The Polish Home Association and the Seattle Polish Foundation present an inaugural Chopin concert showcasing the new excellent Steinway B concert grand piano that has been recently purchased through a very successful fundraiser honoring memory of Barbara Strutynski.
The concert is open to the general public. The program of this concert is similar to the Donors’ Gala concert in February. Wine will be available before and after the concert.
Program of the evening includes piano compositions by Frederic Chopin, Claude Debussy and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed by Laure Struber-Mosnier.
- Chopin’s Fantaisie Impromptu in C# minor op. 66
- Debussy’s Clair de Lune
- Chopin’s Waltz in C# minor op. 64 No. 2
- Chopin’s Scherzo B minor op. 20 No. 1
Poems “Mr. Nocturne” and “Nokturn” by local poet Leszek Chudzinski
- Chopin’s Nocturne in C minor op. 48 No. 1
- Chopin’s Nocturne in D flat major op. 27 No. 2
- Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 in G minor op. 23
- Mozart’s Turkish March
- Chopin’s Etude in A flat major op. 25 No. 1
- Chopin’s Polonaise in A flat major op. 53
- Chopin’s Etude in C minor op. 25 No. 12
- Chopin’s Etude in C major op. 10 No. 1
Barbara Strutynski (1936-2022), known to everybody as “Pani Basia”, was a community pilar, active since the early 1960s until her death. During that time, she founded, managed, and directed several different performance groups involving children, youth and adults. Her name was most notably connected with the Młodzi Polanie / Young Polanie folk group, but she also directed cabarets and plays, and promoted music programs at the Polish Hall and in our community.
Laure Struber-Mosnier is a pianist well known to Polish audiences as she performed at the Polish Festival at the Seattle Center in 2018 & 2019. She graduated from the Strasburg Conservatory in Strasburg in her native France and in 2017 she obtained her Doctorate in Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the University of Washington. She has performed widely throughout Europe and in the United States as a soloist, chamber musician, and keyboardist for the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra and has received numerous awards including a France-Fulbright Alumni Distinction. Dr. Struber-Mosnier is frequently collaborating with several ensembles in the Pacific Northwest, including the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, the Sammamish Symphony Orchestra, the Inverted Space ensemble, the Sound Ensemble, and the Harry Partch Ensemble. Besides performing concerts, she teaches at her piano studio, and works for Pacific Northwest Ballet as a rehearsal pianist. Laure lives in West Seattle with her husband Spencer, her baby girl Charlotte, and her golden retriever Bennie.
Tickets at the door are $20 regular and $15 for PHA members. The fundraiser donors who could not attend the gala concert can attend this concert free of charge. You can also buy tickets online, click on RSVP to buy a ticket.
If this concert is anywhere close in the number of attendees to the donor concert with the same program in February, the Polish Home parking lot will be too small. Please carpool, if you can.
Additional parking is available at two parking lots M1 & M2 of the nearby Mt. Zion Baptist Church on the corner of E Madison and 19th Avenue. These lots require payment by phone apps only: PayByPhone and CallToPark. They should accommodate all the guests, but please allow 15-20 minutes to go there and walk back to the Polish Hall.
You should try the M1 lot first, entering from the 19th Ave (see the arrow on the map below); if that lot is full, drive through it to the M2 lot.
Please arrive early for the concert and enjoy wine & socializing before it starts!
More: Barbara Strutynski bio, about the grand piano & fundraiser