Nowak Enhances Rite of Spring at IU

On October 29, Maestro Grzegorz Nowak joined the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra at the IU Jacobs School of Music for a “Behind the Score” performance of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Directed by violin professor Jorja Fleezanis—also the Henry A. Upper Chair in Orchestral Studies at IU—the “Behind the Score” program is intended to provide…Continue Reading Nowak Enhances Rite of Spring at IU

Polish Music: The Open Borders Generation

From November 5-16, 2014, Polish and American musicians joined forces in venues in Chicago and Louisville to present music by a selection of Polish composers born in the 1970s. This generation of artists can be called the Open Borders Generation—the first generation of artists to live their entire professional lives following the end of Communism…Continue Reading Polish Music: The Open Borders Generation

Polish Jazz In London

This year’s London Jazz Festival featured several of Poland’s leading jazz musicians during its international lineup, including: pianists Marcin Masecki and Leszek Możdżer, trumpeter Tomasz Stańko, vocalists Sylwia Bialas and Alice Zawadzki,  from November 13-22. This prestigious festival holds concerts throughout the city’s major venues. A leading figure on Poland’s independent music scene, the music…Continue Reading Polish Jazz In London

Poland’s Independence Day Celebrated At USC

On November 11, the Polish Music Center celebrates Poland’s Independence Day with a concert featuring virtuoso violinist Mariusz Patyra and pianist Krzysztof Herdzin in a program of music by Polish composers. Join the Honorable Mariusz Brymora, Consul General of the Republic of Poland, representatives of the City of Los Angeles and the diplomatic corps at this…Continue Reading Poland’s Independence Day Celebrated At USC

2014 Paderewski Youth Piano Competition Winners

The Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles is pleased to announce the winners of the eighth annual Youth Piano Competition held October 25 at Cass Winery in Paso Robles.  Twenty young pianists from three Central Coast Counties (Santa Barbara, Monterey and San Luis Obispo) competed for cash prizes of $100-$750, the opportunity to perform at the…Continue Reading 2014 Paderewski Youth Piano Competition Winners

Panufnik’s Music at USC

by Marek Żebrowski The centenary of Sir Andrzej Panufnik was celebrated with two concerts on the USC campus in early October. The first, Polish Music Center’s annual Paderewski Lecture-Recital on October 5, was devoted to Panufnik’s chamber music. The program began with the composer’s widow, Lady Camilla, delivering a lecture about her husband’s life and…Continue Reading Panufnik’s Music at USC

Chylińska’s Magnum Opus

In mid-October, PMC Director Marek Żebrowski spent a very brief weekend in Kraków to honor the crowning achievement in the long and successful career of musicologist, writer/editor and PMC friend, Teresa Chylińska. He wrote the following dispatch about the events of the weekend below: October 18 was an important day for Polish music—it will be…Continue Reading Chylińska’s Magnum Opus

Recent Donations To The PMC

From the Polish Music Information Centre in Warsaw: Zbigniew Penherski (Polish Music Today series – polmic 089/PRCD 1741) Lidia Zielińska (Polish Music Today series – polmic 090/PRCD 1742) Tadeusz Wielecki (Polish Music Today series – polmic 092/PRCD 1744) Anna Zawadzka-Gołosz (Polish Music Today series – polmic 093/PRCD 1745) Jacek Grudzień (Polish Music Today series –…Continue Reading Recent Donations To The PMC

Ryterband Anniversary Year

by Marta Gargas-Borowy Composer Roman Ryterband was born in Poland in 1914, and thus his centenary has been celebrated throughout 2014. Having left Poland during World War II, Ryterband and his family settled in Palm Springs, CA in 1967 and his life became forever intertwined with the cultural fabric of Southern Calfornia. Marking November as…Continue Reading Ryterband Anniversary Year

Panufnik Anniversary Year

Panufnik 100 In London On 30 November 2014, the Brodsky Quartet and the Panufnik family and friends present Panufnik 100: A Family Celebration, a chamber music festival to mark the centenary of Anglo-Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik’s birth. Held at Kings Place London, the Panufnik family brings together an impressive roster of artists to celebrate the life and…Continue Reading Panufnik Anniversary Year