Sunday, October 25, 2015

Register for PAHA's 73rd Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet, Atlanta, GA, January 7-9, 2016

Julian Stanczak, "Mirrored Site," 1971

As the PAHA Annual Conference is approaching fast ( I kindly ask for five minutes of your time as your action is required at this point.

Step 1: Registration

Please go to:  and add to your cart at least one item (0$) for the conference registration and enter your personal information. This option will be used to print your badge. There is no registration fee for the PAHA conference. No payment is required here.

However, to attend any of the AHA sessions, book fair, receive the printed version of the program and be granted access to the AHA events participants are asked to register via the AHA web page:

Step 2:  Optional & Strongly Recommended: Awards Banquet

Every year we honor our Awardees with a special Ceremony followed by a Banquet. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to get together, catch up on discussions that were initiated during the conference, get to know each other better and spend some quality time with PAHA members as well as local Polonia leaders.

This time the Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016, starting at 7 p.m., at the historic Mary Mac’s Tea Room (224 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308). Mary Mac’s Tea Room opened in 1945, today it is the last of sixteen tea rooms that once dotted Atlanta in the 1940s.

After 65 years, Mary Mac's Tea Room is THE Atlanta culinary landmark, offering made-from-scratch true southern fare (like fried okra, Pot Likker, chicken pot pie, Gulf shrimp, fried green tomatoes, and the best sweet tea) served with genuine southern hospitality.

Attention: the number of seats is limited so we do strongly recommend that you, please, book your seat as soon as you find it feasible. Your early registration shall be most helpful with our event planning.  Please note that the PAHA’s Banquet Registration will be closing on December 30th, 2015. The registration fee for the Annual Awards Banquet is $50.00.

Maja Trochimczyk, anna Mazurkiewicz, and Karen Majewski at the 2015 Awards Banquet

Step 3: Donation

PAHA welcomes your donation at anytime. Should you choose to donate any sum at the time of registering for the conference, please add the selected amount from the drop-down menu. This is not obligatory.

All of the Conference Organizers look forward to seeing you in Atlanta! The PAHA sessions will take place at the downtown Hilton in Atlanta, Georgia (255 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303; T. 404 659 2000).

Should you have any questions, encounter any obstacles with the on-line registration – please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours truly,

Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz
First Vice President
Polish American Historical Association
Kierownik Zakładu Historii Najnowszej Powszechnej
Instytut Historii, Uniwersytet Gdanski

Dr. Anna Mazurkiewcz, First Vice President, PAHA

Polish Topics at the Annual ASEEES Convention, 
November 19-22, 2015

There will be over 60 papers on topics related to Poland, its history and culture, at the November convention of ASEEES. From the medieval, to the contemporary, from the history of dialects, to individual literary works, or communities - there's something for everyone... For details visit the list compiled for the Polish Studies Association:

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Two Paderewski Festivals in November - Paso Robles, CA and Raleigh, NC

The Polish Pianist and Composer, Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) will be celebrated at two Paderewski Festivals this November 2015.


The California Central Coast's Paderewski Festival is a four-day musical festival held annually in November celebrating Paso Robles' rich heritage and its most famous resident Ignacy Jan Paderewski - virtuoso pianist, composer, international politician, local landowner, grower and winemaker. Concerts featuring world renowned talent, exhibits, lectures, master classes and film screenings are accompanied by wine tastings and tours of local vineyards.

The 2015 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles (November 5-8, 2015) has an exciting line-up of talent for concert-goers to enjoy:  Gala Concert artist Thomas Pandolfi, an American pianist with a significant Polish repertoire, City of Angels Saxophone Quartet, Motion Trio Ensemble, 2015 Youth Piano Competition winners and students from this year's Youth Exchange Program to Poland. In addition, there will be a screening of Please find - Henryk Mikołaj Górecki  (2012) and Paderewski Lecture Series: Paderewski's Influence on Paso Robles and History of the Festival.

If you are interested in learning more about musicians, please visit (the "Polish Masters" repertoire) and  A youth piano competition, recital and student cultural exchange with Poland additionally honor Paderewski's legacy.  Visit:

► Thursday, November 5, 6:30 PM no host wine reception, 7 PM concert at Cass Winery. The City of Angels Saxophone Quartet celebrating the history of the saxophone

► Friday, November 6, 2:00 PM at Park Ballroom, Paso Robles. Master class with pianist Thomas Pandoli

► Friday, November 6, 7:00 PM at Park Ballroom. Wine reception and concert with Motion Trio Ensemble, featuring works by Lutosławski, Górecki, Kilar and others.

► Saturday, November 7, 10:00 AM at Park Cinema. Screening of Please find -Henryk Górecki (director Violetta Rotter-Kozera, 2012), and exploration of this enigmatic composer and his unexpected worldwide fame.

► Saturday, November 7, 4:00 PM at Paso Robles Inn Ballroom. Recital of 2015 Youth Piano Competition winners.

► Saturday, November 7, 7:30 PM at Paso Robles Inn Ballroom. Gala Concert with pianist Thomas Pandolfi, featuring works by Chopin, Paderewski and Gershwin.  Wine reception by Epoch Estate Wines.

► Sunday, November 8, 12:00 PM at Cass Winery. Recital of 2015 Exchange Program participants Daniel Ha and Kannan Freyaldenhoven.  


The Second Annual Ignacy Jan Paderewski Festival will be held in North Carolina on November 12-16, 2015. Initiated in 2014, the Festival will feature four concerts by distinguished pianists and one formal lecture celebrating the life and artistic contributions of Paderewski and his teacher Theodor Leschetizky.

► Tuesday, November 10, 7:00pm, City of Raleigh Museum (COR Museum), 220 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh.
Lecture and reception: Dr. Alvin M. Fountain II, Honorary Consul, Republic of Poland, Raleigh – ”Leschetizky, Paderewski, and Raleigh”

► Thursday, November 12, 7:30pm,Saint Mary’s School, Smedes Parlor
Pianist Hélène Tysman (Paris),  Chopin Competition laureate (finalist) in Warsaw, 2010.  She studied in Paris (Pierre-Laurent Aimard), Vienna (Oleg Maisenberg), and in Weimar.

► Friday, November 13, 11:00am - 2:00pm,Meredith College, Carswell Recital Hall. John Perry 2015 Master Class; Open to the public. A working session for piano professionals.

► Friday, November 13, 7:30pm,Cary Arts Center, Pianist Krzysztof Książek (Poland), Second Place Winner in the Paderewski Competition in Los Angeles, 2013.  Invited to the 2015 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.

► Saturday, November 14, 2:30pm, North Carolina Museum of Art, Main Auditorium, Lecture by Adam Wibrowski (Paris, Kraków), Professeur de Piano, Conservatoire de Paris - ”Theodor Leschitzky: Performer and Pedagogue.”   Pianist Emil Reinert (Paris-Hamburg), Winner of the Leschetizky Prize, Hamburg, Germany, July 2015.  A 21-year-old student of Hubert Rutkowski in Hamburg, also studied in Paris.

►Sunday, November 15, 2:30 pm, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh. Pianist: John Perry (Los Angeles), student of Władysław Kędra in Warsaw and Vienna: in direct line to Paderewski and Leschetizky. Perry studied with Kędra at the Akademie für Musik and with Carlo Zecchi at Santa Cecilia in Rome. A legendary piano pedagogue of Southern California and Toronto, he has taught at many other major music schools.  For more information visit the Festival’s website: