A number of events are being held around the Czech Republic starting this
Friday marking International Veterans Day, which falls on Monday, November
11. An ecumenical service will be held at the Church of St. John of Nepomuk
in Prague’s Hradčany district on Friday to honour the victims of armed
conflicts. There will also be a concert by the Czech Army Central Band at
Prague’s Rudolfinum concert hall.
On Sunday, the non-profit organisation Post Bellum will hold a remembrance day at the city’s Kasárna Karlín. The main event marking Veterans Day, a ceremony at the National Memorial on Vítkov Hill, will take place on Monday.
Dvořák‘s Prague festival, dedicated to one of the country’s greatest
composers, opened at the Rudofinum concert hall on Sunday.
The opening concert, which this year falls on the day of Antonín Dvořák’s birth, featured Dvorak‘s Cello Concerto in B minor with Kian Soltani, one of the world’s most promising cellists of the younger generation, and Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony conducted by the world-famous conductor Christoph Eschenbach.
The festival, which closes on September 23,will showcase renowned soloists, such as violinist Gil Shaham and pianist Ivo Pogorelich, and some of the world’s leading orchestras.
The Czech Republic's main film awards, the Czech Lions, are due to be
presented at a gala-ceremony at Prague's Rudolfinum concert hall on
Saturday night. The awards, organized by the Czech Film and Television
Academy, are being presented for the 26th time.
Ondřej Trojan’s Toman has been nominated in 13 categories, The Hastrman, directed by Ondřej Havelka, has 10 nominations, as does Winter Flies by Olmo Omerzu. Jan Palach by Robert Sedláček is in the running in eight categories.
The Czech Philharmonic will open its 123rd season on Wednesday with a
concert at the Prague Rudolfinum, under new chief conductor and music
director of Semjon Byčkov. Under the direction of Lukáš Vasilka, the
Prague Philharmonic Choir will also take part.
Among the highlights of the upcoming season are concerts by Simona Rattla, Franz Welser-Mösta, Giovanni Antonini and Christophe Eschenbach as well as the programmes of the main guest conductors Jakub Hrůša and Tomáš Netopil.
Starting in October, the area around Prague‘s metronome will house a large exhibition detailing the key moments in Czech totalitarian history. The project, which was instigated by a joint effort of the Prague City Hall and a grouping of historical institutes, seeks to finally unlock the previously closed network of spaces underneath what used to be Stalin’s giant statue. Yet questions remain about how the spaces are to be used in the long term.
The National Museum on Prague’s Wenceslas Square has for years been a symbol of the 1968 occupation of Czechoslovakia, with its façade riddled with bullet holes from invading soldiers attacking the building. But there have been suggestions a recent renovation of the façade, set to be unveiled next week, has made the marks barely visible.
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.