If you didn’t have a chance to attend the Echoes of Poland concert on Sunday, May 30th at the Ohio Theater, you missed a real Polish treat. All areas of Poland were represented in dance, song, music and gorgeous costumes.
The concert began with a beautiful overture played by Kapela. They also opened the second segment of the concert with an instamental piece.
A trumpet solo by Justen Martyniak-Rhoades was included. In Kracow, every hour on the hour a trumpeter plays the” hejnal “ from the tower of St. Mary’s Church. It served as a warning against an attack by the Tartars. One watchman who began the hejnal during an attack in the 12th century was struck by an arrow after the first few notes and it took a few moments for a replacement to continue. Now there is always a pause after the first few notes in his honor. The hejnal is now played as a greeting for visitors.
Soloist in the concert were Rob Szczublewski, Lidia Ebersole, and Maria Szkudlarek. A dance ensemble also had featured soloists Kammie Pietras, ,Alyson Krajewski, Grace Grutkowski, and Dania Gnida
The entire concert and folk dances were a feast for everyone who attended.