The Art of Poland and Chopin

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS

South Puget Sound Community College and the Lacey-Mińsk Mazowiecki Sister City Association are hosting an evening of music by Frédéric Chopin, featuring the two local winners of the Chopin Competition held March 20-23. The winners are students from southwest Washington. Highlighting the concert will be a solo performance by Polish guest pianist Jacek Nazarczuk, from Mińsk-Mazowiecki.

Nazarczuk was born in Mińsk- in 1978. He’s a 2004 graduate of the world-renowned Frédéric Chopin Music Academy in Warsaw. He’s performed in Poland and the United States and was a member of the University of Warsaw choir, where he sang as a tenor. He’s recorded contemporary chamber music for Polish radio and television. Since 2004, he’s been a teacher and accompanist in Polish music and art schools. He organizes music concerts for the community in museums, concert halls and libraries. His performances consistently provide splendor to the openings of city and private functions.

Complimentary to the Chopin concert will be an exhibition of drawings by Polish artist Marek Chabrowski, whose favorite subject matter is the architecture of small towns—including Lacey’s sister city, Mińsk-Mazowiecki.

Chabrowski’s art is realistic, with a preference for pen and ink scenes. Many of his pieces document wooden structures from the Republic of Poland from 1918 to 1945. In 2006, his artistic talents were recognized by the City of Mińsk-Mazowiecki when he was awarded the city’s Meritorious Service Award. The exhibition, called Wooden Sacred Architecture in the Republic of Poland, is already open and will run through April 7. Selected works from the exhibition will be for sale in the gallery. On the evening of the concert, a free reception will be held in the art gallery beginning at 6 p.m.

What: Wooden Sacred Architecture in the Republic of Poland

Where: Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts,
South Puget Sound Community College,
2011 Mottman Rd. SW, Olympia

When: noon – 4 p.m. weekdays through April 7

How much: free

Learn more: 360-596-5527 | The Gallery

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