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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Paderewski in Paso Robles A Brief Timeline of Paderewski’s Life Festival Opener – Cass Winery Series Concert Friday Night Series Concert Youth Piano Competition & Exchange Program Festival Gala Concert Program Notes Acknowledgements Festival Supporters
Thursday, November 7
Saturday, November 9
Festival Opening Chamber Music Concert with Panic Duo
Documentary Film: Paderewski – The Man of Action, Success and Fame
Cass Winery: 6 p.m. no host wine bar, 6:30 p.m. concert followed by OPTIONAL buffet dinner Tickets: $20/30/50/60
Friday, November 8 Piano Master Class with Karol Radziwonowicz Park Ballroom: 2 p.m. – FREE
Jazz and Film Music concert with Krzesimir Dębski, Anna Jurksztowicz, Munyungo Jackson, Larry Koonse, and Darek Oleszkiewicz Park Ballroom: 7 p.m. – Tickets: $10/20/30
Note: Paderewski Festival VIP Passes ($200) include premium seating at all Festival events, dinner on Thursday, vineyard tour on Sunday and a gift bag of local specialties
Park Cinemas: 10 a.m. – FREE
“Paderewski’s Heart” Exhibit Studios on the Park: 11 a.m. – FREE
Youth Piano Competition Winners’ Recital Paso Robles Inn Ballroom: 4 p.m. – FREE
Gala Concert with Karol Radziwonowicz, piano Paso Robles Inn Ballroom: 7 p.m. wine reception, 7:30 p.m. concert – Tickets: $15/25/35 (under 21: FREE)
Sunday, November 10 Paderewski in Paso: Lecture by Marek Zebrowski Tour of Paderewski’s vineyard with appetizers & wine reception Epoch Estate Wines: 11 a.m. – Available to VIP Pass holders only
Additional exhibits featuring Paderewski memorabilia can be seen at the Carnegie Library and Pioneer Museum
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the Quintessential new York hotel debuting fall 2013 The Paderewski Suite at the newly-renovated Quin hotel celebrates Ignacy Jan Paderewski, a virtuoso Polish pianist, statesman, and humanitarian, who lived in the former Buckingham Hotel on this site from late 1940 until his death in June of 1941. A connoisseur of good food and wine, a guest of royalty and friend of the most influential politicians of the day, Paderewski prized the Buckingham for its comfort and quiet efficiency. With great city views from its spacious living room, the redesigned one-bedroom Paderewski Suite at the Quin re-imagines exclusive amenities that so appealed to Paderewski during his extended stay at the Buckingham. Welcome the unique mix of luxury and tradition of hospitality. Welcome to the Quin and the quintessential New York experience!
101 West 57th Street at Sixth Avenue New York, NY 10019
in Paso Robles
Jan Paderewski visited Paso Ithegnacy Robles on many occasions between years 1914 and 1939. He stayed at
the El Paso Hotel (now the Paso Robles Inn), and took cures in the hot springs. In February of 1914 he began buying land on the West Side of Paso Robles and, within a few years, his Rancho San Ignacio and Rancho Santa Helena covered 2,864 acres in the area. Paderewski’s farming methods and keen interest in wine-making transformed Central Coast agriculture, as he was one of the pioneers in planting Zinfandel in California. Wishing to enlarge his holdings and hoping to find oil, Paderewski also bought 2,626 acres of ranchland near Santa Maria in September 1917. Although several geological explorations and test drillings were carried out, oil was never discovered on his Santa Maria property, and the land was eventually sold in November 1933. To commemorate Paderewski’s association with the area, the Paderewski Festival was launched in Paso Robles in 1993. Featuring a variety of artists, annual concerts proved a resounding success with local citizens. Tours of vineyards, wine tasting, and presentations of Polish culture and history were held in a variety of venues around town. The death of one of the Paderewski Festival organizers and a destructive earthquake in 2003 temporarily suspended the annual concert
series. Under the leadership of the Polish Music Center at USC, the Paderewski Festival was re-launched in October 2006 with a solo recital by English pianist Jonathan Plowright. Held at Cass Winery, the event brought many individuals, organizations and local businesses together, proving that there is a continued interest in preserving Paderewski’s legacy in Paso Robles. In the past few years, the Festival has gained new supporters among such well-known Paso Robles institutions as the Paso Robles Inn, Carnegie Library, Main Street Association, Pioneer Museum, and Park Ballroom, among others. Comprised of various civic and community leaders, the new Festival Board of Directors has increased the scope of the Festival by offering more concerts and launching a Youth Piano Competition. The February 2007 letter of Frank Mecham, then Mayor of Paso Robles, suggesting a sister city agreement between Tarnów, Poland—the district encompassing Paderewski’s former estate at Kąśna Dolna—and Paso Robles was favorably received at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in Poland. As a result, a delegation representing the Paderewski Festival Board of Directors made an official visit in Poland in 2008. A visit to Kąśna Dolna and discussions with local officials, as well as meetings at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, at the Ministry of Culture, and with Poland’s First Lady led to a reciprocal visit of Polish officials in Paso Robles during the 2008 Paderewski Festival and the signing of a cultural cooperation agreement between Paso Robles and Tarnów. In his time, Paderewski contemplated establishing a music school in Paso Robles, and the Youth Piano Competition is the Festival’s embodiment of that vision. Young Central Coast pianists are encouraged to pursue their musical passion through auditions, workshops,
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master classes, and concert performances in California and in Poland. In 2009, 2011 and 2013, three tours of Central Coast students, selected from the winners of the Youth Piano Competition in Paso Robles, were invited for a week of chamber music workshops and piano master classes at the Paderewski estate in Kąśna Dolna, led by the Paderewski Festival Music Director, Marek Zebrowski. During the Cultural Exchange Program, the American youth worked side by side with young pianists from Poland and Ukraine, culminating in joint public concerts at Paderewski’s manor house and at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Students from Poland have made reciprocal visits to California in 2010 and 2012 to perform at the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles and to participate in various educational programs organized for them locally. This unique program is jointly supported by the Paderewski Festival, numerous wineries and civic organizations on the Central Coast, as well as the Paderewski Center in Kąśna Dolna, the Tarnów Province government, and diplomatic representatives of the Polish government in the United States. (See p. 20-21 for more information on the Competition and Exchange) Another exciting development includes the cooperation of the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles with the city of Bydgoszcz, Poland, where the Paderewski International Piano Competition is held every three years. As a result, winners of the Paderewski International Piano Competition are featured at Festival Gala concerts in Paso Robles. There is no doubt that performances of classical music given by the world’s most prominent artists and concerts showcasing young talent during the Festival will continue to enhance the cultural atmosphere of Paso Robles. In this way, Paderewski’s legacy and love for the region endures, enriching all who will participate in the rapidly growing list of cultural events in Paso Robles.
