CONCERT IN MEMORY
OF JOHN PAUL II

Celebrating 100th Anniversary of His Birth

 

21.06.2020

Concert on-line EST 2:00pm

CONCERT IN MEMORY
OF JOHN PAUL II

Celebrating 100th Anniversary of His Birth

 

21.06.2020

Concert on-line EST 2:00pm

About the concert

The concert is dedicated to the memory of John Paul II, whose life testimony still touches the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world. John Paul II was a great advocate of peace and human rights and a steadfast defender of human dignity. He tirelessly worked towards bettering relations among religions, which he considered as a path leading to friendship and love among people from different traditions. On the 100th anniversary of the birth of Karol Wojtyła, over 30 great artists from Poland, the United States, England, Germany, Korea, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, Turkey and Switzerland will join together to pay tribute to the Great Pole. Program includes the world premiere of arias from the opera “Job” by Krzesimir Dębski written on the basis of a drama by Karol Wojtyla and commissioned by the Polish Royal Opera, “Legend” and “Caprice” by H. Wieniawski, “Ave Maria” by F. Schubert, “Laudate Dominum” by W.A. Mozart, “Panis Angelicus” by C. Franck, “Pie Jesu” by G. Foure, “Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi” from “Petite Messe Solennelle” by Gioacchino Rossini, “God is a God” – a song composed by Kevin Miller to the words by Kenneth Overton, “Paquita Variation” from “Le Corsaire” by L.Minkus and A. Adam, “Tear” and prayer “On the Wings” – two songs by S. Moniuszko, Gavotte from Partita for solo violin by J.S. Bach, Cadenza for solo violin by K. Penderecki, “Melody” by I. Paderewski, “Meditation” from the Opera Thais by J. Massenet, pieces by F. Chopin performed by outstanding pianists and a guitar virtuoso, Adagio from the ballet “Giselle” by A. Adam, “Meditation” from “Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher” by P. Czajkowski, Roxana’s song from the opera “King Roger” by K. Szymanowski, Variation from the Chopiniana Ballet to the music by F. Chopin and choreography by M. Fokin, song “Do you know this country” by S. Moniuszko, songs by M. Karłowicz: “Speak to me still” to the words by K. Tetmajer and “Before the eternal night” to the words by Z. Krasiński, Polish Caprice from the collection of Miniatures for Violin by G. Bacewicz.

The teaching preached by John Paul II was filled with optimism. Today, in the age of the Covid-19 pandemic, we need this optimism all the more. We are convinced that our unique concert will keep on the hope and light that John Paul II had kindled.

Enjoy the concert !

Upcoming concert

 

David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center for The Performing Arts

 

Spring 2021

Pope John Paul II 1920-2020

Karol Józef Wojtyła was born on May 18, 1920 in small town Wadowice, Poland. Cardinal Wojtyła was elected as the Pope on October 16, 1978 as the 264th head of the Roman-Catholic church in history. He was the first non-Italian Pope for 455 years and the first one from a Slavic country. Pontificate has completed 104 pastoral visits outside of Italy and 146 within Italy. As Bishop of Rome He has visited 317 of the 333 parishes. No other Pope has encountered so many individuals like John Paul II, more than 17,600,000 pilgrims have participated in the General Audiences held on Wednesdays. It must be remembered the numerous government personalities encountered during 38 official visits and in the 737 audiences and meetings held with Heads of State and the 245 audiences and meetings with Prime Ministers. Pope John Paul II guided and prepared Church to celebrate the Great Jubilee, a celebration of the mercy of God and the forgiveness of sin

Artists

Lisette Oropesa
Metropolitan Opera, USA
Krzesimir Dębski
Violinist, Conductor, Composer, Poland
Angel Blue
Metropolitan Opera, USA
Piotr Pławner
Violin Virtuoso, Switzerland
Veriko Thumburidze
Award Winning Violinist, Georgia-Turkey
MaryAnn McCormick
Metropolitan Opera, USA
Rafał Bartmiński
Polish National Opera
Urszula Kryger
Bacewicz University of Music, Poland
Latonia Moore
Metropolitan Opera, USA
Szymon Nehring
Award Winning Pianist, Poland
Dagmara Dryl
Polish National Ballet’s First Soloist
Federica Lombardi
Metropolitan Opera, USA
Aleksandra Olczyk
Polish National Opera
Brandie Sutton
Metropolitan Opera, USA
Edyta Piasecka
Polish National Opera
Damien Sneed
Pianist, Conductor, Composer, USA
Magdalena Stern – Baczewska
Pianist, harpsichordist
Columbia University, USA
Adam Palma
Guitar Virtuoso, England
Natsuki Katayama
Ballet Soloist, Japan
Raffaella Lupinacci
Teatro Di San Carlo, Italy
Richard Lin
Award Winning Violinist, Taiwan
Hannah Cho
Ballet Soloist, Korea
Janusz Wawrowski
Violin Virtuoso
Robert Kędziński
Ballet Soloist, Poland
Piotr Sałajczyk
Award Winning Pianist, Poland
Aneta Łukaszewicz
Polish Royal Opera
Emilian Madey
Chopin University of Music, Poland
Michał Dąbrowski
Chopin University of Music, Poland
Paweł Cłapiński
Bacewicz University of Music, Poland
Kyoung Im Kim
Curtis Institute of Music, USA
Giorgio D’Alonzo
Conductor, Pianist, Italy
Kenneth Overton
Artistic Director of Opera Noire of The New York
Roberto Berrocal
Piano, USA
String quartet Primuz
Poland

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Organizer

CULTURE & ART FOUNDATION

E-mail: fundacja@fkis.org