Nov
5
Wed
Paderewski Festival, November 5-9 @ Cass Winery
Nov 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

PasoRobles

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5

12 pm Cass Winery

Recital of Youth Exchange Program pianists from Poland and Ukraine. By invitation only.

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J.Paderewski

Who was Ignacy Jan Paderewski?

Was he a wild-haired rock star adored by audiences across the globe? A fiercely patriotic politician celebrated as the “George Washington of Poland”? A tireless philanthropist who raised millions in aid for war refugees? Or a world-weary traveler who found peace – and a cure for his arthritic hands — in Paso Robles?

Paderewski’s multi-faceted legacy is the focus of the Paderewski Festival, Thursday through Sunday in Paso Robles. The four-day celebration includes concerts, educational events and a film screening, all recognizing Paderewski’s connection to the Central Coast.

“This man who changed not only our local history, but also world history, was just a lover of Paso Robles,” said festival board member Joel Peterson, director of communications at Hope Family Wines in Paso Robles. “That someone of his character, of his standing in the world, would come back here (repeatedly) was really a testament to what we have here.”

Ignacy Jan Paderewski,center, stands aboard a Pullman rail car in the 1890s. | Paso Robles Collection, Polish Music Center, USC Thornton School of Music.

Born in 1860 in the village of Kurilovka in southern Poland, now the Ukraine, Paderewski made his professional debut in Paris at age 28. Soon he was headlining sold-out concerts across Europe, thrilling audiences with his striking appearance and magnetic stage presence.

“There were hordes of young women who rushed on stage and tried to snip at his auburn-colored hair,” said the festival’s artistic director, Marek Zebrowski, who heads the Polish Music Center at the University of Southern California. British painter Edward Burne-Jones once compared the pale-skinned performer with the wild mop of curls to an angel.

Paderewsi made his American debut in 1891 in New York City. His first tour of the United States and Canada, featuring more than 100 concerts over a four-month period, netted $100,000 – a princely sum in those days.

Paderewski would tour North America 20 times over the next four decades, often traveling in a private Pullman rail car equipped with sleeping quarters, a dining room, kitchen and piano. “The United States was the biggest and most ardent fan of Paderewski,” said Zebrowski, while the pianist admired that country’s democratic government. “America was for many Poles a destination as far as immigration. Paderewski wanted to create … America in (Poland’s) backyard.”

According to Zebrowksi, author of the book “Paderewski in California,” a January 1914 trip solidified Paderewski’s bond with the Central Coast. Seeking relief for his painfully inflamed hands – the result of incessant practicing and performing – the pianist consulted his San Francisco friends, who sent him south to Paso Robles.

Ignacy J. Paderewski grew wine grapes, fruit orchards and almond trees at his two Paso Robles properties, Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena. | Paso Robles Collection, USC Thornton School of Music.

Over the next 25 years, the performer returned to the Central Coast frequently for month-long sojourns, staying at the El Paso Inn — now the Paso Robles Inn — and “taking the cure” at the local natural hot springs. He eventually purchased two large ranches in the area equaling nearly 3,000 acres: Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena, where he grew wine grapes, fruit orchards and almond trees. (Paderewski also purchased more than 2,600 acres in Santa Maria for the purposes of oil drilling exploration.)

In fact, festival board president Steve Cass, owner of Cass Winery in Paso Robles, credits Paderewski with popularizing zinfandel grapes in the area. “He was one of the first winemakers to make a zinfandel of world quality,” Cass said, producing at nearby York Mountain Winery what the Los Angeles Times hailed as one of California’s top 10 wines.

Paderewski’s contributions to culture didn’t end there. When World War I broke out, he traveled the world seeking support for Polish independence – using his celebrity status and well-placed connections to raise millions of dollars in aid for his home country through recitals and speaking engagements.

“He pioneered the artist being the spokesman for the oppressed,” Zebrowski said, long before Bono and Willy Nelson.

Ever the patriot, Paderewski appeared as Poland’s representative at the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, which restored Polish sovereignty after more than a century under Russian, Prussian and Austrian rule. The same year, he served as Poland’s prime minister and minister of foreign affairs before taking on the role of Polish representative to the League of Nations.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski appeared on the cover of Time magazine twice -- on Jan. 23, 1928, and on Feb. 27, 1939. | Time Warner Inc.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski appeared on the cover of Time magazine twice — on Jan. 23, 1928, and on Feb. 27, 1939. | Time Warner Inc.

 

Paderewski retired from politics in 1922, but the 1939 Nazi invasion of Poland forced him back into the spotlight. “All this work … that he did on the behalf of Poland was in ruins (but) he was undaunted,” Zebrowski said of Paderewski, who died in 1941 in New York on yet another speaking tour. “He left quite a mark on this society.”

Unfortunately, by the 1960s, Paderewski’s accomplishments as a performer, composer, diplomat and humanitarian had all but been forgotten. “During communism, he became a persona non grata,” Zebrowski said, due to his dedication to Polish liberty.
Then came the Paderewski Festival.

Joel Peterson’s grandmother, Virginia Peterson, was among the local history buffs who founded the Paderewski Festival in 1991. Originally an offshoot of Paso Robles’ Zinfandel Festival, the festival ran from 1993 to 2000 — three years before the San Simeon earthquake destroyed its primary performance space, the Flamson Middle School auditorium.

Then in 2006, Zebrowski came to the area seeking a venue for a concert featuring British pianist Jonathan Plowright, dubbed the Paderewski Reprise by organizers.  About 100 people attended his recital in the Cass Winery barrel room, including then-Paso Robles Mayor Frank Mecham.

“At the end of the concert, there was a lot of excitement,” Cass recalled. Eager to keep that momentum going, he and Zebrowski teamed up with Peterson to form a board of directors and bring the Paderewski Festival back to life.

Café Musique kicks off the Paderewski Festival on Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. | Paderewski Festival.

Café Musique kicks off the Paderewski Festival on Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. | Paderewski Festival.

 

This year’s festival kicks off Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles with a performance by Central Coast favorites Café Musique, known for their eclectic blend of classical, gypsy, swing and tango music. On Friday, Cass Winery presents a night of music and magic with Polish pianist Igor Lipiński.

Saturday’s festivities include a screening of the 1937 film “Moonlight Sonata,” which features Paderewski performing works by Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt and Ludwig van Beethoven as well as his own “Minuet in G,” and the unveiling of a 790-pound bronze sculpture of Paderewski originally commissioned by local history buff Hy Blythe and created by Pacific Grove artist Jesse Corsaut. Other copies of the statue, which will stand in City Park in downtown Paso Robles, can be found on the grounds of USC, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and the Polish Embassy in Washington D.C., as well as Blythe’s Paso Robles property.

Also on Saturday is a recital at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom featuring the winners of the Paderewski Youth Piano Competition, open to residents of Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.  Students ages 10 to 18 compete for cash prizes, the chance to perform at the Paderewski Festival and the opportunity to participate in a Polish-American cultural exchange program, launched in 2009.

Violinist Kinga Augustyn and pianist Efi Hackmey are slated to headline the festival’s gala concert, also Saturday at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, performing an all-Polish program of music by Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Henryk Wieniawski.

The Paderewski Festival closes Sunday with a guest lecture by Zebrowki and a recital by three Polish exchange students at Halter Ranch Winery in Paso Robles.

Festival organizers said they’re eager to share Paderewski’s local legacy with the world.

“The Polish government is so excited about what we’re doing,” said Peterson, who accompanied Cass, Zebrowski and other Central Coast representatives on a 2008 trip to Paderewki’s old stomping grounds. “They’re so in love with the fact that we’re promoting Polish culture in a small town in the middle of California.”

Zebrowski agreed, adding, “Every diplomat I’ve brought to Paso Robles has been amazed that this small American town so cherishes the memory of its most famous part-time resident.”

Nov
6
Thu
Paderewski Festival, November 5-9 @ Cass Winery
Nov 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

PasoRobles

THURSDAY, NOV. 6 

6:30 pm Cass Winery

A celebration of Paderewski’s birthday with Cuesta College Choir led by Cassandra Tarantino. No host wine reception, 7 pm concert.Tickets: $30; 18 & under free; buffet dinner optional.

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J.Paderewski

 

 

Who was Ignacy Jan Paderewski?

Was he a wild-haired rock star adored by audiences across the globe? A fiercely patriotic politician celebrated as the “George Washington of Poland”? A tireless philanthropist who raised millions in aid for war refugees? Or a world-weary traveler who found peace – and a cure for his arthritic hands — in Paso Robles?

Paderewski’s multi-faceted legacy is the focus of the Paderewski Festival, Thursday through Sunday in Paso Robles. The four-day celebration includes concerts, educational events and a film screening, all recognizing Paderewski’s connection to the Central Coast.

“This man who changed not only our local history, but also world history, was just a lover of Paso Robles,” said festival board member Joel Peterson, director of communications at Hope Family Wines in Paso Robles. “That someone of his character, of his standing in the world, would come back here (repeatedly) was really a testament to what we have here.”

Ignacy Jan Paderewski,center, stands aboard a Pullman rail car in the 1890s. | Paso Robles Collection, Polish Music Center, USC Thornton School of Music.

Born in 1860 in the village of Kurilovka in southern Poland, now the Ukraine, Paderewski made his professional debut in Paris at age 28. Soon he was headlining sold-out concerts across Europe, thrilling audiences with his striking appearance and magnetic stage presence.

“There were hordes of young women who rushed on stage and tried to snip at his auburn-colored hair,” said the festival’s artistic director, Marek Zebrowski, who heads the Polish Music Center at the University of Southern California. British painter Edward Burne-Jones once compared the pale-skinned performer with the wild mop of curls to an angel.

Paderewsi made his American debut in 1891 in New York City. His first tour of the United States and Canada, featuring more than 100 concerts over a four-month period, netted $100,000 – a princely sum in those days.

Paderewski would tour North America 20 times over the next four decades, often traveling in a private Pullman rail car equipped with sleeping quarters, a dining room, kitchen and piano. “The United States was the biggest and most ardent fan of Paderewski,” said Zebrowski, while the pianist admired that country’s democratic government. “America was for many Poles a destination as far as immigration. Paderewski wanted to create … America in (Poland’s) backyard.”

According to Zebrowksi, author of the book “Paderewski in California,” a January 1914 trip solidified Paderewski’s bond with the Central Coast. Seeking relief for his painfully inflamed hands – the result of incessant practicing and performing – the pianist consulted his San Francisco friends, who sent him south to Paso Robles.

Ignacy J. Paderewski grew wine grapes, fruit orchards and almond trees at his two Paso Robles properties, Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena. | Paso Robles Collection, USC Thornton School of Music.

Over the next 25 years, the performer returned to the Central Coast frequently for month-long sojourns, staying at the El Paso Inn — now the Paso Robles Inn — and “taking the cure” at the local natural hot springs. He eventually purchased two large ranches in the area equaling nearly 3,000 acres: Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena, where he grew wine grapes, fruit orchards and almond trees. (Paderewski also purchased more than 2,600 acres in Santa Maria for the purposes of oil drilling exploration.)

In fact, festival board president Steve Cass, owner of Cass Winery in Paso Robles, credits Paderewski with popularizing zinfandel grapes in the area. “He was one of the first winemakers to make a zinfandel of world quality,” Cass said, producing at nearby York Mountain Winery what the Los Angeles Times hailed as one of California’s top 10 wines.

Paderewski’s contributions to culture didn’t end there. When World War I broke out, he traveled the world seeking support for Polish independence – using his celebrity status and well-placed connections to raise millions of dollars in aid for his home country through recitals and speaking engagements.

“He pioneered the artist being the spokesman for the oppressed,” Zebrowski said, long before Bono and Willy Nelson.

Ever the patriot, Paderewski appeared as Poland’s representative at the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, which restored Polish sovereignty after more than a century under Russian, Prussian and Austrian rule. The same year, he served as Poland’s prime minister and minister of foreign affairs before taking on the role of Polish representative to the League of Nations.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski appeared on the cover of Time magazine twice -- on Jan. 23, 1928, and on Feb. 27, 1939. | Time Warner Inc.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski appeared on the cover of Time magazine twice — on Jan. 23, 1928, and on Feb. 27, 1939. | Time Warner Inc.

 

Paderewski retired from politics in 1922, but the 1939 Nazi invasion of Poland forced him back into the spotlight. “All this work … that he did on the behalf of Poland was in ruins (but) he was undaunted,” Zebrowski said of Paderewski, who died in 1941 in New York on yet another speaking tour. “He left quite a mark on this society.”

Unfortunately, by the 1960s, Paderewski’s accomplishments as a performer, composer, diplomat and humanitarian had all but been forgotten. “During communism, he became a persona non grata,” Zebrowski said, due to his dedication to Polish liberty.
Then came the Paderewski Festival.

Joel Peterson’s grandmother, Virginia Peterson, was among the local history buffs who founded the Paderewski Festival in 1991. Originally an offshoot of Paso Robles’ Zinfandel Festival, the festival ran from 1993 to 2000 — three years before the San Simeon earthquake destroyed its primary performance space, the Flamson Middle School auditorium.

Then in 2006, Zebrowski came to the area seeking a venue for a concert featuring British pianist Jonathan Plowright, dubbed the Paderewski Reprise by organizers.  About 100 people attended his recital in the Cass Winery barrel room, including then-Paso Robles Mayor Frank Mecham.

“At the end of the concert, there was a lot of excitement,” Cass recalled. Eager to keep that momentum going, he and Zebrowski teamed up with Peterson to form a board of directors and bring the Paderewski Festival back to life.

Café Musique kicks off the Paderewski Festival on Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. | Paderewski Festival.

Café Musique kicks off the Paderewski Festival on Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. | Paderewski Festival.

 

This year’s festival kicks off Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles with a performance by Central Coast favorites Café Musique, known for their eclectic blend of classical, gypsy, swing and tango music. On Friday, Cass Winery presents a night of music and magic with Polish pianist Igor Lipiński.

Saturday’s festivities include a screening of the 1937 film “Moonlight Sonata,” which features Paderewski performing works by Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt and Ludwig van Beethoven as well as his own “Minuet in G,” and the unveiling of a 790-pound bronze sculpture of Paderewski originally commissioned by local history buff Hy Blythe and created by Pacific Grove artist Jesse Corsaut. Other copies of the statue, which will stand in City Park in downtown Paso Robles, can be found on the grounds of USC, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and the Polish Embassy in Washington D.C., as well as Blythe’s Paso Robles property.

Also on Saturday is a recital at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom featuring the winners of the Paderewski Youth Piano Competition, open to residents of Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.  Students ages 10 to 18 compete for cash prizes, the chance to perform at the Paderewski Festival and the opportunity to participate in a Polish-American cultural exchange program, launched in 2009.

Violinist Kinga Augustyn and pianist Efi Hackmey are slated to headline the festival’s gala concert, also Saturday at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, performing an all-Polish program of music by Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Henryk Wieniawski.

The Paderewski Festival closes Sunday with a guest lecture by Zebrowki and a recital by three Polish exchange students at Halter Ranch Winery in Paso Robles.

Festival organizers said they’re eager to share Paderewski’s local legacy with the world.

“The Polish government is so excited about what we’re doing,” said Peterson, who accompanied Cass, Zebrowski and other Central Coast representatives on a 2008 trip to Paderewki’s old stomping grounds. “They’re so in love with the fact that we’re promoting Polish culture in a small town in the middle of California.”

Zebrowski agreed, adding, “Every diplomat I’ve brought to Paso Robles has been amazed that this small American town so cherishes the memory of its most famous part-time resident.”

Nov
7
Fri
Paderewski Festival, November 5-9 @ Cuesta College
Nov 7 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

PasoRobles

FRIDAY, NOV. 7

11 am Cuesta College

Concert of the Youth Exchange Program students from Poland and Ukraine.  FREE admission.

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J.Paderewski

 

 

Who was Ignacy Jan Paderewski?

Was he a wild-haired rock star adored by audiences across the globe? A fiercely patriotic politician celebrated as the “George Washington of Poland”? A tireless philanthropist who raised millions in aid for war refugees? Or a world-weary traveler who found peace – and a cure for his arthritic hands — in Paso Robles?

Paderewski’s multi-faceted legacy is the focus of the Paderewski Festival, Thursday through Sunday in Paso Robles. The four-day celebration includes concerts, educational events and a film screening, all recognizing Paderewski’s connection to the Central Coast.

“This man who changed not only our local history, but also world history, was just a lover of Paso Robles,” said festival board member Joel Peterson, director of communications at Hope Family Wines in Paso Robles. “That someone of his character, of his standing in the world, would come back here (repeatedly) was really a testament to what we have here.”

Ignacy Jan Paderewski,center, stands aboard a Pullman rail car in the 1890s. | Paso Robles Collection, Polish Music Center, USC Thornton School of Music.

Born in 1860 in the village of Kurilovka in southern Poland, now the Ukraine, Paderewski made his professional debut in Paris at age 28. Soon he was headlining sold-out concerts across Europe, thrilling audiences with his striking appearance and magnetic stage presence.

