The symphony concert that is conducted annually in the autumn in the National Operetta Theater of Ukraine will be the Grand Final of the International Festival "Discovering Paderewski” this year. It is a festival that unites Ukrainian, Polish, and American culture.
Ignacy Jan Paderewski was a multi-faceted personality. He was an outstanding pianist with 50 years of virtuoso career. He toured a lot in Europe, Americas, and Australia. He wrote sonatas for violin and piano, well-known orchestras played his famous pieces: opera "Manru”, symphony “Polonie”, “Polish Fantasy” for piano and orchestra. In addition, Jan Paderewski was a prominent statesman and politician (Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland in 1919). He also was a philanthropist. Paderewski generously shared his wealth with his compatriots (Poles) and citizens of many other countries. His financial support helped to open concert halls and monuments, in particular monuments of Claude Debussy and Édouard Colonne in Paris, Franz Liszt in Weimar, Ludwig van Beethoven in Bonn, Frédéric Chopin in Żelazowa Wola, Tadeusz Kościuszko in Chicago, and triumphal arch in Washington. Ignacy Jan Paderewski was born in the territory of contemporary Ukraine and lived in the vicinity of Zhytomyr and Shepetivka. He studied in Warsaw and created music throughout the world.
The program of the Grand Final of the International Festival "Discovering Paderewski” includes works of I. J. Paderewski, K. Dębski, and M. Skoryk.
The symphony concert is organized with the support of the Polish Institute in Kyiv and the following soloists will participate in it: Marianna Humetska /piano/ (Ukraine), Artur Jaroń /piano/ (Poland), Yevhen Kruk /violin/ (Ukraine); conductors: Krzesimir Dębski (Poland) and Oksana Madarash (Ukraine); symphony orchestra of the National Operetta Theater of Ukraine.