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The young artists featured in the concert sponsored by the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College delighted the audience at St. Michael Church in downtown Buffalo on March 14, 2018.
Haley Brunstad, whose maternal grandparents emigrated from Poland after WWII, began the program with four pieces ranging from the 17th to the 20th century. Her delightfully clear tones and comfortable stage presence endeared the audience, particularly with the humorous I Bought Me a Cat.
Later, Haley performed songs in Polish and English relating to the World Wars, including Wojenko, Wojenko, a song of the Polish Legions dating to 1915, and ended her portion of the program with the Polish Lenten hymn, Ach Moj Jezu.
Next on the program was another 19-year-old, Dominik Wrona, a pianist from Oakville, Ontario. Performing familiar pieces including Beethovan’s Moonlight Sonata and Chopin’s Military Polonaise, Dominik impressed the audience with his musicality
and his memory, performing all without music.
Veteran pianist, Ivan Docenko, who accompanied Brunstad, added two compositions by Ignacy Paderewski to end the first half of the program.
Completing the evening was the lovely and talented Emily Helenbrook, accompanied by Orlando Diaz. Helenbrook follows in a line of excellent musicians including her late grandfather, long-time Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra violinist, Matthew Tworek, and her aunt, soprano Adrienne Tworek-Gryta. She is pursuing her master’s in vocal performance at the prestigious Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston.
Her performance included lieder (songs) of Richard Strauss. She brought the audience to their feet with her beautiful rendition and magical trills singing Matus, moja matus (Mother, my mother), a piece which Emily noted was performed by one of her favorite singers, Beverly Sills, in an arrangement by Estelle Leibling.
The concert benefited the Leokadja Dombroska/Polish Singers Alliance of America Scholarship Fund of which Helenbrook is a winner.
Should anyone wish to support the fund, checks may be sent to the Polish Singers Alliance c/o 20 Brookfield Lane #4, Cheektowaga, NY 14227. A biography of the scholarship winners can be found at www.polishsingersalliance.org. The Polish Arts Club of Buffalo provided a meet-the-performers reception after the concert.
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Celebrating 125 years, the Polish Singers Alliance of America, the oldest Polish-American cultural organization, invites you to learn of our history through the purchase of: The Polish Singers Alliance of America 1888-1998: Choral Patriotism by Dr. Stanislaus A. Blejwas.
Author and historian, Dr. Blejwas, masterfully crafts a thorough history of the Polish Singers Alliance and its efforts to encourage a Polish consciousness among the immigrant population in America through music, amidst the ever-changing political landscape of the Polish Fatherland and the varied demographics of Polonia.
Cost is $25 incl. shipping and handling.
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Polish Singers Alliance of America Central Administration Officers
May 2017 - May 2020
David Zagorski, General Director
Maria Lesniak, Assistant General Director
Mary Lou Wyrobek, president
Gary Bienkowski, Vice President
Frances Cirbus, Treasurer
Adrianne Kusmierczyk, Secretary