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06.27.2019

A Choral Tribute to Moniuszko

Katarzyna Buczkowska
Five choirs of the Polish Singers Alliance of America, District VII, opera soloists Justyna Giermola (soprano) and Dariusz Ocetek (bass), and ”Wianek”, a children's ensemble, celebrated the 2019 Year of Moniuszko with a lively concert on Sunday, June 9, on the intimate stage of the Polish-Slavic Center in Greenpoint.

The choral performances interwoven with operatic solos yielded songs and arias that well revealed the talent and sensitivity of Stanisław Moniuszko. 

The evening was hosted by Izabella Kobus-Salkin, artistic director of the PSAA, District VII, who dedicated the concert to the late Barbara Blyskal (1938-2019). “Barbara adored choral music,” said Kobus-Salkin about the president of the choir “Jutrzenka”, an organist and member of the PSAA for 64 years. “The best way to honor Barbara's life filled with music is to sing together!” 

The opening “Our Father” performed by the combined choirs directed by David Zagorski featured spirited female and male voices to inspire a moment of reflection. The idyllic classic “The Spinner”, sung fluidly by the female choir “Jutrzenka” conducted by Izabella Kobus-Salkin, moved the audience into the realm of poetic song.

The spirit of Polish folklore flowed through the songs and Moniuszko's melodies. Justyna Giermola (soprano) skillfully interpreted “Goldfish“, and the audience was moved by Dariusz Ocetek’s (bass) rendition of the fairy tale “The Old Man and His Wife”. Both artists' notable vocal and acting skills were accompanied by David Maiullo on the piano.

Expressive interpretations were presented by the ensembles of ”Hejnał” and ”Chopin”. The mixed choir, under the direction of Janusz Sporek, sang ”Hey, a Nightingale Flew” a cappella with the solo voice of Zuzanna Niewiadomska (soprano). The male choir, under the direction of Anthony Tabish, performed ”The Falcons Came”. 

The lyrical works “O Lord, what is the fate of humanity” sung by the mixed choir “Aria” conducted by Barbara Miluk-Kolasa, and "Two Dawns" presented by the female choir "Marcella Kochańska-Sembrich" directed by David Zagorski, provoked a vivid reaction from the audience. 

Justyna Giermola (soprano) held listeners rapt with her Halka’s aria from the opera “Halka”, and Skołuba’s Aria from the opera “The Haunted Manor” was finely interpreted by Dariusz Ocetek (bass). The audience demanded an encore from both soloists. 

The charm of children came on stage with the vocal and dance ensemble “Wianek”, which, directed by Izabella Kobus-Salkin, sang ”Evening Magic” and ”Puck”, and danced the polonaise to the choreography of Tomasz Orzechowski. The children won enormous applause. 

The concert ended with the singing of Zbigniew Kozub’s ”Hymn of Polonia Choirs”, which confirmed that ”Polonia in the heart sings.”

Photographs

  1. The combined choirs, directed by David Zagorski, sing “Our Father”. Music by Moniuszko.
  2. Justyna Giermola (soprano) sings Halka’s aria from Moniuszko’s opera “Halka”
  3. Dariusz Ocetek (bass) interprets Skołuba’s aria from the opera “The Haunted Manor”
  4. Children’s ensemble “Wianek” sings Moniuszko’s “Evening Song” directed by Izabella Kobus-Salkin
  5. Mixed choir “Aria” sings “O Lord, what is the fate of humanity”. Conductor Barbara Miluk-Kolasa
  6. Male choir “Chopin”, under the direction of Anthony Tabish, performs ”The Falcons Came”
  7. Female choir "Marcella Kochańska-Sembrich", directed by David Zagorski, sings “Two Dawns”
  8. Female choir “Jutrzenka” sings “The Spinner”, directed by Izabella Kobus-Salkin,
  9. “Hejnał”, the mixed choir under the direction of Janusz Sporek, sings ”Hey, a Nightingale Flew”
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