The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles congratulates
The Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles on its 2013 edition, noble and musical atmosphere, brilliant performances and lectures, as well as Ignacy Jan Paderewskiâ€™s spirit which accompanied the event from its very beginning.
www.losangeles.mfa.gov.pl 12400 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 555, Los Angeles, CA 90025, tel.: (1310) 442-8500, Fax: (1310) 442-8515 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.losangeles.mfa.gov.pl
Brief Timeline of Paderewskiâ€™s Life
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Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860–1941), a virtuoso pianist, composer, politician (the first Prime Minister of independent Poland after World War I), humanitarian and orator, was universally acclaimed as a “Modern Immortal” by his contemporaries. His charismatic personality and popular appeal made him one of the most cherished figures of the 20th century. Although his bold political vision for a multiethnic and multi-cultural United States of Poland was never realized, his musical legacy continues to inspire generations of musicians all around the world.
1860 Born on November 6 in the village of Kuryłówka, in the Podolia Province of southeastern Poland 1872 –1879 Studies piano, harmony, counterpoint and trombone at the Music Institute in Warsaw. First published composition, Impromptu for Piano, appears in the journal Echo Muzyczne in Warsaw in 1879 1880 Marries a fellow-student, Antonina Korsak, who dies a year later in childbirth. Paderewski’s son, Alfred, is an invalid throughout his life 1881–1886 Studies composition with Friedrich Kiel and Heinrich Urban in Berlin; befriends Anton Rubinstein, Richard Strauss and the music publisher Hugo Bock. Studies with Teodor Leschetizky in Vienna. Teaches at the Strasbourg Conservatory in 1885 and appears in solo and chamber music concerts 1888 Triumphant debut at the Salle Érard in Paris in March followed by recitals in major European capitals 1891 Performs in New York City for the first time. Gives over 100 concerts in U.S. and Canada during a four-month period. Initiates international annual concert tours of North America 1897 Purchase olna estate about 60 miles southeast of Kraków (sold 1903) 1899 Marries long-time companion, Helena Górska and honeymoons a Dolna. Purchases a villa, RiondBosson, near Morges, Switzerland, that becomes Paderewski’s principal residence until 1940 1901 Death of Alfred Paderewski. Premiere of Paderewski’s only opera, Manru, in Dresden. American premiere at the Metropolitan Opera follows in 1902
1906 Makes his first piano-roll recordings for WelteMignon. Also records for Aeolian Company and HMV 1909 Symphony in B Minor, Op. 24, “Polonia,” premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Later performed in Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore 1914 – 1916 Purchases ranch land in California: Paso Robles (2,864 acres) and Santa Maria (2,626 acres) 1915 – 1918 Gives over 300 speeches and lecture-recitals on behalf of Polish independence. Raises millions of dollars in aid for Poland, working with U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and the political elites of Europe 1918-1922 As the representative of Poland signs the Versailles Treaty, restoring Polish sovereignty after 123 years. Serves as the first Prime Minister of Poland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Poland’s representative to the League of Nations. Resigns from all political posts and resumes international concert tours in 1922 1923 Receives the honorary Doctor of Law degree from USC for his political achievements. Also honored by Lwów, Yale, Jagiellonian, Oxford, Columbia, Poznań, Glasgow, Cambridge, and New York Universities 1932 Performs for 15,000 at Madison Square Garden, raising $37,000 for unemployed American musicians 1934 Paderewski’s wife, Helena, dies in Switzerland after a long illness 1937 – 1938 Appears in British film, Moonlight Sonata, portraying himself in a 21-minute recital of works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and his own Menuet. Performs a 40-minute radio recital, broadcast live around the world and carried in North America by the NBC Network 1939 Last American tour cut short as Paderewski becomes ill in New York and sails for Europe on May 30 1939–1941 Conducts anti-Nazi campaign from his home in Switzerland, but does not join Polish government in exile. Evacuated via France, Spain, and Portugal, he reaches New York in November 1940. Dies in New York on June 29, 1941, and receives a state burial at the Arlington National Cemetery 1992 Paderewski’s body is returned to Poland and buried in the Royal Crypt of the Warsaw Cathedral in a ceremony attended by the presidents of Poland and the United States ◊
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2013 PADEREWSKI FESTIVAL CASS WINERY SERIES RECITAL WITH THE PANIC DUO THURSDAY, 7 NOVEMBER 6:30 P.M. CASS WINERY, PASO ROBLES
Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937)
Mythes, Op. 30 La Fontaine d’Arèthuse Narcisse Dryades et Pan
Sonata per Violino e Pianoforte (2013) Krzesimir Dębski (b. 1953) Malinconico Maestoso Vigoroso Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880)
Polonaise brillante in A major, Op. 21
Steinway piano donated by Tom and Kathleen Maas Sponsored by
CASS Vineyards & Winery
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escribed as “exciting,” “virtuosic” D and “irresistible,” Panic Duo is a Los-Angeles based ensemble dedicated
to the performance of the music of our time. Since 2009 violinist Pasha Tseitlin and pianist Nic Gerpe have presented an exciting variety of repertoire to their audiences, freely mixing styles and periods, from classical and contemporary to jazz, modernist, and world-music. Over the past few years Panic Duo has collaborated with composers such as Gernot Wolfgang, Donald Crockett, Erica Muhl and Juhi Bansal, commissioning, premiering, and recording new works for violin and piano. Panic Duo’s repertoire also includes such twentieth century classics as Karol Szymanowski’s Mythes, John Corigliano’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, and the lyrical and ethereal Four Nocturnes of George Crumb. Over the past few years, Panic Duo has performed at venues throughout California, and served as the artists in residence for the 2013 New Lens Concert Series. Pianist Nic Gerpe, a Los-Angeles native, has been hailed as “dashing” (Christian Herzog, sandiego.com) and “appropriately spacy and far-out” (Matthew Guerrieri, sohothedog.com). A dedicated advocate of new music, Gerpe has worked with such composers as Steve Reich, Jo Kondo, Michael Gordon and Don Crockett, and has given numerous world premieres in the Los Angeles area and abroad. Over the past few years Gerpe has performed throughout Southern California and at festivals including the Banff International Keyboard Festival, the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory, and the Tahoe Chamber Music Festival. Gerpe’s performances have also been nationally broadcast on 91.5 KUSC and classicalkusc.org. As a concerto soloist, Gerpe’s most recent performances have included composer Thomas Demenga’s Relations, a double concerto for two cellos, percussion and prepared piano, premiered at the 2012 Piatigorsky International CelloFest. He also recently premiered composer
