Polish Music at Polish Hall - Celebration of Mazurkas

Sunday, April 13th, 2014 - 1:00PM

Polish Hall
3832 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97227
United States


Fine regional pianists: Dianne Davies, Ruta Kuzmickas, Mitchell Falconer perform mazurkas of three immortal Polish composers: Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Roman Maciejewski. MT Duo: Tatiana Kolchanova - violin & Mary Rowell - viola; with selected Chopin mazurkas and traditional Polish folk melodies from Oskar Kolberg collection.

+ Agnieszka Laska Dancers with Ruta Kuzmickas in Chopin Project!

Poland's most distinctive music is as sweet as its finest dessert; Mazur and Mazurek, respectively (Mazurka in English); baked only at Easter time. The weekend before Easter this year, we'll be enjoying both at Polish Hall  admission: $10-15, all inclusive (entertainment and desserts).
Mazurek cakes, baked in local Polish kitchens, will be served with coffee and tea. Selected fine Polish liqueurs will be available (in moderation, of course) at Grandpas' cafe, in the lower level of Polish Hall.

The musical mazurka (in Polish, mazurek ) traditionally accompanies a Polish folk dance in triple meter, usually at a lively tempo, accented on the second or third beat, though there are slower, more lyrical ones as well. We will provide some education about this and Marek Grzelak + Zyta Nagler will demonstrate the traditional dance. Agnieszka Laska Dancers will perform excerpt of acclaimed Chopin Project with Mitchell Falconer on piano.


Polish Music at Polish Hall - Igor Lipinski - piano recital

Friday, March 14th, 2014 - 7:30PM

Polish Hall
3832 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97227
United States


Polish Music at Polish Hall - Igor Lipinski - piano recital - West Coast Debut, program: all Polish composers, rarely heard: Stojowski, Godowski, Leszetycki, Friedman, plus Paderewski and Chopin.

“As a pianist on the cusp of his career, Igor Lipinski holds a special card in his hands. His performances are magical. Literally.” — Buffalo News

Igor Lipinski made his American orchestra debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra playing Paderewski Piano Concerto under the baton of JoAnn Falletta. The performance was broadcast on National Public Radio's Performance Today. As a soloist, he recently performed with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under Michael Butterman, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra under Matthew Kraemer and he made a special New Year's Day appearance with the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra in Hyannis, Massachusetts under the baton of Jung-Ho Pak.

POLISH MUSIC AT POLISH HALL in 2014 is supported by Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, Oregon Cultural Trust, Polish Library Association, St Stanislaus Parish an Polish Festival. Concert piano thanks to Michelle's Pianos.


AGNIESZKA LASKA DANCERS 11th Anniversary Benefit Ball

Saturday, March 1st, 2014 - 7:00PM

Polish Hall

3832 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97227
United States


May 2014 ALD is making a big step to a next level: 10 days long trip to Poland to perform our acclaimed shows: Broken Flowers, Rite of Spring and The Chopin Project. This exciting adventure will be supported in part through our 11th Anniversary Benefit Ball, featuring:

Sit-down dinner: fine Polish fare from Grandpa's Cafe, great wine selection, draft beer

Entertainment: Steven Adams - guitar, Tatiana Kolchanova - violin, Nancy Wood - soprano, Paul Safar - pianist
Dance Party on large dance floor with live music by NEKKED BONZ (NBZ)
MCs: Don Kern & Carla Grant from The Tuesday Group
ALDancers in past and present excerpts, plus previews of new creations

Silent auction for tickets to prime artistic events around the region and many more! not to miss!

In 11 years we've staged over 180 performances in 3 countries on 2 continents with over 250 different dancers, 150 musicians, 12 actors, 10 children and 1 dog  over 22,000 have attended at wide-ranging venues, including 5 international dance festivals. ALD prides itself on the extensive number of performances we've staged with musicians aboard (i.e. not in the can). Our signature is collaboration  we relish it and consistently deliver inspired highbred art.


Polish Music at Polish Hall - inauguration of the Year of Oskar Kolberg on his birthday!

Saturday, February 22, 2014 7:30 PM

Polish Hall: 3832 N. Interstate Ave, Portland, Oregon 97227

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Oskar Kolberg was a composer and Europ's most prolific folklorist of the 19th-century: he created an accurate account of Polish folk art and culture of his time in the form of 33 tomes of regional monographs published throughout his life.

2014 was proclaimed Kolberg Year by The Minister of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. Oskar Kolberg was born February 22nd, 1814 - join us in celebrating his birthday with an evening of chamber music by Polish composers, setting a variety of rich and vivid Polish folk music, inspiring many over centuries.

Refreshments onsite: sweets, coffee, lights spirits

Oskar Kolberg, Several of the "Pieśni ludu polskiego"  (Songs of Polish People)
Moritz Moszkowski, Romanza
Michal Kleofas Oginski, Polonaise
Jakub Kowalewski, Miniatura 
Adrian Hanke, Caprice No.1
+ Fryderyk Chopin - selected mazurkas
all Pieces Arranged by MTDuo
Mary Rowell (Violin/Viola) and Tatiana Kolchanova (violin/piano) are professional musicians and teachers who met at a gig. They had so much fun playing together they decided to continue. Their mission is to share their love of the duet repertoire with the world. There are so many original compositions written for two instruments and they want to share.

Oskar Kolberg, whose father Juliusz was German-born engineer and whose mother Karolina Mercoeur was of French origin, spent his whole life and career as composer documenting the folk culture of his adopted homeland. Once a younger friend of Fryderyk Chopin, he believed that Poland would one day rise again precisely thanks to the preservation of its culture, a pillar of which was its symbolic and artistic folk tradition. This was a cause he decided to contribute to with his talent and a lifetime of hard work. His dreams have come true, and we owe him our gratefulness and praise for his effort.

POLISH MUSIC AT POLISH HALL in 2014 is supported by Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, Oregon Cultural Trust, Polish Library Association, St Stanislaus Parish an Polish Festival. Concert piano thanks to Michelle's Pianos.


HUMAN IDENTITY --- A One Man Show Written and Performed by Christopher Vened 

DECEMBER 27-28, 2013 @ 7:30PM


The Los Angeles-based writer and performer Christopher Vened brings his inventive, funny and eye-opening work to the CoHo Theater in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of In Character: An Actor’s Workbook for Character Development. Part I of this book “Identity” inspired him to create the one-man show “Human Identity.” The show is done in a rare formula of a monodrama theatre that combines words and mime. It is a comedy.

In the 70s and early 80s, Vened was an actor in the Wroclaw Pantomime Theater of Henryk Tomaszewski, and played leading roles in shows that dazzled the world. In the end of 1981 he defected to the West while on tour in West Germany because martial law was declared in Poland. Since then he has lived in the West--first in West Berlin for two and a half years until finally settling in the United States. Mind you, it is hard not to see that he became a citizen of the world and an international artist. Whether here or there, he has always been involved in the work of theater: directing, teaching, and performing. And here is the through line: theater is a country without borders.

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