When Time Location

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church of Austin
901 Trinity Street
Austin, Texas 78701

The Sound of Poland: Piano concert celebrating 100 years of independence

Posted on 05-10-2018 , by: Art Gmurowski , 0 Comments

Austin Polish Society Presents:

Polish Pianist, Michal Korzistka, performs works by Chopin, Paderewski, Kilar, and Glenc.

WHAT: “The Sound of Poland”, a solo piano recital- Michał Korzistka
performs musical gems by Polish composers.
WHERE: First Baptist Church of Austin, 901 Trinity St., Austin, TX 78701
WHEN: Sunday, November 4 at 4pm

COST: FREE (donations gratefully accepted.)
CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr AT gmail.com

The history of Poland is long, interesting, and convoluted. The country went through good and bad times, changed territories, rulers, political systems, and in 1918, regained independence lost for 123 years. Art and culture reflect and translate history in a unique and valuable way. Musical centennial celebrations this year come to Austin from Poland with professor of piano at the University of Silesia in Cieszyn, Poland.

A reception with artist in attendance will follow the concert – please join us!

Michał performed in Austin in May, 2017 – here is a link to part of the recital: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDjKn1_5n84&list=PL3MGwwS_y7vTPh1ltwtXaCr51IuIOrhZn
and to the interview and samples of music he and violinist Marcin Halat played at that time at the KUTX Studio when interviewd by John Aielli: http://kutx.org/musicarchive/marcin-halat-michal-korzistka-5-3-17

Minuet à l’Antique, Op. 14 – Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860 – 1941)
Preludes (world premieres) – Jacek Glenc (b. 1967)
The Music of my Soul
Thoughtful Love
Love Fulfilled
Three Mazurkas for piano – Wojciech Kilar (1932 – 2013)
Polonaises A – major op. 40 No. 1 – Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)


Ballades – Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
No.1 g – minor op. 23
No. 2 F -major op. 38
No. 3 A flat – major op. 47
Polonaise A flat major op. 53 – – Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)

Michał Korzistka – pianist, chamber musician, teacher, in the years 2008-2016 director of the Institute of Music in Faculty of Arts in Cieszyn, Silesian University in Katowice. Born in 1961 in Bielsko-Biała, he took his first piano lessons from his grandmother, Helena. He is a graduate of the Music School in Bielsko-Biała in the piano class of Z. Tanewski, the Music Academy in Katowice in the class of prof. T. Żmudziński, and Postgraduate Piano Study at the Music Academy in Warsaw under the supervision of prof. J. Sulikowski. He perfected his skills at the master course with prof. R. Buchbinder in Zürich.
Dr. Korzistka has participated in many competitions and festivals in his native Poland and abroad, including Young Talents in Opole and Tarnów, K. Szymanowski National Piano Competition in Łódź, the Polish Piano Festival in Słupsk, International Piano Competition Rina Sala Gallo in Monza, Italy, II International Music Competition in Tokyo, Japan, the International Music Competition in Montreal, 42 International Chopin Festival in Duszniki.
Michał Korzistka performed in Chopin’s manor house in Żelazowa Wola, and the Chopin monument in Łazienki Royal Park in Warsaw, in the ‘Atma’ in Zakopane, in the Castle in Pszczyna. His has recorded for the archives of the Music Academy in Katowice and for the Second Program of the Polish National Radio. Korzistka participated in recording of Karol Szymanowski’s music for the Polish Recordings Company. (This bio is from http://www.instytutmuzyki.us.edu.pl/files/michal.korzistka.htm)
Austin music lovers had a chance to hear Dr. Korzistka at several occasions when presented by the Austin Polish Society, Classical Music For the World, KUTX radio station, and the University of Texas