Marian Sobula to perform at The Polish Mission

Thanks to the continued support of people like you, The Polish Mission is honored to present to an evening of celebration, art and music. You are cordially invited to The Poet and The Lion. A Timeless Friendship, a Generation of Music. Celebrating the friendship and music of Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt on April 9th, 2011. Featuring First Prize Winner at the Yamaha Music Foundation Competition in Poland, and the International Piano Competitions in Valladolid, Spain – Marian Sobula

Please join us for a gala reception at 5pm in the lower level of the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library, where we will be honored to host an exclusive art exhibition by the Lakeland Society of Artists featuring renown watercolorist Donna Andruccioli Vogelheim. While you and your guests enjoy wine and exquisite Hors d’ouvres, The Polish Mission will unveil our John Paul II exhibit in celebration of his beatification.

Tickets may be purchased for $30 through Eventbrite by visiting Guests can also purchase tickets at the door or by calling my office.

Your attendance is what makes our cultural events so wonderful. I look forward to seeing you at the reception.

ORCHARD LAKE, MI – The Polish Mission of Orchard Lake Schools, in cooperation with the Chopin Foundation of the United States and the Edward and Josephine Wikiera Foundation, will host a concert by Yamaha Music Foundation First Prize Winner, pianist Marian Sobula.The Poet and the Lion piano concert event commemorates the beautiful friendship between legendary pianists Frédéric Chopin and Franz Liszt, and will open with a special performance by the St. Mary’s Prep Ensemble.

Sobula2email The event will take place Saturday April 9th.Tickets are $30, and the event will include a reception at 5pm in lower level of the Adam Cardinal Maida Alumni Library for exquisite Hors d’œuvres where guests will view a special art expo by the Lakeland Society of Artists.The featured artist is renown watercolorist Donna Andruccioli Vogelheim.The concert will begin at 7pm in the Shrine Chapel of Our Lady of Orchard Lake, where the St. Mary’s Prep ensemble will open with three historic pieces specially selected from our archives.

Marian Sobula won first prize at the Yamaha Music Foundation Competition in Bydgoszcz (Poland, 2005), and also at the International Piano Competitions in Valladolid (Spain, 2005), Citta di Ancona, Foggia, Gorizia (Giulio Pecar), Pordenone (Luciano Gante), and Sulmona.He was also a medalist at the Maria Canals Piano Competition in Barcelona in 2001. In 2007 he received the Special Prize during the Dr. Luis Sigall International Music Competition in Vina Del Mar, Chile.Sobula also received awards and scholarships from many international foundations and institutions, such as UNESCO in Paris, The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in Poland, and the Government of Italy.In July of 2008, he received the prestigious “ARS QUAERENDI” award from the City of Krakow for his remarkable activity in cultural development and promotion.

Sobula has performed in Zelazowa Wola, Wawel Castle in Krakow, the Royal Castle in Warsaw, Am Gasteig in Munich, Beethovenhalle in Bonn, the Auditorio Parco della Musica in Rome, the Salle Invalides in Paris, the Bosendorfer Saal in Vienna, the Concert Hall Center in Minneapolis, the Seymour Theater Center in Sydney, Denki Bunka-Kaikan in Nagoya and the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw.

“This event celebrates a very beautiful, relationship between two of the world’s best pianists” says Marcin Chumiecki, director of the Polish Mission.“It’s exciting to present both renowned international performers, as well as our talented young musicians to the community together.”

Seating is limited to 500.Tickets can be purchased for $30 by visiting or by calling 248.683.0412.Tickets will also be available at the door.

About the Chopin Foundation of the United States
Founded by Mrs. Blanka A. Rosenstiel in 1977, the Chopin Foundation stemmed from the First National Chopin Piano Competition held in Miami in 1975 under the auspices of the American Institute of Polish Culture. For more information, visit

Marian Sobula – Portrait of a Musician

Sobula graduated in 2005 from the The Cracow Academy of Music in Poland with professor Andrzej Pikul, and from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome with professor Sergio Perticaroli in 2008 where he was best in class.In addition, master classes with professor Arie Vardi from the prestigious Hochschule Fur Musik Und Theater in Hanover fill out Sobula’s impressive curriculum vitae.

