Monday, August 12, 2019

Modjeska Club's Plans for Fall 2019


We had a very busy year 2018-2019, and are getting ready for equally busy and interesting season 2019-2020. The Modjeska Club will welcome the New Year on December 31, 2019 with a New Year's Eve Ball! So save the date, and tell your friends. And see you in the fall during amazing Polish events that we will organize for you or co-sponsor!

Calendar of Events, Fall 2019

Saturday, September 7, 2019, 2 pm -  WWII 80th Anniversary Concert at Santa Monica Public Library

This event, hosted by Polish American Congress of Southern CA at the main library in Santa Monica (6th and Santa Monica Blvd.) from 2 - 5 pm. will include Polish music provided by Marek Zebrowski and a quartet of musicians. These include Grazyna Bacewicz's String Quartet No. 1 (1938) and 4 popular film songs by Henryk Wars (written between 1930-1939).  Besides the quartet, the selections will also include Chopin's Nocturne (from Polanski's film The Pianist) and Szymanowski's Mazurkas (selected from Op. 50), performed by Marek Zebrowski.  Introductory remarks and a historical overview will also be provided by  Marek and the Consul General.  Refreshments will be served afterward courtesy of Wanda Presburger Helena Kolodziej. Posters depicting the beginning of the WWII and Poland's First to Fight will be shown courtesy of the Consulate of Poland. The event itself is free of charge however parking costs are nominal.  Seating is limited to 146 available seats in the library auditorium. There is no RSVP, the Modjeska Club sponsors the event with $250 donation and will have 25 reserved seats.  The auditorium opens at 1 p.m. so the earlier the better.


Saturday, September 21, 2019, 6 pm - Prof. Andrzej Targowski's Lecture at the Residence of Mr. and Mrs. Iwanczyk

Prof. Targowski will present his recent book "Borders of Civilizations" published in 2019. The event will include catered dinner and will be the first gathering of club members only after vacations. Free to members. The Iwanczyk address will be sent to members in an email. Bring your own beverages and fruit for dessert. The club will order the dinner and cakes. Andrew (Andrzej) Targowski is a Polish-American computer scientist specializing in enterprise computing, societal computing, information technology impact upon civilization, information theory, wisdom theory, and civilization theory. One of the pioneers of applied information systems in Poland, he is an executive, university professor, scientist, civilizationist, philosopher, visionary, writer, and generalist. In Poland he is known for developing a computerized the social security number (PESEL, 1972–74) for 38 million citizens,[4] a prototype of INFOSTRADA (1972–1974), and authoring of the first books on applied information technology in business, economy, and society. In the United States he has developed one of the first digital cities in the U.S., teleCITY of Kalamazoo, Michigan (1992–1996). He concentrated on the cognitive informatics-oriented development of the theories of enterprise-wide system, information, communication, civilization, and wisdom.



Saturday, September 28, 2019, 7 pm. - Konrad Wilk Presents a Warsaw at War - poetry and songs about WWII and Warsaw Uprising

We include this event on the list, to encourage Modjeska Club members to attend. The performance will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the start of WWII and the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising. The contemporary poetry and classic war-time songs will tell the story of the heroic fighters, sacrifices, and victories.  The Warsaw Uprising lasted from 1st August to 2nd October, 1944. At the end, the whole city of Warsaw was emptied of all its residents, sent to Auschwitz, and other camps, and systematically destroyed by Germans. About 250,000 Poles died during those two months, mostly civilians. In early days of August, the massacres of civilians in the district of Wola resulted in about 50,000 people being shot in the streets of Warsaw in three days. This is the largest civilian massacre by Germans during WWII on the European front.  Only firebombing of Leipzig by the Allies and atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasake had more victims.


Sunday, September 29, 2019, 4 pm - Classical Piano Recital by the Yoder Brothers

Dominik, Lukasz and Kasper Yoder are the children of pianists Roza Kostrzewska-Yoder, well known as a piano teacher promoting Polish music to all her students, and Douglas Yoder.  The young pianists have started to participate in international competition and we decided to present their talents to the Modjeska Club members and guests. The recital will feature Polish music. Location to be announced.

Lukasz Yoder  has been playing piano since the age of four. Enriched by the musical tradition of his mother and teacher Roza Kostrzewska Yoder whose studies with Jan Ekier place her in direct lineage to the music teacher and pianist Theodor Leschetitzky, Lukasz has received numerous accolades for his “revolutionary” performances marked by their “controlled intensity”. Grand Prize Winner of the Lansum International Music Festival, Lukasz is a top prizewinner of the Beverly Hills National Auditions, Claudette Sorel International Piano Competition in Fredonia, New York, Classics Alive National Auditions, The Kosciuszko Foundations National Chopin Competition in Washington D.C. (category 16-18 years old), The International Chopin Competition in Hartford, Connecticut, Glendale Piano Competition, MTAC, MTNA, CAPMT State Finals, and the statewide Kathryn Gawartin Chopin Competition.  Lukasz has performed concerts on both coasts of the United States, Europe and Puerto Rico, in venues that include Zipper Hall of the Colburn School of Music, the Polish Embassy in Washington DC, the Kosciuszko Foundation’s headquarters in NYC, the Steinway Society of Puerto Rico, the Dzialynski Palace and White Hall of Poznan, Poland, as well as Zelazowa Wola, Chopin's birthplace. Lukasz has had lessons or masterclasses with Garrick Ohlsson, Eteri Andjaparidze, Edward Wolanin, Dina Yoffe, Natalia Troull, Pawel Nersessian, Antoinette Perry, Dmitri Rachmanov, Baruch Meir, and Wojciech Kocyan. He has recorded for Polish Radio and Television, and been featured in the Polish and American Press.


