An Evening of Polish Music
Vocal artist Zuzanna Ducka, pianist and harpsichordist Magdalena Baczewska and cellist Marta Bedkowska-Reilly will be featured in an evening of Polish music on Saturday, February 2, at 7:00 pm at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield, CT. The event is sponsored by The Polish Studies Fund, a long-standing endowment that was established by the late Professor Francis Lachowicz to promote the study of Polish history, culture and language. Professor Lachowicz taught at SHU from 1978 to 1995 in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages. The event is free and open to the public. For further information: 203-396-8241; email@example.com.
Fiorello! at City Center
The 20th Anniversary season of New York City Center Encores! opens with Fiorello!, the show that launched the series in 1994. Fiorello! tells the story of New York’s Mayor LaGuardia’s rise from an immigrant’s son to the feisty congressman who brought down the crooked Tammany Hall political machine. He’s also the man singularly responsible for saving City Center from the wrecking ball and transforming it into Manhattan’s first performing arts center. Written by the Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) and directed by Gary Griffin, the show runs from January 30-February 3 at City Center – www.nycitycenter.org.
Casanova in Workshop
Amas Musical Theatre will present three staged readings of Casanova, a new musical with music by Martin Sylvestri, book and lyrics by Joel Higgins, directed by Gabriel Barre. The readings will take place on Wednesday, February 6th at 6:00pm, and Thursday, February 7th at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street. Casanova tells the epic story of one of the greatest adventurers, sensualists, and womanizers of European history. The veteran cast of twenty four is led by Tony-winning actor Ron Holgate, Kevin Early and Laila Robins; also featured in the cast is Camille Trzciski. For reservations: www.amasmusical.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 212-563-2565
Chopin Festival in Chicago
The Music of Fryderyk Chopin, Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann and Maria Szymanowska will be featured at the Chicago Chopin Society’s Chopin Festival on Saturday, March 2nd, 6:30 pm at PianoForte Salon – 408 S. Michigan Ave. (8th floor) Chicago, IL. The second of two concerts will showcase guest artist Sławomir Dobrzański, a versatile pianist who has performed as soloist and chamber musician worldwide. A native of Poland, he is a graduate of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and the University of Connecticut. For tickets: 773-262-9699; email@example.com, or www.chicagochopinsociety.com.
Ostatki Celebrations in Ohio
Carnival – the season between Three Kings Day and Ash Wednesday is in full swing.
Ostatki: A Polish Carnival Celebration, sponsored by Żywiec Beer and Vesica vodka, will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2013 7:00 pm at The Magic Tree Pub & Eatery in Boardman, OH. Included will be guided tastings of Polish vodka, beers, wine and liquors complimented by a food pairing buffet. Live music will start the evening as guests enjoy basket raffles, trivia games and desserts. The evening will climax with the presentation of the celebratory pączki, special oversized donuts with a hidden surprise for one lucky winner! There will be a Vodka Cocktail Contest – open to professional and amateur bartenders.
Pączki, Polkas and Pivo (translated as Donuts, Dancing and Draught) will take place on Tuesday morning February 12 from 6:00 -10:30 am at Kravitz Delicatessen on Belmont Avenue in Youngstown, OH. Larry & Diana Walk of Happy Polkaland will be there to provide the happiest of music for toe tapping as well as games and giveaways.
Pączki Sale – The Krakowiaki Folk Circle has enlisted the help of Kiedrowski’s Simply Delicious Bakery to supply a whole new set of flavors, including the famous rose hip jam. This Lake Erie bakery was named “The Best Bakery in America” by the Baking Channel in 2011 and was even featured on “The Martha Stewart Show.” Proceeds go to benefit the children’s language and dance program.
For information on all these events: www.polishyoungstown.com.