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An Evening with Jane Stirling

This is the story of Jane Stirling, Frederic Chopin's pupil and friend - the story that began in Scotland in 1848 and has rested dormant ever since, for nearly two centuries. And after so many years and so many generations, it is our task to rectify one of the greatest lacunae in musical history and correct this travesty of historical justice. We are here to tell the story of the woman that saved the legacy of the Great Romantic - Frederic Chopin - the story of she who did so much for him and received so little in return.

 

DISCOVER A STORY DATING BACK TO 1848 THAT FELL INTO OBLIVION FOR NEARLY TWO CENTURIES

 

Where we redress the neglect

Not many seem to know that it was Jane Stirling who provided help for Frederic Chopin in the ultimate years of his life. Alas, Chopinologists may have been too interested in the more passionate relationships which our Great Romantic maintained with his female admirers. Consequently, little has been heard of his Scottish benefactor, who seems to have successfully evaded the limelight and so undeservedly fallen into oblivion. "An Evening with Jane Stirling" is an attempt to bring these facts to light so as to do justice to the woman that "saved" Chopin.

 

Anna Debowska and Marek Kucharski during
Anna Debowska and Marek Kucharski during "An Evening with Jane Stirling" in the Greem Room of the Jagiellonian University

Where music speaks

During the event, you will have an opportunity to listen to a variety of Chopin's  compositions,  including the two Nocturnes which he dedicated to Jane Stirling, performed by the inimitable Anna Dębowska.  Normally fragile and fearful, Anna becomes a musical sovereign when she tames the grand piano through Chopin's music. She calms the audience with her subtle rendition of the composer's nocturnes, but at the same time she can roll through the keyboard like a hurricane with demanding passages as she interprets his ballades. And so will she perform at "An Evening with Jane Stirling".

 

Where memory resurrects the past

Anna's performances during "An Evening with Jane Stirling"  fuse the past and the present, as they provide the audience with a unique opportunity to commune with sounds that so clearly carry a message. Combined with readings from Chopin's letters given by Marcin Jaroszek,  they offer a musical voyage in time back to 1848, when Caledonian soil hosted the dying Chopin, impoverished by his declining lot, enriched by numerous tokens of hospitality and genuine friendship.

 

JANE STIRLING DID NOT LET CHOPIN'S LEGACY DIE; DO NOT LET HER MEMORY FADE INTO OBLIVION

 

Where words carry more than a message

Contextualized by Marek Kucharski's narration, "An Evening with Jane Stirling" spins a story of love, devotion, disillusionment and unconditional respect for this somewhat whimsical Romantic genius. It tells the story of Jane Wilhelmina Stirling, who gave so much and received so little. It tells a story that has rested dormant for nearly two centuries - a story that will now unfold...

 

"An Evening with Jane Stirling" will be performed as part of the program of th 2017 edition of the Jane Stirling Festival both in Poland and Scotland.


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