"The Pianist's Story" - An Evening With Andrzej Szpilman

On May 14, 2003 Andrzej Szpilman, son of Wladyslaw Szpilman - The Pianist, was featured for an evening of talk and music at the Polish Embassy in Washington, DC. The event was co-sponsored by The Thursday Dinner Society as inspired by Polish King Stanislaw August Poniatowski.



Mr. Szpilman (above) addressed the audience at length concerning the life and times of his now famous father. He told the very interesting story of how and why his father wrote the book The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945. Recently the book was made into the celebrated and internationally acclaimed movie The Pianist by director Roman Polanski.

Also recounted were many personal and professional anecdotes and vignettes on all aspects of Wladyslaw Szpilman's life which held the audience spellbound for over one hour.

The Szpilman presentation was followed by a lively and very informative question and answer period as well as an interlude of entertaining piano music and a sumptuous Polish buffet.

Baltimore, Md., May 20, 2003
text and photographs by Richard P. Poremski, contact the author by e-mail
This article was published originally in Polish American Journal, Buffalo, NY.

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I recommend

The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945 (Paperback), by Wladyslaw Szpilman "I began my wartime career as a pianist in the Cafe Nowoczesna, which was in Nowolipki Street in the very heart of the Warsaw ghetto..."


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The Pianist (Widescreen Edition) (2003)



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