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We are introducing the 124th season of the Czech Philharmonic. There are four Czech Philharmonic subscription series in all, offering programmes ranging from Mahler symphonies or major vocal-instrumental works to compositions for chamber orchestra. In series A, B, and C we encounter both the chief conductor Semyon Bychkov and other great figures of the conducting world – David Robertson, James Gaffigan, Giovanni Antonini, and Pablo Heras-Casado. You will encounter a number of world-famous soloists including Lisa Batiashvili, Leonidas Kavakos, Gautier Capuçon, Rudolf Buchbinder, and the sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque. There will also be a large representation of modern works by Czech and foreign composers – music by Henri Dutilleux, Luciano Berio, Steve Reich, Péter Eötvös, and Miroslav Srnka. Throughout the present and following season, the music of Ludwig van Beethoven will be heard on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of his birth. Series K is special, with four concerts of the variable Chamber Orchestra of the Czech Philharmonic under the leadership of one of its concertmasters at each performance.
We reserve the present seats of subscribers from the previous concert season of the Czech Philharmonic until 31 May 2019. Subscriptions purchased in the 2018/2019 season at sales locations of the Colosseum Ticket network must be purchased there again. Subscriptions purchased in this manner cannot be picked up at the Czech Philharmonic Ticket Office in the Rudolfinum.
The series of four concerts by the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra premiered last season. This project was a success with its variable ensemble consisting exclusively of members of the Czech Philharmonic, and we are again using the same model this season. All of the Czech Philharmonic concertmasters participate as artistic supervisors, rehearsing and leading the orchestra for three of the concerts.
On this exciting trip in a time machine, we examine what music was heard on Prague’s streets and what tunes people where whistling as they walked. So get ready and hold on tight… we’re starting the machine! But we’ll have to be careful not to go all the way back to the days of the dinosaurs!
Treat your loved ones to four meetings with the Czech Philharmonic! Depending on your time and programme preferences, you can choose between two Christmas cycles, each comprising three symphonic concerts and one chamber orchestra performance. The concerts take place in Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum from January to April 2019.
Subscription Series C is something entirely new in our programming. Along with the popular Saturday afternoon concerts, we have added Thursday and Friday evenings with programmes calling for smaller orchestral forces that are perfectly made for the acoustics of the Dvořák Hall.
Series B will offer the violinists Christian Tetzlaff, Josef Špaček, and Jan Mráček, the cellist Alisa Weilerstein, and the pianists Yuja Wang, Behzod Abduraimov, and Kirill Gerstein. They will be performing music by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch, Dvořák, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich.
Advent Sundays have traditionally been an opportunity to attend afternoon concerts at the Suk Hall. These programmes, with their Christmas theme and more popular mood, are presented by chamber ensembles of players from the Czech Philharmonic, and there has been considerable turnover on the list of this year’s performers in comparison with previous seasons.
In series A, we have two iconic works of the twentieth century ready for you: Messiaen’s Turangalîla and Bohuslav Martinů’s Gilgamesh. You will also be hearing famous symphonies – Haydn’s “Miracle” and Mendelssohn’s “Reformation” – as well as Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in B Flat Minor.