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  • Dziennik Chicagoski -- January 22, 1892
    Polish Band Concert

    The Nowicki brothers, well-known Chicago musical artists, will give a band concert next Sunday at the Polish Hall. This program will be the first of its kind in this series at the Hall.

    The program is as follows:

    Part one

    1. Coronation March from the Prophet.

    2. Overture, Poeta and Wiesniak.

    3. Family Remembrance.

    4. Waltz, "On the Beautiful Rhine."

    5. "Anchored," Solo.

    6. Potpourri from the opera "La Traviata."

    7. Wisla.

    Intermission.

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    Part Two

    8. "Ocean Pearls," cornet solo by Mr. Hensel.

    9. Fantasia from the opera "Halka."

    10. Waltz, "Thousand and One Nights."

    11. Overture, "William Tell."

    12. "Polonaise" Solo.

    13. "Bud of the North."

    Mr. A. Kwasigroch, choirmaster of St. Stanislaus Kostki's Church, will have his famous choir accompany the band in some of the numbers.

    Tickets for this concert can be obtained from Francis Kaczmarek, at 668 Noble Street. Admission prices are 35, 25, and 10 cents.

    The Nowicki brothers, well-known Chicago musical artists, will give a band concert next Sunday at the Polish Hall. This program will be the first of its kind in this series ...

    Polish
    II A 3 b
  • Dziennik Chicagoski -- November 10, 1892
    Concert to Be Given at the St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish Fair Tonight

    The Nowicki Brothers Orchestra will give a concert this evening at the school hall of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, where a Polish fair is now in progress. The program will be as follows:

    1. March, from "Tannhaeuser" R. Wagner
    2. "Light Cavalry Overture" R. von Suppe
    3. "Thousand and One Nights," Waltz J. Strauss
    4. Excerpts from the Polish opera "Halka" S. Moniuszko
    5. "Poet and Peasant Overture" F. von Suppe

    The public is cordially invited to attend the concert and the fair.

    The Nowicki Brothers Orchestra will give a concert this evening at the school hall of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, where a Polish fair is now in progress. The program will ...

    Polish
    II B 1 a, II B 1 c 3, II A 3 b
  • Dziennik Chicagoski -- March 25, 1895
    Benefit Concert Staged at St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish

    A benefit concert, under the auspices of the Polish Fellowship Club, was staged at the Polish Hall yesterday at 8 P. M. The proceeds of the musical concert were assigned to the destitute Poles of Nebraska and the Polish Hospital of Chicago.

    The concert, starring Miss Mira Heller, Polish musical celebrity, was a great personal triumph for the Polish artist, as was indicated by the overflowing crowd and the enthusiastic applause.

    In Miss Heller we have an artist of inimitable qualities, one whose voice is not only brilliant but of sparkling magic, an artist who has gathered laurels in Poland, and throughout Europe, and who still has many more years of success ahead of her.

    Last night's concert will remain as an outstanding musical triumph; not so much 2from the standpoint of the magical rendition of masterpieces of song by a Polish artist, but because by her singing she created a triumphant unity of a Polish artist's heart with the hearts of the audience, for the sole purpose of helping her needy compatriots.

    We do not feel competent to criticise the singing of the various songs executed by Miss Heller, but she has scored many successes among her own people as well as among strangers. She is comparable with all great opera stars. Her execution of the tragic scene from "Sappho" and the beautiful "Romance" from "Cavalleria Rusticanna", as well as the national airs, thrilled the audience.

    Miss Heller was supported by two talented artists from her troupe, Miss Lily Roemhold and Miss V. Murphy.

    Miss Roemhold, the well-known violin virtuoso, captured the ear of the audience with her capable rendition of the national Mazurkas and Kujawiaks. [Translator's note: This is a type of Polish dance popular in the Cracow region of Poland...

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    There is no English term for it.] Her sister is married to a Pole, and because of this connection Miss Roemhold not only became introduced to Polish music but also became an enthusiast of it.

    The second supporting artist, Miss Murphy, who is an excellent concert pianist, played three numbers on the piano. Both guest performers were given a great hand by the appreciative audience.

    So much for the concert from the artistic point of view. Aside from this, the rest of the program was filled with ovations for Miss Heller.

    At her own request, the St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish Choir was the first to greet her with a group of Polish songs. There were countless presentations of bouquets.

