Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko – “Messenger of the Truth”

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

90-minute film to air on WVIZ/PBS ideastream- World Channel, 25.3

Sunday June 1st, 8:00-9:30pm

Monday June 2nd, Midnight-1:30am

Monday June 2nd, 8:00am-9:30am

Monday June 2nd, 2:00-3:30pm

CHICAGO – February 14, 2014 — Narrated by Catholic activist and actor Martin Sheen, Jerzy Popieluszko: Messenger of the Truth is the remarkable true story of Polish martyr and 20th century hero of human rights, Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko.  The dramatic 90-minute film, presented by WTTW National Productions and distributed nationally by American Public Television.

Father Jerzy was the chaplain of the Solidarity movement in Poland, who was later murdered by the Communists for speaking the truth in a country full of propaganda, oppression and social injustice.  “Totalitarian systems destroy man because they captivate his inside, his thoughts, free will and conscience.  The only efficient defense against these systems is the Truth,” he said.

It was Father Jerzy’s strong faith, conviction and courage that mobilized a nation to stand united against the Communist regime in Poland.  At his funeral, an estimated one million people surrounded his church in Warsaw and as one, they promised to continue his struggle for freedom through non-violence.  Present at the funeral, Solidarity leader Lech Walesa said, “Rest in peace, Father Jerzy.  Solidarity is alive because you gave your life for it.”

Jerzy Popieluszko: Messenger of the Truth was awarded first place in the documentary category at the 28th International Catholic Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland.  His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, said “…This film is a must-see for all who believe in the rights of religious liberty, the dignity of the human person, and those who are lovers of freedom and defenders of the truth.”

Father Jerzy was beatified on June 6, 2010 in Warsaw and is expected to be canonized in the near future.

“Polonia in Cleveland and the Journey of Julian Stanczak”

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Western Reserve Historical Society

 

As part of the series of events celebrating the life and work of Julian Stanczak, a panel discussion on Cleveland’s Polish immigrant community will be held at Western Reserve Historical Society on Wednesday, March 19th, from 2 to 4 pm. Participating in the discussion will be Gene Bak, Mary Erdmans, John Grabowski, and Sean Martin. This panel discussion will examine the long history of Cleveland’s Polish immigrant community, with particular emphasis on the post-war migration of individuals like Julian Stanczak who came to play major roles in art and culture within and outside of that community. This is a free event. For more information on Stanczak, including details of current exhibitions, see http://www.siegallifelonglearning.org/stanczak-programs.html

 

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”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA3OIwHD118

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: http://www.csuohio.edu/class/polishstudies/

See you at the concert!

 

Discover Polish Easter Tradition of Palm Weaving

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

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Discover Polish Easter Tradition of Palm Weaving

with Ray Vargas

Saturday, March 23, 2013; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Polish American Cultural Center

6501 Lansing Avenue, Cleveland, OH

Fee $8.00 (includes supplies)

Call to reserve your seat  / Contact Carol Stafinski at 440.942.4427

Deadline for reservations is Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sponsored by Ohio Chapter The Kosciuszko Foundation

with the co-operation of the Polish American Cultural Center

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 www.csuohio.edu/class/polishstudies

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Thursday, November 15th, 2012

by Vincenzo Bellini

  • Friday, November 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 3 pm
First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland(corner of Fairmount & Eaton)3630 Fairmount Blvd.Shaker Heights OH 44118
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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.