Quo Vadis Choir Biography
Beginning with a small group of singing enthusiasts, comprised of a cross section of the Polish community, the ensemble soon grew into a four voice choir concentrating on preserving and promulgating Polish culture and language via music. The choir earned success through humble beginnings. Early on, the first challenge and accomplishment took place in 1988 singing Polish religious songs on the weekly Order of the Franciscan Friars radio program, the "Father Justin Rosary Hour". Since that time, the group's interest was to sing only Polish religious and liturgical music and did so in many churches.
Soon after, Quo Vadis choir began to include Polish secular music in their repertoire. In 1992, the ensemble entered a competition during the Polish Singers Alliance of America Tri-Annual Convention, held in Detroit, Michigan and came home with the most coveted Cardinal Hlond Trophy, the top award for the highest points in all categories, namely, mixed, female and male choruses.
Currently, the ensemble enjoys a diverse repertoire of various ancient and contemporary Polish music that was introduced to audiences in the United States, Canada and Europe, e.g. Poland, Italy and Lithuania.
In addition to performing many formal concerts, the choir members enjoyed entertaining group in nursing homes and senior centers and assisting to host choirs, music directors and clergy from Europe and Canada.
Since 1992, the Quo Vadis Choir has enjoyed being a part of the Polish-American Festival held every summer in Cheektowaga, New York. The choir, under the direction of Dr. I. Lukaszewski since its inception in 1987, continues to promote our precious Polish language via music on many occasions throughout the year.
Quo Vadis Choir Entrance Hymn
32nd Outdoor Mass
Polish-American Arts Festival
July 17, 2010
This video features the R-H Singers singing Serdeczna Matko during their tour of Europe in 1996. The chorus is made up of high school students from the Rush-Henrietta Central School District in Hentrietta, New York near Rochester.
Chopin Singing Society to celebrate Feast of the Assumption at Assumption Church
August 15, 2010
Bishop Edward M. Grosz, D.D., V.G. celebrated the Feast of the Assumption at his home parish of Assumption Church, 435 Amherst St., Buffalo, NY. At the 11 am Mass. Also participating in the celebration were the world renowned Chopin Singing Society under the direction of Dr. Thomas Witakowski. The following is a video of one of their selections.
Chopin Singing Society
The Society was founded in 1899 by Boleslaus Michalski, a Polish immigrant, who served as organist at St. Adalbert's Church. It was there that the Society first found a home. The Society soon moved to its own premises located at 1210 Broadway. Subsequently, it purchased property at 18-24 Kosciuszko Street where it was located for over sixty years. It then located to 2155 Old Union Road for several years. The Society holds its choral practices at Leonard Post Jr. VFW Post, 2450 Walden Avenue each Tuesday. Its programs and events are held in a variety of venues. The Society’s mailing address is 26 Countryside Lane, Depew, New York, 14043.
Chopin Singing Society web site.
In 1925 the Society donated to the City of Buffalo a magnificent sculpture of Frederick Chopin, executed by Joseph Mazur. Some three thousand marchers wended their way to Humboldt Park for the unveiling ceremonies in front of the Buffalo Museum of Science. Chopin president Zdzislaw Krysztafkiewicz, who led the Society for fifteen years, presented the monument to the City. In 1974, the Society arranged for transfer of the monument to Symphony Circle where so often Chopin’s music reverberated in Kleinhans Music Hall. The monument was moved through the courtesy of Cowper and Company and was renovated by the Ajax Company. A arrangements for the move were made by a friend of the Society, Lawrence Wujcikowski.
2010 Polish Singers Alliance Festival Concert
St. Stanislaus Church in Buffalo, NY
May 30, 2010
Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero, commonly known as Quo Vadis, is a historical novel written by Henryk Sienkiewicz. Quo vadis? is Latin for "Where are you going?" and alludes to the apocryphal Acts of Peter, in which Peter flees Rome but on his way meets Jesus and asks him why he is going to Rome. Jesus says "I am going back to be crucified again", which makes Peter go back to Rome and accept martyrdom.
In 1905 Sienkiewicz won a Nobel Prize for lifetime achievement as an epic writer.
Church of the Assumption
Buffalo, New York
Miała baba koguta
Dyngus Day 2013