Magdalena Baczewska Returns for a Very Special Performance

Please mark your calendars for 5 p.m., Saturday afternoon, May 22nd, when the world-acclaimed pianist Magdalena Baczewska returns to the Meeting House for another special performance.

Her concert will also feature the debut of our newly acquired Yamaha concert piano. So the result will combine the rich sound of our new piano with the brilliance of Magdalena’s musicianship, enhanced by the celebrated vividness of the Meeting House’s acoustics.

Because of the pandemic, the performance will be in the form of what we call a “hybrid concert.” This means you may attend this concert in one of two ways:

Patrons of the event at $50 per person will have the option to be part of the in-person audience — limited to 40 people, or one-third of our house capacity. Supporters, at event at $20 per person would attend via live streaming, with a virtual meet-the-artist reception afterwards. Please click the link below to become either a Patron or a Supporter.

A fascinating aspect of the concert will be Magdalena’s interpreting the works of three Black American composers: “Blind Tom” Wiggins, Margaret Bonds and Thelonious Monk. She will also perform music by W.A. Mozart and Magdalena’s fellow countryman, Frédéric Chopin.
Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins (1849-1904) was a virtuoso pianist, gifted composer, and one of the most in-demand musicians in the late-19th-century America.

“It is my pleasure to introduce the audience to the masterwork by Thomas ‘Blind Tom’ Wiggins, an enslaved blind pianist of legendary brilliance,” Magdalena commented. “In his “Battle of Manassas,” an epic 1862 work that tells the story of the first battle of the Civil War, Wiggins uses familiar melodies (The Star-Spangled Banner, la Marsaillaise, Yankee Doodle, Dixie) and mixes them with sounds that foreshadow modernism much ahead of its time.”

This will be Magdalena’s third appearance at the Meeting House. Many of you will recall brilliant solo performances of the Polish-born artist in 2016 and 2018 – and one in 2019 with violinist Muneko Otani.

Masks and social distancing will be required for the live audience.

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