Robert Thies Plays Chopin

A pianist of “unerring, warm-toned refinement, revealing judicious glimmers of power” (Los Angeles Times), Robert Thies will perform Chopin’s ‘Revolutionary’ Etude in C Minor, op. 10 no. 12, as well as works by Debussy, Brahms, Scriabin and Beethoven during the “Second Sundays At Two” concert at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church on June 8. Renowned…Continue Reading Robert Thies Plays Chopin

Paderewski Academy Of Music Concert

The Paderewski Academy of Music invites audiences to a very special concert featuring participants in the Piano Master Class of Igor Lipinski (at left). These performers are young pianists, age 8-16, who are students of Paderewski Academy of Music: Brian Barnas, Filip Basaj, Agata Frisch, Beata Frisch, Amelia Kabat, Paulina Kotarski, Ola Lujano, Andrzej Mareczko,…Continue Reading Paderewski Academy Of Music Concert

AllDayNight – Songs In French, Polish & English

On Friday, June 13, the AllDayNight ensemble presents a free concert entitled “Voyage Musical: Original Instrumental Music & Songs in French, Polish & English” at the Music on the Plaza series at the Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale.  AllDayNight is comprised of Frederic Michot (Prize winning Music Composer and Songwriter), Adriana Zoppo (Violin),…Continue Reading AllDayNight – Songs In French, Polish & English

Korzistka Plays Chopin

On Sunday, June 29, the Polish American Club of Roseville (Sacramento) presents a classical piano concert featuring Michał Korzistka, a prominent Polish pianist from the University of Silesia. Michał Korzistka has studied classical piano at the Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland, at the Postgraduate Piano Department of Academy of Music in Warsaw and then continued…Continue Reading Korzistka Plays Chopin

Kolberg Conference In Poznań

“The Work of Oskar Kolberg as National and European Heritage,” a two-day international academic conference, was held in Poznań, Poland on May 22-23. Poland’s president Bronisław Komorowski was the honorary patron of this important event, co-organized by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Marshall of the Wielkopolska Province, Polish Academy of Sciences, Polish Ethnological…Continue Reading Kolberg Conference In Poznań

Kolberg In Kielce

Since Oskar Kolberg figures in the official name of the Kielce Philharmonic—aka Filharmonia Świętokrzyska im. Oskara Kolberga w Kielcach—the Philharmonic Auditorium as well as the Hall of the provincial Cultural Centre hosted several programs devoted to the bicentenary of Kolberg’s birth on May 30-June 3. The opening night, May 30, featured a recital of songs…Continue Reading Kolberg In Kielce

Kolberg’s Tomb Renovated

Oskar Kolberg died in Kraków on June 3, 1890 and was buried at the Rakowicki Cemetery. On June 3 this year, Kolberg’s tomb was unveiled after undergoing extensive renovation. The ceremonies began at 1 p.m. with a procession and a short musical program presented by students from the Kolberg Music School in Radom. The rededication…Continue Reading Kolberg’s Tomb Renovated

Kolberg’s Opera Revived

Besides his monumental ethnographic research, Oskar Kolberg also composed a number of vocal works, including an opera: Król Pasterzy [King of Shepherds]. It was shown in Kraków on June 3, 2014, 155 years after its premiere. This one-act work to a libretto by the romantic poet Teofil Lenartowicz depicts an idyllic setting in the rural…Continue Reading Kolberg’s Opera Revived

Bienkowski Interview

As a corollary to the Kolberg Year Celebrations, please see an English-language interview with Andrzej Bieńkowski, a painter, photographer, and ethnographer who answers Agnieszka Grzybowska’s questions about Kolberg’s legacy and the social isolation of individuals living in rural areas of Poland. The full interview is available at I was lucky enough to have met three…Continue Reading Bienkowski Interview

New Panufnik Site

On May 16, the new website dedicated to composer Sir Andrzej Panufnik——was officially unveiled in the Chamber Hall of the Warsaw headquarters of Polish Music Publishers PWM. Created by the Polish Music Information Centre in Warsaw (POLMIC) to celebrate Panufnik’s centenary, the site features musical excerpts and detailed biographical information as well as an extensive…Continue Reading New Panufnik Site