The World of Grażyna Bacewicz

Noe Valley Ministry, 1021 Sanchez St., San Francisco

1: A Rising Star

Friday, October 18, 7:30pm

Special Event: Film Screening

Saturday, October 19, 3pm

2: From War to Warsaw Autumn

Saturday, October 19, 4pm

3: Evolution and Persistence – Her Legacy

Saturday, October 19, 8pm

Program 1: A Rising Star

Hear Bacewicz’s brilliant early works from her days as a young virtuoso violinist and rising star. Get to know her formative influences including her Polish predecessors; Paris; neoclassicism; early choral music; and her teacher, the great Nadia Boulanger.

Featured Artists:

Mélanie Clapiès, violin
Yu Eun Kim, violin
Jessica Chang, viola
Laura Gaynon, cello

Bill Kalinkos, clarinet
Jeffrey LaDeur, piano
Allegra Chapman, piano
EQV, vocal quintet


Grażyna Bacewicz: String Quartet No. 1 and Piano Quintet No. 1

Claudio Monteverdi: Nine Madrigals (selections)

Claude Debussy: Études for piano

Karol Szymanowski: Mazurkas for piano

Nadia Boulanger: Vers la Vie Nouvelle for piano

Igor Stravinsky: Three Pieces for clarinet

Ignac Paderewski: Nocturne for piano

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Get to Know Bacewicz:

I acquired an internal peace…I see myself, as well as others, going back and forth like ants on this, our otherwise interesting and lovely, globe – bustling about supposedly very important matters, while in reality it is always about one thing: #1 about bread, #2 about being first. I understand the first – the other I do not. No one shares my theory. In this case I am weird.

  • October 23, 1957, Grażyna Bacewicz in a letter to her brother