“There were hordes of young women who rushed on stage and tried to snip at his auburn-colored hair,” said the festival’s artistic director, Marek Zebrowski, who heads the Polish Music Center at the University of Southern California. British painter Edward Burne-Jones once compared the pale-skinned performer with the wild mop of curls to an angel.

Paderewsi made his American debut in 1891 in New York City. His first tour of the United States and Canada, featuring more than 100 concerts over a four-month period, netted $100,000 – a princely sum in those days.

Paderewski would tour North America 20 times over the next four decades, often traveling in a private Pullman rail car equipped with sleeping quarters, a dining room, kitchen and piano. “The United States was the biggest and most ardent fan of Paderewski,” said Zebrowski, while the pianist admired that country’s democratic government. “America was for many Poles a destination as far as immigration. Paderewski wanted to create … America in (Poland’s) backyard.”

According to Zebrowksi, author of the book “Paderewski in California,” a January 1914 trip solidified Paderewski’s bond with the Central Coast. Seeking relief for his painfully inflamed hands – the result of incessant practicing and performing – the pianist consulted his San Francisco friends, who sent him south to Paso Robles.

Ignacy J. Paderewski grew wine grapes, fruit orchards and almond trees at his two Paso Robles properties, Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena. | Paso Robles Collection, USC Thornton School of Music.

Over the next 25 years, the performer returned to the Central Coast frequently for month-long sojourns, staying at the El Paso Inn — now the Paso Robles Inn — and “taking the cure” at the local natural hot springs. He eventually purchased two large ranches in the area equaling nearly 3,000 acres: Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena, where he grew wine grapes, fruit orchards and almond trees. (Paderewski also purchased more than 2,600 acres in Santa Maria for the purposes of oil drilling exploration.)

In fact, festival board president Steve Cass, owner of Cass Winery in Paso Robles, credits Paderewski with popularizing zinfandel grapes in the area. “He was one of the first winemakers to make a zinfandel of world quality,” Cass said, producing at nearby York Mountain Winery what the Los Angeles Times hailed as one of California’s top 10 wines.

Paderewski’s contributions to culture didn’t end there. When World War I broke out, he traveled the world seeking support for Polish independence – using his celebrity status and well-placed connections to raise millions of dollars in aid for his home country through recitals and speaking engagements.

“He pioneered the artist being the spokesman for the oppressed,” Zebrowski said, long before Bono and Willy Nelson.

Ever the patriot, Paderewski appeared as Poland’s representative at the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, which restored Polish sovereignty after more than a century under Russian, Prussian and Austrian rule. The same year, he served as Poland’s prime minister and minister of foreign affairs before taking on the role of Polish representative to the League of Nations.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski appeared on the cover of Time magazine twice -- on Jan. 23, 1928, and on Feb. 27, 1939. | Time Warner Inc.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski appeared on the cover of Time magazine twice — on Jan. 23, 1928, and on Feb. 27, 1939. | Time Warner Inc.

 

Paderewski retired from politics in 1922, but the 1939 Nazi invasion of Poland forced him back into the spotlight. “All this work … that he did on the behalf of Poland was in ruins (but) he was undaunted,” Zebrowski said of Paderewski, who died in 1941 in New York on yet another speaking tour. “He left quite a mark on this society.”

Unfortunately, by the 1960s, Paderewski’s accomplishments as a performer, composer, diplomat and humanitarian had all but been forgotten. “During communism, he became a persona non grata,” Zebrowski said, due to his dedication to Polish liberty.
Then came the Paderewski Festival.

Joel Peterson’s grandmother, Virginia Peterson, was among the local history buffs who founded the Paderewski Festival in 1991. Originally an offshoot of Paso Robles’ Zinfandel Festival, the festival ran from 1993 to 2000 — three years before the San Simeon earthquake destroyed its primary performance space, the Flamson Middle School auditorium.

Then in 2006, Zebrowski came to the area seeking a venue for a concert featuring British pianist Jonathan Plowright, dubbed the Paderewski Reprise by organizers.  About 100 people attended his recital in the Cass Winery barrel room, including then-Paso Robles Mayor Frank Mecham.

“At the end of the concert, there was a lot of excitement,” Cass recalled. Eager to keep that momentum going, he and Zebrowski teamed up with Peterson to form a board of directors and bring the Paderewski Festival back to life.

Café Musique kicks off the Paderewski Festival on Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. | Paderewski Festival.

Café Musique kicks off the Paderewski Festival on Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. | Paderewski Festival.

 

This year’s festival kicks off Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles with a performance by Central Coast favorites Café Musique, known for their eclectic blend of classical, gypsy, swing and tango music. On Friday, Cass Winery presents a night of music and magic with Polish pianist Igor Lipiński.

Saturday’s festivities include a screening of the 1937 film “Moonlight Sonata,” which features Paderewski performing works by Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt and Ludwig van Beethoven as well as his own “Minuet in G,” and the unveiling of a 790-pound bronze sculpture of Paderewski originally commissioned by local history buff Hy Blythe and created by Pacific Grove artist Jesse Corsaut. Other copies of the statue, which will stand in City Park in downtown Paso Robles, can be found on the grounds of USC, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and the Polish Embassy in Washington D.C., as well as Blythe’s Paso Robles property.

Also on Saturday is a recital at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom featuring the winners of the Paderewski Youth Piano Competition, open to residents of Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.  Students ages 10 to 18 compete for cash prizes, the chance to perform at the Paderewski Festival and the opportunity to participate in a Polish-American cultural exchange program, launched in 2009.

Violinist Kinga Augustyn and pianist Efi Hackmey are slated to headline the festival’s gala concert, also Saturday at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, performing an all-Polish program of music by Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Henryk Wieniawski.

The Paderewski Festival closes Sunday with a guest lecture by Zebrowki and a recital by three Polish exchange students at Halter Ranch Winery in Paso Robles.

Festival organizers said they’re eager to share Paderewski’s local legacy with the world.

“The Polish government is so excited about what we’re doing,” said Peterson, who accompanied Cass, Zebrowski and other Central Coast representatives on a 2008 trip to Paderewki’s old stomping grounds. “They’re so in love with the fact that we’re promoting Polish culture in a small town in the middle of California.”

Zebrowski agreed, adding, “Every diplomat I’ve brought to Paso Robles has been amazed that this small American town so cherishes the memory of its most famous part-time resident.”

Paderewski Festival, November 5-9 @ Park Balroom
Nov 7 @ 2:00 pm – Nov 7 @ 4:00 pm

PasoRobles

FRIDAY, NOV. 7

2 pm Park Ballroom

Master class with Zheeyoung Moon, winner of the 2013 Paderewski International Piano Competition. FREE admission.

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J.Paderewski

 

 

Who was Ignacy Jan Paderewski?

Was he a wild-haired rock star adored by audiences across the globe? A fiercely patriotic politician celebrated as the “George Washington of Poland”? A tireless philanthropist who raised millions in aid for war refugees? Or a world-weary traveler who found peace – and a cure for his arthritic hands — in Paso Robles?

Paderewski’s multi-faceted legacy is the focus of the Paderewski Festival, Thursday through Sunday in Paso Robles. The four-day celebration includes concerts, educational events and a film screening, all recognizing Paderewski’s connection to the Central Coast.

“This man who changed not only our local history, but also world history, was just a lover of Paso Robles,” said festival board member Joel Peterson, director of communications at Hope Family Wines in Paso Robles. “That someone of his character, of his standing in the world, would come back here (repeatedly) was really a testament to what we have here.”

Ignacy Jan Paderewski,center, stands aboard a Pullman rail car in the 1890s. | Paso Robles Collection, Polish Music Center, USC Thornton School of Music.

Born in 1860 in the village of Kurilovka in southern Poland, now the Ukraine, Paderewski made his professional debut in Paris at age 28. Soon he was headlining sold-out concerts across Europe, thrilling audiences with his striking appearance and magnetic stage presence.

“There were hordes of young women who rushed on stage and tried to snip at his auburn-colored hair,” said the festival’s artistic director, Marek Zebrowski, who heads the Polish Music Center at the University of Southern California. British painter Edward Burne-Jones once compared the pale-skinned performer with the wild mop of curls to an angel.

Paderewsi made his American debut in 1891 in New York City. His first tour of the United States and Canada, featuring more than 100 concerts over a four-month period, netted $100,000 – a princely sum in those days.

Paderewski would tour North America 20 times over the next four decades, often traveling in a private Pullman rail car equipped with sleeping quarters, a dining room, kitchen and piano. “The United States was the biggest and most ardent fan of Paderewski,” said Zebrowski, while the pianist admired that country’s democratic government. “America was for many Poles a destination as far as immigration. Paderewski wanted to create … America in (Poland’s) backyard.”

According to Zebrowksi, author of the book “Paderewski in California,” a January 1914 trip solidified Paderewski’s bond with the Central Coast. Seeking relief for his painfully inflamed hands – the result of incessant practicing and performing – the pianist consulted his San Francisco friends, who sent him south to Paso Robles.

Ignacy J. Paderewski grew wine grapes, fruit orchards and almond trees at his two Paso Robles properties, Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena. | Paso Robles Collection, USC Thornton School of Music.

Over the next 25 years, the performer returned to the Central Coast frequently for month-long sojourns, staying at the El Paso Inn — now the Paso Robles Inn — and “taking the cure” at the local natural hot springs. He eventually purchased two large ranches in the area equaling nearly 3,000 acres: Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena, where he grew wine grapes, fruit orchards and almond trees. (Paderewski also purchased more than 2,600 acres in Santa Maria for the purposes of oil drilling exploration.)

In fact, festival board president Steve Cass, owner of Cass Winery in Paso Robles, credits Paderewski with popularizing zinfandel grapes in the area. “He was one of the first winemakers to make a zinfandel of world quality,” Cass said, producing at nearby York Mountain Winery what the Los Angeles Times hailed as one of California’s top 10 wines.

Paderewski’s contributions to culture didn’t end there. When World War I broke out, he traveled the world seeking support for Polish independence – using his celebrity status and well-placed connections to raise millions of dollars in aid for his home country through recitals and speaking engagements.

“He pioneered the artist being the spokesman for the oppressed,” Zebrowski said, long before Bono and Willy Nelson.

Ever the patriot, Paderewski appeared as Poland’s representative at the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, which restored Polish sovereignty after more than a century under Russian, Prussian and Austrian rule. The same year, he served as Poland’s prime minister and minister of foreign affairs before taking on the role of Polish representative to the League of Nations.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski appeared on the cover of Time magazine twice -- on Jan. 23, 1928, and on Feb. 27, 1939. | Time Warner Inc.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski appeared on the cover of Time magazine twice — on Jan. 23, 1928, and on Feb. 27, 1939. | Time Warner Inc.

 

Paderewski retired from politics in 1922, but the 1939 Nazi invasion of Poland forced him back into the spotlight. “All this work … that he did on the behalf of Poland was in ruins (but) he was undaunted,” Zebrowski said of Paderewski, who died in 1941 in New York on yet another speaking tour. “He left quite a mark on this society.”

Unfortunately, by the 1960s, Paderewski’s accomplishments as a performer, composer, diplomat and humanitarian had all but been forgotten. “During communism, he became a persona non grata,” Zebrowski said, due to his dedication to Polish liberty.
Then came the Paderewski Festival.

Joel Peterson’s grandmother, Virginia Peterson, was among the local history buffs who founded the Paderewski Festival in 1991. Originally an offshoot of Paso Robles’ Zinfandel Festival, the festival ran from 1993 to 2000 — three years before the San Simeon earthquake destroyed its primary performance space, the Flamson Middle School auditorium.

Then in 2006, Zebrowski came to the area seeking a venue for a concert featuring British pianist Jonathan Plowright, dubbed the Paderewski Reprise by organizers.  About 100 people attended his recital in the Cass Winery barrel room, including then-Paso Robles Mayor Frank Mecham.

“At the end of the concert, there was a lot of excitement,” Cass recalled. Eager to keep that momentum going, he and Zebrowski teamed up with Peterson to form a board of directors and bring the Paderewski Festival back to life.

Café Musique kicks off the Paderewski Festival on Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. | Paderewski Festival.

Café Musique kicks off the Paderewski Festival on Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. | Paderewski Festival.

 

This year’s festival kicks off Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles with a performance by Central Coast favorites Café Musique, known for their eclectic blend of classical, gypsy, swing and tango music. On Friday, Cass Winery presents a night of music and magic with Polish pianist Igor Lipiński.

Saturday’s festivities include a screening of the 1937 film “Moonlight Sonata,” which features Paderewski performing works by Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt and Ludwig van Beethoven as well as his own “Minuet in G,” and the unveiling of a 790-pound bronze sculpture of Paderewski originally commissioned by local history buff Hy Blythe and created by Pacific Grove artist Jesse Corsaut. Other copies of the statue, which will stand in City Park in downtown Paso Robles, can be found on the grounds of USC, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and the Polish Embassy in Washington D.C., as well as Blythe’s Paso Robles property.

Also on Saturday is a recital at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom featuring the winners of the Paderewski Youth Piano Competition, open to residents of Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.  Students ages 10 to 18 compete for cash prizes, the chance to perform at the Paderewski Festival and the opportunity to participate in a Polish-American cultural exchange program, launched in 2009.

Violinist Kinga Augustyn and pianist Efi Hackmey are slated to headline the festival’s gala concert, also Saturday at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, performing an all-Polish program of music by Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Henryk Wieniawski.

The Paderewski Festival closes Sunday with a guest lecture by Zebrowki and a recital by three Polish exchange students at Halter Ranch Winery in Paso Robles.

Festival organizers said they’re eager to share Paderewski’s local legacy with the world.

“The Polish government is so excited about what we’re doing,” said Peterson, who accompanied Cass, Zebrowski and other Central Coast representatives on a 2008 trip to Paderewki’s old stomping grounds. “They’re so in love with the fact that we’re promoting Polish culture in a small town in the middle of California.”

Zebrowski agreed, adding, “Every diplomat I’ve brought to Paso Robles has been amazed that this small American town so cherishes the memory of its most famous part-time resident.”

Paderewski Festival, November 5-9 @ Park Balroom
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

PasoRobles

FRIDAY, NOV. 7

7 pm Park Ballroom

Wine reception and recital of violin & piano music with Mariusz Patyra, violin & Krzysztof Herdzin, piano.  Tickets: $30; 18 & under free.

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J.Paderewski

 

 

Who was Ignacy Jan Paderewski?

Was he a wild-haired rock star adored by audiences across the globe? A fiercely patriotic politician celebrated as the “George Washington of Poland”? A tireless philanthropist who raised millions in aid for war refugees? Or a world-weary traveler who found peace – and a cure for his arthritic hands — in Paso Robles?

Paderewski’s multi-faceted legacy is the focus of the Paderewski Festival, Thursday through Sunday in Paso Robles. The four-day celebration includes concerts, educational events and a film screening, all recognizing Paderewski’s connection to the Central Coast.

“This man who changed not only our local history, but also world history, was just a lover of Paso Robles,” said festival board member Joel Peterson, director of communications at Hope Family Wines in Paso Robles. “That someone of his character, of his standing in the world, would come back here (repeatedly) was really a testament to what we have here.”

Ignacy Jan Paderewski,center, stands aboard a Pullman rail car in the 1890s. | Paso Robles Collection, Polish Music Center, USC Thornton School of Music.

Born in 1860 in the village of Kurilovka in southern Poland, now the Ukraine, Paderewski made his professional debut in Paris at age 28. Soon he was headlining sold-out concerts across Europe, thrilling audiences with his striking appearance and magnetic stage presence.

“There were hordes of young women who rushed on stage and tried to snip at his auburn-colored hair,” said the festival’s artistic director, Marek Zebrowski, who heads the Polish Music Center at the University of Southern California. British painter Edward Burne-Jones once compared the pale-skinned performer with the wild mop of curls to an angel.

Paderewsi made his American debut in 1891 in New York City. His first tour of the United States and Canada, featuring more than 100 concerts over a four-month period, netted $100,000 – a princely sum in those days.

Paderewski would tour North America 20 times over the next four decades, often traveling in a private Pullman rail car equipped with sleeping quarters, a dining room, kitchen and piano. “The United States was the biggest and most ardent fan of Paderewski,” said Zebrowski, while the pianist admired that country’s democratic government. “America was for many Poles a destination as far as immigration. Paderewski wanted to create … America in (Poland’s) backyard.”

According to Zebrowksi, author of the book “Paderewski in California,” a January 1914 trip solidified Paderewski’s bond with the Central Coast. Seeking relief for his painfully inflamed hands – the result of incessant practicing and performing – the pianist consulted his San Francisco friends, who sent him south to Paso Robles.

Ignacy J. Paderewski grew wine grapes, fruit orchards and almond trees at his two Paso Robles properties, Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena. | Paso Robles Collection, USC Thornton School of Music.

Over the next 25 years, the performer returned to the Central Coast frequently for month-long sojourns, staying at the El Paso Inn — now the Paso Robles Inn — and “taking the cure” at the local natural hot springs. He eventually purchased two large ranches in the area equaling nearly 3,000 acres: Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena, where he grew wine grapes, fruit orchards and almond trees. (Paderewski also purchased more than 2,600 acres in Santa Maria for the purposes of oil drilling exploration.)

