Workshop: History of Prostitution in Poland, Prof. Keely Stauter-Halsted (UIC), Modern Europe Workshop, May 10

A message from our friends at Modern Europe Workshop:

Dear all,

Please join us on Tuesday, May 10 in the John Hope Franklin Room for the next meeting of the Modern Europe Workshop: refreshments at 4:45, discussion starting at 5:00. We are pleased to welcome Keely Stauter-Halsted, the Stefan and Lucy Hejna Family Chair in the History of Poland at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her publications include The Nation in the Village: The Genesis of Peasant National Identity in Austrian Poland, 1848-1914 (Cornell, 2001). Professor Stauter-Halsted’s paper, from an in-progress work on the history of prostitution in Poland, is currently available on Chalk. If you do not have access to the Chalk site or have any questions, please contact Eleanor.

Immediately after the workshop, everyone is warmly invited to a workshop dinner at Tara Zahra’s house.

Address: 5445 S. East View Park #2, Chicago 60615
Phone: (773) 484-7616

If you plan to attend dinner, please RSVP to by Sunday May 8 so that we have enough food.

We hope to see you there!


Film: The Officer’s Wife, Chicago International Film Festival, June 1, June 4

Together with the Chicago Cultural Center and our consular and cultural partners, the International Connections Committee of Cinema/Chicago is pleased to present the 8th annual International Screenings Program, voted by the Chicago Reader as the “BestFree Film Series in Chicago” in 2010.

This weekly film series, running May 4 – September 24, showcases 21 films from around the world that are not widely available in the U.S. The films, representing a wide array of genres from heart-pounding thrillers and laugh-out-loud comedies to soul-stirring dramas and poignant romances, demonstrate the wealth and artistry of filmmaking cultures from around the world.

For a complete film schedule, please visit:

Film: Kanal, Doc Films, Max Palevsky Cinema, Ida Noyes Hall, April 14


When: Thu, April 14, 9:30pm – 11:01pm
Where: Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall (1212 East 59th Street, Chicago, IL 60637) (map)
Underground Cinema (Andrzej Wajda, 1957) • At the end of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, a group of Polish resistance fighters retreat into the sewers in a desperate attempt at escape from the Nazis. They become disoriented, unable to return to the light of the surface for fear of being shot, and instead are forced to wade through endless fumes and sewage. The second installment of Wajda’s World War II trilogy, Kanał is a stark and harrowing depiction of hell within the earth. It helped to establish not only Wajda’s career, but also Polish cinema’s reputation on the world stage, winning the Special Jury Prize at Cannes. 16mm



Quo Vadis III Polish Leadership Conference, University of Toronto, May 13-15

Quo Vadis III is a Polish Leadership Conference organized by the North American Quo Vadis Council, Polish Students Association at the University of Toronto, PISK and YPCPA. The purpose of this very unique event is to create a strong, viable professional and social global network of young Poles.

Quo Vadis III: Tools for Success Conference will take place May 13-15, 2011 in Toronto, Canada. The event is open for students, graduates and yound professionals between the ages of 18 and 35.

More details about this event can be found at QV website:

If interested, please contact Sylvia Badon (



Concert: Chopin and Liszt, Katsura Tanikawa (Piano), Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert, Chicago Cultural Center, April 6

Wednesday, April 6, 2011, 12:15 pm

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert

Katsura Tanikawa, Piano

Toccata in E minor, BWV 914 (8’)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

“My Joys” from 6 Chants Polonais (4’)
Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)
Arr. Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)

Transcendental Etude No. 9 in A-flat Major, “Ricordanza” (11’)
Franz Liszt

Estampes (15’)
I.   Pagodes
II.  Soirée dans Grenade
III. Jardins sous la Pluie
Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)

Hailed by many critics as a vibrant and thoughtful musician, pianist Katsura Tanikawa has been the recipient of more than 20 first prizes in national and international competitions. Ms. Tanikawa has been featured with numerous orchestras in the US and abroad, including featured performances with the Frankfurt State Symphony in Germany, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra in Moscow, Russia, the Philharmonia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Sound Symphony Orchestra in New York, among many others.

Ms. Tanikawa has presented numerous solo piano recitals, including performances at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. D.C., Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall in New York, the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Caramoor Performer’s Showcase Series in New York, Villa Bertramka in Prague, Czech Republic, and major concert halls in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka, Japan.

Ms. Tanikawa is also an avid chamber musician, and her collaborations with other musicians have taken her to many cities in the US, Europe and Asia. Ms. Tanikawa has collaborated in chamber music performances with the members of the Vienna Philharmonic Wind Ensemble in 2006, as well as with the members of the Czech Philharmonic during the 2007 Dvorak Festival in Japan. Critics praised her performance with the ensemble “… Tanikawa’s playing was filled with exuberance, and she sang her music with deep emotion and beauty.” She has also collaborated in chamber music performances with violinist Itzhak Perlman for the Perlman Summer Music benefit concert in New York City.

In 2008, Ms. Tanikawa recorded a solo piano album of all Liszt’s music titled Katsura Tanikawa plays Franz Liszt. Previously in 2005, Ms Tanikawa released a CD under the label Art Union titled Beethoven Complete Works for Cello and Piano with renowned Viennese cellist and former cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic, Adalbert Skocic. The Beethoven Sonata album was designated as  “Most Recommended Chamber Music CD” by Record Geijitsu Music publication in Japan.

Ms. Tanikawa received her Bachelor of Music in Piano at The Juilliard School in New York City under the instruction of Yoheved Kaplinsky. She pursued her academic interests at Columbia University, culminating in a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History. Ms. Tanikawa received her Master of Music degree at Yale School of Music studying under Boris Berman.

