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Recital: Czech Philharmonic and Friends

Recital with members of the Czech Philharmonic and Ensemble Connect. Welcome the Czech Philharmonic to New York with their new Chief Conductor, Semyon Bychkov and view the original manuscript of Antonín Dvořák's Cello Concerto to celebrate the anniversary of 100 years of Czech independence.



Czech Center New York invites you to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Czech independence with the Czech Philharmonic, and to see, for the first time in New York, the original manuscript of Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.

The Czech Philharmonic returns to NY for the first concert of their U.S. tour with new Chief Conductor and Music Director, Semyon Bychkov. We invite you to celebrate 100 years of Czech independence with the ambassador of Czech music, the Czech Philharmonic, and the rare opportunity to see Dvořák's original manuscript of Cello Concerto in B minor, on view for the very first time in United States at New York City landmark Bohemian National Hall.

On October 26th the Czech Philharmonic virtuosos will join members of Ensemble Connect for a recital program and the opening of an exhibition centered around the display of the original manuscript of the Dvořák CelloConcerto with special guests, Chief Conductor and Music Director, Semyon Bychkov and renown cellist Alisa Weilerstein.

The last work Dvořák composed in America was his beloved Cello Concerto in B minor. Dvořák had doubts about the cello as a solo instrument, but after hearing the premiere performances of the Cello Concerto No. 2 by Victor Herbert, his colleague at the National Conservatory of Music of America, he was inspired to fulfill a request by a prominent Czech cellist, Hanuš Wihan, and composed a cello concerto of his own. The concerto was first read through in February 1895, in the parlor of Dvořák's house on Manhattan's East 17th Street, during a visit of the Kneisel Quartet from Boston by the quartet's cellist, Alwin Shroeder––the "first hearing in history"–– with the maestro at the piano.

“There are many ways to describe the Czech Philharmonic tradition. One of them must be a never ending search for truth in musical expression. This is both our credo and a mission.” SEMYON BYCHKOV


For further information:

Marie Tomanova / tomanova@czechcenter.com / 646.422.3395

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