Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.

These words from Ludwig van Beethoven, one of music's all-time giants, whose 250th birth anniversary the world is going to celebrate in 2020, could be the motto of our institution's 73rd artistic season. Besides the genius of Bonn, the season focuses on Stanisław Moniuszko, whose birth bicentennial falls in 2019. To mark the occasion, we have prepared presentations of not only operatic works by the author of Halka and Straszny dwór [The Haunted Manor].

Juxtaposition of works by these two authors is an indication of what we are going to off er our audiences this season: important and interesting pieces of Polish music literature next to timeless masterpieces. These will be complete with compositions performed very rarely, or ones that remain virtually unknown. Besides the said pair of composers, we shall listen to music by other authors whose birth or death anniversaries will be marked in 2019 and 2020: Frédéric Chopin, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Robert Schumann, or Richard Strauss.

Talking about anniversaries, in the autumn of 2019, the Poznańskie Słowiki [Poznań Nightingales], the most recognisable Polish choir, will celebrate its eightieth anniversary. To mark the occasion, the ensemble, which has been associated with the Poznań Philharmonic for almost seven decades, will perform – not only in Poznań – its founder's, Stefan Stuligrosz's favourite piece: oratorio Messiah by Georg Friedrich Handel (whom Beethoven held in highest esteem of all his predecessors).

We are glad so many world-calibre stars have accepted our invitation to take part in the concerts of the season. For some, it will be the fi rst appearance in Poznań; among them, the phenomenal violinist Midori, our artist-in-residence. We are also going to introduce a considerable group of young 21st century virtuosos.

Well-established concert series will be complemented by the cycle Beethoven nasz współczesny [Beethoven Our Contemporary] scheduled for the whole of 2020, and featuring the performance of all Beethoven's symphonies and piano concertos, as well as other important instrumental and vocal-instrumental pieces that enjoy great popularity with audiences. Perhaps the observation that the recluse of Bonn did not compose for his contemporaries will not be out of place here, as his vision went far beyond the then current framework of the musical art. He wrote for generations to come. We are glad to have been able to bring together several outstanding interpreters of his scores from disparate cultural and aesthetic circles, which promises an extraordinary musical feat.

Invitations issued to our orchestra to perform at international music festivals in Poland and abroad, as well as at prestigious venues throughout Europe, have been received with pleasure, as these will give us opportunities not only to perform concertos by Frédéric Chopin and Henryk Wieniawski, but also pieces by virtually forgotten Polish émigré composers: Roman Palester and Aleksander Tansman.

Besides concerts featuring the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra, it is worth noting that each season our institution prepares and performs (as the Pro Sinfonika movement) over 1100 educational concerts, incl. such cycles, as the Muzykoteka młodego człowieka (or The Young Persons Musicotheque), the Muzykoteczka (or The Little Musicotheque for children under the age of six), or the Muzomobil (or The Musomobile, which sets off almost daily, and takes artists and speakers to various destinations throughout the Province of Wielkopolska.) This way, we bring the magical world and the beauty of music – not always classical – to the youngest generation, thus educating a group of future goers to our "grown-up" events. We hope the concert hall of the Poznań Philharmonic will never cease to attract such throngs of listeners as today.

The 2019/2020 season will see the publication of subsequent records by the Poznań Philharmonic Orchestra featuring the extraordinary choirs of the National Philharmonic, and of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic, as well as illustrious soloist singers. Among the releases, premiere recordings of Stanisław Moniuszko's works: opera Paria (in Italian language version), and the forgotten mythological Lithuanian cantatas: Milda and Nijoła.

As Stefan Kisielewski wisely – and beautifully – observed, in time, legends of authors fall like dry leaves; what remains is what they have permanently carved in the musical material: mighty artistic structures – the only unfl eeting tale of the human spirit. Luckily for us, modern-day audiences, it was not only Beethoven (to whom the above words refer) to have penned fantastic music… May it give you many an indelible memory.

Looking forward to meeting you, on behalf of the artists of the Poznań Philharmonic, of our guests, and in our own name, we express our gratitude to all those who have made all these events possible.

Dyrektor Filharmonii Poznańskiej

Dyrygent-Szef Orkiestry Filharmonii Poznańskiej