IGNACY PADEREWSKI PATRIOT & PHILANTHROPIST
Ignacy Paderewski was in his time the richest artist in the world. He received dizzying royalties from Steinway, the piano manufacturer and organizer of Paderewski’s concerts in the USA. Already the first tour in 1891 brought a “modest” income of today’s 1.9 million dollars, in addition the artist earned money from occasional recitals for millionaires and the sale of music editions of his own compositions. The famous Minuet in G major was published in the USA in one million copies. Ignacy Paderewski earned huge money, but he knew how to share it. His contemporaries pointed to his generosity and generous nature, his friends claimed that helping others gave him the greatest joy. He donated the income from his concerts to many causes, including the House of St Casimir in Paris, veterans of the January Uprising, famine victims in Galicia and Polish children in Września. He helped the indigent Polish community in America, student organizations, poor artists in the USA and in Poland, funded scholarships for young musicians and young composers, donated $28,600 as the largest single donation to help American war invalids.There were so many donations that it is impossible to mention them. During his first tour of America, Paderewski donated over four thousand dollars to the George Washington Arch in New York City. After a concert in Warsaw, gave 26,314 rubles to poor students of the University of Warsaw, junior and high school students, students of the Music Institute, the Society for the Care of Poor Mothers and Children, poor families, the Children’s Hospital in Warsaw, and the Orchestra and Choir of the Grand Theatre. Ignacy Paderewski supported activities that were to perpetuate in the consciousness of his compatriots the figure and works of F. Chopin. On October 14th, 1894, a monument with a bust of the composer was unveiled in Zelazowa Wola. This would not have been possible if it had not been for a donation of two thousand francs made by Paderewski. Large sum also was contributed to the fund for the construction of the monument of Frederic Chopin in the Royal Łazienki Park.
210 YEARS WITH CHOPIN
210 years ago was born Fryderyk Chopin, one of the greatest pianists and composers in the history of music. His short life was full of major events, ups and downs, successes and dramas. Chopin was a musical genius, a talented composer and an unsurpassed pianist. He combined bold musical ideas with simplicity and folk motifs. He left behind music that exceeds the boundaries of beauty, his nocturnes, polonaises, waltzes, etudes, mazurkas, preludes and piano concerts made him one of the greatest composers of all time. Mastery of form, melodic and harmonic richness later became an unsurpassed model for many composers. In order to understand Chopin’s genius, we delve into the emotions rooted in his works.
The 210 YEARS WITH CHOPIN concert is a musical journey through time from Chopin’s youthful brilliant compositions, through heroic pieces from the immigration period, highly expressive pieces to sentimental pieces created at the end of the composer’s life. The program emphasizing its national character includes works by F. Chopin in the order of their creation. The concert featured outstanding artists: the star of the Metropolitan Opera Aleksandra Kurzak, winners of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw: Yulianna Avdeeva and Eric Lu, also Marek Bracha and soloists of the Wrocław Opera Ballet: Hannah Ho and Robert Kędziński. The concert was organized in cooperation with the Foundation of the International Chopin Festivals in Duszniki Zdrój and the Polish Community Association. The patron of the concert is the Patron of Polish Culture PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna, the Partner of the PZU Foundation.
PADEREWSKI, A JOURNEY IN TIME
Concert was realized in cooperation with the Roman Dmowski and Ignacy Jan Paderewski Institute for the Heritage of the National Thought. Together with Paderewski, we moved to the times of Poland under the partitions, the times when Poland enjoyed the freedom it had gained, and at the end we saw how contemporary artists perceive Paderewski. The concert is a compendium of knowledge about Paderewski, presenting little-known episodes from the composer’s life and works by Ignacy Paderewski performed by outstanding artists: Karol Radziwonowicz, Marek Bracha and Basia Pospieszalska. The figure of Ignacy Paderewski is extremely interesting and multidimensional. He was a citizen of the world, a statesman, diplomat, virtuoso, composer, advocate of independent Poland, and above all a great patriot. He referred to working for a common cause, higher ideals and unity of all Poles. The motto of Paderewski’s life was: “For the consent and cooperation of all free Poles.
Ignacy Paderewski is a living example of how much a person of modest origin, but with exceptional talents can achieve. Paderewski ordered the inscription on his grave: “I am here only temporarily. I intend to return to Poland when it becomes an independent country again. ” The composer’s wish came true, his ashes were brought to Poland and deposited in the crypt in the Cathedral of St. John in Warsaw. The magnificent grave of the artist-politician at the Arlington Cemetery has remained and continues to attract the attention of millions of Americans
Concert in Memory of John Paul II
The hundredth anniversary of the birth of John Paul II is an extraordinary opportunity to recall the message with which Pope John Paul II visited millions of believers around the world. For almost 27 years of His pontificate, He gained the sympathy of people of all skin colors and religions. The teaching of the Holy Father was full of humanism. He devoted all of His knowledge to man, his problems, injustice and poverty, carrying a spiritual message that was able to change the face of the world and the Church. John Paul II traveled thousands of kilometers to bring a call of love and peace. During his 104 pilgrimages, he visited 129 countries with crowds greeting him on all continents. No other person in the world saw so many people praying, crying, laughing and cheering in his honor. For the Polish-Americans and the so-called Polonia, he was a source of great pride. John Paul II always emphasized the contribution of Polonia to the promotion of Polish culture in the world and its determination in building a spiritual identity based on the Polish national heritage.
