FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 6, 2019
Polish Splendor: Songs and Traditions from the Crossroads of Europe Press Release
CHICAGO A CAPPELLA PRESENTS FOUR U.S. PREMIERES IN CELEBRATORY POLISH CONCERT
FEATURING FOLK SONGS, JEWISH WORKS, AND RISING POLISH COMPOSERS
CHICAGO—Chicago’s acclaimed vocal ensemble, Chicago a cappella, presents four U.S. premieres in their lush winter concert, Polish Splendor: Songs and Traditions from the Crossroads of Europe. Poland’s haunting and complicated war-torn past is coupled with its vibrant and cheerful culture in this program that is years in the making. The critically commended group guides listeners through traditional Polish folk songs (Czerwone jabłuszko), to music by Jewish songwriters of the 1930s kabaret scene (Karasiński and Kataszek’s Warszawo, moja Warszawo), and new works by some of today’s most decorated Polish composers (Juliusz Luciuk and Pawel Łukaszewski). The closing performance is at Chicago’s historic Polish hub and former movie house the Copernicus Center, located on the city’s Northwest side.
Creating a Concert
“The whole process of studying music from (and especially in) Poland was an exercise in increasing my patience and flexibility of perspective,” said Founder and Artistic Director Jonathan Miller, who traveled to Poland to do research in 2017. “Having studied American folk music a bit, I assumed that there was a large body of folk material that Polish choral arrangers would have adopted with enthusiasm as their primary source material. What country wouldn’t do the same?” Miller continues. “Well, evidently, not Poland, or not very much, or at least not very much in the past 70 years. The post-WWII climate was so heavy-handed, composers turned to Latin texts from the Roman Catholic church liturgy for things they felt they could handle with integrity.” Audiences will hear Poland’s “playful and zippy” and “pensive and meditative” musical history all in one vibrant and stunning concert.
Polish Splendor: Songs and Traditions from the Crossroads of Europe: will take place Saturday, Feb. 9 at 8:00 pm at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL; Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4:00 pm at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 460 Lake St, Oak Park, IL; Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8:00 pm at Wentz Concert Hall on the campus of North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville, IL; Sunday, Feb. 17 at 4:00 pm at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago, IL. For tickets and more information visit chicagoacappella.org or call (773) 281-7820.
Chicago a cappella
Chicago a cappella is one of the area’s most accomplished and innovative vocal ensembles. Spanning a repertoire from Gregorian chant to the Beatles and beyond, the group is presenting its 25th anniversary season under founding Artistic Director Jonathan Miller. This season’s concerts, prepared by Principal Music Director John William Trotter and renowned guest music directors, will be presented at eight venues in the Chicago area. The ensemble has been hailed as “the area’s best unaccompanied group” (Chicago Magazine) and “the city’s liveliest, most versatile vocal ensemble” (Chicago Tribune).
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