The year 2010 marks the 200th birthday of one of history’s most notable pianists and composers, Fryderyk Chopin. The Polish Culture Society of Edmonton will celebrate the life of Fryderyk Chopin and all of Alberta is invited.
The Polish Culture Society of Edmonton has taken a leadership role working with the Polish consulate in Alberta in preparation for this global event. Through the society, CHOPIN2010 Celebration Committee was formed to prepare, coordinate, and bring a series of independent Chopin Celebrations to life. These celebrations will run across Alberta falling under a cohesive cultural mandate of promoting art within a Canadian context.
John Szumlas - Honorary Consul for the Republic of Poland for Northern Alberta
Allan Wachowicz – Honorary Chief Justice of Alberta's Court of Queen Bench
Zygmunt Potocki – Honorary Consul for the Republic of Poland for Southern Alberta
Thomas Lukaszuk - Minister of Employment and Immigration of Alberta
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the Polish Culture Society of Edmonton and the Chopin 2010 Celebration Committee presents concert "Rafał Blechacz plays Chopin" William Eddins, conductor and Rafał Blechacz, piano February 22, 2011 7:30pm at Enmax Hall, Winspear Centre.
tickets: $50 Dress Circle (A)
$40 Terrace (B)
$35 Orchestra (C)
$20 Orchestra Front (F)
and at the Box office #4 Sir Winston Churchill Square.
"Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz performs the masterful music of his countryman, Fryderyk Chopin. Having unanimously won the 15th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Mr. Blechacz is a musician of consummate artistry and technical brilliance. This will be effortlessly evident as he performs Chopin’s Grande Polonaise Brillante and Second Piano Concerto, along with an all-Chopin solo recital in the concert’s second half."
Faces of Chopin by Gabriella Zoë Sikorski
Upper Lobby Winspear February 22, 2011 from 6:15 pm
Inspired by the music of classical composer Frederic Chopin, "Faces of Chopin" is a visual representation linking music and portraiture. By listening to the dynamic compositions, the artist interprets the melody and tune to capture an expressive portrait of the composer.
Musician in the Making Andrew Yang
Main Lobby Winspear February 22, 2011 6:45 pm
An exhibition accompanying the Grand Finale concert at Winspear” Rafal Blechacz plays Chopin”
From Poland, the fatherland of both F.Chopin and R.Blechacz. -introducing the Polish cultural achievements over the most important historical events of the last century.
Main Lobby Winspear Centre, February 22, 2011, open at 6:15pm
CHOPIN’S Steps in Warsaw and the Mazovia
Śladami CHOPINA w Warszawie i na Mazowszu
Main Loby Winspear February 22, 2011 from 6:15 pm
Czas to najlepsza cenzura i cierpliwość najdoskonalszy nauczyciel
Time is the best censor, patience is the most excellent teacher
— Fryderyk Chopin (Nohant, 11 X 1846)
Chopin created a new musical form – a Mazurka. His Mazurkas written under the influence of Polish folk music vary is tempo and character depending on which of the Polish dances they are based on: Mazur (rather fast and powerful), Oberek(very fast and happy) or Kujawiak (slow and melancholic).