On Sunday, Sept. 18, the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music will host Polish pianist and composer Włodek Pawlik for a 7 p.m. concert in the Corbett Auditorium. Pawlik will be joined by the CCM Jazz Orchestra and Faculty Jazztet in a concert of his compositions and arrangements, conducted by Director of Jazz Studies, Scott Belck. The concert is part of CCM’s Polish Festival, a month-long celebration of Polish music from the Romantic era to the present day.

Pawlik was the first Polish jazz musician to ever win a Grammy; his album with Randy Brecker and the Kalisz Philharmonic, Night in Calisia, won the 2013 award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. Marc Myers of the Wall Street Journal described one of Pawlik’s compositions for Brecker as “a jazz-classical work of the highest order… Think Thad Jones-Mel Lewis meets Stravinsky.”

Pawlik’s piano playing has also garnered high praise. Tomasz Hanzlik of the Gazeta Wyborcza (a Warsaw newspaper) reviewed Pawlik’s album of improvisations, Grand Piano, calling it “a masterpiece of total improvisation suspended between jazz and contemporary classical music… His music enraptures with its complexity, richness of color and moods. In Pawlik’s improvisations, one can sense traces of Bach, Chopin, Debussy and Ravel.”

The Polish Festival was organized by CCM Director of Orchestral Studies Mark Gibson, who envisioned a festival that would not only celebrate Polish music and performers but also create opportunities for students and faculty to experience Polish music firsthand, perform alongside award-winning Polish musicians and learn more about the arts in Poland through presentations by guest lecturers.

Other events in the Polish Festival include a concert of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 by the CCM Concert Orchestra, led by Aik Khai Pung, on Saturday, Sept. 17, and the Polish Festival Closing Concert on Oct. 2, featuring the CCM Philharmonia, CCM Chamber Choir, Xavier University Concert Choir and tenor Daniel Weeks, all under the baton of Mark Gibson.

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Polish Festival Event Information

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 •
POLISH FESTIVAL
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 jazz 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.
CCM Season Presenting Sponsor & Musical Theatre Program Sponsor: The Otto M. Budig Family Foundation
Polish Festival Sponsor: Judith Heiny and Piotr Chomczynski
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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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Purchasing Tickets
Concert flex ticket packages and single tickets are on sale now!

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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