Composer Moniuszko is focus of Polish Arts Club event

The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown’s 83rd Scholarship, Art, Music & Tea Reception will feature the music of Polish composer Stanislaw Moniuszko.

The event will include a presentation on Moniuszko’s work by Ewelina Boczkowska, an associate professor of music history at Youngstown State University, and a performance by pianist Konrad Binienda and violinist Konrad Kowal.

Binienda is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Since his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 2007, Binienda has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe.

Kowal started studying violin at the age of 4 and is currently working towards degrees in violin performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Prior to coming to Cleveland, he performed in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, giving him the opportunity to play at Orchestra Hall, Symphony Center and Millennium Park as well as an opportunity to tour of China in June 2014.

The two men will perform selection by Mozart and Mylnarski as well as Moniuszko.

Commonly referred to as “the Father of the Polish National Opera,” Moniuszko (1819-1872) is best known for his major works: “Halka,” “The Haunted Manor” and “Paria,” and his work frequently drew inspiration from Polish musical folklore.

Visually illustrating his work will be an exhibit from the Polish School of Posters. Before the era of globalized entertainment made theater and movie posters look the same in every country, the Polish artists were creating their own versions for the internal market. Using strong and vivid colors from folk art, they combine printed slogans, often hand-lettered, with popular symbols to create a concise inventive metaphor.

The afternoon also will include the scholarship awards ceremony, and a tradition high tea with homemade cookies.

Founded in 1935, the Polish Arts Club of Youngstown was organized to disseminate information relative to Polish culture, namely the study of literature, music, drama, and fine arts of Poland to the general public. Since that time, thousands of dollars have been given out to deserving recipients in many diversified fields of study. It is part of American Council for Polish Culture, a national charitable, cultural and educational organization that serves as a network of national leadership among affiliated Polish-American cultural organizations throughout the United States.

The program runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Butler North, 530 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Admission is free.

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