Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Poland and Hollywood: Katarzyna Smiechowicz, Marek Probosz, Matt Szymanowski on Zoom, November 14, 2020 at 3 pm


The Modjeska Art and Culture Club has the pleasure of inviting you to another event from the series of interviews with stars of Polish Hollywood, in a format of a Zoom meeting, held on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 3 pm. We will meet with Katarzyna A. Smiechowicz, Marek Probosz and Matt Szymanowski.  Elzbieta Kanski will interview the stars. 

ZOOM MEETING INVITATION - POLISH HOLLYWOOD, 11.14.2020

Topic: Modjeska Club Presents Polish Hollywood: Smiechowicz, Probosz, Szymanowski
Time: Nov 14, 2020 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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KATARZYNA A. SMIECHOWICZ


KATARZYNA A. SMIECHOWICZ sometimes acting as Kasia A. Leconte is a Polish actress who has been working in Poland and the USA. Katarzyna started her artistic career as a teenager studying acting with many excellent teachers. Initially, she was involved in ballet and theater; over time film and television have become the closest to her heart. Her passion for ballet and poetry turned to acting when a respected Polish actor, Wirgiliusz Gryn, discovered her acting talent and convinced her to pursue acting as a profession. 

Residing in Los Angeles since 2000, she studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and at the Margie Haber Studio. Throughout her career, she has appeared in over 30 feature films and television series having worked with such directors as Steven Spielberg, Krzysztof Krauze, Jacek Bromski, Tomasz Konecki, Andrzej Saramonowicz, and Olaf Lubaszenko.  Selected film roles include: 
• 2020 -“BEZ SKRUPULOW”, dir. Jacek Bromski, TV series (Wanda)
• 2019- “SOLID GOLD”, dir. Jacek Bromski, Film (Wanda Szulc)
• 2018- “DR. SUGAR”, dir. Paul Saleba - Film (k.m.) (Boo Boo)
• 2015 - “ANATOMIA ZŁA”, dir. Jacek Bromski, Film 
• 2015 - “BILET NA KSIĘŻYC”, dir. Jacek Bromski, Film (Donata KRUGER)
• 2012 - “PARADOKS”, dir. Borys Lankosz, TV series
• 2011 - “WYGRANY”, dir. Wieslaw Saniewski, Film
• 2009 - “U PANA BOGA ZA MIEDZĄ” dir. Jacek Bromski, Film (Ludmiła Niedbałko)
• 2009 - “U PANA BOGA W OGRODKU", dir. Jacek Bromski, Serial TV (Ludmiła Niedbałko
• 2007 - “TESTOSTERON” dir. Tomasz Konecki & Andrzej Saramonowicz Film (Barbie)
• 2003 - “SZPITAL NA PERYPETIACH”, dir. Krzysztof Jaroszynski Serial TV (Monika)
• 2001 - “WIELKIE RZECZY”, dir. Krzysztof Krauze - GRA (odc.2), Serial TV 
• 2000 -“ CHŁOPAKI NIE PŁACZĄ”, dir. Olaf Lubaszenko, Film 
• 2000 -“ BARDZO OSTRY DYŻUR”, dir. Wojciech Mann & Krzysztof Materna, Sitcom TV 
• 1989 - “MDM”, dir. Wojciech Mann & Krzysztof Materna Program TV 
• 1998 - “TALK SHOW JERZEGO K”, dir. Jerzy Kryszak., Program TV
• 1997 - “CIEMNA STRONA WENUS”, dir. Radoslaw Piwowarski, Film 
• 1996 -“ EKSTRADYCJA 2”, dir. Wojciech Wojcik, Serial TV 
• 1996 - “GRY ULICZNE”, dir. Krzysztof Krauze, Film 
• 1996 - “PRZECIĄG” dir. Maciej Zak & Jacek Kecik, Program TV 
• 1995 - “DZIEJE MISTRZA TWARDOWSKIEGO”, dir. Krzysztof Gradowski, Film 

Beyond film and television, she has portrayed many great parts on stage, including Katharina in Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew", and Roza in Juliusz Slowacki's "Lilla Weneda." Kasia's U.S. theater debut was in the leading role of Carrie in "Cafe Hollywood."


