The University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music showcases Polish music from the Romantic era to the Modern age in a month-long festival running Sept. 9 – Oct. 2, 2016. Organized by CCM Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson, the festival unites students, faculty and alumni with award-winning guest artists and world-renowned scholars in a celebration of the culture of Poland.

The general public can experience the creative expressions of one of the world’s great cultures through a series of classical music and jazz concerts, art installations, lectures and more occurring throughout CCM Village this fall.

Throughout the month, audiences will have the opportunity to hear works both well-known and unjustly neglected from Polish voices old and new. Performance highlights include two of Fryderyk Chopin’s virtuosic piano concerti; Witold Lutosławski’s thrilling Concerto for Orchestra; a world premiere from composer, violinist and CCM alumnus Piotr Szewczyk (BM Violin, 2000; MM Violin and Composition, 2003); and an evening of jazz with Grammy Award-winner Włodek Pawlik.

The CCM Philharmonia opens the Polish Festival in stunning fashion at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9 in Corbett Auditorium. The concert program includes the world premiere of Piotr Szewczyk’s American Dreams and a performance of the signature work of one of the greatest Polish composers of the modern era, Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra. Naumburg Gold Medalist and CCM faculty artist Soyeon Kate Lee also joins the Philharmonia for a performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Mark Gibson conducts this can’t-miss concert event.

Aik Khai Pung leads CCM’s Café MoMus Contemporary Music Ensemble as they play works of Polish composers from three different generations — Krzysztof Penderecki, Bettina Skrzypczak and Artur Słotwiński — at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Audience members can sample Polish desserts and delicacies at a reception after the free concert in CCM’s beautiful Cohen Family Studio Theater and meet Słotwiński and the musicians.

Pung also conducts the CCM Concert Orchestra in a performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 (“Symphony of Sad Songs”) at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17 in Corbett Auditorium. The concert features the winners of CCM’s piano and voice competitions.

Grammy award-winning jazz pianist Włodek Pawlik joins the CCM Jazz Orchestra and the Faculty Jazztet on stage at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18 in Corbett Auditorium. Under the direction of conductor Scott Belck, the concert will feature Pawlik’s original compositions and arrangements.

A rare performance of Szymanowski’s masterwork Symphony No. 3, Op. 27 (“Song of the Night”) will close the festival at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. The CCM Philharmonia, Chamber Choir and faculty soloist Dan Weeks, tenor, will be joined by the Xavier University Concert Choir in presenting this evocative symphony.

Festival highlights also include a free presentation from visiting lecturer Halina Goldberg. Acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost experts on Polish Music, Goldberg will give audiences a look into Polish art and culture at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9 in the Baur Room of CCM’s Corbett Center of the Performing Arts.

An integral part of many of the festival concerts will be a large-scale work by Polish painter and visual artist, Anna Socha VanMatre. The music of Penderecki inspired her work, “Metamorphoses-Fire,” which will serve as an inspiring backdrop for the festival’s major orchestra concerts in Corbett Auditorium.

CCM’s Polish Festival will leave listeners with a deeper appreciation of the music and art of a country vast in history and tradition. See below for a complete list of festival events. We hope you join us in this unique series as we celebrate Poland!

Event Information

All events listed below take place on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. Some events require paid admission. Please see individual event information for single ticket prices and ordering information.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. Visit ccm.uc.edu or contact the CCM Box Office at 513-556-4183 for the most current event information.

Purchasing Tickets

Concert flex ticket packages are on sale now! Single tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 22, 2016.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the CCM Box Office, over the telephone at 513-556-4183 or online at ccm.uc.edu/boxoffice.

Parking and Directions
Parking is available in the CCM Garage (located at the base of Corry Boulevard off Jefferson Avenue) and additional garages throughout the UC campus. Please visit uc.edu/parking for information on parking rates.

For detailed maps and directions, please visit uc.edu/visitors. Additional parking is available off-campus at the U Square complex on Calhoun Street and other neighboring lots.

For directions to CCM Village, visit ccm.uc.edu/about/directions.
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POLISH FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9
• The Joseph and Frances Jones Poetker Thinking About Music Lecture Series •
A LOOK INTO POLISH ART AND CULTURE
Halina Goldberg, Jacobs School of Music
Dr. Halina Goldberg, acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost experts on Polish music, will present a lecture on aspects of Polish art and culture.
Location: Baur Room
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9
• Orchestra Series •
OPENING CONCERT
CCM Philharmonia
Featuring faculty artist Soyeon Kate Lee, piano
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor
Join us as the acclaimed CCM Philharmonia commences a month-long Polish Festival featuring performances by student and faculty artists from throughout the college. The festival opening performances include the world premiere of a new work American Dreams, composed by accomplished CCM alumnus Piotr Szewczyk!
CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21
Featuring Soyeon Kate Lee, piano
LUTOSŁAWSKI: Concerto for Orchestra
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE
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8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13
• Orchestra Series •
PENDERECKI, SKRZYPCZAK AND SŁOTWIŃSKI
Café MoMus
Aik Khai Pung, music director
As part of the Polish Festival, Café MoMus will present works of Polish composers from three different generations: Krzysztof Penderecki, Bettina Skrzypczak and Artur Słotwiński. Join us for coffee and conversation with Artur Słotwiński and the musicians after the performance.
Location: Cohen Family Studio Theater
Admission: FREE
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8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
• Orchestra Series •
CHOPIN AND GÓRECKI
CCM Concert Orchestra
Aik Khai Pung, music director and conductor
CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 1
Featuring the winner of the CCM Piano Competition
GÓRECKI: Symphony No. 3 (“Symphony of Sad Songs”)
Featuring the winner of the CCM Voice Competition
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18
• Jazz Series •
THE MUSIC OF VIRTUOSO JAZZ PIANIST AND COMPOSER WŁODEK PAWLIK
CCM Jazz Orchestra and Faculty Jazztet
Featuring guest artist Włodek Pawlik, piano
Scott Belck, conductor
Join us as we celebrate the stunning music and musicians of Poland and feature Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Włodek Pawlik as he performs his original compositions and arrangements.
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2
• Orchestra & Choral Series •
POLISH FESTIVAL CLOSING CONCERT
CCM Philharmonia, CCM Chamber Choir and Xavier University Concert Choir
Featuring faculty artist Daniel Weeks, tenor
Mark Gibson, music director and conductor
MONIUSZKO: Overture to Halka
PENDERECKI: Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima
SKROWACZEWSKI: English Horn Concerto
SZYMANOWSKI: Symphony No. 3 in B-flat Major, Op. 27 (“Song of the Night”)
Featuring Daniel Weeks, soloist
Location: Corbett Auditorium
Tickets: $15 general, $10 non-UC students, UC students FREE.
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CCM Season Presenting Sponsor & Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation

Polish Festival Sponsor: Judith Heiny and Piotr Chomczynski

Orchestral Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Joseph W.  Hirschhorn
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A preeminent institution for the performing and media arts, CCM is the largest single source of performing arts presentations in the state of Ohio.

All event dates and programs are subject to change. For a complete calendar of events, please visit us online at http://ccm.uc.edu.

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