American Music Festivals and Chicago’s Polish Community:
Over the last few years American Music Festivals has been working closely with Chicago’s Polish community, primarily through concert collaborations with the Chicago Chopin Society. This has included numerous programs at the Copernicus Center, where AMF has received support from organizations like the Polish National Alliance, Kosciuszko Foundation, and the Polish Roman Catholic Union.
American Music Festivals and the Chicago Chopin Society co-presented the 2017-18 International Cultural Exchange Festival which featured the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra performing music of Poland and nations sharing cultural ties with it: the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, the USA, and China. The four concert festival received broad recognition and was sponsored by the Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union, American Council for Polish Culture, the Kristyna M Dreihaus Foundation. and Loeber Motors.
This initiative has been led by composer/pianist Jaroslaw Golembiowski, the Founder and President of the Chicago Chopin Society. His role as an advocate for cultural exchange has generated new and lasting works for orchestra, showcasing Polish culture to a more diverse audience. Through his partnership with American Music Festivals, Mr. Golembiowski has shown unequalled leadership in the Polish-American musical community in promoting Chicago’s diversity.
AMF’s collaboration with the Chicago Chopin Society continues with “Celebrating Poland’s 100th Anniversary of Independence,” a concert of Polish, American, and Mexican music on Sunday, September 9, 4PM, at St. Adelbart Catholic Church, 1650 W. 17th Street in Chicago. This program will entertain, bring pride to the Pilsen community, and acknowledge the Independence of Poland at the conclusion of World War I. It will call attention to ongoing efforts to sustain the beautiful and historic St. Adalbert Church, and a portion of proceeds will go directly to Save St. Adalbert Church, helping restore it to its full glory - as a landmark to be preserved for generations to come.