Polish-American Friendship Concert


This concert is part of the 2017-18 Cultural Exchange Festival 
is presented by American Music Festivals
and the 
Chicago Chopin Society.  
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2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a political leader and military engineer and strategist.  In recognition of his activity for the sake of peace, independence, and democracy, Polish-born Thaddeus Kosciuszko (1746-1817) is considered a national hero in Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, and in the United States, where he fought in the American Revolutionary War.  In Poland, he fought for the equality of all citizens: peasants, Jews who were a religious minority, women, and other people who were discriminated against. He was a precursor of the development of national awareness in its modern sense, encompassing all social strata and groups. In his fight for freedom and independence, he favored peaceful solutions.  The ideas and views which Kosciuszko advocated for still remain relevant and important today.