October 8, 2022 Interview for Modjeska Club October 9 Paderewski Lecture-Recital at USC
We have the distinct pleasure of inviting contemporary music lovers to an interview with Prof. dr Hanna Kulenty, a world-famous composer, who visited our club in 2017. Prof. Kulenty will deliver this year's Paderewski, combined with a concert of her music on Sunday, October 9 at 7 p.m. during an event organized by the Center of Polish Music of the University of Southern California. Location: Newman Recital Hall, USC Campus. Free entrance. $ 14 parking. from Figueroa St. We encourage all our members and friends to listen to this lecture and concert.
Meeting of Prof. Kulenty with members of our Club will take place on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 7:30 pm at Róża Kostrzewska Yoder's music studio, Los Angeles, CA 90031. After the concert, a small snack - fruit and desserts. The seating is limited to 30. RSVP to email@example.com. Free admission for members, $30 per person for guests, via PayPal with the name of the person booking the ticket. PayPal address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: there is a problem with parking, so we ask everyone to park down below, after exiting the freeway and before taking a sharp right turn and entering the winding and steep street Montecito Dr., We will take the listeners up to the site in groups
Information about the Paderewski Lecture from the Polish Music Center at USC is below. Our club has been supporting the PMC and its Paderewski Lectures with small donations for many years.
The 2022 Paderewski Lecture-Recital celebrates Hanna Kulenty (b. 1961), a brilliant contemporary composer who divides time between her native Poland, the Netherlands and France. With works commissioned and performed by renowned ensembles and musicians throughout Europe, Kulenty’s catalogue ranges from intimate solo explorations of form to large-scale triumphs of sound. Selected works will be performed at USC’s Newman Recital Hall on October 9 at 7 p.m. by the Thornton School of Music’s finest musicians, alongside a lecture by the composer about her oeuvre. Presented by the USC Polish Music Center, this event will offer a fascinating variety of works from across Kulenty’s compositional career, played by soloists and chamber ensembles.
The 2022 Paderewski Lecture-Recital is generously supported by POLAM Credit Union, the Modjeska Art and Culture Club and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 | 7:00 P.M.
2022 Paderewski Lecture-Recital with Hanna Kulenty
Newman Recital Hall at USC: 3616 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA
FREE admission, no RSVP required. Reception to follow concert
For more details, visit: polishmusic.usc.edu/events/2022-pad-lec
UCS CAMPUS map. Campus Parking: $14
Interview for Modjeska Club
When: Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Where: Róża Kostrzewska Yoder's music studio, Los Angeles, CA 90031
The seating is limited to 30. Free admission for members, $30 per person for guests, via PayPal with the name of the person booking the ticket. PayPal address: email@example.com.
Paderewski Lecture-Recital at USC
When: Sunday, October 9 at 7 p.m.
Where: Newman Recital Hall at USC: 3616 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA
RSVP: FREE admission, no RSVP required.
Between September 20 and 25, 2022, a famous Polish actor Jan Englert, the Director of the National Theater in Warsaw, Poland, will visit California with his wife, actress Beata Scibakówna. Mr. Englert has been invited by the Helena Modjeska Art and Culture Club to receive in person the Helena Modjeska Prize for the year 2021. The September 2022 visit is co-organized by three cultural clubs of Polonia in Southern California: the Modjeska Club, the Club PAPA of Orange County, and Amphitheater Jaskólka of San Diego, in collaboration with the Theater Department of the University of California, Los Angeles.
The program includes two public theatrical performances, in San Diego and Los Angeles, and two events by invitation only – a Seminar on Polish Theater for professors and doctoral students at UCLA, held in the afternoon of Thursday, September 22, 2022, and the Presentation of the Modjeska Prize and Reception by the Modjeska Club and PAPA Club on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 6 pm.
This latter event will include an interview with distinguished guests conducted by Maja Trochimczyk, the presentation of the Modjeska Prize and certificates of appreciation from California lawmakers, and a catered dinner buffet by Teresa Turek. The event will be held at the welcoming home of Maria and Jerzy Menclewicz, for members of both Clubs. RSVP to Beata Czajkowska, Board Secretary at Beata.J.Czajkowska@gmail.com. Limited seating, please reserve your place early.
