Patricia Wnek

 

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·       Patricia’s upcoming engagements

·       Past major solo performances

·       Biography

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Please click on the picture above to view Patricia’s performance of Introduction and Tarantella by Sarasate accompanied by Li-Tan Hsu (Nov 2007).

 

 

 

 

Click on the links below to see recent performances:

 

February 24, 2014           Johannes Brahms, Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108

Patricia Wnek, violin         Ernest Chausson, Poeme, Op. 25

, piano                           Aleksander Zarzycki, Mazurka in G major, Op. 26

 

 

December 13, 2011         Ludwig van Beethoven, Sonata in G Major, Op. 30 No. 3

Patricia Wnek, violin         Allegro assai

Lixia Li, piano                 Tempo di Minuetto

                                    Allegro vivace

 

April 2, 2011                   Johannes Brahms, Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op.100

Patricia Wnek, violin         Allegro amabile

Teodora Adjarova, piano  Andante tranquillo, Vivace, Andante, Vivace di piu, Andante, Vivace

                                    Allegretto grazioso (quasi Andante)

 

March 27, 2011               Henryk Wienawski, Polonaise de Concert, Op. 4

Patricia Wnek, violin

Teodora Adjarova, piano

 

 

 

Past major performances

 

·       March 30, 2012, 6:30 pm. Solo recital at the Goodwin Hall of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore MD. 

Patricia Wnek, Violin

 

assisted by

Grace Liu, Piano

Yinji Cui, Piano

 

 

Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003                                                                        J. S. Bach

                                                Grave                                                                                                              (1685-1750)

                                                Allegro                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                                                

Sonata No. 8 in G Major                                                                      Ludwig van Beethoven

                                                Allegro assai                                                                                                    (1770-1827)

                                                Tempo di minuetto, ma molto moderato e grazioso                                                          

                                                Allegro vivace                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                        

Sonata in G minor                                                                                           Claude Debussy

                                                Allegro vivo                                                                                                    (1862-1918)

                                                Intermède: Fantasque et léger                                                                                                                                           

                                                Finale: Très animé

 

 

 

Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso                                                        Camille Saint-Saëns

                                                                                                                                                                        (1835-1921)

                                                                                                                                                                

 

 

·       April 2, 2011, 3:30 pm. Solo recital at the Cohen-Davison Family Theatre, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore MD.

Patricia Wnek, Violin

 

assisted by

Teodora Adjarova, Piano

 

 

 

Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100                                                                Johannes Brahms

                                                Allegro amabile                                                                                               (1833-1897)

                                                Andante tranquillo, Vivace, Andante, Vivace di piu, Andante, Vivace  

                                                Allegretto grazioso (quasi Andante)                                                        

                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                

Concerto No. 5 in A minor, Op. 37                                                             Henri Vieuxtemps

                                                Allegro non troppo                                                                                          (1820-1881)

                                                Adagio                                                                                                                               

                                                Allegro con fuoco                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                        

Polonaise de Concert, Op. 4                                                                      Henryk Wieniawski

                                                                                                                                                                        (1835-1880)

             

 

 

·       May 16, 2009. Solo performance at the John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington D.C. The event is sponsored by the Friends of John Paul II Foundation.

·       March 29, 2009. Joint recital sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club, Washington DC. Patricia performed Romance from Concerto in D minor by H. Wieniawski, Ciaconna by T. Vitali, and Nocturne in C# minor by F. Chopin. She was accompanied by Frank Conlon, piano. 

·       December 12, 2008. Performance at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC. Patricia performed a joint recital with her mother, Agnieszka Gawin-Wnek, soprano, accompanied by Darya Gabay, piano. The event hosted by the Polish-American Arts Association and the Polish Embassy.

·       May 10, 2008. As a winner of the Peabody Preparatory Senior Concerto Competition, Patricia performed Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor by Henryk Wieniawski with the Peabody Preparatory Sinfonietta under the direction of Dr. Harlan Parker. Peabody Conservatory Friedberg Concert Hall, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore Maryland.  

·       April 13, 2008. Return solo engagement with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Richard Fazio, in the performance of Introduction and Tarantella by P. Sarasate. St. Ann's Catholic Church, 4001 Yuma Street NW, Washington, DC.

·       January 6, 2008. Patricia performed as one of the finalists of the National Symphony Orchestra Competition at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. She performed Allegro Moderato from Concerto No. 2 in D minor by Henryk Wieniawski.

·       August 30, 2007. Aula Florianka, Krakow, Poland. Patricia performed Introduction and Tarantella by P. Sarasate. She was accompanied by Anna Nowak-Dando, piano.

