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Jazz Vocalist Grazyna Auguscik Graces Twin Cities Polish Festival

Art critic Howard Reich is an ardent and articulate fan of jazz vocalist Grazyna Auguscik who will perform for Minnesota fans at the forthcoming 2011 Twin Cities Polish Festival.

Writing in July 2010 Reich rhapsodized about Ms. Auguscik’s performance of the work of Poland’s national musician, Frederic Chopin:

The music world has been awash with 200th anniversary celebrations of Frederic Chopin’s birth, but surely none as free-wheeling as Sunday night’s marathon at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.  (Chicago Tribune, July 26, 2010, quoted online)

Reich goes on to “hazard a guess” about how the Master might have responded to Auguscik’s jazz interpretation of his work:

Chopin himself might have reveled in these sounds. His piano music, after all, bristles with the spirit of improvisation, as if the composer had sat down at the keyboard and instantaneously invented some of the most enduring works in the piano repertory.  Most of Chopin’s preludes, etudes, and nocturnes unfold in utterly unpredictable ways, changing emotional tone at the drop of a sixteenth note—just like jazz. (Ibid)

To this lay person, Auguscik is becoming a YouTube superstar.  Her several videos are not to be missed!

Auguscik is recipient of countless awards and testimonials for her vocal talents.  Recently she was honored for yet another accomplishment.  Now a Chicago resident who carries her unique talent throughout the nation and the world, Auguscik is the May 2011  recipient of the Polish Promotional Emblem Foundation award.  The prestigious award recognizes “the achievements of Polish-born émigrés in the fields of business, culture, science and personality.”

The Twin Cities Polish Festival 2011 is set for Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14, on the Mississippi Riverfront.  For details on this fun- filled – and free – family event click here.


Finding Fun at St. Anthony VillageFest, August 5-7

Folks in St. Anthony and Northeast/North Minneapolis environs have been counting the days till the St. Anthony VillageFest set for August 5-7.  This is for readers outside the hood.  Be sure that, though St. Anthony Villagers enjoy all of the blessings of a small town, they know how to throw a Big City Festival,

To get the juices flowing the St. Anthony Community Theater offers a three-performance run of The Sound of Music on the preceding weekend, July 29-31.  The perennial favorite is set for 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the St. Anthony High School, 3400 Silver Lake Road  Tickets are $10/adults, $8/seniors.

Friday, August 5 — The annual SAV Golf Tournament begins at Noon on Friday, August 5, $95 Pregistration required. Call Steve Sparks 612 741 0416 for information or to register

6:00 – Parade lineup  7:00 – Parade begins at the St. Charles Borromeo parking lot and continues  St. Anthony Shopping Center,  After the parade – Street Dance and CelebrationFeatured entertainer – Headpressure.  Games, coloring contest, visiting dignitaries and a Bocce tournament at 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 6 — A day filled with something for every fun-lover – Silent auction, games, arts activities a show, petting zoo and more the kids, Vendor craft fair, Blazing Saddles on stage, and more. 7:30 p.m. Main stage entertainment with a 9:45 break for fireworks, followed by more entertainment

Sunday, August 7 — Pancake Breakfast sponsored by the Kiwanis 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the St. Anthony Community Center, $6 adults, $4 children

Final performance of The Sound of Music – 2:00 p.m.