NEW BRITAIN – A world-renowned Polish song and dance ensemble will perform here at the end of this month.
Slask is set to present “Around the World in 80 Minutes” on Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m. at Central Connecticut State University’s Welte Auditorium.
The Polish folk band’s concert and US tour is organized by Polski Express Mass Media, which is based on Broad Street in New Britain’s Lesser Poland.
“Although we live far from our homeland, Polish culture, traditions and folklore were and always will be dear to our hearts,” Polski Express’ Stasia Rodriguez told the Herald. “That’s why we are happy to see the performances of the various theaters, cabarets and ensembles performing in the United States. For older generations, they evoke memories of their youth, while for younger generations, they are a good window into their heritage.
The show will feature a colorful array of songs and dances from European and non-European countries around the world with Polish folk music from Slask.
The program includes songs like Italian “La Montanara” as well as Parisian “Ca c’est Paris” and German “Heidenroslein”. Artists will also present traditional Slovak, Hungarian and Irish dances.
Slask was founded in 1953 by composer and scholar Stanislaw Hadyna. The ensemble is named after the Polish region of Silesia, known as Śląsk.
Nearly 300 people are part of the organization, including 100 choir, ballet and orchestra artists. They have given over 10,000 performances in 45 countries on five different continents. Slask recently won the Fryderyk Polish Music Prize from the Phonographic Academy.
Tickets for the next show can be purchased at polskiexpress.com, at Polski Express, 274 Broad St., Max Mart, 104 Broad St., and Everest Agency, 213 Broad St.
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at [email protected]