I had the pleasure of attending a chamber music concert at the Filharmonia Narodowa in Warsaw on September 26, 2012. The Wroclawska Orkiestra Kameralna LEOPOLDINUM conducted by Ernst Kovacic, consists of 12 violins, 4 violas, 4 cellos, and 2 double bass. The orchestra performed Concerto in D by Stravinsky, Danse sacred et dance profane by Debussy, Divertimento F-dur KV 138 by Mozart, Breathe by Hana Kulenty (who was present), Etiudy by Frank Martin, and Sinfonietta op. 52 by Albert Roussel. A highlight of the evening was listening to the Debussy piece that featured Ronith Mues on harp.

On Friday, September 21, 2012 we (Fulbrighters) attended a classical music concert in the city of Bydgoszcz. The city is located in northern Poland, about 50 kilometers from Torun, on the Brda and Vistula rivers. Performed by the Pomeranian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Takao Ukigaya, selections included vocal pieces by Mozart, featuring soprano Olga Pasiecznik, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 ‘Eroica’, in E-flat, Opus 55.

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This collection is filled with photos of various castles and buildings throughout Torun and its surrounding territories.

Here stands the newly completed Fryderyka Chopina Museum in Warsaw. The museum is adorned with memorabilia of Chopin such as one of his last pianos played by him, original composition manuscripts, various writings about people and things in a number of notebooks and others.

Fulbrighter had the pleasure of taking Polish language classes at the esteemed University of Nicholaus Copernicus. Copernicus (1473-1543) was the astronomer and mathematician who published his work on what he called the heliocentric solar system.