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Czech Philharmonic • Open Air Concert 2017
For the fifth time, the Czech Philharmonic is closing its season with an Open Air Concert in Prague. The programme at the Hradčany Square is all about jazz this year, with the talented and versatile Wayne Marshall conducting the orchestra and the outstanding musicians of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis appearing as special gue
Duke Ellington and Irving Mills
Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
Big Fat Alice's Blues
Portrait of Louis Armstrong (from New Orleans Suite)
Symphony No. 3 "Swing Symphony"
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
music director, trumpet
alto and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet
alto and soprano saxophones, flute, clarinet
tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet
tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinet
baritone and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet
Prague — Hradčany Square
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Getting to the Hradčany Square (Hradčanské náměstí)
Due to the ongoing personal inspections inside the Prague Castle premises, we recommend getting off at the "Brusnice" or "Pohořelec" tram stops (trams no. 22 and 23), which are located about 10 minutes from the square. Alternatively, you can use the new castle stairs, leading from the Malostranské náměstí.
British conductor, organist and pianist Wayne Marshall is Chief Conductor of WDR Funkhausorchester Cologne, and Organist and Associate Artist of the Bridgewater Hall. He became Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in 2007. Wayne Marshall is a celebrated and award-winning interpreter of Gershwin, Bernstein and other 20th century American composers.
The 16/17 season includes his debut at the Dresden Semperoper. He will be conducting the new opera by John Harbison, Great Gatsby. Wayne Marshall returns to Leipzig Gewandhaus to conduct Wynton Marsalis’ new violin concerto with Nicola Benedetti as soloist.
As Chief Conductor of the WDR Funkhaus Orchestra, Wayne Marshall presents varied and interesting concert programmes with the aim of including the more popular genre with more mainstream repertoire. Wayne Marshall returns to Leipzig Gewandhaus, Czech Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic and National du Capitole de Toulouse.
Recent season highlights include his successful concert at the South Bank with the newly-formed orchestra Chineke! – Europe’s first professional black orchestra. He was invited to conduct the St Louis Symphony where he conducted Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz Lincoln Centre Orchestra for Marsalis’ Swing Symphony. He recently worked with Orchestre de Paris, Brussels, Bergen, SWR Stuttgart, Santa Cecilia, Dresden, Monte Carlo Philharmonic orchestras, Brabants Orkest, Moscow Chamber Choir and Maggio Musicale. His opera appearances included his debut at Montreal Opera with Heggie’s Dead Man Walking followed by Porgy and Bess in 2014 and new productions of Mahagonny and Candide at Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin. He has conducted opera in Washington, Dallas and at the Opera Comique with the New World Symphony Orchestra.
As organ recitalist, he draws a varied repertoire and performs worldwide. In March 2017, he will be performing in Lotte Hall in South Korea. As pianist/director and organist he has performed with orchestras, including Los Angeles Philharmonic (World Première of MacMillan’s organ concertos A Scotch Bestiary), and Berlin Philharmonic under Rattle and Abbado. In 2004, he gave the inaugural organ recital in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles and in 2006 he inaugurated the organ at the National Grand Theatre in Beijing. In June 2017 Wayne Marshall will be appearing in San Francisco to perform at the Davies Symphony Hall.
He is a regular performer in the BBC Proms. In 2014 he presented the Barenboim East-West Divan Prom on BBC1. Past PROM appearances include organ recitals; the UK première of A Scotch Bestiary; Last Night of the Proms in 1997 and the First Night in 2008; conducting Porgy and Bess to celebrate the Gershwin centenary and four Proms in the Park.
He has recorded extensively for numerous major labels and received an ECHO (Deutscher Schallplattenpreis) award for his 'Gershwin Songbook' CD. His latest Organ CD called Gershwin and Bernstein Improvised released on Fugue State Records has received numerous excellent reviews.
In 2004 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Bournemouth University and in 2010 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Music. In October 2016 Wayne Marshall was awarded the Independence Golden Jubilee Award towards his contribution for outstanding service to the UK.
Wynton Marsalis (Music Director, Trumpet) is the Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961, Mr. Marsalis began his classical training on trumpet at age 12 and soon began playing in local bands of diverse genres. He entered The Juilliard School at age 17 and joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Mr. Marsalis made his recording debut as a leader in 1982, and has since recorded more than 70 jazz and classical albums which have garnered him nine GRAMMY® Awards. In 1983, he became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz GRAMMY® Awards in the same year; he repeated this feat in 1984.
