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New York, March 28, 2017 - The Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival (BHFF) is pleased to announce events with the critically acclaimed filmmakers Goran Kapetanović, Kirsten Johnson, and Gianluca Loffredo, to be held as part of the 14th annual BHFF. The events will be held at the SVA Theatre in New York City on Thursday, April 13, Friday, April 14, and Saturday, April 15, respectively. All three events will feature screenings of the directors’ works, followed by a Q&A discussion   In order of appearance, Goran Kapetanović, will join us on April 13 at 8:30pm following a screening of his films “Refuge 532” and “My Aunt in Sarajevo.” Both works deal with Bosnians exploring their roots after being transplanted to other countries, and explore themes of memory, loss, and displacement.   Goran Kapetanović is a Bosnian-born director currently residing in Sweden. He studied film direction at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. His last four films have received awards at 23 international festivals, including the Toronto Short Film Festival (Best European Short Film) and Montreal Black Film Festival (Canada Best Foreign Drama), among others. His work has also been shown at the Tribeca Film Festival, and the short “Kiruna-Kigali” was shortlisted for the Oscars. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/presentation-2-refugee-532-my-aunt-in-sarajevo-qa-goran-kapetanovic-tickets-32800967577?mc_eid=da857a03b1&mc_cid=b505eee437   On Friday, April 14 at 6:30pm cinematographer/director Kirsten Johnson will join us for a screening of her documentary film “Cameraperson,” a delicate meditation on the ethical implications of filming the pain of others, followed by a Q&A after the film. “Cameraperson” is one of the most critically lauded documentaries of 2016. Johnson has worked as both a documentary director and cinematographer, having shot multiple critically acclaimed documentaries, including “Fahrenheit 9/11,” “This Film is Not Yet Rated,” and “The Invisible War.” Johnson has a longstanding collaboration with Oscar-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras, credited as cinematographer on her films “The Oath,” “Citizenfour,” and the upcoming “Asylum.” “Cameraperson” features a retrospective of Johnson’s work, including previously unseen footage from unreleased films, and explores the relationship between documentarian and subject. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/presentation-3-cameraperson-qa-kirsten-johnson-tickets-32801009703?mc_eid=da857a03b1&mc_cid=b505eee437 MORE at  https://www.bhffnyc.org/?mc_cid=b505eee437&mc_eid=da857a03b1

Screening Polish Movie - April 2 2017

Dear Friends,

We have presented several films by Jan Jakub Kolski at the monthly screenings, the APFF, or both. You may remember “Jasminum”, “Pornography”,and “Venice”. We hope you can join us for the April screening on Sunday for his 2012 award winning thriller, “To Kill a Beaver”.

WHAT: To Kill a Beaver / Zabić bobra, 2012 - thriller, 1hr 38 min – English subtitles.
WHEN: Sunday, April 2 at 3:30 pm
WHERE: Austin Public Library, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745, Tel: 512-974-8700


CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@gmail.com

Director: Jan Jakub Kolski
Screenwriter: Jan Jakub Kolski
Director of photography: Michał Pakulski
Music: Dariusz Górniok

Cast: Eryk Lubos, Agnieszka Pawelkiewicz, Alexandra Michael , and others. 

Trailer (subtitled) : http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x25c1ij_zwiastun-filmu-zabic-bobra-to-kill-a-beaver-trailer_shortfilms

A man returns home after a long time. The house is in a bad shape, ruined with graffiti on walls, but it doesn't stop him from staying in. The man has an aim that requires complex preparations. The house has however already a new inhabitants that start to influence the man's performance and to mingle with silhouettes from the character's recent past, spent at the Central Asia border. Are the war prolonged tension and the man's shattered emotionality possible to overcome, so that he may really re-locate in a peaceful surroundings of his home-village? 


• Camerimage 2012 – Golden Frog for best Polish film to Jan Jakub Kolski (director) and Michal Pakulski (cinematographer) 
• Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2012 – best actor for Eryk Lubos.

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen


Austin Polish Society - Apr 2 2017

iryczny recital pod tytulem: "Ach Panie, Panowie" - Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 (In Polish only)   AUSTIN POLISH SOCIETY NOTE that this is a Polish Language Event   Towarzystwo Teatralne Pod Gorke zaprasza na spotkanie z aktorem z "Plebani" Stanislawem Gorka, ktory przedstawi liryczny recital pod tytulem: "Ach Panie, Panowie". „Ach Panie, Panowie...” to liryczny recital, w którym Stanisław Górka wykonuje utwory ze swoich spektakli, a także piosenki towarzyszące aktorowi od czasów jego młodości, autorstwa takich mistrzów jak Marian Hemar, Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński, Bułat Okudżawa, Agnieszka Osiecka, Jeremi Przybora. Stanislaw Górka  jest absolwentem Panstwowej Wyzszej Szkoly Teatralnej w Warszawie. Od 1977 Roku jest aktorem Teatru Wspolczesnego w Warszawie a od 1979 Roku nauczycielem w PWST rowniez w Warszawie. W 1987 Roku Staszek uzyskal stopien doktorski.   Stanislaw Górka  juz goscil w Austin kilka lat temu z przedstawieniem " Hemar mniej znany".  Jego wystep wszyskim sie bardzo podobal I cieszymy sie ze mozemy ponownie gosci tak znakomitego i zasluzonego polskiego aktora.  Data:  niedziela, 2-go kwietnia, o 16-tej (4pm)  Miejsce:  University Presbyterian Church, 2203 San Antonio ST. Austin TX 78705;                  (darmowy parking w CO-OP Garage naprzeciwko)    Cena biletow:  $25 od osoby (dzieci do lat 15 gratis)  Dziekujemy i do zobaczenia

