SS. Cyril & Methodius Patronal Feast

February 7, 2012

Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library invites patrons and friends of the community to the 2nd Annual Patronal Feast Celebration dinner on February 11, 2012.


Autumn Rhapsody

November 3, 2011

Polish Mission hosts Detroit Vintage Jazz Concert Fundraiser

“Autumn RHAPSODY”
Friday November 18th, 2011
5:30pm
Orchard Lake Schools Art Gallery

ORCHARD LAKE, MI –The Polish Mission will hold a gala autumn fundraiser with singer Kira Frabotta and Pianist Mike Jellick.  Both are Detroit-raised young musicians with a unique repertoire of jazz from the early 20th c.  that will set the tone as Orchard Lake’s Art Gallery transforms into a 1930s jazz club for the evening.  Kira’s clean soprano top is balanced by a smooth mezzo/alto sweetness, along with her natural ability to scat like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.  Her sultry swing jazz style was influenced by the greats: Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Billy Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Doris Day, Jo Stafford, and Anita O’Day.  Born in New Delhi, India, and raised in Livonia, MI, Mike Jellick is one of the most sought-after pianists in the midwest.  He has private studios teaching both jazz and classical theory and performance in both the Detroit area and Kalamazoo.  Mike has been awarded commissions by groups ranging from small private schools to larger corporations, groups, and non-profits: Most notably, Lincoln Center.  

Josh James and the St. Mary’s Jazz Orchestra will open the show with a special performance at 7:00pm, then Frabotta and Jellick will perform selections in Polish and English to celebrate the opening of the largest exhibit in America dedicated to Polish master painter Zofia Stryjeńska.  Stryjeńska is known as the “Princess of Polish Painting,” and her avant garde style consumed her art and her life during the period between the two World Wars.  Stryjeńska’s signature “old meets new” style combined Polish country themes with modern art deco graphic design and vibrant colors.  Her dynamic delivery of that concept made her works some of the most recognizable and influential pieces in the panorama of Polish masters.  Six pieces will be on display.

Detroit’s own Cadieux Café will entice guests with Belgian and Polish cuisine, and fall and choice wine selections at the open wine bar from Leelanau Cellars will set the mood for a truly Detroit-themed jazz gala.  Individual tickets $50; a pair is $80.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.autumnrhapsody.eventbrite.com/, or by calling (248)-682-1885.


Priest, Pope, Saint

April 11, 2011

An event at Orchard Lake Schools: Celebrating the beatification of Pope John Paul II, Polish Constitution Day, and Divine Mercy Sunday.


The Poet and The Lion

March 30, 2011


Polish Mission to host exhibition

January 10, 2011

 

Polish Mission to Host 2 Week Exhibition of Polish artist Liliana Krynska January 22 through February 6

Orchard Lake, MI — Originally from Łodz, Poland, Krynska is a young and vibrant artist who began her professional career at Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. After earning her degree in Fine Arts and then spending five years in New York exhibiting her works, she earned her Masters in Art Theory from Goldsmiths College at the University of London. Drawing on her experiences in communist-era Poland, Liliana creates art that highlights the charged memory of a tragic and complicated time inspired by the still-scarred physical landscape. She writes, “I use these walls and their broken textures as inspiration for creating a personal visual language, with which I explore and question my own relationship with the past.” Having returned to her childhood in Łodz, today Liliana is a highly sought-after film scenographer in addition to her career as a professional artist.

The opening reception on January 22nd from 4pm to 9pm in the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library will mark the opening of this prestigious exhibit. All are welcomed to this warm evening event, where Liliana will personally introduce everyone to her unique and exciting style over refreshments Over twenty paintings will be on continuous open display through Sunday February 6th.