In fact, festival board president Steve Cass, owner of Cass Winery in Paso Robles, credits Paderewski with popularizing zinfandel grapes in the area. “He was one of the first winemakers to make a zinfandel of world quality,” Cass said, producing at nearby York Mountain Winery what the Los Angeles Times hailed as one of California’s top 10 wines.

Paderewski’s contributions to culture didn’t end there. When World War I broke out, he traveled the world seeking support for Polish independence – using his celebrity status and well-placed connections to raise millions of dollars in aid for his home country through recitals and speaking engagements.

“He pioneered the artist being the spokesman for the oppressed,” Zebrowski said, long before Bono and Willy Nelson.

Ever the patriot, Paderewski appeared as Poland’s representative at the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, which restored Polish sovereignty after more than a century under Russian, Prussian and Austrian rule. The same year, he served as Poland’s prime minister and minister of foreign affairs before taking on the role of Polish representative to the League of Nations.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski appeared on the cover of Time magazine twice -- on Jan. 23, 1928, and on Feb. 27, 1939. | Time Warner Inc.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski appeared on the cover of Time magazine twice — on Jan. 23, 1928, and on Feb. 27, 1939. | Time Warner Inc.

 

Paderewski retired from politics in 1922, but the 1939 Nazi invasion of Poland forced him back into the spotlight. “All this work … that he did on the behalf of Poland was in ruins (but) he was undaunted,” Zebrowski said of Paderewski, who died in 1941 in New York on yet another speaking tour. “He left quite a mark on this society.”

Unfortunately, by the 1960s, Paderewski’s accomplishments as a performer, composer, diplomat and humanitarian had all but been forgotten. “During communism, he became a persona non grata,” Zebrowski said, due to his dedication to Polish liberty.
Then came the Paderewski Festival.

Joel Peterson’s grandmother, Virginia Peterson, was among the local history buffs who founded the Paderewski Festival in 1991. Originally an offshoot of Paso Robles’ Zinfandel Festival, the festival ran from 1993 to 2000 — three years before the San Simeon earthquake destroyed its primary performance space, the Flamson Middle School auditorium.

Then in 2006, Zebrowski came to the area seeking a venue for a concert featuring British pianist Jonathan Plowright, dubbed the Paderewski Reprise by organizers.  About 100 people attended his recital in the Cass Winery barrel room, including then-Paso Robles Mayor Frank Mecham.

“At the end of the concert, there was a lot of excitement,” Cass recalled. Eager to keep that momentum going, he and Zebrowski teamed up with Peterson to form a board of directors and bring the Paderewski Festival back to life.

Café Musique kicks off the Paderewski Festival on Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. | Paderewski Festival.

Café Musique kicks off the Paderewski Festival on Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. | Paderewski Festival.

 

This year’s festival kicks off Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles with a performance by Central Coast favorites Café Musique, known for their eclectic blend of classical, gypsy, swing and tango music. On Friday, Cass Winery presents a night of music and magic with Polish pianist Igor Lipiński.

Saturday’s festivities include a screening of the 1937 film “Moonlight Sonata,” which features Paderewski performing works by Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt and Ludwig van Beethoven as well as his own “Minuet in G,” and the unveiling of a 790-pound bronze sculpture of Paderewski originally commissioned by local history buff Hy Blythe and created by Pacific Grove artist Jesse Corsaut. Other copies of the statue, which will stand in City Park in downtown Paso Robles, can be found on the grounds of USC, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and the Polish Embassy in Washington D.C., as well as Blythe’s Paso Robles property.

Also on Saturday is a recital at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom featuring the winners of the Paderewski Youth Piano Competition, open to residents of Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.  Students ages 10 to 18 compete for cash prizes, the chance to perform at the Paderewski Festival and the opportunity to participate in a Polish-American cultural exchange program, launched in 2009.

Violinist Kinga Augustyn and pianist Efi Hackmey are slated to headline the festival’s gala concert, also Saturday at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, performing an all-Polish program of music by Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Henryk Wieniawski.

The Paderewski Festival closes Sunday with a guest lecture by Zebrowki and a recital by three Polish exchange students at Halter Ranch Winery in Paso Robles.

Festival organizers said they’re eager to share Paderewski’s local legacy with the world.

“The Polish government is so excited about what we’re doing,” said Peterson, who accompanied Cass, Zebrowski and other Central Coast representatives on a 2008 trip to Paderewki’s old stomping grounds. “They’re so in love with the fact that we’re promoting Polish culture in a small town in the middle of California.”

Zebrowski agreed, adding, “Every diplomat I’ve brought to Paso Robles has been amazed that this small American town so cherishes the memory of its most famous part-time resident.”

Nov
8
Sat
Paderewski Festival, November 5-9 @ Park Cinemas
Nov 8 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

PasoRobles

SATURDAY, NOV. 8

10 am Park Cinemas

2013 Festival Documentary & Impromptu (1991) a feature about Chopin with Hugh Grant and Bernadette Peters.  FREE admission.

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J.Paderewski

 

 

Who was Ignacy Jan Paderewski?

Was he a wild-haired rock star adored by audiences across the globe? A fiercely patriotic politician celebrated as the “George Washington of Poland”? A tireless philanthropist who raised millions in aid for war refugees? Or a world-weary traveler who found peace – and a cure for his arthritic hands — in Paso Robles?

Paderewski’s multi-faceted legacy is the focus of the Paderewski Festival, Thursday through Sunday in Paso Robles. The four-day celebration includes concerts, educational events and a film screening, all recognizing Paderewski’s connection to the Central Coast.

“This man who changed not only our local history, but also world history, was just a lover of Paso Robles,” said festival board member Joel Peterson, director of communications at Hope Family Wines in Paso Robles. “That someone of his character, of his standing in the world, would come back here (repeatedly) was really a testament to what we have here.”

Ignacy Jan Paderewski,center, stands aboard a Pullman rail car in the 1890s. | Paso Robles Collection, Polish Music Center, USC Thornton School of Music.

Born in 1860 in the village of Kurilovka in southern Poland, now the Ukraine, Paderewski made his professional debut in Paris at age 28. Soon he was headlining sold-out concerts across Europe, thrilling audiences with his striking appearance and magnetic stage presence.

“There were hordes of young women who rushed on stage and tried to snip at his auburn-colored hair,” said the festival’s artistic director, Marek Zebrowski, who heads the Polish Music Center at the University of Southern California. British painter Edward Burne-Jones once compared the pale-skinned performer with the wild mop of curls to an angel.

Paderewsi made his American debut in 1891 in New York City. His first tour of the United States and Canada, featuring more than 100 concerts over a four-month period, netted $100,000 – a princely sum in those days.

Paderewski would tour North America 20 times over the next four decades, often traveling in a private Pullman rail car equipped with sleeping quarters, a dining room, kitchen and piano. “The United States was the biggest and most ardent fan of Paderewski,” said Zebrowski, while the pianist admired that country’s democratic government. “America was for many Poles a destination as far as immigration. Paderewski wanted to create … America in (Poland’s) backyard.”

According to Zebrowksi, author of the book “Paderewski in California,” a January 1914 trip solidified Paderewski’s bond with the Central Coast. Seeking relief for his painfully inflamed hands – the result of incessant practicing and performing – the pianist consulted his San Francisco friends, who sent him south to Paso Robles.

Ignacy J. Paderewski grew wine grapes, fruit orchards and almond trees at his two Paso Robles properties, Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena. | Paso Robles Collection, USC Thornton School of Music.

Over the next 25 years, the performer returned to the Central Coast frequently for month-long sojourns, staying at the El Paso Inn — now the Paso Robles Inn — and “taking the cure” at the local natural hot springs. He eventually purchased two large ranches in the area equaling nearly 3,000 acres: Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena, where he grew wine grapes, fruit orchards and almond trees. (Paderewski also purchased more than 2,600 acres in Santa Maria for the purposes of oil drilling exploration.)

In fact, festival board president Steve Cass, owner of Cass Winery in Paso Robles, credits Paderewski with popularizing zinfandel grapes in the area. “He was one of the first winemakers to make a zinfandel of world quality,” Cass said, producing at nearby York Mountain Winery what the Los Angeles Times hailed as one of California’s top 10 wines.

Paderewski’s contributions to culture didn’t end there. When World War I broke out, he traveled the world seeking support for Polish independence – using his celebrity status and well-placed connections to raise millions of dollars in aid for his home country through recitals and speaking engagements.

“He pioneered the artist being the spokesman for the oppressed,” Zebrowski said, long before Bono and Willy Nelson.

Ever the patriot, Paderewski appeared as Poland’s representative at the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, which restored Polish sovereignty after more than a century under Russian, Prussian and Austrian rule. The same year, he served as Poland’s prime minister and minister of foreign affairs before taking on the role of Polish representative to the League of Nations.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski appeared on the cover of Time magazine twice -- on Jan. 23, 1928, and on Feb. 27, 1939. | Time Warner Inc.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski appeared on the cover of Time magazine twice — on Jan. 23, 1928, and on Feb. 27, 1939. | Time Warner Inc.

 

Paderewski retired from politics in 1922, but the 1939 Nazi invasion of Poland forced him back into the spotlight. “All this work … that he did on the behalf of Poland was in ruins (but) he was undaunted,” Zebrowski said of Paderewski, who died in 1941 in New York on yet another speaking tour. “He left quite a mark on this society.”

Unfortunately, by the 1960s, Paderewski’s accomplishments as a performer, composer, diplomat and humanitarian had all but been forgotten. “During communism, he became a persona non grata,” Zebrowski said, due to his dedication to Polish liberty.
Then came the Paderewski Festival.

Joel Peterson’s grandmother, Virginia Peterson, was among the local history buffs who founded the Paderewski Festival in 1991. Originally an offshoot of Paso Robles’ Zinfandel Festival, the festival ran from 1993 to 2000 — three years before the San Simeon earthquake destroyed its primary performance space, the Flamson Middle School auditorium.

Then in 2006, Zebrowski came to the area seeking a venue for a concert featuring British pianist Jonathan Plowright, dubbed the Paderewski Reprise by organizers.  About 100 people attended his recital in the Cass Winery barrel room, including then-Paso Robles Mayor Frank Mecham.

“At the end of the concert, there was a lot of excitement,” Cass recalled. Eager to keep that momentum going, he and Zebrowski teamed up with Peterson to form a board of directors and bring the Paderewski Festival back to life.

Café Musique kicks off the Paderewski Festival on Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. | Paderewski Festival.

Café Musique kicks off the Paderewski Festival on Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. | Paderewski Festival.

 

This year’s festival kicks off Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles with a performance by Central Coast favorites Café Musique, known for their eclectic blend of classical, gypsy, swing and tango music. On Friday, Cass Winery presents a night of music and magic with Polish pianist Igor Lipiński.

Saturday’s festivities include a screening of the 1937 film “Moonlight Sonata,” which features Paderewski performing works by Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt and Ludwig van Beethoven as well as his own “Minuet in G,” and the unveiling of a 790-pound bronze sculpture of Paderewski originally commissioned by local history buff Hy Blythe and created by Pacific Grove artist Jesse Corsaut. Other copies of the statue, which will stand in City Park in downtown Paso Robles, can be found on the grounds of USC, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and the Polish Embassy in Washington D.C., as well as Blythe’s Paso Robles property.

Also on Saturday is a recital at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom featuring the winners of the Paderewski Youth Piano Competition, open to residents of Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.  Students ages 10 to 18 compete for cash prizes, the chance to perform at the Paderewski Festival and the opportunity to participate in a Polish-American cultural exchange program, launched in 2009.

Violinist Kinga Augustyn and pianist Efi Hackmey are slated to headline the festival’s gala concert, also Saturday at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, performing an all-Polish program of music by Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Henryk Wieniawski.

The Paderewski Festival closes Sunday with a guest lecture by Zebrowki and a recital by three Polish exchange students at Halter Ranch Winery in Paso Robles.

Festival organizers said they’re eager to share Paderewski’s local legacy with the world.

“The Polish government is so excited about what we’re doing,” said Peterson, who accompanied Cass, Zebrowski and other Central Coast representatives on a 2008 trip to Paderewki’s old stomping grounds. “They’re so in love with the fact that we’re promoting Polish culture in a small town in the middle of California.”

Zebrowski agreed, adding, “Every diplomat I’ve brought to Paso Robles has been amazed that this small American town so cherishes the memory of its most famous part-time resident.”

Paderewski Festival, November 5-9 @ City Park Gazebo
Nov 8 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

PasoRobles

SATURDAY, NOV. 8

12:30 pm City Park Gazebo

Polish dance group Krakusy present traditional and folk dances.  FREE admission.

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J.Paderewski

 

 

Who was Ignacy Jan Paderewski?

Was he a wild-haired rock star adored by audiences across the globe? A fiercely patriotic politician celebrated as the “George Washington of Poland”? A tireless philanthropist who raised millions in aid for war refugees? Or a world-weary traveler who found peace – and a cure for his arthritic hands — in Paso Robles?

Paderewski’s multi-faceted legacy is the focus of the Paderewski Festival, Thursday through Sunday in Paso Robles. The four-day celebration includes concerts, educational events and a film screening, all recognizing Paderewski’s connection to the Central Coast.

“This man who changed not only our local history, but also world history, was just a lover of Paso Robles,” said festival board member Joel Peterson, director of communications at Hope Family Wines in Paso Robles. “That someone of his character, of his standing in the world, would come back here (repeatedly) was really a testament to what we have here.”

Ignacy Jan Paderewski,center, stands aboard a Pullman rail car in the 1890s. | Paso Robles Collection, Polish Music Center, USC Thornton School of Music.

Born in 1860 in the village of Kurilovka in southern Poland, now the Ukraine, Paderewski made his professional debut in Paris at age 28. Soon he was headlining sold-out concerts across Europe, thrilling audiences with his striking appearance and magnetic stage presence.

“There were hordes of young women who rushed on stage and tried to snip at his auburn-colored hair,” said the festival’s artistic director, Marek Zebrowski, who heads the Polish Music Center at the University of Southern California. British painter Edward Burne-Jones once compared the pale-skinned performer with the wild mop of curls to an angel.

Paderewsi made his American debut in 1891 in New York City. His first tour of the United States and Canada, featuring more than 100 concerts over a four-month period, netted $100,000 – a princely sum in those days.

Paderewski would tour North America 20 times over the next four decades, often traveling in a private Pullman rail car equipped with sleeping quarters, a dining room, kitchen and piano. “The United States was the biggest and most ardent fan of Paderewski,” said Zebrowski, while the pianist admired that country’s democratic government. “America was for many Poles a destination as far as immigration. Paderewski wanted to create … America in (Poland’s) backyard.”

According to Zebrowksi, author of the book “Paderewski in California,” a January 1914 trip solidified Paderewski’s bond with the Central Coast. Seeking relief for his painfully inflamed hands – the result of incessant practicing and performing – the pianist consulted his San Francisco friends, who sent him south to Paso Robles.

Ignacy J. Paderewski grew wine grapes, fruit orchards and almond trees at his two Paso Robles properties, Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena. | Paso Robles Collection, USC Thornton School of Music.

Over the next 25 years, the performer returned to the Central Coast frequently for month-long sojourns, staying at the El Paso Inn — now the Paso Robles Inn — and “taking the cure” at the local natural hot springs. He eventually purchased two large ranches in the area equaling nearly 3,000 acres: Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena, where he grew wine grapes, fruit orchards and almond trees. (Paderewski also purchased more than 2,600 acres in Santa Maria for the purposes of oil drilling exploration.)

In fact, festival board president Steve Cass, owner of Cass Winery in Paso Robles, credits Paderewski with popularizing zinfandel grapes in the area. “He was one of the first winemakers to make a zinfandel of world quality,” Cass said, producing at nearby York Mountain Winery what the Los Angeles Times hailed as one of California’s top 10 wines.

Paderewski’s contributions to culture didn’t end there. When World War I broke out, he traveled the world seeking support for Polish independence – using his celebrity status and well-placed connections to raise millions of dollars in aid for his home country through recitals and speaking engagements.

“He pioneered the artist being the spokesman for the oppressed,” Zebrowski said, long before Bono and Willy Nelson.

Ever the patriot, Paderewski appeared as Poland’s representative at the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, which restored Polish sovereignty after more than a century under Russian, Prussian and Austrian rule. The same year, he served as Poland’s prime minister and minister of foreign affairs before taking on the role of Polish representative to the League of Nations.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski appeared on the cover of Time magazine twice -- on Jan. 23, 1928, and on Feb. 27, 1939. | Time Warner Inc.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski appeared on the cover of Time magazine twice — on Jan. 23, 1928, and on Feb. 27, 1939. | Time Warner Inc.

 

Paderewski retired from politics in 1922, but the 1939 Nazi invasion of Poland forced him back into the spotlight. “All this work … that he did on the behalf of Poland was in ruins (but) he was undaunted,” Zebrowski said of Paderewski, who died in 1941 in New York on yet another speaking tour. “He left quite a mark on this society.”

Unfortunately, by the 1960s, Paderewski’s accomplishments as a performer, composer, diplomat and humanitarian had all but been forgotten. “During communism, he became a persona non grata,” Zebrowski said, due to his dedication to Polish liberty.
Then came the Paderewski Festival.

