You see, My Dear Friend, I am composed of contradictions, and I have reached a very mature age without relying on anything positive, without calming my restless spirit with either religion or philosophy. I would undoubtedly go crazy if it weren't for the music. Music is indeed the most beautiful of all Heaven's gifts for humankind wandering in darkness. It soothes, enlightens and soothes our souls. It is not the raft to which the drowning person clings, but a true friend, shelter and comforter worth living for.
At the end of the artistic season, one of the most difficult in the history of our Philharmonic, we would like to dedicate this beautiful tribute to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky in one of his letters to you. His Symphony No. 3, very little known, has a complicated history. After its first performances in Western countries in 1899, it was given the nickname "Polish". Its last part – an extremely spectacular polonaise – brought to mind Chopin's compositions written with our struggle for national liberation in mind. However, the composer's intention was not to reflect our desire for freedom – in the Russian Empire at that time, tsarist ceremonies and important events were graced with polonaises. And yet… as a well-educated man, Tchaikovsky knew about the importance of this dance for Poles, and he did not like Tsar Alexander III himself. Well, who can decide what really happened?
We regret that this time, due to sanitary restrictions, we will not be able to perform the repeatedly postponed "A Sea Symphony" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, but to stay on the maritime theme, we propose "Symphonie marine" by Jacques Ibert.
With wishes for rest, not only by the sea close to us, but also for friendship, shelter and relief brought by music, we would like to thank you for accompanying us all year long, listening to our concerts.
And see you in September!
Mecenasem Roku 2021 jest PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A.
Mecenas Roku 2021
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Symphony HallFilharmonia im. Mieczysława Karłowicza w Szczecinie
ul. Małopolska 48