University of Rochester

EVENT: Concert and Poetry Reading Celebrates the Canonization of Pope John Paul II

March 19, 2014

TIME, DATE, PLACE: 3 p.m., Sunday, April 6, Strong Auditorium, University of Rochester River Campus.

WHAT: The canonization of John Paul II on April 27, 2014, will be celebrated at the University of Rochester through a blend of music, readings of John Paul's poetry, and excerpts from the book, John Paul II the Story of My Life: Collected Memories.

From his early years as a quarry worker, seminary student, and priest, John Paul II, then known as Karol Wojtyła, was an avid writer of poetry, plays, and essays, his work dating back to 1938. His last poem, Tryptyk Rzymski (Roman Triptych) was written in 2002.

As a way to celebrate John Paul II, poetry and memories will be read in English by Rev. Brian C. Cool and in Polish by Karolina Styczeń.

In addition to and interspersed throughout the readings, musicians from the Eastman School of Music will perform selections from Bach, Chopin, Wieniawski, Beethoven, Dungan, and Gounod. The musicians include Johnandrew Slominski (piano), Emily Helenbrook (soprano), and Petros Karapetyan, (violin).

ADMISSION: The concert is free and open to the public.

SPONSOR: Co-sponsored by the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, the University of Rochester department of music, Catholic Newman Community, and the Council of St. Stanislaus Parish.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Skalny Center at 585.275.9898.