Joel Peterson’s grandmother, Virginia Peterson, was among the local history buffs who founded the Paderewski Festival in 1991. Originally an offshoot of Paso Robles’ Zinfandel Festival, the festival ran from 1993 to 2000 — three years before the San Simeon earthquake destroyed its primary performance space, the Flamson Middle School auditorium.

Then in 2006, Zebrowski came to the area seeking a venue for a concert featuring British pianist Jonathan Plowright, dubbed the Paderewski Reprise by organizers.  About 100 people attended his recital in the Cass Winery barrel room, including then-Paso Robles Mayor Frank Mecham.

“At the end of the concert, there was a lot of excitement,” Cass recalled. Eager to keep that momentum going, he and Zebrowski teamed up with Peterson to form a board of directors and bring the Paderewski Festival back to life.

Café Musique kicks off the Paderewski Festival on Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. | Paderewski Festival.

Café Musique kicks off the Paderewski Festival on Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. | Paderewski Festival.

 

This year’s festival kicks off Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles with a performance by Central Coast favorites Café Musique, known for their eclectic blend of classical, gypsy, swing and tango music. On Friday, Cass Winery presents a night of music and magic with Polish pianist Igor Lipiński.

Saturday’s festivities include a screening of the 1937 film “Moonlight Sonata,” which features Paderewski performing works by Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt and Ludwig van Beethoven as well as his own “Minuet in G,” and the unveiling of a 790-pound bronze sculpture of Paderewski originally commissioned by local history buff Hy Blythe and created by Pacific Grove artist Jesse Corsaut. Other copies of the statue, which will stand in City Park in downtown Paso Robles, can be found on the grounds of USC, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and the Polish Embassy in Washington D.C., as well as Blythe’s Paso Robles property.

Also on Saturday is a recital at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom featuring the winners of the Paderewski Youth Piano Competition, open to residents of Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.  Students ages 10 to 18 compete for cash prizes, the chance to perform at the Paderewski Festival and the opportunity to participate in a Polish-American cultural exchange program, launched in 2009.

Violinist Kinga Augustyn and pianist Efi Hackmey are slated to headline the festival’s gala concert, also Saturday at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, performing an all-Polish program of music by Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Henryk Wieniawski.

The Paderewski Festival closes Sunday with a guest lecture by Zebrowki and a recital by three Polish exchange students at Halter Ranch Winery in Paso Robles.

Festival organizers said they’re eager to share Paderewski’s local legacy with the world.

“The Polish government is so excited about what we’re doing,” said Peterson, who accompanied Cass, Zebrowski and other Central Coast representatives on a 2008 trip to Paderewki’s old stomping grounds. “They’re so in love with the fact that we’re promoting Polish culture in a small town in the middle of California.”

Zebrowski agreed, adding, “Every diplomat I’ve brought to Paso Robles has been amazed that this small American town so cherishes the memory of its most famous part-time resident.”

Paderewski Festival, November 5-9 @ Paso Robles Inn Ballroom
Nov 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

PasoRobles

SATURDAY, NOV. 8

4 pm Paso Robles Inn Ballroom

Recital of Youth Piano Competition winners.   FREE admission.

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J.Paderewski

 

 

Who was Ignacy Jan Paderewski?

Was he a wild-haired rock star adored by audiences across the globe? A fiercely patriotic politician celebrated as the “George Washington of Poland”? A tireless philanthropist who raised millions in aid for war refugees? Or a world-weary traveler who found peace – and a cure for his arthritic hands — in Paso Robles?

Paderewski’s multi-faceted legacy is the focus of the Paderewski Festival, Thursday through Sunday in Paso Robles. The four-day celebration includes concerts, educational events and a film screening, all recognizing Paderewski’s connection to the Central Coast.

“This man who changed not only our local history, but also world history, was just a lover of Paso Robles,” said festival board member Joel Peterson, director of communications at Hope Family Wines in Paso Robles. “That someone of his character, of his standing in the world, would come back here (repeatedly) was really a testament to what we have here.”

Ignacy Jan Paderewski,center, stands aboard a Pullman rail car in the 1890s. | Paso Robles Collection, Polish Music Center, USC Thornton School of Music.

Born in 1860 in the village of Kurilovka in southern Poland, now the Ukraine, Paderewski made his professional debut in Paris at age 28. Soon he was headlining sold-out concerts across Europe, thrilling audiences with his striking appearance and magnetic stage presence.

“There were hordes of young women who rushed on stage and tried to snip at his auburn-colored hair,” said the festival’s artistic director, Marek Zebrowski, who heads the Polish Music Center at the University of Southern California. British painter Edward Burne-Jones once compared the pale-skinned performer with the wild mop of curls to an angel.

Paderewsi made his American debut in 1891 in New York City. His first tour of the United States and Canada, featuring more than 100 concerts over a four-month period, netted $100,000 – a princely sum in those days.

Paderewski would tour North America 20 times over the next four decades, often traveling in a private Pullman rail car equipped with sleeping quarters, a dining room, kitchen and piano. “The United States was the biggest and most ardent fan of Paderewski,” said Zebrowski, while the pianist admired that country’s democratic government. “America was for many Poles a destination as far as immigration. Paderewski wanted to create … America in (Poland’s) backyard.”

According to Zebrowksi, author of the book “Paderewski in California,” a January 1914 trip solidified Paderewski’s bond with the Central Coast. Seeking relief for his painfully inflamed hands – the result of incessant practicing and performing – the pianist consulted his San Francisco friends, who sent him south to Paso Robles.

Ignacy J. Paderewski grew wine grapes, fruit orchards and almond trees at his two Paso Robles properties, Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena. | Paso Robles Collection, USC Thornton School of Music.

Over the next 25 years, the performer returned to the Central Coast frequently for month-long sojourns, staying at the El Paso Inn — now the Paso Robles Inn — and “taking the cure” at the local natural hot springs. He eventually purchased two large ranches in the area equaling nearly 3,000 acres: Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena, where he grew wine grapes, fruit orchards and almond trees. (Paderewski also purchased more than 2,600 acres in Santa Maria for the purposes of oil drilling exploration.)

In fact, festival board president Steve Cass, owner of Cass Winery in Paso Robles, credits Paderewski with popularizing zinfandel grapes in the area. “He was one of the first winemakers to make a zinfandel of world quality,” Cass said, producing at nearby York Mountain Winery what the Los Angeles Times hailed as one of California’s top 10 wines.

Paderewski’s contributions to culture didn’t end there. When World War I broke out, he traveled the world seeking support for Polish independence – using his celebrity status and well-placed connections to raise millions of dollars in aid for his home country through recitals and speaking engagements.

“He pioneered the artist being the spokesman for the oppressed,” Zebrowski said, long before Bono and Willy Nelson.

Ever the patriot, Paderewski appeared as Poland’s representative at the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, which restored Polish sovereignty after more than a century under Russian, Prussian and Austrian rule. The same year, he served as Poland’s prime minister and minister of foreign affairs before taking on the role of Polish representative to the League of Nations.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski appeared on the cover of Time magazine twice -- on Jan. 23, 1928, and on Feb. 27, 1939. | Time Warner Inc.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski appeared on the cover of Time magazine twice — on Jan. 23, 1928, and on Feb. 27, 1939. | Time Warner Inc.

 

Paderewski retired from politics in 1922, but the 1939 Nazi invasion of Poland forced him back into the spotlight. “All this work … that he did on the behalf of Poland was in ruins (but) he was undaunted,” Zebrowski said of Paderewski, who died in 1941 in New York on yet another speaking tour. “He left quite a mark on this society.”

Unfortunately, by the 1960s, Paderewski’s accomplishments as a performer, composer, diplomat and humanitarian had all but been forgotten. “During communism, he became a persona non grata,” Zebrowski said, due to his dedication to Polish liberty.
Then came the Paderewski Festival.

Joel Peterson’s grandmother, Virginia Peterson, was among the local history buffs who founded the Paderewski Festival in 1991. Originally an offshoot of Paso Robles’ Zinfandel Festival, the festival ran from 1993 to 2000 — three years before the San Simeon earthquake destroyed its primary performance space, the Flamson Middle School auditorium.

Then in 2006, Zebrowski came to the area seeking a venue for a concert featuring British pianist Jonathan Plowright, dubbed the Paderewski Reprise by organizers.  About 100 people attended his recital in the Cass Winery barrel room, including then-Paso Robles Mayor Frank Mecham.

“At the end of the concert, there was a lot of excitement,” Cass recalled. Eager to keep that momentum going, he and Zebrowski teamed up with Peterson to form a board of directors and bring the Paderewski Festival back to life.

Café Musique kicks off the Paderewski Festival on Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. | Paderewski Festival.

Café Musique kicks off the Paderewski Festival on Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. | Paderewski Festival.

 

This year’s festival kicks off Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles with a performance by Central Coast favorites Café Musique, known for their eclectic blend of classical, gypsy, swing and tango music. On Friday, Cass Winery presents a night of music and magic with Polish pianist Igor Lipiński.

Saturday’s festivities include a screening of the 1937 film “Moonlight Sonata,” which features Paderewski performing works by Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt and Ludwig van Beethoven as well as his own “Minuet in G,” and the unveiling of a 790-pound bronze sculpture of Paderewski originally commissioned by local history buff Hy Blythe and created by Pacific Grove artist Jesse Corsaut. Other copies of the statue, which will stand in City Park in downtown Paso Robles, can be found on the grounds of USC, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and the Polish Embassy in Washington D.C., as well as Blythe’s Paso Robles property.

Also on Saturday is a recital at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom featuring the winners of the Paderewski Youth Piano Competition, open to residents of Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.  Students ages 10 to 18 compete for cash prizes, the chance to perform at the Paderewski Festival and the opportunity to participate in a Polish-American cultural exchange program, launched in 2009.

Violinist Kinga Augustyn and pianist Efi Hackmey are slated to headline the festival’s gala concert, also Saturday at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, performing an all-Polish program of music by Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Henryk Wieniawski.

The Paderewski Festival closes Sunday with a guest lecture by Zebrowki and a recital by three Polish exchange students at Halter Ranch Winery in Paso Robles.

Festival organizers said they’re eager to share Paderewski’s local legacy with the world.

“The Polish government is so excited about what we’re doing,” said Peterson, who accompanied Cass, Zebrowski and other Central Coast representatives on a 2008 trip to Paderewki’s old stomping grounds. “They’re so in love with the fact that we’re promoting Polish culture in a small town in the middle of California.”

Zebrowski agreed, adding, “Every diplomat I’ve brought to Paso Robles has been amazed that this small American town so cherishes the memory of its most famous part-time resident.”

Paderewski Festival, November 5-9 @ Paso Robles Inn Ballroom
Nov 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

PasoRobles

SATURDAY, NOV. 8

7:30 pm Paso Robles Inn Ballroom

Gala Concert with pianist Zheeyoung Moon; solo piano works by Chopin, Paderewski & others.   | Tickets: $30; 18 & under free.

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J.Paderewski

 

 

Who was Ignacy Jan Paderewski?

Was he a wild-haired rock star adored by audiences across the globe? A fiercely patriotic politician celebrated as the “George Washington of Poland”? A tireless philanthropist who raised millions in aid for war refugees? Or a world-weary traveler who found peace – and a cure for his arthritic hands — in Paso Robles?

Paderewski’s multi-faceted legacy is the focus of the Paderewski Festival, Thursday through Sunday in Paso Robles. The four-day celebration includes concerts, educational events and a film screening, all recognizing Paderewski’s connection to the Central Coast.

“This man who changed not only our local history, but also world history, was just a lover of Paso Robles,” said festival board member Joel Peterson, director of communications at Hope Family Wines in Paso Robles. “That someone of his character, of his standing in the world, would come back here (repeatedly) was really a testament to what we have here.”

Ignacy Jan Paderewski,center, stands aboard a Pullman rail car in the 1890s. | Paso Robles Collection, Polish Music Center, USC Thornton School of Music.

Born in 1860 in the village of Kurilovka in southern Poland, now the Ukraine, Paderewski made his professional debut in Paris at age 28. Soon he was headlining sold-out concerts across Europe, thrilling audiences with his striking appearance and magnetic stage presence.

“There were hordes of young women who rushed on stage and tried to snip at his auburn-colored hair,” said the festival’s artistic director, Marek Zebrowski, who heads the Polish Music Center at the University of Southern California. British painter Edward Burne-Jones once compared the pale-skinned performer with the wild mop of curls to an angel.

Paderewsi made his American debut in 1891 in New York City. His first tour of the United States and Canada, featuring more than 100 concerts over a four-month period, netted $100,000 – a princely sum in those days.

Paderewski would tour North America 20 times over the next four decades, often traveling in a private Pullman rail car equipped with sleeping quarters, a dining room, kitchen and piano. “The United States was the biggest and most ardent fan of Paderewski,” said Zebrowski, while the pianist admired that country’s democratic government. “America was for many Poles a destination as far as immigration. Paderewski wanted to create … America in (Poland’s) backyard.”

According to Zebrowksi, author of the book “Paderewski in California,” a January 1914 trip solidified Paderewski’s bond with the Central Coast. Seeking relief for his painfully inflamed hands – the result of incessant practicing and performing – the pianist consulted his San Francisco friends, who sent him south to Paso Robles.

Ignacy J. Paderewski grew wine grapes, fruit orchards and almond trees at his two Paso Robles properties, Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena. | Paso Robles Collection, USC Thornton School of Music.

Over the next 25 years, the performer returned to the Central Coast frequently for month-long sojourns, staying at the El Paso Inn — now the Paso Robles Inn — and “taking the cure” at the local natural hot springs. He eventually purchased two large ranches in the area equaling nearly 3,000 acres: Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena, where he grew wine grapes, fruit orchards and almond trees. (Paderewski also purchased more than 2,600 acres in Santa Maria for the purposes of oil drilling exploration.)

In fact, festival board president Steve Cass, owner of Cass Winery in Paso Robles, credits Paderewski with popularizing zinfandel grapes in the area. “He was one of the first winemakers to make a zinfandel of world quality,” Cass said, producing at nearby York Mountain Winery what the Los Angeles Times hailed as one of California’s top 10 wines.

Paderewski’s contributions to culture didn’t end there. When World War I broke out, he traveled the world seeking support for Polish independence – using his celebrity status and well-placed connections to raise millions of dollars in aid for his home country through recitals and speaking engagements.

“He pioneered the artist being the spokesman for the oppressed,” Zebrowski said, long before Bono and Willy Nelson.

Ever the patriot, Paderewski appeared as Poland’s representative at the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, which restored Polish sovereignty after more than a century under Russian, Prussian and Austrian rule. The same year, he served as Poland’s prime minister and minister of foreign affairs before taking on the role of Polish representative to the League of Nations.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski appeared on the cover of Time magazine twice -- on Jan. 23, 1928, and on Feb. 27, 1939. | Time Warner Inc.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski appeared on the cover of Time magazine twice — on Jan. 23, 1928, and on Feb. 27, 1939. | Time Warner Inc.

 

Paderewski retired from politics in 1922, but the 1939 Nazi invasion of Poland forced him back into the spotlight. “All this work … that he did on the behalf of Poland was in ruins (but) he was undaunted,” Zebrowski said of Paderewski, who died in 1941 in New York on yet another speaking tour. “He left quite a mark on this society.”

Unfortunately, by the 1960s, Paderewski’s accomplishments as a performer, composer, diplomat and humanitarian had all but been forgotten. “During communism, he became a persona non grata,” Zebrowski said, due to his dedication to Polish liberty.
Then came the Paderewski Festival.

Joel Peterson’s grandmother, Virginia Peterson, was among the local history buffs who founded the Paderewski Festival in 1991. Originally an offshoot of Paso Robles’ Zinfandel Festival, the festival ran from 1993 to 2000 — three years before the San Simeon earthquake destroyed its primary performance space, the Flamson Middle School auditorium.

Then in 2006, Zebrowski came to the area seeking a venue for a concert featuring British pianist Jonathan Plowright, dubbed the Paderewski Reprise by organizers.  About 100 people attended his recital in the Cass Winery barrel room, including then-Paso Robles Mayor Frank Mecham.

“At the end of the concert, there was a lot of excitement,” Cass recalled. Eager to keep that momentum going, he and Zebrowski teamed up with Peterson to form a board of directors and bring the Paderewski Festival back to life.

Café Musique kicks off the Paderewski Festival on Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. | Paderewski Festival.

Café Musique kicks off the Paderewski Festival on Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. | Paderewski Festival.

 

This year’s festival kicks off Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles with a performance by Central Coast favorites Café Musique, known for their eclectic blend of classical, gypsy, swing and tango music. On Friday, Cass Winery presents a night of music and magic with Polish pianist Igor Lipiński.

Saturday’s festivities include a screening of the 1937 film “Moonlight Sonata,” which features Paderewski performing works by Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt and Ludwig van Beethoven as well as his own “Minuet in G,” and the unveiling of a 790-pound bronze sculpture of Paderewski originally commissioned by local history buff Hy Blythe and created by Pacific Grove artist Jesse Corsaut. Other copies of the statue, which will stand in City Park in downtown Paso Robles, can be found on the grounds of USC, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and the Polish Embassy in Washington D.C., as well as Blythe’s Paso Robles property.

