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Tuesday, September 8, 2015, 8.00 pm
Chamber Series


Bohuslav Martinů: Three Madrigals for violin and viola, H. 313Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F majorAntonín Dvořák: String Quartet in F major, Op. 96 'American'

After an absence of six years one of the most famous chamber ensembles in the world, the legendary Emerson String Quartet, is returning to the Dvořák Prague Festival to demonstrate its masterful art of interpretation in stylistically diverse works by Antonín Dvořák, Maurice Ravel, and Bohuslav Martinů. This concert will undoubtedly be an artistic highlight of the festival's chamber series. 

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 7.55 pm
  • End of concert: 9.30 pm


Emerson String Quartet

The Emerson Quartet has been one of the most respected quartet ensembles on the international scene for many years. Founded in 1976 in New York as a student ensemble at the renowned Juilliard School, thanks to the technical excellence of its players and their consistent concentration on all details of interpretation the quartet soon gained extraordinary international renown. It gives dozens of performances in the world’s most important concert halls every year and has recorded more than thirty compact discs, most of them winning extraordinary acclaim and many receiving prestigious honours including nine Grammy Awards, three Gramophone Awards, and an Avery Fisher Prize. The ensemble's repertoire is very extensive, ranging from Bach’s Art of Fugue to works by contemporary American composers. Over the years the Emerson Quartet has paid great attention to the legacy of Antonín Dvořák, including in its repertoire his last five quartets as well as other chamber works.

Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall

The Rudolfinum is one of the most important Neo-Renaissance edifices in the Czech Republic. In its conception as a multi-purpose cultural centre it was quite unique in Europe at the time of its construction. Based on a joint design by two outstanding Czech architects, Josef Zítek and Josef Schultz, a magnificent building was erected serving for concerts, as a gallery, and as a museum. The grand opening on 7 February 1885 was attended by Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria, in whose honour the structure was named. In 1896 the very first concert of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra took place in the Rudolfinum's main concert hall, under the baton of the composer Antonín Dvořák whose name was later bestowed on the hall.