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Program

10 Apr 2014 - 16 May 2014

Bohemian Legends Series conducted by Jakub Hrůša

The year 2014 is a remarkable year for Czech music with over sixty anniversaries celebrated by many musical programmes. The Philharmonia Orchestra is proud to present a series of concerts introducing musical legacy of Antonín Dvořák and his compatriot composers on whom he had a major influence - Josef Suk and Leoš Janáček. Bohemian Legends Series consists of 6 concerts led by conductor Jakub Hrůša, three of which will be presented at the Royal Festival Hall in London and the other three in Bristol, Basingstoke and Canterbury. All London concerts will be preceded by free pre-concerts also conducted by Jakub Hrůša. Czech Centre fans and subscribers can enjoy a 20% discount to all London concerts.

Jakub Hrůša is a Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Prague Philharmonia and Principal Guest Conductor of Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

SERIES LISTINGS:

Thu 10 April, 7.30 PM- Dvořák´s Violin Concerto and Janáček’s Sinfonietta
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
The first concert in Jakub Hrůša's Czech series opens with two rarely-performed works: Janáček’s breathtaking overture Jealousy, and Josef Suk’s symphonic poem Praga. Dvořák’s enchanting Violin Concerto is followed by Janáček’s best known work, the Sinfonietta, a dazzlingly inventive score dedicated to ‘the free Czech men and women of today’.
Box Office: 0844 875 0073  Quote ‘BOHEMIA’ when making your booking to claim 20% discount
http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/series/18/bohemian_legends - use the discount code ‘BOHEMIA’ to claim 20% discount

6 PM pre-concert performance
Royal College of Music students perform Janáček’s Capriccio, introduced by Jakub Hrůša
FREE admission


Sat 12 April, 7.30 PM - Jakub Hrůša conducts Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass
Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR
Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass is an exultant affirmation of the power of love and friendship. "In the tenor solo I hear a high priest", Janáček explained, "in the soprano solo a girlish angel and in the chorus our people". Each of the five main choral sections is preceded by a thrilling instrumental fanfare, culminating in a lustrous solo organ fantasia before the work’s uplifting final section.
Conducted by Jakub Hrůša .
Box Office:
0117 922 3686
colstonhall.org
  


Sun 13 April, 7.30 PM -
Dvořák’s Cello Concerto and Suk’s Asrael Symphony 
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass is an exultant affirmation of the power of love and friendship. ‘In the tenor solo I hear a high priest,’ Janáček explained, ‘in the soprano solo a girlish angel and in the chorus our people.’ Each of the five main choral sections is preceded by a thrilling instrumental fanfare, culminating in a lustrous solo organ fantasia before the work’s uplifting final section. Conducted by Jakub Hrůša .
Box Office: 0844 875 0073  Quote ‘BOHEMIA’ when making your booking to claim 20% discount
http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/series/18/bohemian_legends - use the discount code ‘BOHEMIA’ to claim 20% discount 


6 PM, pre-concert talk, Jakub Hrůša in conversation with Nigel Simeone
FREE admission


Wed 14 May, 7.45 PM, The Anvil - Mørk performs Dvořák’s Cello Concerto

The Anvil, Churchill Way, Basingstoke, RG21 7QR
Dvořák’s Cello Concerto possesses an unceasing flow of invention and lyricism unmatched even by this composer. Suk’s orchestral portrait of Prague pictures it emerging from morning mist, with contrasting themes recalling both episodes from its history and the composer’s own life there, before ending in a blaze of glory. From its origins as a fanfare for a mass gymnastics display, Janáček's striking Sinfonietta grew into his greatest orchestral work, a confident portrait of “the contemporary free man” that the composer hoped would thrive in his newly independent homeland. Conducted by Jakub Hrůša. 

Box Office
: 01256 844 244
anvilarts.org.uk
 


Thu 15 May, 7.30 PM - Suk’s Asrael Symphony
Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
The final Czech concert conducted by Jakub Hrůša pairs Dvořák’s eloquent Cello Concerto with his son-in-law Josef Suk’s heartfelt Asrael Symphony. Composed in memory of Dvořák and his own wife (Dvořák’s daughter), the symphony is named after the angel of death who protects the deceased during their journey in the afterlife to the land of eternal blissfulness.
Box Office: 0844 875 0073  Quote ‘BOHEMIA’ when making your booking to claim 20% discount
http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/series/18/bohemian_legends - use the discount code ‘BOHEMIA’ to claim 20% discount 

6 PM, pre-concert talk Royal College of Music students perform Janáček’s Diary of One Who Disapeared introduced by Jakub Hrůša and Mark Audus
FREE admission

 
Fri 16 May, 7.30 PM - Hrůša Conducts Dvořák

Marlowe Theatre, The Friars, Canterbury, CT1 2AS
This concert showcases the rich musical heritage of the Czech Republic, from Smetana’s triumphant love-conquers-all tale, to Dvořák's Cello Concerto, which longingly echoes the folk-inspired Slavic sounds of his homeland. Meanwhile, Dvořák's Eighth Symphony is inspired by the hilly landscape of his secluded country home in northeast Iowa: ‘Melodies simply pour out of me’, he gleefully quipped as he composed.  
Box Office
: 01227 787787 
marlowetheatre.com

  

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ALL CONCERTS HERE

 

This event is organised as part of the YEAR OF CZECH MUSIC 2014 programme

2014 is a remarkable year for Czech music, with over sixty prominent Czech composers, performers and musical organizations celebrating anniversaries – from Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů and Josef Suk to Rafael Kubelík and Milada Šubrtová to the Prague Symphony Orchestra and the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava.

Years ending with the number 4 have been traditionally recognised as years of music since 1924.

The Year of Czech Music 2014 programme has been initiated by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education and Ministry for Regional Development with the objective to support projects promoting Czech music in the Czech Republic and abroad.

 

Venue:

Royal Festival Hall, London; Bristol; Basingstoke and Canterbury

Date

From: 10 Apr 2014
To: 16 May 2014

Organizer:

Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event


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