Concert Benefit for Rare Book Conservation Project of The Polish Museum of America


Michał Korzistka

Michał Korzistka, full professor of the Cieszyn Branch of the University of Silesia, Poland, will perform a benefit piano concert in the The Polish Museum of America's (PMA) Sabina P. Logisz Great Hall, Sun., Oct. 20, at 2:30 p.m. to raise funds for the PMA Library's Rare Book Conservation Project.

Korzistka has a dual career, one as an award winning performing artist and the other as a classical piano professor. He performs in Poland as well as world-wide. Over the years, he has also made a number of recordings, including a live recording of his concert with an orchestra in Weston, Great Britain, an album entitled Music in Bielsko-Biala; recordings for the II Channel of the Polish Radio; and archival recordings for his alma mater, the Academy of Music in Katowice. 

In addition to teaching at the University of Silesia, Korzistka also teaches at the Music School in Zywiec and serves as Vice President of the Bielsko Music Society. Under the auspices of the University, he also organizes international master classes for young pianists. 

In fact, Korzistka began playing at the age of five under the tutelage of Helena Korzistka, his grandmother. She was an experienced piano teacher. 

Sunday's concert program will include the works of Fryderyk Chopin and Witold Lutosławski. (F. Chopin: Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22; Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35; Waltz in A-flat major, Op. 42; and Ballade No. 2 in F major, Op. 38. W. Lutosławski: Piano Sonata; Bucolics; and Folk Melodies.) 

Funds raised from the concert's $20 per ticket will go toward the conservation work of PMA Library's Rare Book Conservation Project, established in 2012. Of their 300 rare books, the Project, to date, has been able to conserve and restore 16 books published between 1508 and 1745. 


Photo courtesy of the Polish Museum of America


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