( Fri., Nov. 11, 2016 )
The Cary Theater, 122 E. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511
The Ignacy Jan Paderewski Festival of Raleigh Will Hold Its Third Annual Festival on November 5-6 and 12-13, 2016. The Festival honors Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Polish pianist, who played in Raleigh four times and had personal friends here.
In addition to the concerts, a special showing of Roman Polanski's 2002 film The Pianist has been scheduled. Janusz Olejniczak provided the piano soundtrack and the keyboard sequences for this triple Academy Award winning film.
November 11, 1918, was not only the date of the Armistice ending World War I, but also the date of the official re-establishment of the Republic of Poland. Ignacy Jan Paderewski had for years worked tirelessly for this reconstitution.
The City of Raleigh is nearing the 100th anniversary of the first appearance in the capital of North Carolina of Polish pianist, Ignacy Jan Paderewski. On January 23, 1917, the famous pianist appeared at the Raleigh Municipal Auditorium, heralded by several days of enthusiastic build-up by The News and Observer and the local sponsor, the newly founded Rotary Club of Raleigh. Tickets were sold out of the Boylan-Pearce Store on Fayetteville Street, and extra trains were laid on to bring in excited listeners from a radius of 100 miles