"Chopin w barwach jesieni" / "Chopin in the Colours of Autumn" Festival
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This is the fifth in the world and the second in Poland Chopin festival after Duszniki, Marianskie Laznie (Czech), Valdemosa monastery (Maiorca) and Ghent (Belgium). Its first edition, called "Dni Chopinowskie" / "Chopin Days", took place in 1982 on the 155th anniversary of young Frederick Chopin's stay in Antonin.
The Festival, its current name "Chopin w barwach jesieni" / "Chopin in the Colours of Autumn" introduced in 1987, is organized by the Centre of Culture and Art in Kalisz and the Wielkopolskie Culture Centre in Antonin.
The event lasts for four days, Thursday to Sunday, and starts with an inaugural concert played by pianists accompanied by orchestra. From Friday on concerts are played at the Radziwill Hunting Palace in Antonin. The highlight of the Festival is the Saturday night "Chopin w aksamicie nocy" / "Chopin in the Veil of Night" concert which features all of the musicians.
The rank of the event is emphasized by the participation of the greatest living pianists, such as Ludmil Angelow, Barbara Hesse-Bukowska, Tadeusz Chmielewski, Jaroslaw Drzewiecki, Philippe Giusiano, Lidia Grychtolowna, Grigorij Sokolow, Cyprien Katsaris, Jean-Marc Luisada, Adam Harasiewicz, Krzysztof Jablonski, Kevin Kenner, Rinko Kobayashi, Halina Czerny-Stefanska, Tatiana Szebanowa, Ian Hobson, Edwin Kowolik, Milosz Magin,Waldemar Malicki, Wiktor Mierzanow, Gabriela Montero, Leszek Mozdzer, Janusz Olejniczak, Piotr Paleczny, Ewa Poblocka, Artur Papazjan, Regina Smendzianka, Józef Stompel, Elzbieta Tarnawska, Li Wang, Dina Yoffe, Piotr Zukowski and Rafal Blechacz.
Antonin attracts also top violinists (Vadim Brodski, Kaja Danczowska, Konstanty Andrzej Kulka, Krzysztof Jakowicz, Bartlomiej Niziol, Piotr Plawner), singers (Gwendolyn Bradley, Marek Gasztecki, Andrzej Hiolski, Leonard Andrzej Mróz, Wieslaw Ochman, Ewa Podles, Jadwiga Rappé, Stefania Toczyska, Stefania Woytowicz) and cellists (Andrzej Bauer, Roman Jablonski, Adam Klocek, Tomasz Strahl).
Hosting the best and most famous artists, the Festival also promotes young musicians, who contribute to its unusual atmosphere and artistic variety. The event has also been frequented by Grazyna Barszczewska, Anna Chodakowska, Ewa Dalkowska, Agnieszka Dziecielska, Gabriela Kownacka, Laura Lacz, Slawomira Lozinska, Krzysztof Majchrzak, Anna Romantowska, Anna Seniuk, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Jerzy Wozniak, Magdalena Zawadzka and other well-known and popular actors who come to recite poetry, while Krystyna Czubowna, Zdzislaw Dworzecki, Iwona Kubicz, Krystyna Pietranek-Kulis, Kazimierz Pussak, Jan Popis and Boguslaw Sobczuk and others have shared their reflections on music.
Besides the artists themselves, it is the Festival's highly attractive premises that build its unique atmosphere. The Radziwill Hunting Palace in Antonin boasts architectural beauty as well as noble tradition - it was there that young Chopin spent his summer holidays in 1827 and 1829.
The Festival is accompanied by the INTERNATIONAL MUSIC BOOKPLATE EXHIBITION at the Komeda Culture Centre in Ostrow Wielkopolski, the town where the Festival's inaugural concerts are traditionally held.
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