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The traditional Open Air Concert returns to Prague's Hradčany Square after two years! This year's programme, which as usual is to close the concert season of the Czech Philharmonic in a light-hearted way, has been prepared by British conductor Wayne Marshall in the spirit of jazz, film and musical inspirations.

Programme

Open Air Concert dedicated to Jiří Bělohlávek

 Leonard Bernstein
Candide, opera overture (5')

George Gershwin
An American in Paris (18')

John Williams
Across the Stars (Deluxe Score) (7')
Love Theme from Star Wars: Episode II (11')

Leonard Bernstein
Three Dances Episodes from the musical On the Town (10')

Arturo Márquez
Dance No. 2 (10')

Pablo de Sarasate
Gypsy Airs for violin and orchestra, Op. 20 (9')

George Gershwin
Cuban overture (10')

 

Performers

Jan Mráček violin

Wayne Marshall conductor

Marek Eben presenter

Czech Philharmonic

Photo illustrating the event Czech Philharmonic Open Air Concert

Prague — Hradčany Square

22 Jun 2022  Wednesday 8.20pm
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The concert will take place on Hradčany Square and is free to the public

Customer Service of Czech Philharmonic

Tel.:  +420 227 059 227

E-mail: info@czechphilharmonic.cz

The concert will take place on Hradčany Square and is free to the public

Customer Service of Czech Philharmonic

Tel.:  +420 227 059 227

E-mail: info@czechphilharmonic.cz

Performers

Jan Mráček  violin
Jan Mráček

The Czech violinist Jan Mráček was born in 1991 in Pilsen and began studying violin at the age of five with Magdaléna Micková. From 2003 he studied with Jiří Fišer, graduating with honors from the Prague Conservatory in 2013, and until recently at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna under the guidance of the Vienna Symphony concertmaster Jan Pospíchal.

As a teenager he enjoyed his first major successes, winning numerous competitions, participating in the master classes of Maestro Václav Hudeček – the beginning of a long and fruitful association. He won the Czech National Conservatory Competition in 2008, the Hradec International Competition with the Dvořák concerto and the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra in 2009, was the youngest Laureate of the Prague Spring International Festival competition in 2010, and in 2011 he became the youngest soloist in the history of the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 he was awarded first prize at Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition at the Vienna Konzerthaus. When the victory of Jan Mráček was confirmed, there was thunderous applause from the audience and the jury. The jury president announced, “Jan is a worthy winner. He has fascinated us from the first round. Not only with his technical skills, but also with his charisma on stage.”

Jan Mráček has performed as a soloist with world’s orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, St Louis Symphony, Symphony of Florida, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra, Romanian Radio Symphony, Lappeenranta City Orchestra (Finland) as well as the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK), Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra and almost all Czech regional orchestras.

Jan Mráček had the honor of being invited by Maestro Jiří Bělohlávek to guest lead the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in their three concert residency at Vienna’s Musikverein, and the European Youth Orchestra under Gianandrea Noseda and Xian Zhang on their 2015 summer tour. He has been a concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic since 2018.

In 2008 he joined the Lobkowicz Piano Trio, which was awarded first prize and the audience prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in Pörtschach, Austria in 2014. His recording of the Dvořák violin concerto and other works by this Czech composer under James Judd with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra was recently released on the Onyx label and has received excellent reviews.

Jan Mráček plays on a Carlo Fernando Landolfi violin, Milan 1758, generously loaned to him by Mr Peter Biddulph.

Wayne Marshall  conductor
Wayne Marshall

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.

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