Monday, October 4, 2010

Chopin Song Concert - Washington, DC

The Embassy of the Republic of Poland will celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin’s Birth (March 1, 1810 – October 17, 1849) with a recital of songs by Iwona Sobotka - soprano, accompanied by Brian Ganz on piano. The concert will take place on Friday, October 8, 7:00 – 9:30 pm at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland -2640 16th Street NW, Washington, DC.

The Program of the concert will include:
Chopin's Polish Songs, Op. 74, selection
- The maiden’s wish (Życzenie)
- Dumka
- Drinking song (Hulanka)
- Remembrance (Precz z moich oczu); lyrics: Adam Mickiewicz
- The messenger (Poseł)
- Melody (Melodia)
- United in death (Dwojaki koniec)
- The Ring (Pierścień)
- Troubled waters (Smutna rzeka)
and songs by Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff.

Iwona Sobotka achieved instant international acclaim as Grand Prix winner of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium in 2004. Other awards include first prizes at the East and West Artists International Auditions in New York, the Warsaw Polish Art Song Competition, and Paderewski Vocal Competition in Bydgoszcz.