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen


Estonians in NYC - "A MUSICAL COMEDY" Saturday April 22, 2017

March  2017   Dear Friend of the NY Estonian Educational Society,   "A MUSICAL COMEDY" Saturday April 22, 2017 Cocktails at 6 PM, Dinner at 7PM at the NY Estonian House   Annual Dinner-Dance/Fundraiser and 87th Anniversary of the New York Estonian Educational Society   Stand-up Estonian-American comic ANDY VALVUR Gene Shinozaki - Human Beatbox Mike Barry Dance Band   Celebrating our organization’s history and honoring the commitment of the New York Estonian community, its founder and supporters to the Estonian House, our home in New York City.     We will also feature a “Silent Auction” which will include an array of artwork and other worthwhile prizes, including a roundtrip airplane ticket to Estonia.   We welcome your support with a greeting or ad in our Brochure. Please use this opportunity to honor a founder or longstanding supporter of the NY Estonian House. The proceeds from this event will help with the ongoing costs of maintaining our House for future generations.     Thank you in advance for your support of what promises to be a wonderful event.   Cordially,
     Toomas M. Sorra, M.D.                                    Carl Skonberg    President of the Board                               Vice-President/Event Co-Chair   _________________________________________________   2017 märts   Lugupeetud New Yorgi Eesti Maja sõber,     "Muusika ja Nali" Laupäeval, 22. aprillil 2017 Kokteil vastuvõtt kell 6 pl, õhtusöök kell 7 pl New Yorgi Eesti Majas   Kevaball/ Tuluõhtu 
ja New Yorgi Eesti Maja/ Haridusseltsi 87. aastapäeva pidu   "Stand-up comic" ANDRUS VALVUR Gene Shinozaki - New Yorgi Metroo muusika Mike Barry tantsuorkester   Pühitseme selle üritusega meie organisatsiooni ajalugu ja austame kohalike eestlaste toetust aastate jooksul meie ühisele kodule, New Yorgi Eesti Majale.   Toimub ka “Oksjon” kunstitööde ja muude hinnaliste võitudega, kaasaarvatud lennupilet Eestisse.   Kui Teil ei ole võimalik isiklikult osaleda, Teie toetus kuulutusena või tervitusena meie ürituse brozüüris on alati teretulnud, kuna tulu sellest üritusest on suunatud Eesti Maja edaspidiseks heaoluks.
  Kasutage seda võimalust austada Maja asutajaid ja toetajaid aastate jooksul!       Tervitades,     dr. Toomas M. Sõrra                                              Carl Skonberg NYEHS-i esimees                                                 NYEHS-i  abi-esimees   ______________________________________ THE NEW YORK ESTONIAN EDUCATIONAL SOCIETY ANNUAL DINNER-DANCE/FUNDRAISER APRIL 22, 2017   THE ESTONIAN HOUSE  New York, NY   18:00  -           cocktails 19:00  -           dinner, dancing and entertainment  (formal attire optional)   ADVANCE REGISTRATION   Please complete and return this form to: NYEES, 243 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016     TICKETS:          Gold Sponsor Table of 10 (includes full page ad             and listing as an Event Sponsor in the Journal)                       $1,500.- ____ Table of 10 (includes full page ad)                                     $1000.- ____ Single Admission Ticket                                                       $100.-     JOURNAL ADVERTISING RATES: _____Event Sponsor/Benefactor                                                   $1000.- ____ Gold Page                                                                               $600.- ____ Silver Page                                                                             $350.- ____ Full Page                                                                                 $200.- ____ Half Page                                                                                $100.- ____ Supporter                                                                                $50.-   I/we cannot attend, but wish to make a contribution of $______   Name             ________________________________   Address         ________________________________                           ________________________________     Please make checks payable to: New York Estonian Educational Society and send to: 243 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016 (tel 212-684-0336) or pay via PayPal @ www.estonianhousenewyork.com Please forward ad copy via mail, via fax to: 718-875-6602 or via email to: toomasmd@aol.com Deadline for Ad Copy: April 12, 2017 ________________________________________________   NEW YORGI EESTI HARIDUSSELTS’i KEVADBALL JA TULUÕHTU 22.APRILLIL 2017 NEW YORGI EESTI MAJA New York, NY   18:00  -           kogunemine ja kokteilid 19:00  -           õhtusöök, laul, tants, ja aukülalise austamine   EELREGISTREERIMINE Palun täitke käesolev vorm ja tagastage: NYEHS, 243 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016   PILETID: ____ Kuld Sponsori laud (10-le koos terve lehe kuulutusega             ja nimi Suur Sponsorite leheküljel)                                  $1500.- ____ Sponsori laud (10-le ja terve lehe kuulutus)                     $1000.- ____ Üksik pilet                                                                                $100.-   BROZÜÜRI KUULUTUSTE HINNAD:   ____ Suursponsor                                                                           $1000.- ____ Kuld lehekülg                                                                         $600.- ____ Hõbe lehekülg                                                                                    $350.- ____ Terve lehekülg                                                                       $200.- ____ Pool lehekülge                                                                       $100.- ____ Toetaja                                                                                     $50.-   Ei saa kohale tulla, kuid soovin toetada NYEHS’i                     $_____   Nimi                _________________________________   Aadress         _________________________________                           _________________________________   Palun saatke tsekid: New Yorgi Eesti Haridusselts’i nimel 243 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016 (tel 212-684-0336) või tasuda kodulehel Paypal’iga          www.estonianhousenewyork.com   Palume kuulutuste tekst saata e-mailiga (toomasmd@aol.com) või faxiga: 718-875-6602 Tähtaeg kuulutuste jaoks: 12.aprill 2017           Click here to Reply or Forward