Also on Saturday is a recital at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom featuring the winners of the Paderewski Youth Piano Competition, open to residents of Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.  Students ages 10 to 18 compete for cash prizes, the chance to perform at the Paderewski Festival and the opportunity to participate in a Polish-American cultural exchange program, launched in 2009.

Violinist Kinga Augustyn and pianist Efi Hackmey are slated to headline the festival’s gala concert, also Saturday at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, performing an all-Polish program of music by Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Henryk Wieniawski.

The Paderewski Festival closes Sunday with a guest lecture by Zebrowki and a recital by three Polish exchange students at Halter Ranch Winery in Paso Robles.

Festival organizers said they’re eager to share Paderewski’s local legacy with the world.

“The Polish government is so excited about what we’re doing,” said Peterson, who accompanied Cass, Zebrowski and other Central Coast representatives on a 2008 trip to Paderewki’s old stomping grounds. “They’re so in love with the fact that we’re promoting Polish culture in a small town in the middle of California.”

Zebrowski agreed, adding, “Every diplomat I’ve brought to Paso Robles has been amazed that this small American town so cherishes the memory of its most famous part-time resident.”

Nov
9
Sun
Paderewski Festival, November 5-9 @ Paso Robles Inn Ballroom
Nov 9 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

PasoRobles

SUNDAY, NOV. 9 

11 am Paso Robles Inn Ballroom

Recital of Exchange Program pianists from Poland and the Ukraine.    FREE admission.

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J.Paderewski

 

 

Who was Ignacy Jan Paderewski?

Was he a wild-haired rock star adored by audiences across the globe? A fiercely patriotic politician celebrated as the “George Washington of Poland”? A tireless philanthropist who raised millions in aid for war refugees? Or a world-weary traveler who found peace – and a cure for his arthritic hands — in Paso Robles?

Paderewski’s multi-faceted legacy is the focus of the Paderewski Festival, Thursday through Sunday in Paso Robles. The four-day celebration includes concerts, educational events and a film screening, all recognizing Paderewski’s connection to the Central Coast.

“This man who changed not only our local history, but also world history, was just a lover of Paso Robles,” said festival board member Joel Peterson, director of communications at Hope Family Wines in Paso Robles. “That someone of his character, of his standing in the world, would come back here (repeatedly) was really a testament to what we have here.”

Ignacy Jan Paderewski,center, stands aboard a Pullman rail car in the 1890s. | Paso Robles Collection, Polish Music Center, USC Thornton School of Music.

Born in 1860 in the village of Kurilovka in southern Poland, now the Ukraine, Paderewski made his professional debut in Paris at age 28. Soon he was headlining sold-out concerts across Europe, thrilling audiences with his striking appearance and magnetic stage presence.

“There were hordes of young women who rushed on stage and tried to snip at his auburn-colored hair,” said the festival’s artistic director, Marek Zebrowski, who heads the Polish Music Center at the University of Southern California. British painter Edward Burne-Jones once compared the pale-skinned performer with the wild mop of curls to an angel.

Paderewsi made his American debut in 1891 in New York City. His first tour of the United States and Canada, featuring more than 100 concerts over a four-month period, netted $100,000 – a princely sum in those days.

Paderewski would tour North America 20 times over the next four decades, often traveling in a private Pullman rail car equipped with sleeping quarters, a dining room, kitchen and piano. “The United States was the biggest and most ardent fan of Paderewski,” said Zebrowski, while the pianist admired that country’s democratic government. “America was for many Poles a destination as far as immigration. Paderewski wanted to create … America in (Poland’s) backyard.”

According to Zebrowksi, author of the book “Paderewski in California,” a January 1914 trip solidified Paderewski’s bond with the Central Coast. Seeking relief for his painfully inflamed hands – the result of incessant practicing and performing – the pianist consulted his San Francisco friends, who sent him south to Paso Robles.

Ignacy J. Paderewski grew wine grapes, fruit orchards and almond trees at his two Paso Robles properties, Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena. | Paso Robles Collection, USC Thornton School of Music.

Over the next 25 years, the performer returned to the Central Coast frequently for month-long sojourns, staying at the El Paso Inn — now the Paso Robles Inn — and “taking the cure” at the local natural hot springs. He eventually purchased two large ranches in the area equaling nearly 3,000 acres: Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena, where he grew wine grapes, fruit orchards and almond trees. (Paderewski also purchased more than 2,600 acres in Santa Maria for the purposes of oil drilling exploration.)

In fact, festival board president Steve Cass, owner of Cass Winery in Paso Robles, credits Paderewski with popularizing zinfandel grapes in the area. “He was one of the first winemakers to make a zinfandel of world quality,” Cass said, producing at nearby York Mountain Winery what the Los Angeles Times hailed as one of California’s top 10 wines.

Paderewski’s contributions to culture didn’t end there. When World War I broke out, he traveled the world seeking support for Polish independence – using his celebrity status and well-placed connections to raise millions of dollars in aid for his home country through recitals and speaking engagements.

“He pioneered the artist being the spokesman for the oppressed,” Zebrowski said, long before Bono and Willy Nelson.

Ever the patriot, Paderewski appeared as Poland’s representative at the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, which restored Polish sovereignty after more than a century under Russian, Prussian and Austrian rule. The same year, he served as Poland’s prime minister and minister of foreign affairs before taking on the role of Polish representative to the League of Nations.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski appeared on the cover of Time magazine twice -- on Jan. 23, 1928, and on Feb. 27, 1939. | Time Warner Inc.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski appeared on the cover of Time magazine twice — on Jan. 23, 1928, and on Feb. 27, 1939. | Time Warner Inc.

 

Paderewski retired from politics in 1922, but the 1939 Nazi invasion of Poland forced him back into the spotlight. “All this work … that he did on the behalf of Poland was in ruins (but) he was undaunted,” Zebrowski said of Paderewski, who died in 1941 in New York on yet another speaking tour. “He left quite a mark on this society.”

Unfortunately, by the 1960s, Paderewski’s accomplishments as a performer, composer, diplomat and humanitarian had all but been forgotten. “During communism, he became a persona non grata,” Zebrowski said, due to his dedication to Polish liberty.
Then came the Paderewski Festival.

Joel Peterson’s grandmother, Virginia Peterson, was among the local history buffs who founded the Paderewski Festival in 1991. Originally an offshoot of Paso Robles’ Zinfandel Festival, the festival ran from 1993 to 2000 — three years before the San Simeon earthquake destroyed its primary performance space, the Flamson Middle School auditorium.

Then in 2006, Zebrowski came to the area seeking a venue for a concert featuring British pianist Jonathan Plowright, dubbed the Paderewski Reprise by organizers.  About 100 people attended his recital in the Cass Winery barrel room, including then-Paso Robles Mayor Frank Mecham.

“At the end of the concert, there was a lot of excitement,” Cass recalled. Eager to keep that momentum going, he and Zebrowski teamed up with Peterson to form a board of directors and bring the Paderewski Festival back to life.

Café Musique kicks off the Paderewski Festival on Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. | Paderewski Festival.

Café Musique kicks off the Paderewski Festival on Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles. | Paderewski Festival.

 

This year’s festival kicks off Thursday at Vina Robles Winery in Paso Robles with a performance by Central Coast favorites Café Musique, known for their eclectic blend of classical, gypsy, swing and tango music. On Friday, Cass Winery presents a night of music and magic with Polish pianist Igor Lipiński.

Saturday’s festivities include a screening of the 1937 film “Moonlight Sonata,” which features Paderewski performing works by Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt and Ludwig van Beethoven as well as his own “Minuet in G,” and the unveiling of a 790-pound bronze sculpture of Paderewski originally commissioned by local history buff Hy Blythe and created by Pacific Grove artist Jesse Corsaut. Other copies of the statue, which will stand in City Park in downtown Paso Robles, can be found on the grounds of USC, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and the Polish Embassy in Washington D.C., as well as Blythe’s Paso Robles property.

Also on Saturday is a recital at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom featuring the winners of the Paderewski Youth Piano Competition, open to residents of Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.  Students ages 10 to 18 compete for cash prizes, the chance to perform at the Paderewski Festival and the opportunity to participate in a Polish-American cultural exchange program, launched in 2009.

Violinist Kinga Augustyn and pianist Efi Hackmey are slated to headline the festival’s gala concert, also Saturday at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, performing an all-Polish program of music by Paderewski, Karol Szymanowski and Henryk Wieniawski.

The Paderewski Festival closes Sunday with a guest lecture by Zebrowki and a recital by three Polish exchange students at Halter Ranch Winery in Paso Robles.

Festival organizers said they’re eager to share Paderewski’s local legacy with the world.

“The Polish government is so excited about what we’re doing,” said Peterson, who accompanied Cass, Zebrowski and other Central Coast representatives on a 2008 trip to Paderewki’s old stomping grounds. “They’re so in love with the fact that we’re promoting Polish culture in a small town in the middle of California.”

Zebrowski agreed, adding, “Every diplomat I’ve brought to Paso Robles has been amazed that this small American town so cherishes the memory of its most famous part-time resident.”

May
9
Sat
Kuba Stankiewicz & Darek ‘Oles’ Oleszkiewicz in concert! @ JAZZ IN THE BALLROOM, Park Ballroom, Paso Robles
May 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Nov
5
Thu
Paderewski Festival, Paso Robles.
Nov 5 @ 12:00 pm – 10:45 pm
Paderewski Festival 2015 @ Paso Robles Various locations
Nov 5 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
padfest
Paderewski Festival Announces 2015 Schedule of Events
Paderewski Festival 2015
THURSDAY, NOV. 5
6:30 pm wine reception, 7 pm concert | Cass Winery
Concert with the City of Angels Saxophone Quartet celebrating the history of the saxophone. No host wine reception and buffet dinner
Tickets $30, Seniors & Wine Industry $20,  Students $10, Complimentary under 18 yrs old
 
FRIDAY, NOV. 6
2 pm | Park Ballroom
Master class with pianist Thomas Pandolfi
Free
7 pm | Park Ballroom
Wine reception and concert with Motion Trio Ensemble, featuring works by Lutosławski, Górecki, Kilar and others
 Tickets $30, Seniors & Wine Industry $20,  Students $10, Complimentary under 18 yrs old
SATURDAY, NOV. 7
10 am | Park Cinema
Screening of Please find – Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (dir. Violetta Rotter-Kozera, 2012), an exploration of this enigmatic composer and his unexpected worldwide fame
Free
4 pm | Ballroom, Paso Robles Inn
Recital of Youth Piano Competition winners
Free
7:30 pm | Ballroom, Paso Robles Inn
Gala Concert with pianist Thomas Pandolfi, featuring works by Chopin, Paderewski and Gershwin. Wine reception by Epoch Estates
Tickets $30, Seniors & Wine Industry $20,  Students $10, Complimentary under 18 yrs old
 
Sunday, Nov. 8
12 pm | Cass Winery
Recital of Exchange Program participants Daniel Ha and Kannan Freyaldenhoven; Paderewski Lecture Series: Paderewski’s Influence on Paso Robles and History of the Festival. Wine reception and appetizers
Free
Nov
6
Fri
Paderewski Festival, Paso Robles.
Nov 6 @ 12:00 pm – 10:45 pm
Paderewski Festival 2015 @ Paso Robles Various locations
Nov 6 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
padfest
Paderewski Festival Announces 2015 Schedule of Events
Paderewski Festival 2015
THURSDAY, NOV. 5
6:30 pm wine reception, 7 pm concert | Cass Winery
Concert with the City of Angels Saxophone Quartet celebrating the history of the saxophone. No host wine reception and buffet dinner
Tickets $30, Seniors & Wine Industry $20,  Students $10, Complimentary under 18 yrs old
 
FRIDAY, NOV. 6
2 pm | Park Ballroom
Master class with pianist Thomas Pandolfi
Free
7 pm | Park Ballroom
Wine reception and concert with Motion Trio Ensemble, featuring works by Lutosławski, Górecki, Kilar and others
 Tickets $30, Seniors & Wine Industry $20,  Students $10, Complimentary under 18 yrs old
SATURDAY, NOV. 7
10 am | Park Cinema
Screening of Please find – Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (dir. Violetta Rotter-Kozera, 2012), an exploration of this enigmatic composer and his unexpected worldwide fame
Free
4 pm | Ballroom, Paso Robles Inn
Recital of Youth Piano Competition winners
Free
7:30 pm | Ballroom, Paso Robles Inn
Gala Concert with pianist Thomas Pandolfi, featuring works by Chopin, Paderewski and Gershwin. Wine reception by Epoch Estates
Tickets $30, Seniors & Wine Industry $20,  Students $10, Complimentary under 18 yrs old
 
Sunday, Nov. 8
12 pm | Cass Winery
Recital of Exchange Program participants Daniel Ha and Kannan Freyaldenhoven; Paderewski Lecture Series: Paderewski’s Influence on Paso Robles and History of the Festival. Wine reception and appetizers
Free
Nov
7
Sat
Paderewski Festival, Paso Robles.
Nov 7 @ 12:00 pm – 10:45 pm
Paderewski Festival 2015 @ Paso Robles Various locations
Nov 7 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
padfest
Paderewski Festival Announces 2015 Schedule of Events
Paderewski Festival 2015
THURSDAY, NOV. 5
6:30 pm wine reception, 7 pm concert | Cass Winery
Concert with the City of Angels Saxophone Quartet celebrating the history of the saxophone. No host wine reception and buffet dinner
Tickets $30, Seniors & Wine Industry $20,  Students $10, Complimentary under 18 yrs old
 
FRIDAY, NOV. 6
2 pm | Park Ballroom
Master class with pianist Thomas Pandolfi
Free
7 pm | Park Ballroom
Wine reception and concert with Motion Trio Ensemble, featuring works by Lutosławski, Górecki, Kilar and others
 Tickets $30, Seniors & Wine Industry $20,  Students $10, Complimentary under 18 yrs old
SATURDAY, NOV. 7
10 am | Park Cinema
Screening of Please find – Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (dir. Violetta Rotter-Kozera, 2012), an exploration of this enigmatic composer and his unexpected worldwide fame
Free
4 pm | Ballroom, Paso Robles Inn
Recital of Youth Piano Competition winners
Free
7:30 pm | Ballroom, Paso Robles Inn
Gala Concert with pianist Thomas Pandolfi, featuring works by Chopin, Paderewski and Gershwin. Wine reception by Epoch Estates
Tickets $30, Seniors & Wine Industry $20,  Students $10, Complimentary under 18 yrs old
 
Sunday, Nov. 8
12 pm | Cass Winery
Recital of Exchange Program participants Daniel Ha and Kannan Freyaldenhoven; Paderewski Lecture Series: Paderewski’s Influence on Paso Robles and History of the Festival. Wine reception and appetizers
Free
Nov
8
Sun
Paderewski Festival, Paso Robles.
Nov 8 @ 12:00 pm – 10:45 pm
Jul
2
Sat
Paso Pops Independence Day Concert @ Paso Robles Horse Park
Jul 2 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Paso Pops Independence Day Concert announced in Paso Robles

As a long time fan of the Paderewski Festival, here in Paso Robles, we’re happy to announce to you a new concert with a “Pops” theme. To be held Saturday, July 2 at the brand new Paso Robles Horse Park.  Its  an event not to be missed, featuring the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Paderewski Competition winners, Fireworks, great wines, great beers, and lots of family friendly activities

 

To watch a fun promo video, visit pasoroblesdailynews.com

For tickets and more information, visit www.paderewskifest.com/pasopops

 

 

Steve Cass

Paderewski Festival Board of Directors

Nov
2
Wed
Paderewski Festival 2016 @ Paso Robles Various locations
Nov 2 @ 12:00 pm – Nov 6 @ 10:00 pm

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THE 2016 PADEREWSKI FESTIVAL IN PASO ROBLES

Wednesday, November 2:

  • Paderewski Festival Youth Exchange students from Poland and Ukraine in concert at Paso Robles High School (by invitation only).

Thursday, November 3:

  • Tomines Ensemble performing guitar and violin music by Paderewski, Piazzola, Ryterband and Tansman at Cass Winery 5:30 PM buffet dinner (additional fee), 6:30 PM no-host wine (Cass) reception, concert at 7 PM.

Friday, November 4:

  • Master Class with Tadeusz Domanowski, piano, at Park Ballroom in Paso Robles. 2 PM. Free.
  • Maestro Adam Gilbert and USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia presenting a progam of Early Polish Music at Park Ballroom in Paso Robles.  6:30 PM wine (Adelaida Cellars) reception, concert at 7 PM.

Saturday, November 5:

  • Film screening of “Wojciech Kilar-Credo” at Park Cinemas in Paso Robles. 10 AM.  Free.
  • Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition Winners’ Recital at Paso Robles Inn  Ballroom.  4 PM.  Free.
  • Paderewski Festival Gala Recital with Tadeusz Domanowski, pianist, performing works by Chopin, Paderewski, Ryterband, Gershwin and Bizet at Paso Robles Inn Ballroom in Paso Robles, 7 PM wine (Epoch Estates) reception, concert at 7:30 PM.

