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8 March 2017
The visit of our outstanding artists in Los Angeles was associated with the workshops carried out for the musicians from the California Institute of the Arts as well as with promoting the festival ‘Chopin in the City’, which was created in Chicago with the initiative of Grażyna Auguścik.
ovation after the concert (photo: Iga Supernak)
Apart from the Chopin masterpieces arranged in jazz, that Andrzej Jagodziński is famous for, the songs of Henryk Wars and Victor Young, both graduated with the music degrees in Poland before moving to Los Angeles, were also performed. For the second time we had the honor to host the son of Henryk Wars, Robert, with his family.
Consul General, Mariusz Brymora, speaking. Siting in the first row - Henryk Wars’ son (photo: Iga Supernak)
Another special guest of the evening was Victoria Davis, Victor Young’s niece. Victor Young was born in Chicago, however a few years before the First World War, in 1910, he was sent to Warsaw, to his Polish family. He graduated from the Warsaw Imperial Conservatory in the class of score taught by Roman Statkowski. In Poland a composer and a violinist was famous by the name of Wiktor Jung. An influence of the Polish music can clearly be heard in his work. One of the most recognized songs by Young is “When I Fall in Love”. His output in music and the work for the film industry are impressive. Although, he was nominated 22 times for the Academy Award, he only received one Oscar, in 1975, for the score to the movie “Around the World in Eighty Days”. He was also awarded an Emmy and a Golden Globe. His family in the United States kept the piano on which this great composer, though inequitably not so widely recognized, used to play.
Victoria Davis very generously gifted the Victor Young’s piano to the Chopin Music School at Bednarska in Warsaw. Mrs. Davis was awarded a Medal of Merit for Polish Culture with Case, which was handed by the Consul General Mariusz Brymora during the ceremony.
Consul General handing the medal to Victoria Davis (fot. Iga Supernak)SEE MORE