On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Karol Wojtyła, 40 outstanding artists from Poland, the United States, England, Germany, Korea, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, Turkey and Switzerland paid tribute to the Great Pole. The Concert program included Ave Maria by F. Schubert performed by Angel Joy Blue, a soloist of the Metropolitan Opera in NY, well known for her title role of Bess in Porgy & Bess by G. Gershwin, Panis Angelicus and Laudate Dominum by W.A. Mozart performed by another two soloists of the Metropolitan Opera, MaryAnn McCormick and Lisette Oropesa, who had gained outstanding acclaim for the main roles of Violetta in Traviata by G. Verdi and Manon by J. Massenet. Program also included Meditation from the Opera Thais by J. Massenet played by Piotr Pławner and Piotr Sałajczyk with the participation of Dagmara Dryl, the first soloist of the Polish National Ballet, choreographed by Zofia Rudnicka, Ave Maria from the Opera Otello by G. Verdi performed by Latonia Moore, the performer of the main role of Aida at the Metropolitan Opera, Lamb of God performed by Brandie Sutton to the accompaniment of Damien Sneed who collaborated with such stars as Aretha Franklin, Jessye Norman, Wynton Marsalis, Stevie Wonder and Diane Ross. Soloists of the Polish National Opera Edyta Piasecka performed the Nai song by S. Moniuszko, Aleksandra Olczyk Pie Jesu, and Rafał Bartmiński rarely performed song “Pray for my soul” from the Polish Mass by Jan Maklakiewicz. Performed also great instrumentalists like Veriko Tchumburidze, first prize winner of the last International H. Wieniawski Violin Competition as well as Janusz Wawrowski, Richard Lin, Magdalena Stern-Baczewska and Adam Palma, who perform F. Chopin’s Polonaise in A major on guitar. You can find more information at www.jp2concert.com
The concert tied was music of F. Chopin performed by Szymon Nehring in the beautiful scenery of the Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow. It was in Krakow at the local Theological Seminary that young Karol Wojtyła was educated, later becoming the head of the Catholic Church. The Concert was interspersed with the world premiere of the aria from the Opera of Hiob by Krzesimir Dębski performed by Aneta Łukaszewicz, based on a play by Karol Wojtyła, commissioned by the Polish Royal Opera.
Blessing was given by His Eminence Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, His Excellency Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki – Chairman of the Polish Episcopal Conference, His Eminence Cardinal Timothy Dolan, from the Archdiocese of New York, who made a concert opening remarks. The event was held under the patronage of the John Paul II Foundation in Rome, Institute of the Heritage of National Thought by R. Dmowski and I. Paderewski, JP2 Thought Center in Warsaw, the Polish Community Association, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, the Józef Piłsudski Institute of America.
The Concert Patron was PGNiG, Partners: Bank BGK and Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union. The online broadcast took place on June 21, 2020
CARNEGIE HALL/Stern Auditorium
Concert Gala “Maestro return to Carnegie Hall” took place at Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium in Memory of I. Paderewski on the 85th anniversary of his last concert at Carnegie Hall. Concert initiated the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence on the US with the participation on official delegation of the Polish Parliament, Sejm Deputy Marshal Beata Mazurek, Minister of Foreign Affairs Jacek Czaputowicz, Polish Ambassador to the USA Piotr Wilczek, Secretary of State Anna Maria Anders, EU Ambassador to the United Nations Joao Vale de Almeida, Polish Ambassador to the UN Joanna Wronecka, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in NY Maciej Golubiewski, representatives of New York City authorities, Ambassadors at UN Security Council, over 100 representatives of state missions to the United Nations, Director of the American Jewish Committee, Ambassadors and General Consuls of many countries, representatives of the Association of Veterans of the Polish Army in America, representatives of numerous diasporas, management of the Piłsudski Institute of America, Polish Slavic Center, Polish Institute of Arts & Science of America, and the Board of management of the Quin Hotel, where Paderewski often stayed, calling the Hotel his second home. The event was a great media success, the Stern Auditorium with over 2800 seats was filled to the brim.
