The PKF – Prague Philharmonia discloses the programme of its anniversary 20th season and launches subscription sales

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In its anniversary 20th concert season, the PKF – Prague Philharmonia, an orchestra with a new face, will be alluring music-lovers to a brand-new project of donators’ evenings, a world premiere, a programme abounding in illustrious artists, as well as an inspired dramaturgy of concert series that occasionally transcends the borders of classical music in the direction of more popular genres. With the accession of its anniversary, the prominent Czech ensemble, which over the previous 19 seasons the public has known under the name Pražská komorní filharmonie (Prague Philharmonia), has changed its visual style too. A new corporate design has also resulted in the necessity to highlight the demandingness and dramaturgic refinement on which the orchestra has prided itself over the years.

“In addition to the traditional concert series, which will include the Orchestral Cycle with the world premiere of a piano concerto and, for the first time, the cycle of donators’ evenings “PKF de luxe”, whose aim it will be to present on stage the most illustrious music business stars, we have prepared for our audiences a number of new instalments within the Concerts for Children programme and the contemporary music cycle “The Beauty of Today”, with the dramaturgy of the Chamber Concerts being no less ambitious,” reveals Radim Otépka, director of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia, about the programme menu of the orchestra’s 20th season.

“Circumstances have made the forthcoming season extraordinary for us in several respects, starting with the extremely variegated programme abounding in names of distinguished artists, through new patrons who have promised to support the A and S concert cycles – the TV presenter Emma Smetana and the actor Kryštof Hádek – to the expectations connected with the orchestra’s changed name and face. Overarching everything will be the celebrations of the anniversary season, and we already look forward to sharing these significant moments in the company of our audiences and fans,” Otépka adds.

The outstanding figures who will attract great attention include the famous saxophonist Philippe Portejoie; the pianist Simon Trpčeski, an artist whose brilliance has recently dazzled audiences; the young violin virtuoso Elina Vähälä; the internationally-renowned flautist Magali Mosnier; three rising vocal stars, Mary Bevan, Sam Furness and Vuyani Mlinde; the orchestra’s resident artists – the horn player Kateřina Javůrková, winner of the 2013 Prague Spring competition, and the concert master and violinist Jan Fišer. As usual, the audiences will be able to see these and other artists at the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum in Prague throughout the season. Worthy of mention too are the superlative young conductors who will perform alongside the mentioned soloists, most notably Leo Hussain, Kirill Karabits, Enrique Mazzola and Ilyich Rivas.

Great attention will also be drawn to the two unique concerts that the PKF – Prague Philharmonia under its principal conductor Jabub Hrůša and its honorary music director Jiří Bělohlávek is scheduled to give at the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle, performances that will be the culmination of the anniversary season.

The 20th season will open with a gala concert within the Orchestral Cycle on 2 October, at which compositions by Gustav Mahler, Bohuslav Martinů and Pavel Vranický will be performed with the participation of the renowned Norwegian baritone Audun Iversen and the Prague Philharmonic Chorus under the baton of the chief conductor Jakub Hrůša. The concert will be broadcast within the European Broadcasting Union network.

Sales of subscriptions for all the concert series and tickets for the concerts within the “PKF de Luxe” cycle and Special Concerts in the 2013-14 season will start on Wednesday, 19 June.

Individual tickets for other concerts will be on sale from 16 September. For more information about the programme, visit We will keep you informed of new events on our website and Facebook page.

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