During the mass celebrated by father Tomasz Wilk, and during the concert our monumental temple, was illuminated with sun trickling through the unique magdeburg stainglass windows and filled up by heavenly sound of classical music. The music was by the world-class singer and musicians:
Mariusz Monczak, violin
Oleg Dusaev , organ
W. A. Mozart —Motet “Exsultate, Jubilate”
H. M. Gorecki —Small Fantasy
F. Borowski —Adoration
T. A. Vitali —Ciaccona
Z. Noskowski —Piesn Polska
S. Moniuszko —Tren X
S. Niewiadomski —Dzwony
P. Mascagni —Ave Maria
Our parishioners and guests listened to the music with big attention, many with closed eyes admiring the notes floating through high naves of the St. Casimir Church. It was this rare moment when we all had a chance to enjoy such a great soprano as Małgorzata Kellis with voice trained in Poland, Europe and United States and who performed at many stages around the world. She was acompanied by violinist from Poland Mariusz Monczak, who come to Yonkers specially for this concert, and by Oleg Dusaev of Russian descent, who originally studied in Moscow and recently is based in New York.
The concert raised over $1,000 after costs, for the cause of Pilgrim House, and it will leave lasting memories in our hearts. Everybody among our parishioners expressed intention that our parish needs more of such spiritual celebrations.
Dr. Malgorzata Kellis, soprano
has been heard performing in concert, opera and oratorio throughout Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Poland and USA. A frequent guest at numerous International Music Festivals, she has also been heard at the Warsaw Philharmoni, the Munich Gesteig Philharmoni, the Krakow Opera, the Silesian Opera, the Warsaw Musical Theater, Warsaw Royal Castle, Lancut Castle and Rome Italy's legendary Academia di Santa Cecilia. As a singer, educator and musical arranger for both string quartette as well as instrumental trio, Malgorzata Kellis has also been a successful producer of various concerts and events. In summer 2014 she conducted a series of master classes in Lezajsk and Radom in Poland. For the past few years she has been an author and a translator of music articles and reviews, published in the Polish magazine, "Twoja Muza" and Polish Daily News in New York. She has recently started working on the transliteration of various selected Polish vocal literature, making it accessible to non-Polish International performers. She is also the Artistic Director of the Marcella Sembrich International Vocal Competition at the Kosciuszko Foundation in
New York. In 2015 she has appeared with great success in concerts throughout the East Coast including Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York City, New Milford, Ct. and later also to the west coast to perform in Portland, Oregon. Also in autumn of 2015 she was invited by the University of Lanzhou and Northernwest University to the Republic of China where she presented a series of master classes and also served as an adjudicator for their International Vocal Competition. Her master classes were so well received that by popular demand, she is again invited to China for the Art Week Festival in 2016. In January she is also scheduled to perform a recital in Los Angeles, California.
Mariusz Monczak, violin
After arriving to the North American continent, he studied in New York and Montreal, where he got a Masters and Doctorate degree in Music. Presently, he has an active concert career. He has played in most renowned halls such as Avery Fischer Hall Lincoln Center in New York, Place des Arts in Montreal, and Union Hall in Rotterdam, Moscow Conservatory. As a soloist and chamber musician he has performed with numerous orchestras, such as Montreal Chamber Orchestra, Young Virtuosi of Montreal, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Concordia Symphony Orchestra, Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Zielona Gora, Bialystok and Torun Symphonic Orchestras. He has also performed with outstanding musicians and cooperated with contemporary composers such as: Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, Krzysztof Penderecki, Denis Gougeon, André Prévost and others. He made many world premieres, most of which have been recorded by Canadian radio stations Radio Canada and CBC2 in Toronto. He records for radio, television and on CD for SNE, Concordia Records, Castalia and Duz. He's the founder and artistic director of music festivals in Poland and Canada; Internation Festival Lubuska Camerata, Serenada nad Watra in GOrzow, Mozart Plus in Zielona Gora and Poznan, Muzyk u Joannitow in Lagow, Szymanowski Easter Festival in Montreal and others. During the Woodstock Festival in 2005 in Kostrzyn nad Odra, his String Orchestra "Kostrinella" performed twice on the Big Stage, playing Summer from the Four Seasons and Orawa by Wojciech Kilar.
Oleg Dusaev, organ, piano
is a well-known Russian pianist, chamber music player, journalist. He graduated from Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 2003 with a Masters in piano while studying with the world-famous professor Vera Gornostaeva. From 2003 to 2005, Oleg attended the same post-graduate school and was mentored by the same professor. While being at the graduate school, Oleg Dusaev was awarded the Mstislav Rostropovich grant. Oleg is a prizewinner of numerous international competitions in Russia and Europe. He also attended international music festivals and participated in piano master classes and concerts as a valuable artist and a guest. He was a tv and radio host, chief-editor and manager at the "Culture" broadcasting company in Moscow.
In 2013, Oleg Dusaev moved to New York where he works as an accompanist. He is employed by several ballet schools in New York City. Among them Manhattan Youth Ballet, Ellison ballet, Peridance ballet, Brooklyn ballet and others. He collaborates with singers and instrumentalists from three leading music schools, such as the Juilliard School of Music, Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College.