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ANNUAL PADEREWSKI LECTURE-RECITALS

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Paderewski in 1890. Postcard, n.d.
Collection of the Polish Music Center at USC.

The Paderewski Lecture-Recital is the flagship event of the Polish Music Center at USC. The Paderewski Lecture series was initiated in 2002 by then PMC Director Dr. Maja Trochimczyk. This annual event commemorates Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), a pianist, composer, politician (the first prime minister of independent Poland after WWI), humanitarian, and orator, who was greatly acclaimed as a virtuoso musician and a statesman.

The selection of Paderewski as the patron of the lectures held at USC highlights both his role in California and his connection to the University. This eminent composer-statesman received an honorary doctorate in 1923, from the School of International Relations at USC. During the event held at Bovard Auditorium, Paderewski made a speech, but did not perform; a music program was presented by an international array of artists. Participants in this celebration included USC deans and faculty, representatives of Polish-American Community; musicians and a patriotic organization called the Native Sons of the Golden West. The audience consisted of USC faculty members and students, diplomatic corps from L.A. area; journalists and the general public.

The annual Paderewski Lecture-Recitals highlight Paderewski's links to California and to the University. The PMC celebrates the memory of Paderewski by presenting the most distinguished and talented Polish composers of our times, who discuss their own music. This event spotlights the current achievements of Polish composers and musicians of international stature and brings them to the USC campus.

More information about the lecturers and programs of each year may be found below.

Annual Paderewski Lecture-Recitals
and Related Events

2002: Krauze 2003: Bruzdowicz 2002/2003: Paderewski Exhibit
2004: Skrowaczewski2005: Ptaszyńska2006: Stojowski
2007: Meyer / Paderewski Monument Unveiling2008: Kilar
2009: Górecki2010: Paderewski Sesquicentennial Celebration
2010/2011: Paderewski - The Modern Immortal Exhibit
2011: Łukaszewski 2012: Szymanowski 2013: Dębski 2014: Panufnik
2015: Musica Antiqua Polonica Upcoming... 2016: Sikora

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2002: ZYGMUNT KRAUZE


Zygmunt Krauze in 2001. PMC Collection.

For more information about the event, see 2002 Paderewski Lecture


2003: JOANNA BRUZDOWICZ


Joanna Bruzdowicz at USC, 2001. Photo by Maja Trochimczyk.

For more information, see 2003 Paderewski Lecture

2002/2003: EXHIBITION
PADEREWSKI: PORTRAIT OF A MUSICIAN

On exhibit in the Alfred Newman Recital Hall Gallery, USC, Los Angeles
from 17 September 2002 - 31 May 2003.

For more information. see Event Site

2004: STANISŁAW SKROWACZEWSKI


Skrowaczewski viewing his donations to the PMC Manuscript Collection at USC,
Doheny Library, September 2004.

For more information, see 2004 Paderewski Lecture

2005: MARTA PTASZYŃSKA


Marta Ptaszyńska official photo.

For more information, see 2005 Paderewski Lecture-Recital

2006: ZYGMUNT STOJOWSKI


Paderewski Recitalist, pianist Jonathan Plowright (right), discusses Stojowski's music with the composer's sons,
Henry (center) and Alfred (left) Stojowski after the Paderewski Lecture-Recital. The Zygmunt & Luisa Stojowski Collection was donated to the PMC and the Stojowski Room was dedicated on the occasion (October 12, 2006)

For a review of the event, see the November 2006 Polish Music Newsletter

2007: KRZYSZTOF MEYER/
PADEREWSKI MONUMENT UNVEILING


Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Janusz Reiter, shakes hands with then-USC Provost Max Nikias
[now USC President] during the unveiling of the Paderewski Monument at USC (October 4, 2007)

For a review of the event, see the October 2007 Polish Music Newsletter

2008: WOJCIECH KILAR


Conductor Sharon Lavery leads the ensemble in a program of works by Wojciech Kilar,
in celebration of the 90th Anniversary of Poland’s Independence
and the 2008 Paderewski Lecture (November 10, 2008)

For a review of the concert, see the December 2008 Polish Music Newsletter

2009: HENRYK MIKOŁAJ GÓRECKI

Honoring the legacy of composer Henryk Mikołaj Górecki

For more information see 2009 Paderewski Lecture-Recital
For a concert review, see the October 2009 Polish Music Newsletter

2010: PADEREWSKI
SESQUECENTENIAL CELEBRATION

Paderewski at 150

The 150th anniversary of Paderewski's birth was celebrated at USC on November 4-5, 2010

For more information on events in Los Angeles and Paso Robles see IJP @ 150

2010/2011 EXHIBIT:
PADEREWSKI - THE MODERN IMMORTAL

Paderewski the Modern Immortal

For a review of the exhibit, see the May 2011Polish Music Newsletter

2011: PAWEŁ ŁUKASZEWSKI

Vocal and choral works by Paweł Łukaszewski presented on October 6, 2011

For more information, see 2011 Paderewski Lecture-Recital

2012: KAROL SZYMANOWSKI

 

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Karol Szymanowski’s death
with a recital by Mark Robson, piano and Timur Bekbosunov, tenor,
and a lecture by Maestro Grzegorz Nowak of the Royal Philharmonic
on October 14, 2012

For more information, see 2012 Paderewski Lecture-Recital

2013: KRZESIMIR DĘBSKI


Photo: Jacek Nowaczyński

Celebrating the 60th birthday of one of Poland's greatest composer of film and stage music,
with a lecture by Dębski and a recital of his works performed by the Panic Duo,
Midnight Winds and vocalist Anna Jurksztowicz on October 20, 2013.

2014: SIR ANDRZEJ PANUFNIK


Lady Camilla with mezzo-soprano Juliana Gondek.
Other performers included pianists James Lent and Nic Gerpe,
and the Eclipse String Quartet

The centenery of the composer was celebrated by a lecture given by his widow, Lady Camilla Panufnik, followed by a concert of his works on October 5, 2014.

For more information, see 2014 Paderewski Lecture-Recital
For a review of the concert, see the November 2014 Polish Music Newsletter

2015: MUSICA ANTIQUA POLONICA


Adam Knight Gilbert leads the Baroque Sinfonia
Photo: Lucyna Przasnyski

On October 18, musical treasures of the late Renaissance and Baroque period in Poland were showcased, in celebration of the PMC’s 30th anniversary in 2015. Featuring prof. Adam Knight Gilbert and the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia, the program was selected for the Thornton Center Stage broadcast on KUSC FM
on November 9, 2015.

For more information, see 2015 Paderewski Lecture-Recital

2016: ELŻBIETA SIKORA

Sunday, October 16, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. |
Newman Recital Hall, USC, Los Angeles

Composer Elżbieta Sikora will give a lecture exploring her compositional process and her successful international career, followed by a concert of her chamber works.

 



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