October 18-19, 2019

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

Discover Grażyna Bacewicz’s (1909-1969) story in three emceed shows interweaving music and narrative. In over two hundred works, Bacewicz’s 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, and inspirations.

Grazyna Bacewicz


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

Through the fire of war and political oppression, Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz (1909–69) composed more than 200 works of music. Critics of her time called her “the first lady of music.” She was a virtuosic violinist and pianist, author of murder mysteries, host of underground concerts during World War II, and a witty and indefatigable personality. She absorbed the influences of neoclassicism, serialism, folk music, and the avant-garde, and forged her own distinctive style, inspiring a generation of Polish composers.

“ 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