IMF Dvořák Prague Festival - 2021

Prague Symphony Orchestra, Tomáš Brauner, Kit Armstrong

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Wednesday

9/15/2021


8:00 PM


Rudolfinum - Dvořák Hall

Praha 1


390 - 990 CZK

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ABOUT THE CONCERT

In September, the Prague Symphony Orchestra begins its second season under the baton of its new chief conductor, Tomáš Brauner. At the Dvořák Prague Festival, the orchestra will be taking part in the debut appearance of pianist Kit Armstrong, who introduces himself to the festival as the soloist in the Piano Concerto No. 5, by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. The American pianist Kit Armstrong is an extraordinary figure on today’s music scene. He settled on a musical career despite also having broad interests in science, languages, and mathematics. In addition to playing piano, he also composes. With his appearance with the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Armstrong is finally realising his postponed debut as part of the series titled, For the Future. His performance could not take place last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In its programme, the orchestra figuratively departs from its homeland on a long journey. Representing the homeland is the symphonic poem Praga by Josef Suk, who employed his lyrical and dramatic talents to celebrate Bohemia’s capital city. Saint-Saëns’s Fifth Piano Concerto is sometimes called the “Egyptian Concerto”, both because the composer wrote it in Luxor and because, in this work more than any other, he allows his love for musical exoticism to come to the fore. At the concert’s conclusion, the music of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet, The Rite of Spring, will take us to rural Russia to witness the rituals of prehistoric pagans.

 

PROGRAM

Josef Suk
Praga, Symphonic Poem, Op. 2

Camille Saint-Saëns
Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major, Op. 103, ʻEgyptianʻ

Igor Stravinskij
The Rite of Spring

 

PERFORMERS

PRAGUE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

TOMÁŠ BRAUNER conductor

KIT ARMSTRONG piano

Length 110 minutes
Wheelchair access
Music
Josef Suk
Music
Camille Saint-Saëns
Music
Igor Stravinskij