In addition to acting in many critically acclaimed roles, Smiechowicz has written scripts and worked as a voice-over actor. She is the President of the Film and Television Studio Kasia Films, through which she aims to create international productions. She is also known for her charity work for the sick and those in need. Katarzyna constantly supports and promotes Polish culture in the USA. With a home on both continents, but a husband in the U.S., she spends most of the time in Los Angeles, but works both in Europe and the States. Her husband Dominik J. Leconte is an executive at Sony Pictures. On July 3rd 2010 Kasia and Dominik welcomed their identical twin boys, Antoni and Fabian at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The multi-talented 10-year-old sons are gaining recognition as child actors and models.



MAREK PROBOSZ


Marek Probosz, a Polish-American actor, director, screenwriter, author, and producer, has about 60 film roles to his credit. Many of these films have won awards at prestigious film festivals, such as, Cannes, Berlin, San Sebastian, Moscow, Karlovy Vary, Los Angeles, and Houston. Probosz emigrated to the U.S. at the peak of his career in Europe, invited by The American Cinematheque in Los Angeles in 1987, as the “Idol of his generation.” His film and television career spans roles in Polish, Czech, German, French, Italian, and American productions and co-productions. He has guest starred on the popular CBS TV series “Scorpion”; ABC’s “Scandal”; CBS’s “Numbers”; NBC’s “JAG” and USA’s “MONK”. The film “Once Upon A Time in November” directed by Andrzej Jakimowski, in which Probosz played a doctor of law, opened the International Film Festival in Warsaw. It received the main award at the International Film Festival in Taormina, Sicily in 2018.


In 2006, he starred in an unforgettable role as the Polish World War II hero and legendary Volunteer to Auschwitz, Witold Pilecki, in the film “The Death of Captain Pilecki”, directed by Ryszard Bugajski. The film won the Special Jury REMI award at the 2007 WorldFest – Houston International Film Festival. Probosz has toured the globe with the film, participating in many international film festivals, screenings, and discussions at niversities, museums and embassies around the world. In 2012, he recorded the critically acclaimed audiobook “The Auschwitz Volunteer. Beyond Bravery” for audible.com, which is a collection of Pilecki’s reports from Auschwitz. The project received the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award in 2013 and the Best Prose Award in 2012. In 2018, Probosz directed the monodrama “Volunteer to Auschwitz: Captain Pilecki”, in which he once again transformed into one of the greatest war heroes of the 20th century. This spectacle, which he performed multiple times on Broadway for a sold out audience, won the Best Documentary Show Award 2018 at United Solo NYC Festival (best of 130 shows).



Some of the acclaimed films which Probosz is most known for include: “End of the Lonely Farm Berghof” (Main Award at Karlovy Vary 1984); “The Shadow of the Ferns” (San Sebastian International Film Festival 1985); “Ferdydurke” (Venice Film Festival 1991); “Horizontal 8” (Main Award for Independent Film Venice Film Festival 1991); “Reverse” (Golden Lion Award Gdynia Film Festival 2009); “Janosik: The True Story” (Gdynia Film Festival 2009); “Boxer” (Golden Eagle Award at Los Angeles Film Festival 2011); “Closed Circuit” (People’s Choice Award Toronto 2013, Humanitarian Society Award Chicago 2013); “I Love Cinema” (KMTF Award Turin 1988); “Our God’s Brother” (Nominee at the Japanese Grand Prix Festival in Tokyo 1997, MFF Award Teheran 1999); “Players” (Gdynia Film Festival 1995); “Time of Maturation” (Special Jury Award San Sebastian 1984); “No More Dreaming” (Bronze Lions Gdansk Film Fetival 1982); “Moth” (Silver Medal MFF Figuiera de Foz 1981). 


In the world of documentary films, Probosz has directed the feature-length “Jan Kott: Still Alive”, about the world famous Shakespeare specialist, Jan Kott. His short film “Rebel”, a psychological drama delving into the problem of suicide among American youth, was a precursor to his U.S. feature debut, “Y.M.I.”, which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in (People’s Choice ABBOT Award, Los Angeles – 2004). Probosz is an Adjunct Professor at University of California, Los Angeles – UCLA, where he has taught theater and film acting since 2005. He taught at Emerson College in Los Angeles from 2000-2005, at Edgemar Center For The Arts in Santa Monica from 2008-2011, and at the Theater Academy of A. Zelwerowicz in Warsaw in 2016. As an acting expert, he has also been invited to teach film acting at the prestigious Williams College in Massachusetts in 2021. 

