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Józef Elsner, teacher of Chopin, by Maestro Grzegorz Nowak

Józef Elsner, teacher of Chopin
by Maestro Grzegorz Nowak
Preview of duodrama "Echo in the Woods"
Polish American Cultural Center
September 9, 2022

Józef Elsner (1769 - 1854) was a composer, music teacher, and music theoretician, active mainly in Warsaw, Poland. He was one of the first composers in Poland to weave elements of folk music into his works. He is perhaps best known as the principal composition teacher of the young composer Frédéric Chopin.

Józef  Elsner

Józef Elsner

Elsner composed many symphonic, chamber, solo, and vocal-instrumental works, and works for the stage, including over 100 religious works (masses, offertories, oratorios, cantatas), eight symphonies, three concertos, three ballets, and thirty-eight operas.

Maestro Grzegorz Nowak is a Polish conductor. He has served as music director of the Polish National Opera, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Radio Orchestra in Kaiserslautern, Germany), and Sinfonia Helvetica and festival Musique and Amitié in Switzerland. He is the Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. He came from Poland to Cleveland to conduct Elsner's "Echo in the Woods" a duodrama in 1 act (1808). At the time many thought an opera had to be in Italian or German but Elsner brought in the Polish language.

Maestro Grzegorz Nowak

Maestro Grzegorz Nowak


A few days before the concert he spoke at the John Paul II Polish Cultural Center in Cleveland and told about Józef Elsner and his duodrama "Echo in the Woods."



Polish conductor Maestro Grzegorz Nowak, Cleveland Opera's Dorota Sobieska, Andrezj Stec and pianist Jacek Sobieski gave a preview taste of their upcoming performance of Józef Elsner's duodrama "Echo in the Woods" at the Polish Cultural Center in Cleveland's Slavic Village.

Andrezj Stec and Dorota Sobieska

Andrezj Stec and Dorota Sobieska

Dorota Sobieska and Grzegorz Nowak

Dorota Sobieska and Grzegorz Nowak

Cleveland Opera and the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation are presenting Józef Elsner's duodrama "Echo in the Woods" at the Centennial Plaza in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on September 11, 2022.

Connie Adams, Grzegorz Nowak and Dorota Sobieska

Connie Adams, Grzegorz Nowak and Dorota Sobieska


Here is a preview of the opera presented in the Polish Cultural Center a few days before the performance.



The performers that evening were Jacek Sobieski, Andrezj Stec, Dorota Sobieska and Grzegorz Nowak.

Jacek Sobieski,  Andrezj Stec, Dorota Sobieska and Grzegorz Nowak.

Jacek Sobieski, Andrezj Stec,
Dorota Sobieska and Grzegorz Nowak



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