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Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: The Fryderyk Chopin Society] #1960234
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Reading this thread has been such an exciting and uplifting experience, vicariously sharing the highlights of the events as they unfolded.

I don't really care what the "rankings" in this competition turned out to be. As I wrote earlier, you are all winners in my estimation and I'm so happy to have experienced some of the thrill of it all through the postings on this thread.

Please accept my sincerest and humble congratulations - each and every one of you - for your accomplishments along with my thanks for taking the time to share with us all.

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Originally Posted by BruceD
Reading this thread has been such an exciting and uplifting experience, vicariously sharing the highlights of the events as they unfolded.

I don't really care what the "rankings" in this competition turned out to be. As I wrote earlier, you are all winners in my estimation and I'm so happy to have experienced some of the thrill of it all through the postings on this thread.

Please accept my sincerest and humble congratulations - each and every one of you - for your accomplishments along with my thanks for taking the time to share with us all.

Regards,




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Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: The Fryderyk Chopin Society] #1960261
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Some things I noticed while on the trip:

1) LOT Polish airlines has some kind of bastardized version of Chopin's raindrop prelude playing during boarding
2) Heathrow airport is huge and requires getting on a tram, bus, and/or multiple escalators to get around
3) UK females have bigger bums according to the bathroom icons
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4) Floors in Poland start at 0 and the floor below that is -1
5) The Poles love BACON
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6) KFC in Poland does not have mashed potatoes, gravy, potato wedges, or biscuits -- instead they have french fries. However their hot wings are about 50% bigger than the US
7) Polish street signs depicting people walking does not seem be head/body proportionate
8) Did I mention bacon is a topping for almost everything you order?
9) They put their bottled drinks upside down in the vending machines and not all of them are filled to the same capacity (seems like a quality control problem)
[Linked Image]
10) McDonalds actually has a "McCafe" inside of it, like a separate bar for coffee and desserts. They also have fried broccoli
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other photos:
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Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: fuzzy8balls] #1960508
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Originally Posted by fuzzy8balls
Some things I noticed while on the trip:

1) LOT Polish airlines has some kind of bastardized version of Chopin's raindrop prelude playing during boarding
2) Heathrow airport is huge and requires getting on a tram, bus, and/or multiple escalators to get around
3) UK females have bigger bums according to the bathroom icons
[Linked Image]
4) Floors in Poland start at 0 and the floor below that is -1
5) The Poles love BACON
[Linked Image]
6) KFC in Poland does not have mashed potatoes, gravy, potato wedges, or biscuits -- instead they have french fries. However their hot wings are about 50% bigger than the US
7) Polish street signs depicting people walking does not seem be head/body proportionate
8) Did I mention bacon is a topping for almost everything you order?
9) They put their bottled drinks upside down in the vending machines and not all of them are filled to the same capacity (seems like a quality control problem)
[Linked Image]
10) McDonalds actually has a "McCafe" inside of it, like a separate bar for coffee and desserts. They also have fried broccoli
[Linked Image]
11)

other photos:
[Linked Image]
[Linked Image]
[Linked Image]
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Quoted so we can see it all again. grin

(Except my pic which I've already seen a fair number of times.) ha
Thanks a million for posting it, not to mention for taking it (or I guess Judy was probably the one behind the camera!) -- much much appreciated. It was a great little moment for me and I had no idea anyone was shooting it.

BTW, the announcer/emcee (seen in one of the pics) was extraordinary, and added enormously to the event. He intoned our introductions and his other comments in a manner that I can only describe as sensuously elegant.
(Yes, sensuously.) smile
There was love in his every syllable.

P.S. Great and hilarious observations, Gorden. ha
And I got an extra kick out of that pic of the vending machine.

Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: Mark_C] #1960629
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Originally Posted by Mark_C


BTW, the announcer/emcee (seen in one of the pics) was extraordinary, and added enormously to the event. He intoned our introductions and his other comments in a manner that I can only describe as sensuously elegant.
(Yes, sensuously.) smile
There was love in his every syllable.
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+1 to this.
The people i hang out with all wondered how the emcee's voice sounded so good and sensual over the microphone!! His voice could make us melt!

Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: The Fryderyk Chopin Society] #1960957
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Mark C and Fuzzy8balls -- thanks for sharing some stories from this competition. I, and I suspect some others here, really enjoy living vicariously through your piano experiences smile.

Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: The Fryderyk Chopin Society] #1960982
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Congrats to all! Go PW!

LOL @ the deep-fried broccoli

Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: The Fryderyk Chopin Society] #1960995
09/19/12 05:00 AM
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Congratulations, indeed. I can only hope to participate in such a renowned event once I'm older - though my aspirations of someday procuring a musical degree may interfere!

Anyways, who else is suddenly hungry for some broccoli?


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Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: The Fryderyk Chopin Society] #1961216
09/19/12 05:16 PM
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Thanks too all PW members for your kind words!!

It was a fantastic event and congratulations to the organizers!!
They really did a very good job from the beginning to the end.
Hope that they will continue the event in every 3 years.

It was very nice to meet and have some warm conversations with Thang and Iona. I also had the opportunity to meet in person with Gorden and Mark.

I have just returned and will try to post the prize ceremony video soon.



Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: Hakki] #1961260
09/19/12 07:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Hakki
....I have just returned and will try to post the prize ceremony video soon.

Meanwhile.... smile

How about these pics from the organization....(on their Facebook page)

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Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: The Fryderyk Chopin Society] #1961292
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Is that Hakki?

Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: LadyChen] #1961306
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Originally Posted by LadyChen
Is that Hakki?

Yes!

Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: The Fryderyk Chopin Society] #1961762
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If anyone's interested in my final round:


Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: The Fryderyk Chopin Society] #1962977
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Here is the prize ceremony. Unfortunately a few minutes from the beginning where the jury chairman has made his speech in Polish is missing. The video is beginning with the English translation of the speech.



Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: Hakki] #1963072
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Wow! I didn't know if this had been recorded! And thanks for posting it here and on youtube.

Congratulations again to you on your achievements, especially the award for the best performance of a Chopin piece. It was a very special performance of the Nocturne.

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Hakki, your performance was magnificant! It was a joy to watch.


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And here are my Stage I and Stage II performances from the competition.

Stage I


Stage II

Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: The Fryderyk Chopin Society] #1963232
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The piano was a Hamburg Steinway? I see the piano front corner ends are flat instead of curved so it looks like an American instrument.


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Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: Serge Marinkovic] #1963234
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Originally Posted by Serge Marinkovic
The piano was a Hamburg Steinway? I see the piano front corner ends are flat instead of curved so it looks like an American instrument.

All I know is that the pedals were too close together! ha

But seriously folks.... I asked if it was a Hamburg Steinway and was told yes. As per what you said, I also associate those features with a NY Steinway, but I didn't think it was necessarily uniform, and apparently it isn't.

Re: The Second Chopin Competition for Amateurs [Re: Hakki] #1963428
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Wow, what a beautiful performance, Hakki! Congratulations. I particularly like your Stage 1 performance - it was wonderful.


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