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Cinema Polska

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

This course is a non-credit course that will begin Wednesday, October 14 and meet weekly on Wednesdays for 8 weeks (no class on November 25). It will be taught by Dr. Tomasz Markiewka, our 2015 CSU Visiting Scholar and Kosciusko Fellow. The course meets from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Polish American Cultural Center in Slavic Village. The fee is $125.

Cinema Polska will explore contemporary Polish cinema with a different film shown each week. There will be an introduction to the film by Dr. Markiewka (and special guests) and discussion will follow after the film. This course is a wonderful complement to the series of Polish films currently being shown at the Cleveland Institute of Art Cinematheque.

To register: http://www.campusce.net/csuohio/course/course.aspx?C=620&pc=26&mc&sc

Lukasz Kuropaczewski- Cleveland Classical Guitar Society

Friday, October 10th, 2014
 
The Polish virtuoso makes his Cleveland debut!
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Lukasz Kuropaczewski
Saturday, 10/18/14, 7:30 PM
Plymouth Church UCC
2860 Coventry Road, Shaker Heights OH
Tickets: $25 General / $20 Senior / $15 Student
Lukasz Kuropaczewski (Poland) has recorded six CDs to date and performed solo recitals in the world’s most prestigious halls, including London’s Royal Festival Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Warsaw’s National Philharmonic Hall, Tshaikovsky Hall in Moscow and Carnegie Hall in New York. He is on the faculty of the Academy of Music in Poznan, Poland. Lukasz is one of the most gifted and natural guitarists in the world and infuses his concerts with immense intensity and emotion.
*Meet and Greet Lukas at the PACC, JPII*
 Thursday, 10/16/2014, 6:00pm reception and brief display of Lukas abilities.  Plus purchase a discount ticket for Sunday’s debut!
Special thanks’ go to Erik Mann, Executive Director of Cleveland Classical Guitar Society.
Erik is making available a generous discount offered to members of the
Polish American Cultural Center, JPII
Members can get $5 off general admission and senior tickets. The discount code is pa33. You can redeem this by entering it online, telling the sale person the code over the phone, or letting them know when purchasing at the door. For at-door purchases, please go to the “group” line, let them know what organization you’re with, and the discount code.     
*Lukasz is teaching a Master Class on Friday 10/17/14 for more information: http://www.clevelandclassicalguitar.org/events/master-classes/
*For more details about the Cleveland Classical Guitar International series: http://www.clevelandclassicalguitar.org/events/international-series/
Erik Mann
Executive Director
Cleveland Classical Guitar Society
http://www.clevelandclassicalguitar.org/

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.

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

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.

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.

How Warsaw’s Syrena is Dressed

Thursday, October 5th, 2006

The final voting for the Miss World pageant took place at the end of September this year. On September 30th in Warsaw, the title went to a Czech woman, with a representative from Romania chosen as first runner-up, and a representative from Australia chosen as second runner-up. Throughout all of September the young women, in the company of reporters, photographers, and the event’s organizers, visited Poland. Each year the demands on these young women increase. It’s no longer enough to be beautiful with a flawless figure and long legs; each contestant must also show intelligence and knowledge. Musical, vocal, and physical talents like dancing are also important qualities.

After arriving in Poland, before the final contest, the contestants for Miss World received a version of an English text of a Polish song, composed especially for the occasion. The best renditions of „Beautiful World” would be recorded on teledisk and make their way to other countries, but the words of the song would relate to Warsaw. In this way beauty would not only be seen but also heard.
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Why Decode Fiction?

Friday, September 1st, 2006

I read A. Foremska’s article in the last issue about Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code with great interest. The author made several challenges and theological arguments against Brown’s book. In the case of such a sensational book, the question of whether we should engage in an apology of the Christian religion by use of such refined exegesis is a cause for discussion. In the end Foremska admits that the book is banal propaganda, with a simple mystery thrown in. (more…)