Polish Independence Day & Henry Vars Gala Celebration

2005 Independence Day Henry Vars Gala Celebration

On November 11, 2005, the USC Polish Music Center and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles presented a Gala Concert celebrating Polish Independence Day and the donation of manuscripts by Henry Vars to the PMC. The USC Thornton Jazz Orchestra with Guest Conductor Gabriel Alegría performed a selection of the original big-band numbers written by Vars in Poland and the US.

Polish Strings

March 2001: The program of this concert included Romuald Twardowski’s Marian Triptych, Tadeusz Baird’s Colas Breugnon Suite, Henryk Górecki’s Three Pieces in the Old Style, and Wojciech Kilar’s Orawa. Jan Jakub Bokun, conductor, and USC Strings.

Polish Manuscript Exhibition and Concert

On 21 October 2000, an open house and exhibition were held during the celebrations of the Polish American Heritage Month. The accompanying Chamber Music Concert was recorded and the CD includes chamber music by Kazimierz Serocki, Marta Ptaszyńska, Tadeusz Szeligowski, Tadeusz Baird, and others.

A Day with Women’s Music

April 1998: A symposium about women in music, including papers about Wanda Landowska (by Wojciech Marchwica), and Grażyna Bacewicz (by Maja Trochimczyk), a composers’ panel, and the residency of Hanna Kulenty.

Szymanowski Centennial

Organized by Wanda Wilk in 1982 at USC, this unique event, predating the formal creation of the Center, brought together Szymanowski experts from around the world for a week of lectures, scholarly sessions, and concerts.