Paul Krzywicki with Marie Hejnosz, President of the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia
Paul Krzywicki with violinist Piotr Filochowski, and pianist Susan Nowicki
(l. to r.) Paul Krzywicki with David Arben, violinist and a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp and his friend Dr. Jack Terry who was in the same concentration camp.
Polish Musicians in the History of Classical MusicA new book from Paul Krzywicki
Lecture and Recital at the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Sponsored by the
Philadelphia Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation
in joint venture with the
Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia
by Jean Joka, Publicity Director
It was a beautiful spring day where friends and guests gathered at the Curtis Institute of Music to hear about the contributions of generations of Polish musicians who helped raise the musical level of both Philadelphia and the country to the point that by the early part of the twentieth century the musical life of Philadelphia began to take its place amongst the most admired and respected in the world.
Prior to Mr. Krzywicki's presentation, Marie Hejnosz, President of the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia welcomed everyone and then turned the microphone over to Dr. Teresa Wojcik Ph.D, President of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation, wherein she introduced Paul Krzywicki.
The theme of this lecture was to introduce the audience to a book that is being written by Paul Krzywicki on "Polish Musicians in the History of Classical Music in Philadelphia." Paul Krzywicki, is a faculty member of the Curtis Institute of Music and former member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Presently no publication exists that brings attention to the exceptional Polish musicians that were so important in Philadelphia's cultural history and at the same time considers these musicians within a history of classical music in America. The book will contain about 210 pages and about 450 footnotes. At this presentation, Mr. Krzywicki gave the audience a brief overview of the first draft. To give you an idea, the book will include such famous names as: Henryk Wieniawski, Karol Szymanowski, Ignace (Jan) Paderewski, Chopin, just to name a few.
In addition to informing the audience of excerpts of this book, Mr. Krzywicki gave us a brief history and founding of the Curtis Institute of Music which helped develop this book.
At the conclusion of the lecture, we were entertained with a beautiful violin recital by one of the students, Piotr Filochowski who is from Warsaw, Poland and is now studying at Curtis. A wonderful talented young man who played elegantly and with passion. He was also accompanied by one of the faculty members on piano, Susan Nowicki.
A reception followed where traditional Polish pastries were served.
Spring had really come to Philadelphia on this day!