In his interview in 2007, Rafał Blechacz remembered an unforgettable concert in Bydgoszcz that he attended when he was a child, by "Poznańskie Słowiki (Poznan Nightingales)", a choir composed of boys and men with its conductor, Professor Stefan Stuligrosz. The choir performed "Messiah" by Handel. Blechacz said "On that occasion, I heard this work for the first time in its entirety and live", and he was deeply moved.
It has been reported that Professor Stefan Stuligrosz passed away in June this year. He was 91.
Here you can hear voice of the choir, conducted by the Professor.
I remember this today, on the special day when all the music fans remember Frédéric Chopin (1 March or 22 February 1810 – 17 October 1849).
In Tokyo, Restaurant Polska, a Polish restaurant opened this month. As far as I know, this is the only Polish restaurant in Japan. I must go and try...!→☆
↑ Correction! (added Oct. 19)
I was informed that the restaurant opened last year in Shibuya Tokyo, and moved this month. There are two other Polish restaurants in Shizuoka and Kagoshima (central and southern parts of the country).