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2001-2002 Concert Season

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New Britain
First Church of Christ, 830 Corbin Ave, New Britain

Fri. November. 23 8 PM “As you like it”

Roman Markowicz

In Program:
Songs without words
Piano Concerto No. 18
Old Polish Suite
Symphony No. 84

Fri. January. 18 8 PM
"Art of Violin

Jaroslaw Nadrzycki

In Program:
• Mozart: 
Rondo in C - major 
• Wieniawski: 
"Variations on the original theme" 
• Boccherini:
Symphony No. 11

Fri. March 8, 8 PM
“Beethoven +”

Netta Hadari

In Program:
Overture to L’italiana in Algeri
• Beethoven: 
Violin Concerto 
Symphony No. 4

Fri. May 17, 8 PM
“Romantic Program”

Jennifer Combs

In Program:
"Pelleas and Melisande"
“Rococo Variations”
• Anweiler: Symphony
(world premiere)

Bushnell Center, Belding Theater

Fri. Feb. 22nd, 7:30PM
“Bushnell Premiere”

Theodore Arm

In Program:
"Three pieces in Old Style"
• Mendelssohn: 
Violin Concerto no. 1, in d-minor
Symphony No. 40 in g-minor

Fri. Apr 12th, 7:30PM
“Vocal Fireworks”

Monika Krajewska mezzo-soprano
"Collegium Cantorum"
Czestochowa Academic Choir

Program: TBA 

Fri, May 31st, 7:30 PM
“Connecticut Virtuosi 
Chamber Players”

Members of the "Connecticut Virtuosi"

• In program chamber works for the smaller ensembles.

New York
Kosciuszko Foundation Hall  

New York Season Debut !!!

Sunday, Jan. 20th, 3 PM
Monika Krajewska
Krzysztof Kowalewski


In Program: 
Suite from "Rinaldo"
• Selection of arias and duets
by Rossini, Gluck, Mozart, Thomas
• Boccherini:
Symphony No. 11

Saturday, March 16th, 8 PM
Wojciech Komsta, clarinet 

In program: 
• Rossini:
Overture to “L’Italiana in Algeri”
• Mercadante:
Clarinet Concerto in E-flat
• Beethoven:
Symphony no. 4

Sunday, May 19th, 3 PM
Concert will feature the Laureate of the Kosciuszko Foundation's Chopin Competition.

In Program: 
• Sibelius:
“Pelleas and Melisande”
• Anweiler:
Symphony (world premiere)
• Piano Concerto TBA


Other  Performances

In  Memory of Prof. Blejwas
Sunday, December 9, 3 PM
Central Connecticut State University, Polish Studies Program  

Christmas Program featuring the New Britain Chorale, Monika Krajewska, mezzo-soprano, Adrian Mackiewicz, violin.

In Program:
Bach Air from the Suite No. 3, Violin Concerto in E-major, Selection of Polish and English Carols.

Virtuosi & the  New Britain Chorale
In Memory of Judith Brown

Sun. March 24, 4 PM
First Lutheran Church of the Reformation
77 Franklin Square, New Britain

Elisabeth Lyra Ross, soprano
Monika Krajewska, mezzo-soprano
Jayson Ferrandino, tenor
Stuart Battle, bass

In Program:
Mozart - Great Mass in c-minor, K 427

Concert free of charge

Concert programs and remaining details will be posted soon.

Biographic Notes of Soloists:


• Roman Markowicz

Polish born Roman Markowicz began his musical education in Warsaw studying piano with Jan Wobazil and later at the Frederic Chopin Academy of Music with Prof. Maria Wilkomirska. In 1968 political circumstances forced Mr. Markowicz and his family to leave Poland and resettle in the United States. He continued his studies as scholarship student of solo and chamber music repertory at the Manhattan school of Music with Arthur Balsam. Upon graduation with honors, he received the Harold Bauer Award. He later studied at the Julliard school with Ania Dofrman and for many years he remained there as a stuff pianist.

