• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • 4 June 2018

    On Saturday, June 2, the National Philharmonic held its final concert of the 2017-2018 season, which was dedicated to the Centennial of Poland’s Rebirth. All those in attendance had an opportunity to enjoy music by renowned Polish composers.




    “100 years ago, thanks to the determination of Poles as well as the support of the United States of America – after 123 years of partitions Poland became once again free. Today we are glad that we can share with you our musical heritage” declared Ambassador Piotr Wilczek, inaugurating the concert. In the first part of the concert the orchestra of the National Philharmonic at Strathmore under the direction of Mirosław Jacek Błaszczyk and with the partitipation of the distinguished pianist Brian Ganz performed Hussars’ Polonaise by Krzesimir Debski, Fryderyk Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s Minuet in G.  The second part of the concert featured the Washington, DC premier of Karol Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater performed by the National Philharmonic Choir with soloists Esther Heideman, Magdalena Wór and Tyler Duncan. The concert was very well received by the audience which responded with standing ovations on several occasions. Among the more than 1,500 guests in attendance were numerous diplomats as well as representatives of the U.S. administration. The concert was accompanied by an exhibit prepared by the Foreign Ministry detailing the historical events surrounding Poland’s rebirth in 1918.





    The organizer of the concert was the National Philharmonic at Strathmore in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC. Partners of the event were: The Polish Cultural Institute in New York as well as the Polish Oil and Gas Company PGNiG, The Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union and INGLOT. Individuals who contributed to the realization of the concert were first and foremost Elżbieta Chłopecka Vande Sande, a board member of the National Philharmonic, the artistic director of the Philharmonic Maestro Piotr Gajewski as well as its president Leanne Ferfolia. The concert would not have been possible without the support of members of Polonia.


    Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC

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