·       August 12, 2007. Leisure World, 19400 Leisure World Blvd, Lansdowne, VA. Patricia and her brother Paul appeared in a joint recital.

PROGRAM

 

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Preludio from Partita No.3 in E minor

Patricia Wnek, violin

 

Johann Sebastian Bach, Allemanda from Partita No.2 in D minor

Patricia Wnek, violin

 

Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880), Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.22

Allegro moderato

Romance: Andante non troppo

Allegro con fuoco

Patricia Wnek, violin

Jacob Frasch, piano

 

 

INTERMISSION

 

 

Niccolo Paganini (1782-1840), Caprice #14, Op.1

Patricia Wnek, violin

Jacob Frasch, piano

 

Frederic Chopin (1810-1849), Waltz, Op. Posthumous

Frederic Chopin, Mazurka in A Minor, Op.67, No.4 (Posthumous)

Edward MacDowell (1860-1908), Shadow dance, Op.39, No.8

Paul Wnek, piano

 

Pablo de Sarasate (1844-1908), Introduction and Tarantella, Op.43

Patricia Wnek, violin

Jacob Frasch, piano

·       May 20, 2005, Second Presbyterian Church Community Concerts at Second Annual Youth Festival, 4200 St. Paul St., Baltimore MD. Patricia performed with the Peabody Prep Violin Choir and also as a soloist Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Romance by Henryk Wieniawski.

·       May 19, 2005, John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington D.C. Patricia performed Bach-Gounod “Ave Maria” and Panis Angelicus by Cesar Franck during a Commemoration of Pope John Paul II birthday.

·       May 18, 2007, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Washington D.C. Patricia performed with the Washington Youth Chamber Orchestra (WYCO) works by W.A. Mozart, A. Arensky, and as a soloist, Concerto Grosso for two violins and cello by A. Vivaldi.

·       May 10, 2007, Peabody Conservatory, Goodwin Recital Hall, Baltimore MD. Patricia performed Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Allegro Moderato, by Henryk Wieniawski at the Vella Silver Recital for which she was nominated during an adjudicated Signature Recital.

·       Sunday, March 25, 2007, Return solo engagement with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Richard Fazio, Washington D.C. Patricia appeared in the Concerto No. 4 for Violin and Orchestra by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. St. Ann's Catholic Church, 4001 Yuma Street NW, Washington, DC 20016.

·       Wednesday, January 10, 2007, 6pm. American Center of Polish Culture, 2025 “O” St. Washington, D.C. NW. Patricia performed a joint recital (sponsored by the ACPC and the Embassy of Republic of Poland) with her mother, Agnieszka Gawin-Wnek, soprano, and her brother, Paul, piano. She was accompanied by Darya Gabay, piano, and performed:

W.A. Mozart, Violin Concerto No.4 in D major, K. 218

Allegro

Andante cantabile

H. Wieniawski, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Opus 22

Allegro moderato

 

·       November 15, 2006, 10:30am, 12:15pm. Patricia appeared as a soloist with the National Philharmonic under the direction of Piotr Gajewski in a performance of Nigun from Baal Shem (Chassidic Life) at the Music Center at Strathmore, Bethesda, MD.

Patricia Wnek with National Philharmonic, Piotr Gajewski conductor, Music Center at Strathmore, Bethesda Maryland

·       October 1, 2006, 7:00 P.M. Cohen-Davison Family Theater Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, MD.

Ernest Bloch, Nigun from the Chassidic Life

·       September 17, 2006, Patricia appeared in the Young Soloists Recital in the Concerts at the Alden accompanied by Darya Gabay. Patricia’s program included:

Ottorino Respighi, Aria

Ernest Bloch, Nigun from the Chassidic Life

Friedrich Smetana, Aus der Heimat (From the Homeland)

 

·       May 13, 2006, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Griswold Hall, Baltimore MD. Patricia appeared as a soloist with the Peabody Preparatory Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Levitov in a performance of “Spring” Concerto from the Four Seasons by A. Vivaldi.

·       March 26, 2006, Return solo engagement with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Richard Fazio at the Historic Trinity Theater in Georgetown, Washington D.C. Patricia performed “Spring” Concerto from the Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi.

·       March 4, 2006 As a first prize winner of the Columbia Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition, Patricia appeared as a soloist with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jason Love in a performance of the Violin Concerto No. 1 in G-Minor Op. 26 by Max Bruch.