Chornobyl: Artists Respond | April 7-30, 2017

Opening reception: Friday, April 7, 6:00 – 8:00 PM   Please RSVP to attend.   In cooperation with The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art (UIMA) in Chicago, Art at the Institute presents a special exhibition of original prints commemorating the thirty-first anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant disaster. Organized by Walter Hoydysh, PhD, Curator and Director of Art at the Institute, and Stanislav Grezdo, Curator at UIMA, the exhibition frames thirty works on paper by thirty selected artists from the Chicago metropolitan area.   On April 26, 1986, Reactor no. 4 of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant in Prypiat, Ukraine exploded, resulting in the worst peace-time nuclear disaster the world has ever witnessed. Two plant workers died on the night of the accident, and another 28 people, including first responders, died within a few weeks as a direct result of acute radiation poisoning. The World Health Organization stated that a total of up to 4,000 people could eventually die of radiation exposure and countless others from cancer related illness due to the Chornobyl disaster.   Even after many years of scientific research and government investigation, there are still many unanswered questions about the Chornobyl accident — especially regarding the long-term health impact that the massive radiation leak has on those who were exposed, their offspring, and the environmental after-effects on generations to come.   On the occasion of the disaster’s thirtieth anniversary in 2016, the UIMA commissioned a fine art print project and accompanying exhibition titled, Chornobyl: Artists Respond (April 1 – May 29, 2016, UIMA, Chicago).   The UIMA invited thirty Chicago-based artists to participate in the project — each artist to create an original print in an edition of forty. Simply put, printmaking, which involves transferring an image from an inked plate to paper, allows for the production of multiples. The prints shown in this exhibition reflect a long history and tradition of utilizing the graphic arts to reflect and communicate socio-political messages and issues of historical and contemporary importance. Coming from diverse cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds, the artists were challenged to address the project deliberating on personal and global observations and judgements, and their subsequent interpretations of the Chornobyl disaster.   The resulting artworks illustrate a range of motifs and themes, from scenes of the Chornobyl plant accident site and its immediate aftermath, to commentary on its current state and its weighty correlation to other worldwide nuclear risks and accidents. The artists’ viewpoints are as varied as the means they employed in the execution of their prints, from traditional relief, intaglio, lithographic, and screenprint techniques, to methods of additive coloring and material applications.   While the exhibition and the portfolio are composed of a multitude of voices and perspectives, they are all united in a collective tribute. Though the Chornobyl accident occurred 31 years ago, what’s demonstrably clear is that the disaster and its memory are just as potent today.
All works in the portfolio were printed in an edition of 40, in 2015, on Revere Silk fine art paper, signed and numbered by the artists, and measure 15 x 11 inches.   A fully illustrated catalog was designed and produced by Stanislav Grezdo in conjunction with this exhibition.   PRESS RELEASE  

Events in April at the New York Estonian House

Please join us for the Estonian Cultural Days in NYC April 5- April 9, 2017 
  Eesti Kultuuripäevad New Yorgis is happening!

Ürituse eesmärk on hoida eestlust välismaal elavate eestlaste seas ning samuti tugevdada sidet Eestiga.

Check out your favorite performers, register for an event, invite your friends along and donate to help us keep Estonian culture alive.
  Üritustele saab registreeruda: https://www.estonianculture.org/registration
    Rohkem infot FB lehel leiad siit: https://www.facebook.com/kultuuripaevadnyc Save a date   April 1, 2017- Estonian Educational Society Annual Meeting/ NY Eesti Haridusseltsi Aastakoosolek liikmetele
  April 22, 2017 - Annual Fundraiser Dinner-Dance/ Eesti Maja ja Haridsseltsi Kevadball/ Tuluõhtu New Yorgi Eesti Majas
  Link to NY Estonian House website

The Elder Son" / "Старший сын" in New York 3/25

"The Elder Son" in New York 3/25 Share     Share     Russian theatre and movie stars: Victor Sukhorukov, Agrippina Steklova, Evgeni Stychkin, Eygeniya Kregzhde and Yevgeny Pronin in the play "The Elder Son" in Boston and New York only!  Maestro Artist Management presents the US Premiere of the award-winning play “The Elder Son” by the famed Russian playwright, Alexander Vampilov, known for his sharp comedy and profound lyricism. The story artfully weaves love and loneliness, mutual understanding and vulnerability, a need for every person to be heard and the significance of things left unsaid. 
The performance features a star- studded cast of renowned Russian theatre and film actors: Victor Sukhorukov, Agrippina Steklova, Evgeni Stychkin, Eygeniya Kregzhde and Yevgeny Pronin. 
See announcement of the show in Russian bellow: 

Show is performed in Russian with no English subtitles.              March 25 at 8 pm 
Walt Whitman Theatre 
2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn, NY        BUY TICKETS        

SXSW 2017 European events

AUSTRIA Never been to Austria, the country of music, before? You heard it on New Year's Eve? You saw it in Sound of Music? You know about Mozart? TIme to visit the real thing. Visit us on SXSW 2017. Hosted by Advantage Austria. http://www.advantageaustria.org https://www.eventbrite.com/e/austrian-day-sxsw17-tickets-31576206283?aff=es2 Tue, March 14, 2017 9:30 AM – 11:00 PM CDT Add to Calendar LOCATION Barracuda Club Austin 611 East 7th Street Austin, TX 78701 View Map BELARUS Stary Olsa (Belarusian: Стары Ольса), a Belarusian medieval folk band already performed as part of SXSW at Flamingo Cantina on March 7th. Here is what their schedule looks like until the end of March:

Mar 15: Russian House, 307 E. 5th St, midnight - 1 AM
Mar 28: Flamingo Cantina, 515 E. 6th St, 10 - 11:30 PM
Mar 31: Russian House, 9 PM - midnight. DUTCH (The Netherlands) Dutch Impact Party SXSW 2017 DATE AND TIME Wed, March 15, 2017 12:00 PM – 8:30 PM CDT Add to Calendar LOCATION Swan Dive 615 Red River Street Austin, TX 78701 12.30 – 1.00 pm: Grandpa Death Experience
1.30 – 2.00 pm: Klyne
2.30 – 3.00 pm: Michael Prins
3.30 – 4.00 pm: Mich
4.30 – 5.00 pm: St. Tropez
5.30 – 6.00 pm: Drive Like Maria https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dutch-impact-party-sxsw-2017-tickets-32008793162 FINLAND Showcase The Finnish showcase acts are is Satellite Stories and Tuomo & Markus.  Showcase times March 14th 14th Tequila Mockingbird Studios, time TBC March 17th Palm Door, 11PM Satellite Stories Finland´s biggest and finest indie band Satellite Stories and recent Universal Music Group signing have been locked up in a studio for most of 2016 writing and recording what will be the first album released on a major record label.    Tuomo & Markus  Tuomo Prättälä, known from his soulful solo albums as Tuomo, as well as his many groups (such as Ilmiliekki Quartet and Quintessence), hooked up with Helsinki-based Americana rocker Markus Nordenstreng (The Latebirds). The unlikely duo’s debut album Dead Circles is full of folk pop and country songs with vocal harmonies in the vein of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Simon & Garfunkel. Tuomo Prättälä and Markus Nordenstreng gathered spontaneously at Wavelab Studio in Tucson AZ to record the album with acclaimed musicians such as John Stirratt (Wilco, Autumn Defense), John Convertino, Joey Burns and Jakob Valenzuela of Calexico, Pat Sansone (Wilco, Autumn Defense), and Gary Louris (The Jayhawks) who also contributed one song for the record. Dead Circles was released in in Finland and Scandinavia on August 2016 with notable crital acclaim. The album is slated for an early 2017 release in the rest of Europe and the United States. Showcase times Tuesday March 14, Nordic Music Meetup, 5.30pm The Guild House, 110 San Antonio St Peppina Wednesday, March 15 Caritas Showcase @ Caritas of Austin | 611 Neches St, 11AM Wednesday, March 15 Shakespeare's Showcase @ Shakespeare's | 314 E 6th St, 11PM Friday, March 17 Whole Planet Foundation Unofficial Showcase @ Whole Foods | 11920 Domain Drive, 12PM http://musicfinland.fi/en/events/2017/sxsw-2017 ITALY ITALY: (badgeholders etc) Aperitivo Italiano @ Sxsw 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM (CDT) Primary Access: Platinum Badge, Music Badge
Secondary Access: Interactive Badge, Film Badge, Artist Wristband
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aperitivo-italiano-sxsw-2017-tickets-31605094689 NORWAY Sounds from Norway is a great event and though it says badges, its been $10 at the door for the past several years. Get there early!  https://www.facebook.com/events/1214909548616390/?ti=cl SPAIN Sounds from Spain  https://www.sxsw.com/artist/sounds-from-spain/
Paella Party http://schedule.sxsw.com/2017/events/OE0623   SWEDEN Sat 11 March 2017 17:00 – 20:00 CST Rooftop reception at The Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce by Media Evolution & The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce throu the Southe. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rooftop-reception-at-the-swedish-amercian-chambers-of-commerce-tickets-31961806624

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen


Casa Mexcio - SXSW 2017

Come and enjoy the experience! Casa México aims to display Mexico’s status as a global leader in technology, entrepreneurship and innovation, as well as a modern country with a vast and diverse culture and traditions. Come join us and experience live music, entrepreneurship, culture, Mexican food, art exhibitions, and more.   Mexican American Cultural Center Emma S. Barrientos, 600 River St Austin, TX 78701 DATE AND TIME Thu, Mar 9, 2017, 7:30 PM – Sun, Mar 12, 2017, 5:00 PM CST Add to Calendar LOCATION Mexican American Cultural Center Emma S. Barrientos, 600 River St Austin, TX 78701 View Map   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/casa-mexico-sxsw-2017-tickets-28366950312

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen


Polish Monthly Film - Sunday, March 5 at 3:30pm

We hope you can join us this Sunday for Piotr Trzaskalski feature film "My Father's Bike". Some of you who saw it a few years ago at an APFF loved it!   WHAT: My Father's Bike / Mój rower, 2012 ‧ Drama film/Comedy ‧ 1hr 34 min – English subtitles. WHEN: Sunday, March 5 at 3:30 WHERE: Austin Public Library, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745, Tel: 512-974-8700   COST: FREE

CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@gmail.com   Director: Piotr Trzaskalski
Screenwriters: Wojciech Lepianka, Piotr Trzaskalski
Director of photography: Piotr Śliskowski
Music: Przemysław Stangierski, Wojciech Lemański   Cast: Artur Żmijewski, Michał Urbaniak, Krzysztof Chodorowski, Anna Nehrebecka, Witold Dębicki  Trailer (subtitled): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9URJZr3kI_0   My Father’s Bike centers on three men from the same family: the grandfather (played by a Polish jazz luminary, Michał Urbaniak), his son and grandson. Their relationship isn’t harmonious to say the least. The three men, who haven’t seen each other for years, have to meet and learn how to communicate again. There is pain, tenderness, misunderstandings, humor, and love. And passion for music that both divides and bonds them. Excerpts from the review on culture.pl: http://culture.pl/en/work/my-fathers-bike-piotr-trzaskalski  “The three men are unaware of how similar they are. What angers each in the attitude and behavior of the others sheds light on issues they face with themselves. They make the same mistakes and are unable to show empathy, understanding and sensitivity.”  One of many issues dividing Włodek and Paweł is music, and it also brings them together. "Music is the food of family-bonding," as the critic Young writes in the Hollywood Reporter. Paweł performs in the world’s prestigious music halls as a distinguished pianist, Włodek on the other hand, used to perform as a clarinetist. They disagree on their approaches to art. For Paweł, music halls are temples and music a mystery for the chosen few. Włodek stands up for egalitarianism and for playing to bring joy to people. In the final scene, Paweł starts believing his father was right all along. Włodek is fascinated by jazz, and is played by the legendary jazzman Michał Urbaniak .     Urbaniak, the jazz star, said during the Tofifest Festival that, "For many months after the filming I couldn’t stop being Włodek. To find myself again, I had to reach for the help of a psychiatrist."