On Sunday, September 25, 2022, at 3:00 pm, at the Auditorium of the Beverly Hills Public Library (444 North Rexford Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210), Jan Englert and Beata Scibakówna will perform fragments from the epic poem Kwiaty Polskie (Polish Flowers) by Julian Tuwim (1894-1953). In this work, the Polish-Jewish poet reflects on the beauty, heroism, suffering, and resilience of the Polish nation, in the aftermath of tragedies of WWII. The performances will be in Polish, with English translation by Dr. Maja Trochimczyk in the program book. Interludes of Chopin music will be performed by eminent pianist Dr. Wojciech Kocyan, Professor of Loyola Marymount University. After the performance there will be a brief Q&A with the performers. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Space limited to 150 guests.
Presentation of the Modjeska Prize and Reception by the Modjeska Club and PAPA Club
When: Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 6 pm
Where: Home of Maria and Jerzy Menclewicz
RSVP: Beata Czajkowska, Board Secretary at Beata.J.Czajkowska@gmail.com
Limited seating, please reserve your place early. For members of both Clubs.
Kwiaty Polskie (Polish Flowers) by Julian Tuwim
When: Sunday, September 25, 2022, at 3:00 pm
Where: Auditorium of the Beverly Hills Public Library (444 North Rexford Dr. Beverly Hills, CA 90210)
Space limited to 150 guests.
Jan Englert (born in 1943 in Warsaw) is a Polish theater and film actor, theater director, professor of theater arts, and since 2003 the artistic director of the National Theater in Warsaw. He made his debut on the big screen as Zefir in Andrzej Wajda's film Kanał about the Warsaw Uprising (1956). In 1964, Englert graduated from the Actin
Jan Englert (born in 1943 in Warsaw) is a Polish theater and film actor, theater director, professor of theater arts, and since 2003 the artistic director of the National Theater in Warsaw. He made his debut on the big screen as Zefir in Andrzej Wajda's film Kanał about the Warsaw Uprising (1956). In 1964, Englert graduated from the Acting Department of the Aleksander Zelwerowicz State Higher School of Theater in Warsaw and started working for the following theaters: Polski (1964–1969, 1981–1994), Współczesny (1969–1981), and Narodowy (since 1997). He remained in the National Theater and has served as its artistic director for 18 years. Englert collaborated with the most outstanding theater directors, appearing in important roles in plays by Shakespeare, Mickiewicz, Wyspiański, Gombrowicz, Ionesco, and Mrożek. As a theater director he staged plays by Mickiewicz, Słowacki, Fredro, Chekhov, Turgenev and Witkacy.
We could watch him on the screen in the films of Andrzej Wajda (Kanał, Katyń, Tatarak), Kazimierz Kutz (Salt of the Black Earth, Pearl in the Crown), Janusz Zaorski (Baryton), Filip Bajon (The Magnate), as well as in the TV series by Janusz Morgenstern (Kolumbowie, Polskie drogi), Jerzy Antczak (Nights and Days), and Ryszard Ber (The Doll). In total, he has appeared in over 100 films, and many television plays and TV series. For 12 years he served as President of the Theater Academy in Warsaw.
He received numerous honors and awards, including the Knight's Cross and the Commander's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (1988, 2001), the Gold Cross of Merit (1997), the Gold Medal "Gloria Artis" (2005), and awards named after Aleksander Zelwerowicz (1993/1994), Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński (2008), and Cyprian Kamil Norwid (2012). He also received the Gustaw Award (2014), the Icon of Polish Cinema title (2018) and the Golden Hipolit Prize (2019). He received a Honorary Doctorate from the Film and Theater Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. We are adding to this wonderful set by bestowing on Jan Englert the Modjeska Prize for 2021, as a lifetime achievement award for his work as an actor.
Englert performed for the Club in 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2009. He shared with the Club's members and guests the wonders of Polish romantic poetry, Kwiaty Polskie by Julian Tuwim, Dziady (The Forefathers' Eve) by Adam Mickiewicz, a play about Saint Nicholas, and other theatrical performances.
