Dr. Konrad Binienda, a known Chopin Pianist is putting together a FREE CONCERT for Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 at the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus at 7:30 PM all invited to this special performance.
Selected works of Chopin and other composers will be performed in this concert. Guest musicians will also perform.
Binienda has played in Europe and in cities across the USA. He is an award winning Chopin Pianist and has performed at the birth place of Fryderyk Chopin in Zelazowa Wola, Poland and in September of 2017 made his debut in Carnegie Hall. He has recently recorded his first professional CD.
Konrad has performed on the St. Stanislaus Steinway numerous times and his audience increases for each performance. In the past, he was highlighted in a Plain Dealer Article as he prepared for the International Chopin Contest in Miami Florida and was watched locally as his performance was streamed live to Northeast Ohio.
The Great Chopin, a patriotic Pole, known as a dazzling virtuoso and composer is recognized throughout the world in his association with one instrument- the pianoforte. Born the 22nd of February 1810 and baptized and recorded in the church records on the 1st of March 1810, his birth date has been listed both days in history. He died at the age of 39 in 1849. Chopin’s works assert itself in his national Polish identity, the mazurkas, the polonaises, elements of Polish Folk music and the melancholy of the love for his Polish homeland. Chopin died and was buried in Paris but his will directed that his heart return to the land he loved with all his heart, Poland! His sister accomplished his final wish.
This concert marks the 210 years since the birth of Chopin and in addition is a salute to the late Judge, Raymond Pianka, an outstanding public servant for Cleveland and proud Polish American who passed on in January of 2017 with a great legacy.
A big thank you to the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus and the Music Director, David Krakowski for their help and willingness in hosting this concert.