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Wednesday, September 12, 8.00 pm
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Programme

Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Symphony for Strings No. 10 in B minor, MWV N 10Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A major, K. 622Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550

An evening eagerly anticipated by all lovers of Mozart’s music is the concert of the legendary chamber orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which has established its lasting fame over the decades on its highly stylish interpretations of the music of the Salzburg master. In one of Mozart’s most popular works, the Clarinet Concerto in A Major, the orchestra will be joined by the curator of this year’s chamber music series, Sharon Kam, who can be regarded as one of today’s ideal interpreters of the work. Thanks to its reputation, the famed London orchestra was invited by the Czech director Miloš Forman to collaborate on the Oscar-winning film Amadeus.

  • Dress code: dark suit
  • Doors close: 19.55
  • End of concert: 21.45
  • Signing: Foyer

Artists

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields chamber orchestra was founded in 1959 in London by the British conductor Neville Marriner, who was also its lifelong president until his death in 2016. The orchestra got its unusual name from the church in London where it gave its first public performance. Thanks to its detailed attention to ensemble playing, perfection of style, and highly cultured sound, during its nearly sixty years of existence, it has earned a place of honour as one of the world’s best chamber orchestras, and in particular it soon set a high standard with its unrivalled interpretations of the music of Mozart. It gives concerts regularly in most of the countries of Europe with illustrious conductors and guest soloists. It has to its credit over 500 recordings for a variety of labels, making it among the world’s most frequently recorded orchestras. Its bestselling recording is the soundtrack to Miloš Forman’s film Amadeus. Its current music director is the violin virtuoso Joshua Bell.

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Sharon Kam

The Israeli clarinettist Sharon Kam is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, where she studied with Charles Neidich. She made her orchestral debut at the age of sixteen with the Israel Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta. After winning the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 1992, she began receiving invitations to perform with the most famous orchestras of Europe, the United States, and Japan. On the occasion of the gala celebration of W. A. Mozart’s 250th birthday, she played his Clarinet Concerto in A Major on a live television broadcast that was seen in thirty-three countries around the world. She devotes herself intensively to chamber music in collaboration with Heinrich Schiff, Christian Tetzlaff, and Leonidas Kavakos. She is a dedicated promoter of contemporary music, having given the world premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Concerto for Clarinet and String Trio, for example. Besides the classical and modern concert repertoire, she also occasionally performs jazz.

Sharon Kam - clarinet

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.