Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

October 29th: The Śląsk Polish Song and Dance Ensemble

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Monday, October 29 at8 PM in Garfield Heights High School,
4900 Turney Road, Garfield Heights, OH 44125

ŚLĄSK SONG AND DANCE ENSEMBLE OF POLAND
One of the Grandest and Most Dazzling Spectacles in the World.

60th Anniversary Tour.
The Śląsk Polish Song and Dance Ensemble have been described as one of the grandest and most dazzling spectacles in the world. The show is a thrilling display of dazzling movement, vibrant colour and stunning beauty, with beautiful choreographic, vocal and musical performances. The incomparable Śląsk performance troupe whirls, leaps, stamps and glides in a glorious outpouring of sound, motion, rhythm and music that celebrates the cultural legacy of Poland. Tickets: $40 available in: PACC, Cosmopolitan Agency, Chalasinski Insurance, Ameripol, Kraków Deli, Seven Roses

“La serva padrona” by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Introductory Note

—from Dorota & Wanda

This weekend, Opera Circle is thrilled to present the chamber opera “La serva padrona” by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.

While it originated as a two-part intermezzo presented inbetween the acts of a longer, more serious work, this brilliant comedy has become acknowledged as a staple in the operatic repertoire in its own right. For those of you not familiar with the plot, you may wish to read the story here.

The significance of “La serva padrona” does not, in fact, end with the operatic repertoire, however; it went on to become wildly popular in Europe, and a 1752 performance in Paris sparked the famous “Querelle des Bouffons”(Quarrel of the Comic Actors), which challenged the contemporary society, through a comparison of the Italian and French styles, to reconsider the accepted mode of aesthetic perception.

With such an illustrious career under its belt, the work has also enjoyed a wealth of historical recordings from the Golden Age of the LP industry, including renditions performed by such stars as Renata Scotto, Anna Moffo, and the Belgian ensemble “La Petite Bande.” And with its fantastic music, this comes as no surprise.

With this much history behind it, it is perhaps ironic that this unassuming intermezzo revolves neither around kings nor queens nor historical conflicts, but just about ordinary folks doing everyday things [*]: getting through life, falling in love, and… even admitting it to themselves.

That said, come join us; we look forward to seeing you!

Dorota, Wanda, & The Opera Circle Crew

[*]: Kudos to Board member Elliott Schultz for his keen observation on this score!

P.S. All performances—June 22, 23, & 24—are free admission. Visit the website for details.

American Students in Poznań

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

               The Institute of Sociology at Adam Mickiewicz University and the Center for Youth Vocational Guidance in Poznań recently hosted guests from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Eleven students and two instructors, Drs. Kathleen Farkas and Richard Romaniuk, visited the city from March 10th to March 17th.

Their trip was one of the results of Bogna Frąszczak’s visit to Cleveland in 2008 as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program organized by the United States Department of State. During her visit at the Polish-American Cultural Center, she met Dr. Romaniuk, and the two decided to organize a student exchange. After three years of negotiations and two visits by Dr. Romaniuk to the Department of Social Work at the Institute of Sociology directed by Dr. Anna Michalska, the visit of the CWRU students was organized, as the start of what is to be a cooperative relationship between the two universities. Cultural Attaché Andrew Paul of the United States Embassy in Poland and Krzysztof Podemski, Dean of Social Sciences at Adam Mickiewicz University, participated in the inaugural ceremony marking this cooperation. Paul accompanied the students and guests at a meeting with high school graduates in Poznań thinking of continuing their studies in the United States. During this meeting at the Center for Youth Vocational Guidance, the students from Cleveland presented the advantages and disadvantages of American higher education and shared their practical knowledge of studying in different academic fields at universities throughout the United States.

At Adam Mickiewicz University the CWRU students participated in seven lectures given by sociologists from Poznań and in a Polish-American symposium dedicated to the exchange of experiences in the area of solving social problems. The symposium included a presentation of evidence-based practices in social policy. The academic part of the students’ visit also included field trips to social service agencies in Poznań, such as the Association of Social Emergency, a center for the homeless; the Wielkopolska Center for Mutual Aid sponsored by the MONAR Society, a non-governmental organization that aids the homeless and those with AIDS and problems of addiction; and the “Center” Center for Community Action. The students also met with city officials such as Elżbieta Dybowska, Vice-Director of the Division of Health and Social Affairs, and Michał Kaczmarek, representing the “Academic Poznań” group. Dybowska presented the principles behind community programs meant to address problems of drug and alcohol addiction.

Such an active academic program did not allow for too many cultural offerings, but the students did visit Poznań and the local area as much as possible. They attended a performance of the show Magistryton in the “U Przyjaciół” Theater and visited Ostrów Tumski, one of the city’s most important neighborhoods, the Old Town, and the June 1956 Museum and the National Museum. In the Arkady Fiedler Muzeum in Puszczyków, they met with Krystyna Fiedler, the leader of the program, „Leaders of the Polish-American Foundation of Liberty”.

The CWRU students also met with students in social work from Adam Mickiewicz University and scholarship students from the Lane Kirkland Program. These meetings offered the young students from different cultures a chance to discuss their views and different life experiences. The Lane Kirkland students had the chance to present information about the countries they call home, while the students from Poznań and Cleveland shared information about their experiences as students and young adults.

