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Tribute to Scout Master and Musician
February 23, 2010   
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The members of the Central Artistic Group of the Union of Polish Scouts performed at the Roma Musical Theater Jan. 11, their first appearance together in many years. This musical trip down memory lane marked the 30th anniversary of the death of Władysław Skoraczewski, the group's founder and former director.

The ensemble consisted of a choir of just under 100, together with a symphony orchestra and no less than four conductors-Bernard Chmielarz, Tadeusz Niećko, Danuta Chmurska, and Krystyna Stańczak-Pałyga.

The concert director was Karol Stępkowski. The program comprised classical compositions as well as scouting and patriotic songs.

Skoraczewski, the group's founder, was a brilliant educator who set up the Central Artistic Group of the Union of Polish Scouts just after World War II. Skoraczewski was also an opera singer and a member of an underground wartime scouting movement. The group played an important role in Polish musical culture until Skoraczewski's death in 1980.

Thousands of youngsters passed through the group during its 35-year existence, performing in Poland and abroad. More than a few of them are still in the music business as conductors, singers and music teachers. The celebrated conductors Antoni Wit and Jacek Kaspszyk, the prominent composer and musician Tytus Wojnowicz, and the renowned singers Bernard Ładysz and Adam Kruszewski, all cut their musical teeth in the Central Artistic Group.

Many outstanding artists have worked with the group, including world-famous composer Krzysztof Penderecki, conductor Kazimierz Kord, and such eminent singers as Krystyna Szostek-Radkowa, Maria Fołtyn, and Izabela Kłosińska.

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