This preview has been provided by the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Festival.

The Third Annual Paderewski Festival of Raleigh will take place in November 2016. The Festival honors Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Polish pianist, who played in Raleigh four times and had personal friends here. The Third Festival features four performances by noted European and American pianists. All have been winners in notable competitions. They represent a wide range in geography and stage of career.

November 5 at 3:00pm
Saint Mary’s School, Smedes Parlor
Artem Yasynskyy, Ukraine!home-eng/c1n0x

November 6 at 3:00pm
N.C. Museum of History, Daniels Auditorium
Jean Dubé, France

November 12 at 3:00pm
N.C. Museum of Art, Auditorium
Alexia Mouza, Greece/Venezuela (“Alexia Mouza”–several pages)

November 13 at 2:00pm
N.C. Museum of Art, Auditorium
Janusz Olejniczak, with violinist Paulina Sokolowska, Poland

In addition to the four concerts, a special showing of Roman Polanski’s 2002 film The Pianist has been scheduled at the historic The Cary theater on East Chatham Street, Cary on November 11, 2016 at 1:30 pm. 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.

The actual performance was rendered the more historic by President Woodrow Wilson’s speech the day before, laying out the general aims of the United States if it were to enter the Great War. That entrance became fact some ten weeks later, on April 6, 1917. One of those aims, first enunciated in that speech, was the re-establishment of a Polish state; the original Polish state had disappeared from the map of Europe in 1795. This statement, anticipating by almost exactly one year the more famous Fourteen Points, marked the first public declaration by an Allied – or potential Allied – statesman.

President Woodrow Wilson had requested a memorandum from Paderewski to support his speech of January 22, 1917. His chief adviser, Colonel House, had contacted Paderewski on January 10. After his concert that evening, Paderewski worked through the night and the next day to produce this remarkable document. One of the secretaries who worked on the production of the final submission was Mary Lee (later McMillan), secretary to Paderewski’s wife, Helena. After her marriage, Mary Lee McMillan moved to Cameron Park in Raleigh, where she fostered a family still prominent in legal circles of this city.

The need for Wilson’s speech had been made more urgent by the German and Austrian-Hungarian declaration of November 5, 1916, of a potential Polish state. The Allies had to make a bid of their own. The first concert of the Third Annual Paderewski will take place on the 100th anniversary of this consequential, if insincere, declaration by the Central Powers. The concert the following day will take place in the Daniels Auditorium of the North Carolina Museum of History, an auditorium named for the family of Josephus Daniels, who as Secretary of the Navy to Wilson became a fast friend of Paderewski’s.

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Artem Yasynskyy

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 3:00 pm
St. Mary’s School, Smedes Parlor
900 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC


Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
  Two Sonatas
    F Major, K 379
    C Major, K 385

Józef Hofmann (1876-1957)
  Character Sketches

Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
  Holiday Diary, Op. 5

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
  Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Book I


Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941)
  Chants du voyageur, Op.8 Nos. 1, 2, 3

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
  Pictures at an Exhibition


Jean Dubé

Sunday Afternoon, November 6, 2016 at 3:00pm
North Carolina Museum of History, Daniels Auditorium
5 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, North Carolina


J. S. Bach-Liszt (1685-1750)
  Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
  Rondo, K 511

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)   Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Book 2


Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
  Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 27 No. 2

  Mazurka in F sharp minor, Op. 59 No. 3

  Etude in E flat minor, Op.10 No. 6

  Etude in F major, Op.10 No. 8

  Waltz in A flat major, Op. 42

Franz Liszt-Mozart (1711-1886)
  Reminiscences of Don Juan

The Steinway concert grand piano for this performance was graciously provided by Hopper Piano and Organ Company, 1800 Tillery Place, Raleigh, North Carolina.


Alexia Mouza (International Chopin Competition Participant, Warsaw, 2015)

Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 3:00pm
North Carolina Museum of Art, Auditorium
2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, North Carolina


Antonio Soler (1729-1783)
  Sonata in G minor No. 87
  Sonata in C-sharp minor No. 21

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
  Sonata in E-flat major Hob. XVI:52


Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)
  Sonata No. 1 Op. 22

Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941)
  Nocturne Op.16 No. 4

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
  Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor


Janusz Olejniczak

Sunday Afternoon, November 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm
North Carolina Museum of Art, Auditorium
2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, North Carolina


Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941)
  Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 13
      with Paulina Sokołowska, Violin


Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)

  Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48 No. 1

  Four Mazurkas
    Choice and order of the mazurkas will be made
    by Mr. Olejniczak upon the moment, in accord with
    his inspiration and the tonal qualities of the piano.

        G minor, Op. 24 No. 1
        C major, Op. 24 No. 2
        A minor, Op. 17 No. 4
        A minor, Op. 68 No. 2

  Barcarolle in F sharp major, Op. 60

  Two Waltzes:
    A flat major, Op. 69 No. 1
    C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2

  Berceuse in D flat major, Op. 57

  Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23


  Sonata in B flat minor, Op. 35
    Grave/Scherzo: Doppio movimento
    Marche Funèbre
    Finale: Presto

  Scherzo No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 31