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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.

HONORARY PATRONS:

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

Past Events

Date: 22 February 2011

Rafał Blechacz plays Chopin

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)

at: http://www.edmontonsymphony.com

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."

Date: 22 February 2011

Faces of Chopin by Gabriella Zoë Sikorski

Faces of Chopin   by Gabriella Zoë Sikorski

art exhibition

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.

Date: 22 February 2011

Musician in the Making Andrew Yang

     Musician in the Making  Andrew Yang

        piano recital

    Main Lobby Winspear February 22, 2011 6:45 pm

Date: 22 February 2011

POLAND FROM REGAINED INDEPENDENCY TO PRESIDENCY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

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

Date: 22 February 2011

CHOPIN’S Steps in Warsaw and the Mazovia Czesław Czapliński

CHOPIN’S Steps in Warsaw and the Mazovia

Śladami CHOPINA w Warszawie i na Mazowszu

photography exhibition 

Czesław Czapliński

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)


Did you know?

Chopin was a great patriot, a political exile without the right to come back to Poland, which at that time was under the Russian Empire’s rule. Unfortunately his life for a couple of decades after the Second World War was presented by the way of a fairytale about the child prodigy, who became very successful in his career and having left Poland, never came back.

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