Once Concert, Two Conductors

27 March 2018, 2:00
Once Concert, Two Conductors

A pair of young conductors of the Faculty of Music at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts will perform at a joint orchestral concert in Besední dům. Jiří Najvar and Jiří Habart, students of conducting, will be in charge of almost sixty players from the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra. Under their leadership, music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Francis Poulenc and Jan Václav Hugo Voříšek will be heard.

The two young artists put together the programme along with their teacher Jakub Klecker. The whole evening will open with the famous overture to Tchaikovsky's ballet Romeo and Juliet, conducted by George Habart. “I will have the opportunity to conduct a symphonic orchestra with sixty players, so I went for the famous Tchaikovsky overture, which uses even rarely heard instruments like the harp, cymbals and bass drum. For the audience this music will be a pleasant experience, and moreover they will hear one of the most famous melodies on the theme of love in the whole of Russian music.” 

After a romantic introduction to the programme comes Poulenc’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, which alongside the conductor Najvar introduces the pianist Roman Czepa from the Prague Academy of Music as the soloist. "I have already encountered the Olomouc orchestra several times. I first knew them as a composer, when they premiered two of my graduation works – the Rhapsody for Trombone, Organ and Orchestra and Soundscape for Symphony Orchestra. I also debuted with the same ensemble year at the International Music Festival of Petr Dvorský last year where I performed in Mozart's Requiem in D Minor with the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno," said Najvar. After the break he will conduct Voříšek’s Symphony in D major, which he is performing, like Poulenc’s Piano Concerto, for the first time.

The concert is to take place on Maundy Thursday, March 29 at 7 p.m. in Besední dům.

Photo from the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts archive

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