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Bellini 101

Thursday, January 1st, 2004

Were it not for the fact that I had been assisted in choosing pastries for the reception following the program by an enthusiastic set of two considerably younger siblings, I could have easily been led to believe that I was attending a lecture presented at a most prominent college of arts and humanities. The Symposium, which took place at our very own Polish American Cultural Center on Sunday, November 16, 2003, at 4:00 pm, was presented, as noted during the open discussion Dr. Jerzy Maciuszko, by several of the most distinguished scholars from the entire city of Cleveland. Opened by none other than Mr. Robert Finn, former Plain Dealer music critic, a position he successfully filled for 27 years, it was continued by Dr. Peter Laki. Only someone of his cultivated breadth of knowledge could have been able to undertake the Herculean task he considers his daily work: to write weekly program notes for the Cleveland Orchestra, a feat most appropriately compared by Mr. David Krakowski to writing a Master’s thesis a week. For his part, Mr. Krakowski, best known to us from his seemingly endless myriad of abilities as music director and organist at St. Stanislaus Church, participated in the Symposium as moderator, alternately presenting the leading speakers and deftly maneuvering the course of the broad discussion. How fittingly he introduced the final guest, not to mention the one most dear to our hearts: the master of the bel canto or canto legato school of singing Dr. Dorota Sobieska.

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