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Four steps to the New World
Politics and music
Four concerts for school children and students with the Czech Student Philharmonic, the conductor Marko Ivanović, and the moderator Petr Kadlec. This time with music ranging from Beethoven to Steve Reich.
Bedřich Smetana dedicated his Triumphal Symphony to Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria for his wedding. Verdi’s overture to the opera Nabucco stirred up Italian nationalistic passions. And Shostakovich composed his Festive Overture for the 37th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, while his Cello Concerto, which Tomáš Jamník will play for us, is viewed as the personal statement of a composer whose style was influenced (or marred) by the totalitarian Soviet regime.
Czech Student Philharmonic