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Music and Polish Independence

Pianist Igor Lipinski

Pianist Igor Lipinski

LIVE Impromptu, Thursday at 4:00 PM

Roughly 7% of Chicago’s population is Polish, making it the city’s largest European ethnic group. The Polish influence can be found throughout the city, from church architecture to the proud celebration of Casimir Pulaski Day, a school holiday which leaves other American schoolchildren asking, “Who?”

The history of Poland is marred by one foreign occupation after another. It wasn’t until the end of World War I, when the usual tormenters were occupied by other problems, that the people of Poland were free to assert their nationhood and their right to self-government. Polish communities around the world celebrate Polish Independence annually on November 11th. This year that date coincides with Veterans Day, which prompted Chicago’s Polish Consulate to move their celebration to November 7th. There will be a private gathering at the consulate on that day, with a performance by Northwestern doctoral student Igor Lipinsky playing works by Chopin and Paderewski.

Happily, WFMT managed to convince Mr. Lipinski to offer our audience a little sampler of that celebratory program. He’ll give an Impromptu on Thursday at 4:00 PM at WFMT, with a brief address by Consul General Kapuscinska.

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