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ARTS
Tuesday, December 6, 1988

The Michigan Daily

Page 7

Polish pianist perseveres

BY JIM PONIEWOZIK

SOMETIMES one could swear "academia" is
the Latin word for "red tape." If you're currently
making the timely struggle with CRISP, finan-
cial aid, and/or overrides, you can certainly attest
to this.
But don't come crying to Kazimierz Brzo-
zowski. Brzozowski, a School of Music graduate
student, experienced red tape international-style
earlier this year when he was invited to an music
competition in Geneva.
Brzozowski spent his entire summer practic-
ing for the competition, which began September
2. He applied early for a Swiss visa, which, for a
Polish citizen, usually takes about eight weeks.
And practiced. And waited. Finally, he got word
that his visa would come through by September
1 - one day before the competition started.
And, unfortunately, two days after he had to
be in Geneva to register.
"I had applied for the visa starting August
27," Brzozowski said. "But I called the Swiss
consulate, and they said, 'Sorry."' He returned to

the U.S. after a brief stay in Warsaw, with noth-
ing to show for his troubles but an approxi-
mately $1000 loss.
Well, tonight at the Michigan Union, you'll
have the chance to see just what Geneva was
missing. Brzozowski is the featured artist in this
month's Arts in the Union Concert. Brzozowski
will play Liszt's Piano Sonata in B minor and
Scriabin's Sonata #10, which he describes as "a
quite strange piece," because it shows Scriabin's
transition from Romantic to modern songwrit-
ing.
Brzozowski brings an impressive set of cre-
dentials to the concert. Originally from Lublin,
Poland, he studied classical piano for several
years and graduated with a Master's degree from
the reknowned Chopin Conservatory in Warsaw.
" After leaving the conservatory, he came to the
University, to which he was referred by School
of Music professor Louis Nagel.
True to his conservatory's name, Brzozowski,
like other students in his home country, was ex-
posed to a lot of Chopin - who ranks as
Poland's most-well known composer - and still
plays his works frequently. However, he says

that he would rather use his performances to fa-
miliarize his audiences with some lesser-known
Polish composers.
' "Chopin is famous enough," Brzozowski said.
"There are some other excellent composers, but
somehow they have not been well-known." One
favorite he cited was Karol Szynowski, a modern
composer wrote a number of piano works in the
early 20th century.
However, playing the works of his fellow
Poles is as close as Brzozowski will probably
come to returning to his native country, for now.
Although he will retain his Polish citizenship,
he says, he plans to remain in this country at
least to finish his degree - and possibly for
some time after, as he would like to teach and a
Ph.D. from the University would not be valid for
a teacher's license in Poland.
But don't miss the chance to see him while
you can. As Kazimierz Brzozowski can well at-
test, anything can happen.
KAZIMIERZ BRZOZOWSKI will play at the
Pendelton Room of the Michigan Union at 8
p.m. tonight. Admission is free.

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