Joe Duhamel led the Polka
Giants for 40 years, though for the last decade or so the gigs have been far and few between since the members were scattered to the winds by their jobs and family obligations.
The following Four Polkas
(E major, G minor, A major, F minor) from the beginning of the 1850s were likewise never printed in the composer's lifetime, but we know that Smetana intended to publish them.
Also in the competition are Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones' ``Under the Influence,'' Walter Ostanek and Ron Sluga's ``Time Out for Polkas
and Waltzes,'' Del Sinchak Band's ``Polka
Pizzazz'' and Kevin Solecki's ``Solecktions.
This sparkling show of favourite waltzes and polkas
from the Strauss Family recreates the style and enchantment of the ballrooms of 19th Century Vienna
For Anna and Ostriches Kylian chose five fast polkas
by the Strauss brothers interspersed with taped music by Zbigniew Preisner from the film score for Damage.
The authors explain that "this book traces our explorations of the Slavic stream of polka
happiness, concentrating on Polish-American polkas
in Buffalo and Chicago, but including a comparative chapter on Slovenian-American style in Milwaukee" (p.
The delightful, traditional program includes some of the most popular waltzes, polkas
and marches ever written and the 2002 concert is no exception.
He explains, "I feel that the world of polkas
is a viable place to make a songwriting entry, and my 'Mistletoe Polka
' has the added virtue of being a seasonal piece, replete with creative surprises - just like a Christmas gift ought to be.
The CBSO is welcoming music lovers in 2008 with its Magic of Vienna concert, conducted by Martin Yates, who will lead the orchestra through a selection of much-loved waltzes and polkas
including The Blue Danube and Tritsch Tratsch Polka
as well as arias by the Straus family.
Meanwhile, there will be waltzes and polkas
next Friday when the CBSO welcomes in the New Year with The Magic of Vienna at Symphony Hall, at 2.
ALBUM: ``My Father's Shoes,'' Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones; ``Let the Good Times Roll,'' Jerry Darlak and the Touch; ``The Polka
Record,'' LynnMarie; ``Good Time Polkas
& Waltzes,'' Walter Ostanek and His Band; ``Top of the World,'' Jimmy Sturr.
ALBUM: ``Home Is Where the Heart Is,'' Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push; ``Duty Free Polkas
,'' John Gora and Gorale; ``Moments to Remember,'' Walter Ostanek; ``Living on Polka
Time,'' Jimmy Sturr; ``Songs of the Polka
King,'' Frank Yankovic and Friends.