Hear two masterpieces composed in New York by the world acclaimed Czech composers
The New World Symphony is a composition held particularly dearly in American audiences’ hearts. Dvořák’s music is a wonderful representation of the international glory enjoyed by Czech culture.
The theme for the symphony’s second movement ranks among the most renowned musical motives ever created. It was a confession of the composer’s yearning for his homeland and depicts an intimate portrait of space and home.
Fifty years later Bohuslav Martinů received a similarly positive international response for his work, yet was prevented from returning to his native Czechoslovakia owing to the political situation at the time.
He composed the Concerto in D Major for 2 violins and orchestra in New York – the same city which served to drive creative energy in Dvořák. The three-movement composition in symphony style offers an example of the composer’s unfaltering mastery of the compositional technique.
Great emphasis is placed on the virtuosity of both soloists which on this occasion will feature prof. Bohuslav Matoušek and Jakub Junek, his former student at the Academy of Arts in Prague and laureate of a great many international competitions.
- Bohuslav Martinů – Concert for two violins and orchestra
- Antonín Dvořák – Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"
prof. Bohuslav Matoušek - violin
Jakub Junek - violin
Czech National Symphony Orchestra
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 Orchestrawas 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!
- One 20 min. intermission
- Recommended dress code: smart casual
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