NEW BRITAIN - Visitors to the New Britain Museum of American Art on Sunday were treated to the rare talent of pianist Angelina Gadeliya.
The Polish American Foundation’s Fryderyk Chopin Society of Connecticut hosted the recital, which took place in the NBMAA’s Stanley Works Center for Performing Arts.
“I think they’re happy to have us here and we’re happy to be here,” PAF President Andre Blaszczynski said.
Founded in 1998 by Polish pianist Slawomir Dobrzanski, the New Britain-based society typically hosts five concerts a season. These events used to take place in various locations but are now all at the NBMAA.
“It’s a special partnership,” Blaszczynski pointed out.
Audience members were invited to join the foundation before the recital, which was free with museum admission.
“Our Chopin Society really depends on a few of you making a contribution, so we can continue to present these wonderful programs,” Bridget de Moura Castro said, before returning to her seat alongside Luiz de Moura Castro, her husband and president of the society.
Before sitting down at the keys, Gadeliya explained the meaning of her first selection, Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S. 171 by Franz Liszt.
“You see in the end that loves triumphs all,” she said.
Born in the republic of Georgia, Gadeliya began her musical studies at age five. She moved to the U.S. in 1990 and went on to study at the Oberlin Conservatory, the Juilliard School, Mannes College and Stony Brook University, where she earned a doctorate. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Tangelwood, the Metropolitan Museum of American Art and festivals all over the world. Currently head of piano at the University of Connecticut, Gadeliya is now teaching music as well.
“It’s a huge honor to be invited to the museum,” she said Sunday.
Her audience included society members, museum members and classical music lovers.
Simsbury resident Sarah Bedell is a frequent patron of the NBMAA and some of the area’s other cultural centers.
“I love the concerts here,” Bedell said. “I also love the museum.”
After the concert, Bedell took a stroll up to the top of Walnut Hill Park to see the rose garden.
Museum docent Luc Oullette also happens to be a classical piano aficionado.
“It’s a joy to be here,” Oullette said before the show began. “They always have these fantastic artists.”
Set to perform at the NBMAA Oct. 28 is Portuguese pianist Marta Menezes, winner of the Beethoven Competition at London’s Royal College of Music.
Then on Nov. 11, museum visitors will hear a lecture on Chopin’s music from Alan Walker, in celebration of Poland’s 100th year of independence. Both events are presented by the PAF’s Chopin Society.