Concert Series

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.

Season Guide 2019/2020

Subscription Series
Subscription Series

Subscription Series A offers a highly varied selection of concerts in terms of the choice of composers, the combination of Czech and foreign music, and the introduction of five conductors and a large number of soloists.

Subscription Series
Subscription Series

Series B consists of “balancing”. Some of the concerts set out daringly into the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, while others fall back on the true classics of the repertoire. In this country, this primarily means Smetana’s Má vlast (My Homeland), which Semyon Bychkov will actually be conducting in Prague for the first time.

Subscription Series
Subscription Series

Taking the baton will be a violinist, two prominent American musicians, and the orchestra’s chief conductor – thus, the conductors will be the defining characteristic of Series C. There is definitely plenty to look forward to.

Subscription Series
Subscription Series

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.

Dress Rehearsals
Dress Rehearsals

The 124th season of the Czech Philharmonic will offer a total of seven afternoon public dress rehearsals. Each rehearsal will be introduced by a few words from one of the players of the Czech Philharmonic.

Four Steps to the New World
Four Steps to the New World

The great composers create music that allows us to look into our souls – into that mysterious place where people’s lives are projected and from which they are directed at the same time – their thoughts, feelings, decisions, and struggles.

Subscription Series
Subscription Series

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!

Special non-subscription concerts
Special non-subscription concerts

In accordance with tradition, the special concerts for the 124th season include two opening concerts, a programme for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, plus a special project arising from the second run of the Czech Philharmonic Composition Competition. Three winning compositions by young finalists will be heard in November under the baton of Keith Lockhart, with the highlight being the work of the overall winner: Song of the Willow Branch by Jana Vöröšová. The opening concert offers excerpts from operas followed by Dmitri Shostakovich’s sombre Eighth Symphony. Purely Czech repertoire will be heard on the New Year’s programme, when Jakub Hrůša will conduct works by Dvořák, Suk, Smetana, and Janáček. Because of great successes during past seasons, this year for the first time we are giving three performances – twice on New Year’s Eve and one more on the evening of New Year’s Day.

Advent Concerts
Advent Concerts

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.

 We play together
We play together

The fifth season of the joint subscription series of the Czech Philharmonic and the National Theatre will offer something new that will please more than just those who love gala concerts. In accordance with tradition, the series of four evening events will begin with the opening concert of the 124th season of the Czech Philharmonic.