The message reads, in part:
“A centenary is a major event and a true milestone for numerous jazz enthusiasts in our country. Its celebration is a great reason to remember the origins and history of this unique genre, the names and artistic legacy of wonderful performers, composers and conductors who greatly contributed to the popularisation of the genre and all of our national culture in general.
It is gratifying that the traditions, ideas and beginnings laid by them have been carried on by a new generation of musicians who have conquered the audience with their talent, virtuoso skills and improvisation.
I am confident that the rich programme of the gala concert will be interesting for a wide audience, will demonstrate the art of jazz from all angles and will attract new devoted fans to the world of jazz.”