130th Anniversary of Paderewski in Chicago
Ignacy Jan Paderewski, pianist, composer, and statesman, first visited Chicago in 1892, and since then,
he had a special place in his heart for the city which he said, “impressed [him] more than any other
city in America.” During his time in Chicago, he spent time at the beautiful home of Mr. John
and Mrs. Frances Glessner, attending many social events and playing concerts.
The Polish Museum of America, in cooperation with Glessner House, a National Historic Landmark, will hold a truly special evening on Saturday, October 22, 2022, at Glessner House, celebrating the 130th anniversary of Paderewski’s first stay in Chicago. The evening will include a presentation by Glessner House Executive Director William Tyre, as well as a concert of Paderewski’s music.
The Polish Museum of America is seeking sponsors to help support this unique event.
The Polish Museum of America is one of the oldest and largest ethnic museums in the United States. It offers visitors a wide range of exhibits, resources, and activities related to Polish history, culture, and heritage, as well as Polish-American history. Its all-inclusive exhibits and cultural events are both educational and entertaining while supporting the entire community. Its library and archives have rendered invaluable services to historians, researchers, students, and genealogists.
Andrew Pawlowski, Event Chair
Richard Owsiany, PMA President
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The great Polish pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski made his first appearance in Chicago in 1892, exactly 130 years ago. He returned frequently, performing his Piano Concerto in A minor to open the concert series at the World’s Columbian Exposition in May 1893, and making numerous appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
This exclusive fundraising event will include a reception and remarks by curator William Tyre, who will speak about the relationship between Paderewski, Theodore Thomas, and the Glessners. The centerpiece of the event is a concert of Paderewski’s works performed on the Glessners’ 1887 Steinway piano, which Paderewski played during his visits to the house.
The concert will be offered in two seatings at 5:00 and 6:00pm and will last approximately 45 minutes. Seating is strictly limited.