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The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius, the Chopin Singing Society and Polish Arts Club of Buffalo present Chopin & Copernicus: The Art of the Heavens on Sunday, February 26 at 2:30 p.m. at the Montante Cultural Center.  The free and open to the public event celebrates the 550th birthday of the Father of Modern Astronomy, Nicolaus Copernicus.  A reception follows the program.

Chopin & Copernicus: The Art of the Heavens is a multimedia program of music, images and memorabilia. The program features the Chopin Singing Society in a short program of Renaissance music and a premiere of Jerzy Kolaczkowski’s De Revolutionibus, in an arrangement by Dr. Thomas Witakowski of the Buffalo State College Music Department.

Kolaczkowski was a 20th century musician, composer, and conductor born in 1907 in Lviv, Ukraine of Polish ancestry.  The piece features a narration related to Copernicus, which will be rendered by radio personality Andrew Golebiowski.  The program continues with pianists, Maria Chomicka and Melanie Bebak in music of Chopin with a display of images from the Webb and Hubble telescopes, as well as images and quotes of Copernicus, by Paul Krupinski of the Strasenburgh Planetarium in Rochester.

Items related to Chopin and Copernicus will be on display.  For more information, please contact Mary Lou Wyrobek at

Submitted by: College Communications