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New York Premiere of
the Mass In F
Composed By Prince Poniatowski

A few years ago, a truly sensational piece of information started to circulate among the musicians in London about a discovery at the British Museum – an unknown score composed by Prince Joseph M. Poniatowski, cousin of the last king of Poland.

Prince Poniatowski was not only a soldier and known politician during the reign of Napoleon III, but also a talented opera singer and composer of Bel Canto operas and a director of Theater Lyrique in Paris. According to experts, the quality of the newly discovered score of the Mass in F was on the level of the most known and loved musical works created by the XIX century Italian composers.

The World Premiere and Gala Concert of the Mass in F took place at Westminster Cathedral Hall in London in June 2015 under the patronage of His Excellency Mr. Witold Sobkow Ambassador of the Republic of Poland and in the presence of His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols. The event was organized by the Polish Association of the Knights of Malta UK and the Polish Heritage Society UK.

The New York Premiere of the Mass in F will take place on June 7, 2018 at St. Bartholomew Church, located at 325 Park Avenue in Manhattan. This venue is well known for its unparalleled acoustics, as well as for presenting classical music concerts that include voices from among others, Metropolitan Opera.

The organizers of this event are the Polish Association of the Knights of Malta NY and the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America (PIASA). This concert will serve as a platform to introduce an international audience to a beautiful piece of music and serve as a reminder of Poland’s place within the European and world history.

This event is a Charity Gala. Our goal is to raise funds for Polish Association of the Knights of Malta’s Hospital in Barczewo as well as their Center For Disabled Children in Grobniki, Poland.

There will be a VIP reception following the concert, with guests from diplomatic corps, clergy, world of culture and business; including: His Excellency Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Piotr Wilczek, and Her Excellency Ambassador Joanna Wronecka, The Most Reverend Bernardito C. Auza, the Apostolic Nuncio and Titular Archbishop of Suacia, Most Reverend Witold Mroziewski, Bishop of Brooklyn and Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton.

Before the Mass in F, the beautiful “Concerto Number 2” by Henryk Wieniawski will be performed.

World class soloists will perform the Mass in F:

David Grunberg – Music Director and Conductor.
Heather Buck – Soprano
Raul Melo – Tenor
Blythe Gaissert –Mezzo Soprano
Stephen Bryant – Baritone
Artur Kaganovskiy – Violinist (Permorming Henryk Wieniawski’s Concerto No.2)
Spectrum Symphony of New York
Choir – assembly of singers of renowned NY area choirs.

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