Dale Trumbore’s Piano Concerto 10,000 Hours with the USC Thornton Symphony, conducted by Donald Crockett. As a solo performer and chamber musician, Gerpe has worked with Los Angelesbased new music groups, including ensemble GREEN and Midnight Winds, and has performed at Microfest, L.A.’s festival dedicated to microtonal music. Gerpe earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance at the USC Thornton School of Music in 2012, studying with Bernadene Blaha, Kevin Fitz-Gerald and Stewart Gordon. He has also worked extensively with Earl Wild, Arnold Steinhardt, Robert Lipsett, and Stephen Drury. Nic Gerpe has been on the piano faculty of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music since 2006. More information at: panicduo.com Violinist Pasha Tseitlin was born in San Diego in 1986. He began violin studies with his parents at the age of four and made his solo debut at nine with the California Institute of Music Orchestra, performing Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Marked by virtuosity, intensity, and heartfelt sensitivity, Tseitlin’s concert appearances are uniformly praised by the critics. Barbara Kraft of Time Magazine described Tseitlin’s playing as “…cliff hanging… crackling with visceral energy,” and Kenneth Herman, the San Diego critic for the Los Angeles Times, termed it “simply irresistible.” The St. Petersburg Music Journal praised Tseitlin’s performances as “…great in musicianship and technically superb…played with elegance and brilliance.” Tseitlin was also featured in the May 2008 issue of the prestigious Strad Magazine. A graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music where he studied with Alice Schoenfeld and Robert Lipsett, Tseitlin is a recent winner of the Grand Prize at the Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. Over the past few years,
Tseitlin was a featured soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Ryazan Philharmonic, USC Thornton Symphony, La Jolla Symphony, and San Diego Symphony. He recently made his television debut with vocalist Lizz Wright in a tribute to the jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald nationally aired on PBS. In addition to standard concert repertoire, Tseitlin is dedicated to performing contemporary works by Thomas Adès, George Crumb, and other young and lesser-known composers. Equally at ease in different styles and genres, Tseitlin recently recorded principal violin for the musical score of the movie The Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. Additionally, Tseitlin performed a duet with Monica Mancini on “A House is Not a Home,” in a tribute to Burt Bacharach. With a background in jazz improvisation, Tseitlin also performs shows with his band NY Unit, frequently touring in Japan. He has toured Germany, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Brazil, Portugal, Russia, and the United States. Beyond concert and recording engagements, Tseitlin has worked with the Salvation Army giving free concerts, demonstrations, and encouragement. Through his community involvement he hopes to inspire vision, create beauty, and motivate individuals towards constant improvement. More information at: pashaviolin.com
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2013 PADEREWSKI FESTIVAL FRIDAY NIGHT SERIES
JAZZ AND FILM MUSIC CONCERT WITH KRZESIMIR DĘBSKI AND FRIENDS FRIDAY, 8 NOVEMBER 7 P.M. PARK BALLROOM, PASO ROBLES
Program to be announced from the stage
Steinway piano loaned by David Brown
rzesimir Dębski is a prominent K Polish composer as well as a virtuoso violinist, pianist, and a celebrated
orchestral conductor. Equally at home in the world of jazz and classical music, Dębski is chiefly known in Poland for his numerous and highly popular film scores. In addition, he is also famous as a songwriter and arranger, and a composer of music for theatre. Born in Wałbrzych on October 26, 1953, Krzesimir Dębski studied music from an early age. His father, Włodzimierz Sławosz Dębski, was a musical educator who served as music school director in various cities throughout Poland. Already during middle school Krzesimir Dębski played in various musical ensembles, including The Hazards and Maszyna Rytmu [The Rhythm Machine], and made his debut in 1973 at the Rack Avant-Garde Festival in Kalisz. He later joined the group Warsztat [The Workshop] as a jazz violinist, performing at the Jazz on the Odra River Festival in Wrocław in 1975.
Later Dębski worked with the Tey Cabaret in Poznań, Jonkisz Jazz Orchestra, Górny Orchestra, and Orchestra of the Eighth Day. Starting in 1973 Dębski studied composition with Andrzej Koszewski and conducting with Witold Krzemieński at the Poznań Academy of Music. He graduated in 1977 and by 1980 began touring all of Europe and North America as violinist with the celebrated String Connection ensemble, giving well over one thousand concerts, including radio and television appearances. Winner of the First Prize in the International Jazz Competition in Belgium, Dębski was also honored by Jazz Forum Magazine with its Best Violinist and Best Arranger Prizes. Listed in 1985 as one of the ten best jazz violinists by Down Beat Magazine, Dębski had since then scored over seventy feature films, and numerous TV series. Among his best-known feature film credits are Ogniem i mieczem [With Fire and Sword], W pustyni i w puszczy [In Desert and
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Wilderness], and Stara baśń [An Old Tale]. Mr. Dębski’s soundtrack for Ogniem i mieczem went platinum in Poland, selling over two hundred thousand copies. Krzesimir Dębski is also a prolific songwriter, with over one hundred pop songs to his credit. Many of them are written to texts by Jacek Cygan and feature prominently in the repertoire of such well-known artists as Edyta
Górniak, Anna Jurksztowicz, Grażyna Łobaszewska, Ryszard Rynkowski, Zdzisława Sośnicka, Mieczysław Szcześniak, Natasza Urbańska and Borys Szyc. Krzesimir Dębski has also scored hundreds of episodes of popular Polish TV series, including Klan [The Clan], Złotopolscy [The Złotopolski Family], Ranczo [The Rancho], Na dobre i na złe [For Good and Ill] and children TV series Maszyna Zmian [The Transformation Machine]. Dębski’s score for the 1987 film The Young Magician was nominated for the 1988 Genie Film Award in Canada. He also received the Fryderyk Composer of the Year Award in 2000 and won the 2000 Philip International Film Academy Award for his music to the film With Fire and Sword. Dębski’s soundtrack to In Desert and Wilderness was recognized with an award at the Pyros International Music Festival in Greece in 2001 and his score for The Old Fairy Tale received the Golden Duck Award in 2003. His most recent film
orn in Los Angeles, drummer Darryl B Munyungo Jackson owns an everincreasing collection of instruments
with which to execute his craft, whether it’s funk, pop, jazz, Latin, reggae, or traditional dance music of such countries as Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Haiti, Brazil, and Cuba. In over thirty years of playing, Munyungo has performed with Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Kenny Loggins, Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves, the Zawinul Syndicate, George Howard, Ronnie Laws, The Temptations, Four Tops, The Supremes, Bennie Maupin, Bill Summers, Marcus Miller and dozens of others, including various ethnic music and dance troupes. As a child, Munyungo studied classical piano until the age of nineteen. During his high school years, when one of his buddies started a Latin jazz band, seventeenyear-old Munyungo found himself attracted to the sound of the timbales, and his interest in piano began to fade. He began spending time with the band’s percussionist, discovered techniques of playing timbales, and shortly thereafter he purchased his very own set. Since Munyungo’s father was program director of a jazz radio station, Munyungo became familiar with Latin artists like Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, Tito Puente, and practiced his timbales
