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A Taste of Poland: Embassy of Poland Dinner Reception and Classical Concert with violinist Kinga Augustyn: A Celebration of Cuisine, Culture, Art and Music!


Friday, May 08, 2009 at 6:45 PM


Enjoy an enchanting evening of Polish culture
Meet other internationally-minded professionals in town


Event Details

Our previous reception at the Embassy of Poland sold out well in advance.
Please reserve your tickets soon!


The International Club of DC, with the cooperation of the Embassy of Poland, cordially requests the pleasure of your company for an enchanting evening of music, culture, art, and cuisine at the Embassy of Poland. This is a wonderful opportunity to discover Poland through all your senses! The evening begins with a short presentation about Poland that offers a bird’s eye view of Poland as well as Polish culture, geography, trade, and tourism. Afterwards sit back and relax to a delightful violin performance by Polish violinist Kinga Augustyn. After the concert you will be invited to feast on a buffet of traditional Polish delicacies prepared by the embassy chef along with wine and Polish spirits served at the open bar. The evening also provides you with the opportunity to meet diplomatic personnel at the embassy as well as International Club of DC members in attendance.

TRADITIONAL POLISH DINNER FEAST (Subject to change)
After the concert you are invited to indulge in a feast of traditional Polish entrees prepared especially for us by the embassy chef.

Salmon Salad (varies vegetables with salmon)

Summer Salad (vegetables, lettuce, tomatoes)

Broccoli Salad

Sirloin with Plum (sliced jellied sirloin with plum)

Turkey Roulade

Roast Pork and Beef with Mushrooms (sliced and steamed)

Chicken with Fruits

Jellied Salmon

Fish a’la Kaszub (roasted fish with herbs and vegetables)

Pork Sirloin with Mushrooms

Salmon in Cucumber Sauce

Meatballs in Pepper Sauce

Pastried and fruit served for dessert

Beverages servd at the open bar include: wine, vodka and beer

PROPOSED PROGRAM

JOHANNES BRAHMS
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78 (27 min.)
Vivace ma non troppo
Adagio
Allegro molto moderato

KAROL SZYMANOWSKI
Myths, Op. 30 (21 min.)
Fountain of Arethusa
Narcissus
Dryads and Pan

WITOLD LUTOSLAWSKI
Subito (1992) (5 min.)

ALEKSANDER ZARZYCKI
Mazurek in G Major (6 min.)

HENRYK WIENIAWSKI
Fantaisie Brillante (Faust Fantasy) (14 min.)


Requested Attire
Business or cocktail attire requested.
Tickets and Registration
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Please reserve your tickets early, as capacity at the embassy is limited. Our previous piano concert at the Embassy of Poland sold out a week in advance.

Tickets are only $65 for a limited time and $85 afterwards.


Cancellation Policy
Please note that all online ticket sales are final. We are unable to offer cancelations or refunds on line ticket purchases.
Address

Embassy of Poland
2640 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009


Additional Event Information & Notes

About the Artists

Kinga- Winner of the 2007 Artist International Presentations Annual Auditions, a Polish- born violinist Kinga Augustyn performed her New York Debut Recital at the Weill Hall, Carnegie Hall in March of 2008. Described as “a violinist for whom nothing seems too difficult” (Nowy Dziennik, March 2008, New York City), Ms. Augustyn has also released a CD with Nicolo Paganini 24 Caprics for violin solo. A Bachelors (2004) and Masters (2007) graduate of the Juilliard School in New York, where as a full- tuition scholarship recipient she studied with Cho Liang Lin, Naoko Tanaka and the legendary Dorothy DeLay, Ms. Augustyn has appeared with the Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra Leopoldinum, the Wroclaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Augusta Symphony Orchestra, and the American ACO at the Aspen Music Festival, among others. As a recitalist and a chamber musician, she has appeared in the US at halls including the Weill Hall (Carnegie Hall), Paul Hall, Alice Tully and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Polish Consulate in New York, as well as in Europe. Interested in contemporary music, Ms. Augustyn has premiered new works by such composers as: Michael White (Trio Sonata composed for her), Jakub Ciupinski (a piece also written for her), and Cynthia Lee Wong.

Ms. Augustyn has shown a great interest in promoting Polish music in the United States, which has lead her to a collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute of New York (partial sponsor of her Carnegie Debut Recital) and the Kosciuszko Foundation. In the fall of 2008, she has given a New England premiere of an unknown in the United States Polish Violin Concerto composed in 1902 by Mieczyslaw Karlowicz, with the Augusta Symphony Orchestra in Maine.

Pavel Gintov was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1984. He started his musical education at Kiev Central Music School and continued it at the Moscow State Conservatory, where he was a student of Lev Naumov and Daniil Kopylov. In 2008 he obtained Master of Music Degree at the Manhattan School of Music studying with Nina Svetlanova.
As a first prize winner in the Takamatsu International Piano Competition (2006, Japan), Mr. Gintov performed recitals and concertos with orchestra in Teatro Verdi Nationale (Milan), Kioi Hall (Tokyo) and Moscow Conservatory. In 2007 he presented Tchaikovsky Concerto no.1 at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall.
Among the grants received by Mr. Gintov are the Mieczyslaw Munz Scholarship (New York, 2009), Shevchenko Scientific Society Grant (New York, 2008) and the Full Scholarship and Stipend at the Manhattan School of Music (2006).
Pavel Gintov currently lives in New York, where he is working on DMA Degree at the Manhattan School of Music.


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