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22 February 2017
During a press conference at the Consulate General of Poland on February 21 the Chicago Philharmonic Society Executive Director Donna Milanovic and the Polish Consul General Piotr Janicki announced the Polish Music Festival and exchange after receiving MacArthur International Connections Fund Grant.
In December 2016, The MacArthur Foundation announced The Chicago Philharmonic Society among 15 Chicago arts organizations to receive International Connections Fund grants. The $50,000 grant awarded to the Society will help fund an exchange with Poland to share works from living Chicago composers, connect with Polish musicians and students, and deepen knowledge of Polish music and culture, culminating in a Polish music and culture festival of Chicago in the fall of 2018.
The project is an exchange of music and musicians between Chicago and Poland, with activities in Chicago and several Polish cities including Krakow and Katowice. In celebration of 100 years of Polish Independence, the centerpiece three-day Polish music festival in Chicago will take place on November 9–11 2018. The festival will feature a Polish conductor, and vocal and instrumental soloists, who will join the Chicago Philharmonic to perform orchestral and chamber music concerts of works by Polish composers ranging from traditional classical and jazz to film score and newer works by living composers.
Present during the conference at the Consulate was Artistic Director of the Chicago Philharmonic Society Scott Speck. He and a group of Chicago Philharmonic musicians will travel to Poland in the spring of 2018 to work with and learn from Polish musicians. They will lead master classes and workshops for music students, and perform a concert of new music by composers from Chicago, in addition to other American works.
During the conference pieces by George Gershwin: Lullaby, and Fryderyk Chopin: Prelude op 28 #4 were performed as arranged by Herbert S. Gardener for the String Quartet with Renee-Paule Gauthier, Michele Lekas, Mark Lekas and Benton Wedge.
The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago is partnering with The Chicago Philharmonic Society to present the festival. Richard Guerin, a Polish music advocate based in New York, is serving as the curator of festival activities between the Society and partner organizations in Poland.
The festival will celebrate the rich music culture of Poland, a country that represents an important part of Chicago’s history and one of its larger ethnic groups. The visit by Chicago Philharmonic musicians and its conductor to Poland will help them prepare presentations of Polish compositions at the festival in Chicago, while also enabling them to share their expertise and knowledge with Polish musicians and music students. The performance of newer music by emerging Polish composers in Chicago, and Chicago composers in Poland, will provide support and exposure to these composers.
The Society selected Poland for this international exchange because of the excellent tradition of classical music in Poland, the importance of Poland to Chicago’s history and culture, and the Society’s history of collaboration with Polish artists (including choreographer Agnieska Laska, who brought her Oregon-based dance troupe to the Polish Consulate in Chicago in 2013 to introduce their performances with the Chicago Philharmonic later that year) and Polish cultural organizations (including the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and the Polish Consulate General in Chicago).
Details of the program of the Polish Music Festival in Chicago on November 9–11, 2018 will be released at a later date.
####The Chicago Philharmonic Society & the Consulate General of Poland in Chicago announce Polish Music Festival and Exchange
Chicago Philharmonic Society Executive Director Donna Milanovic and Polish Consul General Piotr Janicki During the conference pieces by George Gershwin: Lullaby, and Fryderyk Chopin: Prelude op 28 #4 were performed as arranged by Herbert S. Gardener for the String Quartet with Renee-Paule Gauthier, Michele Lekas, Mark Lekas and Benton Wedge During the conference pieces by George Gershwin: Lullaby, and Fryderyk Chopin: Prelude op 28 #4 were performed as arranged by Herbert S. Gardener for the String Quartet with Renee-Paule Gauthier, Michele Lekas, Mark Lekas and Benton WedgeSEE MORE