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From Childhood Friends to Musical Partners: The Cracow Duo

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In this episode, we welcome the renowned Krakow Duo, pianist Marek Szlezer and cellist Jan Kalinowski, who recently visited the Quad Cities area of Iowa to perform a concert at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Davenport. Marek and Jan have been lifelong friends since their childhood in Krakow, Poland, and it was later in life that they decided to combine their talents and start performing together after successful solo careers.

Mindy started at WVIK on the evening shift, one night a week, while still a student at Augustana College. Not long after, the station began overnight service and she took on the graveyard shift for a full six nights. In 1985, she moved to days and began her long tenure as host of Perspective, WVIK's afternoon classical music program. Under her direction, the program has developed into a show focused on exploring new music from living composers, not just from orchestra halls but including Broadway and film music.