scores include a soundtrack for the first Polish 3D film, Battle of Warsaw 1920, Sztos 2 [Polish Roulette], and Siberian Exile. Dębski’s film scoring projects in the United States included writing new soundtracks for Charlie Chaplin’s short and mid-length films from the mid-1910s. Throughout the last decade, Krzesimir Dębski has received a number of commissions for large-scale orchestral works from outstanding soloists and major symphony orchestras in Poland and abroad. He has shared the stage with such internationally acclaimed artists as John Blake, Jose Carreras, The Canadian Brass, Jose Cura, Nigel Kennedy, Adam Makowicz, Ewa Malas-Godlewska, Mark O’Connor, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Vadim Repin. Krzesimir Dębski’s expanding catalogue of orchestral compositions currently includes two symphonies, an opera, ballet music, and eleven concertos for various solo instruments and orchestra. In great demand as conductor and performer, his recent foreign tours
included performances in Mexico, India, Brazil, Germany, and the United States. Dębski’s music has been recorded on MAG Music, Pool Music, Pomarton, EMI Classics, Polstar, Warner Music Poland, Polskie Nagrania, Proton, Koch, BMG Poland, Si Music, Universal Music Polska, and Pol Music labels. Krzesimir Dębski has served as Deputy Chair of the Polish Contemporary Music Society and has given summer course guest lectures in Ankara, Darmstadt, San Diego, and Los Angeles. He also served as professor of composition at music academies in Łódź, Poznań, and Warsaw. In 2010 Dębski received the Ecce Homo Order, a Polish Catholic Church award for: “Depicting life with music and creating a musical imprint on the picture of Poland and the world, as well as for beautiful transformation of everyday reality through good works, orderliness and harmony.” More information at: kdebski.pl
by playing along with these albums. Soon thereafter he formed a Latin jazz band with his classmates. From that point, Munyungo progressed to congas, bongos, Latin percussion, religious Bata drumming, and other percussion instruments from many different cultures. Subsequently, Munyungo worked with traditional drummers from Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, China and Japan. He also began a collection of over four hundred percussion instruments and drums from all over the world. As he performed with African and Caribbean players, they often shouted, “Munyungo!” (Zulu for ‘door’ or ‘entrance’), to cheer him on and it wasn’t long before it became his nickname. According to Munyungo, “Traditional percussion instruments were invented for the purpose of communication with nature and spirits as well as with other humans; someone who uses these instruments to invoke the forces of nature to act is traditionally called a drummer.” Aware of the wealth of new technologies available to contemporary musicians, Munyungo’s electronic arsenal of samplers, digital drums, drum machines and computers coexists with his more traditional instruments. He finds them invaluable for composing original music and for use in studio and movie
soundtrack projects. In addition to concert tours and recording work, Munyungo is currently on the staff of the Watts Towers Art Center in Los Angeles, where he helps to present the annual Fall Drum Festival featuring master drummers from all over the world. At past festivals, Babatunde Olatunji, Philly Joe Jones, and Papa Joe Jones have been among the performers.
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Munyungo has also led his own band, Jungle Book,” presenting traditional performances which often include dancers. In addition, he conducts local drum clinics teaching ethnic percussion to aspiring professionals of all ages and levels. He has also made appearances in popular singer and jazz vocalist A in her native Poland, Anna Jurksztowicz began her career in an
amateur renaissance vocal ensemble, Musicus Poloniensis, and studied classical singing at the Music Academy in Szczecin. Moving on from bel canto repertoire to jazz and pop, she became a professional performer at the age of sixteen, sharing the stage with the most famous Polish entertainers. Throughout the 1980s Jurksztowicz was a lead vocalist of a jazz vocal group Music Market that specialized in gospel and spiritual music. She also appeared with the Poznań-based Spirituals and Gospel Singers, touring and recording throughout Poland, Germany, Sweden and Russia. Her first solo performance in 1985 at the Opole Festival led to her winning of the First Prize and the Karol Musioł Prize and in subsequent festivals she was awarded with several other prizes for performances of new songs. Jurksztowicz has represented Poland at festivals and song contests in Poland, Germany, South America, Latvia, Sweden, Italy, Turkey, Egypt and India. Her voice can be heard on numerous soundtracks for motion pictures, including W pustyni i w puszczy [In Desert and Wilderness], and Polish language versions of the Walt Disney productions of Happy Pooh Year, The Piglet Movie and The Hefalump
orn into a musical family in Southern B California, Larry Koonse has been playing the guitar since he was seven years old. In his early years he studied with legendary guitar master Jimmy Wyble, and at the age of fifteen he recorded an album with his father, guitarist Dave Koonse, entitled Dave and Larry Koonse: Father and Son Jazz Guitars. In 1984, Larry was the first recipient of a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at the University of Southern California. After graduating from USC, Larry toured extensively for six years as a member of the John Dankworth quartet, traveling all across the globe and backing
several television and film productions. His very long list of recordings includes performances with such greats as Aga Zaryan, Bill Summers, Billy Mitchell, Christian McBride, Diana Ross, Dianne Reeves, Doc Powell, Fred Ramirez, George Howard, Herbie Hancock, Juan Carlos Movie. She has also recorded for TV series Kingsajz [King Size], Czułość i kłamstwa [Tenderness and Lies], Matki, żony i kochanki [Mothers, Wives and Lovers], Na dobre i na złe [For Good and Ill], Więzy krwi [Blood Ties], and Ranczo [The Rancho]. Jurksztowicz is also well-known for her special concerts of music for children. Many of her songs in this area of repertoire have become great and enduring hits for the successive generations of young listeners. In 2011 Jurksztowicz collaborated with Berlin-based musicians on the Mozart Smooth Jazz project, featuring her own arrangements of Mozart’s most famous operatic arias and songs. She presented this program first at the Mozartiana Festival in Gdańsk and toured with it throughout Europe. During the past season latest she toured as a soloist with Poland’s leading symphony orchestras solo in performances of film music. Ms. Jurksztowicz’s latest project is a CD recording of contemplative music. Drawing on various religious and spiritual traditions, she incorporated texts by famous such poets as Federico García Lorca, Czesław Miłosz or Wisława Szymborska into her own arrangements of spirituals, gospel, canticles, and mantras. Thomas Barquee, a Californiabased producer for Spirit Voyage Records, collaborated with Jurksztowicz on this up Cleo Laine. He is currently a member of Billy Child’s landmark chamber sextet which recently released its second CD titled Autumn: In Moving Pictures. He has received multiple Grammy nominations for the aforementioned CD (Jazz Album of the Year and Instrumental Performance); for the sextet’s first release, Lyric (Ensemble Performance); and for two Luciana Souza releases (Best Vocal Album for Tide and Book of Chet). Larry has recently joined a trio formed by jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton which includes the great flautist Hubert Laws. The group plans to record their debut recording in the Fall. He has also toured
