|Polish Music Center|
The Paderewski Lecture-Recital is the flagship event of the Polish Music Center at USC. The Paderewski Lecture series was initiated in 2002 by then PMC Director Dr. Maja Trochimczyk. This annual event commemorates Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), a pianist, composer, politician
(the first prime minister of independent Poland after WWI), humanitarian, and orator, who was greatly acclaimed as
a virtuoso musician and a statesman.
The selection of Paderewski as the patron of the lectures held at USC highlights both his role in California and his connection to the University. This eminent composer-statesman received an honorary doctorate in 1923, from the School of International Relations at USC. During the event held at Bovard Auditorium, Paderewski made a speech, but did not perform; a music program was presented by an international array of artists. Participants in this celebration included USC deans and faculty, representatives of Polish-American Community; musicians and a patriotic organization called the Native Sons of the Golden West. The audience consisted of USC faculty members and students, diplomatic corps from L.A. area; journalists and the general public.
The annual Paderewski Lecture-Recitals highlight Paderewski's links to California and to the University. The PMC celebrates the memory of Paderewski by presenting the most distinguished and talented Polish composers of our times, who discuss their own music. This event spotlights the current achievements of Polish composers and musicians of international stature and brings them to the USC campus.
More information about the lecturers and programs of each year may be found below.
2002: Krauze 2003: Bruzdowicz 2002/2003: Paderewski Exhibit
2002: ZYGMUNT KRAUZE
2003: JOANNA BRUZDOWICZ
On exhibit in the Alfred Newman Recital Hall Gallery, USC, Los Angeles
Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Janusz Reiter, shakes hands with
Conductor Sharon Lavery leads the ensemble in a program of works by Wojciech Kilar,
The 150th anniversary of Paderewski's birth was celebrated at USC on November 4-5, 2010
Vocal and choral works by Paweł Łukaszewski presented on October 6, 2011
Celebrating the 75th anniversary of Karol Szymanowski’s death