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Thursday, November 11, 2021, 07:00pm - 09:30pm
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Fantastic event co-sponsored by
Cafe Coda, Polish Student Association of UW-Madison
and Grażyna Auguścik foundation "Sounds and Notes"
with support of MadPolka Productions and
UW-Madison Polish Studies Program

Grażyna Auguścik (vocals) and Paul Bedal (piano)

Concert follows the screening of 1 hour documentary

Movie director Agnieszka Lipiec-Wróblewska
will be present to answer questions

This two-part event is held to celebrate Poland's Independence Day observed on November 11th.  The music of Frédéric Chopin is the most prominent symbol od Poland beyond its borders and its worldwide fame and popularity remains steadfastly strong. The event in Cafe Coda sheds light on the exotic side of Chopin's popularity by focusing on his influence on the music of the Carribean island of Curaçao.

2021 Chopin Carribean poster  From the UW-Madison's GNS website: The documentary Chopin. Caribbean Key (Antyle Chopina in Polish) explores Frédéric Chopin’s rich legacy through the lens of the local music in Curaçao. As his music reached the Caribbean island, it inspired the creation of “Caribbean Mazurka.” The documentary features classical, jazz, and ethnic interpretations of Chopin’s music and interviews highlighting his significance in the local culture. Directed by Agnieszka Lipiec-Wróblewska, the documentary was nominated in the category of television performing arts and shown at the Prix Italia 2021 festival in Milan, Italy. It also premiered in Curaçao in June 2021.

“For many years the piece has been known as the national dance of Curaçao. The music and its variations reflect the tragic history of the island and although the tunes are seemingly distant, they profoundly resemble Chopin’s compositions. The film centers on Randal Corsen, the most outstanding local pianist, who plans to write pieces inspired by Chopin, for traditional instruments and in some new arrangements. He is joined by Janusz Olejniczak, an internationally recognized composer, enthusiast and interpreter of Chopin’s music.”

Here are the links to the bios of:
Grażyna Auguścik
Paul Bedal
Agnieszka Lipiec-Wróblewska
This concert is a part of the Encore to the festival "Chopin IN the City" that Grażyna Auguścik foundation "Sounds and Notes" organizes in Chicago since 2017.

Tickets are $20 at the door or on the Cafe Coda website

Cafe Coda, 1124 Williamson St. Madison WI 53703 

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