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen


March 3 - Homage to DINU LIPATTi - Carnegie Hall

Romanian Music Through Centuries:


Carnegie Hall - Weill Recital Hall
  Born in Bucharest, Romania, pianist and composer Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950) is
regarded as one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century. He fulfilled a
startling variety of roles – as pianist, composer, teacher and critic – with
tireless devotion and integrity, despite the early and relentless
encroachment of the cancer that took his life unexpectedly. It is not
surprising, given his death at the age of thirty-three, that Lipatti
achieved cult status in the years following his death. However, his
reputation, today based on his recordings, emphasizes the fact that his
premature death in no way clouded the critical reception he has received.
His approach to the piano was one of utter fastidiousness, striving for
perfection in every aspect of his interpretation and performance. During his
lifetime, he was admired by many pianists such as Wilhelm Backhaus, Edwin
Fischer, Wilhelm Kempff, and Arthur Schnabel. Many other musicians were also
highly impressed by Lipatti’s talents including Yehudi Menuhin, Francis
Poulenc, Arthur Honegger, and Frank Martin. Lipatti 's pianism is an ideal
synthesis of a composer's analytical insight and expressive inwardness that
brought outstanding contributions to the classical music interpretation and
composition of today.

The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, and the ACCUMM foundation
proudly present a concert honoring the legendary pianist and composer,
featuring internationally acclaimed violinist and pianist, Irina Muresanu
(violin) and Angela Draghicescu (piano) at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital
Hall, on March 3rd at 8.oo P.M.(
-Angela-Draghicescu-Piano/> More details here.) The performers pay tribute
to the centennial of the birth of the legendary pianist, in a concert
featuring exquisite chamber works of such as Enescu’s Airs in Romanian Folk
Style, and Sonata for Violin and Piano, No. 3 “in Ro manian popular style”,
Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances, as well as two rarely heard chamber works by
Dinu Lipatti that will receive their US premiere: the Sonatine for Violin
and Piano and the Nocturne for solo piano, dedicated to Clara Haskil.

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Romanian violinist Irina Muresanu has won the hearts of audiences and
critics alike with her exciting, elegant and heartfelt performances of the
classic, romantic and modern repertoire. The Boston Globe has come to praise
her as “not just a virtuoso, but an artist” and The Los Angeles Times has
written that her “musical luster, melting lyricism and colorful conception
made Irina Muresanu’s performance especially admirable” while Strad Magazine
called her Carnegie/Weill Hall performance “a first-rate recital”. In 2013,
Ms. Muresanu introduced her “Four Strings Around the World” project, a solo
violin recital featuring works of composers inspired by various musical
cultures around the world, which she presented to a rapt audience as part of
Indian Hill’s chamber music series at Kalliroscope Gallery. An active
chamber musician and recitalist, Ms. Muresanu has appeared in such festivals
and venues as Bargemusic in New York, the Rockport Festival in
Massachusetts, Bay Chambers concert series and Bowdoin Festival in Maine,
the Strings in the Mountains and San Juan Music Festival in Colorado, Maui
Chamber Music Festival in Hawaii, Reizend Music Festival in Netherlands,
Festival van de Leie in Belgium, and the Renncontres des Musiciennes
Festival in France. Ms. Muresanu has been a member of the Boston Trio since
2002 and she regularly performs with Mistral and the Walden Chamber Players.
Irina Muresanu currently serves on the faculty of the University of
Maryland, and Boston Conservatory, and has taught in the Harvard and MIT
Music Departments. She received the prestigious Artist Diploma degree and a
Doctor in Musical Arts degree from the New England Conservatory. She plays
an 1856 Giuseppe Rocca violin and a Charles Peccatte bow.

Pianist Angela Drăghicescu has quickly established a reputation as a much
sought-after collaborative artist and chamber musician. She performs
regularly in major centres throughout the world with many of this
generation’s most renowned musicians. Recent engagements have included
performances at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Benaroya Hall, Rudolfinium
Prague, George Enescu Philharmonic, Behague Palace, Hindemith Institute,
Mahidol Auditorium, as well as many other venues in Europe, the US, and
Asia. She has performed with many of today’s leading artists including
Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Frank Huang, Sandy Yamamoto,
Virgil Boutellis, Remus Azoitei, Charles Sewart, Peter Bond, Achilles
Liarmankopoulos, Jeff Nelsen, David Requiro, and Josephine Knight, to name
but a few. Her festival appearances include Aspen, Seattle Young Artist
Music Festival, Interlochen Academy for the Arts, SiPiano, Round Top Music
Festival, and is a frequent guest on Classical King FM 98.1 Seattle.
Currently Collaborative Pianist at University of Puget Sound, Angela
Drăghicescu is also one of the official pianists of the prestigious George
Enescu International Competition, having been selected under the artistic
guidance of Zubin Mehta. Her doctoral thesis “Nicolae Bretan: A Guide to
Romanian Art Song” is the first textbook for Romanian diction for singers
and has become an invaluable source for non-native speakers wishing to
perform Romanian Art Song. Her mentors include the great pianist Michael
Gurt, Josette Hirsu, and Anne Epperson.

