Monday, April 30, 2007

It's Like Comparing Apples to Potatoes

The Wawel Folk Ensemble initiated its summer 2007 performance season with back-to-back performances at Transfiguration Parish in Detroit, Michigan's annual Potato/ Apple Festival.

Wawel performed on Saturday April 28 and Sunday April 29 during the festival. Wawel's performance on Saturday consisted of its Lubelski, and Rzeszow suites as well as its Polka Warszawska and the Karolina Polka. The Sunday performance featured Wawel's Cieszyn, and Lubelski suites as well as the Karolina Polka. In addition to those dances, Wawel also debuted a new addition to its repertoire, the Podlasie waltz.

The Podlasie Waltz is just the first dance culled from a suite of dances from the region of Podlasie that the group is currently rehearsing. The group plans to add additional dances to its Podlasie medley over the course of the summer performance season.

After the performances, members of the Ensemble remained at the festival sampling Polish food, some of which was prepared by Dave LeForge of the Boss Catering (See earlier post) and listening to the musical stylings of Pan Franek & Zosia and the Polkatowners from Muskegon, Michigan.

Wawel's next appearance will be this coming Sunday, May 6, 2007 at St. Hyacinth's Church in Detroit, Michigan for its 100th Anniversary Jubilee Mass celebrated by his Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Wesolego Alleluja

On Easter Sunday (April 8, 2007), members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble participated in the Easter procession at Sweetest Heart of Mary Church in Detroit, Michigan. Ensemble members carried baskets of eggs as well as decorated palms in the triumphant procession about the Church.

Wawel regularly participates at Sweetest Heart of Mary's functions including its annual Pierogi Festival in August and its Christmas Eve Midnight Mass.

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