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Cleveland Metroparks presents Native Americans

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Before the arrival of Europeans, Native Americans inhabited Northern Ohio for thousands of years.  Cleveland Metroparks Cultural History Interpreter Karen Lakus introduces you to these first people and shares information and artifacts regarding their time in the Cleveland area. (more…)

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



  • 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


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


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.


  • $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

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.

Lecture with Prof. Piotr Wilczek

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Prof. Piotr Wilczek Lecture: The Literary Canon and Translation: Polish Culture as a Case Study.

Lecture at Cleveland State University: Tuesday, January 31, 4:30 PM, Student Center, Room 313.

An interview with Prof. Piotr Wilczek about the Polish program at Cleveland State University will be broadcast on
90.3 WCPN / Northeast Ohio Public Radio (
on Sunday, Jan 29, 9:00 – 10:00 PM Eastern Time (starts at 9:06, after the news)
Listen live at:


Visiting Polish Scholar at Cleveland State University

Friday, January 20th, 2012

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences welcomes Piotr Wilczek as the Visiting Polish Scholar. Dr. Wilczek will be on CSU’s campus from January 17 – February 12, 2012.

Piotr Wilczek is currently a Professor Ordinarius at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies “Artes Liberales,” University of Warsaw, Poland. He has held academic positions at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland, the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, and Rice University, Houston, TX. His scholarship and research experience includes visiting positions at Boston College, Boston, MA, The Warburg Institute, University of London, UK, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, and at St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, UK.
Dr. Wilczek will be teaching an academic course for CSU on “Polish Culture through Film” and a non-credit class on contemporary Polish culture. He has also agreed to present three public lectures, the details of which are not yet finalized.
Speaking Engagement & Events
Friday, January 20 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Join Us! Polka Happy Hour, Happy Dog

5801 Detroit Avenue, Cleveland.

Sunday, January 22 from 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm
Open to the public.
Polish Cultural Center, 6501 Lansing Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44105
Lunch from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm* & Presentation from 1:30 – 3:00 pm
“The Canon of Polish Literature:
Local and Global Perspectives.”

*There is a $10 per person charge for lunch.
Thursday, February 9 at 6:30 pm
Dinner and speaking engagement hosted by the
Cleveland Society of Poles at Sokolowski’s University Inn,
1201 University Road in Tremont, 5:30 pm cocktails and 6:30 dinner, followed by presentation by Dr. Piotr Wilczek,
“The Role of Religion in Polish Culture and Society.”
For Society members and their guests only ($20 per person).
TBD Speaking engagement at
CSU campus for students and general public

Non-credit offerings (Continuing Education): Open to the general public

“The Canon of Polish Culture: What Everyone Should Know”
Taught by Professor Piotr Wilczek, Visiting Polish Scholar
Wednesdays, 6-8 pm | 4 weeks (8 contact hours) | January 18 – February 8, 2012
Cost: $75.

For- credit (academic) course offerings: Open to CSU students

MLA 255: Polish Culture through Film*
Taught by Professor Piotr Wilczek, Visiting Polish Scholar
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-2:50 pm | 4 credits | Spring semester 2012 (Course begins January 17)
This course uses Polish films to focus on cultural issues that are central to the Polish national identity and culture. The course combines four weeks of in-class lecture with the visiting Polish scholar, Professor Wilczek, with the remainder of the courses taught on-line by Professor Wilczek. Students will be expected to view the films outside of class, followed by on-line discussions and assignments. This course is designated as a GenEd course for Arts and Humanities.
*This is a hybrid class, which consists of four weeks of in classroom instruction on campus. Piotr Wilczek (Polish scholar’s residency at CSU) will teach the remainder of the class online through Blackboard. Students will be responsible for watching the assigned films on their own and then contributing to an online discussion.

Pictures from Presidential visit

Friday, December 10th, 2010

President of Poland Bronislaw Komorowski visits Cleveland

Click on image above to view all pictures from the event.

For prints and copies contact Lukasz Waszczuk at (440) 941-2583

Katyń (film) by Andrzej Wajda

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

The events of The Katyn massacre related through the eyes of the women; the mothers, wives and daughters of the victims executed on Stalin’s orders by the NKVD in 1940. (more…)

Cleveland Polsce

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Od soboty siedzę przy komputerze i śledzę wydarzenia w Polsce. Na szczęście ciągle pojawiają się nowe wiadomości, nowe zdjęcia, czyjeś reakcje, odczucia i przemyślenia. Szukam tych, które mówią o pojednaniu, o solidarności, o reakcjach współczucia i pomocy. Ktoś na przykład napisał, że Rosjanie nie zmienią już historii Katynia z 1940 roku ale mogą napisać nową o swojej solidarności z Polską 70 lat później. Zamieszczę adresy internetowe artykułów, które ostatnio czytałem. Chciałbym również zwrócić się do Was abyście przesłali do mnie myśli, słowa – to z czym chcielibyście się podzielić z innymi a ja będę umieszczał Wasze listy tutaj, pod tymi słowami…

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Ryszard Romaniuk

Since Saturday I have been sitting at the computer and reading about the events in Poland. New information, new pictures, and more reactions, thoughts, and feelings about the tragic events appear quickly. I look for postings which speak of unity and solidarity and express sympathy. For example, it has been written that while Russia cannot change the history of Katyń in 1940, it is now able to join in Solidarity with Poland seventy years later. Below I have listed links to some of the articles I have read. Please also send me your thoughts on these events, so that we may share them with others and in the newsletter.

Polish class at CSU

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Cleveland State University is offering a new course this fall

BEGINNING POLISH – The best part – for anyone 60 years of age or older – IT’S FREE (more…)