The actor, director, and professor is also a writer, an author of two books: Eldorado (Pub. Stentor, 2009) and Call Me When They Kill You (Pub. Latarnik, 2011). His publications include 11 original and adapted feature-length screenplays, such as “AUM, or the Torturing of Actors,” “Y.M.I.” (People’s Choice Award at The Other Venice Film Festival, Los Angeles 2004), or “Cruel Story.” He penned six screenplays for short films, and dozens of essays, book chapters, and articles. Frequently invited to serve on festival juries worldwide, Probosz received his Master’s Degree in Fine Arts and Acting in 1984 from the Polish National Higher School of Film and Theater of L. Schiller, Łódź. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Directing from The American Film Institute – AFI, Los Angeles, in 1993.

                                                         MATT SZYMANOWSKI

                                      

Matt Szymanowski wrote, produced and directed his debut feature, a Sundance Screenwriting Lab Finalist "THE PURPLE ONION". The film premiered at the Oscar qualifying Cinequest Film Festival and went on to play a dozen festivals Internationally, winning the Best Feature: Drama-Comedy at the Indie Gathering International Film Festival. The film was called “Masterfully Crafted” by Shuffle Online and “A perverse Asian-American Napoleon Dynamite“ by Flickchart. Andre Gaine of Cinemation Studios distributed the film in summer 2017 on all major VOD platforms and is also Executive Producing Matt's sophomore film GLORIOUS EMPIRE. The American-born son of Polish immigrants, Szymanowski returned to his parents native Poland to study film and theatre directing at the prestigious Polish National Film School in Lodz.

Link: www.mattszy.com

Feature Debut: https://www.amazon.com/Purple-Onion-Edwin-Li/dp/B06ZZMYBKR

Next Film in Development: 

https://deadline.com/2019/05/guy-burnet-nora-arnezeder-set-thriller-glorious-empire-1202611765/

Proof of concept short: https://vimeo.com/334959179


Saturday, September 19, 2020

Polish Hollywood: Aleksandra Kaniak, Marcin Harasimowicz, Monika Ekiert on Zoom, Sat. 10/10/20, 3 pm


Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club is pleased to present "Polish Hollywood Aleksandra Kaniak, Marcin Harasimowicz, Monika Ekiert" on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 3 pm. via ZOOM. The meeting will be moderated by Elizabeth Kanski, former President of the Polish American Film Society and active member of the Polish Hollywood community.

ZOOM MEETING INVITATION 

Topic: Modjeska Club on Zoom: Polish Hollywood with A. Kaniak, M. Harasimowicz, M. Ekiert

Time: Oct 10, 2020 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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ALEKSANDRA KANIAK

Aleksandra Kaniak, born in Poland, began her career in entertainment at the age of 6 as a child singer winning awards and traveling all over Eastern Europe. She loved traveling, exploring, and learning the languages of other cultures. 

 Aleksandra also became fascinated with American literature and American culture. John Steinbeck and Edward Albee were her favorite American writers to name a couple. Her biggest dream was to move to the United States. Fighting the bureaucratic restrictions Eastern Europe is famous for, Aleksandra burst through and created a visit Los Angeles. She fell in love with sunny California. The American culture was everything she has ever dreamed, and more. 

 Aleksandra started working in modeling and quickly discovered that her true passion is acting. While continuing to work in TV commercials and print she enrolled in acting schools studying with prestigious acting teachers like Vincent Chase, Cameron Thor, Larry Moss. She also studied acting techniques for instance commedia dell’arte, dance and movement, Alexander Techworks and Meisner. 

 Acting roles followed quickly for Aleksandra . She debuted on American screens in “Three of Hearts” with William Baldwin and Kelly Lynch. She had numerous guest-starring parts on American TV series including “NYPD Blue” opposite Dennis Franz, “Beverly Hills 90210” opposite Jason Priestley, “24” opposite Kiefer Sutherland, “NCIS” and “The Event” opposite Jason Ritter and most recently guest starred on highly successful “Grimm”, “Castle” opposite Nathan Fillion and “Scorpion”.

 Aleksandra’s voice, with the mysterious and romantic European accent, is instantly engaging. Many find it unforgettable. Her voice-over work includes infamous Lt. Zofia from “Red Alerts” and Raven from “Cy-girls” as well as Rosetta Stone. 

