Biesiada - Honoree Adriennne Tworek - Gryta
Adrienne Tworek-Gryta will be honored by the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo at its annual Biesiada June 12.
Tworek-Gryta is a lyric-coluratura soprano, whose voice has been described as having a “clean, bell-like tone, flexible and expressive” and has been in demand as a soloist throughout Western New York since the late '70's. She has been an Adjunct Professor in Voice at Villa Maria College since 1982 and has also taught at Villa Maria Institute and Daemen College. She has maintained an active voice studio as well.
She has been a featured soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in live concerts and a performance conducted by Julius Rudel that was broadcast on WNED-TV with legendary Metropolitan Opera tenor, Jan Peerce. In addition, Ms. Tworek-Gryta has soloed with several other local orchestras. She has an extensive repertoire and has performed in many genres from solo recitals and opera to music theater and chamber music, notably as one of the founding members of UB-based Buried Treasures Ensemble which specialized in forgotten, unusual works for voice, oboe, bassoon and piano.
Ms. Tworek-Gryta has had a passion for exploiting the vocal and chamber music of Poland, presenting programs with her father, BPO violinist Mathew(cq) Tworek at Canisius College for the Permanent Polish Chair, and at the Polish Arts Club, Polish Community Center, Lancaster Opera House, SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo State College, WBFO-FM's Live from Allen Hall program, WNED-FM, and Gannon College in Erie, PA. She was invited by Wanda Wilk to present two recitals of songs by Karol Szymanowski at the University of Southern California during the festival celebrating the centenary of his birth in 1982. She has also been soloist for the Chopin Singing Society on many occasions in Buffalo and in New York City and most memorably on a tour throughout Poland in 1985.
For her efforts promoting Polish classical vocal music she received the Citizen of the Year in Music Award by the Am-Pol Eagle.
Her repertoire encompasses Polish Renaissance, Baroque, and contemporary 20thcentury vocal composers.
Some might remember her dazzling performance of songs of Chopin during a program at the Lancaster Opera House on November 17, 1999, where she shared the stage with singer Thomas Witakowski and pianist Christopher Sierzchula.
Ms. Tworek-Gryta received an MFA in Voice from SUNY at Buffalo where she studied with Muriel Wolf, director of that school's Opera Department. Other teachers have included Heinz Rehfuss, Maria Weiss, Julius Eastman, and Janice Baldwin Epke. While at UB, she performed leading roles that included operas by Monteverdi, Puccini, Gioannini, Nicolas, and Stravinsky. She also performed in Des Moines Metro Summer Festival and with the famed contemporary music ensemble, The Creative Associates, in Buffalo and New York City Carnegie Recital Hall. She has been privileged to participate in the world premiere of Buffalo composer Anton Wolf's operas, “Madame Jumel” and “Francois Villon”, and has performed many 20thcentury composers' works, including those of Lucas Foss, Persis Vehar, Michael Colquhoun and others. She has promoted opera education in the schools through the Young Audiences program.
She has continued this work by teaching students with a variety of interests and styles from traditional classical to rock, Broadway and jazz. One of her students, Danielle Green, as well as her niece, rising star Emily Tworek-Helenbrook, will sing during the Biesiada.
Ms. Tworek-Gryta is especially proud of her niece who began her vocal studies with her as a child and who now is a sophomore at Eastman School of Music. Emily continues the family legacy, having performed Polish art songs and opera arias that Adrienne has introduced to her for Buffalo's and Rochester's Polish communities.
Both singers attribute their passion for music to Mathew (cq) Tworek, first violinist with the BPO for more than 5 decades from the inception of the orchestra, including its opening performance at Kleinhans Music Hall.
The spirit and inspiration of Mathew (cq) Tworek lives on in both Adrienne and Emily.
6 PM to 7 PM Social Hour
7PM - Dinner
Tickets $30.00 per person
Call Elzbieta Grabowska for information and reservations: (716) 668-1326 by May 29