On Sunday, March 23, 2014 the 47th Annual Chopin Concert sponsored by the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia took place at Holy Family University, Education & Technology Center, Philadelphia, PA with Magdalena Baczewska as the guest pianist. Magdalena Baczewska, recipient of outstanding achievement awards, is truly a talented pianist. She comes from a musical family and started playing the piano at the age of 5 in her native country of Poland.
1. Magdalena Baczewska at Holy Family University
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2. Polish Heritage Society President Marie Hejnosz
and Magdalena Baczewska
This year's soloist: Magdalena Baczewska
Annual Chopin Concertby: Jean Joka, Publicity Director
Marie Hejnosz, President of the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia welcomed everyone, and then turned the microphone over to Deborah Majka, concert chairperson and Honorary Consul of Poland for Southeastern Pennsylvania who introduced Magdalena Baczewska to the audience.
The theme of the program was, Chopin: Musical Inspirations and the Music He Inspired. During each selection Magdalena interacted with the audience explaining some background as to the following selections:
- Johann Sebastian Bach who was Chopin's musical hero. Sarabande from the French Suite No. 5After the intermission Magdalena focused on the National Style: Mazurka. Chopin was noted for his composition of mazurkas. The concert concluded with the New Generation: George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue.
- Nocturnes by John Field - The Inventor of the Nocturne
- Friends and Rivals - Liszt (from Chants Polonais), Maiden's Wish, My Joys & Bacchanal
- Friendship with Adam Mickiewicz, a well known poet in Poland
Magdalena's style of playing draws the audience to the stage. The listener becomes part of the music that is being played with taste, purity of tone and inspiration. She is a true musical asset not just to our Polish community but the American community at large.
During the reception, that followed the concert, Magdalena signed copies of her bestselling albums "Music for Dreams" which can be purchased by accessing the website: www.BluesleepMusic.com.
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4. Dianna Blichasz, ____________
5. Alexandra Golaski, Marie Hejnosz
6. Magdalena Baczewska, Janusz Romanski
7. The Wojciks - Teresa N., Walter, Teresa G.
8. Debbie Majka and Magdalena Baczewska
9. _____,Magdalena Baczewska ,_____
10. Bust of Fryderyk Chopin donated by Wanda Dezwol