Thursday, December 17, 2015

Hejnal at ICC-WIN annual Multicultural Holiday celebration

14 year old Olivia Gotowski performed the Hejnal at the 6th annual Multicultural Holiday celebration put on by the International Community Council – Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland.  The Hejnał Mariacki is a traditional, five-note Polish anthem closely bound to the history and traditions of the capital, Kraków. It is played every hour on the hour, four times in succession in each of the four cardinal directions, by a trumpeter on the highest tower of the city's Saint Mary's Church.  Legend has it that a sentry on a tower of St Mary's Church sounded an alarm by playing the Hejnał but the trumpeter was shot in the throat and did not complete the anthem.  That is why performances end abruptly before completion.

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