Dominik Yoder began studying piano at the age of three. He was awarded the Gold Medal in the 2018 Kosciuszko Foundation Competition for Young Pianists in Washington, D.C. (category 13-15 years old) Dominik also received: First Prize in the 2017 MTAC State and CAPMT State Competitions and the 2017 Parness Concerto Competition; Honorable Mention and a Special Prize from the jury in the 2015 San Jose International Piano Competition; Second Prize in the 2014 MTAC Pasadena Music Competition; and First Prize at the 2013 CAPMT State Level Honors Auditions, the 2012 Long Beach Mozart Festival, the 2012 Southern California Junior Bach Festival (Gold Medal), the 2009 SYMF Competition, the 2009 CAPMT Sonata Competition, the 2010 CAPMT Honors Auditions, and the 2011 CAPMT State competition. He has also been a prizewinner of the Glendale Piano Competition and Cypress Piano Competition. Dominik has performed in Żelazowa Wola, birthplace of Frederic Chopin, and for Polish radio and television. He has given concerts in the United States, Germany, and Puerto Rico. Dominik has also performed with the Culver City Symphony Orchestra and the Southwest Youth Chamber Music Festival Orchestra. He currently studies under Róża Kostrzewska Yoder. Dominik enjoys surfing and rock climbing.


Kasper Yoder is 12 years old and has already won prizes in several piano competitions, for instance in National Young Artists Auditions in Los Angeles, 2018 Lansum International Piano Festival and many more.


Two events of our friends:


Saturday, 5 October 2019 - 50th Anniversary Ball of Polam, Atheneum, Cal Tech Club, Pasadena


Sunday, 6 October 2019 - "Chopin" play by Polish Teatr from Toronto presented by Klub PAPA, Orange County



Saturday, October 19, 2019  Polish Film Festival Los Angeles - Reception for Festival Guests, with Eva & Shandy's debut CD

Location TBA with a catered dinner and interview with one of the Festival's guests. The Film Festival will be held from October 16 to 24 and the reception will be free to club members and Festival guests. Members are kindly asked to supply favorite beverages.


Shandy & Eva are an acoustic duet performing their originals and covers. They play a variety of styles from country to pop to jazz standards. Despite different musical backgrounds their blend is unique. Shandrelica and Eva met at the Los Angeles College of Music where they started the band. Eva went on to  receive MFA from California Institute of the Arts, studying guitar, composition, and vocal jazz.  Shandrelica is from the Caribbean (Curacao) and Eva is from Poland, a daughter of famous actor Artur Zmijewski. They will promote their first CD.


Saturday, November 9, 2019, The Music of Joanna Bruzdowicz, location TBA

This concert is presented by six musicians from Gdansk, who will be performing at the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles and will also give a concert for the Modjeska Club. The musicians include:  Liliana Gorska-mezzosoprano, Tomasz Jocz- piano and NEO String Quartet. The program will feature   Bruzdowicz's String Quartet No. 1 « La Vita »  (music for Agnes Varda's film «Vagabond») and a collection of themes from her film music for Anes Varda, scored for quartet, voice and piano. They will also perform « Romantic Ballad » for piano solo from French film « Red petticoat » (Geneviève Lefebvre with Alida Valli and Marie Christine Barrault).

Joanna Bruzdowicz will talk about  her film and theater music, her friendship with the legendary film director Agnes Varda, her contacts with Paderewski and Rubinstein. She will also talk about her family rememberance of Pola Negri and other famous people associated with Polish-American contacts.


Saturday, December 7, 2019, 6 pm. Marcin Gortat Presents An Evening of Christmas Carols

At the Beverly Hills residence of  Helena and Stanley Kolodziey, Marcin Gortat will talk about his career and plans, and will present his favorite accordion player from New Orleans to play for us and with us in an evening of Christmas Carols. For club members only, limited seating, paid valet parking $15.



Tuesday, December 31, 2019 8 pm. New Year's Eve Ball with Zbigniew Galazka

The Modjeska Club will welcome the New Year on December 31, 2019 with a New Year's Eve Ball, at the Imperial Ballroom, The Olympic Collection, 11301W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (just west of 405)! Evening attire, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, desserts, open bar, and dance music by Zbigniew Galazka - what's not to like? So save the date, and tell your friends. The reservations go to Elzbieta Przybyla, Treasurer, at 626 484 2537.