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Quintero, Kenny Loggins, Miles Davis, Norman Brown, Stan Keiser, Stanley Clarke, Steve Wonder, and Sting, among many others. More information at: Munyungo.com
fascinating new outlet for her versatile and creative talent, and the recording will be released later this year. Anna Jurksztowicz is also a well-known music publisher and owner of Si Music, a company with a sizable catalogue of scores and CD recordings. Her company’s series, Modern Classics from Poland, promotes music by Krzesimir Dębski and other contemporary Polish composers. More information at: www. annajurksztowicz.com with Mel Tormé, Bob Brookmeyer, Billy Childs, John Patitucci, David Friesen, Karrin Allyson, Luciana Souza, Natalie Cole, Bob Mintzer, Tierney Sutton, Peter Erskine, Hubert Laws, and Warne Marsh, and was a featured performer with the Percy Faith Orchestra on a tour of Japan. Invited by Nelson Mandela and UNICEF, Larry traveled to South Africa to perform for the first annual SAMIX festival with the Steve Houghton quintet. He also performed with Gary Willis in Sao Paulo for a government sponsored concert at SESC Ipiranga. In his travels, Larry has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Academy of Music, Disney Hall, the Sydney
Opera House, and has been a featured soloist with the L.A. Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and many other orchestras throughout the world. Having been featured on over 250 albums, Larry has recorded with Cleo Laine, Al Hirt, Jimmy Rowles, Bob Brookmeyer, Luciana Souza, Lee Konitz, Larry Goldings, Mel Torme, Alan Broadbent, Ray Brown, Bill Perkins, Toots Thielemanns, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, David Friesen, Bob Sheppard, Warne Marsh, Charlie Haden, Natalie Cole and many other jazz artists. His solo guitar work was featured throughout Crazy, a feature film chronicling the life of the great guitarist Hank Garland. The founder of the Player’s School, the renowned bassist Jeff Berlin, contacted Larry in 1995 to write a guitar curriculum which is currently used for their program. arek “Oles” Oleszkiewicz was born D on February 20, 1963 in Wrocław, Poland, and began his music education
at the State Music School at the age of five. Piano was his first instrument, but later he played guitar, electric bass and finally at eighteen years old, he switched to acoustic bass. While in his teens he played with amateur groups, evolving in popular music styles from rock, blues, jazz-rock to straight ahead jazz. In the early 1980’s, Oles participated in various jazz festivals and national competitions for young musicians. In 1983, he was the most awarded musician at the Jazz Juniors in Kraków, winning the first individual prize, first prize for jazz composition and a second prize in jazz combo category. Later that year Oles was invited by Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski, a jazz legend in Poland, to join the saxophonist’s quartet on tour. In the following five years Oles was working steadily with some of the best jazz bands in the country such as Zbigniew Namysłowski Quartet, Tomasz Szukalski Quartet, Henryk Majewski Quintet, Wojciech Karolak Trio and Andrzej Jagodziński Trio and Jan Ptaszyn Wróblewski Quartet. With those groups he recorded for Polish Jazz, Polskie Nagrania, East Wind and also for the radio and television in Poland and abroad. Darek Oleszkiewicz has toured extensively throughout Poland, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Cuba, Mexico and performed at major festivals, concerts and jazz club venues.
He was co-leader of the L.A. Jazz Quartet which released their fourth CD, Conversation Piece (NAXOS Records) in September 2000. The quartet’s first three CD’s, Astarte (GOWI), Look to the East (NAXOS), and Family Song (NTR), have received critical acclaim for their originality and musical depth. Larry’s most recent recording, What’s in the Box, a CD featuring the music of the great guitarist/composer Jimmy Wyble, is now available through Jazz Compass (www.jazzcompass.com). He has three other releases on the Jazz Compass label: Americana (a recording featuring Scott Colley on the bass), Dialogues of the Heart (featuring his father Dave Koonse in a guitar duo setting), and Storybook (featuring the bassist Darek Oles). Larry has been a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts since 1990.
More information at: www.directory. calarts.edu/node/1684
In 1988, Oles arrived in Los Angeles with a simple plan in mind: to broaden his musical horizon. One year later he received a full scholarship from California Institute of the Arts and began studies with the legendary bassist Charlie Haden. After graduation in 1992, he accepted a teaching position at the Institute, where he has been conducting jazz ensembles and teaching bass ever since. Since 2002 Oles has been a jazz faculty member at the University of California in Irvine. Aside from his teaching duties, Oles has been very active as a performer and became one of the most sought after bass players on the West Coast. “Oles” (his American nickname) had the opportunity to perform and record with the greatest masters in jazz. A partial list of his collaborations include: Brad Mehldau, Billy Higgins, Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano, Eddie Henderson, Charles Lloyd, John Abercrombie, Bennie Maupin, Lee Konitz, Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua, Bennie Wallace, Victor Lewis, Harvey Mason, Dave Grusin, Art Farmer, Horace Silver, Alice Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane, James Newton, Arthur Blythe, Lew Tabackin, Steve Kuhn, Gary Smulyan, Ronnie Cuber, Billy Hart, Kevin Hays, Munyungo Jackon, Steve Hass, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Marian McPartland, Janis Siegel, Bob Brookmeyer, Curtis Fuller, Roy McCurdy, Tom Harrell, Larry Goldings, Bill Stewart, Chris Potter, Kei Akagi, Billy Childs, Bob Sheppard, Joe LaBarbera, Bill Cunliffe, Patrice Rushen, Bennie Golson, Piotr Baron, Teri Lynn Carrington, Buddy De Franco, Terry Gibbs,
Anthony Wilson Nonet and Los Angeles Jazz Quartet. With these and many other artists Oles has recorded approximately 100 albums and performed hundreds of concerts throughout America, Europe and Asia. Several of those recordings were nominated for Grammy Awards. In 2003, Oles was also nominated to Fryderyk’s Awards in Poland in the category Jazz Musician of the Year. Oles’s first recording project as a leader Like a Dream with Brad Mehldau and Bennie Maupin was released by Cryptogramophone Records in 2004 and gained critical acclaim worldwide. In 2005 Darek “Oles” Oleszkiewicz was voted the Best Acoustic Bassist in the Jazz Top readers’ poll in Jazz Forum magazine. More information at: www.usc.edu/ schools/music/private/faculty/oleszkie.php
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2013 PADEREWSKI FESTIVAL YOUTH PIANO COMPETITION WINNERS’ RECITAL SATURDAY, 9 NOVEMBER 4 P.M. PASO ROBLES INN BALLROOM
ince 2007 the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles has organized the annual Youth Piano Competition. Open to students in two age groups—Juniors (10-14) and Seniors (15-18)— all contestants must currently study with an established piano teacher and reside in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara or Monterey Counties. Juried auditions are held in Paso Robles at the end of October, and participants in each category compete for prizes ranging from $200-750. Finalists are presented in a Winners’ Recital, held at the Ballroom of the historic Paso Robles Inn during the annual Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles in November. Selected Youth Competition winners may also have an opportunity to travel to Poland on the Cultural Exchange Program, held biennially since 2009.
