|Sunday Apr 07, 2013 1:30 PM - Sunday Apr 07, 2013 3:00 PM | $10.00
Polish Music at Polish Hall - Celebration of Mazurkas
Poland's most distinctive music is as sweet as its finest dessert; Mazur and Mazurek, respectively (Mazurka in English); baked only at Easter time. The weekend following Easter this year, we'll be enjoying both at Polish Hall - admission: $10, all inclusive (entertainment and desserts).
Mazurek cakes, baked in local Polish kitchens, will be served with coffee and tea. Selected fine Polish liqueurs will be available (in moderation, of course) at Grandpas' cafe, in the lower level of Polish Hall.
The musical mazurka (in Polish, mazurek ) traditionally accompanies a Polish folk dance in triple meter, usually at a lively tempo, accented on the second or third beat, though there are slower, more lyrical ones as well. Show opens with a brief introduction by University of Portland Professor Kenneth Kleszynski and includes a cameo appearance by Agnieszka Laska Dancers - a few pieces from the Chopin Project.
Those joining the celebration will be treated to mazurkas by 3 immortal Polish composers: Fryderyk Chopin, (best known), Karol Szymanowski (less well known) and Roman Maciejewski, (least known). His mazurkas, from a 2-volume collection of 39, are very likely Portland concert premieres. Maciejewski was born exactly 100 years after Chopin, was highly acclaimed by Szymanowski, a student of Kaimierz Sikorski and Nadia Boulanger; he is best known from his monumental Requiem for victims of war.
A versatile soloist, arranger, and accompanist, Colleen Adent began her formal musical training at the age of four, after the discovery that she had perfect pitch and the ability to play by ear. She received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Biola University, where she was twice named Outstanding Pianist of the Year. She has studied with Harold Gray, Artistic Director of Portland Piano International, Lina Baranov of Moscow Conservatory and Prof. Choong Mo Kang of Juilliard School of Music.
Colleen has performed with Professional Christian Wind Ensemble, Sapporo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Newport Symphony, under the direction of Norman Leyden. She has appeared as a guest soloist with Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Newport Symphony, Jewish Symphony Orchestra, and with the Westwood Wind Quintet. She has enjoyed collaborating with both locally and internationally known artists such as classical saxophonist Harvey Pittel, Robert Hale of the New York Metropolitan Opera and Julie Davies of Staatstheater Darmstadof. Colleen is also a founding member of Trio di Belleza.
Anne Young, Doctor of Music from Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Dr. Young is a founding faculty member of Lake Oswego Music Academy. In Portland, She was music director for two productions with Stumptown Stages, performs with the ATA Ensemble specializing in Russian repertoire, and performs with a new project called The Red Lantern with cellist Collin Oldham. Her past experience is vital and varied, participated in the Medomak Conductor's retreat for two summers, founded West Coast Lyric Works, conducting productions of Monteverdi's Poppea, Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte, A Game of Chance by Seymour Barab. Chorus master of the Illinois Symphony Chorus, Artistic Assistant at Bear Valley Music Festival, awarded an NEA grant in composition for original collaborations with painter Deloss McGraw and poet W.D. Snodgrass, these projects were titled "Life is Probably Round" and "The House the Poet Built." Currently Dr. Young is developing piano studies for young performers and writing a compendium of composers we love to listen to and a children's opera, "The Death of Cock Robin."
Christopher Schindler performs a variety of classical and contemporary music in solo and chamber music venues. As a soloist with orchestra, he has played concertos of Bartok, Shostakovich, and Gershwin as well as those of Mozart, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff. Schindler has a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Oregon. He was a finalist in the Villa-Lobos Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro and performed Liszt's Dante Sonata in Bellagio, Italy in a solo recital sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. His latest CD releases feature the music of Liszt, Mendelssohn, Medtner and Rachmaninoff. Christopher Schindler lives in Portland, Oregon and works as a translator of several foreign languages.
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