Born in Zamość, Ms. Ścibakówna graduated from the State Higher School of Theater in Warsaw in 1992. Her stage debut took place in 1990, when she performed the role of Zosia in Adam Mickiewicz’s Pan Tadeusz, directed by Jan Englert. In the years 1992-1997 she was an actress in the ensemble of the Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw and since 1997,
Born in Zamość, Ms. Ścibakówna graduated from the State Higher School of Theater in Warsaw in 1992. Her stage debut took place in 1990, when she performed the role of Zosia in Adam Mickiewicz’s Pan Tadeusz, directed by Jan Englert. In the years 1992-1997 she was an actress in the ensemble of the Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw and since 1997, she has worked as an actress for the National Theater (Teatr Narodowy). She also collaborated with such theaters as Komedia, Bajka, Polonia and Syrena. Her role of Klara in the play by Aleksander Fredro Śluby panieńskie directed by Andrzej Łapicki was honored at the Theater Festival in Opole (Opolskie Konfrontacje Teatralne „Klasyka Polska” in 1995.
In 1992, she debuted on the big screen in Robert Gliński's psychological drama. She appeared in over 40 films and TV series. Her most notable roles included Jan Łomnicki’s Wielka wsypa (1992) and psychological drama by Krystyna Janda, Pestka (1995). She appeared in the role of a journalist in Jacek Bromski's comedy Children and Fish (1997), and in Jerzy Gruza's series Czterdziestolatek. 20 years later (1993) as a nurse. She played in the telenovela by Polsat, Samo Życie, the TVP2 series Na dobre i na zle, in the TVN series Media Diagnosis and the Polsat TV series Skazane (2016). Often, she also played negative characters, including the TVP2 Radio Romans series and the series Life Line. She starred in the sensational drama by Ryszard Bugajski, The Closed System (2013), opposite Janusz Gajos and Kazimierz Kaczor. She is also the producer of theatrical performances; two of them, One in 2008 and Intryga in 2016 were presented in the U.S. and Canada.
In 2005 she received Silver Cross of Merit for her achievements as an actress and in 2017 she was honored with the Gold Cross of Merit. In 2016 her role of Elwira in the play Mąż i żona was honored with the prize for the best female actress at the 16th Festival of Polish Radio Theater and TV Theater, “Two Theaters.”
Pianist Wojciech Kocyan was praised for his “highly distinctive performances (…) superb, intelligent artistry (…)” (.Classics Today.com) and “incisive temperament, impeccable technique and sumptuous tone” (Le Monde de la Musique.) He is a laureate of several international piano competitions, including F.Busoni and Viotti, as well as a s
Pianist Wojciech Kocyan was praised for his “highly distinctive performances (…) superb, intelligent artistry (…)” (.Classics Today.com) and “incisive temperament, impeccable technique and sumptuous tone” (Le Monde de la Musique.) He is a laureate of several international piano competitions, including F.Busoni and Viotti, as well as a special prizes winner of the XI International Chopin Competition and a First Prize winner of the Paderewski Piano Competition. He performed in Europe, America, Mexico, Australia and Japan, participating in such music festivals as Musica Antiqua Europae Orientalis, Capri Festival, Bydgoszcz International Music Festival, H.M.Gorecki Festival, Beethovenfest, Paderewski Festival, Liszt Festival in Vienna, San Francisco Liszt Festival, Cervantino International Music Festival, Morelia International Music Festival and the Chopin Festival in Paris.
He has recorded for television, radio and film and his performances were broadcast in Europe, United States and Australia. His solo and chamber music recordings can also be found on DUX, Naxos and Spotify. His latest CD, of works of Robert Schumann, was released by DUX in 2012. He is a professor of piano performance at Loyola Marymount University and artistic director of the Paderewski Society that organizes American Paderewski Competitions held in Los Angeles every two years. A member of the Modjeska Club since 2018, Prof. Kocyan gives concerts for the Club or host musical evenings at his home.
