Presentation of 20th-century Czech music: Viktor Kalabis and Jan Kapr

Contemporary music series S


Dlouhá 33, Praha 1


Subscription price: CZK 1 500 | CZK 1 000 (senior citizens 65+)
Single ticket price: CZK 400 | CZK 300 (senior citizens 65+)
Student/child up to age 15: CZK 100
Family ticket (2 adults + children under 18): CZK 100 per person
Donor’s ticket in support of the PKF’s artistic activities: 2 000 CZK


Barbora Haasová flute

Martin Fila  piano

Roman Hranička violin

Jan Adam — violin

Tomáš Krejbichviola

Lukáš Pospíšil  cello

Jan Brabec
Jiří Ševčík flute
Jan Souček oboe
Václav Fürbach  bassoon
Mikuláš Koska French horn


Viktor Kalabis
Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, Op. 39 (1974)
Jan Kapr
Intermezzo for Flute and Piano (1970)
Viktor Kalabis
Divertimento for Wind Quintet (1952)
Jan Kapr
String Quartet No. 8 (1976)

Program Notes

We will start this year’s season of the Contemporary Music Series subtitled Contemporary Chamber Music Scene with an excursion to a period of recent past, presenting chamber pieces by two leading Czech composers of the second half of the 20th century. 

A prominent figure in the musical life of Prague, the composer, musicologist and music editor Viktor Kalabis also excelled in organizing musical events: he served as President of the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation, initiated the establishment of the Bohuslav Martinů Institute, and co-founded the international radio competition Concertino Praga. He often composed music on commission for specific performers, orchestras and music festivals. He also dedicated part of his oeuvre to his wife, harpsichordist Zuzana Růžičková. 

Composer, teacher, theorist, critic and music publicist Jan Kapr has written numerous compositions such as symphonies, orchestral works, chamber and vocal pieces, incidental music and literary works. He is the author of more than 200 musicological essays and reviews published in the daily and professional press. He was one of the top composers in his time, winning a number of foreign awards, but due to his strong moral attitudes he was banned in 1968 and he and his works went into oblivion.

Unlike Viktor Kalabis, Jan Kapr is a less frequently sought after composer who is rarely featured. 

With support
Hl.město Praha
Ministerstvo kultury
General partner
Komerční banka
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Česká televize
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