JEAN SIBELIUS Finlandia Op. 26
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 in E minor Op. 95 “From the New World”
PRAGUE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Pietari INKINEN | conductor
The Prague Symphony Orchestra invites a live audience to join them following a pause due to the coronavirus for an exciting program at Smetana Hall at the Municipal House. This event will occur on Tuesday, June 23rd, immediately after the relaxation of epidemiological measures, which would permit the entrance of up to 1000 visitors to the hall without distancing. The Prague Symphony Orchestra will begin performing at 19:30 under the baton of maestro Pietari Inkinen. The program includes Sibelius’s symfonic poem Finlandia as well as Dvořák’s New World Symphony. With this combination of Finish and Czech repertoire, maestro Pietari Inkinen tops off his career as principal conductor of the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
“It is peaceful and symbolic, that the live orchestra and live audience can meet once again. The past months have demonstrated the power of social networks and all other forms of electronic communication and everything they can save. But they also showed the irreplaceability of personal contact between people. This concert is therefore a celebration of personal gatherings. Of course, this all is in compliance with the current rules, so that no one is endangered. Even that is a part of a new sense of daily comfort. You have no idea how much we are all looking forward to this concert!” shared director of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Sobotka.
The Finnish Pietari Inkinen first conducted the symphonic poem Finlandia with the Prague Symphony in October of 2014, immediately after director Daniel Sobotka publicly announced his position as chief conductor at the orchestra beginning in September of 2015. Pietari Inkinen performed with the Prague Symphony Orchestra in each of his chief conductor seasons twelve subscription concerts, a number of extraordinary projects, as well as tours to Japan, Spain, and Great Britain. Now, with a piece from his native land, he will symbolically end his work in this position. He will continue to meet with the Prague Symphony Orchestra regularly as a guest conductor. From September of 2020, the role of chief conductor at the Prague Symphony Orchestra will be assumed by Tomáš Brauner.
Through this special performance, the Prague Symphony would like to express gratitude for the support of our audiences during the time when the orchestra was not able to perform, as well as the continued support that was apparent during the time of the quarantine. Due to reasons related to the pandemic, seats in the hall will not be numbered and all tickets will fall under the same category.
Entrance into the concert will be permitted with a face mask.