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Czech Week
at Carnegie Hall


The Year of Czech Music 2024 will culminate with five concerts of Czech music on one of the world’s most famous stages – New York’s Carnegie Hall. For Czech Week, the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of Chief Conductor and Music Director Semyon Bychkov will return to the famous hall for the first time since 2018 with three concerts.

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New York's Carnegie Hall has included the concerts of the Czech Philharmonic with its Chief Conductor and Music Director Semyon Bychkov in its prestigious concert series alongside the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics. The representative selection of Czech music performed by the first Czech orchestra will be complemented by choral and chamber music. 

Vocal works by Czech composers will be presented in a separate concert by the Prague Philharmonic Choir, while chamber works will be performed by the Pavel Haas Quartet. But that's not all. The Czech Week at Carnegie Hall also a significant educational aspect – a collaborative project for members of Czech Philharmonic's Orchestral Academy, students from London's Royal Academy of Music, and young musicians from Carnegie Hall.

Concerts of the Czech Philharmonic

The Czech Philharmonic will perform works by Dvořák, Smetana, Mahler and Janáček during three residency evenings at Carnegie Hall. The orchestra, led by Chief Conductor Semyon Bychkov, will be joined by three renowned soloists, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Gil Shaham and pianist Daniil Trifonov. They will present all three solo concertos by the orchestra's founder Antonín Dvořák.

Prague Philharmonic Choir

As part of Czech Week, the Prague Philharmonic will perform for the first time on 5 December together with the Czech Philharmonic under the direction of Chief Conductor Semyon Bychkov. Together with soloists they will present Janáček's monumental Glagolitic Mass.

The following day, the choir will appear in Zankel Hall, New York's newest Carnegie Hall. Conductor Lukáš Vasilek will lead the orchestra in vocal works by Eben, Janáček, Dvořák, Martinů and Novák.

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Pavel Haas Quartet

One of the best-known Czech string quartets will bring chamber works by three great Czech composers to New York - Josef Suk's Meditations on the Old Czech Chorale “Saint Wenceslas”, String Quartet No. 1 “From My Life" by Bedřich Smetana and Leoš Janáček's String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters”.

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Chamber Concert of Students and Young Musicians

A chamber orchestra composed of 4 members of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestral Academy, 4 students from the Royal Academy of Music in London, 4 young musicians from Carnegie Hall, and members of the Czech Philharmonic will perform on December 2nd at the Bohemian Hall. Jiří Vodička, concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic, will take over the artistic direction of the orchestra.

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