Mr. Marsalis' rich body of compositions includes Sweet Release; Jazz: Six Syncopated Movements; Jump Start and Jazz; Citi Movement/Griot New York; At the Octoroon Balls; In This House, On This Morning; and Big Train. In 1997, Mr. Marsalis became the first jazz artist to be awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in music for his oratorio Blood on the Fields, which was commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 1999, he released eight new recordings in his unprecedented Swinging into the 21st series, and premiered several new compositions, including the ballet Them Twos, for a 1999 collaboration with the New York City Ballet. That same year, he premiered the monumental work All Rise, commissioned and performed by the New York Philharmonic along with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Morgan State University Choir. Sony Classical released All Rise on CD in 2002. Recorded on September 14 and 15, 2001 in Los Angeles in the tense days following 9/11, All Rise features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra along with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Morgan State University Choir, the Paul Smith Singers and the Northridge Singers. In 2004, he released The Magic Hour, his first of six albums on Blue Note records. He followed up his Blue Note debut with Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, the companion soundtrack recording to Ken Burns' PBS documentary of the great African-American boxer; Wynton Marsalis: Live at The House Of Tribes (2005); From the Plantation to the Penitentiary (2007); Two Men with the Blues, featuring Willie Nelson (2008); He and She (2009); Here We Go Again featuring Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis and Norah Jones (2011); and Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play The Blues (2011).
To mark the 200th Anniversary of Harlem’s historical Abyssinian Baptist Church in 2008, Mr. Marsalis composed a full mass for choir and jazz orchestra. The piece premiered at Jazz at Lincoln Center and followed with performances at the celebrated church. Mr. Marsalis composed his second symphony, Blues Symphony, which was premiered in 2009 by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and in 2010 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. That same year, Marsalis premiered his third symphony, Swing Symphony, a Co-Commission by the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and The Barbican Centre. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performed the piece with the Berliner Philharmoniker in Berlin and with the New York Philharmonic in New York City in 2010 and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Los Angeles in 2011.
Mr. Marsalis is also an internationally respected teacher and spokesman for music education, and has received honorary doctorates from dozens of universities and colleges throughout the U.S. He conducts educational programs for students of all ages and hosts the popular Jazz for Young People™ concerts produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center. Mr. Marsalis has also written and is the host of the video series “Marsalis on Music” and the radio series Making the Music. He has also written six books: Sweet Swing Blues on the Road, in collaboration with photographer Frank Stewart; Jazz in the Bittersweet Blues of Life, with Carl Vigeland; To a Young Musician: Letters from the Road, with Selwyn Seyfu Hinds; Squeak, Rumble, Whomp! Whomp! Whomp!, illustrated by Paul Rogers, published in 2012; and Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life, with Geoffrey C. Ward, published by Random House in 2008. In October 2005, Candlewick Press released Marsalis' Jazz ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits, 26 poems celebrating jazz greats, illustrated by poster artist Paul Rogers.
In 2001, Mr. Marsalis was appointed Messenger of Peace by Mr. Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations; he has also been designated cultural ambassador to the United States of America by the U.S. State Department through their CultureConnect program. In 2009, Mr. Marsalis was awarded France’s Legion of Honor, the highest honor bestowed by the French government. Mr. Marsalis serves on former Lieutenant Governor Landrieu's National Advisory Board for Culture, Recreation and Tourism, a national advisory board to guide the Lieutenant Governor's administration’s plans to rebuild Louisiana’s tourism and cultural economies. He has also been named to the Bring New Orleans Back Commission, former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin's initiative to help rebuild New Orleans culturally, socially, economically, and uniquely for every citizen. Mr. Marsalis was instrumental in the Higher Ground Hurricane Relief concert, produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center, which raised over $3 million for the Higher Ground Relief Fund to benefit the musicians, music industry related enterprises, and other individuals and entities from the areas in Greater New Orleans who were impacted by Hurricane Katrina. He led the effort to construct Jazz at Lincoln Center's new home–Frederick P. Rose Hall–the first education, performance, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz, which opened in October 2004.
The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education and advocacy.
With the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and guest artists spanning genres and generations, Jazz at Lincoln Center produces thousands of performance, education, and broadcast events each season in its home in New York City (Frederick P. Rose Hall, “The House of Swing”) and around the world, for people of all ages. Jazz at Lincoln Center is led by Chairman Robert J. Appel, Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis, and Executive Director Greg Scholl.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), comprising 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988. Featured in all aspects of Jazz at Lincoln Centerʼs programming, this remarkably versatile orchestra performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S. and around the globe; in concert halls; dance venues; jazz clubs; public parks; and with symphony orchestras; ballet troupes; local students; and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists.
Education is a major part of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission; its educational activities are coordinated with concert and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra tour programming. These programs, many of which feature Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra members, include the celebrated Jazz for Young People™ family concert series; the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival; the Jazz for Young People™ Curriculum; educational residencies; workshops; and concerts for students and adults worldwide.
Jazz at Lincoln Center, NPR Music and WBGO have partnered to create the next generation of jazz programming in public radio: Jazz Night in America. The series showcases today’s vital jazz scene while also underscoring the genre’s storied history. Hosted by bassist Christian McBride, the program features hand-picked performances from across the country, woven with the colorful stories of the artists behind them.
