Dear Pannon-Series subscription holders, Our next concert will take place on 26 January but with more changes than initially planned, under the new title Virtuoso Musicians. The joyful reason for the modifications is that our ensemble is to host the opening concerts of the 2024 Hungarian-Turkish Cultural Season in Istanbul and Ankara in January under the baton of the new chief conductor of the Pannon Philharmonic, Gergely Kesselyák. Since only a few days will pass between the tour in Turkey and the concerts in Hungary, we will not have the opportunity to get adequately prepared for the previously announced programme. Furthermore, we certainly set our heart to play this rarely-played Turkish composition to the Hungarian audience. So, we will present – also in our home country – the renowned composer Ahmet Adnan Saygun's Symphony No. 5, besides Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Kodály's Dances of Galánta. The soloist of the evening will be the violinist Barnabás Kelemen, while the conductor of the Hungarian concert will again be Gergely Kesselyák.
Dohnányi’s Festival Overture opened the gala concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of the unity of Pest, Buda and Óbuda in November 1923. In this composition, two symphony- and one wind-orchestras set off on different paths to becoming one large entity. The three ensembles weave three important melodies, the National Anthem, Egressy’s Appeal and Dohnányi’s Hungarian Creed. Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 is perhaps considered the most challenging piece in music history, written for the composer’s tour to the US. Besides the technical difficulties, the dense texture and profound substance make the piece especially heavy, and for the soloists, it is a particular challenge to surpass the recording, witnessing the ingenuity of the composer's playing. Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 is also his last, which the master regarded so perfect that he decided not to write more works in this genre. The byname ″Organ″ is rooted in the curious fact the organ comes to play in two movements besides the orchestral instruments. The work is also connected to Hungary, as it was written in homage to Ferenc Liszt.