Bielsko-Biala - Poland

Enjoy Gilmore Award pianist in concert

Poland has a rich history of talented pianists – Chopin, Paderewski, as well as Polish-American artist Arthur Rubinstein.  The popular film “The Pianist” showcased a remarkable Polish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman.   In that vein, The Bielsko Biała Committee of Grand Rapids Sister Cities International is pleased to share the news of the 2014 Gilmore Award Recipient, Polish native Rafal Blechacz.

In addition to other performances, you are invited to enjoy his art at a concert on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, featuring the works of Mozart, Chopin, and Beethovan’s “Moonlight Sonata” among others.   Through Mr. Blechacz, we are very pleased for the opportunity for you to experience one of Poland’s best-known performers as he shares Poland’s rich history of classical piano music.

The Gilmore Award is often thought of as the music world’s version of the MacArthur Foundation’s “Genius” grants, a prestigious prize that can be neither applied for nor sought.  The confidential selection process aims to judge pianists over a sustained period of time- in marked contrast to the hundreds of other one-off piano competitions and awards.

Mr. Blechacz will be performing on May 6, 2014, at 8 pm at the Chenery Auditorium in Kalamazoo.  Tickets range from $15 to $35, and students can attend for $5.  Call 1-855-845-1768 and mention the Polish Heritage Society for a group ticket price discount of 15%.