NEW BRITAIN - The Polish American Foundation of Connecticut will bring to New Britain two concerts this month at the New Britain Museum of American Art, featuring Broadway show tunes and classical music.
On Thursday, March 19, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., “Bernstein and Friends on Broadway” will be held as part of the Little Poland Performance Arts music series.
Mezzo-soprano Monika Krajewska, of New Britain, and friends will perform solos and duets from popular Broadway productions including Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” from 1957; “Trouble in Tahiti,” from 1952; and “Candide,” from 1956. Selections from “South Pacific,” by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and “Can-Can,” by Cole Porter, will also be performed.
“She’s very good,’ said Andre Blaszczynski, president of the Polish American Foundation, of Krajewska.
On Sunday, March 22, from 3 to 4 p.m., “Antonio de Oliveira in Concert” will be presented, in association with the Fryderyk Chopin Society.
Oliveira is a rising star among young pianists in Portugal, according to the concert’s Facebook page. He will play works by Chopin and others, including Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonio Fragoso, John Phillip Sousa, Miguel Marques and Jose Vianna da Motta.
He is currently on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music in Porto, Portugal, and recently released a Chopin/Liszt CD compilation and a recording featuring the work of Leos Janacek and Maurice Ravel. Oliveira’s musical mentors include Laszlo Simon, Luiz de Moura Castro, Helena de Sá e Costa, and Emmanuel Ax.
“I like music,” said Blaszczysnki, when asked why he organized the two events.
Both concerts are free with museum admission. Polish American Foundation of Connecticut members are eligible for a 50 percent discount off the museum admission price for “Bernstein and Friends,” while Fryderyk Chopin Society or Franz Liszt Society members can get 50 percent off for de Oliveira’s concert.
The Fryderyk Chopin Society of Connecticut Concert Series at the New Britain Museum of American Art has several other concerts scheduled, one featuring pianist Jay Hershberger on April 26 at 8 p.m. and another with pianist Corbin Beisner on Sunday, May 24, at 3 p.m.
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