As a soloist and chamber musician Mr. Markowkicz performed throughout the United States, a number of European countries, and in Brasil. Today, Mr. Markowicz, in addition to performing, works as a music educator and as a music critic for “Nowy Dziennik” (Polish Daily News). His CD of Beethoven’s “Diabelli” Variations is available on the “Musika” Label

• Netta Haddari

Hadari is aptly described as one of the brilliant up-and-coming violinists in the area. He began violin studies at the age of five with Paul de Kayser and Vanya Milanova in London. He won a coveted music scholarship which enabled him to attend the Haberdashers' Aske's School in Borehamwood, Elstree, and at the age of 13 moved to Cape Town, South Africa where he continued his studies. There, he performed in numerous concerto and chamber music performances, including Shostakovich's first Violin Concerto with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. Hadari, former concertmaster of the Meadows Symphony and the Irving Symphony orchestras in Texas, is very active in contemporary music, performing both the classic twentieth century compositions and premiering many new works. He attended the New York String Seminar and the Norfolk Chamber Music and Contemporary Music Festivals, and also was a member of the Young Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra and was invited to play the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Orquestra Clasica do Porto in Portugal. He is currently studying under full scholarship at the Yale School of Music under Syoko Aki where he is very active in all areas of music.


• Jennifer Combs

Cellist Jennifer Combs studied in Leonard Rose’s class at the Juilliard School.  She earned her Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University, where she studied with Marc Johnson of the Vermeer Quartet.  Currently on the faculty of the Hartford Conservatory, performing as a chamber musician, recitalist and soloist, Ms. Combs is also a member of the Hartford Symphony.

As a founding member of the Oberon String Quartet in residence at Virginia Commonwealth University, she has participated in numerous chamber music festivals including the Skaneateles Festival, the Garth Newel Music Center and the Eastern Music Festival.  Ms. Combs has, for the last two seasons, been artistic director of the Hartford Conservatory’s chamber music seminar at Music Mountain in Falls Village, Connecticut.  In the last four years she has appeared as a soloist with the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra with works of Elgar, Faure, John Riley, and Shostakovitch.

As a member of the New World Chamber Ensemble, Ms. Combs is involved in outreach activities and has organized educational concerts for children sponsored by the Bushnell’s “Partners” program.


• Theodore Arm

Audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan have responded with warmth and excitement to the artistry of violinist Theodore Arm. He has appeared as soloist, recitalist and has been guest artist with such well known organizations as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Group for Contemporary Music and Bargemusic Ltd. Mr. Arm has been a member of the highly acclaimed chamber group TASHI since 1976 and has performed with Lukas Foss, Chick Corea and Gary Burton among others. He has had works written for him, most recently a violin concerto by Allan Leichtling and a suite for violin and piano by David Schiff.

Mr. Arm, who performs on an Andreas Guarneri violin dated 1652, is a favorite of summer chamber music festival audiences. This past season, he performed with Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon, Music from Angel Fire in New Mexico, the "Bravo" Festival in Vail, Colorado, and taught and performed at the renowned Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School of Blue Hill, Maine.

In 1992 he returned to Japan to take part in performances and chamber music coaching at the Moon Beach Festival in Okinawa and Tokyo with artists from Europe and Asia. Mr. Arm has recorded for RCA, Delos, Musical Heritage Society and EMC. He can be heard on the University of Connecticut recording project in a work by Sidney Hodkinson with Paul Phillips conducting the UConn Orchestra. He is a professor of violin at the University of Connecticut. Mr. Arm holds a doctorate in performance from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Christine Dethier and Joseph Fuchs.


• Monika Krajewska

Mezzo-Soprano, Monika Krajewska is a winner of numerous prizes and awards at several vocal competitions, including Giuseppe Verdi Prize at Palm Beach Opera, the first prize winner of MTNA performance competition,  winner of Sembrich- Kochanska Voice Competition in New York  that resulted in inviting her to Internationale Moniuszko Voice Competition in Poland., the first prize winner at Amici Vocal Competition, the Rosa Ponselle Scholarship Winner and the recepient of Yale University Scholarship.

