On Sunday, October 24 at 2 PM, The Grand Halle will present vocalist Sydney Kaczorowski & Friends in a concert titled “10x10: A Musical Exploration & Discovery.” Kaczorowski, along with pianist Grace Burns and clarinetist Luis Orjuela, will perform ten classical folk songs in ten different languages.
This concert offers an exploration of rare folk and classical music from several countries across the European nations, some of which are not typically performed anywhere else. Sydney’s research and travels has allowed her to uncover these pieces and perform them to the highest caliber.
“This performance offers the Johnstown community the opportunity to celebrate their traditional heritage,” said Alyssa Wroblewski, Grand Halle Program Manager. “And this music will sound brilliant within The Grand Halle, which was designed for vocal music performance.”
Sydney is a graduate of the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University, both with a bachelor's degree in Music Performance and a master's degree in Vocal Performance. While in Duquesne, she was a member of the Tamburitzans, a Slavic folk arts ensemble, and participated in the Opera Workshop where she performed selections of Le nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflote, Lakme, and Little Women, to name a few. After she graduated with her undergraduate degree, she became a member of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and has made regular appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Internationally, she attended the Bologna International Opera Academy and the Sofia Opera Performing Seminar, where she studied with Bulgarian baritone Peter Danailov on both occasions. Sydney has also recently won First Prize in the Balkan Romansiada Vocal Competition, earning her the right to perform in Moscow.
“10x10 is especially meaningful to me because I have no higher goal as a musician than sharing the unique aesthetics of overlooked music, especially that of unexpected origins,” said Kaczorowski. “Not only is this music an indelible part of the classical canon, but it deserves a renaissance: to be celebrated and explored deeply despite the ‘difficulty’ of the language or its unfamiliarity. The repertoire in 10x10 has roots that can be traced back to folk music, and so I feel that there is something extra special that we can all take from it. Each piece has its own flavor and history, but the stories and emotions illustrated still connect to us all.”
Tickets are now available at GrandHalle.com or by calling 814-254-4033 during regular business hours.