·        January 29, 2006 Peabody Conservatory of Music, Goodwin Hall, Baltimore MD. Patricia appeared in an outreach concert for the Peabody Elderhostel.  She performed the 2nd movement of the Violin Concerto No. 1 in G-Minor Op. 26 by Max Bruch, and Spring from the Four Seasons by A. Vivaldi.

·       January 14, 2006, 10 A.M. Patricia Wnek, violin; Sarah Hess, piano; Stephanie Sarbanes, cello; performed Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17, Allegro by Clara Schumann at the Peabody Preparatory Chamber Music Concert.

·       January 6, 2006, 7:30 P.M. As a member of the Peabody Preparatory Violin Choir Patricia performed at the Baltimore Lyric Opera House at the Annual Family Music and Dance Festival.

·       December 14, 2005, 7:00 P.M. Peabody Conservatory, Goodwin Hall, Baltimore MD. Patricia performed Violin Concerto No. 1 in G-Minor Op. 26 by Max Bruch at the Vella Silver Recital for which she was nominated during an adjudicated Signature Recital.

·       December 11 2005, 3:30 P.M. Patricia was invited to perform as a soloist at the Violin Choir outreach concert in the Performa Music Series. The concert took place at the Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills, MD.

·       October 9, 2005, 7:00 P.M. Patricia performed Violin Concerto No. 1 in G-Minor Op. 26 by Max Bruch at an outreach concert for the Peabody Elderhostel. 

·       May 11, 2005, 7:00 P.M. Patricia performed J. Brahms Sonatensatz, Op. Posthumos, and H. Wieniawski, The Bag-Pipe Player during the Vella Silver Recital in the Goodwin Hall at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore.

·       May 7, 2005, 10:00 A.M. Patricia performed F. Smetana “From the Homeland” and  Bach-Gounod “Ave Maria” at the John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington D.C. during the special Celebration of the Life of Pope John Paul II.

·       April 6, 2005, 4:30 P.M. Patricia, as the First Prize Winner of the 2005 Feder String Competition sponsored by the Washington Performing Arts Society, performed at the Awards Ceremony which took place at The Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, Washington, D.C.

·       March 13, 2005, 2:00 P.M. Patricia performed a joint recital with her 11-year-old brother Paul at the Embassy of Poland, 2640 16th St., NW, Washington, DC. The event was sponsored by the Friends of John Paul II Foundation.

PATRICIA WNEK, violin

Accompanist Darya V. Gabay, piano

J. Brahms (1833-1897), Sonatensatz, Op. posthumos

W. A. Mozart (1756-1791), Rondo from Serenade in D major, K 250

Z. Noskowski (1846-1909), Melody Op. 21 No. 1

H. Wieniawski (1835-1880), The Bag-pipe Player in D major (Dudziarz)

PAUL C. WNEK, piano

F. Chopin (1810-1849), Waltz in A minor, Op. 32, No. 2

W. A. Mozart, Fantasy in D minor, K 397

B. Bartok (1881-1945), Roumanian Folk Dances

1.     Joc Cu Bata

2.     Braul

3.     Pe Loc

4.     Buciumeana

5.     Poarca Romaneasca

6.     Maruntel

 

·       November 7, 2004, 3:00 P.M. Patricia appeared in the Young Soloists Recital in the Concerts at the Alden.  The concert will be held at the Alden Theatre of the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean VA. For more information please call (703) 324-8344. Free admission. Patricia’s program will include:

Giuseppe Tartini, Sonata “Didona abbandonata

      Larghetto

      Presto non troppo

      Largo

      Allegro comodo

Bela Bartok, Roumanian Folk Dances

      Allegro moderato

      Allegro

Andante

Molto moderato

Allegro

Allegro

Henryk Wieniawski, Concerto No 2 in D minor, Op.22, Romance

·       June-July 2004 Patricia gave four solo and chamber music performances in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, as a part of the outreach concerts of the Heifetz International Music Institute.

·       May 23, 2004 Patricia’s first European public performance in Stary Sacz, Poland.

·       May 8, 2004 Patricia performed at the John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. at the invitation of the Friends of John Paul II Foundation.

·       March 21, 2004, 3 pm. Return engagement as a guest soloist with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Richard Fazio at the Historic Trinity Theater in Georgetown, Washington D.C., in the performance of Concerto no. 3 in B minor by Camille Saint-Saëns, and Polonaise brilliante No. 2 in A major by Henryk Wieniawski.

