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Independence Day!

Many people look forward to this day in history, the day when their country came into its own. With American celebrations commencing, we would like to wish you all a happy and healthy holiday! You might think you need to wait a year to celebrate again, but not to fear! This Autumn marks the 100 year anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, in October 1918! The Czech Center New York invites you to celebrate with us and the Ambassador of Czech Music, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, for a weekend full of jubilee.


We are kicking off this occasion with the return of the infamous Czech Philharmonic Orchestra to New York after four years. The Philharmonic will perform two concerts, both occurring during the weekend commemoration. The ensemble, currently under the supervision of newly appointed and well-known conductor Seymon Bychkof, will perform Antonín Dvořák´s Cello Concerto in B minor on Saturday October 27, and Gustav Mahler´s Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” on Sunday October 28. Both extraordinary concerts will take place at Carnegie Hall.

 For this momentous occasion, the Czech Center New York has prepared a special event dedicated to Czech music, which will take place on Friday, October 26, at Bohemian National Hall. Additionally, in honor of our Independence Day, we will be showcasing a manuscript, making its American debut. Save the date for these spectacular events and visit our website for more information.


Tickets go live at 8 am on August 20: https://new-york.tickets-center.com/search/carnegie-hall-tickets/

For more information on the Czech Philharmonic, please visit: https://www.ceskafilharmonie.cz/en/about-us/orchestra/

For more information on the Prague Philharmonic Choir, please visit: https://filharmonickysbor.cz/en/o-nas


The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
This year, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates 122 years since its establishment and premier performance at the Prague’s Rudolphinum where it gave its first concert – an all Dvořák program which included the world première of his Biblical Songs conducted by the composer himself. Acknowledged for its definitive interpretations of Czech composers, whose music the Czech Philharmonic has championed since its formation, the Orchestra is also recognized for the special relationship it has to the music of Brahms and Tchaikovsky - friends of Dvořák - and to Mahler, who gave the world première of his Symphony No. 7 with the Orchestra in 1908. Since then, hundreds of exquisite and world-renowned musicians and composers have joined this extraordinary ensemble amongst others also Leonard Bernstein. Today, with 120 members, it is considered to be the most distinguished ensemble, which represents the Czech Republic around the world, deemed “ambassador of the Czech music.” With a newly appointed conductor - famed Semyon Bychkof - the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra is on tour once again and is returning to the United States to celebrate the 100th birthday of Czechoslovakia, and the beauty of music itself.

The Prague Philharmonic Choir (PPC) is a leading European vocal ensemble and one of the Czech Republic´s earliest artistic institutions. Since its foundation in 1935, The Philharmonic has been directed by some of the most distinguished Czech conductors, including Jan Kühn, Josef Veselka and Pavel Kühn. For the past eleven years, the Philharmonic has been led by conductor Lukáš Vasilek. The PPC´s repertoire is centered primarily on oratorio and cantata compositions. Throughout its existence, the Philharmonic has worked with eminent international orchestras (the Czech Philharmonic, Berliner Philharmoniker, Israel Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, and Wiener Symphoniker), and conductors (Daniel Barenboim, Jiří Bělohlávek, Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Manfred Honeck, Jakub Hrůša, Tomáš Netopil, Gianandrea Noseda, Philippe Jordan, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, and Sir Simon Rattle). The PPC´s many commitments in the 2018/2019 season include appearances at the Dvořák Prague, Beethovenfest Bonn, Prague Spring festivals, a tour in Belgium, and a concert at Carnegie Hall. In New York, the choir will perform with the Czech Philharmonic.