The PKF—Prague Philharmonia was founded in 1994 at the initiative of the world-famous conductor Jirí Belohlávek. In its “manifesto,” the orchestra highlights vigor, energy and perfectionism, as well as a tremendous love for the music, all of which it imbues in each and every concert. For this appearance, the orchestra, under the baton of Emmanuel Villaume, focuses exclusively on work by Czech composers: the delightful river travelogue Die Moldau by Bedřich Smetana, followed by Dvořák’s cello concerto (written during his time in the U.S.) and his innovative, joyful, eighth symphony.
Smetana: Die Moldau
Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B Minor, Op.104
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8, Op. 88