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~