Concert Series

In accordance with tradition, for the 121st season, we are offering two evening concert series (A and B) with seven concerts each on three weekdays (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday) and Series O with four concerts on Saturday afternoons. Among the significant occasions are special concerts we have prepared, including two Advent Concerts that are to be played every Sunday during the pre-Christmas season. The subscription series Ladíme spolu (Tuning Together) is a special category combining two performances at the National Theatre with two concerts of the Czech Philharmonic.

Subscription Series
Subscription Series

In series A, we have two iconic works of the twentieth century ready for you: Messiaen’s Turangalîla and Bohuslav Martinů’s Gilgamesh. You will also be hearing famous symphonies – Haydn’s “Miracle” and Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” – as well as Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in B Flat Minor.

Subscription Series
Subscription Series

Without exaggeration, series B could be called a festival exhibition of symphonies. You will be hearing Tchaikovsky’s Manfred, Dvořák’s Eighth, Berlioz’s Fantastique, the Fifth Symphonies of Mahler and Sibelius, Martinů’s Second Symphony, and Janáček’s Sinfonietta. You can look forward to the pianist Katia Buniatishvili and the Labèque sisters, the star violinist Nikolaj Znaider, and the superb horn player Radek Baborák. Also awaiting you is an outstanding selection of singers from around the world: Christiane Karg, Anu Komsi, and Adam Plachetka in works by Strauss, Sibelius, and Schubert.

Subscription Series
Subscription Series

In series O (“Objevy” or “Discoveries”), we are completing the cycle of Beethoven symphonies, and you can also look forward to a Christmas programme with the violinist Jan Mráček. You will get to hear the young Venezuelan Manuel López-Gómez, the mature German conductor and cellist Michael Sanderling, the youthful Australian Daniel Smith, and the brother of the famed cellist Alisa, the American Joshua Weilerstein. The soloists making appearances will include the harpist of the Czech Philharmonic Jana Boušková, the pianist Denis Kozhukhin, a winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and the Romanian cellist Andrei Ionita, a laureate of the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Advent Concerts
Advent Concerts

Traditionally, the Sundays in Advent have been an opportunity to attend afternoon concerts in Suk Hall. This year, these events will be all the more festive, because this more intimate hall at the Rudolfinum has undergone extensive renovations, giving it a more splendid appearance and improved acoustics. You will get to hear chamber groups with members of the Philharmonic, some of whom perform regularly at Advent Concerts, while others will be appearing for the first time. The seventh Advent Concert, the highpoint of the entire series, will be an orchestral programme in Dvořák Hall featuring music with a Christmas theme (this is a repeat of the Saturday concert from the series O1).

Dress Rehearsals
Dress Rehearsals

Once again, we have scheduled eight public dress rehearsals for the 121st season. We are pleased about the interest of audience members in this quasi-concert format that gives visitors a look into the “kitchen”, i.e. a chance to watch the final preparations for an evening concert. At the same time, we wish to point out a change to the format for the advance sale of individual tickets: all public dress rehearsals will be available for sale beginning on Monday, 5 September 2016 at 10 a.m. both at the Czech Philharmonic ticket office in the Rudolfinum and online. This replaces the former policy of beginning advance ticket sales on the 15th day of the month preceding a particular dress rehearsal. Priority orders for groups are being continued without any changes.

Special Concerts
Special Concerts

Four performances, two programmes – that is the plan for special concerts in the 121st season. This might seem like a meager offering after our anniversary season full of special concerts in various formats, but in this case, quantity is not the main thing. The concerts are special because of the dramaturgy of carefully prepared programmes and high-profile soloists. We don’t often get to hear stars like Joshua Bell and Olga Peretyatko here in Prague. The principal conductor Jiří Bělohlávek will be preparing all of the special concerts, so we truly have something to look forward to.

Czech Philharmonic: The Serial
Czech Philharmonic: The Serial

This is a unique opportunity to get to know all the different instruments of the orchestra one by one, and also to meet the players of the Czech Philharmonic. And it takes place in Dvořák Hall at the Rudolfinum. The moderator is Klára Boudalová. We offer this programme only in the Czech language.

A Game of Quartet (morning)
A Game of Quartet (morning)

Three encounters with musicians of the Czech Philharmonic, starting at 10:00 a.m. In smaller groups. A playful, interactive approach. A new, unique series of workshops for parents with children. We offer the programme only in the Czech language without subtitles.

A Game of Quartet (afternoon)
A Game of Quartet (afternoon)

Three encounters with musicians of the Czech Philharmonic, starting at 2:00 p.m. In smaller groups. A playful, interactive approach. A new, unique series of workshops for parents with children. We offer the programme only in the Czech language without subtitles.

We play together
We play together