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Frederic Chopin Monument Rededication

Frederic Chopin Monument Rededication
Polish Cultural Garden - Cleveland
October 17, 2010

The Cleveland Polish American Community paid tribute to one of the great masters of Romantic Music, Polish-born composer and pianist Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849). On Sunday October 17, 2010, Mass at St. Stanislaus Shrine Church in Slavic Village included a full orchestra in the Choir playing Chopin’s glorious and emotional music.

Following Mass and a reception and lunch at the Polish American Cultural Center, the community gathered at the Polish Cultural Garden for the Dedication of the restored bronze bust of Chopin.

The bust of Chopin was covered with a Polish flag until the unveiling.

Bust of Frederic Chopin covered with Polish flag in Cleveland Polish Cultural Garden

Eugenia Stolarczyk sang the Polish and American National Anthems.

Eugenia Stolarczyk sings the Polish and US anthems

Eugenia Stolarczyk





Rev. Michael Surufka, O.F.M. the Pastor of the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus, gave the Invocation and the crowd answered in Polish.

Rev. Michael Surufka, O.F.M. the Pastor of the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus

Rev. Michael Surufka

Ben S. Stefanski II gave a history of the Chopin sculpture in the Polish Cultural Garden.

Ben S. Stefanski II

Ben S. Stefanski II




He then recognized the delegates of the Polish Cultural Garden: Gary Kotlarsic, Irene Morrow and Glenn Sobal and the donors to the Chopin bust restoration:
  • David Krakowski
  • Ewa Pezacka
  • Elizabeth Dabrowski
  • Eugene and Barbara Bak
  • The John Paul II Polish-American Cultural Center
  • The Liberty Holden Park Trust
  • (Original Donors of the 1947 Monument: The Harmonia-Chopin Singing Society)

This was followed by remarks from the Guest of Honor, Polish Consul General Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka from New York, NY.

Polish Consul General Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka

Polish Consul General Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka



Then the restored bust was unveiled.

Bust of Chopin in Cleveland Polish Cultural Garden

Then special guest Dr. David Dubal, Professor of Performance and Piano at Julliard in New York City approached the Steinway piano that was brought in from Steinway Hall in Akron.

Dr. David Dubal, Professor of Performance and Piano at Julliard

He spoke of the influence of Chopin and introduced piano prodigy Dongning Yang.

Dr. David Dubal and Dongning Yang

Dr. David Dubal and Dongning Yang



Dr Dubal and Ms Yang performed several Chopin pieces as Dr. Dubal explained them to the audience.

Dr. David Dubal and Dongning Yang

Dongning Yang takes a bow


See videos and photos of the performances by Dr. David Dubal and Dongning Yang at the Chopin monument dedication.

After the recital, there was a performance by the young people of Piast Polish Dance Ensemble.

Piast Polish singer and violin



Then the Piast Polish Dance Ensemble performed two waltzes on East Boulevard.

Piast Polish Dance Ensemble in Cleveland



See more of the Piast Polish Dance Ensemble's performance at the Chopin monument dedication.

Enjoy these photos from the Polish Cultural Garden Chopin Monument Rededication

Górale Polish Folk Dancers of Cleveland in front of the Chopin bust

Górale Polish Folk Dancers of Cleveland in front of the Chopin bust


Piast Polish Dance Ensemble

Piast Polish Dance Ensemble


Dr. David Dubal and Dongning Yang

Dr. David Dubal and Dongning Yang


Dr. David Dubal and Dongning Yang in Polish Cultural Garden

Through the fountain mist in the Polish Cultural Garden


Joseph Lecznar, President, Cleveland Society of Poles and group in front of the Henryk Sienkiewicz statue

Joseph Lecznar, President, Cleveland Society of Poles and group in front of the Henryk Sienkiewicz statue


Ray Vargas and Cindy Plizga

Ray Vargas and Cindy Plizga of
Syrena Polish Folk Ensemble of Cleveland


Gary Kotlarsic and kids

Gary Kotlarsic and children


Beth Cameron and Henry Cameron of Syrena Polish Folk Ensemble of Cleveland

Beth and Henry Cameron of
Syrena Polish Folk Ensemble of Cleveland


Piast Polish Dance Ensemble

Piast Polish Dance Ensemble


Newly restored monument of Frederic Chopin

Newly restored monument of Frederic Chopin


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Piast Polish Dance Ensemble's performance

Videos and photos of Dr. David Dubal and Dongning Yang performing Chopin.

Polish Cultural Garden in Cleveland

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