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·       January 26, 2004, 1 pm, Baltimore, MD, 4 Wyndhurst Av. Patricia was invited to perform for the Three Arts Club of Homeland. She played:

Camille Saint-Saens, Concerto No 3. in B minor, Op. 61

Henryk Wieniawski, Polonaise brilliante No. 2 in A major

·       January 10, 2004, 3 pm, Columbia, MD, Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd. Patricia performed with the Peabody Preparatory Violin Choir and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jason Love:

Antonio Vivaldi, Concerto in A minor for two violins, Op. 3, Allegro

Vittorio Monti, Czardas

·       January 22, 2004, 6 pm, Peabody Conservatory (Goodwin Hall) Baltimore, MD. Patricia performed Beethoven Sonata, Op. 12, No. 1 with Elizabeth Hogsten, piano, in the Chamber Music Recital.

·       November 16, 2003, 4 pm, Solo recital for the Polish Heritage Association of Maryland, Inc., at the Polish National Alliance, 1627 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD. Patricia was accompanied by Anna Meyerov, piano, in the following program:

Camille Saint-Saens, Concerto No 3. in B minor, Op. 61, Allegro non troppo

Camille Saint-Saens, Concerto No 3. in B minor, Op. 61, Andantino quasi allegretto

Charles-Auguste de Beriot, Scene de Ballet, Op. 100

Ludwig van  Beethoven, Sonata, Op. 12, Nr 1, Allegro con brio

Henryk Wieniawski, Legenda in G minor, Op. 17

Fryderyk Chopin, Nocturne in C# minor, Posthumous

Henryk Wieniawski, Concerto No 2 in D minor, Op.22, Romance

Vittorio Monti, Czardas

·        June 29, 2003, 3 pm, Trumpet Room of the St. Raphael’s Church, Rockville, MD

Patricia appeared as a guest soloist at the Annual Parish Concert accompanied by Anna Meyerov, piano. She performed:

·         F. Kreisler, Praeludium and Allegro (in the style of G. Pugnani)

·         H. Wieniawski, Legenda in G minor, Op. 17

·         P. de Sarasate, Malaguena, Op. 21

·         June 12, 2003, 7 pm, Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, VA

Patricia appeared as a guest soloist with The Washington-Lee Orchestra under the direction of Theresa Jenkins-Russ. She performed Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major by W. A. Mozart in front of an extraordinarily enthusiastic audience of high school students and their families who rewarded Patricia’s playing with a huge applause and a standing ovation.

·        Patricia’s orchestral debut

March 23, 2003, 3 pm – Solo performance with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Richard Fazio at the Historic Trinity Theater in Georgetown, Washington D.C. – W.A. Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 2 in D major, KV 211.

 

·        December 14, 2002, 7:00 pm, McLean, VA

Patricia was a featured soloist at the Christmas celebration sponsored by the Polish-American Arts Association and the Polish Embassy. She performed works by Wieniawski and Chopin, as well as Christmas carols.

·         November 3, 2002, 1:00 pm, Silver Spring, MD

Patricia performed works by Wieniawski and Chopin during the celebration of the 24th Anniversary of the Pontificate of Pope John Paul II in the presence of the Papal Nuncio to the United States Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo.

 

·        June 1, 2002 - Recital at the American Center of Polish Culture, Washington D.C.

·        May 19, 2002 - Concert at Northwest High School, Germantown, MD

 

Press

 

·        “Performers hit a high note” by Sandy Alexander of Baltimore Sun, March 3, 2006

·         “Young artists to play with Columbia Orchestra” by Eileen Soskin for Baltimore Sun, March 3, 2006

·        Young violinist has big aspirations” April 17, 2002 interview in the Gazette

·        “Young Genius” by Anna Darewicz, Center Line, Vol. 1, No. 31, pp. 15-16, Summer 2002

  

Biography

 

Patricia Wnek is a classical violinist who recently graduated from Victor Danchenko’s studio at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University with a Master of Violin Performance. She began her violin studies with Seljuk Kardan at the age of 4 at the Hosford School of Music in Gaithersburg, MD, and transferred to the Peabody Prep at the age of 6 in order to enroll in the certificate program, which includes yearly exams and theoretical studies. From the age of 12 until graduating from high school at 16, Patricia continued her Preparatory violin studies with Rebecca Henry, the Chair of the Preparatory String Department. Besides taking individual violin lessons, she was involved in the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program, Peabody Prep Chamber music program, Preparatory Sinfonietta, and Violin Choir.

Patricia frequently appears in solo recitals throughout the Washington-Baltimore-Philadelphia area. Up to date she has performed as a soloist in over 150 recitals. She gave her first, half-an-hour long, public performance at age 5 in Rockville, MD. At the age of 9, she made her formal, full recital debut accompanied by a string quartet and piano in front of an audience of over 500 classical music enthusiasts. At age 10, Patricia made her solo orchestral debut with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra of Washington D.C. under the direction of Dr. Richard Fazio.

