This comprised several of his 12 Rhapsodies, Opus 1 for Piano (not published until 1818) which Beethoven subsequently spoke highly of. It’s no coincidence therefore that the program selected showcases work by both composers. In the first half of the concert the audience will hear Grand Rondeau for Violin, Viola, Piano and Orchestra, Opus 25 by Jan Václav Hugo Voříšek followed by Beethoven's heroic Symphony No. 3 written for Napoleon at the end. Solo parts will be performed by the Smetana Trio and orchestral parts by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra.
However, the evening of early Romantic composers will open with a charming suite for oboe and orchestra, L'Horloge de Flore (Flower Clock), written by one of the most frequently performed 20th century French composers, Jean René Désiré Françaix. Oboist Marta Bílá will guide you through the world of flowers together with the orchestra's Music Director Steven Mercurio.