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Special Non-Subscription Concerts
We also have our traditional special concerts in the 125th season – the Opening Concert and three concerts on the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day – but we are adding new ones. These are two Concerts for Freedom and Democracy and two Special Christmas Concerts. The traditional season finale will be the Open Air Concert on the Hradčany Square.
The 125th season will offer a greater wealth of special concerts and also some changes. Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic Semyon Bychkov will prepare the traditional opening concerts with star soloists: pianist Daniil Trifonov and trumpet player Selina Ott in Shostakovich’s Concerto for piano, trumpet, and strings. The second half of the programme will feature Mahler’s 5th Symphony. A new event is the Velvet Revolution Concert, which will be held on two evenings, establishing a tradition that will become part of the special concerts of the Czech Philharmonic. These concerts will take the place of the former Concerts for Students’ Day by the Czech Student Philharmonic. Semyon Bychkov is preparing a programme connected with the stirring history of the 20th century – Kabeláč’s Mystery of Time and Shostakovich’s Leningrad Symphony. Two concerts in December will highlight the Advent atmosphere – Haydn’s oratorio The Creation under the baton of Petr Altrichter and with outstanding singers. There will be the traditional triptych of events for the arrival of the new year: the Special New Year’s Eve Dress Rehearsal, the New Year’s Eve Afternoon Concert, and the New Year’s Day Concert prepared by Principal Guest Conductor Tomáš Netopil with the Czech Philharmonic and soloists. The season will close with the traditional Open Air Concert on Hradčany Square. It is also becoming a tradition that the concert is dedicated to the memory of Jiří Bělohlávek.