Sunday, November 28, 2010

Christmas Concert and "Sylwester"

On Saturday, December 11, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. members and guests of the Modjeska Club will celebrate the holiday season with a Christmas Concert at a private mansion in Anaheim, CA.

The event will feature Polish musicians, guitarist Arek Niezgoda, violist and jazz singer Karolina Naziemiec, and Bulgarian cellist Irina Chirkova. Their short Classical Music Program will be followed by Polish Christmas Carols Sing-Along, led by Karolina, with the support lent by Arek and Irina.

The musicians will have their CDs available for purchase and their performances will be filmed for Polish TV. Our festivities will feature a buffet dinner catered by Teresa Turek, elegant Polish desserts and holiday music.


  • 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Welcome
  • 6:30 p.m. – Sharing of the Oplatek
  • 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Polish Dinner Buffet, catered by Teresa Turek
  • 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Festive Music for Guitar and Strings
  • Ludwig van Beethoven -Duet ' with two eyeglasses obligato' /10 min./, Karolina Naziemiec- viola and Irina Chirkova -cello
  • Arkadiusz Niezgoda – Adelita Variations on a Theme by Francisco Tarrega (2010) /20 min./

  • 8:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Polish Christmas Carols Sing-Along led by Karolina Naziemiec and accompanied by Arek Niezgoda and Irina Chirkova.
  • 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Desserts

    Texts for the following carols will be distributed for the audience: Wśród nocnej ciszy, Anioł pasterzom mówił, Pójdźmy wszyscy do stajenki, Przybieżeli do Betlejem, Dzisiaj w Betlejem, Triumfy Króla Niebieskiego, Gdy się Chrystus rodzi, Jezus malusieńki, Lulajże Jezuniu, Gdy śliczna panna, Oj maluśki, maluśki, W żłobie leży, Mizerna cicha, stajenka licha, Ach ubogi żłobie, Mędrcy świata, Bóg się rodzi, O come, all ye faithful, The first noel, Away in a manger, and Cicha noc.

    If you bring your favorite dance music, we will be able to listen to it and pick the “greatest hits” for our New Year’s Eve Party.


    KAROLINA NAZIEMIEC is a Polish violist and vocalist who has been training, teaching and performing in the United States since 2000. Ms. Naziemiec appeared with many orchestras in Poland, Germany, France, Belgium, Japan , and USA and participated in numerous music festivals throughout the world. In the U.S., she has performed with The Los Angeles Opera, The Los Angeles Master Chorale, The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, The American Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall in New York City and in Los Angeles, The Aspen Music Festival Orchestra in Aspen, and The Jewish Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles, among others. She holds a M.A. degree in viola from the famous Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. In 2008-09 she was teaching at the Idyllwild Summer Festival as viola coach. She's also performed as a vocalist in Los Angeles, and has recorded in scoring sessions at studios such as Warner Brothers, Fox, Sony and Paramount. To learn more about Ms. Naziemiec go to her website,

    ARKADIUSZ (AREK) NIEZGODA: In 1978, while his mother was pregnant with him, Arek first time heard his father practicing guitar pieces by Bach, Tarrega and other composers. When he was six years old, Niezgoda began playing piano and guitar. Arek graduated from Warsaw University’s Department of Musicology. He came to California two years ago considering Los Angeles a place where music has all the needed "liberty, sun and a great market too." As a self-taught composer and classic guitar player, Niezgoda was always worked to avoid overly academic influences. He wants to keep his compositions somewhere in-between universities and musical wilderness. This is his one of a kind musical path – that he believes leads to the undiscovered – Promised Land.

    ADELITA VARIATIONS - is a set of Classic Guitar Pieces composed in 2010. The main theme is taken from Adelita - Mazurka - composed by Francisco Tarrega (21 November 1852 – 15 December 1909), an influential Spanish composer and guitarist of the Romantic period:

    IRINA CHIRKOVA: Originally from Bulgaria, Irina came overseas in 1997 when she attended The Boston Conservatory and graduated with a BM and MM. As a performer, she won multiple competitions such an American String Teachers' Association Competition, II Prize in MA; performed multiple times as a soloist with an orchestra, one of which was her own arrangement of Dvorak's Cello Concerto adopted for two violins, a cello, two DJs and an orchestra (performed with Orchestra X, Houston, TX). Irina is an electric cellist as well. As a teacher, she was a founder of the First Cello Competition at Brookline Music School, MA, where she was a String Department Coordinator and a member of the Cello Faculty for seven years. From 2001 until 2005, she was a Teaching Assistant at Wellesley College, MA. Irina has performed multiple times as a soloist for Bill Clinton and the former Governor of MA, Mitt Romney. Some of her recent performances include performing with Kanye West and Elan Artists. She has performed for Yo-Yo Ma, Bernard Greenhouse, Aldo Parisot, Timothy Eddy, Tokyo String Quartet, Norman Fischer and Andor Toth. Currently, she is a band/group member of Novel3 Trio, Rouge ensemble, CCBONNES and the Chamber Pop. Irina is a faculty member at Santa Monica Music Center, Cornerstone Music Conservatory and Neighborhood Music School, CA.