200 East 38th Street (at 3rd Avenue), New York, NY 10016
Tel: 212-687-0180 - Fax: 212-687-0181
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Travel Snobbery 101

You've met them before, and you know exactly what I'm talking about. Those friends who just happen to know the "real" Timbuktu- not they way you have seen it as a tourist, but the way they know it as a global nomad. You can't contribute anything to the travel conversation, because no matter what you say, they smile sympathetically, snicker, because you poor soul, you cannot possibly know anything about Zimbabwe that they haven't experienced better. In my lifetime, travel certainly has become a lot cheaper, and accessible to everyone. Gone are the days when we can wow someone with our Polaroids from Chennai, chances are that the person we are talking to has already been there.  So, I don't quite understand this growing movement to "educate" people about the proper way to travel, the authentic way to experience, the responsible way to learn about a culture. Do we now need an instruction manual to see for ourselves? Over the years, I have met all kinds of travel snobs, I am sure you have too, so rather than teach you how to recognize them, feel free to add your experience to this conversation. Out of sympathy for my fellow adventurers, I have classified them into easily identifiable stereotypes, so that rather than engage, you can pick up your luggage and roll in the opposite direction. Here are my favorite travel snobs: The Authenticators:  They pore through each minute detail of your travel story looking for a flaw in your experience. You downed shots of tequilla with a worm in Mexico, but don't you know that the proper way is to call it mezcal, and it's not a worm its a larva? You luxuriated the a 5-star Leela Palace in Udaipur, but poor you, you missed out on seeing how real people live. No matter how you saw it, it couldn't possibly be legit, because they know how it's experienced better. The saving grace of the authenticators is that they don't fault us for our ignorance, they just know better. The Modern Day Missionaries: They arrive at their destination, ready to "educate" the unconscious. You see, they come with the knowledge the locals so desperately need, and are ready to teach the dullards how to better their existence. Never mind that the locals have a 1000 year tradition of teaching their kids the value of work, because where modern-day missionaries come from, child labor is wrong, and they are here to save your children from your ignorance. Never mind that in all of India, very few people own air conditioning, a school without it needs their immediate attention. The Enlightened Ones:  For them, travel has lead to a spiritual awakening, and they are now ready to sparkle their fairy dust onto our darkness. They are now better people because they struck a yoga pose on the beaches of Durban, or had their colons cleansed at an ashram in Chandigarh. You poor tourist, couldn't possibly know anything about enlightenment because you only spent 40 years of your life serving the local poor, reading e-books on existentialism, battling your own inner demons. They are also more cultured, better exposed than you poor clod who who doesn't bow at the sun each morning. The Non-Tourists: No matter how they travel, they are never the tourist. Everyone else standing in front of the Eiffel Tower is, because they wear cameras around their necks, speak English, and ask irritating questions. Somehow these non-tourists can always experience the same thing we tourists do, only better. If they are walking down the streets of Paris, they always have a baguette under their arm, accost the locals of Moldova with their practiced regional dialects, and somehow never carry luggage, because it's the touristy thing to do. But, they show up at weddings and black tie affairs in Monaco in Keds, because they can't be bothered to pack luggage. They belong everywhere, just don't call them tourists. But you gotta admit, when you land in a country and they place a stamp in your passport, you are a tourist. The Social Class Snobs:  There are those who only fly coach, because business is too gauche, and there are those who only fly first class, and wouldn't consider a red-eye in economy. Some have enough miles to flaunt a dozen first class trips through southeast Asia and won't go anywhere unless it's at the front of the plane, others scoff at anything that reeks of elitism, and demonstrate their travel expertise by sleeping on the floor at the airport. Either way, there is disapproval at both ends of the spectrum, and for some their way of travel is the only right way. In all fairness, we can all be travel snobs. I too sometimes scoff at loud, obnoxious, food grabbing, personal space intruding travelers who don't seem to understand that an airport lounge is for people who want to rest and relax in peace. But then, I get drunk with my friends on a beach in Bali, and know what the locals must be thinking- Tourists!  My point is that we are all tourists whether we like to admit it or not. The best we can do is try to respect other cultures, and let them be who they are, without imposing our personal beliefs on others. Got your own travel snobs to add to this list?  Would love to hear from you. S    

