Opening Concert of the Czech Presidency of the EU Council

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Venue

Dvořák Hall Rudolfinum
náměstí Jana Palacha 79/1, Praha 1

Performers

PKF — Prague Philharmonia

Jan Kučera — conductor
Tomáš Kačo — piano
Jiří Brückler — baritone

Programme

Antonín Dvořák
My Homeland, op.62, B.125a
Antonín Dvořák
Slavonic Dances, op.46, B.83 – No. 4, F major
Jan Kučera
Birth
Tomáš Kačo - solo
Tomáš Kačo
Stronger than Yesterday (world premiere)
Jindřich Brabec
A Prayer for Martha (arr. for orchestra J. Kučera)

Opening Concert of the Czech Presidency of the EU Council

We were asked by the government to produce a programme which would reflect Czech identity, bringing together tradition and modernity, while showing how successful Czech music is today –  a proud promoter of national self-confidence with the vision to conquer the world stage.

We, therefore, turned to Tomáš Kačo – a musician, composer and arranger who has a gift for being able to connect his Czech roots with an original contemporary language. Tomáš is someone who is able to bring first-rate art to a wider public. It is remarkable the way he is able to enliven, enhance and illuminate classical pieces from different musical genres. For this gala evening, he wrote a composition with the apt title of Stronger than Yesterday, which will have its world premiere performed by the PKF – Prague Philharmonia – an orchestra which is synonymous with a cutting-edge modern style.

The programme, which symbolically opens with the anthems of the EU and the Czech Republic, concludes with an orchestral arrangement of the song A Prayer for Martha, which over the past 50 years has been a symbol of respect for freedom and democracy in Czech society.

In the media

"I have created a twenty-minute composition for orchestra and piano, which we will perform with the PKF - Prague Philharmonia and under the baton of Jan Kučera at the beginning of July during a gala evening at the Rudolfinum. I called the piece Stronger Than Yesterday. It is energetic and combative. You have a personal crisis, an illness, you have lost a loved one, it is difficult, but if you overcome the problem, you come out stronger. That's what the song is about - and the theme can be applied to individuals and a nation, a country. I wrote this during the coronavirus pandemic and I never dreamed how relevant this theme would be. I hope that my music will reach people, and energize them. I don't know, maybe even contribute to peace somehow. It sounds like a platitude, especially with the peace thing, but I feel that way."

Tomáš Kačo in an interview for Hospodářské noviny

With support
Hl.město Praha
Ministerstvo kultury
General partner
Komerční Banka
Principal partner
Hyundai
General media partner
Česká televize
Principal media partner
Hospodářské noviny
Patron
RSBC