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Czech Philharmonic & Jakub Hruša at Kulturpalast Dresden

Dresden, Kulturpalast Dresden — Main Hall

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About the Event

Jakub Hruša, born in Brno in Czechia in 1981, is a highly successful conductor known for his brilliant performances that have garnered him a devoted following among the Musikfestspiele audience. In the final concert of the »HORIZONS« season, Hruša joins forces with the Czech Philharmonic at the Kulturpalast. This esteemed orchestra from Prague, renowned for its warm sound, and its conductor laureate present a vibrant programme in Dresden, dedicated entirely to their compatriot Smetana, whose 200th birthday would have been celebrated in 2024. The musical journey takes us from the overtures of Smetana's operas »The Bartered Bride« and »The Two Widows«, to his symphonic poem »Hakon Jarl«, the orchestral piece »Prague Carnival« and other diverse works by the Czech romantic composer. The evening concludes with the renowned »Vltava«, where Smetana portrays the life of the river, from its sources to its merging with the Elbe, through impressive musical imagery.


  • Bedrich Smetana – Overtures to the Operas »The Bartered Bride« and »The Two Widows«, »Hakon Jarl«. Symphonic Poem for Orchestra Op. 16, »Prague Carnival«.
  • Bedrich Smetana – Symphonic Poem for Orchestra, »Vltava«. Symphonic Poem for Orchestra from »Má Vlast« (My Homeland) et al.
Program is subject to change


Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

The Czech Philharmonic’s very first concert took place on 4 January 1896 in the Rudolfinum and was conducted by Antonín Dvořák. Before the Chief Conductor’s baton was taken up by the first internationally known conductor, Václav Talich, in 1919, the orchestra was directed by Ludvík Čelanský and Vilém Zemánek, as well as, briefly, by Oskar Nedbal. Talich’s great personality was succeeded by other outstanding conductors such as Rafael Kubelík (1942‐1948), Karel Ančerl (1950‐1968) and Václav Neumann (1968‐1990). During the 1990s, the position of Chief Conductor was passed in succession to Jiří Bělohlávek, Gerd Albrecht and Vladimir Ashkenazy, who directed the orchestra until the end of the 2002/2003 season. From the beginning of the 2003/2004 season until 8 September 2007 Zdeněk Mácal held a position as the tenth Chief Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic. In the 113th season there was no Chief Conductor; some of his powers and duties were exercised by the Principal Guest Conductor Manfred Honeck. The post of the Chief Conductor from the concert season 2009/2010 has been accepted by Eliahu Inbal.
Ever since the time of Ančerl’s leadership, the Czech Philharmonic has typically been faced with an extensive travel itinerary that has taken in all the continents. This was also hold true during the 112th concert season, when in addition to concerts in Europe the orchestra traveled to the USA and Japan. In the 2009/10 season the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra undertook concert tours of Ireland and the United Kingdom with the conductor Jakub Hrůša; Japan with Herbert Blomstedt, and Spain with Eliahu Inbal; the orchestra will also perform in Germany with Nikolas Znaider and Manfred Honeck, and at the prestigious BBC Proms in London with Sir John Eliot Gardiner. The Czech Philharmonic will also appear at a number of festivals in the Czech Republic (Česká Lípa, Chrudim, Brno, Ostrava, Litomyšl and Klatovy).

Conductor: Jakub Hrůša


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