Czech Philharmonic, world-renowned pianist and Czech piano: that was an open-air concert at Hradcany square

On Wednesday, June 17th, the Hradcany square hosted a big open-air concert of Czech Philharmonic.

Concert attracted a record number of visitors, over 6.5 thousand people. It ended with standing ovations and spontaneous singing of all participants including the members of orchestra and the audience. Czech Philharmonic under the direction of the principal conductor Jiří Bělohlávek bid farewell to its 119th season.

Orchestra opened the evening with a tone poem Tábor from the set Má vlast by Bědřich Smetana to commemorate 600 years from the execution of Jan Hus. After that, a Russian pianist Kirill Gerstein has performed Rhapsody in blue by George Gershwin and Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini op. 43 by Sergei Rachmaninoff. The program has been completed with two parts of Rodeo, ballet from the life of american cowboys by american composer Aaron Copland – Saturday Night Waltz and Hoe-Down.

At the end of the concert, the voices of children from the Roma Čhavorenge choir, singing a selection of Romani songs under the leadership of Ida Kelarová, spread across the Hradcany square.