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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.
2002: Krauze 2003: Bruzdowicz 2002/2003: Paderewski Exhibit
2002: ZYGMUNT KRAUZE
For more information about the event, see 2002 Paderewski Lecture
2003: JOANNA BRUZDOWICZ
For more information, see 2003 Paderewski Lecture
On exhibit in the Alfred Newman Recital Hall Gallery, USC, Los Angeles
For more information. see Event Site
For more information, see 2004 Paderewski Lecture
For more information, see 2005 Paderewski Lecture-Recital
For a review of the event, see the November 2006 Polish Music Newsletter
For a review of the event, see the October 2007 Polish Music Newsletter
For a review of the concert, see the December 2008 Polish Music Newsletter
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
For a review of the exhibit, see the May 2011Polish Music Newsletter
Vocal and choral works by Paweł Łukaszewski presented on October 6, 2011
For more information, see 2011 Paderewski Lecture-Recital
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Karol Szymanowski’s death
For more information, see 2012 Paderewski Lecture-Recital
Celebrating the 60th birthday of one of Poland's greatest composer of film and stage music,
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.
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
For more information, see 2015 Paderewski Lecture-Recital
Sunday, October 16, 2016 | 7:00 p.m. |
Composer Elżbieta Sikora will give a lecture exploring her compositional process and her successful international career, followed by a concert of her chamber works.