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Sunday, September 11, 2016, 8.00 pm
Chamber Series


Antonín Dvořák: Cypresses, a song cycle, B. 11Johannes Brahms: Die Mainacht, op. 43/2; Wie bist du, meine Königin, op. 32/9; Es träumte mir, op. 57/3; Nachtwandler, op. 86/3Richard Strauss: Ich trage meine Minne, op. 32/1; Heimliche Aufforderung, op. 27/3; Zueignung, op. 10/1

In performances by the outstanding tenor Pavel Černoch, who reaps triumphs on the most prestigious operatic stages of Europe, we'll hear a representative selection of songs by Johannes Brahms and Richard Strauss as well as a rare programming treat: Dvořák's almost unknown first song cycle, Cypresses.

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 19.55
  • End of concert: 22.00
  • Aftertalk


Ivo Kahánek

Pianist Ivo Kahánek is one of the most successful Czech performing artists of the present time. After graduating from Ostrava’s Janáček Conservatoire and Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts, he furthered his education at London’s renowned Guildhall School and in master classes with Christian Zacharias, Alicia de Larrocha, and others. At the age of twenty-five he became absolute victor in the Prague Spring International Music Competition. In addition to giving solo recitals he appears with renowned orchestras like the Czech Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony, and Cologne’s West German Radio Orchestra under outstanding conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Pinchas Steinberg, and Jiří Bělohlávek. In 2007 he performed Bohuslav Martinů's Piano Concerto No. 4, ‘Incantation’, in the famous BBC Proms Festival in London’s Royal Albert Hall, and in November 2014 he became the second Czech pianist in history (after Rudolf Firkušný) to perform with the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle. Last year he served as curator of the Dvořák Prague Festival's chamber series.

Ivo Kahánek - piano

Pavel Černoch

Pavel Černoch is considered one of the foremost Czech tenors of his generation. He studied voice privately with the Italian master Paolo De Napoli in Florence, and earned a degree in music management at Brno's Janáček Academy of Performing Arts. His stage debut was in 1998 in Mozart's The Magic Flute with the Janáček Opera in Brno. Since 2010 he has been a regular guest with such leading European opera companies as the State Operas in Berlin, Munich, and Hamburg, Milan's La Scala, the Grand Theatre in Moscow, the Stuttgart Opera, the Opéra Bastille in Paris, the Teatro Real in Madrid, and the Opera la Monnaie in Brussels. His most important roles have included Alfredo in La Traviata, Lensky in Eugene Onegin, Števa in Jenůfa, the Prince in Rusalka, Jeník in The Bartered Bride, and Don José in Carmen. He performs regularly in the Glyndebourne Festival, and with the City of Birmingham Symphony under Andris Nelsons (singing Rodolfo in Puccini's La bohème and the tenor solos in Verdi's Requiem). He has also worked with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Kirill Petrenko, Simon Rattle, Charles Dutoit, Jiří Bělohlávek, Tomáš Hanus, and Jakub Hrůša.

Pavel Černoch - tenor