 Continuing her love of linguistics, Aleksandra is also a licensed translator and a dialect coach. Working on the sets of “Worst Week”, “2 Broke Girls” with Jennifer Coolidge. On the set of “Water for Elephants” she had double duties; she played opposite Robert Pattison as “Mrs. Jankowski” and she was Pattison’s Polish dialect coach. On that set she had the opportunity to work with one of her favorite actors, a double Oscar winner Christoph Waltz and an amazing director Francis Lawrence, whose upcoming projects are “The Hunger Games.”

 Aleksandra currently lives in Los Angeles. She travels the world on acting assignments and continues her passion of linguistics by actively providing translating services in the entertainment and legal industries. Her new upcoming movie is an indie called “American Bistro” to be released soon. 



MARCIN HARASIMOWICZ (MARTIN HARRIS)

Actor, writer, born on August 15, 1977 in Wrocław, Poland. In the USA for 12 years, working as "Martin Harris." Known for his film roles in big Hollywood productions like "The Hunt" and "Red Notice", series "The Last Ship", "NCIS: Los Angeles", "MacGyver", "Black Lightning", "Days Of Our Lives", " Scorpion, "Making History" and "StartUp." As a voice-over actor, he lent his voice to the iconic Krueger character in "Call of Duty" as well as in the films "Tenet", "Black Widow", "SpiderMan: Far From Home", "X-Men : Apocalypse "," American Pickle ", and the "Zookeeper's Wife." 


Marcin can perform in the following languages: English, Polish, Russian, German (perfect), Serbian, Croatian, Czech, Ukrainian, Danish (conversational). A well-known sports journalist, Harasimowicz is the author of two best-selling books published in Poland: "Los Angeles Lakers. Golden History" and "LeBron James. There is only one king". He has published in over thirty countries.



MONIKA EKIERT

Monika Ekiert spent her adolescence in Ostrow Wielkopolski, Poland. She decided to continue her studies at the famed Paris Sorbonne University, where she received a diploma for Economy and International Relations. After graduation, Monika began to work at Canal+ Paris, where she discovered her profound passion for the cinema. Upon committing to the art of acting she commenced her studies of the craft at the School of Theatre & Film at International Acting and at Cours Florent in Paris. That is when her beautiful adventure in the world of cinema began. 

Monika has been the face, lead model and actress for many noteworthy international fashion campaigns, working with well-known brands such as  Giorgio Armani, L'Oréal Paris, Schwarzkopf, Redken, and Shu Uemura and many others.

Building on her continued success in French cinema, television and advertising she continued her artistic journey by revisiting her Polish roots. Passionate of the life, energy and cinema, with her head full of ideas and hearts full of motivation she arrived in Los Angeles Being French-Polish, she mastered these two languages fluently, as well as English and Russian. She has also acting skills in German and Hebrew. 


Monika Ekiert Showreels






Friday, August 28, 2020

Poet Anna Maria Mickiewicz from London on Zoom, Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 11 am



In light of the continuing shut-down of cultural life in California by governor's and mayor's decrees, the Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club is moving its Fall Events to Zoom format. Two events are scheduled so far: Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 11 am PST (with a guest from London, UK), and Saturday, October 10 at 3 pm with Polish Hollywood Panel of actors - Aleksandra Kaniak, Marcin Harasimowicz, and Agata Nowicka. 

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Topic: Modjeska Club on Zoom - Anna Maria Mickiewicz

Time: Sep 12, 2020 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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ANNA MARIA MICKIEWICZ 

Anna Maria Mickiewicz (http://faleliterackie.com) is a Polish-born poet, writer and editor who writes both in Polish and in English. Anna moved to California, and then to London, where she has lived for many years. She edits the annual literary magazine The Literary Memoir, London, and Contemporary Writers of Poland (USA). She is a member of English Pen. Her first collection of verse was published in 1985. Since then, publications include short stories and essays Okruchy z Okrągłego Stołu (Breadcrumbs from the Round Table) in 2000, Londyńskie bagaże literackie in 2019, and verse collections Proscenium in 2010, London Manuscript, published by Poetry Space, Bristol, UK, in 2014 and The Mystery of Time, published by Flutter Press, USA in  2019. With Danuta Błaszak, she has published an anthology Flying Between Words Contemporary Writers of Poland (Florida: 2015). 



A grey coat

In a grey coat, leaning on a bench, collecting dispersed thoughts,
Nietzsche was terrifying once, with remote grandeur.
Power overcomes weakness.
 
Now it is just a Dionysian fairy tale on the glowing screen.
A silhouette darkened by fog will leave a mark in the flame of memory.
Power overcome by weakness.


