Czech Philharmonic Velvet Revolution Concert

Czech Philharmonic ⬩ Velvet Revolution Concert

At this year’s Velvet Revolution Concert, three fantastic younger generation artists will take centre stage. Violinist Josef Špaček performs music by Suk, and Antoine Tamestit will play Martinů’s Rhapsody-Concerto on the very first viola made by Antonio Stradivari. Petr Popelka returns for the second time to conduct the Czech Philharmonic, and rounding off the Czech programme are works by Smetana and Janáček.

Programme

Bedřich Smetana
The Two Widows, overture to the opera

Josef Suk
Fantasy in G minor for violin and orchestra, Op. 24 

Bohuslav Martinů
Rapsody – Concerto for viola and orchestra, H 337

Leoš Janáček
Sinfonietta

Performers

Josef Špaček violin
Antoine Tamestit viola

Petr Popelka conductor

Czech Philharmonic

Among Czech Philharmonic audience members, violinist Josef Špaček is especially popular. In a recent survey of regular subscribers who were asked which artist they would most like to hear in a solo recital, the former Czech Philharmonic Concertmaster came up top.

Although it has been four years since he left, Josef Špaček is still closely associated with the Czech Philharmonic thanks to many joint projects and regular collaborations. Špaček’s solo career is now his main professional focus, and he enchants audiences both at home at the Rudolfinum and abroad. Although he appears with top European and American orchestras and plays chamber music regularly in the world’s most prestigious concert halls, he has not forgotten his roots. He can be heard at both New York’s Carnegie Hall but also small villages across the Czech Republic. 

Antoine Tamestit has fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming a famous virtuoso through his sheer talent. His instrument of choice, the viola, is a bit larger than Špaček’s. “My mission is for the public to fall in love with the viola just as much as I have”, says the Paris native who appears on international stages as soloist, in recitals, and in chamber music playing repertoire ranging from the Baroque era to the present day.

Tamestit has won international acclaim for his peerless technique and for the rich beauty of his playing. For over 15 years, Tamestit has performed on an instrument that Antonio Stradivari made in 1672 as his very first viola. “Now, we’ve experienced a lot together, but we’re still getting to know each other. It wasn’t easy at first. I think we have two different personalities. But now we’re a seasoned pair. We form a single whole, but we both help each other other express ourselves”, revealed Tamestit in an interview for Prague Spring International Music Festival. He has already appeared with the Czech Philharmonic several times, even performing Martinů’s Rhapsody-Concerto, and not only in Prague, but also on tour of central Europe with Jiří Bělohlávek. The composition, which Tamestit calls “beautiful, moving, and exciting”, has become a popular piece in his concerto repertoire.

During the 2024/2025 season, Petr Popelka, who in recent years has become one of the most inspirational conductors of the younger generation, enters his first year as Chief Conductor of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. This prestigious position does not prevent him from performing other conducting duties, so he will continue as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Popelka got his start as a double bass player. After studies, he was engaged for nearly ten years as assistant principal double bassist of the Staatskapelle Dresden, but he admits that his interest in conducting had already been ignited as a student thanks to his composing activities and private conducting lessons. In 2016, Popelka decided to devote himself intensively to conducting. He soon became Alan Gilbert’s assistant at the NDR Elbphilharmonie, and a year later, he took over as Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. Other ensembles have in recent years taken notice leading to guest conducting engagements with orchestras such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Bamberg Symphony, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestras.

Rudolfinum — Dvořák Hall

11/16/2024 Saturday 10:00 AM
Dress rehearsal
11/16/2024 Saturday 8:00 PM
11/17/2024 Sunday 8:00 PM

How to buy tickets

Buy online

For online shopping you will be redirected to the website of the Czech Philharmonic.

Personally at the Rudolfinum cash desk

Information not only about available seats will be provided by the customer service of the Czech Philharmonic.

Reservation of seats for current subscribers:
until 3 June 2024, 20.00
Sale of individual tickets for subscription concerts:
from 10 June 2024, 10.00
Ticket sales for all public dress rehearsals:
from 11 September 2024, 10.00

Customer Service of Czech Philharmonic

Tel.: +420 227 059 227
E-mail: info@czechphilharmonic.cz

Customer service is available on weekdays from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm.

Reservation of seats for current subscribers:
until 3 June 2024, 20.00
Sale of individual tickets for subscription concerts:
from 10 June 2024, 10.00
Ticket sales for all public dress rehearsals:
from 11 September 2024, 10.00

Customer Service of Czech Philharmonic

Tel.: +420 227 059 227
E-mail: info@czechphilharmonic.cz

Customer service is available on weekdays from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm.