March

Pianist Magdalena Baczewska to Perform Concert Highlighting Frédéric Chopin

Pianist Magdalena Baczewska

News Story: March 11, 2014

The Sacred Heart University Polish Studies Fund will host a concert featuring the work of Frédéric Chopin on Saturday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The program will bring to life the musical world in which Chopin lived, artists who influenced him and the generations of musicians he inspired. Musical selections will be preceded by short verbal introductions. This event is free and open to the public.

Magdalena Baczewska will perform as a featured pianist. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Polish Minister of Culture and laureate of the Award for Outstanding Polish Citizen Abroad. Growing up in a family of musicians, Baczewska started piano instruction at the age of 5, and at 12 made her orchestra debut. As a winner of international piano competitions, she has appeared worldwide as a solo artist and in orchestral performances. Hailed as “imaginative and instructive, a player of taste, purity of tone, and clarity of line,” she appeared on major radio shows across America and Europe, including NPR, WQXR and Voice of America. She is currently a piano faculty member at the Mannes College New School for Music and John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University in New Jersey. She holds a doctorate in musical arts from the Manhattan School of Music, along with bachelor and master’s degree from the Mannes College, New School for Music.

The Polish Studies Fund, a long-standing endowment that was established by the late professor Francis Lachowicz to promote the study of Polish history, culture and language. Professor Lachowicz taught at SHU from 1978 to 1995 in the Department of Modern Foreign Languages.