    At the conclusion of the performance, two little girls presented Miss Heller with a basket of fresh flowers, and one of them recited an original poem written for the occasion by Szizesny Zahajkiewicz. The girl that presented the recitation was 4rewarded with a kiss from Miss Heller.

    The parish order of knights presented the Polish star a salute of honor by standing at attention. This was indeed an impressive moment, and though it concluded the program the audience was reluctant to leave. The artist was moved by this and began to toss flowers from the stage to the audience. The women waved with handkerchiefs and the men with hats as she made her exit.

    A special reception for Miss Heller was arranged by the women of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in one of the smaller halls of the school building.

    Although the Reszke brothers, John and Edward, well-known opera stars, were compelled to decline an invitation to participate in the concert because of illness, which may keep them out of the entire Chicago opera season, they did not forget their fellow countrymen. A letter was received from them through Ralph Modrzejewski, one of the members of the concert committee. The letter read as follows:

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    "Auditorium Hotel, Chicago. March 23, 1895.

    "Dear Sir: With real regret I must let you know that it will be impossible for me to attend your concert, owing to a severe case of influenza, which has attacked me for the second time, and which does not allow me to sing today in 'Les Huguenots'.

    "I am afraid that this illness will be prolonged, and I doubt whether I shall be able to sing even once more in Chicago. The whole repertoire had to be changed and 'Die Meistersinger', which was announced for Monday, is to be replaced by 'Le Nozze di Figaro.'

    "At this very moment my brother received a rehearsal bulletin for tomorrow evening, so he also will not be able to attend the concert. In such a way illness shatters all the plans of a singer.

    "We ask you, dear sir, to make our apologies to our countrymen, and accept from me a sum of two hundred dollars and from my brother one hundred dollars as small donations to be distributed among our poor.

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    "Respectfully yours,

    "John Reszke"

    A check for three hundred dollars was enclosed with the letter.

    Due recognition should be accorded our Polish artists for their generous contribution.

    On the whole, the concert was a financial success. The net proceeds will amount to several hundred dollars. A complete financial statement will be published in the near future.

    A benefit concert, under the auspices of the Polish Fellowship Club, was staged at the Polish Hall yesterday at 8 P. M. The proceeds of the musical concert were assigned ...

    Polish
    II A 3 b, II D 10, II D 3, IV
  • Dziennik Chicagoski -- March 26, 1895
    Miss Heller's Benefit Concert Nets Over Three Hundred Dollars

    According to private information received, the net income from Miss Mira Heller's benefit concert, staged Sunday, March 24, at the Polish Hall, for the destitute Poles of Nebraska and the Polish Hospital of Chicago, amounted to three hundred and thirty dollars. The addition to this of the three hundred dollars donated by the Reszke brothers brings the total to six hundred and thirty dollars.

    The gross receipts amounted to three hundred and ninety dollars, of which sixty went toward expenses.

    In this way the Polish hospital received over three hundred dollars, and the destitute Poles of Nebraska, who have been hard hit by the depression, received a like sum.

    An official statement will be published soon.

    According to private information received, the net income from Miss Mira Heller's benefit concert, staged Sunday, March 24, at the Polish Hall, for the destitute Poles of Nebraska and the ...

    Polish
    II D 10, II A 3 b, II D 3
  • Dziennik Chicagoski -- August 16, 1895
    Halka Choir Incorporated

    The Halka Choir [Halka is the name of a Polish opera composed by Moniuszko], a women's group, was incorporated recently under the state laws at Springfield, Ill. Its incorporators were the Misses Anna Golebieska, Elizabeth Kokotkiewicz and others.

    The Halka Choir [Halka is the name of a Polish opera composed by Moniuszko], a women's group, was incorporated recently under the state laws at Springfield, Ill. Its incorporators were ...

    Polish
    II A 3 b
  • Dziennik Chicagoski -- January 24, 1896
    News Item

    Yesterday afternoon the pupils of Mr. J. H. Kowalski gave a recital in Kimball Hall. The recital was very successful.

    Yesterday afternoon the pupils of Mr. J. H. Kowalski gave a recital in Kimball Hall. The recital was very successful.

    Polish
    II A 3 b
  • Narod Polski -- April 09, 1897
    [Appeal for Hospital]

    Monday, the 19th of this month, the day after Easter, at 7:30 P. M. at St. Stanislaus Church Hall a great concert will be given for the benefit of the Polish hospital, which for three years has been serving the poor people.

