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The Romantic Music of Chopin

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

I hope you will join me THIS SUNDAY, January 26, at 3:00 pm for The Romantic Music of Chopin.

The concert will be in Waetjen Auditorium, located in the Cleveland State University Music and Communication Building, 2001 Euclid Ave. (Located on the corner of Euclid Ave. & East 21st St.) Please use the parking ramp adjacent to the building via East 21st St. and inform the parking attendant that you are here for a CSU performance and receive your parking free.

This is a Jeffrey Siegel “Keyboard Conversations” program and we have arranged for a special ticket price of $10 for friends of Polish Studies.

Following the concert, please take the elevator to the second floor to room MU 232 for a Polish Studies reception with refreshments. Mr. Siegel will be stopping by for a short time to visit with us and talk about Chopin’s piano. A rare opportunity to meet a world-class artist!

What will the program be like? In his trademark “concerts with commentary” format, Jeffrey Siegel provides unique insight into Chopin’s life story and performs a selection of the enthralling, fiery, and poetic works of this beloved Polish composer. The program will include the heroic Polonaise in A-Flat, charming Waltzes, dreamy Nocturnes, virtuoso Etudes, and the tempestuous Scherzo No. 2.

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel are a “concert-plus” that combine the virtuosity and poetry of a world-class pianist with entertaining commentary to create a magical concert experience. His lively, engaging insights and captivating performances make this an enthralling experience for all music lovers. The concert concludes with a fast-paced Q & A.

Tickets are specially priced at $10 per person for this Polish Studies event. Purchase tickets by Friday, January 24 by calling 216-687-5018, Monday – Friday between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. You must indicate you are with Polish Studies for this special ticket price. Tickets also available at the door. Please pay with a credit card over the phone and no children under 8 years old, please.

I recommend you sample a short video of Jeffrey Siegel talking about and playing Chopin’s famous “Polonaise”

CDs of Mr. Siegel’s Chopin concert and other works will be available for sale in the Waetjen Auditorium Lobby for $15 (cash only, please).

All of the information can also be found on our website:

See you at the concert!


Polish Lectures at Cleveland State University

Thursday, November 29th, 2012


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Joanna Trzeciak, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies,

Kent State University


Reaching for Readers: Polish Poetry and the Moral Economy of Translation

All Lectures Begin at 4:00 PM in CSU Student Center, Room 315.

For more information visit

Modern Poland – Gallery Opening (Pictures)

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

An American Hero turns 90, Sto Lot! John Glenn-pictures from the Polish Cultural Garden, 1973

Monday, July 18th, 2011











An American Hero turns 90 on July 18th, 2011

Sto Lot!  John Glenn.

A few archive items from the 28th Annual One World Day, August 12, 1973, held in the Polish Cultural Garden.  The guest speaker was Col. John Glenn, Astronaut.
Celebrating Copernicus 500th Anniversary.

From the collection of the Western Reserve Historical Society.


“Paderewski” on demand at Channel 25 WVIZ ideastream®

Monday, July 18th, 2011

“Pianist Ignance Paderewski is probably best known for his music, but we’ll also bring you the story of why he’s being remembered as a patriot.”

Enjoy the Paderewski program produced by the Emmy Award winning “Applause” on Channel 25 WVIZ ideastream®

Click on the below link to watch and share with your family and friends.

Terminal Tower lit in Poland’s national colors

Monday, July 18th, 2011

On the evening of July 15, 2011, the Terminal Tower was lit in the national colors of Poland. This was done to honor Mr. Ignacy Jan Paderewski and recognize his monument dedication taking place the following day in the Polish Cultural Garden.  Great thanks go to the Terminal Tower Management for their participation and gesture of good will.

Beginning in 1892, Mr. Paderewski toured Cleveland many times and performed to sold out audiences.  His private railroad car was stationed in the Cleveland Union Terminal, which we now know as the Tower City Center.

Regarding the above picture:

In the foreground is the Fountain of Eternal Life, also known as the War Memorial Fountain and Peace Arising from the Flames of War, it is a statue and fountain.  The
sculpture, which serves as the City of Cleveland’s major memorial to its citizens that served in World War II, is situated on Memorial Plaza, Cleveland Mall A.

An interesting historical note that took place 101 years ago:

Mr. Paderewski patriotism led to his decision to finance the construction of the Grunwald Monument in Krakow, which he donated to the Polish nation.

The monument had been a goal of his since the age of ten. The monument was unveiled July 15, 1910.  During the ceremony Mr. Paderewski said the famous words: “Stand by your land, religion, language and the Polish spirit.  Stand firm until the revival.”


Polish-American Cultural Center Featured on Channel 3 News

Friday, April 8th, 2011

On Location: Polish Museum in Slavic Village

Last night Channel 3 News featured our wonderful Cultural Center and Polish Museum in their On Location news report.

If you are interested in getting a private tour of the Polish Museum you can schedule an appointment by calling 216-883-2828 or stop by any Sunday from 11 am – 3pm. (more…)

Video: President of Poland visit to Cleveland

Monday, January 10th, 2011

President Bronislaw Komorowski’s remarks from the meeting with Polonia at Polish-American Cultural Center.


Cleveland’s Polish community mourns death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer Richard Romaniuk, a member of the Polish-American Cultural Center in Cleveland’s Slavik Village neighborhood, places a candle on a memorial for the Polish victims of the plane crash. CLEVELAND, Ohio — A planned celebration at the Polish American Cultural Center Saturday night turned into a memorial observance.

The death of the president of Poland and other top officials in a plane crash today set off a flurry of condolence calls and memorials in the Warszawa Historic District, a former Polish stronghold south of E. 55th Street and Broadway Avenue.

“It’s a tremendous shock,” said Eugene Bak, executive director of the cultural center and museum on E. 65th Street. “Tragedy like this has never happened in the 1,000 year Polish history. Nothing even close.”

The Center had planned a celebration Saturday night of the 200th birthday of composer Frederic Chopin, but quickly altered the program to be a memorial for all of those killed in the plane crash. Though much of the violin and piano music remained, the center changed the poems to be read in the program.

Organizers also added candles and flowers on the stage, along with a large black ribbon draped over panels of red and white cloth representing the Polish flag.

St. Stanislaus Church nearby had a Polish flag flying at half mast this afternoon, right below an American flag. Father Michael Surufka said the deaths will be recognized at services this week, particularly at the regular Polish-language mass at 10 a.m. Sunday.

By Patrick O’Donnell, The Plain Dealer

April 10, 2010, 6:54PM, Plain Dealer

I Had a Dream…

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Lately there has been a lot of news about the place, or rather places!, where this year’s May 3rd parade will be held. Polonia’s home in Slavic Village has for some time been getting painfully smaller and now will have to adjust to the closing of churches and schools…And then we have an unexpected development – two parades! Someone might say, „Enjoy it! That’s the way it is!” It’s not good, though, because too much of a good thing is just the same as not enough.

After much discussion it has been decided that one Polish parade will be held, in accordance with tradition, in Warszawa (that is, Slavic Village) and a second parade will be held in Parma. It’s a little absurd…unfortunately, our Polonia is not able to hide its divisions or, rather, its chronic dismemberment. The saying, „where there are two Poles, there are three parties” has not lost its significance but rather gathered strength. We might say today that where there is one Pole, there are two parades. (more…)