In the 2014–2015 season the PKF – Prague Philharmonia will reinforce the ongoing success of its traditional selection of concerts, welcome a Prague Spring winner, and deliver two new recordings
PKF - Prague Philharmonia celebrates the 20th anniversary of its founding
This season the PKF – Prague Philharmonia celebrates the 20th anniversary of its founding by supplementing its main Orchestral Cycle with additional concert selections long featured by the orchestra's program. This special concert will offer opportunities such as the horn player Kateřina Javůrkova, a Concert Cycle for Children sure to charm younger audiences with the beloved elves Lupi and Šíma – children can meet them at the Special Concert for Children as well. This year's selection will also include a cycle of contemporary music, The Beauty of Today with Petr Kofroň, who for the past two seasons has been building the interest of a following of devoted attendees, and the Chamber Cycle, which will set off this season with musical journeys to the ends of the earth. Lovers of fine classical music can also find their heart in hearing two new recordings, presented by PKF – Prague Philharmonia in association with composers Emmanuel Villaume and Jakub Hrůša, tenor Bryan Hymel and cellist Johannes Moser.
Subscriptions to the concert selections and advance ticket sales to Special Concerts and the Special Concert for Children in the 21st season 2014-2015 will commence Thursday, 19 June. Individual tickets to other concerts will become available from 17 September. More information about the program available at www.pkf.cz, more news will follow online and on Facebook.
The Special Concert Cycle will set the stage for the members of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia and the French horn player Kateřina Javůrková. A Laureate of the international Prague Spring in French horn, she brings with her the organist Pavla Svoboda and will regale the pre-Christmas audience with compositions by G. P. Telemann, J. S. Bach, C. P. E. Bach, O. Messiaen, T. Escaich and E. Krenek in the luxurious acoustics of St. Salvator Church (Salvátorská street). The concert will take place in partnership with the Prague Spring international music festival.
The educational dramaturgy of the Concerts for Children follows on the work of the previous season where young audiences first encountered the characters of Šíma and Lupi, who even woke classical music from its deep sleep in the organ box of the Rudolfinum. The story, which already captivated young and adult audiences alike since their introduction in the 20th season, will focus this year on the composers Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, and Bohuslav Martinů, introducing young listeners to their work in a playful and interactive way. The concerts will take place in the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum always on Saturday at 10:00 am and 12:00 am under the dramaturgy and direction of Vladimír Jopek. The elves will again be performed by Nikola Pádivá and Filip Sychra. The program of children's shows will again as part of the Concerts for Schools in the Czech Republic, as well as in the English language.
Following a positive response from the previous season, the PKF – Prague Philharmonia will return on the first Sunday in May with Special Concerts for Children, which will delight young fans of classical music outside the scope of the children's programs in the Rudolfinum on. The elves Lupi and Šíma will join presenter and singer Martina Kociánová, the Severáček children's choir, conductor Zbyňek Müller and the PKF players in presenting the operas The Magic Flute, The Cunning Little Vixen, Jiříčka's Songs, music from the film The Nightingale and the ballet Peter and the Wolf. Dramaturgy and directing once again by Vladimír Jopek.
The Beauty of Today contemporary cycle will be presented for the third season by dramaturg, conductor, and presenter Petr Kofroň. A set of six composed evenings which just as in previous seasons will be played in the NoD Experimental Space at the Roxy, will always focus on certain periods or topics that have influenced the composition of the given composer. For the upcoming season Petr Kofroň has introduced such topics as German or Italian communism, American interbellum avant garde, French Dada; the penultimate concert will focus on I. O. Dunajevský and the cycle will reach its zenith with an evening entitled Mathematics and Music featuring the work of composing mathematician and architect I. Xenakis. Each will bring the guest a special evening across the associated individual topics.
The Chamber Cycle, regularly hosted by the distinctive environs of the Czech Museum of Music, has settled this year on the leitmotif "Musical Journeys to the Ends of the Earth". Those who enjoy encountering orchestra members in more of a chamber space can embark through their instruments on a journey of discovery of music around the world, Russia, France, Hungary, and Latin America, as well as to Vienna, without missing pieces by domestic composers. A total of ten concerts have been prepared, to be carried out by the musicologist Martina Cechová.
In addition to its own concerts the PKF – Prague Philharmonia orchestra is also a regular guest of concerts by other promoters and foreign tours. During the 2014-2015 season they will hosted at the Closing Concert of the Lípa Musica Festival, the Contempuls Festival, the Prague Spring international musical festival and can also be heard at numerous opera galas in Prague alongside Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, Rastislav Štúr, Simon Keenlyside, and Štefan Kocán. Its foreign performances will also include appearances in Spain, Germany, Oman, and Japan.
In the upcoming season the PKF – Prague Philharmonia will deliver two new recordings on Warner Classic and Pentatone. The first album will be conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, with whom the orchestra also recorded an album with Anna Netrebko for Deutsche Grammophone, and the successful American tenor Bryan Hymel. The second project will consist of Dvořák recordings under the baton of chief conductor Jakub Hrůša, which will be recorded in six channels. Part of the project will include recordings of Dvořák's and Lalo's cello concertos with the excellent German-Canadian soloist Johannes Moser.
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