Photos by Anna Gliszczynska,
Urszula Lukaszuk, and Les Fil

Events - 2010

A highlight of the evening was the rare opportunity to view an original manuscript in Chopin’s hand, Nocturne in B major, Opus 62 No. 1, which was published in 1846.

In 1946, The Newberry Library had the good fortune and prescience to acquire this exquisite score, handwritten by the composer. The spidery deletions enhance the score, adding a visual poetry to the romanticism of the melody.

The 150th anniversary
of the birth of Ignacy
Jan Paderewski
and the 200th anniversary of the birth
of Fryderyk Chopin

Friday, November 12, 2010
7 :30 p.m.

The Newberry Library
Ruggles Hall
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610

The Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw published a facsimile edition of the Nocturne, part of the ongoing series of facsimile editions of all the available Chopin music manuscripts. An international academic publishing project on a grand scale, the volumes offer commentaries by Chopin scholars in six languages: Polish, English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. This volume was on display.

Alongside the exhibition of the manuscript, documents drawn from the Newberry Collections illustrated Paderewski’s connection to Chicago through the prism of his cordial and close relationship with Theodore Thomas, the founder of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and his wife, Rose Fay Thomas.

Members of Chicago's Diplomatic Corps attended the event.

The evening featured the Chicago recital debut of the young pianist, Jan Milosz Lisiecki, an extraordinary talent hailed by critics worldwide for his mature playing.

Jan Milosz Lisiecki was interviewed by TV Polonia & Polsat - entirely in Polish.

Jan Milosz Lisiecki, pianist, Izabela Roman, The Paderewski Association president and Stanley Boduch, Maestro Award sponsor, holding the Award which is a mold of Paderewski's hand

The 2010 Maeastro Award was presented to General Edward L. Rowny, a dedicated promulgator and admirer of Paderewski’s legacy.

The mold of Paderewski's hand by Malvina Hoffman, American sculptor (1887-1966)

The original clay mold is in the collection of The Polish Museum of America in Chicago.

Enhancing the presentations of the evening was the launch of a bilingual children’s book about Paderewski, with the author and artist Anna Mycek-Wodecki in attendance. Ingeniously illustrated, IGNAS Chlopiec z kolorowa glowa/ The Boy with the Colorful Head, written in Polish and English, recounts stories from the composer’s childhood based on his recollections, The Paderewski Memoirs, published in 1938.

Anna Mycek Wodecki and Jan Milosz Lisiecki


The original artwork created for the book IGNAS Chlopiec z kolorowa glowa/ The Boy with the Colorful Head by Anna Mycek Wodecki

Izabela Roman, president of The Paderewski Association presenting Anna Mycek Wodecki's book IGNAS Chlopiec z kolorowa glowa/ The Boy with the Colorful Head

Maja Trochimczyk, scholar, and Richard Dyer, music critic, next to a photograph of Paderewski from 1890 from the collection of The Polish Museum of America in Chicago

Richard Dyer presented a lecture on Paderewski titled Some Call it Hair… referring to American pianist and composer, Edward Alexander MacDowell's quote “Some call it hair; I call it piano playing.”

Boguslaw Raba, musicologist, University of Wroclaw, Teresa Kaczorowska, journalist and author, and Stan Bernacki, founder of The Paderewski Association

Barbara Mirecki, Master of Ceremonies and Event Coordinator

Jan Milosz Lisiecki signing a poster published for the event and his debut CD featuring the Piano Concertos in F minor and E minor by Fryderyk Chopin, recorded during the festival Chopin and his Europe at the Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall, 21 August 2008 [1-3] and 20 August 2009 [4-6]


Grazyna Auguscik, jazz musician, and Jan Milosz Lisiecki

Jan Milosz Lisiecki and Elizabeth Doyle, singer and composer

Lucyna Migala, artistic director of The Lira Ensemble, and Jan Milosz Lisiecki

© 2011 The Organizing Committee for Chopin & Paderewski 2010 celebrations, USA