 

Bogna and Ksenia Frąszczak

IL TROVATORE by Giuseppe Verdi

Saturday, February 11th, 2012
  • Friday, February 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 3 pm
Bohemian National Hall4939 Broadway Avenue(corner of Broadway & Pershing)Cleveland OH 44127

Directions

Cast

  • Manrico: Dominick Rodriguez, tenor
  • Azucena: Christina Carr, mezzo-soprano
  • Il Conte di Luna: Brian Keith Johnson, baritone
  • Leonora: Dorota Sobieska, soprano
  • Ferrando: Jason Budd, bass
  • Ines: Nicole Wong, soprano
  • Ruiz: Oswaldo Iraheta, tenor
  • Un vecchio zingaro: Joel Rhoads, bass
  • Un messo: Philip Formes, tenor

Featuring

  • Opera Circle Chorus, Jacek Sobieski, Chorus Master
  • Cleveland Women’s Orchestra, under the baton of Robert Cronquist
  • Stage Directions: Robert Cronquist and Dorota Sobieska

About

A quintessential part of the opera canon, the production will be fully staged, with soloists, chorus, orchestra, sets, and costumes. Presented in the original Italian with English translation projected above the stage, Il trovatore will once again reassert its place as a staple of operatic repertoire.

Follow the tragic love of the noble Leonora and the troubadour Manrico. Thwarted by the jealous Count di Luna, its course commingles with the shifting fortunes of military legions caught in the conflicted feudalism of a turbulent medieval Spain, the deeply-felt piety of its religious orders, and the sinister tales of the elderly Captain of the Guard, Ferrando. Verdi’s superb scoring and soaring melodies bring the story to an ultimate, dreadful cadence, but not without a stupefying plot twist orchestrated by the ancient Gypsy enchantress, Azucena.

Tickets

  • $55 Reserved Sponsor Seats
  • $20 General Admission
  • $10 Student

Tickets will also be available at the door.

For information, call Opera Circle at 216 441 2822 or email tickets@operacircle.org.

Friday only: round-trip bus from Beachwood Place available.

Sunday only: dinner served at Bohemian Hall before the performance. Call 216 662 6130 for reservations.

Modern Poland – Gallery Opening (Pictures)

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

Polish Program at Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

 

In this time of globalization, Cleveland is looking for its strengths and for potential for development. One of our greatest strengths is our population of immigrants. Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) of Case Western Reserve University is helping to build cultural competency of social workers working in Cleveland’s diverse social environment. We are happy to announce that MSASS has added workshops and classes concerning Poland to its international curriculum this year.

Travel to Poland, Spring, 2012

Mandel School offers travel-abroad courses for college students and health and human service professionals, during spring break

Cleveland, OH—Take an educational holiday overseas in March 2012 during Spring Break and engage in cross-cultural studies of social policies and practices for health and human services. Several three-credit travel courses for Case Western Reserve University students are open to students at other colleges and universities and to working professionals in health and human services. (CEUs may be offered).

Arrangements can be made for credits to be offered as independent study with permission from home college/university.

This trip is led and taught by experienced instructors and faculty from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (school of social work) at Case Western Reserve, who travel with and lodge at the same location as students. Each trip is also designed around a course syllabus and assignments that promote interaction with policymakers and direct-service providers in the country being visited.

MORE INFO & REGISTRATION

Direct all questions about all trips to the following:

Debby Jacobson, PhD, assistant professor & director of International Programs, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Email: dxj@cwru.edu

Web: http://msass.case.edu/international

Deadlines:

Deadlines posted on the Mandel School web site are for students of Case Western Reserve University only. Inquire with Dr. Jacobson about updated deadlines. Trip rosters must be finalized by the end of January 2012, so register today to reserve your place.

Passport:

Dr. Jacobson reminds everyone who is interested in these travel-abroad courses that the U.S. Passport application and renewal process may take longer than expected. Begin the process today online.

Course Title: Invisible Groups in a New Poland (SASS 575/375)

Student will visit Berlin and Poznan. Lectures at the University of Poznan.

Travel: March 9-18, 2012

Saturday Seminars: February 4 & 18; April 28

Instructors: Kathleen Farkas, PhD, associate professor of social work at the Mandel School & Richard Romaniuk, PhD, MSSA (’98), adjunct instructor at the Mandel School and supervisory social worker at the Cleveland VA Medical Center

Travel Fee*: $2,950 ($250 non-refundable due with application)

Travel fee covers the following:

International airfare

In-country travel (e.g., trains, trams, trolleys, buses)

All meals

Double-occupancy hotel rooms

Instructional materials

Visits to service organizations, agencies

Guest lecturers

*Course Fees

Students of Case Western Reserve pay for their travel-abroad course credits via the regular course-registration process.

Students from other colleges and universities and non-students (e.g., health and human service professionals) pay a professional-development fee of $400 in place of course-credit fees.

Adapted from article written by Paul M. Kubek, Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP) at Case Western Reserve University

 

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.

http://www.ideastream.org/applause/entry/41373

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…)