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Jenni Brandon’s 3 Paderewskis Performed In Poland

October 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The 3 Paderewskis by composer Jenni Brandon and playwright Oliver Mayer is performed on Friday, October 18, 2019, 7:00pm at the Aula Nova, I.J. Paderewski Conservatory, Swiety Marcin 87, 61-808 in Poznan, Poland. The performance is followed by Q&A with the artists that is open to the public.

The 3 Paderewskis, a new opera by Jenni Brandon, explores the life and work of composer and founder of the Polish nation, Ignace Jan Paderewski. With book by University of Southern California professor and playwright Oliver Mayer and music by award-winning composer Jenni Brandon, this work is expanded to 60 minutes. Commissioned by The Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual program NIEPODLEGŁA 2017-2022.

This expanded work (originally a 40-minute version premiered in 2018) looks at three versions of the great Paderewski (one of them female) as they sift through a lifetime of memories far too large for any one person. Ignace the pianist/composer, Jan the visionary statesman, and Paderewski the viticulturist, assess a lifetime of love and loss, exile, war and wine.  But when the ghost of Antonina, their long-departed wife, rejoins them, memories become immediate with a vibrancy that sheds light on the depths of their endless love. This performance is part of a four-day festival celebrating Ignace Jan Paderewski. Of interest on:

  • Thursday, October 17th at 11:00am is a Student and Faculty Workshop: University as a place of artistic development and promotion. USA-Poland comparison. Guests are: Carol Martin, Oliver Mayer, David Bridel, Brian Kite, Juli Hendren, Andrzej Lesicki. Open to the public. The location: Collegium MAIUS, ul. Fredry 10, 61-701
  • On October 19th, at 10:00am is a Young Artist Workshop at Teatr Muzyczny, Poznan: Creating musical characters”. Guests: are Jenni Brandon , Oliver Mayer, Matthew Hardy, and Brian Kite. This workshop is closed to the public.

Cast and Musicians:

Antonina (Soprano): Keiko Clark

Ignace (Mezzo-Soprano): Maria Dominique Lopez

Jan (Tenor): Todd Strange

Paderewski (Baritone): Steve Pence

SATB Polish Chorus of Teatr Muzyczny. Directed by Piotr Deptuch

Piano Quartet (Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano

Director: David Bridel

Stage Manger: Seira Murakami

Music Director and Conductor: Jenni Brandon

Producer: Ian-Julian Williams


Adam Mickiewicz Institute


 Kosciuszko Foundation


This presentation is commissioned by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and presented in collaboration with the Kosciuszko Foundation.  Co-financing is provided by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual program NIEPODLEGŁA 2017-2022. This project was originally commissioned in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of the international cultural program POLSKA 100 accompanying Poland’s centenary of regaining independence.

Event Partners:

Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles

Helen Modjeska Art and Culture Club

POLAM – Federal Credit Union