, who will speak about her artistic process and diverse body of work, followed by a concert of her chamber music. In addition to delivering the lecture, while on campus the composer will work with students from the Thornton School of Music.

Performers for this year’s Paderewski Lecture-Recital will feature favorites of L.A.’s contemporary music scene, including soprano Jamie Chamberlin and pianist Richard Valitutto, as well as graduate students in the Thornton School of Music, including bassist Levi Jones and members of the Qian String Quartet. The program will highlight the “Lamento” from Sikora’s 2011 opera Madame Curie, as well as String Quartet No. 3 ‘In memoriam Ursula’ and solo works for bass and piano.

Another event featuring Sikora’s music will be held on the same day in Santa Monica. As a part of the Polish Film Festival, there will be a screening of Opera Bałtycka’s performance of Elżbieta Sikora’s opera Madame Curie. This opera was premiered in 2011 at UNESCO in Paris within the framework of the International Year of Chemistry and the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Marie Curie-Skłodowska—the only woman ever to win this prestigious prize twice. A Q&A with the composer will follow the screening.