Australian Institute of Polish Affairs

Program of “Czesław Miłosz Centenary: a Celebration in Words and Music”


Welcome and Introduction of performers by Professor Jan Pakulski, President, AIPA

Giedrius Kuprevičius (b. 1944), Prelude in memoriam M.K. Čiurlionis (1973)

Introduction to the life and work of Czesław Miłosz

Campo di Fiori – Campo dei Fiori (1944)
A Poor Christian Looks at the Ghetto – Biedny Chreścijanin patrzy na Ghetto (1943)
You who wronged – Który skrzywdziłeś (1950)

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975), Concerto #1 in A minor, Op 77, 3rd Movement and Cadenza.

Zbigniew Herbert (1924-1998): Elegy of Fortinbras (before 1961) – Tren Fortynbrasa (before 1961)



A Magic Mountain – Czarodziejska góra (1975)
And Yet the Books – Ale książki (1991)
Youth – Młodość (1991)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1973), Sonata No. 2 in D, 2nd Movement “Blues”

On Angels – O Aniołach (1969)
Late Ripeness – Późna dojrzałość (c. 2001)

Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880), Concerto No. 2 in D, 2nd Movement “Romance”

Concluding remarks and thanks


Brigid Coleridge is a Melbourne-born violinist and a student of Mark Mogilevski. She completed the Bachelor of Music component of her combined Arts/Music degree at the University of Melbourne in 2009. She is the recipient of many University prizes including the Peg Oldfield Prize for best final year results in stringed instrumental performance (2009) and the Dean’s Honours List in Bachelor of Arts (2009). In 2010 Brigid was invited to compete in the Premio Paganini Competition in Genoa, Italy. In 2011 she was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music, London, where, in September, she will commence a Master of Performance Degree.
Brigid was Concertmaster of the Australian Youth Orchestra for both 2009 and 2010 seasons. She is a regular casual player with both the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Krzysztof Kaczmarek was trained at the State Institute of Theatrical Arts (Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Teatralna) in Łódź. He came to Australia in 1982, where he determined to continue work in his life’s passion, the theatre. In 1985 he created the first Polish immigrant theatre in Western Australia, Theatre Żart, which staged productions around Australia. Krzysztof also works in film and television. He has appeared in many Australian TV series, and in films including Jacky Chan’s. His most notable recent role has been the lead in Richard Flanagan’s ‘The Sound of One Hand Clapping’ (1998).
Krzysztof is also known in the Polish community as the owner of a small Polish restaurant – the Polish Jester Café – in Warburton, near Melbourne. He is a strong supporter of Polish expatriate culture and the preservation of Polish heritage beyond its homeland.

Elena Mogilevski is a prize-winner of the Ukrainian Chamber Music Competition and holds a score of awards for participating in various Ukrainian and All-Soviet Union competitions. She studied at the Ukrainian State Conservatory and later at the Moscow University for the Arts. Subsequently she has been senior lecturer and an active chamber music performer based at the Ukrainian State and St Petersburg State Conservatories. Elena Mogilevski forms one half of the acclaimed Mogilevski Duo and is currently an official accompanist with the Victorian College of the Arts and the University of Melbourne Conservatorium.

Chris Wallace-Crabbe is a distinguished poet, essayist, literary critic and academic with a worldwide reputation. His most recent books of verse include The Universe Looks Down, and Telling a Hawk from a Handsaw. He chairs the newly-established Australian Poetry Limited, is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities and Professor Emeritus in Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne. Also a public speaker and commentator on the visual arts, he specializes in ”artists’ books”, and all that they might mean. Read It Again, a volume of critical essays, was published in 2005. Among other awards he has won the Dublin Prize for Arts and Sciences, the Age Book of the Year and the Christopher Brennan Award for Literature.

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