October 18-19, 2019

Noe Valley Ministry
1021 Sanchez St. (at 23rd)
San Francisco

Grazyna Bacewicz

Grazyna Bacewicz

Our third festival will celebrate the Polish composer and virtuoso violinist Grażyna Bacewicz (1909-1969). In over two hundred works, Bacewicz’ music ranges from pure virtuosic fun to terribly moving statements on humanity. Join us for a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in her life, music, inspirations, and contemporaries with concerts, talks, and panel discussions.

Watch this space for programming details as they are announced!

About Bacewicz

“My motto: to try to do what I do as best I can without thinking about the consequences, because really we have no influence over them. I know that soon, e.g. in 1000 years, there will be a time when our culture will have perished, so what is it all about? Only when I got rid of silly ambitions, did I acquire inner peace. Silly ambitions are the desire to become popular etc.” —Grażyna Bacewicz

A virtuoso violinist and pianist, Bacewicz wrote over two hundred pieces of chamber music, virtuosic solo showpieces, concerti, and works for chamber orchestra and large-scale orchestra. Born in Poland, she studied composition in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, and violin with André Touret and Carl Flesch. She was concertmaster of the Polish Radio Orchestra in the 1930s.

During World War II, she continued to compose, giving secret underground concerts in Warsaw. Bacewicz won numerous awards for her compositions, and spent the last fifteen years of her life devoted solely to composition.

“ an artist and human being [Bacewicz] ought to be an inspiration to the succeeding generations of composers in Poland and throughout the world."—Witold Lutosławski

“She proved that composing is not only the domain of men! After all she proved inarguably that she can not only equal them, but stand in the very first row of the world's most prominent composers.”
—Eugenia Umińska