Sherry K

Sherry K


International conference: Ukrainian Statehood 1917–21, Feb 24-25, 2017

The Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University in collaboration with the Ukrainian Institute of America present     UKRAINIAN STATEHOOD 1917-1921: INSTITUTIONS AND INDIVIDUALS
International Conference
February 24 -25, 2017
Columbia University   The conference will focus both on the important institutions that were founded under the Ukrainian Central Rada/Ukrainian National Republic, the Ukrainian State of Hetman Pavlo Skoropadsky, the Ukrainian National Republic under the Dyrectoria, and on the individuals that formed them. These state institutions proved to be essential in organizing and giving structure to Ukrainian political, educational, cultural and religious developments at that time. The successes and failures of these initiatives provided models that were both emulated and adjusted in subsequent years and that continue to inform Ukrainian nation-building efforts today. The conference will examine the lasting impact of these individuals and institutions on Ukrainian culture and scholarship.   The two-day conference will feature panels focusing on political, academic and religious institutions, literature, visual art and music as well as on memoirs and archives of this period. Among the people and organizations that will be examined at Ukrainian Statehood 1917–21: Institutions and Individuals are: Volodymyr Vynnychenko, Heorhii Narbut, Ahatanhel Krymsky, Kyrylo Stetsenko, Serhii Iefremov, Yuri Mezhenko, , Pavlo Khrystiuk, Mykhail’ Semenko, the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church, The Union for the Liberation of Ukraine, the National Library, The Ukrainian State Academy of Arts and the Kyiv Conservatory.   A characteristic shared by many of the aforementioned individuals is that they were involved in several fields and institutions at once: the academic, literary and political activities intersect in one variety of individual, while the religious, political and musical in another. Ukrainian Statehood 1917–21: Institutions and Individuals will allow theses particularities to be analyzed from different angles. Another important aspect underlying both institutions and individuals of this period—emigration—will also be touched upon in multiple panels.   Participating in Ukrainian Statehood 1917–21: Institutions and Individuals will be scholars from the US, Canada and Ukraine, including: Andrew Fedynsky, Olena Haleta, Tamara Hundorova, Oleh Ilnytzkyj, Valentyna Kharkhun, Myroslava Mudrak, Victor Ostapchuk, Marko Stech, Melanie Turgeon, Maxim Tarnawsky, Mark von Hagen, and Zenon Wasyliw.   The first day of Ukrainian Statehood 1917–21: Institutions and Individuals will conclude with a reception while the second day will close with a concert focusing on priest, composer and UNR government minister Kyrylo Stetsenko and the genre of the Ukrainian Art Song, which he developed at that time and which has been recently rehabilitated. The concert will take place at the Ukrainian Institute of America (co-organizer of the conference) and will feature Monica Whicher (soprano), Andrea Ludwig (mezzo soprano) and Albert Krywolt (piano). The entire conference, including the reception and the concert, is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary to attend the conference panels but registration, at the Ukrainian Institute of America website, is necessary to attend the concert.   Conference Program
Friday, February 24, 2017
Room 1512 – International Affairs Building
420 West 118th St, New York, NY 10027   PANEL ONE
(1:30-3:30PM) Mark von Hagen “Reading Pavlo Khrystiuk’s ‘Notes and Materials’: Why the Ukrainian Revolution Matters for Historians of the Russian Revolutions” Zenon Wasyliw “Revolution in Faith: The Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church and its Impact on the Ukrainian Village” Andrew Fedynsky “Working Toward a National Ukrainian Outcome to the Great War: The Union for the Liberation of Ukraine and Other Materials at the Ukrainian Museum-Archives”   PANEL TWO
(4-6PM) Viktor Ostapchuk “Ahatanhel Krymsky, Orientalist, Ukrainianist, and Permanent Secretary, 1918-1928: The Ukrainian Revolution’s Struggle for an Academy” Maxim Tarnawsky “Serhii Iefremov: Politician, Publisher, Publicist, and Scholar” Olena Haleta “Traditional Building: The National Library as a ‘Revolutionary Project’ by Yuri Mezhenko” Reception
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Room 1512 – International Affairs Building
420 West 118th St
(11AM-1PM) Myroslava Mudrak “The Making of a Brand—The Shaping of Identity: The Life and Legacy of Heorhii Narbut” Marko Stech “An ‘Academic Revolution’: The Ukrainian State Academy of Arts and Kyiv Conservatory in the Revolutionary Kyiv of 1917-19” Melanie Turgeon
“Broken Harp Strings: The Art Songs of Kyrylo Stetsenko and the Ukrainian Art Song Project” Lunch Break
(1-2:30PM)   PANEL FOUR
(2:30-4:30PM) Tamara Hundorova “Volodymyr Vynnychenko’s Novel ‘Across the Line’ as Psychoanalysis of the Ukrainian Revolution” Valentyna Kharkhun “‘Ukrainian History Should Be Read with Bromine’: Vynnychenko’s Image of the Ukrainian Revolution” Oleh Ilnytzkyj “Revolution, National Culture and the Avant-Garde: Mykhail’ Semenko as Impresario of a New Ukraine”
Ukrainian Art Song Concert
Ukrainian Institute of America
2 E 79th St, New York, NY 10075   Featuring Andrea Ludwig (mezzo soprano)
Monica Whicher (soprano)
Albert Krywolt (piano)   Presented by the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University. Organized in collaboration with The Ukrainian Institute of America. The conference is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to attend the concert portion of the conference.

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team


This Week - Rusalka Exhibition Closing & Recital

View this email in your browser This Thursday, February 23rd is the last day you can see Antonín Dvořák's handwritten manuscript and Renée Fleming´s costumes from the Metropolitan Opera. Join us for the last week of the exhibition Rusalka by taking a guided tour or attending the closing night recital. RECITAL: DVOŘÁK'S ART SONGS OPERA RECITAL WITH PETR NEKORANEC & KRISTÝNA KŮSTKOVÁ FEBRUARY 23, 7PM in the Ballroom
RSVP Closing night of our month-long celebration of Dvořák’s Rusalka. Petr Nekoranec, a member of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Program and winner of the Placido Domingo Prize for Best Tenor, and international award winning soprano Kristýna Kůstková perform Dvořák’s Art Songs. Giuseppe Mentuccia accompanies on piano. Musicologist Michael Beckerman will moderate the evening. 

Petr Nekoranec and Giuseppe Mentuccia appear by kind permission of The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. EXHIBITION RUSALKA RUSALKA 


RSVP for tour by calling 646.422.3395 
A rare exhibition of original scores, letters and other artifacts related to the opera Rusalka, including Renée Fleming´s costumes from the Metropolitan Opera, presented to American audiences for the first time. Promo video for the exhibition Rusalka Experience the opening week of Rusalka in this short video

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team


EuroCircle's International Women's Day Party

Join us as we celebrate International Women's Day at this brand new hotspot rooftop lounge! RSVP Here: http://www.eurocircle.com/euro/new-york-march-7-2017/ Where: Lovage Rooftop & Lounge 350 W 40th Street New York, NY 10018 Time: 7pm-Midnight DJ Chris Bachmann will be spinning tunes for us throughout the night! There will be a $10 cocktail on special throughout the night! Featured Hosts: Ilona Lee, Poland Kristi Roosmaa Tootell, Estonia Mita Carriman, USA - www.globalwanders.com Boriana Pavolva, Bulgaria Sinem Sinye, Turkey About International Women's Day:   International Women's Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women's rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. 1975 was designated as 'International Women's Year' by the United Nations. Women's organisations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honour women's advancement and while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women's equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team


New US Administration: A Change In US-Turkey Relations?

New US Administration:
A Change In US-Turkey Relations?   Don't miss out on The American Turkish Society i Panel Discussion on Turkey-US Relations, which will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Herrick. Gain a deeper insight on developments in US-Turkey relations from  their  renowned experts: Ambassador W. Robert Pearson, Dr. Ömer Taşpınar and Sema Emiroğlu. You will have the opportunity to ask them questions during an extended Q&A session as well as chat with them during our reception.

