Organ Concert at St. Vitus Cathedral at the Prague Castle area
The 8th edition of an international evenings festival at the magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague.
While exploring Prague and Prague Castle area, visit the 8th edition of an international organ evenings festival taking place in the magnificent St. Vitus Cathedral.
František Musil: Sonata solemnis Allegro – Andante - Fuga
(1852 – 1909)
Caesar Franck: Cantabile
(1822 – 1890)
Padre Davido da Berghamo: Elevazione
Johann Sebastian Bach: Siciliane, arr. Ch. M. Widor
Ferenc Liszt: Preludium a fuga B-A-C-H
Bohuslav Martinů: Vigilia
(1890 – 1959)
Petr Kolař: Improvisation
Leoš Janáček: Organ solo from Glagolitic Mass
Petr Kolař studied at Brno Conservatory. During his studies he actively participated in prof. M. Haselblöck’s interpretation courses in Lübeck, and later with S. Heller and M. Radulescu in Vienna. He was successful in several organ competitions (1986 Opava II. prize, 1988 Brno II. prize, 1989 Prague Spring III. prize, 1991 Deventer I. prize). After graduating in 1993 he began teaching organ play and improvisation at the Department of Spiritual Music at JAMU in Brno. Since 2000 he has been a lecturer at Brno Conservatory. He regularly cooperates with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra and with other choirs and ensembles. He solo performs at home and abroad too. Throughout his musical career he has been working with choirs - the years 1995 - 2002 he was the choirmaster of the National Theatre in Brno. In 2001 he became the choirmaster of the Brno Philharmonic Choir “Beseda brněnská” and the conductor of the Orchestra of the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul. In 2014 he established the Magnificat Singing Association. He has made several recordings. The latest CD he released is the recording of the original version of the Czech Christmas Mass "Hej, mistře" by Jakub Jan Ryba and “Missa pastovalis in D” by Jan Antonín Koželuha. He develops cooperation in the field of spiritual music with musicians of important Central European temples. In 1990 - 1997 he worked as a director of the choir and as an organist in the Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Brno. Since 1998 he has been the director of the choir and organist in the Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul. During the visit of Pope Benedict XVI in Brno in 2009, he led the musical ceremonial worship at the local airport.
The Molzer organ, containing 4,500 pipes, offers the listener a rich, romantic sound. Since the St. Vitus Cathedral is used only for liturgical and touristic purposes, this festival is a unique opportunity to hear the full capacity of this instrument.
The concert has no intermission.
Visit Prague Castle area with a guided tour.