Sobula brings with him an unmatched list of accolades that include winning the Yamaha Music Foundation Competition in Bydgoszcz (Poland 2005), the Polish Pianists Competition in Słupsk (Poland, 2003), the International Piano Competition in Valladolid (Spain, 2005), and the 47th “Citta di Treviso” award (Italy, 2004).As a medalist at the “Maria Canals Piano Competition” in Barcelona, and recipient of the Special Prize at the Dr. Luis Sigall International Music Competition in Vina Del Mar, Chile, He is no stranger to international musicianship.

With a number of notable awards from organizations across the world including UNESCO in Paris, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in Poland, the Italian Government, the Cultural Foundation in Warsaw, and the Crescendum Est – Polonia Foundation, Sobula’s resume is complete.A crowning accomplishment was receiving the prestigious award of the City of Cracow “ARS QUAERENDI” for his remarkable activity in the development and promotion of culture in 2008.

Sobula’s debut took place with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra in the Teatro Teresa Carreno in Caracas in Venezuela in 2008 with 1st Piano Concerto by Chopin.Since then he’s performed in Zelazowa Wola, Atma, The Royal Castle in Warsaw, Wawel Castke in Krakow, Am Gasteig in Munich, Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Auditorio Parco della Musica in Rome, Salle Invalides in Paris, Teatro Municipal de Santiago de Chile, Concert Hall Center in Minneapolis, Seymour Theater Center in Sydney, Denki Bunka-Kaikan in Nagoya, National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw among others.

A frequent soloist with leading orchestras, he regularly cooperates with outstanding polish conductors Łukasz Borowicz, Tomasz Bugaj, Wojciech Czepiel, Bogusław Dawidow, Michał Dworzynski, Michał Nesterowicz, and Marek Pijarowski, as well as Guido Ajmone-Marsan, Massimiliano Caldi, Peter Guelke, Dietrich Paredes, Alejandro Posada, and Roberto Tibirica.

With 2010 being Chopin’s 200th birthday year, this President of the Piano Classic Association and Artistic Director of the “International Royal Krakow Piano Festival” in Poland has had a very busy schedule playing concerts in Europe and in South America.The continued praise and accolades from audiences worldwide have cemented Sobula’s place among the world’s great pianists.

Donna Andruccioli Vogelheim

Donna Andruciolli Vogelheim is a practicing professional artist specializing in watercolor paintings and acrylics on canvas for large commissioned private and corporate murals.Her work has been juried into and won awards locally and in most of the prestigious watercolor shows throughout the United States.

A painting entered in the “Lilly Oncology on Canvas Exhibition” was exhibited in the renowned Royal College of Art in London, England, the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. toured the U.S. and was included in the “Lilly Oncology Book of Art”.

A 13 ½’ x 6’ mural titled, A Short Course in Miracles, was commissioned for the Assarian Cancer Center of Providence Hospital located in Novi, Michigan and won first place for the U.S. in an international art contest. She is often asked to lecture on her art and the role of art in healing.

Donna has conducted workshops and classes throughout the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Europe.“My great joy is creating art, but teaching is my second passion.” Donna is currently painting a body of work for a one person exhibition at the Flint Institute of Art.

Her work has been widely published and you will find her paintings in many corporate and private collections.

Art is my soul talk.  It is a visual display of how I interpret the events that occur in the world around me.  The shapes and objects I use are common things that I find in my immediate environment and trigger a response in me.

The medium I love to work in is watercolor.  It is luminous, transparent and unpredictable.  It can best convey my emotion.  No matter how many new techniques I experiment with, my art is not about technique.  My paintings must engage you on some level and make you want to stop, look and question.  All technique must serve that end.