Notre-Dame benefit to be held at St Vitus’ Cathedral

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and other ensembles will play Dvořák’s Stabat Mater

Update: Due to organizational and security reasons, the concert venue has been changed. The Notre-Dame benefit concert will take place at the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum at 9:10 pm on April 23. Tickets are Kč 500 to 3,000. Details are available here.

People will have a chance to hear classical music and support the restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris, which suffered a devastating fire on the evening of April 15, likely related to construction work on the wooden part of the roof.

Several Prague orchestras will come together Tuesday, April 23, at 9:10 pm for a benefit concert at St Vitus’ Cathedral in Prague Castle.

The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra will participate in cooperation with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia and the ensembles of the National Theater and the State Opera.

The program consists of Antonín Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, under the baton of Tomáš Netopil, the principle guest conductor of the Czech Philharmonic.

Admission to the concert is voluntary, and the organizers will give the proceeds to the restoration of Notre-Dame.

The concert will also be simulcast on the TV station ČT art and on radio station Český rozhlas Vltava.

“On Monday, while watching the footage of the burning Notre-Dame Cathedral, we felt a deep emotion and a need to support France in restoring one of Europe's most important spiritual buildings,” David Mareček, CEO of the Czech Philharmonic, said, according to new server

“That same evening, together with other Prague orchestras, we decided to organize a benefit concert in St. Vitus’ Cathedral with the iconic national spiritual work Stabat Mater by Antonín Dvořák,” he added.

Dvořák's Stabat Mater was completed in 1877 and premiered in 1880. It is based on a 13th century religious text depicting Mary’s suffering during the crucifixion of Christ. Dvořák wrote it after his own three children died.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said Notre-Dame should be rebuilt withing five years. An architectural contest for a new design for the cathedral’s main spire, which collapsed in the fire, has already been called.

The main structure of the cathedral, including its iconic front towers with its stained glass rose window, remained intact though part of the stone roof collapsed. Many statues had already been removed for conservation work as part of the ongoing repairs.

Some of France’s leading family’s and firms such as Arnault family and LVMH,

Bettencourt family and L'Oréal, Pinault family and Groupe Artémis, and Decaux family and JCDecaux have already pledged hundreds of millions of dollars for the restoration.

The Walt Disney Company, which had a hit animated film with The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), has pledged $5 million.

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