Dominika Zamara: Solo Recital Debut in NYC

Operatic soprano Dominika Zamara will appear in her New York City debut solo recital, An Evening with Dominika Zamara, on May 22 at Mary Flagler Cary Hall. She will premiere eight new works by several of the New York Composers’ Circle members, including Galen Brown, Robert S. Cohen, Eric Heilner, Barrett Kalellis, Timothy L. Miller,…Continue Reading Dominika Zamara: Solo Recital Debut in NYC

Fryderyk 2024: Classical Music Winners

The 30th Classical Music Gala was held this past weekend as part of the 2024 Fryderyk Awards Festival on April 28 headquarters of the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR) in Katowice. An equivalent to the Grammy Awards in the US, each year Poland’s ZPAV Association nominates recordings in eleven classical music categories. This year’s…Continue Reading Fryderyk 2024: Classical Music Winners

Concert: 20th Anniversary of Poland Joining the EU

Beauty, sublimity and message: two masterpieces by Ludwig van Beethoven and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, which have gone down in high musical culture as embodying these traits, will be performed on April 26 at the Kraków Philharmonic. This concert celebrates the 20th anniversary of Poland joining as a member of the European Union. Beatus Vir Op….Continue Reading Concert: 20th Anniversary of Poland Joining the EU

Henryk Wars at the 2024 NFM Orchestra Academy Final Concert

The concert concluding this year’s edition of the NFM Orchestra Academy will take place on April 27. It will be attended by NFM instrumentalists, participants of two orchestral academies—from the National Forum of Music in Wrocław and the Staatskapelle Berlin. The concert will be led by Chinese conductor Jong-Jie Yin, winner of the 11th Grzegorz…Continue Reading Henryk Wars at the 2024 NFM Orchestra Academy Final Concert

Sounds of a Bygone Era

A Review by Marek Zebrowski Sunday afternoon, April 21, marked the end of the 2023/2024 concert season organized jointly by the Holocaust Museum LA and USC Polish Music Center. The performers for this occasion were a dynamic duo of violinist Karolina Mikołajczyk and classical accordionist Iwo Jedynecki. They performed in the Childrens’ Memorial, an evocative…Continue Reading Sounds of a Bygone Era

Heartfelt Musicmaking at PMC’s Spring Concert

A Review by Marek Zebrowski The Verona Quartet (Jonathan Ong and Dorothy Ro, violins, Abigail Rojansky, viola, and Jonathan Dormand, cello) visited the USC campus for a master class on March 20 and a concert on March 23. Their sojourn at USC elicited great interest from string students and faculty, culminating in a packed auditorium…Continue Reading Heartfelt Musicmaking at PMC’s Spring Concert

New Release by Dębicz

A new album by pianist and composer Aleksander Dębicz will be released by Warner Classics on April 19. The artist admitted that the idea for an album preview clip, entitled “Illusion,” was quite spontaneous and was made together with Dębicz’s friend, professional filmmaker Adam Andrzejewski. Here’s a tantalizing peak at Dębicz’s upcoming album, Magnolia… [Sources:…Continue Reading New Release by Dębicz

April 2024: Karolina & Iwo Duo at HMLA

In another collaboration with the Holocaust Museum in Los Angeles, the Polish Music Center presents one of the brightest young stars of the Polish chamber music scene: Duo Karolina & Iwo. Both virtuosos in their own right, Karolina Mikołajczyk and Iwo Jedynecki bring great energy to the stage, highlighting not only existing repertoire for accordion…Continue Reading April 2024: Karolina & Iwo Duo at HMLA

‘Paweł Szymański @ 70!’

On March 28 in Polish Radio’s Witold Lutosławski Concert Studio in Warsaw, Paweł Szymański’s 70th birthday was celebrated with a special concert entitled ‘Paweł Szymański @ 70!’. The performers included Hashtag Ensemble, Royal String Quartet, Matangi String Quartet, and soloists: Daniel Oktawian Piotrowski – countertenor, Agnieszka Podłucka, Natalia Reichert – violas, Małgorzata Sarbak – harpsichord,…Continue Reading ‘Paweł Szymański @ 70!’

PMC Gifts: March 2024

Ryterband—More Correspondence! Another tranche of fascinating letters sent to Roman Ryterband during the years 1939-1949 was recently donated to the PMC by the composer’s younger daughter, Diana Eisele. Her extraordinary gift includes correspondence from Abraham Ritterband to pianist and composer Roman Ryterband, who spent the World War II years in Berne, Switzerland. They include six…Continue Reading PMC Gifts: March 2024