(C) Anna Maria Mickiewicz 


Book links:





https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08DSSCLKT?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860







Saturday, July 25, 2020

New Board Members and Poetry by Milosz on Zoom, July 29 at 7pm



We would like to inform you all about changes in our Board of Directors:

On April 25, 2020, the Board voted to add long-time club members to the Board: Barbara Nowicka as Secretary and Maria Kubal as Treasurer. Elzbieta Trybus, former SEcretary and Elzbieta Przybyla, former Treasurer will remain on the board as directors. We welcome the new Board members and thank the two Elizabeths retiring from their positions to continue working as Board members.


MARIA KUBAL - TREASURER


Maria Kubal has previously served as Board Member in 2010-2018, assisting with the organization of club events.She is a graduate  of Karol Adamiecki University of Economics in Katowice, specializing in Economics and Information Technology, with a focus on Organization of Data Processing and Accounting. After working for eight years as Economic Manager at a Corporation of Coal Industry in Rybnik, she emigrated to the U.S. where for 15 years she was the co-owner of Freightex Inc. a transport company that she managed jointly with her husband Andrzej Kubal. Since 2010 she has been a real estate investor.  An active Polish American community member, Ms. Kubal volunteered for Polish Alma Mater - Polish School in Los Angeles (1997-2007), as a member of the Parents' Committee, a co-organizer of the celebration of the sacraments of St. First Communion and Confirmation and supporter/co-organizer of children's performances and charity events for the benefit of the school - games, lunches, etc. In  2002-2012 she volunteered for Polish Folk Dance Ensemble "Podhale" and provided organizational assistance in the preparation of performances, rehearsals and  concert tours.


BARBARA NOWICKI - SECRETARY

Barbara Nowicki has been a member of the Club for many years; she was a frequent volunteer for Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles. Born in Wloclawek, Poland, she moved to Gdansk after graduating from high school, to attend  University of Gdansk, with M.S degree in biology. In 1980 she left Poland and stayed in Germany until 1983 when she emigrated to the U.S.  She worked at the City of Hope Medical Center   as a Senior Research Associate responsible for designing, organizing and managing the Research Laboratory for the Department of Transfusion Medicine during its growth from 50 to more than 200 professionals. She participated in over 50 research protocols pertaining to the treatment of malignancies. She helped design and performed most experiments and tests related to cellular immunology techniques. In 2001, she  moved to CTL Immunotherapies Inc. in Chatsworth, California - a biopharmaceutical company specializing in cancer vaccine development where as  Associate Scientist whe was responsible for conducting research projects related to cancer vaccine development. In 2006 she accepted job offer from UCLA Medical Center -BM/Stem Cell Transplant Laboratory to manage  daily operations of stem cell processing laboratory and preparation of cellular therapy products for transplant. She currently works part time at USC Norris Cancer Center, Los Angeles, CA (consultation on quality assurance). 
                                                
Polish Harvest by Mikolaj Gospodarek.


MILOSZ POETRY READING BY NEVEN KARLOVAC

I would like to inform you that our poet friend is organizing a meeting dedicated to the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz on Zoom on Wednesday July 29 at 7 pm.  The poet's son Tony Milosz will join the group of poets who will read the poetry in English and Polish - I'm going to read something too...  The invitation by organizer Neven Karlovac and the login information is copied below.

We will hold our fall meetings in Zoom format as well - on September 12 at 11 am with London-Based poet Anna Maria Mickiewicz and on October 10 at 3 pm with three Polish Actors in Hollywood.

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Dear friends and lovers of Milosz's poetry,

You are cordially invited to a Zoom evening of reading and talking about Milosz's poetry, or just listening.  Next Wednesday at 7:00 PM California time.  Please find the login information below.  Feel free to forward the invitation to your friends.  I am delighted to announce the participation of Anthony (Tony) Milosz, the poet's son and translator, who will read some poems also in Polish so we can hear the music as Czeslaw wrote it. I  hope you all will join me.  I haven't seen many of you since we celebrated Milosz's centennial in 2011 and it would be wonderful to see you again albeit online.

With warm regards,
Neven

Neven Karlovac, nkarlovac@gmail.com, 1-310-897-2096

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Time: Jul 29, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Maja Trochimczyk, President

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Easter, Passover and Spring Wishes 2020


Dear Friends,

It seems that we will celebrate Easter at home, separately, and even our May meeting will be canceled, because in these exceptional times there is a ban on flights from Shengen Zone, i.e. the EU - and therefore from Poland. I wish that you all, members and guests of the Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club, have a wonderful Easter, full of peace, love and joy. Regardless of the current mess in the world, we really have something to enjoy!