Sunday, November 6:

  • Friends of Paderewski (ONLY) Tour, Brunch and Wine Tasting at Halter Ranch Vineyard. 10:30-2 PM.
  • Paderewski Birthday Celebration with Maestro Greg Magie, Symphony of the Vines and Paderewski Festival Youth Exchange Program students as solo guest artists performing their arrangements of folk songs for piano and orchestra.  The Symphony will perform music by Lutosławski and Beethoven at Park Ballroom in Paso Robles.  3 PM. Ticket sold through Symphony of the Vines.

***

PERFORMERS OF 2016 PADEREWSKI FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED

 TADEUSZ DOMANOWSKI
TOMINES ENSEMBLE
USC THORNTON BAROQUE SINFONIA
AND SYMPHONY OF THE VINES

The 2016 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles celebrates the legacy of Paso Robles’ most famous resident, Ignacy Jan Paderewski – virtuoso pianist, composer, international politician, local landowner, grower and winemaker – with five days of concerts and special events featuring internationally-renowned performers. Held in venues throughout Paso Robles, California from November 2-6, 2016, this year’s Festival line-up includes performances by young pianists from California’s Central Coast and Cultural Exchange Program students from Poland and Ukraine, as well as a piano master class, film screening, and wine tasting opportunities.

Admission ranges from free for children under 18* to $40 for Premium Admission, $35 for General Admission, $25 for Seniors over 60 and Wine Industry, and $5 for Students 18 and over with ID.  (*Children under 18 are free with paid adult ticket; children must be reserved on Eventbrite.)  Friends of Paderewski Festival Passes with preferred seating at all events are $225. Tickets may be purchased online at www.paderewskifest.com or by calling (805) 235-5409.

This year’s Saturday, November 5 Gala Concert performer is pianist Tadeusz Domanowski. Born in Poland, he is a New York-based artist who has toured extensively over the past decade as soloist throughout Europe, America and Asia. He will present works by Chopin, Paderewski, Ryterband, Gershwin and Bizet at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. Gala Concert sponsor Epoch Estate Wines will pour wines prior to the concert.  On Friday, November 6 at the historic Park Ballroom in downtown Paso Robles, Mr. Domanowski will also conduct a 2 p.m. piano master class, free and open to piano students and the general public.

The 2016 Festival opens Wednesday, November 2, with an invitation-only concert at Paso Robles High School featuring Cultural Exchange Program students from Poland and Ukraine.  This Exchange Program is jointly administered by the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, the Polish-Ukrainian Paderewski Festival in Warsaw and Lviv, the Wspólnota Polska Organization in Warsaw, and the Province of Tarnów.

The first public event will be a concert on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m. at Cass Winery with the Tomines Ensemble, featuring Polish guitarist Tomasz Fechner, Korean violist YuEun Kim and German guitarist Ines Thomé performing guitar and violin music by Paderewski, Piazzola, Ryterband and Tansman.  A no-host reception with Cass wines and a gourmet meal available for purchase will precede the concert.

On Friday, November 4, the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia—an ensemble of period instruments and voices specializing in music from the late 16th through mid-18th centuries led by Rotem Gilbert—will present a program of early Polish music at the Park Ballroom in downtown Paso Robles at 7 p.m.  Adelaida Vineyards & Winery will pour wines prior to the concert.

Promoting music appreciation among young members of the community and fostering growth of the local talent are important goals of the Paderewski Festival. It was Paderewski’s wish to establish a music school in Paso with free tuition for all students. Although his plans did not materialize during Paderewski’s lifetime, since 2007 the Festival has organized a Youth Piano Competition for pianists residing in four Central Coast counties. Winners of this year’s auditions (to be held on October 22) will be presented during a Festival recital on Saturday, November 5 at 4 p.m. in the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom. Admission is free.

Since 2009, the Paderewski Festival and the Province of Tarnów in Poland have also hosted a Cultural Exchange Program. Participants selected from among Festival Youth Piano Competition winners and their counterparts in Poland and Ukraine travel in alternating years to Paso Robles and to Paderewski’s manor house in Kąśna Dolna, Poland, with an itinerary that includes performances in Krakow and Warsaw.

The Festival will conclude on Sunday, November 6, at 3 p.m. with a Paderewski Birthday Celebration featuring Maestro Greg Magie and Symphony of the Vineswith Paderewski Festival Cultural Exchange Program students as solo guest artists.  Daniel Ha and Kannan Freyaldenhoven from the Central Coast, Sasha Dzvinkovsky and Yulia Medynska from Ukraine, and Magdalena Kuropatwa from Poland will perform their own orchestral arrangements of American, Polish and Ukrainian folksongs.  The Symphony will perform music by Lutosławski and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, featuring French soloist Brigitte Armenier, at Park Ballroom in Paso Robles. Individual tickets for this concert are available only through Symphony of the Vines, www.symphonyofthevines.org, however they are included in the Friends of Paderewski Pass.

The Festival also will feature a free film screening on Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m. at Park Cinemas in downtown Paso Robles. Wojciech Kilar—Credo is a recent documentary about Wojciech Kilar (1932-2013), a noted composer of concert and film music, who collaborated with such directors as Roman Polański, Francis Ford Coppola, and Jane Campion. The screening will be preceded with a short documentary from the 2014 Paderewski Festival directed by David Guzik.

To purchase tickets for the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, CLICK HERE.

To volunteer, please contact Gracie Rey at info@paderewskifest.com  or call her at 805-235-5409.

Nov
3
Thu
Paderewski Festival 2016 @ Paso Robles Various locations
Nov 3 @ 12:00 pm – Nov 7 @ 9:00 pm

paderew

THE 2016 PADEREWSKI FESTIVAL IN PASO ROBLES

Wednesday, November 2:

  • Paderewski Festival Youth Exchange students from Poland and Ukraine in concert at Paso Robles High School (by invitation only).

Thursday, November 3:

  • Tomines Ensemble performing guitar and violin music by Paderewski, Piazzola, Ryterband and Tansman at Cass Winery 5:30 PM buffet dinner (additional fee), 6:30 PM no-host wine (Cass) reception, concert at 7 PM.

Friday, November 4:

  • Master Class with Tadeusz Domanowski, piano, at Park Ballroom in Paso Robles. 2 PM. Free.
  • Maestro Adam Gilbert and USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia presenting a progam of Early Polish Music at Park Ballroom in Paso Robles.  6:30 PM wine (Adelaida Cellars) reception, concert at 7 PM.

Saturday, November 5:

  • Film screening of “Wojciech Kilar-Credo” at Park Cinemas in Paso Robles. 10 AM.  Free.
  • Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition Winners’ Recital at Paso Robles Inn  Ballroom.  4 PM.  Free.
  • Paderewski Festival Gala Recital with Tadeusz Domanowski, pianist, performing works by Chopin, Paderewski, Ryterband, Gershwin and Bizet at Paso Robles Inn Ballroom in Paso Robles, 7 PM wine (Epoch Estates) reception, concert at 7:30 PM.

Sunday, November 6:

  • Friends of Paderewski (ONLY) Tour, Brunch and Wine Tasting at Halter Ranch Vineyard. 10:30-2 PM.
  • Paderewski Birthday Celebration with Maestro Greg Magie, Symphony of the Vines and Paderewski Festival Youth Exchange Program students as solo guest artists performing their arrangements of folk songs for piano and orchestra.  The Symphony will perform music by Lutosławski and Beethoven at Park Ballroom in Paso Robles.  3 PM. Ticket sold through Symphony of the Vines.

***

PERFORMERS OF 2016 PADEREWSKI FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED

 TADEUSZ DOMANOWSKI
TOMINES ENSEMBLE
USC THORNTON BAROQUE SINFONIA
AND SYMPHONY OF THE VINES

The 2016 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles celebrates the legacy of Paso Robles’ most famous resident, Ignacy Jan Paderewski – virtuoso pianist, composer, international politician, local landowner, grower and winemaker – with five days of concerts and special events featuring internationally-renowned performers. Held in venues throughout Paso Robles, California from November 2-6, 2016, this year’s Festival line-up includes performances by young pianists from California’s Central Coast and Cultural Exchange Program students from Poland and Ukraine, as well as a piano master class, film screening, and wine tasting opportunities.

Admission ranges from free for children under 18* to $40 for Premium Admission, $35 for General Admission, $25 for Seniors over 60 and Wine Industry, and $5 for Students 18 and over with ID.  (*Children under 18 are free with paid adult ticket; children must be reserved on Eventbrite.)  Friends of Paderewski Festival Passes with preferred seating at all events are $225. Tickets may be purchased online at www.paderewskifest.com or by calling (805) 235-5409.

This year’s Saturday, November 5 Gala Concert performer is pianist Tadeusz Domanowski. Born in Poland, he is a New York-based artist who has toured extensively over the past decade as soloist throughout Europe, America and Asia. He will present works by Chopin, Paderewski, Ryterband, Gershwin and Bizet at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. Gala Concert sponsor Epoch Estate Wines will pour wines prior to the concert.  On Friday, November 6 at the historic Park Ballroom in downtown Paso Robles, Mr. Domanowski will also conduct a 2 p.m. piano master class, free and open to piano students and the general public.

The 2016 Festival opens Wednesday, November 2, with an invitation-only concert at Paso Robles High School featuring Cultural Exchange Program students from Poland and Ukraine.  This Exchange Program is jointly administered by the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, the Polish-Ukrainian Paderewski Festival in Warsaw and Lviv, the Wspólnota Polska Organization in Warsaw, and the Province of Tarnów.

The first public event will be a concert on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m. at Cass Winery with the Tomines Ensemble, featuring Polish guitarist Tomasz Fechner, Korean violist YuEun Kim and German guitarist Ines Thomé performing guitar and violin music by Paderewski, Piazzola, Ryterband and Tansman.  A no-host reception with Cass wines and a gourmet meal available for purchase will precede the concert.

On Friday, November 4, the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia—an ensemble of period instruments and voices specializing in music from the late 16th through mid-18th centuries led by Rotem Gilbert—will present a program of early Polish music at the Park Ballroom in downtown Paso Robles at 7 p.m.  Adelaida Vineyards & Winery will pour wines prior to the concert.

Promoting music appreciation among young members of the community and fostering growth of the local talent are important goals of the Paderewski Festival. It was Paderewski’s wish to establish a music school in Paso with free tuition for all students. Although his plans did not materialize during Paderewski’s lifetime, since 2007 the Festival has organized a Youth Piano Competition for pianists residing in four Central Coast counties. Winners of this year’s auditions (to be held on October 22) will be presented during a Festival recital on Saturday, November 5 at 4 p.m. in the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom. Admission is free.

Since 2009, the Paderewski Festival and the Province of Tarnów in Poland have also hosted a Cultural Exchange Program. Participants selected from among Festival Youth Piano Competition winners and their counterparts in Poland and Ukraine travel in alternating years to Paso Robles and to Paderewski’s manor house in Kąśna Dolna, Poland, with an itinerary that includes performances in Krakow and Warsaw.

The Festival will conclude on Sunday, November 6, at 3 p.m. with a Paderewski Birthday Celebration featuring Maestro Greg Magie and Symphony of the Vineswith Paderewski Festival Cultural Exchange Program students as solo guest artists.  Daniel Ha and Kannan Freyaldenhoven from the Central Coast, Sasha Dzvinkovsky and Yulia Medynska from Ukraine, and Magdalena Kuropatwa from Poland will perform their own orchestral arrangements of American, Polish and Ukrainian folksongs.  The Symphony will perform music by Lutosławski and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, featuring French soloist Brigitte Armenier, at Park Ballroom in Paso Robles. Individual tickets for this concert are available only through Symphony of the Vines, www.symphonyofthevines.org, however they are included in the Friends of Paderewski Pass.

The Festival also will feature a free film screening on Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m. at Park Cinemas in downtown Paso Robles. Wojciech Kilar—Credo is a recent documentary about Wojciech Kilar (1932-2013), a noted composer of concert and film music, who collaborated with such directors as Roman Polański, Francis Ford Coppola, and Jane Campion. The screening will be preceded with a short documentary from the 2014 Paderewski Festival directed by David Guzik.

To purchase tickets for the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, CLICK HERE.

To volunteer, please contact Gracie Rey at info@paderewskifest.com  or call her at 805-235-5409.

Nov
4
Fri
Paderewski Festival 2016 @ Paso Robles Various locations
Nov 4 @ 12:00 pm – Nov 8 @ 9:00 pm

paderew

THE 2016 PADEREWSKI FESTIVAL IN PASO ROBLES

Wednesday, November 2:

  • Paderewski Festival Youth Exchange students from Poland and Ukraine in concert at Paso Robles High School (by invitation only).

Thursday, November 3:

  • Tomines Ensemble performing guitar and violin music by Paderewski, Piazzola, Ryterband and Tansman at Cass Winery 5:30 PM buffet dinner (additional fee), 6:30 PM no-host wine (Cass) reception, concert at 7 PM.

Friday, November 4:

  • Master Class with Tadeusz Domanowski, piano, at Park Ballroom in Paso Robles. 2 PM. Free.
  • Maestro Adam Gilbert and USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia presenting a progam of Early Polish Music at Park Ballroom in Paso Robles.  6:30 PM wine (Adelaida Cellars) reception, concert at 7 PM.

Saturday, November 5:

  • Film screening of “Wojciech Kilar-Credo” at Park Cinemas in Paso Robles. 10 AM.  Free.
  • Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition Winners’ Recital at Paso Robles Inn  Ballroom.  4 PM.  Free.
  • Paderewski Festival Gala Recital with Tadeusz Domanowski, pianist, performing works by Chopin, Paderewski, Ryterband, Gershwin and Bizet at Paso Robles Inn Ballroom in Paso Robles, 7 PM wine (Epoch Estates) reception, concert at 7:30 PM.

Sunday, November 6:

  • Friends of Paderewski (ONLY) Tour, Brunch and Wine Tasting at Halter Ranch Vineyard. 10:30-2 PM.
  • Paderewski Birthday Celebration with Maestro Greg Magie, Symphony of the Vines and Paderewski Festival Youth Exchange Program students as solo guest artists performing their arrangements of folk songs for piano and orchestra.  The Symphony will perform music by Lutosławski and Beethoven at Park Ballroom in Paso Robles.  3 PM. Ticket sold through Symphony of the Vines.

***

PERFORMERS OF 2016 PADEREWSKI FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED

 TADEUSZ DOMANOWSKI
TOMINES ENSEMBLE
USC THORNTON BAROQUE SINFONIA
AND SYMPHONY OF THE VINES

The 2016 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles celebrates the legacy of Paso Robles’ most famous resident, Ignacy Jan Paderewski – virtuoso pianist, composer, international politician, local landowner, grower and winemaker – with five days of concerts and special events featuring internationally-renowned performers. Held in venues throughout Paso Robles, California from November 2-6, 2016, this year’s Festival line-up includes performances by young pianists from California’s Central Coast and Cultural Exchange Program students from Poland and Ukraine, as well as a piano master class, film screening, and wine tasting opportunities.

Admission ranges from free for children under 18* to $40 for Premium Admission, $35 for General Admission, $25 for Seniors over 60 and Wine Industry, and $5 for Students 18 and over with ID.  (*Children under 18 are free with paid adult ticket; children must be reserved on Eventbrite.)  Friends of Paderewski Festival Passes with preferred seating at all events are $225. Tickets may be purchased online at www.paderewskifest.com or by calling (805) 235-5409.

This year’s Saturday, November 5 Gala Concert performer is pianist Tadeusz Domanowski. Born in Poland, he is a New York-based artist who has toured extensively over the past decade as soloist throughout Europe, America and Asia. He will present works by Chopin, Paderewski, Ryterband, Gershwin and Bizet at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. Gala Concert sponsor Epoch Estate Wines will pour wines prior to the concert.  On Friday, November 6 at the historic Park Ballroom in downtown Paso Robles, Mr. Domanowski will also conduct a 2 p.m. piano master class, free and open to piano students and the general public.

The 2016 Festival opens Wednesday, November 2, with an invitation-only concert at Paso Robles High School featuring Cultural Exchange Program students from Poland and Ukraine.  This Exchange Program is jointly administered by the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, the Polish-Ukrainian Paderewski Festival in Warsaw and Lviv, the Wspólnota Polska Organization in Warsaw, and the Province of Tarnów.

The first public event will be a concert on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m. at Cass Winery with the Tomines Ensemble, featuring Polish guitarist Tomasz Fechner, Korean violist YuEun Kim and German guitarist Ines Thomé performing guitar and violin music by Paderewski, Piazzola, Ryterband and Tansman.  A no-host reception with Cass wines and a gourmet meal available for purchase will precede the concert.

On Friday, November 4, the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia—an ensemble of period instruments and voices specializing in music from the late 16th through mid-18th centuries led by Rotem Gilbert—will present a program of early Polish music at the Park Ballroom in downtown Paso Robles at 7 p.m.  Adelaida Vineyards & Winery will pour wines prior to the concert.

