This year, on January 23rd we met at the Carols Concert of our School in the beautiful, historic Szustra Palace, where the heart of Warsaw’s musical tradition has been beating for years. The greatest Polish musicians have performed in this Palace. The teachers of our School, including the Director of Unisono Music Academy Zofia Zwolińska, have also given concerts there. The Palace is the seat of the highly distinguished Warsaw Music Society.
The concert was started by little Chuchu from Zofia Zwolinska’s violin class, who played the song “Deszczyk” (“Rain”) from the violin pedagogy repertoire. Four-year-old Fredy Yu from Yulia Lewiuk’s piano class played the carol “Jesus Christ” arranged by Piotr Dylewski.
Julia Lewiuk’s class was also represented by:
- Zosia Belgy, in whose performance we heard Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Helenka performed “Walczyk na niepogodę” by Agnieszka Lasko and a duet with Professor “Jingle Bells” by James Pirpoint
- Eliza Angevin performed “When Christ is Born” and the American pastorale “First Star”
- Karolina Kowalska played a piece by Johann Friedrich Burgmuller “La Chevaleresqe”
Sisters Olga and Marianna Pogorzelski were guest performers. Olga performed a piece by Robert Schumann “First Worry” and then a piece by Mikołaj Leontonowicz “Szczedryk” for four hands with her sister.
From Hanna Malaszek’s piano class performed:
- Kuba Grzyb, who played the carol “They came to Bethlehem”
- Emil Koziel whose performance we heard “Jingle Bells” by James Pierpoint
- Szymon Szysz, who played Dance from Dmitri Shostakovich’s Ballet Suite No. 1
Piotr Nermer violin class:
- Shin Zen, who played Joseph Haydn’s “Song
From the violin class of Zofia Zwolinska performed:
- Ewa Wojciechowska and Jadzia Wichary, who played a miniature from the violin pedagogy repertoire “Rain”
- Antonika Rytel performed a miniature “The Hunter” from the repertoire of Russian violin pedagogy
- Lang Hanyu played third movement of Concertina by Grażyna Bacewicz
- Emily Chandler performed Sarabande in G minor and Gavotte by Arcangelo Corelli.
Special guest during Carols Concert
Special guest Ella Bai closed concert. She took her first violin steps at our school under the guidance of Zofia Zwolinska, and is now developing her skills at the Secondary School in Miodowa Street. Her teacher is the excellent violinist Joanna Okoń, also a former pupil of Zofia Zwolińska’s former student. In Ella Bai’s performance we heard expressive Sarabanda and Gigue from Partita No. 2 in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, and the first movement of Violin Concerto in D major c.v. 218 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, played with light-hearted panache, characteristic of this composer’s virtuoso performance.
Ella was accompanied at the piano by Andrzej Guz, an excellent teacher of chamber music at the Secondary Music School in Miodowa Street. Our violin soloists were accompanied by Hanna Malaszka and Artur Chmara. Liza Pietraga and violin class professor Piotr Nermer announced student performances.
At the end of the musical meeting in Szustra Palace, the Headmaster of the School invited all the students on stage and congratulated them on their successful performances.
Zofia Zwolińska thanked all the teachers for their fruitful work with the students, as well as the parents and grandparents for watching over their children while working on the instruments at home and invited them to the next concert, the Spring Concert, which will take place on April 10 in the same place.
What makes a carols concert successful?
A successful carol concert consists of many important elements. First of all, the singers and musicians performing at the concert must be able to perform the music perfectly. The audience should also feel the Christmas spirit while listening to the concert – this can be achieved with Christmas decorations, lights and even costumes. Finally, the concert should be long enough to keep people engaged, but not so long that they get bored. Christmas carol concerts are an integral part of the holiday season. It is a time to get together and celebrate with friends and family. There are many things that make these concerts so special. Some of the most important elements are the music, the traditions and the spirit of gift giving. The songs evoke feelings of warmth and happiness and remind us of all the reasons we love this time of year.
First, performers must have a good understanding of the songs they are singing or playing. They should be able to sing with emotion and convey the meaning of the song to the audience. Second, the audience should be able to feel the spirit of Christmas while listening to the concert.
Christmas carol concerts are an integral part of the holiday season. It is a time to get together and celebrate with friends and family. There are many things that make these concerts so special. Some of the most important elements are the music, the traditions, and the spirit of gift-giving. The audience felt the spirit of Christmas. The songs evoke feelings of warmth and happiness and remind us of all the reasons we love this time of year.]