Many of us, even if just subconsciously, feel Baroque music to be intrinsically tied to the festive season. For this reason the Czech National Symphony Orchestra has decided to dedicate the first part of the 3rd subscription concert to the music of two maestros from the height of this period.
We can look forward to performances by top great trumpet virtuosos as they present Giuseppe Torelli’s Sinfonia a 4 for 4 trumpets and orchestra. Also expected to evoke suitably festive vibes is a composition by Czech native Heinrich Biber composed for eight solo trumpets, timpani and orchestra. Part of the second half of the concert will be dedicated to a CD launch of trumpet concertos, with contributions from the French trumpet legend Guy Touvron who turned 70 this year.
After the break the orchestra will leap more than a hundred years in time presenting one of music history’s most renowned motifs: the hammering of three quavers and a minim. Yes Beethoven’s “Fate” will bring the first half of Czech National Symphony Orchestra’s 28th subscription series to a close.
The CNSO has gained a position among both Czech and Europe’s top symphonic ensembles. Renowned for its versatility, the orchestra presents annually a broad program ranging from classical music concerts through contemporary genre, film scores, jazz, or musicals. In its new era, The Czech National Symphony Orchestra is also organizing summer Prague Proms Festival which annually attracts the audience for presenting greatest international performers.
Such composers, conductors, and performers as Ennio Morricone, Lalo Schifrin, James Morrison, Branford & Wynton Marsalis, Pino Donnagio, Giuliano Taviani, José Carreras, Danny Elfman, Vince Mendoza, Giuseppe Tornatore, Carl Davis repeatedly come back to Prague to either record with the orchestra or perform in the beautiful Smetana Hall of Prague´s Municipal House, the home concert stage of the orchestra.
The Czech National Symphony Orchestra was established in 1993 by trumpet player Jan Hasenöhrl. A spiritual father at the birth of the CNSO was the legendary conductor Zdeněk Košler. In the year 1996, the American Paul Freeman took over as Chief Conductor, and remained in this position for fantastic ten years. At the beginning of the year 2007, Maestro Libor Pešek was named the Chief Conductor and as of spring 2019, the role was passed onto American conductor Steven Mercurio (former pupil of Leonard Bernstein and a fantastic musician). We can surely look forward to some exciting projects!