If someone does not celebrate Easter, only Passover (which started on April 8), then the blessings, peace and joy are the same, only the prayers and holiday dishes are a bit different ... And if someone is from Persia, I wish you good times of Norooz too, celebrated recently on a spring equinox in March. And for atheists, I wish you a happy spring and lots of sun and joy throughout the year.


All in all, our emigrant life is summarized in the simple facts that we wish everything the best,  work hard, take care of our families, care for our friends, and we build a better world together - day by day, sometimes on a thorny road, fighting the storm, and sometimes in beautiful tranquility...Let the calm weather come back as soon as possible so our meetings could again enrich the cultural mosaic in California with beautiful experiences of Polish traditions and culture.



For your enjoyment, some photos are attached, including  various cards I found, my Easter 2016 poets' party, and a poem from that year: Today, you are perfect. ...

Best wishes,

Dr. Maja Trochimczyk, President
Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club







Monday, February 3, 2020

Dominika Swiatek, "Groszki i Roze" Polish Songs, Saturday 29 Feb 2020, 4 pm Santa Monica




The Board of Directors of Helena Modjeska Art And Culture Club has the pleasure to invite members and guests to a FREE CONCERT at the Santa Monica Library (601 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90401) - Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium -  on SATURDAY,  29 February 2020 at 4:00 p.m. The performance will start at 4:30 and RSVP is requested to prezes@modjeska.org.

"GROSZKI I ROZE"
"SWEET PEAS AND ROSES"  
Concert by Dominika Świątek and Andrzej Perkman

The concert consists of two parts. The first are songs once sung by Ewa Demarczyk, i.e. great literary and musical masterpieces such as: "Carousel with Madonnas", "Poems of War", Skrzypek Hercowicz "," Tomaszów ", the monumental" Grande Valse Brillante "and the title" Peas and Roses " .

The second part will include songs by the brilliant Polish poet and bard - Jacek Kaczmarski. In addition to the well-known "Our Class" and "Sources", less popular songs such as "Sparks and Tears" and "Mucha in a Glass of Lemonade" will be performed. The whole concert is a tribute to great Polish poetry and Polish composers. This is a presentation of a very important part of Polish culture and the wonderful tradition of Polish poetic song.


Dominika Świątek - singer, composer, poetry interpreter, Polish philologist Music director of the Hybrydy Theater of the University of Warsaw, She published three CDs with her compositions to poems of Polish poets: "Prophecy" with poetry of Juliusz Słowacki, "Seventh Angel" with poetry of Zbigniew Herbert, and "Coraz ciszej" "To the poems of the contemporary poet Jerzy Hajduga. Decorated with the medal of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage "Distinguished for Polish Culture".

 Andrzej Perkman - pianist, composer, arranger, lecturer at the Theater Academy in Warsaw, he cooperates with Warsaw theaters: incl. National, Contemporary, Dramatic, Rampa, Roma, Studio.



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PHOTOS FROM CHOPIN PLAY AND THE MODJESKA PRIZE




L TO R: Seated Agata Pilitowska, Maria Nowotarska. Standing Chris Justin, Ela Trybus, Maja Trochimczyk, Beata Czajkowska, Anna Sadowska, Ela Przybyla, Ewa Barsam, Vice Consul Pawel Lickiewicz


 L TO R: Seated Agata Pilitowska, Maria Nowotarska. Standing Chris Justin, Ela Trybus, Maja Trochimczyk, Beata Czajkowska, Anna Sadowska, Ela Przybyla, Ewa Barsam, Vice Consul Pawel Lickiewicz

Ela Przybyla and Ewa Barsam in conversation with Agata Pilitowska

 L TO R: Seated Agata Pilitowska, Maria Nowotarska. Standing Chris Justin, Ela Trybus, Maja Trochimczyk, Beata Czajkowska, Anna Sadowska, Ela Przybyla, Ewa Barsam, Vice Consul Pawel Lickiewicz


Maja Trochimczyk, Maria Nowotarska, Agata Pilitowska

Ela Trybus and Maria Nowotarska, Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens

Ela Trybus, Maria Nowotarska, Agata Pilitowska, Marek Szczerba at the Huntington Library