Krystian TkaczewskiSunday, March 17, 2013
at 2:00 pm
followed by a light reception
Holy Family University
Education and Technology Center
9801 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19114
(l. to r.) Mare Hejnosz, Polish Heritage Society President and Krystian Tkaczewski
Bust of Fryderyk Chopin was a legacy from the Wanda Dezwol estate
Annual Chopin Concertby Jean Joka, Publicity Director
It was a beautiful afternoon, Sunday, March 17, 2013 (Saint Patrick's Day) in Philadelphia. The Fryderyk Chopin concert sponsored by the Polish Heritage Society in its 46th Annual Year was held at Holy Family University, Education Technology Center located in the Northeast Section of Philadelphia. The guest pianist was Krystian Tkaczewski, who is described as a "Polish Virtuoso" (by the Kosciuszko Foundation). The Education Technology Center was filled with enthusiastic Chopin followers.
Marie Hejnosz, President of the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia (an affiliate of the American Council for Polish Culture), welcomed the guests and gave an overview of the organization. Marie handed over the microphone to Debbie Majka, Chairman, who also serves as President of the American Council for Polish Culture and Honorable Consul of the Republic of Poland, Southeastern Pennsylvania. Ms. Majka then introduced Krystian Tkaczewski to the audience.
The first half of the program was devoted solely to Chopin, and included four Mazurkas and the Grande Polonaise. Krystian was elegant, and played with passion. He controlled the entire audience. He showed devotion and natural affinity for music of his homeland. He is truly a wonderful concert pianist, who plays from the heart.
After the intermission, his program was devoted to M. Mussorgsky, (Pictures at an Exhibition), which was Mussorgsky's most famous piano composition, and has become a showpiece for virtuoso pianists. After this an encore was inevitable, which consisted of Mozart's 12 variations on "Twinkle, twinkle little star." The audience sprang to their feet with jubilation.
At the end of the performance flowers were presented to Krystian, as it is a Polish custom. In addition, a reception was held to meet and greet Krystian and his lovely wife.
Krystian is a founder and artistic director of Chopin International Piano Completion in Hartford and Artistic Director of Chopin Society of Connecticut.
A truly wonderful and inspirational afternoon was spent in Philadelphia.
Krystian Tkaczewski at the keyboard
(l. to r.) Krystian Tkaczewski and Debbie Majka, Honorary RP Consul in Philadelphia