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Sunday, September 20, 8.00 pm

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Antonín Dvořák: Love Songs, op. 83, B. 160 (arr. Jiří Teml)Antonín Dvořák: Czech Suite, op. 39, B. 93Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, op. 18

Because of illness among members of the choir originally scheduled to appear on the programme and in the interest of keeping it safe for you to attend, we have changed some of the repertoire for today’s concert. We appreciate your understanding.

Attendance at concerts this year will be subject to public health measures ordered by the Czech Ministry of Health. Please check our website before attending each concert to verify what measures are currently valid.

The hall is divided into "ground floor" and "balcony" sections. To enter the ground floor, use the main entrance. Access to the balconies is through the "carriage entrance" (Kočárový vchod) from the street ul.17. listopadu (with the tram stop).

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 19.50
  • End of concert: 21.40


Czech Philharmonic

The Czech Philharmonic is the foremost Czech orchestra and has long held a place among the most esteemed representatives of Czech culture on the international scene. The beginning of its rich history is linked to the name of Antonín Dvořák, who on 4 January 1896 conducted the ensemble’s inaugural concert. Although the orchestra performs a broad range of the core international repertoire, it is sought out most often for its superb interpretations of the classics by the great Czech composers in a tradition built up by great conductors (Talich, Kubelík, Ančerl, Neumann, and Bělohlávek). In 2008 the prestigious magazine Gramophone ranked it among the twenty best orchestras of the world. One of the orchestra’s most important recent projects has recording Tchaikovsky’s complete orchestral works for the Decca Label with Semyon Bychkov conducting. Since the inception of the Dvořák Prague Festival, the Czech Philharmonic has been its resident orchestra, and since 2018 it has been a holder of the Antonín Dvořák Prize for promoting and popularising Czech classical music abroad and in the Czech Republic.

Czech Philharmonic

Petr Altrichter

For many years, Petr Altrichter has been one of the top Czech conductors. After studying at the Ostrava conservatoire and the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno, he attracted serious attention to himself at the Besançon International Conducting Competition, where he won second prize and the special prize of the French Composers’ Union. During his career, he has worked with most of the leading Czech orchestras including the Brno Philharmonic, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra in Pardubice, and the Czech Philharmonic. The most important stages of his professional career include his eleven-year tenure at the helm of the Southwest German Philharmonic Orchestra of Constance from 1993 to 2004, where he served as artistic director and chief conductor. From 1997 to 2001 he was also the chief conductor and artistic director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. He has promoted Czech music very intensively in the United Kingdom. He is regularly invited to guest conduct orchestras around the world, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. His conducting style is characterised by a lively temperament and musical spontaneity.

Lukáš Vondráček

Lukáš Vondráček, who turns 34 this year, is known internationally as one of today’s most distinctive Czech performers. He is followed by his reputation as a prodigy: he began playing piano at age two, and a year later he gave his first public performance. At age eleven he issued his first CD, and two years after that he gave his first concert tour of the USA. At thirteen he began his university studies, and at fifteen he made his debut with the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy. A highpoint of his artistic career so far was his triumph at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2016, where he became the first Czech winner in history. He has appeared in solo recitals at a number of famed concert halls including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Elbephilharmonie in Hamburg, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. His appearances in the Czech Republic include this past January at the Municipal House in Prague with the Piano Concerto in F Minor by Frédéric Chopin. He is a long-time resident of Boston.

Kateřina Kněžíková

The soprano Kateřina Kněžíková is one of the most prominent Czech figures in the world of opera and concert performing. She is a graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and is a laureate of numerous competitions and exhibitions including the Antonín Dvořák International Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary, the 2018 Classic Prague Award for the best chamber music performance, and a 2019 Thalia Award for her exceptional on-stage performance in the production of Julietta or The Key of Dreams by Bohuslav Martinů. Since 2006 she has been an opera ensemble member at the National Theatre in Prague, where she has sung roles including Mozart’s Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Mysliveček’s Aristea (L’Olimpiade), and Dvořák’s Terinka (The Jacobin). She also makes guest appearances on other opera stages in this country and abroad (National Moravian – Silesian Theatre in Ostrava, Opéra Royal de Versailles, Theatre Royal de La Monnaie). She has collaborated with important conductors (Serge Baudo, Manfred Honeck, Tomáš Netopil et al.) and ensembles (incl. BBC Symphony orchestra, Collegium 1704, Czech Philharmonic). She has taken part in a number of recordings including Smetana’s opera The Bartered Bride and Bouquet of Flowers by Bohuslav Martinů.

Kateřina Kněžíková - soprano

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.

Download the Dvořák hall plan HERE.