September24 2020 (Thu)
7:00 PM

25th International Organ Festival

Granted Elegance

St. James Basilica | Classical Music

60 minutes | Available

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Date: September 24, 2020 | 19:00 (Thu)
Venue: St. James Basilica
Duration: 60 minutes
Status: Available
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25th edition of the world famous organ festival in St. James Basilica in Old Town, Prague 

Organ concerts in St. James Basilica in Prague are very famous for their long tradition and absolutely unique sound of the organ instrument.

Program: 

  • ALEXANDRE GUILMANT (1837-1911)
    Fifth Sonata in C minor Op. 8
    Allegro appassionato
    Adagio con molt´ espressione
    Scherzo
  • OTOMAR KVĚCH (1950-2018)
    Sonata No. 5
    Andante meditativo
    Allegro vivo alla breve
    Moderato, rubato
  • JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)
    Prelude in A minor BWV 551
  • LEOŠ JANÁČEK (1854-1928)
    Our Father
    for mixed choir, tenor and organ

Performing: 

Irena Chřibková (Czech Republic) - organ 
Kühn mixed choir
Jaroslav Brych -  
choir master
Jaroslav Březina - tenor
Lydie Härtelová - harp

The leading Czech organist Irena Chřibková is a titular organist of St. James´ Basilica in Prague. In 1996 she founded the International Organ Festival and other cycles of sacred music of Audite Organum. Her Sunday half-an-hour organ music productions on the largest Prague’s organ have become extremely popular. After the graduation from the Conservatoire in Kroměříž, the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and in Paris, she succeeded at a number of interpretation competitions which launched her career of a concert artist. She has toured extensively as a concert organist, appearing in Europe, Japan, Russia, Iceland, Israel and the USA. Ms Chřibková is a much requested interpreter of contemporary music. She has cooperated with numerous leading singers and instrumentalists. Her discography includes mainly Czech and French organ music. She has also produced a number of radio and television recordings. After a five-year teaching period at P. J. Vejvanovský Conservatoire and the Conservatoire of Evangelic Academy in Kroměříž, she currently teaches in Prague. She has juried a number of organ competitions and has led numerous masterclasses. She is a president of the Sancti Jacobi Organum Foundation.

Kuhn Choir of Prague has been a part of the music scene for sixty years. It was established in 1959 when male voices were incorporated into what was originally a female chamber choir, set up in 1958 by Pavel Kuhn (1938-2003) during his studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In this way he was continuing the work his parents, choirmasters Markéta a Jan Kuhn. Under the conduct of Pavel Kuhn the choir very soon developed into a leading choir of excellent interpretation qualities. These qualities have been repeatedly acknowledged by music public and professional reviewers not only in the Czech Republic but also abroad where the choir has been invited to numerous concerts. The choir has demonstrated its high standard of performance in large compositions and choral cycles of all music époques, as well as in oratorio and cantata repertoire. It has produced a number of outstanding recordings.

Jaroslav Brych first studied the French horn at the Pardubice Conservatoire and then conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under V. Neumann, J. Veselka and R. Eliška. He has been a choirmaster of the Kuhn Choir of Prague (since 2017), of the Foerster Female Chamber Choir and has cooperated with the Prague Philharmonic Choir. He is a teacher at the Academy of Performing Arts and at the Jaroslav Ježek Conservoire in Prague and at the Pardubice Conservatoire.

Jaroslav Březina has been a solo singer at the National Theatre in Prague since 1993. He is a holder of the Thalia Award from 2015. He maintains a full schedule of concert engagements not only in the Czech Republic but also abroad.

Lydie Hartelová is a solo harp player of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra and a teacher at the Prague Conservatoire. She is a member of the Trio cantabile and Trigonum musicum chamber ensembles.

About organ: 

The St. James´s organ is the largest organ in Prague and second largest in the Czech Republic. The two-manual organ with a pedal keyboard and 26 stops was completed in 1705 by Abraham Stark of Loket.

The organ´s case, which is still admired today, was quite unique in its time. So far the latest major reconstruction was carried out between 1981 and 1982 by "Varhany Krnov" (Rieger-Kloss). At present the organ has four manuals, 91 speaking stops and 8,277 pipes.

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This concert is in honour of Otomar Kvěch at the occasion of his 70thbirth anniversary.

Important: 

  • No intermission
  • Dress code: casual 
  • Program subject to change. 
  • We recommend arriving at the venue 30 min. prior to the start of the performance. 

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