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The Year of Czech Music 2014

(This article expired 10.02.2014 / 16:30.)

Music is a notable part of the Czech cultural identity. People all over the world know the names Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů a Josef Suk. Anniversaries of the above mentioned composers and many others fall into years ending in the number four and for this reason they are known traditionally as The Years of Czech Music.

The artistic patronage of the Year of Czech Music in 2014 was taken on by Sir Simon Rattle and the opera singer Magdaléna Kožená. This year’s honorary president is conductor Jiří Bělohlávek. Political backing is provided by the president of the republic Miloš Zeman.

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  The Year of Czech Music in Chicago


Rusalka – The opera by Antonín Dvořák will be featured from February 22 to March 16, 2014 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The performance  is staged by director Sir David McVicar and conducted by Sir Andrew Davis

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·       Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op.70 will be performed by the Chicago Philharmonic in a feature titled “Passport to Passion” on Sunday April 14, 2014 in Pick-Staiger Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra will feature Czech composers under the title “Tetzlaff Plays Dvořák” on April 11-12, 2014 at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra House on 220 S. Michigan Avenue. The program features a Violin Concerto in A minor by Antonín Dvořák, Sinfonietta and Overture to House of the Dead by Leoš Janáček

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A concert by violinist and the winner of many major violin competitions Pavel Šporcl is planned for April 25, 2014. More information will be provided on our website

The list of musical events will be updated throughout the year.