    First rate artists of our city are offering their services. Mrs. Paula Bredermann, a concert singer of Munich Conservatory, Mr. Ernest Wendt, whose Polish mother has inspired him with love for her countrymen, is the first violinist with the famous Thomas Orchestra. Amateurs will perform on the piano, violin and violincello under the direction of Mr. Rudolph Modrzejewski, son of our famous artist. Polish Organizations are offering their singing choirs. For two years there has been no benefit performance for our hospital. Several hundred persons of both sexes have found help and tender care at the hospital and the number of free patients is steadily growing because of hard times.

    Besides the sacrifices of the organizers of the hospital, the Sisters of Nazareth and the disinterested services of best doctors, the Polish hospital posseses no resources and depends only on the contributions of the public for its growth.

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    We appeal to this charitable feeling of the people from every neighborhood to reserve the first evening after lent and help this worthy cause, showing the gratitude to the splendid artists who are giving free their time and talent.

    We hope all officials of various Polish societies will strongly urge their members to support this concert. There is no one but who either have had or may have a member of his family in our hospital.

    Monday, the 19th of this month, the day after Easter, at 7:30 P. M. at St. Stanislaus Church Hall a great concert will be given for the benefit of the ...

    Polish
    II D 3, II A 3 b, II B 1 a
  • Zgoda -- May 27, 1897
    Press Review Chicago Park Concerts

    In a short while summer concerts will again be given in Chicago parks. Music is usually furnished by German orchestras with the exception of one Czech orchestra. Can't there be found one among our Polish orchestra directors, who would try and get the park authorities to engage at least one Polish orchestra in some park?

    Without a Polish orchestra we cannot expect other foreign orchestras to play Polish melodies. Within the past year the directors of the Polish Youth Alliance sent a resolution to the park commissioners in which they demanded that the concert orchestra render Polish musical compositions, but being late in the season their resolution did not bring about the necessary results. Such a resolution should again be sent whether or not a Polish orchestra is engaged. Messrs. Polish directors, to action! Demand that which 125,000 Poles in Chicago rightfully deserve.

    In a short while summer concerts will again be given in Chicago parks. Music is usually furnished by German orchestras with the exception of one Czech orchestra. Can't there be ...

    Polish
    III B 2, III E, I C, II A 3 b, I F 4
  • Dziennik Chicagoski -- August 12, 1897
    Music in the Pares

    Our compatriot J.J. Nowak is director of an American orchestra that is now offering concerts every Thursday evening at Douglas Park and every Sunday afternoon at Humboldt Park. We all should attend.

    Our compatriot J.J. Nowak is director of an American orchestra that is now offering concerts every Thursday evening at Douglas Park and every Sunday afternoon at Humboldt Park. We all ...

    Polish
    II A 1, II A 3 b
  • Narod Polski -- November 17, 1897
    Theatrical

    Our brilliant country-woman, Madame Helena Modrzejewska shone in continued triumphs on the stage of the Grand Opera House. Last week she protrayed the title roles in "Camille" and in "Adriene Lecouvreur."

    We do not need to emphasize that she played the roles in a masterly fashion.

    Our country-woman, not only found appreciation and enthusiasm in the numerous audience, but also got favorable ciriticisms in the English language newspapers. Last Sunday, Madame Modrzejewska played, with her entire dramatic company, "Mary Stuart" for the benefit of the Polish Hospital. After the third act the talented Polish actress received two beautiful bouquets of flowers, one from six Polish Editors, and the other from the management of the Polish Hospital.

    After the first act the newspaper editors were all introduced to Madame 2Modrzejewska. Last Monday the first performance of "Macbeth" this season was rendered. Madame Modrzejewska played the role of Lady Macbeth and as usual she played the role with great success. The famous actress will appear next Thursday in "Magda", Friday in "Macbeth", Saturday matinee in "As You Like It" and Saturday evening in "Hamlet", her last appearance in this city.

    Our brilliant country-woman, Madame Helena Modrzejewska shone in continued triumphs on the stage of the Grand Opera House. Last week she protrayed the title roles in "Camille" and in "Adriene ...

    Polish
    II A 3 b, II D 3, II A 3 d 1