The celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Paderewski Centre in Kąśna Dolna on 24-26 July 2020 will feature special events to sum up the achievements of the institution.
On 28 February 1990, the Provincial National Council in Tarnów passed a resolution on the creation of an institution for the promotion of musical culture under the name of the Paderewski Centre Tarnów – Kąśna Dolna. The institution was entrusted with the former estate of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, including a manor house and the surrounding park. Now jointly run by the Tarnów District and the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, the Paderewski Centre in Kąśna Dolna is one of the most interesting cultural centers in the country. It is enjoyed by both music lovers and artists, including former participants in the Youth Exchange of the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles.
The inauguration of the celebrations will be the Gala of Three Decades, scheduled for 24 July, with the participation of Polish chamber musicians associated with Kąśna from the very beginning—Krzysztof Jakowicz, Vadim Brodski, Jakub Jakowicz and Robert Morawski—performing works by Henryk Wieniawski and Ignacy Jan Paderewski on the stage of the barn in Kąśna. On 25 July, audiences will hear Waldemar Malicki perform a program entitled “History of Music according to Waldemar Malicki,” wherein the pianist will be accompanied by a string quintet. The final concert will be performed by Austrian pianist Ingolf Wunder, winner of the 2nd prize at the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition. All concerts will begin at 6:00 p.m.
This year’s anniversary has also become a moment for the release of the album Reminiscencja, recorded by the musicians performing regularly in Kąśna. The album includes works by Paderewski, Chopin, Paganini and Monti, interpreted by Piotr Pławner, Mariusz Patyra, Tomasz Strahl, Robert Morawski and Klaudiusz Baran.