Saturday, October 12, 2019 | 8:00 p.m.
2019 Paderewski Lecture-Recital: Three Paderewskis
Alfred Newman Recital Hall, USC (see AHF on campus map)
3616 Trousdale Pkwy, Los Angeles, CA
Reception following the concert
Admission is FREE and open to the public (no RSVP needed)
Campus Parking: $12 – enter USC at McCarthy Way Gate, off of Figueroa St. just South of Jefferson Blvd. (Parking Structure X)
2019 Paderewski Lecture-Recital
Three Paderewskis: Synopsis
At his grave, we meet three versions of Paderewski (one of them female): Ignacy the virtuoso pianist/composer, Jan the politician/founder of the Polish nation, and Paderewski the éminence grise / Paso Robles winemaker. Coming together and pulling apart, sifting through a lifetime of memories far too large for any one person, they summon the ghost of Antonina, their beloved long-dead first wife. In so doing, they summon the spirit of Poland itself. A compassionate opera about a man who changed the world not only through his music but through pure passion for life, whose memory instructs our own moment of political and moral crisis.
Book/Lyrics – Oliver Mayer (Associate Dean, USC School of Dramatic Arts)
Composer & Music Director – Jenni Brandon (alumna, USC Thornton School of Music)
Director – David Bridel (Dean, USC School of Dramatic Arts)