• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

  • 17 July 2019

    On July 11, 2019, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tokyo hosted a concert by the ‘Skowronki’ Girls' Choir on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Poland's accession to the European Union, as well as the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Poland and Japan.

    The program of the concert included compositions by Polish, Japanese and American artists. Japanese guests and the members of the diplomatic corps took part in the musical performance. The first part of the concert commenced with the ‘Ode to Joy’ by Ludwig van Beethoven, followed by Polish compositions, such as ‘Prząśniczka’ by Stanisław Moniuszko, ‘The cranes were flying’ (‘Leciały żurawie’) composed by Jan Maklakiewicz, ‘The little hearts’(‘Dwa serduszka, cztery oczy’) by the folk group ‘Mazowsze’ and ‘Spod igiełek kwiaty rosną’ from Moniuszko’s famous opera called ‘the Haunted Manor’. The second part of the concert began with a piece ‘Aka tombo’ by the Japanese composer Kosaku Yamada, followed by ‘Spes’ by Mia Makaroff and ‘What happens when a woman takes power’. The concert ended with the Polish songs ‘Believe, Poland’ and ‘Szła dzieweczka do laseczka’ that were sung with the participation of the audience. Thirty-seven girls were conducted by the Conductor Ms. Alicja Szeluga and accompanied by the Pianist Mr. Czesław Łynsza.

    The ‘Skowronki’ Girls' Choir from Poznań was established in 1950, the ensemble is described as the ‘singing ambassador’ of its city, it consists of girls aged 6 to 19 years. The Choir cooperates with the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra. The group performed on one of the most prestigious stages, such as the Carnegie Hall in New York City and has received many main prizes at international competitions.

    The concert also featured an exhibition that was prepared as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Poland and Japan and was donated to the Polish Institute in Tokyo by the Manggha Centre in Kraków. The exhibition is entitled ‘Unusual Stories from Poland and Japan’ and presents specific figures and personalities who played a significant role in the history of mutual relations between Poland and Japan. It will be presented during a series of events planned in Japan in the second half of the year in relation to this year's anniversary.

    The concert was organized with the support of the Polish Institute in Tokyo, its Vice-Director - Ms. Justyna Roguska received the statuette ‘Friends of the Choir’ from Mr. Maciej Jaworowicz – President of the Association of the Friends of the ‘Skowronki’ Girls' Choir for supporting the group which has just started a concert tour in Japan.

    The concert was followed by a glass of wine and that was also an opportunity to share the impressions of the extraordinary musical experience of the talented girls’ choir from Poland.



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