I would like to welcome you one last time as General Music Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra to an exciting concert season, and indeed, it is my pleasure to do so. At the beginning of the season, we will be setting off to the South: With Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony and Respighi's Feste Romane, we will experience the joys of the Italian summer together. Later concerts then take us through Austria, England and Scandinavia and on to Russia and Hungary, where we will celebrate the end of our season with Symphonic Dances by Rachmaninov and Brahms. In some of the great milestones in the history of music, such as Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra and Mahler's 5th Symphony, the Philharmonic Orchestra will be in the spotlight. In addition, of course, we are welcoming some exciting soloists once again: At Christmas, you will be able to see Avi Avital on our stage, who is currently causing quite a stir in the classical world with his mandolin, and in March,the famous trumpeter Reinhold Friedrich will be playing a little tune to the composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann for his 100th birthday. I am particularly looking forward to the young new-generation artists of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben, who will be appearing with us in October and January, and to many of our own soloists who will be playing in the 1st, 4th and 10th symphony concerts.
The Erfurt Philharmonic Orchestra and I hope you enjoy plenty of exciting, unforgettable listening experiences, and wish you a wonderful 2017/18 concert season!