Julian Tuwim (13 September 1894 – 27 December 1953), known also under the pseudonym "Oldlen" as a song writer, was a Polish poet, born in Łódź, then part of the Russian Partition. He was educated in Łódź and in Warsaw where he studied law and philosophy at Warsaw University. After Poland's regained independence in 1918, Tuwim co-founded
Julian Tuwim (13 September 1894 – 27 December 1953), known also under the pseudonym "Oldlen" as a song writer, was a Polish poet, born in Łódź, then part of the Russian Partition. He was educated in Łódź and in Warsaw where he studied law and philosophy at Warsaw University. After Poland's regained independence in 1918, Tuwim co-founded the Skamander group of experimental poets with Antoni Słonimski and Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz. He was a major figure in Polish literature, admired also for his contribution to children's literature. He was a recipient of the prestigious Golden Laurel of the Polish Academy of Literature in 1935.
His collections Czyhanie na Boga ("In Lurking for God"; 1918), Sokrates tańczący ("Dancing Socrates"; 1920), Siódma jesień ("Seventh Autumn"; 1922), and Wierszy tom czwarty ("Poems, Volume Four"; 1923) are typical of his early work. In his later volumes of poetry – Słowa we krwi ("Words in the Blood"; 1926), Rzecz Czarnoleska ("The Czarnolas Matter"; 1929), Biblia cygańska ("The Gypsy Bible"; 1933) and Treść gorejąca ("A Burning Matter"; 1933) – Tuwim became restless and bitter; he wrote with vehemence about the emptiness of urban existence. He also drew more heavily from the romantic and classicist traditions, while perfecting his form and style, and becoming a virtuoso wordsmith. To this day, he is regarded as one of the greatest masters of the Polish language.
From the very beginning and throughout his artistic career, Tuwim was satirically inclined. He supplied sketches and monologues to numerous cabarets. His burlesque Bal w Operze ("The Ball at the Opera"; 1936) is regarded as his best satirical poem. In 1918 Tuwim co-founded the cabaret Picador and worked as a writer or artistic director with many other cabarets, such as Czarny Kot /Black Cat (1917–1919), Quid pro Quo (1919–1932), and Cyrulik Warszawski / Warsaw Doctor (1935–1939).
In 1939, at the beginning of World War II and the German occupation of Poland, Tuwim emigrated through Romania first to France, and after France's capitulation, to Brazil, by way of Portugal, and finally to the US, where he settled in 1942 to 1946. In 1939–1941, he collaborated with the émigré weekly Wiadomości Polskie. In 1942–1946, he worked with the monthly Nowa Polska published in London, and with Polish-American newspapers. During this time he wrote Kwiaty Polskie (Polish Flowers), an epic poem in which he remembered with nostalgia his early childhood in Łódź, protested the poverty of its inhabitants, lamented the tragedies of the war, praised the resilience of the nation, and expressed hope for a better future. In April 1944, Tuwim published a manifesto, entitled My, Żydzi Polscy (We, Polish Jews). returned to Poland after the war in 1946 but did not publish much in Stalinist Poland, except for reprints of his classic children’s verse, beloved until today, for example Lokomotywa (The Locomotive; 1938), translated into many languages. He also worked as a journalist and wrote well-regarded translations of Pushkin and other Russian poets. He died in 1953 at the age of 59 in Zakopane.
With sadness, we share information about a great loss of Polish culture and the local Polonia. A noted choreographer, dancer and dance teacher Stefan Wenta died in August 2022.
The funeral mass will take place on Wednesday, 17 August 2022, at 11 am at the Our Lady of the Bright Mount Church - Sanctuary of John Paul II on 3424 Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018. He was an active member of our club in its first decade, often hosted club events and became the Club's Honorary Member in 2012.
Stefan Wenta at the Ford Theater
with Modjeska Club, 2010
Stefan Wenta at his 89th Birthday Party in his Dance Studio, photo by Ilona Maranska, his student for 10 years
Biographical Notes from Modjeska Club 40th Anniversary Ball program, when Stefan Wenta received his Honorary Membership:
Born in 1929 in Gdansk, Stefan Wenta was a Polish-American dancer and choreographer with a distinguished career spanning two continents. He was a principal dancer and choreographer of the Warsaw Opera Ballet where he performed in such ballets as Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and Coppelia. After receiving a scholarship to study in Paris, along with other Polish notables such as Roman Polański, Zbigniew Cybulski and Krzysztof Komeda, Stefan became a partner of the Paris Opera’s prima-ballerinas Yvette Chauvire and Lycette Darsonval.
