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Celebrate Poland’s Independence
And Its Music With The Entire Family

MARYLAND – To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence, the National Philharmonic’s Polish-American Maestro Piotr Gajewski has put together a program of great Polish music to be performed on Saturday, June 2, 2018 (8:00 p.m.) at the Music Center at Strathmore.

Program: Krzesimir Dębski Hussars’ Polonaise, Fryderyk Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2, Karol Szymanowski Stabat Mater – Brian Ganz, piano; Esther Heideman, soprano; Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano; Tyler Duncan, baritone; National Philharmonic Chorale – Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, guest conductor.

Brian Ganz on the piano, along with the vocalists Esther Heideman, Magdalena Wór and Tyler Duncan, will offer their renditions of renowned Polish composers. Included in the program are Fryderyk Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2; the Washington Area premiere of Karol Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater, and the American premiere of Krzesimir Dębski’s Hussar’s Polonaise – all under the direction of Poland’s own conductor Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk, the general and artistic director of Filharmonia Śląska, and also the artistic director of Filharmonia Podlaska and Polska Orkiestra Sinfonia Iuventus.

For 123 years, Poland did not exist on the map of Europe. Thanks to the determination of the Polish people, however, our homeland finally regained its independence in November of 1918. It was also thanks to the United States that Poland became free again. President Woodrow Wilson, inspired by the renowned statesman and virtuoso Ignacy Jan Paderewski, declared his support for an independent Poland in his Fourteen Points. We are proud of our centennial of rebirth and grateful to all who helped us along the way!

The concert will honor the valiant fight of the Polish people and the unity with the United States in their struggle by featuring both Polish and American musicians. Thank you for joining us in celebrating our Centennial of rebirth!

As part of Maestro Gajewski’s program, ALL KIDS, ALL FREE, ALL THE TIME, YOUNG PEOPLE AGE 7-17, attend all National Philharmonic concerts at the Music Center at Strathmore free of charge, making it easy for families to go to concerts together,  and for young adults to attend a live classical music performance with friends. KIDS FREE tickets may be obtained in person at the Strathmore Ticket Office or by phone at 301-841-8595. (Please note: KIDS FREE tickets cannot be ordered online.)  Take advantage of this opportunity to introduce your children, grandchildren and other young people to the Polish culture and Polish music at its best. Call today to order your tickets for the June 2 concert.   To order tickets call 301-841-8595 or go to:

The Music Center at Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD 20852. For more information call 301-581-5200 or email: