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Connecticut Virtuosi 15th Annual Holiday Concert Open to the Public

The music of Mieczyslaw Karlowicz will be featured in the Connecticut Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra’s annual holiday concert Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. at CCSU’s Welte Hall.

The annual concert will also include pieces performed by mezzo soprano Aleskandra Kaminska and the Polonia Paderewski Chorus of New Britain is co-sponsored by the Stanislaus A. Blejwas Chair in Polish, and CCSU’s Polish American Studies program and is open to the public.

“It has become a true tradition for us,” said the orchestra’s artistic and executive director Adrian Sylveen Mackiewicz. “It is our 15th holiday concert. We are sponsored by the Polish Studies Department and there is a Polish flavor, but music is an international vehicle and we have taken a universal approach,” he added.

The Virtuosi will open with French impressionist composer Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, the perform three of Karlowicz’s compositions: Na spokojnym cichym morzu (On a quiet calm sea); Pamietam Ciche Zlote Jasne Dnie (I remember Silent Light Golded Days) and Bianca da Molena, Symphonic Prologue Opus 6.

“The Prelude is probably the most famous of the impressionist works of that period or at least the most famous of Debussy,” said Maestro Mackiewicz.“Then we will perform the Karlowicz works,” he added.

Karlowicz was the first Polish composer who forged progressive models of expression which could bear comparison with those employed by the leading representatives of the contemporary European mainstream.

“He was a brilliant composer who died tragically” Mackiewicz said. Kalorwicz was 32 when he died while skiing in an avalanche in the Tatra Mountains in Poland in 1909.

In addition, the orchestra will perform Richard Strauss’s Dedication) as well as Krzysztof Niegowski’s Conversations Between Son and Father with words written by the late Pope John Paul II).

Born in Poland, Kaminska graduated with honors from the master class of solo singing at the Academy of Music in Poznan. She won a scholarship of Conservatorio di Musica di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Still a student, she has made a debut in Opera Theater in Szczecin (Poland) staring in CavalleriaRusticana (2002). During the 2005 Polish Song Competition, she earned a honorable mention at the National Opera. In 2008 she appeared in Johann Strauss’s “Gipsy King” as Chipraat the Musical Theater in Poznan.

She has participated in various Internationals Festivals of Musik (Greifsvalder Bach Woche in Germany, Musik in Cathedral – Poland, Musica Sacra – Poland. She performed successfully in Poland,Germany, Italy, Finland, Spain and Lithuania.

The concert will conclude with a sing-a-long also featuring Christmas carols from around the World sung by Polonia Paderewski Chorus. The 50-member chorus is based in New Britain and has performed through Connecticut as well as in New York and New Jersey.