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Polish Independence Day, Paderewski's 150th Anniversary and Kevin Kenner

Bernado Bellotto, called Canaletto - View of Warsaw from the Praga district, 1770 A wonderful concert tonight in Bialystok. Kevin Kenner at his very best. The Orchestra of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Marcin Nałęcz-Niesiołowski – conductor Kevin Kenner – piano (Great Britain) Programme: I.J. Paderewski – „Polish Fantasy on Original Themes”  for piano and orchestra, Op. 19 * * * I.J. Paderewski – Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 17 Paderewski cartoon - his hair was a gift to satirical draughtsmen November 11 is a day of profound symbolic significance in Poland rather than the actual date when independence was formally declared - modern Polish history evolves over time  rather than happens in discrete events - if you see what I mean. Six 'minor' wars were fought concurrently following that day but this is not the place nor am I the person to examine this - consult your Norman Davies or Adam Zamoyski. Many people consider the emergence of the