The Board of Directors of the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles Announce A Toast To Paderewski

Press Release - January 25, 2010

Come raise a toast to Paderewski's 150th Birthday with a Back Roads wine tasting, Polish-themed delicacies and a very special concert on Saturday, April 24 at the Pear Valley Winery in Paso Robles.

The Paderewski Festival and the Back Roads Wineries of Paso Robles invite lovers of fine wine and music to a reception showcasing the wines of the Back Roads Wineries complemented by Polish-themed appetizers provided by Cass Catering. Pianist Marek Zebrowski, a Steinway artist and director of the Polish Music Center at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, will be joined by the Midnight Winds to perform a special concert featuring works by Paderewski, Chopin and Mozart. A live auction of private concerts, premium wines and vacation package getaways will follow the concert.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Paderewski Festival Exchange Program for young musicians. Paso Robles and Tarnów, Poland signed a sister city agreement in November 2008 to explore cultural, educational and business opportunities between the two cities that share historical ties to Ignacy Jan Paderewski. In 2010, two Polish students from Tarnów will be coming to Paso Robles in November to perform during the Paderewski Festival and to participate in master classes with previous winners of the Paderewski Youth Piano Competition.

Admission for "Toast to Paderewski" is $75 per person; $25 for youth under 21. Tickets may be online, at any participating Back Roads Winery, or by calling (805) 227-2888.

Back Roads Wineries is a consortium of 20 boutique vineyards located between Paso Robles and Creston and specializing in creating unique, handcrafted, limited edition wines. More information about Back Roads Wineries is available at:

The Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles is a non-profit organization that sponsors an annual series of concerts featuring internationally acclaimed artists, the Paderewski Youth Piano Competition and Exchange Program, and other Paderewski-themed events.

The 2010 Paderewski Festival will be held in a number of venues in Paso Robles and vicinity from November 11-14. Concerts of solo piano and chamber music, an exhibit of Paderewski memorabilia, celebrations of local young musicians and lectures by Paderewski experts are planned to celebrate the composer's 150th Birthday. Please see the Festival Website,, for details and schedule of events.

Event Details

Date: April 24, 2010

  • Wine Reception: 6-8 p.m.
  • Concert: 8 p.m.
  • Live Auction: 9 p.m.

Pear Valley Winery, 4900 Union Road, Paso Robles
Admission: $75; $25 for youth under 21
Tickets: Online, (805) 227-2888, or any Back Roads Wineries