Under Music Director Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra spends over a third of the year on tour. The big band performs a vast repertoire, from rare historic compositions to Jazz at Lincoln Center- commissioned works, including compositions and arrangements by Duke Ellington; Count Basie; Fletcher Henderson; Thelonious Monk; Mary Lou Williams; Billy Strayhorn; Dizzy Gillespie; Benny Goodman; Charles Mingus; Chick Corea; Oliver Nelson; and many others. Guest conductors have included Benny Carter; John Lewis; Jimmy Heath; Chico OʼFarrill; Ray Santos; Paquito D’Rivera; Jon Faddis; Robert Sadin; David Berger; Gerald Wilson; and Loren Schoenberg.
Jazz at Lincoln Center also regularly premieres works commissioned from a variety of composers including Benny Carter; Joe Henderson; Benny Golson; Jimmy Heath; Wayne Shorter; Sam Rivers; Joe Lovano; Chico OʼFarrill; Freddie Hubbard; Charles McPherson; Marcus Roberts; Geri Allen; Eric Reed; Wallace Roney; and Christian McBride, as well as from current and former Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra members Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Ted Nash, Victor Goines, Sherman Irby, Chris Crenshaw, and Carlos Henriquez.
Over the last few years, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has performed collaborations with many of the world’s leading symphony orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic; the Russian National Orchestra; the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; the Boston, Chicago and London Symphony Orchestras; the Orchestra Esperimentale in São Paolo, Brazil; and others. In 2006, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra collaborated with Ghanaian drum collective Odadaa!, led by Yacub Addy, to perform Congo Square, a composition Mr. Marsalis and Mr. Addy co-wrote and dedicated to Mr. Marsalis’s native New Orleans. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performed Marsalis’s symphony, Swing Symphony, with the Berliner Philharmoniker in Berlin and with the New York Philharmonic in New York City in 2010 and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Los Angeles in 2011. Swing Symphony is a Co-Commission by the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and The Barbican Centre.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has also been featured in several education and performance residencies in the last few years, including those in Vienne, France; Perugia, Italy; London, England; Lucerne, Switzerland; Berlin, Germany; Yokohama, Japan; and others.
Television broadcasts of Jazz at Lincoln Center programs have helped broaden the awareness of its unique efforts in the music. Concerts by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra have aired in the U.S.; England; France; Spain; Germany; the Czech Republic; Portugal; Norway; Brazil; Argentina; Australia; China; Japan; Korea; and the Philippines. Jazz at Lincoln Center has appeared on several XM Satellite Radio live broadcasts and eight Live From Lincoln Center broadcasts carried by PBS stations nationwide; including a program which aired on October 18, 2004 during the grand opening of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, and on September 17, 2005 during Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Higher Ground Benefit Concert. Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Higher Ground Benefit Concert raised funds for the Higher Ground Relief Fund that was established by Jazz at Lincoln Center, and was administered through the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to benefit the musicians, music industry-related enterprises, and other individuals and entities from the areas in Greater New Orleans who were impacted by Hurricane Katrina, and to provide other general hurricane relief. The band is also featured on the Higher Ground Benefit Concert CD that was released on Blue Note Records following the concert. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra was featured in a Thirteen/WNET production of Great Performances entitled “Swingin’ with Duke: Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis,” which aired on PBS in 1999. In September 2002, BET Jazz premiered a weekly series called Journey with Jazz at Lincoln Center, featuring performances by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra from around the world.
In 2015, Jazz at Lincoln Center announced the launch of Blue Engine Records, a new platform to make its vast archive of recorded concerts available to jazz audiences everywhere. The label is dedicated to releasing new studio and live recordings as well as archival recordings from past Jazz at Lincoln Center performances, and its first record – Live in Cuba – recorded on a historic 2010 trip to Havana by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis – was released in October 2015. Blue Engine’s second offering – Carlos Henriquez’s The Bronx Pyramid – was released in September 2016. In December 2015, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis released Big Band Holidays, featuring special guest vocalists Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, and René Marie. The following release was The Abyssinian Mass, a Wynton Marsalis composition featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Damien Sneed, 70-piece Gospel Choir Chorale Le Chateau, and special guest Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III. The Music of John Lewis featuring pianist Jon Batiste hit stores in March 2017. To date, 14 other recordings featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis have been released and internationally distributed: Vitoria Suite (2010); Portrait in Seven Shades (2010); Congo Square (2007); Don’t Be Afraid...The Music of Charles Mingus (2005); A Love Supreme (2005); All Rise (2002); Big Train (1999); Sweet Release & Ghost Story (1999); Live in Swing City (1999); Jump Start and Jazz (1997); Blood on the Fields (1997); They Came to Swing (1994); The Fire of the Fundamentals (1993); and Portraits by Ellington (1992).
For more information on Jazz at Lincoln Center, please visit www.jazz.org
Symfonie č. 3 "Swing Symphony"