2010 COMPETITION winners & judges
Past finalists of the Paderewski Youth Piano Competition (in alphabetical order):
2007: Tyrone Crockett, Max Eisendrath, *Matt Fauria, Joshua Lehrer, *Evan Lin, and Cooper Stimson
2008: Evan Lin, *Rory McClish, *Lindsay Reed, and Andrew Toh 2009: *Jordan Adams, *Madeline Anderson, Kevin Chen, Daphne Honma, Rory McClish, Hyun Jee Kim, and Gianna Zufall
2010: Jordan Adams, Madeline Anderson,*Daniel Ha, Max Eisendrath, Evan Lin, Kevin Lin, and Gianna Zufall 2011: Madeline Anderson, Daniel Ha, Sofia Talarico, Elizabeth Lee, and Kevin Park 2012: Cian Amor, Daniel Ha, Sydney Haughian, Evan Lin, Kevin Park, *Jack Raventos, and Gianna Zufall * Designates finalists from the Paderewski Youth Competition who were chosen to travel to Poland in 2009, 2011, and 2013
2009 Exchange Students at Jagiellonian - Krakow, Poland
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2011 Exchange Students in Ciezkowice, Poland
The 2013 edition of the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles presents another group of Competition finalists, and these laureates will be eligible to participate in the Cultural Exchange Program in Poland in 2015. To learn more about the Competition and print entry forms, please see the Festival website at: www.paderewskifest. com. For further information, contact Rachel Garrett at email@example.com, (805) 423-2242, or P.O. Box 272, Paso Robles, CA 93447.
PADEREWSKI FESTIVAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM
2013 exchange students in Kasna Dolna, PolanD
gnacy Jan Paderewski once expressed his wish to establish IAmerican a music school in Paso Robles, California—his beloved retreat—and the Paderewski Festival Cultural
Exchange Program seeks to foster that dream. Initiated by a Sister Cities agreement between the cities of Paso Robles and Tarnów, Poland, that was signed in November 2008, the Exchange encourages the exploration of cultural, educational and business opportunities between locales that share historical ties to Paderewski. The Paderewski Festival Cultural Exchange Program provides annual opportunities for young musicians from the Central Coast region of California in the US and the Tarnów region to further their piano studies and perform together, as well as learn about each other’s countries and cultures. In odd years, chosen finalists of the Paderewski Youth Piano Competition in Paso Robles travel to Poland to participate in master classes alongside Polish students at Paderewski’s former estate in Kąśna Dolna near Tarnów, as well as perform together for audiences at Kąśna Dolna and Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Three tours of young Central Coast musicians have travelled to Poland in 2009, 2011 and 2013. In 2010 and in 2012, young Polish musicians from Tarnów came to Paso Robles, staying with host families in California while studying with internationally renowned pianists and performing during the Paderewski Festival. In June 2013, students from Khmilnyk in the Ukraine joined the Exchange Program in Kąśna Dolna, and the Paderewski Festival plans to invite them together with students from Tarnów to California in fall of 2014. The Festival and the Exchange Program celebrate Paderewski’s links with places closely tied to his personal history and, over the past five years, have developed a wonderful cooperation between Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, and the Province of Tarnów. The recent addition of the Ukrainian region of Podolia to the Exchange Program not only recognizes Paderewski’s birthplace but also represents a promising development in fostering closer cultural links between Poland, the Ukraine and the United States. The annual costs of the Exchange Program are shared between the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, the City and Province of Tarnów, and the Paderewski Centre in Kąśna Dolna. All lodging/
Cultural Agreement Signing-Paso Robles Nov. 2008
2012 exchange Students-Paso Robles, CA meals/transportation in and around Kąśna Dolna are provided by our partners in Poland. However, the Paderewski Festival provides international airfare for up to three American students and their chaperone and all other lodging and meals during the sightseeing portion of the journey, as well as amenities and events for Polish students visiting California. Only through your generous financial support can this Cultural Exchange Program continue.
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2013 PADEREWSKI FESTIVAL GALA CONCERT RECITAL BY KAROL RADZIWONOWICZ SATURDAY, 9 NOVEMBER 7:30 P.M. PASO ROBLES INN BALLROOM
Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) Menuet, Op. 14 no. 1 Mazurka, Op. 9 no. 2 Cracovienne fantastique, Op. 14 no. 6 Nocturne, Op. 16 no. 3 Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)
Mazurka, Op. 68 no. 2 Fantaisie-Impromptu, Op. 66 Grande Valse Brillante, Op. 34 no. 2 Ballade No. 4, Op. 52 Inter mission
Frederic Chopin Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Nocturne, Op. 9 no. 1
Sonata, Op. 21 Allegro con fuoco Andante ma non troppo Allegro vivace
Steinway piano donated by Tom and Kathleen Maas Program Sponsored by
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arol Radziwonowicz is a world-famous pianist educated K in Poland and in the United States of America, who has performed throughout Europe, North and South America,
Australia, and Asia. After graduating from the Chopin National Music Academy in Warsaw with the highest honors, Radziwonowicz was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship at the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington during the academic year 1987-1988. A First Prize winner at the Paderewski Piano Competition in Warsaw and the Słupsk (Poland) Piano Competition, Karol Radziwonowicz also received the Audience Award at the Liszt International Piano Competition in Utrecht (The Netherlands) in 1986. As a soloist, Radziwonowicz has shared the stage with such prestigious orchestras as the Warsaw National Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Polish Radio and Television, Sinfonia Varsovia (Poland), Neues Gewandhaus Grosses Rundfunkorchester (Germany), Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogota (Colombia), Estonian National Philharmonic, Staatsorchester Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz (Germany), St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra (Russia), and Argentina Symphony Orchestra, and has been featured with concert orchestras in Vienna, Paris, Moscow, St. Petersburg, San Francisco, Berlin, Zurich, New York, Buenos Aires, Toronto, Tokyo, Delhi, and Sydney. He has collaborated with such renowned conductors as Kazimierz Kord, Jan Krenz, Jerzy Maksymiuk, Antoni Wit, Francisco Rettig, Stanisław Winiarczyk, Nicolai Alekseyev, Rasmus Bauman, and Alexander Chernushenko. Radziwonowicz’s solo appearances at international festivals include the Wratislavia Cantans and Duszniki-Zdrój Chopin Festivals (Poland), Liszt Festival in Utrecht (Holland), Saint-Cère and Musicora Festivals in Paris (France), International Tokyo Music Festival in Japan, Festival Europalia in Den Haag (The Netherlands), Festival d’été de Quebec (Canada), and Musical Kremlin Festival in Moscow (Russia), in addition to concert tours of Canada, Colombia, India, the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, San Salvador, Panama, Belize, and Japan. One of Radziwonowicz’s great successes was his performance at Carnegie Hall in New York on November 2001 for a concert with Sinfonia Varsovia commemorating the 60th anniversary of Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s death. After that triumph, Radziwonowicz received an invitation to perform at the Musik Festspielehaus in Salzburg, Austria, in May 2003. Later that month, also with Sinfonia Varsovia, Radziwonowicz toured Japan with Chopin’s Concerto in E minor, followed by concerts in Italy performing Rachmaninoff’s and Prokofiev’s piano concertos in October 2003. In November 2004 Radziwonowicz was invited to perform Mozart at the Berlin Philharmonic Concert Hall and his performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto opened the 2005 concert season of the Societé des Concerts de Fribourg in Switzerland. In May 2006, Radziwonowicz was the featured soloist in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the Concertgebouw Hall in Amsterdam, one of the most prestigious concert venues