    CHAMBER POP ENSEMBLE: Arek, Karolina and Irina are members of Chamber Pop Ensemble which performs pop songs arranged for Classic Guitar/Piano and String Quartet. This crossover group involves musicians from Pop/Rock and Classic Music World. and



    Our New Year's Eve Party will be held at the elegant Long Beach Petroleum Club (Terrace Room). There are only 12 seats left and we will open the reservations to guests on November 30. The $80 per person ticket includes: dinner with a choice of entree, two drink tickets, glass of champagne at midnight, chocolate cake for dessert, and appetizers served at night. Dinner served at 8 p.m., dancing until 1 p.m., cash bar available on site. Music will be provided by DJ Richar Mojica, who will play an assortment of favorite dance music, from ballroom, through rock, golden oldies, to salsa, including Polish dance music, and a Polonaise at midnight!



  • January 22, 2011, 6:30 p.m. (Saturday) - Travel to Tibet with Edward and Maria Pilatowicz, screening of film and conversations with long-time club members and past-presidents. Home of Monique and David Lehman, Pasadena.

  • February 19, 2011, 6:30 p.m. (Saturday) - Mickiewicz Today, conversation with Prof. Roman Koropeckyj, UCLA, Mickiewicz Scholar and Prof. Leonard Kress, Owens College, poet and translator of Pan Tadeusz into English. Illustrated with fragments of Andrzej Wajda's "Pan Tadeusz" in Polish. Conversation in English. The Ruskin Art Club, Los Angeles.

  • March 19, 2011, 6:30 p.m. (Saturday) - What's New in Space? Andrew Z. Dowen presents updates from NASA. Joint meeting with Polacy in Inland Empire Club. South Pasadena Public Library Historic Lecture Room, with documentary film screening.

  • April 16, 2011, 6:30 p.m. - Milosz in My Life, conversation with poets John Guzlowski and Cecilia Woloch, about Czeslaw Milosz, Nobel-Prize winning poet, whose year is celebrated in 2011. The Ruskin Art Club, Los Angeles.
  • Friday, November 19, 2010

    Cabaret of Clubs, November 21

    The Modjeska Club presents a Cabaret Show, “To Save from Oblivion: The Cabaret of Jeremi Przybora and Jerzy Wasowski” illustrated with songs from the Old Gents’ Cabaret (Kabaret Starszych Panów). The program, directed by Jolanta Siemieniewska will be performed by members of Club PIE, Poles in Inland Empire. The event will take place at the elegant private club, Long Beach Petroleum Club (3636 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807-4068, tel. 562-427-7966) at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, 21 November 2010.

    The program is based on ”Leksykon-Ostatni Naiwni Kabaretu Starszych Panów” (Roman Dziewoński, Monika i Grzegorz Wasowscy) and on internet sources. Playbook and Direction: Jolanta Siemieniewska; Consultation, Sound and Lighting: Gwido Zlatkes; Management: Witold Frączek; MCs: Zofia Czechowicz and Witold Frączek: Performers: members of Club PIE. This is our friendly partner club in Riverside presenting many cultural and scientific meetings and events for local Polonia. Details:

    This event is free for Modjeska Club members and the package includes a light supper with hors-d’oeuvres and beverages such as tea and coffee (for those interested, a full-service cash bar will be available throughout the evening). We will be collecting a fee of $20 per person from our guests. The parking is free.

    The following songs by Przybora and Wasowski will be presented:

  • Kuplety Starszych Panów - Wojtek Gawecki & Teodor Przymusiński
  • Wezwanie - Wojtek Gawecki
  • Przeklnę Cię - Jolanta Siemieniewska & Teodor Przymusiński
  • W czasie deszczu dzieci się nudzą - Katarzyna Gawecka
  • Zosia i ułani - Jolanta Siemieniewska & Bartek Pankowski
  • Zobowiązanie - Wojtek Gawecki & Teodor Przymusiński & Agnieszka Cooper
  • Jak pan się trzyma - Jolanta Siemieniewska & Teodor Przymusiński
  • O koniu (skecz) - Basia Gałaj & Bartek Pankowski
  • Rodzina - Katarzyna & Wojtek Gawecki
  • Kaziu, zakochaj się - Irena Tomaszewska & Teodor Przymusiński
  • Odrobina mężczyzny na co dzień - Katarzyna Gawecka & Irena Tomaszewska
  • Na całej połaci śnieg - Basia Gałaj
  • Addio, pomidory (nagranie)
  • Dziecię tkaczy - Bartek Pankowski
  • Pejzaż bez ciebie (nagranie)
  • Piosenka jest dobra na wszystko - zespól

    The spectacle is a labor of love by the following team of dedicated artists:
    Jolanta Siemieniewska (playbook & direction), Gwido Zlatkes (consultation, lighting, sound), Ann Frenkel (piano and vocals), Dasia Bytnerowicz, Anna Gawecka, Jola Siemieniewska (graphic design and stage decor), Wojtek Gawecki (multimedia), and Witold Frączek (management).



    A reminder that during the holiday season our plans include the following events:

  • 11 December – Arek Niezgoda and Karolina Naziemiec present music for guitar and viola, followed by a Holiday Party with Polish carols sing-along; private residence in Orange County

  • 31 December – New Year’s Eve Party (please RSVP and send your checks by 30 November, there are only 18 seats left!);

  • 22 January – In Tibet with Marysia and Edward Piłatowicz.

  • Other events in 2011 are planned for: 19 February, 19 March, 16 April, 21 May, and 25 June. We will try to keep these dates, while filling in the program details.