30th Anniversary of the Chopin Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C. Piano Concert At Polish Embassy. The 30th Anniversary of the Chopin Foundation of the United States was celebrated here on October 18, 2007 at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland. Cultural Counselor Mariusz Brymora hosted the gala black tie event.

Jadwiga Gevert & Blanka A. Rosenstiel wearing medals

The evening began on a very high note when Ambassador Janus Reiter presented Chopin Foundation Founder, Lady Blanka A. Rosenstiel (above right), with Poland's 'Gloria Artis' medal, and it's Executive Director Jadwiga Gevert with the 'Distinguished For Polish Culture' badge. Kazimierz Ujazdowski, Poland's Minister of Culture, issued the awards to recognize the Foundation's outstanding achievements in the promotion of Polish culture.

We are very proud to report that the distinguished Lady Blanka A. Rosenstiel is a long term member and active supporter of the Polish Nobility Association Foundation. Her Polish cultural interests and programs do truly ennoble her to Poland, Polonia and the PNAF.

The highlight of the evening was a delightful concert by the much accomplished pianist Wendy Chen (seen above). The varied program included the works of Chopin, Liszt, Brahms and Rachmaninov. The young Ms. Chen has won numerous competitions and is the recipient of many awards; she has performed in many different music venues, as a soloist and with chamber orchestras, both here and abroad.

The non-profit Chopin Foundation, founded in 1977, states that it's purpose is to help young talented American artists in their career development and to make classical music accessible to the broad audience.

And that is exactly what the musical Foundation has been doing quite successfully over the past 30 years.

Please visit web site www.chopin.org for more information about the Chopin Foundation of the United States.

Text and Photographs by Richard P. Poremski, contact the author by e-mail.
The article was published originally in Polish-American Journal
It was written on January 6, 2007

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