in the world. During the last five years, in addition to his appearances as soloist and with orchestras in Poland, Austria, Ukraine, and Russia, Radziwonowicz has toured South America, Israel, and Vietnam. Throughout his career, Karol Radziwonowicz has recorded for such companies as Tandem Classics, PIM Records, Selene, DUX, Le Chant du Monde, KOCH-Schwann Records, Polskie Nagrania-Muza, and EMI. He was the first pianist in the world to register the complete piano works of Ignacy Jan Paderewski on Selene Records, for whom he also recorded rarely-heard piano compositions by Polish composers Juliusz Zarębski and Karol Mikuli. Radziwonowicz’s 3-CD set with the I Solisti di Varsavia orchestra of Chopin’s music for piano and orchestra in a chamber music transcription was nominated for the prestigious Fryderyk Award by Poland’s Recording Academy. In February 2010, a recording of Radziwonowicz’s interpretations of Chopin’s music was taken aboard the NASA Space Shuttle mission STS-130 to the International Space Station, an achievement marked by EMI’s release of the disc “Chopin: the Space Concert.” A frequent guest lecturer, Karol Radziwonowicz has given a number of master classes at such universities as the Wrocław and Kraków Music Academies in Poland and the Petrozavodsk and Krasoyarsk Conservatories in Russia. He has served as a juror for the 1998 and 2001 editions of the Paderewski International Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz, Poland, the 2006 Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in Estonia, and currently as the Jury President of the Chopin’s Golden Ring Piano Competition in Slovenia. Since its inception in 2004, Radziwonowicz has also served as President of the International Paderewski Music Society in Warsaw. In this capacity he has overseen a number of publications, international conferences and concerts held in Poland and abroad, and has served as Director and Curator of the Paderewski Museum at Łazienki Palace in Warsaw. 2013 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles
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Chamber Concert - Thursday, November 7 KAROL SZYMANOWSKI (1882-1937) Mythes, Op. 30 ...In Mythes… Pawełek [Kochański] and I created a new style, a new expression of violin playing, a truly epoch-making thing. zymanowski’s Mythes S for violin and piano represent a pioneering
breakthrough in 20th century music. Written during the spring of 1915, this suite of three movements was inspired by Szymanowski’s great love of antiquity and Greek mythology. Composed specifically for Szymanowski’s close friend and violin virtuoso, Paweł Kochański (1887-1934), the cycle actually bears dedication to Kochański’s wife, Zofia. Each of the movements is a brilliant, delicately-sketched, and truly fantastic vision. The opening La Fontaine d’Arèthuse is a shimmering depiction of a fleeing nymph who vanishes in a pool of water. A gently undulating piano accompaniment underpins the soaring violin lines throughout. Narcisse, the second movement, is also water-related. The music closely follows the myth of Narcissus
admiring his beautiful image reflected on the water’s surface, a vision that turns into a flower. The third movement, Dryades et Pan, opens with a solo violin trill that depicts the summer wind. The Dryads’ ecstatic dance follows only to be interrupted by Pan’s flute (here the violin harmonics imitate the woodwind’s enchanted sound) to be followed by more rapturous dancing until everybody collapses exhausted and the suite ends on a quiet return of Pan’s theme. La Fontaine d’Arèthuse was first performed by Paweł Kochański and Szymanowski at an April 5, 1915, concert in Kiev and the entire suite was world-premiered by the same ensemble in Humen, Ukraine, on May 10, 1916. The score was published by Universal Edition in Vienna in 1921 and instantly became a sensation among the leading composers of the era, including Bela Bartok, Sergei Prokofiev, and Igor Stravinsky. Indeed, Szymanowski’s Mythes broke ground with its freely atonal, sonorist harmonies, an extremely inventive and very challenging violin part, and a fascinating melding of the two instruments’ timbres that give the suite an unforgettable palette of sounds, colors and textures.
KRZESIMIR DĘBSKI (b. 1953) Sonata per violino e pianoforte his Sonata is Krzesimir T Dębski’s latest composition, written in the
spring of 2013 and world-premiered at a Polish Music Center concert at USC in Los Angeles in October. A prolific composer in almost every imaginable style and genre, Dębski is also a versatile virtuoso performer, who has appeared as violinist and pianist throughout his long and distinguished musical career. Cast in a traditional three-movement structure, Dębski’s Sonata effectively explores the violin’s traditional strengths, from the quasi-improvisatory cantilena to highly effective passagework and chordal textures. The opening movement, Malinconico, ushers in a contemplative mood with sparse piano harmonies and tentative utterances from the violin that gradually grow in volume and intensity. Open harmonies and triad-based chords serve as basic
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piano textures with violin lines skillfully woven around them. After the first climax, the entire opening section is repeated with slight changes, leading to a spirited A tempo section. The liveliness is short-lived, however, and the movement quickly subsides to a quiet close reminiscent of the opening mood. After a series of low and soft piano clusters at the beginning of the Maestoso second movement, the violin enters with a quiet yet soaring line. As soon as this introduction is over, the “majestic” character of the music comes to the fore in the introduction of chorale-like material, which is collaboratively distributed among the two performers. Denser textures of piano chords and a stern melodic line accompany occasional buildups but, following the first movement’s example, the second movement also ends quietly. The Vigoroso last movement provides much contrast to the preceding two, with humorous and virtuoso writing for both violin and piano. Brilliant violin textures—including widely-spaced passagework, pizzicato and chords—keep up the momentum and wit. With its own share of technical challenges, the oft-syncopated piano part contributes to the vim and vigor of the movement. A highly effective and short coda, marked Furioso, closes this work, which is sure to become a worthy addition to the repertoire written for this ensemble by all of the greatest composers.
Henryk Wieniawski (1835-1880) Polonaise brillante, Op. 21 wo magnificent T Polonaises bookend Wieniawski’s
compositional catalogue. The first, Polonaise de concert in D major, Op. 4 is a piece written by a 17-year old young virtuoso. The second, Polonaise brillante in A major, Op. 21, completed in 1870, is one of Wieniawski’s last works. It was premiered by the composer and the Imperial Court Orchestra on March 17, 1870 at the Grand Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. A few months later the Polonaise Op. 21 was heard in a version for violin and piano in Warsaw, Poland, presented by the composer and his pianist-brother, Józef Wieniawski. Henryk Wieniawski’s Op. 21 represents his mature style, where elegance and virtuosity serve a deeply musical message.
The opening theme, a brilliant cascade of violin passagework, is anchored in a typical polonaise rhythmic pattern in the piano part. The second subject, in E major and marked Piu moderato e grandioso, introduces a gallantly chivalrous theme once again intoned by the violin and supported by a simple chordal accompaniment in the piano. The middle part, a sweet meditation in the remote key of F major, eventually leads to a triumphant return of the opening material and a highly satisfying close. During the last ten years of his life, Wieniawski performed this Polonaise very often, either with orchestra or with a piano accompaniment, and took it on an extensive, two-year long tour of the United States in 1872. Together with the famous Russian pianist, Nicolas Rubinstein, Wieniawski gave over 215 concerts in almost every U.S. city, coast to coast. First published by Schott in Germany in 1875, the Polonaise was uniformly praised by musicians and critics as one of Wieniawski’s most important compositions, alongside his Scherzo-Tarantelle, Legende, Faust Fantaisie, and Violin Concerto in D minor.
