For the opening concert of the season, the chief conductor of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra Petr Popelka invited one of the most sought-after young violinists of recent years, María Dueñas. A native of Granada, Spain, she won the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition and currently performs in the most prestigious concert halls in the world. In her Czech debut, she will play Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s virtuoso Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, one of the most popular works of violin literature, on an instrument from Antonio Stradivari’s workshop.
In the second half of the evening, Petr Popelka will perform Gustav Mahler, a native of Kaliště in the Czech Vysočina Region, for the first time as the leader of the Prague Radio Symphonic Orchestra. The audience will be able to hear the monumental Symphony No. 1 called Titan, full of dramatic moments, intimate lyricism and references to folk music.