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New Year´s Eve Afternoon Concert
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.
Entry of the Gladiators, march, Op. 68
The Grouchy Old Bear, polka for bassoon and orchestra, Op. 210
Playing at Swans and Peacocks, 2nd movement of A Fairy Tale, Op. 16
The Frog from music for the fairytale The Emperor’s Nightingale
Cavalier Waltz from the operetta Polish Blood
Memories of Zbiroh
Winter Storms Waltz, Op. 184
The Kiss, overture to the opera
Polonaise from Act II of the opera Rusalka, Op. 114
Rondo in G Minor, Op. 94 for cello and orchestra
Skočná (Dance of the Comedians) from the opera The Bartered Bride
Slavonic Dance No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 46
Slavonic Dance No. 8 in G Minor, Op. 46
Robert Kozánek trombone
Ondřej Roskovec bassoon
Jaroslav Halíř trumpet
Tomáš Netopil conductor
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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 Year and 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!
Concert is organised by the Czech Philharmonic in cooperation with Impresario – Czech Artist Agency.
In 1992 Jaroslav Halíř won the international competition Concertino Praga. Shortly afterwards he was invited to participate at the trumpet seminar of the European Music Academy in Bonn led by Prof. Edward H. Tarr. Subsequently he began to give solo performances and garnered many prizes in international musical competitions.
In 1995 he recorded his first solo CD. In 1996 he became a member of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, where since 2001 he has been the first trumpet and also performed as a soloist in the works of A. Jolivet, J. Matěj and V. Trojan. He is one of the most sought-after studio performers of modern music, and since 2010 a member of the jazz ensemble Czech Philharmonic JazzBand.
Tomáš Netopil took up the position of General Music Director of the Aalto Musiktheater and Philharmonie Essen at the start of 2013/2014.
In Summer 2018, Tomáš Netopil created the International Summer Music Academy in Kroměříž offering students both exceptional artistic tuition and the opportunity to meet and work with major international musicians. In Summer 2020, in association with the Dvořák Prague Festival, the Academy will establish the Dvořákova Praha Youth Philharmonic with musicians from conservatories and music academies, coached by principal players of the Czech Philharmonic. Tomáš Netopil has held a close relationship with the Dvořák Prague Festival for some time: in 2017/2018, he served as their Artist in Residence, opening the festival with Essen Philharmoniker and closing the festival with Dvořák’s Te Deum and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. This new undertaking will consolidate this relationship still further.
An inspirational force in Czech music, Tomáš Netopil also holds the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic. He ended the 2018/2019 season with two programmes at the Kissinger Summer Festival with Leif Ove Andsnes and Truls Mörk, the first of which was broadcast live on Bavarian Radio. In early Spring 2018 he led the orchestra on an extensive UK tour, and conducted Má vlast in the opening concert of the 2018 Prague Spring Festival, which was televised live.
A regular guest with major opera houses, Netopil made his debut with Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden in 2008 and has subsequently conducted La clemenza di Tito, Rusalka, The Cunning Little Vixen, La Juive, The Bartered Bride, and Busoni’s Doktor Faust for them. Following previous successes in Vienna Staatsoper, including most recently Idomeneo and Der Freischütz, he returns to the house this season for a new production of Leonore. He will also conduct Opera Národní divadlo Brno’s production of The Greek Passion. One of the highlights of last season was Katie Mitchell’s acclaimed production of Jenůfa for Netherlands Opera, featuring Annette Dasch, Hanna Schwarz and Evelyn Herlitzius.
On the concert platform, upcoming orchestral engagements include Orchestre National de France, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Montpellier, RAI Torino, Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo. Highlights of recent seasons have included Zürich Tonhalle, as well as engagements with Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo.
Tomáš Netopil’s discography for Supraphon includes Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass (the first ever recording of the original 1927 version), Dvořák’s complete cello works, Martinů’s Ariane and Double Concerto, and Smetana’s Má vlast with the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
From 2008–2012 Tomáš Netopil held the position of Music Director of the Prague National Theatre. Tomáš Netopil studied violin and conducting in his native Czech Republic, as well as at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm under the guidance of Professor Jorma Panula. In 2002 he won the 1st Sir Georg Solti Conductors Competition at the Alte Oper Frankfurt.
„Český král pochodů“ Julius Fučík, strýc komunistického novináře popraveného nacisty, napsal přes 400 skladeb. Dominují mezi nimi pochody, valčíky a předehry, z nichž bezkonkurenčně nejslavnější je pochod Vjezd gladiátorů. Na konzervatoři studoval ve třídě Antonína Dvořáka a hudební kariéra mu připravila pestrý kočovný život. Působil v Kremži, Záhřebu, Sarajevu, Budapešti, Terezíně a nakonec v Praze. Sarajevské období pro Fučíka znamenalo první kapelnické zkušenosti, navíc ve vojenském prostředí. Zde proto napsal řadu skladeb pro potřeby vojenského orchestru, včetně Vjezdu gladiátorů v roce 1897. Fučíkova představa triumfálního nástupu starořímských gladiátorů do arény se později přenesla do cirkusového prostředí díky úpravě kanadského skladatele Louise-Philippa Laurendeaua, který ji vydal pod názvem Thunder and Blazes. Fučíkova melodie se tak stala celosvětově známou. Byla také využita v několika slavných filmech – od Felliniho snímku Klauni, až po několik dílů seriálu Simpsonovi.