Some of her engagements include: a performance with the Peabody Sinfonietta as the winner of the Full Concerto Competition, a performance at the Kennedy Center as a finalist of the National Symphony Orchestra Competition, a solo appearance with the National Philharmonic under the direction of Piotr Gajewski at the Strathmore Hall, November 15, 2006; a solo performance with the Washington Youth Chamber Orchestra (WYCO) under the direction of Olga Yanovich at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, May 2007; a solo performance with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jason Love, March 4, 2006; her fifth solo appearance with the Trinity Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Richard Fazio, April 13, 2008; a solo performance with the Peabody Preparatory Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Levitov, May 13, 2006; joint solo recitals with her brother Paul (piano) at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, March 2005 and American Center of Polish Culture in Washington DC, January 2007; her first European performance in May 2004 in Stary Sacz and subsequently in August 2007 in Krakow, Poland; appearances at the John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, DC, two performances in the Young Soloist Recital in the Concerts at the Alden series in McLean Virginia, as well as in the Performa Music series at the Jewish Community Center in Owings Mills, MD.

In addition, she has played in numerous repertoire and master classes with Victor Danchenko of the Curtis and Peabody Institutes, Mimi Zweig of Indiana University, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra violinists, Leri Slutsky and Ivan Stefanovic, as well as Mieczyslaw Szlezer, Prorector at the Krakow Conservatory of Music. In the summer of 2011, Patricia attended The International Violin Master Course in St. Petersburg, Russia directed by Victor Danchenko. In August of 2008, Patricia attended the Summit Music Festival in Purchase, New York studying with Victor Danchenko and Aaron Rosand. In August of 2007, Patricia performed in master classes and a recital at the Summer Academy at the Krakow Conservatory of Music. In the summer of 2005 and 2006, Patricia participated in the Indiana University String Academy, where she performed as a soloist and a chamber musician. In 2003 and 2004, Patricia was enrolled in the summer program of the Heifetz International Music Institute in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, where she appeared in many outreach concerts as a soloist and a chamber musician.

Patricia is a finalist of the National Symphony Orchestra Competition as well as a first-prize winner of the following competitions: National Philharmonic Concerto Competition, Columbia Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition, two-time winner (junior and senior divisions) of the Feder String Competition sponsored by the Washington Performing Arts Society (WPAS), Peabody Preparatory Senior Concerto Competition, Peabody Preparatory Junior Concerto Competition, MSMTA Chamber Music competition, and also an eleven-time nominee and performer of the prestigious Vella Silver Recital hosted by the Deans of the Peabody Conservatory and the Preparatory. She was selected by audition to perform in the Young Soloist Recitals in the 2004-05 and 2006-07 Concerts at the Alden. In June 2001, she was invited by the Dean of the Peabody Preparatory to perform at the 17th Annual Graduation and Awards Ceremony.

Interviews with Patricia were featured in the March 2006 issues of Baltimore Sun, and the Catholic Standard, and in the April 2002 issue of Montgomery County Gazette. Other articles and concert reviews appeared in the Columbia Flier, Howard County Times, a quarterly publication of the American Center of Polish Culture, and in the Polish-American Arts Association of Washington newsletters.

While studying at the Peabody Conservatory, Patricia performed numerous times with her quartet, the Tira Quartet and is currently part of the Opus 40 Trio. She is a member of The Maryland Symphony and has also performed with such orchestras as the Lancaster Symphony, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony, the Gettysburg College Symphony Orchestra, and the Baltimore Concerto Orchestra. Patricia has also been involved in musical theatre for over 5 years at the Olney Theatre, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, and the Dundalk Community College, playing violin for numerous musicals, as well as by the Bel Cantanti Opera Company.

In order to broaden her musical horizons, Patricia began taking piano lessons at the age of 5 and took ballet classes for 13 years. Her hobbies include swimming, reading, knitting, crocheting, skiing, ice skating, biking, and horseback riding. Patricia is a daughter of a classical singer (graduate of the Peabody Conservatory) and a Ph.D. computer scientist, and has two sisters, ten-year-old Anne-Marie and six-year-old Elizabeth, and four brothers, Paul, age 20, Matthew, age 19, Michael, age 9, and John-Paul, 7. Paul and Matthew used to study piano and the classical guitar. Anne-Marie and Elizabeth take violin lessons and Anne-Marie, Michael, and John Paul study piano at the Peabody Preparatory.

9/2014

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