Wednesday, September 17, 2008

St. Hedwig's to host symphony

The Toledo Symphony will launch its Medical Mutual of Ohio Neighborhood Concert Series at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21 with a performance in historic St. Hedwig's Church, 2916 LaGrange St. Initiated by St. Hedwig's organist Shirley Czyzewski - a former Toledo Symphony staff member - the concert commemorates the 69th anniversary of the German Third Reich's invasion of Poland. St. Hedwig's was organized on Oct. 16, 1875, by the Toledo Polonia (Polish community), many of whose members had fled their homeland because of domination by German ruler Otto von Bismarck and Prussians in Poland. Resident conductor Chelsea Tipton II will lead an all-Polish program with music by Frederic Chopin and Henryk Gorecki. Toledo soprano Carol Dusdieker will be featured soloist in Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs." Proceeds from the concert will go toward repairing the church's 101-year-old organ. Tickets are $10 at the church, which will open at 2 p.m. for listeners.



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