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Great conductors are among the highlights of the Czech Philharmonic’s 125th jubilee season. Primarily Semyon Bychkov, the orchestra’s chief conductor, and both principal guest conductors, Jakub Hrůša and Tomáš Netopil, who have earned respect both at home and abroad. We will also welcome a legend of the music world, Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
The jubilee season asks for a particularly beautiful programme. Not to be missed are operas The Cunning Little Vixen by Leoš Janáček and Ariadna by Bohuslav Martinů, symphonic music by Smetana, Dvořák, and Suk, the Beethoven anniversary finale and world premieres of works by renowned composers dedicated to the orchestra. Performing will be star soloists: Daniil Trifonov, Karen Gomyo or Jan Martiník.
Subscription Series A
The Subscription Series A will take the audience through the history of music as well as various genres, from Beethoven’s symphonies to Dvořák and Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen. True experts will guide you on your journey: Czech Philharmonic Chief Conductor Semyon Bychkov, British conducting legend Sir John Eliot Gardiner, regular guest conductor in the Rudolfinum Manfred Honeck and BBC Symphony Orchestra Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo.
Subscription Series B
In the Subscription Series B, you will hear Bohuslav Martinů’s opera Ariane in concert, the world première of piano concerto by Thomas Larcher performed by Kirill Gerstein, two of Antonín Dvořák’s symphonies, Mahler’s First as well as a colourful mix of other orchestral works and concertos for solo instruments. Among the conductors are Semyon Bychkov, Jakub Hrůša and Tomáš Netopil.
Subscription Series C
The Subscription Series C will open with a concert celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, the second night will include the world première of a composition for two trombones by Czech composer Miloš Štědroň, the third evening will introduce works by less well known composers Jan Novák and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. The series will conclude with Chief Conductor Semyon Bychkov conducting A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms.
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 in Prague.
In the 125th season, we will offer you nine of the very popular public dress rehearsals. One of the Czech Philharmonic musicians will do a short introduction before each dress rehearsal which is then completely in the hands of the conductors. They may stop the music at any point and give feedback to the musicians or rehearse selected parts repeatedly.
Concert | Czech Chamber Music Society
Our Summer concerts present chamber ensembles of the Czech Philharmonic musicians and offer an alternative to the orchestral performances which had to be cancelled. Programmes will appeal both to demanding audiences and those who love well-known melodies. Besides the chamber ensembles you can also look forward to two concerts of each of the Czech Philharmonic concertmasters.
Steps to the New World
Annotated concert | Children from 11 with parents, teens and adults
The music form founded in the mid-19th century to tell stories and paint pictures through instrumental music is called the symphonic poem. Its “founding father” Franz Liszt had his followers in Russia, France as well as in the Bohemian Lands. This season’s series of concerts with commentary for young adults and adults “Steps to the New World” will be focusing on works by these composers.
Czech Philharmonic: The Serial. From One Fairy Tale to Another
Annotated concert | Children from 5 to 11 with parents
This season’s series for children and parents is entitled From One Fairy Tale to Another. We will fill the Rudolfinum with fairy tale characters and fairy tale music. Which instrument is best for driving away an angry dragon and which to use to lower a drawbridge? Which instrument would hold the most dwarfs inside? Come along and have a guess! Accompanying all of the concerts will be the author Klára Boudalová.
Workshop | Children from 6 to 9 with parents
A series of music-drama-art workshops during which we will dive even deeper into the work of musicians, train our ears, voices and skilful fingers. Each meeting is linked with the following concert of the Czech Philharmonic: The Serial. Klára Boudalová, Egli Prifti and sometimes other guests from among the performers will accompany you in the workshops.
The 125th season will only have four of the popular Advent concerts held in the Rudolfinum’s Suk Hall on Advent Sundays at 3 pm. But their exciting programmes and performers will certainly offer you the best of the chamber ensembles of Czech Philharmonic musicians and their guests.
For the sixth time, the Czech Philharmonic will attune with the National Theatre in a joint subscription series. The first Czech orchestra will open its 125th season with music by Dmitri Shostakovich and Gustav Mahler. The National Theatre will see the return of Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová and a new production of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde.