Janet and Geoffrey performing at the Polish Museum of America.

Janet and Geoffrey with the Consul General, Mr. Zygmunt Matynia, following the world premiere at the Polish Consulate.


Meyer's Imaginary Variations Premiered
at Polish Consulate, Chicago

On 9 November 2011, Janet and pianist Geoffrey Burleson premiered Krzysztof Meyer's Imaginary Variations for Violin and Piano (2010) at the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Chicago. The event for invited guests celebrated Polish Independence Day with speeches, an elegant buffet supper, and Janet and Geoffrey's concert. Also included on the program were two works by the 19th century Polish violinist Henryk Wieniawski, Romance, from Concerto No. 2, and Capriccio-Valse.

In his remarks, Consul Robert Rusiecki praised the strong cultural links between Poland and the United States as exemplified by Janet Packer, an American violinist, commissioning Krzysztof Meyer, eminent Polish composer, to create this new work, which will be performed in over twenty venues throughout the United States in 2011 and 2012.

On the following evening, 10 November 2011, Janet and Geoffrey performed in the Great Hall of the Polish Museum of America. While at the museum, they were able to view the memorabilia, music scores, and piano of the great Polish pianist, Ignacy Jan Paderewski. It was a great pleasure to meet many members of Chicago's Polish-American community at the reception and dinner following the concert.

Narod Polski, the web magazine of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America, featured Janet and Geoffrey's performance at the Polish Museum in Chicago on page 18: http://www.prcua.org/narodpolski/2011/narod20111201.pdf

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