 Monika sung many operatic roles such as: Niclausse in Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Principessa in Suor Angelica, Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Third Lady in Die Zauberflote, and Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaf. f  In various opera scenes programs, Monika has appeared as Carmen, Cenerentola, Dorabella (Cosi Fan Tutte), Marina ( Boris Godunov), Charlotte ( Werther),Judith (Bluebeard’s Castle), Cherubino ( Le Nozze di Figaro), among others. A multiple award recipient, Monika has sung with Poznan Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Des Moines Opera Metro, Aspen Opera Theater and Yale Opera. She was a soloist at  Lincoln Center Polish Music Festival, at the Festival of Russian Music in Amherst, Massachusetts , Caramoor Festival (New York) as well as in Weimar Music Festival (Germany).

Last  year, she made her  Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem. During last summer, Monika sang in Europe the part of Carlotta in Il Borgomastro di Saardam”by Donizetti under the direction of maestro Guliano Carella from Arena di Verona. She also participated in Belcanto Festival in Holland.  At Yale she was heard in the role of  Der Trommler in Ullmann’s  Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Idamante in Idomeneo, Rosina In Il Barbiere di Siviglia., Laura in Tchaikovsky’s Jolanta as well as

Monika is a recent winner of New Jersey State Opera International Competition.  


Jaroslaw Nadrzycki, 

Was born in 1984 in Zagan. He started learning to play violin at the age of 6. At the age of 9 he won the third prize at the “Bacewicz” Polish Violinist Competition in Wroclaw, Poland. A year later, still being the youngest participant, he won the third prizes again at two national competitions; one in Olsztyn and the other in Gdansk. 
Since 1996 Jaroslaw has remained under tutorial guidance of Prof. Jadwiga Kaliszewska, and since 1998 he has been a student of the “Henry Wieniawski School of Talent” Musical High Scholl in Poznan.
At the age of 12 he participated for the second time in a “Bacewicz” National Violin Competition .in Wroclaw, where he won Grand Prix and Gold Medal. As an additional reward he performed at the Polish Radio “Lutoslawski” Concert Studio in Warsaw.
In 1996 Jaroslaw won the second Prize at “Serwaczynski” National Young Violinist Competition in Lublin in the younger age group. 
In spring 1997, by invitation of National Concert Bureau, he had pleasure to perform with Moscow Conservatory Orchestra in “Peter Tchaikovsky” Great Hall in Moscow. Also in 1997 he become a winner of the Grand Prix of the “Alexandra Januszajtis” memorial National Violin Competition in Gdansk And in November 1998 he participated In “Luis Spohr” International Violinist Competition. Weimar, Germany winning the Special Prize 
In the beginning of 2001 Jaroslaw had won the First Prize, and Publicity Prize at the first International Violinist Competition in Vilnius organized to honor the 100th anniversary of Jasha Heifetz’s birthday. The President of Jury, famous violinist Gideon Kremer rewarded Jaroslaw with the Master course in Israel. 
In March 2001 he recorded his first CD. He performed with many orchestras like Baltic Philharmonic, Wroclaw Philharmonic. Zielona Gora Philharmonic and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Lituenia. He cooperated with great teachers like Wanda Wilkomirska, Marina Jashvili, Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Vadim Brodcki during the numerous Master courses.
He has been a scholarship beneficiary of the National Children‘s Fund and of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Fund.
In November 2001 He won the fifth prize at the Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poznan, Poland.


Krzysztof Kowalewski

Krzysztof Kowalewski is a first prize winner in the 1999 Connecticut District Auditions for the Metropolitan Opera National Council. He is also a laureate of the 1997 Ada Sari International Vocal Competition.
He began his professional career in 1996 with a performance in the Warsaw Chamber Opera’s production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. In 1997 he appeared as Masetto in Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Bydgoszcz’s Opera Nova, in Poland. He has performed in numerous operas by the leading Polish operatic composer Stanislaw Moniuszko and has appeared in many song recitals and oratorio concerts throughout Europe.
In 1999, he performed at the International Music Festival in Caramoor, New York where he sang the part of Giorgio in Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra. 
Mr. Kowalewski graduated with a Masters Degree from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland, where he studied under Prof. Wlodzimierz Zalewski. He is currently enrolled in the Yale Opera Program where he is working under the auspices of Prof. Richard Cross. Most recently he has been cast as Colline in Yale Opera’s production of La Boheme by Puccini.