Friday, November 12, 2010, 7 :30 p.m.
Join us for a special event in the intimate surroundings of the historic Newberry Library in Chicago to honor the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ignacy Jan Paderewski and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Fryderyk Chopin.
November 11-13, 2010
Chopin & Paderewski 2010 International Conference Loyola University Chicago
In honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Fryderyk Chopin and the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, the Polish Studies Program, the Departments of History, Modern Languages and Literatures, Fine and Performing Arts, Political Science, and the international Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago plan to host an international and interdisciplinary conference Chopin & Paderewski 2010, on November 11-13, 2010.
in order to contribute to the importance, visibility, and validity of the commemorations.
We strongly believe that it is essential to mount a resonant celebration of Paderewski’s achievements in order to secure his legacy in America by restoring the prominence of Ignacy J. Paderewski's timeless virtues. The Maestro is an important model as a
musician, statesman, and humanitarian who shared his talent and life for the good of nations.
We also believe that it is important to remember the meaning Chopin's music had for the Polish nation during difficult historic events in the mid-19th century. Fryderyk Chopin, born in Poland and then part of the Polish literary and artistic diaspora in Paris, had no home to return to, as Poland lost its independent political entity in 1831. Chopin has been since the symbol of the nation’s intellectual and cultural identity and of spiritual freedom.
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