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Musicians from Poland, Switzerland and the United States will come to Warsaw Nov. 3-8 to take part in the first International Ignacy Jan Paderewski Festival. This cultural project will comprise concerts, panel discussions, exhibitions and master classes focusing on the work of Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), a world-famous Polish pianist, composer and patriot who became the prime minister and foreign minister of Poland after World War I.

The opening ceremony of the new festival will be held Nov. 3 at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, featuring a concert by the National Philharmonic Orchestra with soloists Kevin Kenner and Beata Bilińska. The concert will be conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk.

In addition to the National Philharmonic (5 Jasna St.), festival venues will include the Royal Łazienki Museum, the Frederic Chopin University of Music (2 Okólnik St.), and the History Meeting House (20 Karowa St.).

The second day of the festival, Nov. 4, will begin at 11 a.m. with a panel discussion at the My¶lewicki Palace in the Royal Łazienki Park. In the evening, the park’s Palace on the Isle will host a jazz concert by this year’s Grammy award winner Włodek Pawlik. Inspired by Paderewski’s work, Pawlik will play a special program entitled Paderewski-Jazz-Inspiration.

On the third day, Prof. Wojciech Kocyan, a renowned pianist and educator from the Loyola-Marymount University in Los Angeles, will conduct a master class for young pianists and music school students at the Frederic Chopin University of Music. At 7 p.m., the Paderewski Trio, comprising David O’Doherty (violin), Francesco Bartoletti (cello) and Catherina Lemoni (piano) from Switzerland, will open a concert at the Chopin university’s concert hall. The event will continue with a performance by the duet of violinist Agata Szymczewska and pianist Joanna Marcinkowska, who will play a selection of pieces by Paderewski, including his Violin Sonata. Before the concert, the festival audiences will see a documentary entitled Paderewski: A Man of Action, Success and Fame. Directed by Wiesław D±browski, the documentary won awards at international film festivals in Chicago, Miami and Warsaw.

Two exhibitions will open at the Royal Łazienki Park Nov. 6. One of them, Paderewski Plays Piano for Poland, will be on show at the park’s outdoor gallery along Ujazdowskie Avenue, while the other one, The Story of Paderewski’s Heart, will be housed in the Officer Cadets School. The latter will open at 6:30 p.m. and then at 7 p.m. visitors to the venue will see Paderewski: A Man of Action, Success and Fame and meet with the documentary’s director afterwards. At the end of the evening, pianist Kevin Kennery will play a recital featuring work by Paderewski and Chopin.

The last day of the festival has been designated as Open House at the I.J. Paderewski Polish Institute of Diplomacy. The program of the day includes a walk in Paderewski’s footsteps guided by Rafał Jabłoński and starting from the Bristol Hotel at 42/44 Krakowskie Przedmie¶cie St. Then at 1 p.m., the documentary Paderewski: A Man of Action, Success and Fame will be shown once more, this time at the History Meeting House. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion.
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