The Czech Christmas Mass was performed for the 17th year in succession at
Prague’s busy Main Train Station on Saturday afternoon. Musicians and
choir members were joined by scores of members of the public in a rendition
of the pastoral mass by composer Jan Jakub Ryba.
Dozens of choristers were conducted by the organiser of the pre-Christmas event, Lukáš Prchal. The composition, known colloquially as “Rybovka”, was also performed with public participation on Kampa, beneath Prague’s Charles Bridge.
Czech composer and former head of the Czech Philharmonic, Václav
Riedlbauch, has died. His wife confirmed he had fought against illness for
Throughout his career Mr Riedlbauch authored numerous chamber and orchestral works including a ballet adaptation of Macbeth, which ran for six seasons at the National Theatre from 1984. Riedlbauch was 70 years old.
World famous singer Placido Domingo takes to Prague’s Estates Theatre to conduct Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Don Giovanni. It’s the same theatre where Mozart himself conducted the premier of his work in 1787 with Domingo’s rendition coming on the 230th anniversary of the original. A second performance conducted by Domingo will take place on Sunday in the square outside the National Theatre and will be televised by public broadcaster Czech Television. Domingo came up with the idea of the two performances during a private visit to the Czech capital.
The opening concert of the 122nd season of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
is set to take place at the ensemble’s traditional home, Prague’s
Rudolfinum, on Thursday evening. The concert will see the orchestra perform
works by Shostakovich and Mahler under the baton of conductor Jakub Hrůša
and will be repeated on Friday.
The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra performed for the first time in 1896, conducted by Antonín Dvořák.
Earlier this week Semyon Bychkov signed on to become principal conductor of the orchestra from the start of the 2018–2019 season.
The director of the Czech Philharmonic David Mareček presented a contract
to American conductor of Russian descent Semyon Bychkov on Monday, signing
him as chief conductor of the philharmonic for five years. The signing was
attended by Culture Minister Daniel Herman.
The contract will go into effect at the start of 2018. Bychkov takes over as chief conductor following the death of Jiří Bělohlávek in May.
The new chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic will be American
conductor of Russian descent Semyon Bychkov, the Czech News Agency reports,
citing two sources familiar with the decision-making process. The
Philharmonic is reportedly due to introduce the new chief conductor at a
press conference on Monday. On the day, a new contract with the conductor
will also be signed.
Bychkov was guest conductor with the philharmonic last season; the Czech Philharmonic was looking for a chief conductor following the death of Jiří Bělohlávek in May of this year.