On 2nd December 2018, a special concert in honour of Poland’s centenary of regaining its independence will take place at the Cathedral of Saint-Louis des Invalides in Paris. Musicians from Poland, France and Belgium will celebrate independent Poland and showcase the country’s unique cultural heritage.
The concert in Paris will include: Warszawianka by Karol Kurpiński, Fantasy on Polish Airs by Fryderyk Chopin, Polonaise by Jerzy Maksymiuk, Nocturne by Ignacy Jan Paderewski, and Symphonie no. 1 ‘Chemin des Dames’ by Jacques-Alphonse De Zeegant. The interpretation of Chemin des Dames – set to the words by Marguerite de Werszowec Rey – is an expression of remembrance for the French allies, including the soldiers of the Blue Army who fought under General Józef Haller.
Monika Wolińska will conduct outstanding pianist Janusz Olejniczak, mezzo-soprano Kinga Borowska, tenor Maciej Kwaśnikowski, soprano Ana-Camelia Stefanescu and organist Philippe Brandei. The oldest French symphony orchestra, Orchestre Pasdeloup, will also perform.
The event will be held under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda.
The concert will be accompanied by an exhibition entitled 1918-1921: Polish Fights for Independence (1918-1921: Les Guérres Polonaises pour L'Indépendance). The exhibition explains the essence of the struggle to guard Polands borders and to reconstruct the Polish state after regaining independence in 1918. The exhibition will be on display at the Polish Embassy in Paris from 2nd December 2018 to 31st January 2019.
Find out more about the concert: http://koncert-niepodleglosci.pl/
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The main organiser is the Editions Spotkania Foundation established by Piotr Jegliński, a democratic opposition activist during the communist regime. The foundation aims to instill patriotic values, especially in the youngest generations of Poles. The concert is co-organised by the Musée de l'Armée. The Polish Embassy in Paris, Polish Institute in Paris and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw are partners.
The concert is organised in co-operation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute operating under the Culture.pl brand, within its POLSKA MUSIC programme and as part of POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme accompanying the centenary of Poland regaining independence.
Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017-2022.
The ORLEN company is the patron of the concert. The concert is sponsored by PLL LOT, KGHM & KOWR. Media partners: Polish Radio & Polish Television.
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Source: press materials, compiled by HSz,translated by NR, Nov 2018