As the premier dancer of the Theatre d’Art du Ballet he performed in India, Indonesia, China, Africa and all over Europe. In 1960 he came to America where he became the Artistic Director of the Western Ballet of Los Angeles and later the Wenta Ballet of Los Angeles. He choreographed numerous ballets and a number of films such as Logan’s Run (1976), In Like Flint (1967), Fantastic Voyage and Warren Beatty’s Reds (1981). As an actor, he appeared in One Last Dance (2003) in the role of Orest. He continued to create choreography for ballet ein Polnad, at the Teatr Syrena in Warsaw, or Music Theater in Gdynia. He later taught dance at the MiMoDa studio in Hollywood, while working on his novel which was expected to be published in 2012, but was never completed.
Mr. Wenta was one of the founding members of the Modjeska Club and served on the Club’s Board in the 1970s. He hosted many club events in his dance studio and made several presentations about his projects for the Club. In August 2010, Mr. Wenta presented his ballet “Fantasy on Polish Airs” celebrating Chopin's 200th birthday and set to Chopin’s piece of the same title (Fantaisie brillante on Polish Airs in A major, Op. 13). The ballet was premiered by the Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles, as part of the “Taking Flight” program at the Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood.
Stefan Wenta on Polish TV
The General Meeting of the Club took place on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 4 p.m. at the Bolton Hall Museum, 10110 Commerce Avenue, Tujunga, CA 91042, where Maja Trochimczyk was reelected as President of the Club.
The Club welcomed the New Year on December 31, 2019 with a New Year's Eve Ball at the Imperial Ballroom, The Olympic Collection, with Zbigniew Gałązka as the DJ. The Modjeska Prize for 2019 was awarded to emigrant actresses Maria Nowotarska and Agata Pilitowska from Toronto, Canada. The winners performed in their own play, Good Evening, Monsieur Chopin, based on Chopin's letters, on January 31, 2020 at the Magicopolis Theater in Santa Monica. Dominika Świątek beautifully interpreted the favorite songs of Ewa Demarczyk, Jacek Kaczmarski and others in the "Sweet Peas and Roses" recital on February 29, 2020, in the Santa Monica Library concert hall.
The recital turned out to be a farewell to the “live” meetings format. After the meeting in February 2020, the Club canceled all scheduled performances due to the "pandemic" ban on meetings by the state of California. With live events being cancelled, we switched to Zoom format. In September, Anna Maria Mickiewicz of London, UK, read her poetry in English and Polish. On October 10, 2020, the “Polish Hollywood” meeting took place, featuring. Aleksandra Kaniak, Marcin Harasimowicz, and Monika Ekiert. The meeting was hosted by Elżbieta Kanski, who repeated this role in the next “Poland and Hollywood” event. On November 14th, actors Katarzyna Smiechowicz, Marek Probosz and film director Matt Szymanowski discussed their careers and projects. Christmas Caroling on December 20, 2020 was conducted by Prof. Stanisław Górka from Poland. The Modjeska Prize 2020 was awarded to Polish actor Andrzej Seweryn. The presentation took place on January 2, 2021 via Zoom. The event video with an interview by Katarzyna Śmiechowicz is posted on YouTube.
