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Oct 26, 2018 8:00 PM

Recital: Czech Philharmonic and Friends

Treasure an evening with members of the Czech Philharmonic and Ensemble Connect! Plus enjoy special surprises!


Friday, October 26, 8PM 
Bohemian National Hall – Ballroom 

Please arrive at least ten minutes prior to the event. 
Empty seats will be released to standby patrons after that time.


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.


Antonín Dvořák: Klid (Silent Woods) op. 68/V
Alisa Weilerstein – cello, David Mareček – piano

Eugène Ysaÿe: Sonata No. 5 in G major
I. L'Aurore
II. Danse rustique
Josef Špaček – violin

Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 “American“
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Lento
III. Molto vivace
IV. Finale: vivace ma non troppo
Jiří Vodička – 1st violin, Jennifer Liu – 2nd violin, Jaroslav Pondělíček – viola, Ari Evan – cello 

Semyon Bychkov, Chief Conductor and Music Director, Czech Philharmonic
Recognized for his innate musicality, Semyon Bychkov begins his tenure as Chief Conductor and Music Director of the Czech Philharmonic at the start of the 2018-19 season. Born in St Petersburg, Bychkov emigrated to the US in 1975. A series of high-profile cancellations in the mid 80’s resulted in invitations to conduct the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw, where he continues to conduct in addition to the leading international orchestras and opera houses. Semyon Bychkov was named 2015’s Conductor of the Year by the International Opera Awards. More at www.semyonbychkov.com

About Ensemble Connect
Ensemble Connect is a two-year fellowship created by Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. This program prepares the finest young professional classical musicians for careers that combine musical excellence with teaching, community engagement, advocacy, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

Alisa Weilerstein, Cellist
Cellist Alisa Weilerstein first apperated with the Czech Philharmonic in 2011 and is a frequent guest soloist. Notable collaborations include performances at home in Prague and on international tours with late music director Jiří Bělohlávek, with whom she recorded the Dvořák Cello Concerto. In spring 2018, she was the soloist on a  tour of Great Britain and Ireland with Principal Guest Conductor Designate Tomáš Netopil conducting, and autumn 2018 she is a featured soloist on the orchestra's inagural U.S. tour with Semyon Bychkov. More at www.alisaweilerstein.com

Josef Špaček is in demand as a solo violinist, with appearances at prominent international orchestras, collaborating with conductors including Valery Gergiev, Christoph Eschenbach, Manfred Honeck, Semyon Bychkov, Eliahu Inbal, Jun Märkl, and Thomas Sanderling. Recent recitals have taken him to the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Schloß Elmau, the La Jolla Music Society, and the Kennedy Center. Appointed in 2011 as the Czech Philharmonic’s youngest concertmaster, he studied at the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, was laureate of the International Queen Elisabeth Competition, and has won prizes at major competitions worldwide.

Since 2003, Jaroslav Pondělíček has been leader and principal violist of the Czech Philharmonic. He also devotes himself to chamber music with ensembles composed from the front players of the Czech Philharmonic and occasionally performs also as a soloist.

Having accomplished his studies of piano and conducting, David Mareček has been serving as the Chief Executive of the Czech Philahrmonic since 2011. At present, he is devoting himself to playing chamber music in collaboration with ensembles such as the Dover Quartet, the Jerusalem Quartet, and with colleagues from the Czech Philharmonic.

Since 2015, Jiří Vodička is a concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic. He regularly performs as a soloist with many leading orchestras both in the Czech Republic and abroad, and is one of the most prominent Czech violinists. He teaches at the Prague Conservatory and at the University of Ostrava.

Jennifer Liu, Violinist 
A member of Ensemble Connect, violinist Jennifer Liu delights audiences as a performer, teacher, and arts advocate. As a passionate chamber musician and a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship, Jennifer has worked with members of the Juilliard String Quartet, Cleveland Quartet, and Orion String Quartet.

Ari Evan, Cellist
Cellist Ari Evan was born and raised in New York. Prior to joining Ensemble Connect, he completed his master’s degree at The Juilliard School, studying with Timothy Eddy. A versatile chamber musician, Ari has performed with members of the Cleveland Quartet, Artemis Quartet, and Berliner Philharmoniker.


In collaboration with Czech Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the UN and Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York.

Please arrive at least ten minutes prior to the event. 

Empty seats will be released to standby patrons after that time.




Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Oct 26, 2018 8:00 PM


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