Christmas Show is the largest Christmas Event in Poland, with over 100 artists on the stage. Premiere took place at the Grand Theater, Polish National Opera House. In 2018 Show was shown at the Roma Music Theater in Warsaw. The Christmas Show is an extraordinary journey into the world of the most beautiful Christmas traditions. Program consists of “Christmas Carol” by K. Dickens, ballet scenes from “The Nutcracker”, Waltz of Snowflakes, Grand Pas de Deux, Dance of Gifts by P. Tchaikovsky, winter scenes to the music of Antonio Vivaldi, Opera arias, Flower Duo from the Opera Lakme and Delibes, moody meditation from the Thais opera by Jules Massenet, the Christmas Crib and a meeting with Polish tradition in its most beautiful edition. In Christmas Show performed many outstanding artists, such soloists of the Polish National Opera House: Małgorzata Walewska, Izabella Kłosińska, Katarzyna Trylnik, Magdalena Idzik, Justynea Reczeniedi, Aleksandra Orłowska-Jabłońska, Adam Kruszewski, Adam Zdunikowski, Jacek Szponarski, Polish National Ballet and Polish National Ballet soloists such, Marta Fidler, Melissa Abel, Maksim Woitiul, Grand Theater Orchestra, famous polish actors: Zdzisław Wardejn, Jerzy Bończak, Wiktor Zborowski, Artur Barciś, Piotr Zelt, Wojciech Duryasz, Mirosław Zbrojewicz, Marek Lewandowski, Grzegorz Woś, Piotr Wiszniowski, Dariusz Wnuk and others. Performing great Choirs including the famous Warsaw Boys’ Choir conducted by Krzysztof Kusiel-Moroz. Occurred life animals such camels, goats, horses and reindeers. The spectacle is addressed to entire families, lovers of theater, opera and ballet, the varied program means that everyone can find something for themselves.
For the Freedom of Our Nations
Concert “For the Freedom of Our Nations” was organized in Doylestown, Pennsylvania during the celebrations of the Day of the Soldier and Centenary of the Armed Forces of the American and Canadian Polish Community in the year of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence. The paths to the independence of the United States and Poland have repeatedly crossed; love for freedom and the desire for justice have always been deeply rooted in our hearts. Many Poles fought to defend the independence of the United States, Tadeusz Kościuszko was named by President Thomas Jefferson “the noblest son of freedom,” and General Pulaski gave his life at the Battle of Savannah. On October 11, 2007, President George Bush said: “Celebrating General Pulaski Memorial Day, we honor the son of Poland, who was with America at the dawn of its independence. His bold achievements in America remind us of the great contribution that Americans of Polish descent make to America. “During the concert” For the Freedom of Our Nations, “pieces by F. Chopin, St. Moniuszki, I. Paderewski. Soloists of the Teatr Wielki / Polish National Opera and Marek Bracha performed for the first time in American Częstochowa, a talented pianist, laureate of many international piano competitions, Polish representative during the second stage of the 16th International Piano Competition. Frederic Chopin. Visitors to American Częstochowa had the opportunity to see two interesting exhibitions, ‘Million from Over the Ocean’, an exhibition organized in cooperation with the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk and an exhibition ‘General Kuklinski – Polish Lonely Mission’ organized in cooperation with the General Kuklinski Memorial Hall. The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Government and Parliament of the Republic of Poland, the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Washington Piotr Wilczek, Consul General of the Republic of Poland in NY Maciej Golubiewski, General Cezary Wiśniewski, and numerous Honorary Guests.
„BASK REVELATION OF AMERICA”
Documentary film promoting Poland, was shown in NY and Hong Kong, won 8 awards – 6 for directing and two main awards. Became the winner of the New York International Film Festival – Equus Film Festival 2017. Film presents fascinating story of an Arabian horse named Bask, who was born and raised in the Polish Albigowa Stud. In 1963, he was sold to the United States, where after a dramatic trip across the Atlantic Ocean he reached Arizona. Bask made a stunning career in the United States, and the audience there simply fell in love with him. The stallion from Poland was also a real star and as such had its own requirements – when he went to shows in other states, two cisterns were dragged behind him, because he only drank water from sources in Arizona. Today, in the horse museum in Kentucky, you can admire the entire exhibition devoted to the Polish stallion. – The artist Edwin Bogucki, of Polish origin, carved a life-size statue of Bask, which is also rare, because in general the horse is not depicted alone, but accompanies the emperor or another outstanding personality. Now is standing in the lobby of the Kentucky Museum, where Bask is also buried. Ed Bogucki carved horses for a huge number of powerful of this world, including Arab sheikhs or Bill Gates. Bask is considered the greatest Arabian horse in the entire history of breeding these horses in the world, and the Americans hailed him as “the revelation of America.” The stallion left 1,045 Arabian foals, and his offspring at various shows won 505 Championships and 197 National Champion title. To date, no Arabian horse in the world had such achievements. Most American politicians, actors and celebrities have in their stables descendants of Bask, who they consider to be “family jewels”, due to, among others at the price of his offspring. The best breeders, trainers and people who love horses, like Shirley Watts, Denise Hearst, Lynn Asby, Lare Sawaya, Katarzyna Dowbor, Karol Strasburger were invited to give interviews.
Concert „In the Service of Homeland and Science” organized during the annual event “Taste Of Polonia” as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence. The program included works by F. Chopin, I. Paderewski and K. Szymanowski. Great pianists performed: prof. Paweł Chęciński, graduate of the renowned Juilliard School in NY, winner of many prestigious awards, and Piotr Pawlak, a talented pianist of the young generation from Gdańsk, the youngest Pole qualified for the International Piano Competition F. Chopin in Warsaw, winner of the Chopin Competition in Darmstadt.