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Gala Concert - Saturday, November 9 FREDERIC CHOPIN (1810-1849) Ballade No. 4 and other piano works
he last of Chopin’s T Ballades represents a remarkable landmark of
romantic piano literature. Its intimately poetic narrative is interspersed with the white heat of complex passagework that looks ahead to piano textures later found in compositions by Ravel and Rachmaninov. The two contrasting themes recur throughout the work in ever more elaborate variations and, quite unexpectedly, lead to a calm chorale-like interlude. Afterwards, an extremely stormy and passionate coda rushes towards a firm close on four massive and strikingly decisive chords. Written during the summer of 1842 in Nohant, the Op. 52 Ballade was published in Paris in 1843 and is dedicated to Charlotte de Rothschild, a close friend and one of Chopin’s most gifted and devoted piano students. Besides establishing the Ballade as a musical genre, the Nocturne was another of Chopin’s creative triumphs: written between 1827 and 1846, Chopin’s twenty-one Nocturnes are uniformly considered among the finest piano compositions of all time. Of the Three Nocturnes Op. 9, the No. 2 is closest to the style of John Field, who had invented the genre. The Op. 9 no. 3, probably written just after
Chopin settled in Paris, is the most mature and refined Nocturne in this group. In turn, Chopin’s Op. 9 no. 1, is cast in a dark key of B-flat minor, reinforcing the sense of loss and longing present in the opening melodic line. An extended middle section features a stern-sounding melodic line in octaves supported by a widely-spaced left hand accompaniment. Although Chopin wrote waltzes throughout his life (his first in 1824 and his last in 1849), he published only half of the total thirty-six. Quite a few are now lost and many were published posthumously, sometimes decades after his death. Written in 1830 in Vienna, the Grande Valse Brillante, Op. 34 no. 2 is an exception: instead of rush and glitter we have an intimate and lyrical portrait of Chopin’s longing for his homeland. Together with his two earlier waltzes, this work was published in Paris in 1838. Chopin wrote four Impromptus—a French term for something spontaneous or improvisatory—and all four are indeed beautifully poetic and virtuosic compositions. The additional title “Fantaisie” applies only to the last Impromptu in C-sharp minor, which proved to be one of Chopin’s most popular works. According to Chopin’s friend Julian Fontana (who may have added the title “Fantaisie”), this Impromptu was written in 1834 but published only posthumously, since Chopin requested that this composition be destroyed after his death. In spite of the late opus number, Chopin’s Mazurka Op. 68 no. 2 is an early composition, dating from 1828 during his first year of studies in Warsaw. Its artful melancholy and almost direct melodic references to Polish folklore from the region of Kujawy make it a singular achievement for an eighteen year old composer.
IGNACY JAN PADEREWSKI (1860-1941) Piano Sonata in E-flat Minor, Op. 21 and other piano works
gnacy Jan Paderewski was a Istatesman, virtuoso pianist, composer, and humanitarian.
After his sensational debut in Paris in 1888, Paderewski embarked on a series of tours around the world and became a major celebrity. For this reason—as well as his extensive involvement in politics during the years of World War I that led to his becoming the first Premier of independent Poland in 1919—Paderewski devoted lesser amounts of time to composition. His early output consisted mainly of charming piano miniatures. In the early 1900s, Paderewski completed a few ambitious, large scale works, including the opera Manru, his Variations and Fugue for Piano, Op. 23 and the Symphony “Polonia,” Op 24. Paderewski’s early piano works are modeled on Chopin, and encompass a number of Mazurkas, as well as a Polonaise and a Nocturne. His most popular composition, Menuet à l’antique,
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opens his Op. 14 group of Six Humoresques de concert, with the Cracovienne fantastique closing the set. Mixing virtuosity with well-crafted melodic lines, these two works, as well as his charming Nocturne, Op. 16, were often performed by Paderewski as encores on concert tours. Paderewski’s Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 21, is a grand and serious composition. Rarely performed, it is a work of considerable beauty and difficulty, challenging both the pianist and the audience to an incandescently romantic and darkly brilliant tour de force. Written in the early 1900s and dedicated to His Imperial Highness, Archduke Charles Stephen of Austria, the Sonata is one of Paderewski’s last compositions. Its three movements are carefully balanced and adhere to classical sonata forms. With its forward-surging themes, the mood of the opening Allegro con fuoco is agitated and passionate, with both virtuosic and lyrical elements vying for the listener’s attention. The following Andante ma non troppo movement, with its lilting 6/8 main subject, dwells mostly within the boundaries of a romantic canzona. The closing Allegro vivace movement is launched decisively, in a toccata style. The bass line recalls the opening theme of the first movement, and this figure is eventually transformed into an extensive fugato section. The Sonata’s concluding movement scales the heights of noble and fine climaxes, providing one of the most satisfying finales since Chopin’s and Liszt’s essays in the same form.
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PADEREWSKI FESTIVAL 2013 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Steve Cass, President Marjorie Hamon, Treasurer Gracie Rey, Secretary Marek Zebrowski, Artistic Director Kristen Carrillo Krysta Close India D’Avignon Joel Peterson Cri Cri Solak-Eastin Anita Speciale
ADVISORY BOARD Brian Alexander Dave Dumont John Fisher Peter Jandula-Hudson Debbie Lagomarsino Frank Mecham Norma Moye Paula O’Farrell Barbara Partridge Christine Smith
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Polish Music Center
stablished in 1985 by Dr. Stefan and Wanda Wilk, the Polish E Music Center at the USC Thornton School of Music is a unique research center for scholars, musicians, journalists and lovers of
Polish music. The Center houses an extensive and ever-growing collection of reference materials contains books, scores, manuscripts, recordings, periodicals, documents and numerous other items related to Polish music. The Center also holds an unprecedented collection of Paderewski memorabilia—known as the Paso Robles Collection— including rare photographs, personal items, correspondence, and various other documents related to Paderewski’s activities as a pianist, politician, humanitarian, and agricultural pioneer on the Central Coast. The Polish Music Center provides a broad range of services to the USC community, audiences in California and the public worldwide through concerts such as the annual Paderewski Lecture-Recital and publications such as the Polish Music History book series. Online
resources include the Polish Music Newsletter and the PMC website that, since 1994, has provided a wealth of information, including biographies and catalogues of works, recordings and repertoire by Polish composers, as well as articles on the history of Polish music and dance. The Polish Music Center serves as an important partner of the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles. Because of the Center’s initiative, the Paderewski Festival resumed its annual concert series in Paso Robles in 2006. Pianist and composer Marek Zebrowski—the Center’s director—also serves as Artistic Director of the Paderewski Festival, and the Center offers the Festival a research base and a conduit for musicians who perform at the Festival. Through the PMC, participants in the Paderewski Piano Competition and Paderewski Cultural Exchange have the opportunity to take part in master classes with members of the world renowned faculty of USC’s Thornton School of Music.
If you are interested in any of the Center’s activities or would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact:
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