The Festival is most proud to offer the following events, November 5, 6, 11, 12, and 13, 2016. These constitute the Third Annual Ignacy Jan Paderewski Festival of Raleigh The first year of the Festival, 2014, was a great success with three concerts and four lectures. The second year, 2015, featured four concerts by distinguished and accomplished pianists and one formal lecture celebrating the life and artistic contributions of Paderewski. The third year we will again feature four concerts by distinguished and accomplished pianists. The beginning of the series of events, November 5, coincides with the 100th anniversary of the announcement by the Central Powers–Imperial Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy–of a potential reconstitution of some sort a Polish state. This insincere project had, however, the beneficial effect of opening a bidding war by forcing some counter-offer by the Allied powers–which were soon to include the United States.