About the Polish Mission: Founded in 1885 by Polish immigrants to preserve and promote Polish and Polish-American culture, tradition, and history for present and future generations. The Polish Mission organizes programs, courses and events that highlight Polish and Polish-American culture and accomplishments, and ensures a repository for artifacts, archival materials, works of art, and publications. For more information, please visit http://www.polishmission.com.   –from the press release


Solidarnosc: Poland’s Struggle for Freedom

October 20, 2010

Special guest Lech Walesa, former president of Poland and co-founder of Solidarity, the Soviet bloc’s first independent trade union, will host a press conference at Wayne State University to announce the opening of the “Solidarnosc: Poland’s Struggle for Freedom” exhibit at the Walter P. Reuther Library.  He also will discuss the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Solidarity trade union and its effect on Poland and all of Eastern Europe. Other topics that Walesa is available to address with the news media include the U.S. labor movement and the state of labor in Poland and Europe.

The new exhibit will be open to the public October 27, 2010 to July 1, 2011.

For more information and to RSVP to the Exhibit Opening at 3 PM on October 26th: https://specialevents.wayne.edu/solidarnosc-exhibit-opening#rsvp

Click here to read an article in Polish News about the efforts of Michael Smith, Director of the Reuther Library and Marcin Chumiecki, Director of the Polish Mission at St. Mary’s Schools in Orchard Lake to bring about the exhibit and Walesa’s visit.


Chopin Evening Gala

August 9, 2010

ORCHARD LAKE, MI – The Polish Mission of Orchard Lake Schools, in cooperation with the Chopin Foundation of the United States, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago and Moet Hennessy; the official distributer of Chopin Vodka in the United States, [and] Oakland MRI cordially invite you to a performance by world-renowned concert pianist and winner of the 2010 National Chopin Piano Competition – Claire Huangci.  The Chopin Evening Gala will take place Saturday, August 21 at 8 p.m. in the Shrine Chapel located at 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake, Michigan (on the campus of Orchard Lake Schools).  Tickets are $30 and include a wine and dessert reception at 5:00 p.m. in the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library, as well as an art exhibit featuring the sculptures of prominent Polish artist, Jan Siuta.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Flood Relief Effort in Poland organized by Caritas Krakow under the supervision of Stanislaw Cardinal Dziwisz.

Huangci began playing piano at the young age of six. A year later, she was featured on Fox News as a child prodigy, with “the skills of a professional pianist.” Since then, Huangci has performed across the globe in many of the world’s greatest concert halls and performing art centers including: Carnegie/Zinkel Hall, Philadelphia Orchestra, China Philharmonic, Konzerthaus (Vienna), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Tonhalle (Zurich), Herkulessaal  (Munich), Salle Cortot (Paris), and Gewandhaus (Frankfurt, Leipzig).

Huangci has won countless prestigious international awards, such as the 1999 World Piano Competition; 2003 Philadelphia Orchestra Competition; 2006 Kosciuszko Chopin International Piano Competition; 2006 Hamamatsu International Piano Competition; 2009 International Chopin Competition in Darmstadt, Germany, and recently, first prize at the 2010 National Chopin Piano Competition of the United States.

“It is going to be a magnificent event that will commence a series of annual concerts on our campus,” says Marcin Chumiecki, director of the Polish Mission. “Not only do we have the honor of presenting this extraordinary and celebrated concert pianist to Michigan music and art lovers, but we will also be commemorating the 200th anniversary of Frederic Chopin’s birth, as well as the 125th anniversary of the founding of Orchard Lake Schools.” As seating is limited to 500, please purchase your tickets in advance by visiting our website www.polishmission.com or by calling 248.683.0412.

About the Polish Mission
Founded in 1885 by Polish immigrants to preserve and promote Polish and Polish-American culture, tradition, and history for present and future generations. The Polish Mission organizes programs, courses and events that highlight Polish and Polish -American culture and accomplishments, and ensures a repository for artifacts, archival materials, works of art, and publications. For more information, please visit www.polishmission.com.

About the Chopin Foundation of the United States
Founded by Mrs. Blanka A. Rosenstiel in 1977, the Chopin Foundation stemmed from the First National Chopin Piano Competition held in Miami in 1975 under the auspices of the American Institute of Polish Culture. For more information, visit www.chopin.org.

~From the Press Release~

More info: http://www.polishmission.com/news/orchard-lake-schools/130-polish-mission-to-host-chopin-evening-gala


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