Promoting music appreciation among young members of the community and fostering growth of the local talent are important goals of the Paderewski Festival. It was Paderewski’s wish to establish a music school in Paso with free tuition for all students. Although his plans did not materialize during Paderewski’s lifetime, since 2007 the Festival has organized a Youth Piano Competition for pianists residing in four Central Coast counties. Winners of this year’s auditions (to be held on October 22) will be presented during a Festival recital on Saturday, November 5 at 4 p.m. in the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom. Admission is free.

Since 2009, the Paderewski Festival and the Province of Tarnów in Poland have also hosted a Cultural Exchange Program. Participants selected from among Festival Youth Piano Competition winners and their counterparts in Poland and Ukraine travel in alternating years to Paso Robles and to Paderewski’s manor house in Kąśna Dolna, Poland, with an itinerary that includes performances in Krakow and Warsaw.

The Festival will conclude on Sunday, November 6, at 3 p.m. with a Paderewski Birthday Celebration featuring Maestro Greg Magie and Symphony of the Vineswith Paderewski Festival Cultural Exchange Program students as solo guest artists.  Daniel Ha and Kannan Freyaldenhoven from the Central Coast, Sasha Dzvinkovsky and Yulia Medynska from Ukraine, and Magdalena Kuropatwa from Poland will perform their own orchestral arrangements of American, Polish and Ukrainian folksongs.  The Symphony will perform music by Lutosławski and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, featuring French soloist Brigitte Armenier, at Park Ballroom in Paso Robles. Individual tickets for this concert are available only through Symphony of the Vines, www.symphonyofthevines.org, however they are included in the Friends of Paderewski Pass.

The Festival also will feature a free film screening on Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m. at Park Cinemas in downtown Paso Robles. Wojciech Kilar—Credo is a recent documentary about Wojciech Kilar (1932-2013), a noted composer of concert and film music, who collaborated with such directors as Roman Polański, Francis Ford Coppola, and Jane Campion. The screening will be preceded with a short documentary from the 2014 Paderewski Festival directed by David Guzik.

To purchase tickets for the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, CLICK HERE.

To volunteer, please contact Gracie Rey at info@paderewskifest.com  or call her at 805-235-5409.

Nov
5
Sat
Paderewski Festival 2016 @ Paso Robles Various locations
Nov 5 @ 12:00 pm – Nov 9 @ 9:00 pm

paderew

THE 2016 PADEREWSKI FESTIVAL IN PASO ROBLES

Wednesday, November 2:

  • Paderewski Festival Youth Exchange students from Poland and Ukraine in concert at Paso Robles High School (by invitation only).

Thursday, November 3:

  • Tomines Ensemble performing guitar and violin music by Paderewski, Piazzola, Ryterband and Tansman at Cass Winery 5:30 PM buffet dinner (additional fee), 6:30 PM no-host wine (Cass) reception, concert at 7 PM.

Friday, November 4:

  • Master Class with Tadeusz Domanowski, piano, at Park Ballroom in Paso Robles. 2 PM. Free.
  • Maestro Adam Gilbert and USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia presenting a progam of Early Polish Music at Park Ballroom in Paso Robles.  6:30 PM wine (Adelaida Cellars) reception, concert at 7 PM.

Saturday, November 5:

  • Film screening of “Wojciech Kilar-Credo” at Park Cinemas in Paso Robles. 10 AM.  Free.
  • Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition Winners’ Recital at Paso Robles Inn  Ballroom.  4 PM.  Free.
  • Paderewski Festival Gala Recital with Tadeusz Domanowski, pianist, performing works by Chopin, Paderewski, Ryterband, Gershwin and Bizet at Paso Robles Inn Ballroom in Paso Robles, 7 PM wine (Epoch Estates) reception, concert at 7:30 PM.

Sunday, November 6:

  • Friends of Paderewski (ONLY) Tour, Brunch and Wine Tasting at Halter Ranch Vineyard. 10:30-2 PM.
  • Paderewski Birthday Celebration with Maestro Greg Magie, Symphony of the Vines and Paderewski Festival Youth Exchange Program students as solo guest artists performing their arrangements of folk songs for piano and orchestra.  The Symphony will perform music by Lutosławski and Beethoven at Park Ballroom in Paso Robles.  3 PM. Ticket sold through Symphony of the Vines.

***

PERFORMERS OF 2016 PADEREWSKI FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED

 TADEUSZ DOMANOWSKI
TOMINES ENSEMBLE
USC THORNTON BAROQUE SINFONIA
AND SYMPHONY OF THE VINES

The 2016 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles celebrates the legacy of Paso Robles’ most famous resident, Ignacy Jan Paderewski – virtuoso pianist, composer, international politician, local landowner, grower and winemaker – with five days of concerts and special events featuring internationally-renowned performers. Held in venues throughout Paso Robles, California from November 2-6, 2016, this year’s Festival line-up includes performances by young pianists from California’s Central Coast and Cultural Exchange Program students from Poland and Ukraine, as well as a piano master class, film screening, and wine tasting opportunities.

Admission ranges from free for children under 18* to $40 for Premium Admission, $35 for General Admission, $25 for Seniors over 60 and Wine Industry, and $5 for Students 18 and over with ID.  (*Children under 18 are free with paid adult ticket; children must be reserved on Eventbrite.)  Friends of Paderewski Festival Passes with preferred seating at all events are $225. Tickets may be purchased online at www.paderewskifest.com or by calling (805) 235-5409.

This year’s Saturday, November 5 Gala Concert performer is pianist Tadeusz Domanowski. Born in Poland, he is a New York-based artist who has toured extensively over the past decade as soloist throughout Europe, America and Asia. He will present works by Chopin, Paderewski, Ryterband, Gershwin and Bizet at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. Gala Concert sponsor Epoch Estate Wines will pour wines prior to the concert.  On Friday, November 6 at the historic Park Ballroom in downtown Paso Robles, Mr. Domanowski will also conduct a 2 p.m. piano master class, free and open to piano students and the general public.

The 2016 Festival opens Wednesday, November 2, with an invitation-only concert at Paso Robles High School featuring Cultural Exchange Program students from Poland and Ukraine.  This Exchange Program is jointly administered by the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, the Polish-Ukrainian Paderewski Festival in Warsaw and Lviv, the Wspólnota Polska Organization in Warsaw, and the Province of Tarnów.

The first public event will be a concert on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m. at Cass Winery with the Tomines Ensemble, featuring Polish guitarist Tomasz Fechner, Korean violist YuEun Kim and German guitarist Ines Thomé performing guitar and violin music by Paderewski, Piazzola, Ryterband and Tansman.  A no-host reception with Cass wines and a gourmet meal available for purchase will precede the concert.

On Friday, November 4, the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia—an ensemble of period instruments and voices specializing in music from the late 16th through mid-18th centuries led by Rotem Gilbert—will present a program of early Polish music at the Park Ballroom in downtown Paso Robles at 7 p.m.  Adelaida Vineyards & Winery will pour wines prior to the concert.

Promoting music appreciation among young members of the community and fostering growth of the local talent are important goals of the Paderewski Festival. It was Paderewski’s wish to establish a music school in Paso with free tuition for all students. Although his plans did not materialize during Paderewski’s lifetime, since 2007 the Festival has organized a Youth Piano Competition for pianists residing in four Central Coast counties. Winners of this year’s auditions (to be held on October 22) will be presented during a Festival recital on Saturday, November 5 at 4 p.m. in the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom. Admission is free.

Since 2009, the Paderewski Festival and the Province of Tarnów in Poland have also hosted a Cultural Exchange Program. Participants selected from among Festival Youth Piano Competition winners and their counterparts in Poland and Ukraine travel in alternating years to Paso Robles and to Paderewski’s manor house in Kąśna Dolna, Poland, with an itinerary that includes performances in Krakow and Warsaw.

The Festival will conclude on Sunday, November 6, at 3 p.m. with a Paderewski Birthday Celebration featuring Maestro Greg Magie and Symphony of the Vineswith Paderewski Festival Cultural Exchange Program students as solo guest artists.  Daniel Ha and Kannan Freyaldenhoven from the Central Coast, Sasha Dzvinkovsky and Yulia Medynska from Ukraine, and Magdalena Kuropatwa from Poland will perform their own orchestral arrangements of American, Polish and Ukrainian folksongs.  The Symphony will perform music by Lutosławski and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, featuring French soloist Brigitte Armenier, at Park Ballroom in Paso Robles. Individual tickets for this concert are available only through Symphony of the Vines, www.symphonyofthevines.org, however they are included in the Friends of Paderewski Pass.

The Festival also will feature a free film screening on Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m. at Park Cinemas in downtown Paso Robles. Wojciech Kilar—Credo is a recent documentary about Wojciech Kilar (1932-2013), a noted composer of concert and film music, who collaborated with such directors as Roman Polański, Francis Ford Coppola, and Jane Campion. The screening will be preceded with a short documentary from the 2014 Paderewski Festival directed by David Guzik.

To purchase tickets for the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, CLICK HERE.

To volunteer, please contact Gracie Rey at info@paderewskifest.com  or call her at 805-235-5409.

Nov
6
Sun
Paderewski Festival 2016 @ Paso Robles Various locations
Nov 6 @ 12:00 pm – Nov 10 @ 10:00 pm

paderew

THE 2016 PADEREWSKI FESTIVAL IN PASO ROBLES

Wednesday, November 2:

  • Paderewski Festival Youth Exchange students from Poland and Ukraine in concert at Paso Robles High School (by invitation only).

Thursday, November 3:

  • Tomines Ensemble performing guitar and violin music by Paderewski, Piazzola, Ryterband and Tansman at Cass Winery 5:30 PM buffet dinner (additional fee), 6:30 PM no-host wine (Cass) reception, concert at 7 PM.

Friday, November 4:

  • Master Class with Tadeusz Domanowski, piano, at Park Ballroom in Paso Robles. 2 PM. Free.
  • Maestro Adam Gilbert and USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia presenting a progam of Early Polish Music at Park Ballroom in Paso Robles.  6:30 PM wine (Adelaida Cellars) reception, concert at 7 PM.

Saturday, November 5:

  • Film screening of “Wojciech Kilar-Credo” at Park Cinemas in Paso Robles. 10 AM.  Free.
  • Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition Winners’ Recital at Paso Robles Inn  Ballroom.  4 PM.  Free.
  • Paderewski Festival Gala Recital with Tadeusz Domanowski, pianist, performing works by Chopin, Paderewski, Ryterband, Gershwin and Bizet at Paso Robles Inn Ballroom in Paso Robles, 7 PM wine (Epoch Estates) reception, concert at 7:30 PM.

Sunday, November 6:

  • Friends of Paderewski (ONLY) Tour, Brunch and Wine Tasting at Halter Ranch Vineyard. 10:30-2 PM.
  • Paderewski Birthday Celebration with Maestro Greg Magie, Symphony of the Vines and Paderewski Festival Youth Exchange Program students as solo guest artists performing their arrangements of folk songs for piano and orchestra.  The Symphony will perform music by Lutosławski and Beethoven at Park Ballroom in Paso Robles.  3 PM. Ticket sold through Symphony of the Vines.

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PERFORMERS OF 2016 PADEREWSKI FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED

 TADEUSZ DOMANOWSKI
TOMINES ENSEMBLE
USC THORNTON BAROQUE SINFONIA
AND SYMPHONY OF THE VINES

The 2016 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles celebrates the legacy of Paso Robles’ most famous resident, Ignacy Jan Paderewski – virtuoso pianist, composer, international politician, local landowner, grower and winemaker – with five days of concerts and special events featuring internationally-renowned performers. Held in venues throughout Paso Robles, California from November 2-6, 2016, this year’s Festival line-up includes performances by young pianists from California’s Central Coast and Cultural Exchange Program students from Poland and Ukraine, as well as a piano master class, film screening, and wine tasting opportunities.

Admission ranges from free for children under 18* to $40 for Premium Admission, $35 for General Admission, $25 for Seniors over 60 and Wine Industry, and $5 for Students 18 and over with ID.  (*Children under 18 are free with paid adult ticket; children must be reserved on Eventbrite.)  Friends of Paderewski Festival Passes with preferred seating at all events are $225. Tickets may be purchased online at www.paderewskifest.com or by calling (805) 235-5409.

This year’s Saturday, November 5 Gala Concert performer is pianist Tadeusz Domanowski. Born in Poland, he is a New York-based artist who has toured extensively over the past decade as soloist throughout Europe, America and Asia. He will present works by Chopin, Paderewski, Ryterband, Gershwin and Bizet at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. Gala Concert sponsor Epoch Estate Wines will pour wines prior to the concert.  On Friday, November 6 at the historic Park Ballroom in downtown Paso Robles, Mr. Domanowski will also conduct a 2 p.m. piano master class, free and open to piano students and the general public.

The 2016 Festival opens Wednesday, November 2, with an invitation-only concert at Paso Robles High School featuring Cultural Exchange Program students from Poland and Ukraine.  This Exchange Program is jointly administered by the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, the Polish-Ukrainian Paderewski Festival in Warsaw and Lviv, the Wspólnota Polska Organization in Warsaw, and the Province of Tarnów.

The first public event will be a concert on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m. at Cass Winery with the Tomines Ensemble, featuring Polish guitarist Tomasz Fechner, Korean violist YuEun Kim and German guitarist Ines Thomé performing guitar and violin music by Paderewski, Piazzola, Ryterband and Tansman.  A no-host reception with Cass wines and a gourmet meal available for purchase will precede the concert.

On Friday, November 4, the USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia—an ensemble of period instruments and voices specializing in music from the late 16th through mid-18th centuries led by Rotem Gilbert—will present a program of early Polish music at the Park Ballroom in downtown Paso Robles at 7 p.m.  Adelaida Vineyards & Winery will pour wines prior to the concert.

Promoting music appreciation among young members of the community and fostering growth of the local talent are important goals of the Paderewski Festival. It was Paderewski’s wish to establish a music school in Paso with free tuition for all students. Although his plans did not materialize during Paderewski’s lifetime, since 2007 the Festival has organized a Youth Piano Competition for pianists residing in four Central Coast counties. Winners of this year’s auditions (to be held on October 22) will be presented during a Festival recital on Saturday, November 5 at 4 p.m. in the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom. Admission is free.

Since 2009, the Paderewski Festival and the Province of Tarnów in Poland have also hosted a Cultural Exchange Program. Participants selected from among Festival Youth Piano Competition winners and their counterparts in Poland and Ukraine travel in alternating years to Paso Robles and to Paderewski’s manor house in Kąśna Dolna, Poland, with an itinerary that includes performances in Krakow and Warsaw.

The Festival will conclude on Sunday, November 6, at 3 p.m. with a Paderewski Birthday Celebration featuring Maestro Greg Magie and Symphony of the Vineswith Paderewski Festival Cultural Exchange Program students as solo guest artists.  Daniel Ha and Kannan Freyaldenhoven from the Central Coast, Sasha Dzvinkovsky and Yulia Medynska from Ukraine, and Magdalena Kuropatwa from Poland will perform their own orchestral arrangements of American, Polish and Ukrainian folksongs.  The Symphony will perform music by Lutosławski and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, featuring French soloist Brigitte Armenier, at Park Ballroom in Paso Robles. Individual tickets for this concert are available only through Symphony of the Vines, www.symphonyofthevines.org, however they are included in the Friends of Paderewski Pass.

The Festival also will feature a free film screening on Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m. at Park Cinemas in downtown Paso Robles. Wojciech Kilar—Credo is a recent documentary about Wojciech Kilar (1932-2013), a noted composer of concert and film music, who collaborated with such directors as Roman Polański, Francis Ford Coppola, and Jane Campion. The screening will be preceded with a short documentary from the 2014 Paderewski Festival directed by David Guzik.

To purchase tickets for the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, CLICK HERE.

To volunteer, please contact Gracie Rey at info@paderewskifest.com  or call her at 805-235-5409.

Nov
2
Thu
Paderewski Festival, Paso Robles.
Nov 2 @ 12:30 pm – 8:15 pm

Paderewskifest

Paderewski Festival

paderew

www.paderewskifest.com 

2017 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles
November 2-5, 2017
A Premier Central Coast Music Festival in Paso Robles, CA

The Paderewski Festival is a four-day music festival held annually in November celebrating Paso Robles’ rich heritage and its most famous resident Ignacy Jan Paderewski – virtuoso pianist, composer, international politician, local landowner, grower and winemaker. Concerts featuring world renown talent, exhibits, lectures,  master classes and film screenings are accompanied by wine tastings and tours of local vineyards. A youth piano competition, recital and student cultural exchange with Poland additionally honor Paderewski’s legacy. We invite you to join us at the 2017 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles!

Click here to purchase tickets.

Thursday, November 2
No host wine reception and performance by Cafe Musique, featuring a “wild classical” evening with gypsy, swing, tango, and folk tunes performed by Brynn Albanese (violin and vocals), Duane Inglish (accordion), Craig Nuttycombe (guitar and vocals), Fred Murray (bass and vocals) and Eric Williams (guitar, bouzouki and vocals).
Cass Winery, 7350 Linne Road, Paso Robles
6:30 PM wine reception; concert at 7 PM
5:30 PM buffet dinner with glass of Cass wine/Paderewski Pils — optional and advance purchase only. Menu: spinach salad, sauteed Brussel sprounts, rice pilaf, coq au vin, baguette.