Concert: Megitza Quartet, LunchBreak – Music Without Borders, Chicago Cultural Center, April 8

LunchBreak – Music Without Borders: Megitza Quartet

Polish Highlander music group Megitza Quartet performs a free lunchtime concert as part of the Music Without Borders Friday series.

LunchBreak’s Music Without Borders Friday concerts feature music styles from around the world.


Apr 8, 2011
12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., Randolph Cafe
Chicago, IL 60602

Concert: Chopic and Prokofiev, Dror Biran (Piano), Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert, Chicago Cultural Center, April 14


Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 12:15 pm

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert

Dror Biran, Piano

Two Preludes from Book I (6’)
Danseuses de Delphes
Les Collines d’Ana Capri
Claude Debussy (1862 – 1918)

Ballade No. 4, Op. 58 in F minor (11’)
Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849)

Sonata No.7, Op.83 in B-flat Major  (18’)
I.   Allegro inquieto
II.  Andante coloroso
III. Precipitato
Sergei Prokofiev (1891 – 1953)

Dror Biran is one of Israel’s most admired and gifted pianists. His playing has been described in Die Beeld as “powerful, but also beautifully sensitive”. The Plain Dealer added “his fortissimos crashed and roared, but next to them came pianissimos that whispered seductively…he has technique to burn and uses it effectively…”   His superb tonal control combined with interesting phrasing and voicing has won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences.

Born in Israel, Mr. Biran is a top prize winner of several national and international piano competitions. He is a graduate of the Givataim Conservatory where he studied with Mrs. Lili Dorfman and of the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University where he studied with Prof. Arie Vardi. He won top prizes at the M.K Ciurlionis International Piano Competition (1995), and the Cleveland International Piano Competition (1997) where he also received a special prize for the best performance of works by Chopin. Other honors include first prize at the “Pilar Bayona International Piano Competition” in Zaragoza, Spain (1998), and the Rafi Goralnik prize for pianists, in the Aviv Competition 2000.  He has been a recipient of multiple scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for distinguished musicians.

Mr. Biran has performed widely as a soloist with major orchestras including the Lithuanian Philharmonic, the Louisville Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra of Spain, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic. He has played under the batons of Etinger, Rodan, Gueller, Gacia Asensio, Lane and others. His concert tours have taken him to Eastern and Western Europe, Israel and South Africa.

As a chamber musician Mr. Biran has appeared on a regular basis with different music ensembles such as the Carmel and Aviv String Quartets, and with members of the Cleveland Orchestra. His concerts have been broadcast by WCLV, WQXR, WUOL, The Voice of Music – Israel, and Classic FM South Africa, among others. He can be heard on the JMC (Jerusalem Music Centre) labels featuring ballades by Brahms and Chopin.

Mr. Biran received his Doctoral degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Mr. Paul Schenly and Dr. Daniel Shapiro. He taught at Youngstown State University and Case Western Reserve University.  Currently, he holds a piano professor position at the University of Louisville’s School of Music. His future engagements include chamber and solo concerts in the United States, Europe and Israel.

Art: “Adventures of Light: Voytek Glinkowski and His Students,” Opening Reception with Artists, The Polish Museum of America, April 14


An exhibit by Voytek Glinkowski and his students – April 14 to April 21, 2011


Contact: Monika Nowak

Tel. 773-384-3352 ext. 103, e-mail:




Thursday, April 14, 2011

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.


Join us for a special and fun-filled Polish Museum of America (PMA) fundraising event

Opening Reception with the artists

Adventures of Light: Voytek Glinkowski and His Students

The exhibition will feature intriguing paintings and drawings – poetic light impressions of colorful landscapes, flowers, still life and figure compositions – by the talented Voytek Glinkowski and his students: Beth Boyd, Margaret Boyd, Olga Dolgun, Carole Gilberg, Inna Goldman, Joyce O’Callaghan, Natalia Osipova.  

Works will be for sale, and 30% of the price will be donated to the PMA Art Gallery Renovation Fund.

Exhibition until April 20th .

Performance by acclaimed Jazz singer Agnieszka Iwańska at 8:00 p.m.

Flavors of Kasia’s Deli and Żywiec Beer.

One free drink will be served.

Live music and a cash bar.

Admission: $ 10 for Museum members, $ 15 for non-members.

All proceeds will support the PMA Art Gallery Renovation Fund.

Renovation is taking place and the grand re-opening

of the Stephen and Elizabeth Ann Kusmierczak Art Gallery is scheduled forNovember 2011.

The PMA boasts a world class, unique collection of Polish art not to be missed.

Concert: The Resonance Ensemble, Chicago Cultural Center, March 6

The Resonance Ensemble

Sunday, March 6, 2pm

Claudia Cassidy Theater

Ken Vandermark’s 10 piece orchestra, the Resonance Ensemble, features musicians from Poland, the Ukraine, Sweden, and the United States. To coincide with this show the Resonance Ensemble’s brand new album, “Kafka in Flight,” will be released on the Not Two label. This performance is the culmination of the International Resonance Festival taking place in Chicago and Milwaukee, March 2-6

Study Abroad in Poland and Czech Republic

Check out two study abroad programs:

Study Abroad Czech Republic was established with the goal of expanding academic year, semester, and summer opportunities for US and Canadian students who are specifically interested in the Czech language and culture.

Study Abroad Poland was established with the goal of expanding academic year, semester, and summer opportunities for US and Canadian students who are specifically interested in the Polish language and culture.