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team


17+ of the best family friendly activities in New York

Highline North Brooklyn Farms Riverside Park Yankee Stadium Asbury Splash Park Silverball Museum The Doughnut Project Williamsburg Bridge East River Ferry Botanical Gardens World Trade Center Bushwick Flea The Hills on Governers Island Idlewild Books The Mall and Literary Walk Long Beach Lower East Side Coffee Shop  READ MORE https://matadornetwork.com/life/17-best-family-friendly-activities-new-york/

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team


EuroCircle Travels to Australia & New Zealand October 2017

OCT 2017 - Travel with Sherry to Australia & New Zealand This year, our gathering takes place down under, as we meet in Sydney to embark on an 13 day tour of both Australia and New Zealand. EUROCIRCLE TRAVELS TO AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND, 2017 Sydney/ Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Queenstown
Tentative Departure Date, Oct 25 2017 Join EuroCircle for its annual global adventure.
For the 7th year in a row, our members from all over the world will gather to make new friends, explore two beautiful destinations, and make memories that last a lifetime. This year, our gathering takes place down under, as we meet in Sydney to embark on an 13 day tour of both Australia and New Zealand. Please contact Travel Organizer:
Email Sherry Kumar here [the trip organizer] for complete trip details. (philadelphia at eurocircle dot com) http://www.eurocircle.com/euro/eurocircle-travels-to-australia-new-zealand-october-2017/    

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen


APS - the 12th Annual Members Dinner & Gala Feb 25 2017

The 12th Annual Members’ Dinner and Gala     We are cordially inviting all our members and everyone interested in Polish culture and our organization to the 12th Annual Members  Dinner and Gala.  The event will provide a great opportunity for members to celebrate the 12th  Anniversary of APS, have an update on APS events, meet new Board members, participate in the awards ceremony, and get involved in exciting APS activities! 
  Members are encouraged to bring friends who are interested in joining APS.  Dinner and desserts by Apolonia Catering will be served. 
  There will be music, dancing for adults and activities for children. The venue is large and spacious. Dress is semi-formal.
  DATE: Saturday, February 25th, 2017

TIME: 5:00pm-11:00 pm (activities for children from 5:00pm–9:00 pm)

PLACE: University Presbyterian Church, 2203 San Antonio ST., Austin TX 78705

Parking is free in the CO-OP Garage across the street; bring in your ticket for validation. COST:

APS MEMBER : $15 per person, children under 10 free
NON-MEMBERS: $20 per person, children under 10 free
Payments accepted  at the door (cash, checks, major credit cards) RSVP:
Reservations are required by February 22, 2017 to ensure that we have enough food.

For reservation, please email, call or text  Angelika Firlej at: aps.angelika@gmail.com or 830-385-5389

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen



IN CONCERT TONIGHT! FREE and open to the public
FEBRUARY 6, 7PM in the Ballroom
RSVP Acclaimed Czech violinist Ivan Ženatý and his long term stage partner American pianist Sandra Shapiro are coming from the Cleveland Institute of Music to perform two months before their concert in Carnegie Hall! Join us tonight for a beautiful performance of Czech classical music. Free and open to the public with RSVP. 
Organized by the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York.     Acclaimed Czech violinist Ivan Ženatý and his long term stage partner American pianist Sandra Shapiro are coming from Cleveland Institute of Music to Bohemian National Hall in New York two months before their concert in Carnegie Hall! Do not miss the opportunity the enjoy their excellent performance of the Czech classical music. Free and open to the public.
Organized by: Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York Date and Time Mon, February 6, 2017 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST Add to Calendar Location Bohemian National Hall 321 East 73rd Street New York, NY 10021 View Map

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team


"Ukraine Today" - Feb 13 2017 by Global Austin

Fulbright Association- Austin Chapter
"Ukraine Today: Three Years of Conflict, Reforms and Challenges"

Distinguished Speaker Series - Professor Volodmyr Dubovyk

Join us for a discussion of the state of Ukraine today, and how the past three years have shaped the country in regards to political stability and international relations.

Professor Dubovyk is an Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and a Director of the Center for International Studies at the Odesa Mechnikov National University. As a Fulbright Scholar from 2006, Dubovyk was awarded the Senior Fulbright Visiting Research and Faculty appointment for the 2016-2017 academic year at St. Edward's University in Austin. His academic career has included work pertaining to U.S. foreign policy, U.S.-Ukraine relations and Black Sea regional security. 

When: Monday, February 13th, 2017
            6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Where: IC2, The University of Texas at Austin
             2815 San Gabriel Street
Parking: Surface parking surrounding the building

Light Refreshments will be available.

 RSVP Requested – margie@globalaustin.org 512-215-0140

Kaisa Kokkonen

Kaisa Kokkonen



The Czech Center's month-long celebration of Antonín Dvořák's beloved opera Rusalka starts this Wednesday, February 1st. Join us for the opening reception, and throughout this special month for the exhibition and related events. RUSALKA EXHIBITION PROMO VIDEO   RUSALKA 
GUIDED TOURS - FEBRUARY 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23 - 3PM & 5PM
RSVP for tours by calling 646.422.3395 
  In connection with the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Antonín Dvořák’s opera, admirers of the maestro will see a rare exhibition of original scores, letters and other treasures related to the opera Rusalka, including Renée Fleming´s costumes from the Metropolitan Opera, presented to American audiences for the first time. The exhibition RUSALKA is organized by the Czech Center New York in collaboration with the National Museum in Prague, the Metropolitan Opera, Harmony Foundation and the Dvořák American Heritage Association. Presented under the auspices of the Consul General of the Czech Republic in New York Martin Dvořák.

EuroCircle New York Team

EuroCircle New York Team