The Polish National Alliance, Chicago
The Polish American Congress - Texas Division
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra
Mariusz Smolij, Music Director and Conductor
Adam Golka, Piano
Wortham Theater at the Houston Grand Opera
October 22, 2004, 8:00pm
Variations on "America" . .Charles Ives (1874-1954)
Transcribed and orchestrated by William Schumann
Krakowiak, Op. 14 .. .Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
Mr. Adam Golka
Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise Brilliante, Op. 22 Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
Mr. Adam Golka
"Orawa" for String Orchestra Wojciech Kilar (1932-)
Nocturne in B-Flat Major ..Ignacy Paderewski (1860-1941)
Orchestrated by Jerzy Maksymiuk
Four Dance Episodes from "Rodeo" Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Saturday Night Waltz
Hoe - Down
Houston, TX - The Honorary Consul of Poland in Houston along with the organizing committee and the Polish community in
Texas celebrated the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the First Polish Settlement in America on Friday evening, October
22nd, 2004. Along with the musicians, staff, volunteers and the entire Acadiana Symphony Orchestra family, who are
celebrating their 20th musical season, this evening they observed the national celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Panna
Maria, Texas, the birthplace of American Polonia. Highly regarded is their commitment to building musical bridges that
connected nations, countries and continents and to allow people to communicate in a common language of music. The evening
was a united expression of the soul of American and Polish music which became an inspirational vehicle for the celebration of
150 years of Polish heritage in America. Also present during this celebration is the former president of Poland and winner of
the Nobel Peace Prize Lech Walesa.
MARIUSZ SMOLIJ is considered one of the most exciting conductors of his generation. The American Symphony Orchestra
League in New York included his name on the prestigious list of the most promising young conductors in America and
featured him during its special Conductors Preview. In the year 2003, he became Music Director of the Acadiana Symphony
in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Maestro Smolij has conducted more than 60 orchestras around the world. He appeared on some of the most prestigious concert stages including the Carnegie Hall in New York, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Salle Gaveau in Paris. His frequent collaboration with the Polish orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, led to concerts on three continents and a series of recording projects featuring masterworks of polish and American symphonic music. His first CD with music by Copland, Gershwin and Bernstein was released in July 2002.
Born in Katowice, Poland, Maestro Smolij is also an accomplished violinist and was the founder and violinist of the internationally recognized Penderecki String Quartet. After studies in Europe, he studied conducting in the United States, and holds a doctorate degree from the Eastman School of Music.
In 2003, 16-year old Adam Golka came to international attention after winning the gold medal in the 2nd China Shanghai
International Piano Competition. Performing Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto with conductor Yang Yang and the French
Poitou-Charentes Symphony Orchestra in the final round, he also received the Concerto Prize, determined by audience vote.
Born in the United States of Polish parents, Golka began violin and piano studies at age 4, but after his first solo piano recital at the age of 9, he dedicated himself solely to the piano. He made his orchestral debut, one year later. He has won numerous awards and prizes in prestigious piano competitions across America.
Currently residing in Fort Worth, Texas, he is a full-scholarship recipient at Texas Christian University, pursuing an Artist Diploma under the guidance of Jose Feghali8. His first commercial recording, "New Music - New Pianist," contains the solo piano works of composer Jaroslaw Golembiowski and was released in April 2002. Golka's upcoming engagements include concerts in America, China, France, and the Netherlands, including a recital at the Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.