Friday, November 3
Master Class with Magdalena Baczewska, gala concert perfomer.
Park Ballroom, 1232 Park Street, Paso Robles
2 PM

American Jazz Standards by Polish Composers, a jazz trio concert featuring Grammy Award-winning pianist Bill Cunliffe, bassist Darek “Oles” Olesczkiewicz and percussionist Tina Raymond, presenting classic tunes by Victor Young, Bronny Kaper and Henry Vars – including “On Green Dolphin Street” and “Stella by Starlight”.
Park Ballroom
6:30 PM wine reception;  concert at 7 PM

Saturday, November 4
Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition Winners‘ Recital.
Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, 1103 Spring Street, Paso Robles
4 PM

Wine reception and Gala Recital with Magdalena Baczewska a New York-based Polish pianist, Columbia University professor, winner of international piano competitions and recording artist, who will present a program of Paderewski, Chopin and Szymanowski.
Gala concert also to incluce a video montage of nine finalists from New York City and Los Angeles, and award presentation of winner of the Paderewski Cycle project, a national juried competition calling for “treatments” for a musical script about Paderewski sponsored by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw.
6:30 PM wine reception, 7 PM concert doors open, 7:30 concert

Sunday, November 5
Exclusive new tasting room tour, wine tasting and brunch for Paderewski Patrons and Friends of Paderewski followed by premiere Paderewski Cycle musical presentation and discussion with Adam Mickiewicz Institute organizers and the musical creative team.
Epoch Estate Wines, 7505 York Mountain Road, Templeton
10 AM

Note: Paderewski Festival progam subject to change without notice.

Purchase tickets here.

New Paderewski Festival Ticket Packages for 2017

This year, the Paderewski Festival is offering two exclusive tickets options – Friends of Paderewski passes at $250 per person and the new Paderewski Patron package at $500 per person providing an intimate access to the Festival.

Friends of Paderewski
  • Reserved seating at all concert events
  • Buffet at Cass Wines prior to Thursday’s Café Musique concert
  • Exclusive Sunday new tasting room tour, wine tasting, brunch and Paderewski Cycle performance at Epoch Estate Wines.
  • Gift Bag

Paderewski Patron

  • All benefits provided to Friends of Paderewski (FOP) ticketholders PLUS:
  • Concierge service to help plan and facilitate the entire weekend experience (including booking hotels and elite wine tasting appointments and restaurant reservations.)
  • Reserved seats by name in the front row of all concerts
  • Reserved parking by name at performance venues
  • Invitation to private a pre-Festival dinner Wednesday with Paderewski Festival Board Members at the Templeton home of Cri Cri and Rich Eastin
  • Invitation to a private dinner after Friday’s Jazz Trio concert with the Paderewski Festival Gala Recital and Jazz Trio artists at the at the historic 1903 Paso Robles home of Debbie Lorenz and Brett Van Steenwyk
  • Exclusive to FOP and Patrons: Sunday new tasting room tour, wine tasting, brunch and Paderewski Cycle performance at Epoch Estate Wines.
  • Invitation to a private dinner on Sunday evening celebrating the Festival with Paderewski Festival Board Members at the home of Marjorie and John Hamon

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2017 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles!

Nov
3
Fri
Paderewski Festival, Paso Robles.
Nov 3 @ 12:30 pm – 8:15 pm

Paderewskifest

Paderewski Festival

paderew

www.paderewskifest.com 

2017 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles
November 2-5, 2017
A Premier Central Coast Music Festival in Paso Robles, CA

The Paderewski Festival is a four-day music festival held annually in November celebrating Paso Robles’ rich heritage and its most famous resident Ignacy Jan Paderewski – virtuoso pianist, composer, international politician, local landowner, grower and winemaker. Concerts featuring world renown talent, exhibits, lectures,  master classes and film screenings are accompanied by wine tastings and tours of local vineyards. A youth piano competition, recital and student cultural exchange with Poland additionally honor Paderewski’s legacy. We invite you to join us at the 2017 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles!

Click here to purchase tickets.

Thursday, November 2
No host wine reception and performance by Cafe Musique, featuring a “wild classical” evening with gypsy, swing, tango, and folk tunes performed by Brynn Albanese (violin and vocals), Duane Inglish (accordion), Craig Nuttycombe (guitar and vocals), Fred Murray (bass and vocals) and Eric Williams (guitar, bouzouki and vocals).
Cass Winery, 7350 Linne Road, Paso Robles
6:30 PM wine reception; concert at 7 PM
5:30 PM buffet dinner with glass of Cass wine/Paderewski Pils — optional and advance purchase only. Menu: spinach salad, sauteed Brussel sprounts, rice pilaf, coq au vin, baguette.

Friday, November 3
Master Class with Magdalena Baczewska, gala concert perfomer.
Park Ballroom, 1232 Park Street, Paso Robles
2 PM

American Jazz Standards by Polish Composers, a jazz trio concert featuring Grammy Award-winning pianist Bill Cunliffe, bassist Darek “Oles” Olesczkiewicz and percussionist Tina Raymond, presenting classic tunes by Victor Young, Bronny Kaper and Henry Vars – including “On Green Dolphin Street” and “Stella by Starlight”.
Park Ballroom
6:30 PM wine reception;  concert at 7 PM

Saturday, November 4
Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition Winners‘ Recital.
Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, 1103 Spring Street, Paso Robles
4 PM

Wine reception and Gala Recital with Magdalena Baczewska a New York-based Polish pianist, Columbia University professor, winner of international piano competitions and recording artist, who will present a program of Paderewski, Chopin and Szymanowski.
Gala concert also to incluce a video montage of nine finalists from New York City and Los Angeles, and award presentation of winner of the Paderewski Cycle project, a national juried competition calling for “treatments” for a musical script about Paderewski sponsored by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw.
6:30 PM wine reception, 7 PM concert doors open, 7:30 concert

Sunday, November 5
Exclusive new tasting room tour, wine tasting and brunch for Paderewski Patrons and Friends of Paderewski followed by premiere Paderewski Cycle musical presentation and discussion with Adam Mickiewicz Institute organizers and the musical creative team.
Epoch Estate Wines, 7505 York Mountain Road, Templeton
10 AM

Note: Paderewski Festival progam subject to change without notice.

Purchase tickets here.

New Paderewski Festival Ticket Packages for 2017

This year, the Paderewski Festival is offering two exclusive tickets options – Friends of Paderewski passes at $250 per person and the new Paderewski Patron package at $500 per person providing an intimate access to the Festival.

Friends of Paderewski
  • Reserved seating at all concert events
  • Buffet at Cass Wines prior to Thursday’s Café Musique concert
  • Exclusive Sunday new tasting room tour, wine tasting, brunch and Paderewski Cycle performance at Epoch Estate Wines.
  • Gift Bag

Paderewski Patron

  • All benefits provided to Friends of Paderewski (FOP) ticketholders PLUS:
  • Concierge service to help plan and facilitate the entire weekend experience (including booking hotels and elite wine tasting appointments and restaurant reservations.)
  • Reserved seats by name in the front row of all concerts
  • Reserved parking by name at performance venues
  • Invitation to private a pre-Festival dinner Wednesday with Paderewski Festival Board Members at the Templeton home of Cri Cri and Rich Eastin
  • Invitation to a private dinner after Friday’s Jazz Trio concert with the Paderewski Festival Gala Recital and Jazz Trio artists at the at the historic 1903 Paso Robles home of Debbie Lorenz and Brett Van Steenwyk
  • Exclusive to FOP and Patrons: Sunday new tasting room tour, wine tasting, brunch and Paderewski Cycle performance at Epoch Estate Wines.
  • Invitation to a private dinner on Sunday evening celebrating the Festival with Paderewski Festival Board Members at the home of Marjorie and John Hamon

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2017 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles!

Nov
4
Sat
Paderewski Festival, Paso Robles.
Nov 4 @ 12:30 pm – 8:15 pm

Paderewskifest

Paderewski Festival

paderew

www.paderewskifest.com 

2017 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles
November 2-5, 2017
A Premier Central Coast Music Festival in Paso Robles, CA

The Paderewski Festival is a four-day music festival held annually in November celebrating Paso Robles’ rich heritage and its most famous resident Ignacy Jan Paderewski – virtuoso pianist, composer, international politician, local landowner, grower and winemaker. Concerts featuring world renown talent, exhibits, lectures,  master classes and film screenings are accompanied by wine tastings and tours of local vineyards. A youth piano competition, recital and student cultural exchange with Poland additionally honor Paderewski’s legacy. We invite you to join us at the 2017 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles!

Click here to purchase tickets.

Thursday, November 2
No host wine reception and performance by Cafe Musique, featuring a “wild classical” evening with gypsy, swing, tango, and folk tunes performed by Brynn Albanese (violin and vocals), Duane Inglish (accordion), Craig Nuttycombe (guitar and vocals), Fred Murray (bass and vocals) and Eric Williams (guitar, bouzouki and vocals).
Cass Winery, 7350 Linne Road, Paso Robles
6:30 PM wine reception; concert at 7 PM
5:30 PM buffet dinner with glass of Cass wine/Paderewski Pils — optional and advance purchase only. Menu: spinach salad, sauteed Brussel sprounts, rice pilaf, coq au vin, baguette.

Friday, November 3
Master Class with Magdalena Baczewska, gala concert perfomer.
Park Ballroom, 1232 Park Street, Paso Robles
2 PM

American Jazz Standards by Polish Composers, a jazz trio concert featuring Grammy Award-winning pianist Bill Cunliffe, bassist Darek “Oles” Olesczkiewicz and percussionist Tina Raymond, presenting classic tunes by Victor Young, Bronny Kaper and Henry Vars – including “On Green Dolphin Street” and “Stella by Starlight”.
Park Ballroom
6:30 PM wine reception;  concert at 7 PM

Saturday, November 4
Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition Winners‘ Recital.
Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, 1103 Spring Street, Paso Robles
4 PM

Wine reception and Gala Recital with Magdalena Baczewska a New York-based Polish pianist, Columbia University professor, winner of international piano competitions and recording artist, who will present a program of Paderewski, Chopin and Szymanowski.
Gala concert also to incluce a video montage of nine finalists from New York City and Los Angeles, and award presentation of winner of the Paderewski Cycle project, a national juried competition calling for “treatments” for a musical script about Paderewski sponsored by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw.
6:30 PM wine reception, 7 PM concert doors open, 7:30 concert

Sunday, November 5
Exclusive new tasting room tour, wine tasting and brunch for Paderewski Patrons and Friends of Paderewski followed by premiere Paderewski Cycle musical presentation and discussion with Adam Mickiewicz Institute organizers and the musical creative team.
Epoch Estate Wines, 7505 York Mountain Road, Templeton
10 AM

Note: Paderewski Festival progam subject to change without notice.

Purchase tickets here.

New Paderewski Festival Ticket Packages for 2017

This year, the Paderewski Festival is offering two exclusive tickets options – Friends of Paderewski passes at $250 per person and the new Paderewski Patron package at $500 per person providing an intimate access to the Festival.

Friends of Paderewski
  • Reserved seating at all concert events
  • Buffet at Cass Wines prior to Thursday’s Café Musique concert
  • Exclusive Sunday new tasting room tour, wine tasting, brunch and Paderewski Cycle performance at Epoch Estate Wines.
  • Gift Bag

Paderewski Patron

  • All benefits provided to Friends of Paderewski (FOP) ticketholders PLUS:
  • Concierge service to help plan and facilitate the entire weekend experience (including booking hotels and elite wine tasting appointments and restaurant reservations.)
  • Reserved seats by name in the front row of all concerts
  • Reserved parking by name at performance venues
  • Invitation to private a pre-Festival dinner Wednesday with Paderewski Festival Board Members at the Templeton home of Cri Cri and Rich Eastin
  • Invitation to a private dinner after Friday’s Jazz Trio concert with the Paderewski Festival Gala Recital and Jazz Trio artists at the at the historic 1903 Paso Robles home of Debbie Lorenz and Brett Van Steenwyk
  • Exclusive to FOP and Patrons: Sunday new tasting room tour, wine tasting, brunch and Paderewski Cycle performance at Epoch Estate Wines.
  • Invitation to a private dinner on Sunday evening celebrating the Festival with Paderewski Festival Board Members at the home of Marjorie and John Hamon

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2017 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles!

Nov
5
Sun
Paderewski Festival, Paso Robles.
Nov 5 @ 12:30 pm – 8:15 pm

Paderewskifest

Paderewski Festival

paderew

www.paderewskifest.com 

2017 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles
November 2-5, 2017
A Premier Central Coast Music Festival in Paso Robles, CA

The Paderewski Festival is a four-day music festival held annually in November celebrating Paso Robles’ rich heritage and its most famous resident Ignacy Jan Paderewski – virtuoso pianist, composer, international politician, local landowner, grower and winemaker. Concerts featuring world renown talent, exhibits, lectures,  master classes and film screenings are accompanied by wine tastings and tours of local vineyards. A youth piano competition, recital and student cultural exchange with Poland additionally honor Paderewski’s legacy. We invite you to join us at the 2017 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles!

Click here to purchase tickets.

Thursday, November 2
No host wine reception and performance by Cafe Musique, featuring a “wild classical” evening with gypsy, swing, tango, and folk tunes performed by Brynn Albanese (violin and vocals), Duane Inglish (accordion), Craig Nuttycombe (guitar and vocals), Fred Murray (bass and vocals) and Eric Williams (guitar, bouzouki and vocals).
Cass Winery, 7350 Linne Road, Paso Robles
6:30 PM wine reception; concert at 7 PM
5:30 PM buffet dinner with glass of Cass wine/Paderewski Pils — optional and advance purchase only. Menu: spinach salad, sauteed Brussel sprounts, rice pilaf, coq au vin, baguette.

Friday, November 3
Master Class with Magdalena Baczewska, gala concert perfomer.
Park Ballroom, 1232 Park Street, Paso Robles
2 PM

American Jazz Standards by Polish Composers, a jazz trio concert featuring Grammy Award-winning pianist Bill Cunliffe, bassist Darek “Oles” Olesczkiewicz and percussionist Tina Raymond, presenting classic tunes by Victor Young, Bronny Kaper and Henry Vars – including “On Green Dolphin Street” and “Stella by Starlight”.
Park Ballroom
6:30 PM wine reception;  concert at 7 PM

Saturday, November 4
Paderewski Festival Youth Piano Competition Winners‘ Recital.
Paso Robles Inn Ballroom, 1103 Spring Street, Paso Robles
4 PM

Wine reception and Gala Recital with Magdalena Baczewska a New York-based Polish pianist, Columbia University professor, winner of international piano competitions and recording artist, who will present a program of Paderewski, Chopin and Szymanowski.
Gala concert also to incluce a video montage of nine finalists from New York City and Los Angeles, and award presentation of winner of the Paderewski Cycle project, a national juried competition calling for “treatments” for a musical script about Paderewski sponsored by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw.
6:30 PM wine reception, 7 PM concert doors open, 7:30 concert

Sunday, November 5
Exclusive new tasting room tour, wine tasting and brunch for Paderewski Patrons and Friends of Paderewski followed by premiere Paderewski Cycle musical presentation and discussion with Adam Mickiewicz Institute organizers and the musical creative team.
Epoch Estate Wines, 7505 York Mountain Road, Templeton
10 AM

Note: Paderewski Festival progam subject to change without notice.

Purchase tickets here.

New Paderewski Festival Ticket Packages for 2017

This year, the Paderewski Festival is offering two exclusive tickets options – Friends of Paderewski passes at $250 per person and the new Paderewski Patron package at $500 per person providing an intimate access to the Festival.

Friends of Paderewski
  • Reserved seating at all concert events
  • Buffet at Cass Wines prior to Thursday’s Café Musique concert
  • Exclusive Sunday new tasting room tour, wine tasting, brunch and Paderewski Cycle performance at Epoch Estate Wines.
  • Gift Bag

Paderewski Patron

  • All benefits provided to Friends of Paderewski (FOP) ticketholders PLUS:
  • Concierge service to help plan and facilitate the entire weekend experience (including booking hotels and elite wine tasting appointments and restaurant reservations.)
  • Reserved seats by name in the front row of all concerts
  • Reserved parking by name at performance venues
  • Invitation to private a pre-Festival dinner Wednesday with Paderewski Festival Board Members at the Templeton home of Cri Cri and Rich Eastin
  • Invitation to a private dinner after Friday’s Jazz Trio concert with the Paderewski Festival Gala Recital and Jazz Trio artists at the at the historic 1903 Paso Robles home of Debbie Lorenz and Brett Van Steenwyk
  • Exclusive to FOP and Patrons: Sunday new tasting room tour, wine tasting, brunch and Paderewski Cycle performance at Epoch Estate Wines.
  • Invitation to a private dinner on Sunday evening celebrating the Festival with Paderewski Festival Board Members at the home of Marjorie and John Hamon

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2017 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles!