Monday, July 14, 2008

Wawel at Freedom Hill

On Friday, July 11, 2008, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble participated in the annual American Polish Century Club's Polish Festival at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

A yearly tradition for the Ensemble, the event is attended by many Wawel alumni, family and friends. This year's performance saw Wawel participate in the Festival's opening ceremonies. Following the opening ceremonies, the Ensemble presented a fifteen minute program which included the Krakowiak, Nowy Sącz and the Karolina Polka.

The Nowy Sącz presented by Wawel at Freedom Hill was slightly different than the usual suite. While at the Rzeszow Festival next week, Wawel will present this version of its Nowy Sącz suite. So the Freedom Hill Performance served as a test run for 5 minute Nowy Sącz.

The group put forth a strong performance and was well received by the crowds. Wawel's next performances will occur in Rzeszow and its surrounding areas in Poland between July 17 and July 24. Several members of the ensemble are already in Poland. The remaining members of the ensemble will embark for Poland on July 16.

Wawel's next public stateside performance will take place on August 10 at the annual Sweetest Heart of Mary Pierogi Festival in Detroit, Michigan.

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