News & Events

May 2014

The 25th Anniversary of

The Helena Modjeska Foundation

25th Anniversary Celebration

Photo courtesy of Jack Houser

On Saturday, May 17th 2014 The Helena Modjeska Foundation was proudly celebrating a quarter century of service and dedication to the life and legacy of the most renowned actress, Helena Modjeska, and Arden, her beloved home and gardens.

Special thanks to:

Beata Kardewicz


Beata Kardewicz is a professional performing musician, violin pedagogue, and visual artist in Orange County, California. Besides performing concerts internationally as soloist and orchestra member, she operates a successful independent violin studio in Anaheim Hills and serves as the String Chair for the Music Teacher’s Association of California, Orange County Branch. As a passionate painter Beata held her painting exhibition stopped in time at La Sierra University in January 2014.

Born in Katowice, Poland, Kardewicz began to study violin at the Frederik Chopin School of Music and she made her orchestral solo debut at the age of fifteen. A recipient of a full scholarship, Kardewicz traveled to the United States for her Masters Degree in Violin performance. She was the CSUF Orchestra Concertmaster and awarded the Orchestra Conducting Scholarship.

An expert in violin pedagogy, Beata Kardewicz published a violin method book in 2013, The Violin Course for Young Beginners Volume 1, which specializes in teaching young beginners. The book is a product of her passion for helping children to have a better and more productive lesson while learning the violin.

Currently Beata is performing violin, teaching and mastering her new painting collection.

May 17, 2014 Program:

The Four Seasons Op.8 No. 1: Spring, Allegro, Largo, Allegretto, A. Vivaldi

Nocturne E Flat Major, Op. 9 No. 2, F.Chopin

Dudziarz in D Major, H. Wieniawski

Kawatyna, Op. 85 No. 3, J. Raff

Krakowiak Op. 9 No 5 I. Paderewski

Humoresque Op.101, No. 7, A. Dvorak

Obertas G Major Op. 19 No.1, H. Wieniawski

Jack Houser



February 2014


– an article by Janet Whitcomb
Published: Feb. 27, 2014 Updated: 3:36 p.m.

Taking in Victorian charm in Modjeska Canyon

January 2014


– an article by Kathleen Luppi
Published: Jan. 22, 2014 Updated: 3:50 p.m.

The house that Helena built

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