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Paderewski Festival brings concerts and more to Paso Robles

South Korean-born pianist Zheeyoung Moon performs Nov. 8 at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom as part of Paso Robles' Paderewski Festival.
South Korean-born pianist Zheeyoung Moon performs Nov. 8 at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom as part of Paso Robles' Paderewski Festival. Courtesy photo

The Paderewski Festival returns to Paso Robles next month for five days of concerts and other special events.

The festival runs Nov. 5 through 9 at venues through the city.

Cuesta College’s North County Chorus kicks off the festival Nov. 6 with a concert at Cass Winery in Paso Robles.

Two Polish musicians — violinist Mariusz Patyra and pianist Krzysztof Herdzin — team up Nov. 7 at the Park Ballroom in Paso Robles for an evening of Romantic music. And South Korean-born pianist Zheeyoung Moon performs Nov. 8 at the Youth Piano Competition.

Other festival highlights include a screening of the Hugh Grant movie “Impromptu” and a performance by Polish folk dance ensemble Krakusy.

Created in 1991, the Paderewski Festival honors the legacy of Polish pianist, composer and statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski.

The pianist visited Paso Robles frequently between 1914 and 1939, staying at the El Paso de Robles Hotel, soaking in the hot springs and cultivating crops on nearly 3,000 acres of farmland. He's also credited with popularizing zinfandel grapes in the North County.

For information about the festival, call 235-5409 or visit www.paderewskifest.com.

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