In January 2019, the Hellada Gallery hosted Monique Lehman’s tapestry art. In February, the Piramides Duo held a concert "Mickiewicz Akustyczhne"—Piotr Kajetan Matczuk (voice, piano, guitar) and Tomasz Imienowski (bass guitar) at Playa del Rey. Then, Magdalena Grzebałkowska, Krzysztof Komeda's biographer, talked about her book. In March 2019, Wiktoria Tracz, sang songs with lyrics by Krzysztof Dzikowski. On March 29, 2019, I invited the club to my own lecture “Who was Modjeska?” accompanying an exhibition of Helena Modjeska at the Laguna Art Museum. In May 2019, Magicopolis hosted the world premiere of the experimental play "Helena" about Helena Modjeska, written and performed by actress Marta Ojrzyńska. In June, we invited club members to a cabaret: "Qui Pro Quo—Polski Kabaret," a program of songs from Piwnica pod Baranami, Qui Pro Quo, Kabaret pod Egidą performed by the Polish Club from Las Vegas. Ten days later, there was a meeting with the Fantazja Theater from Sydney, Australia, which brought Andrzej Kołodziey's play about Salvador Dali, The Trial of Dali to the Hollywood Fringe Festival. At the same festival, we also had the opportunity to admire Monika Ekiert's talent in The Seven Year Itch, in the famous role of Marylin Monroe. In September 2019 we held a lecture by Prof. Andrzej Targowski about his book "Limits of Civilizations." On September 29th, at the residence of Prof. Wojciech Kocyan, we held a piano recital by the brothers Łukasz, Dominik and Kasper Yoder. In November, we held a concert by Shandy & Eva at Kulak's Woodshed in North Hollywood, promoting their CD. In December 2019, the Kolodziey family invited the Club to their residence in Beverly Hills, for a meeting with the basketball player Marcin Gortat, interviewed by Marcin Harasimowicz. Of course, we sang Christmas carols, beautifully led by Karolina Naziemiec.
Since the beginning of the term of the new Board elected in June 2018, many events have taken place. The board, led by Maja Trochimczyk, President and Witold Sokolowski, Vice President, included also Elbieta Trybus, Secretary, Elzbieta Przybyla, Treasurer, Chris Justin, Technical Director, Krystyna Okuniewska Artistic Director, Ewa Barsam, Director of Community Relations. We started the season from a lecture by an outstanding scientist, long-term member Dr. Jan Iwanczyk on September 22, 2018. There were events just for us and co-organized with others, for example the PAPA Club in Orange County (Polish Theater from Toronto). We also met at events co-sponsored by the Club: Polish Film Festival Los Angeles, Gala Concert of the Consulate of the Republic of Poland; or the Paderewski Lecture Recital at USC. In 2018, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence at many events. In October, we organized our own concert of patriotic songs performed by Katarzyna Sądej mezzosoprano and Barbara Bochenek, piano. We helped the Consulate to organize the Independence Concert on November 5th at the Colburn School of Music. During our Christmas Caroling Reception on December 15, 2018, the Helena Modjeska Prize was presented to Jadwiga Barańska and the mini-recital of Christmas Carols was
performed by the legendary soprano Teresa Kubiak and the outstanding pianist Wojciech Kocyan, with the help of children from the Polish School. The Modjeska Prize, established in 2010, is a lifetime achievement award in the field of acting. So far, the laureates included Jan Nowicki, Anna Dymna, and Barbara Krafftówna. We ended the year of the events of the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by visiting the Dar Młodzieży Sailing Ship in the San Pedro port.
Andrzej Seweryn Visited the Club for a lecture, hosted by Ewa and Efraim Barsam. More information coming soon
Christmas Carols by Jolanta Tensor were accompanied by guitarist Tomasz Fechner. More information coming soon.
Artur Getz gave a recital of songs at the Chmielewski residence in Pasadena. More information coming soon.
The Club attended a lecture at the NASA/JPL Von Karman Auditorium organized by President Andy Dowen. More information coming soon.
Past presidents met at an event - L to R, Edward Pilatowicz, Maja Trochimczyk, Jerzy Gassowski, Jolanta Zych and Andrew Dowen. More information coming soon.
The Club Board and Past Presidents received a total of 19 medals from the Polish government for the club's 40th anniversary, poster by Lech Majewski. More information coming soon.
In 2011, the Club visited JPL/NASA Von Karman Auditorium for a lecture by Polish scientists working for JPL on various projects.
More information to follow.
In 2010, the Club presented its first annual Modjeska Prize to Polish actor Jan Nowicki, at an event held in the Kolodziey residence in Beverly Hills. More Information to follow.
In 2009, the Club visited Arden, the Historic Home of Helena Modjeska in Orange County and held many other events, under the leadership of Andrzej Maleski, President.