Photo illustrating the event Czech Philharmonic<br>Special Forenoon New Years´s Eve Dress Rehearsal

Czech Philharmonic

Special Forenoon New Years´s Eve Dress Rehearsal

Czech Philharmonic

This time, our annual shared musical welcoming in of the New Year will also be a birthday celebration. On 4 January 2021 it will have been 125 years since the musicians of the Czech Philharmonic first gathered on the stage of the Dvořák Hall under the baton of AntonínDvořák.

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Programme

Julius Fučík
Entry of the Gladiators, march, Op. 68

Julius Fučík
The Grouchy Old Bear, polka for bassoon and orchestra, Op. 210

Josef Suk
Playing at Swans and Peacocks, 2nd movement of A Fairy Tale, Op. 16

Václav Trojan
The Frog from music for the fairytale The Emperor’s Nightingale

Oskar Nedbal
Cavalier Waltz from the operetta Polish Blood

Václav Vačkář
Memories of Zbiroh

Julius Fučík
Winter Storms Waltz, Op. 184

Bedřich Smetana
The Kiss, overture to the opera

Jan Kučera
Concerto grosso for two violins, cello and orchestra (world première)

Antonín Dvořák
Polonaise from Act II of the opera Rusalka, Op. 114

Antonín Dvořák
Rondo in G Minor, Op. 94 for cello and orchestra

Bedřich Smetana
Skočná (Dance of the Comedians) from the opera The Bartered Bride

Antonín Dvořák
Slavonic Dance No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 46

Antonín Dvořák
Slavonic Dance No. 8 in G Minor, Op. 46

Performers

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Jiří Vodička violin

Jan Mráček violin

Václav Petr cello

Robert Kozánek trombone

Ondřej Roskovec bassoon

Jaroslav Halíř trumpet

Tomáš Netopil conductor

Photo illustrating the event Czech Philharmonic<br>Special Forenoon New Years´s Eve Dress Rehearsal
Rudolfinum — Dvořák Hall
31 Dec 2020  Thursday — 11.00am
Available seats

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This time, our annual shared musical welcoming in of the New Year will also be a birthday celebration. On 4 January 2021 it will have been 125 years since the musicians of the Czech Philharmonic first gathered on the stage of the Dvořák Hall under the baton of Antonín Dvořák. In the course of one and a quarter century, the leading Czech orchestra has undergone an initial struggle to maintain its existence, has grown artistically, and over the following decades has fulfilled one of its greatest goals by performing before capacity audiences in prestigious concert halls around the world.

We have decided to celebrate the New Yearand this major anniversary“in dance rhythm”with works exclusively by Czech composers. Their music will give each instrumental group and their principal players including the concertmasters a chance to shine. There will be selections from Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances, Suk’s stylised polka from the second movement of A Fairy Tale, Op. 16, Smetana’s overture to the opera The Kiss, and a popular piece by Václav Trojan titled The Frog. The music of Dvořák’s pupil Oskar Nedbal will not be overlooked, either – a conductor, composer, and violist, Nedbal was an important figure in the European musical circles of his day. He had a major influence over the Czech Philharmonic’s artistic development, and he also led the orchestra out of financial difficulties. 24 December 2020 will be the 90th anniversary of his death. We will also be hearing the Cavalier Waltz from Nedbal’s operetta Polish Blood. We will also remember the music of another of Dvořák’s pupils, Julius Fučík, who dedicated pieces to the Czech Philharmonic including the march Sempre avanti!

For the occasion of the Czech Philharmonic jubilee, Jan Kučera has composed a Concerto grosso for two violins, cello and orchestra. The concertmasters Jiří Vodička, Jan Mráček, and Václav Petr will be featured in the world première of Kučera’s concerto.

Concert is organised by the Czech Philharmonic in cooperation with Impresario – Czech Artist Agency.