The essential pillar. The most important dramaturgy of the greatest symphonic compositions of all time, as well as the works of contemporary authors. That is what the Symphonic Cycle A represents. The chief conductor Vassily Sinaisky, conductor Lionel Bringuier, violinist Alena Bajeva, cellist Danjulo Ishizaka, conductor Kaspar Zehnder, violinist Josef Špaček, soprano Kateřina Kněžíková or pianist Ivo Kahánek, all of them are going to perform during the cycle.
Many of the pieces known from previous seasons, and with them the best of artists, return as part of the dramaturgy of the second, although in no way second-rate, symphonic cycle. Such is the case of three concerts during which we are going to hear the pivotal pieces of the symphonic repertoire (e.g., symphonies by Martinů and Shostakovich or wonderful concerts by Schumann and Brahms), but also works inspired by birds, made special by “ornithological” dance creations by clarinet player Karel Dohnal. They will be joined by, for example, a symphony by the recently deceased Polish composer Penderecký, and the cycle will be concluded by Dvořák’s Stabat Mater.
The moderated cycle of concerts, aimed primarily at those who are new to classical music, relies on well-known and popular pieces. In the 2021/2022 season, we prepared compositions from true masters of the craft such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Bedřich Smetana, or Leoš Janáček. It’s truly the best of the best.
Concerts of the family cycle D are aimed at the whole family – children, parents, grandparents even. They are prepared with the whole family in mind, so that everyone can enjoy an extraordinary Sunday afternoon. A musical season full of diversity, contradictions, contrasts, and opposites is awaiting us. And it is not only opposites from the everyday life, but the musical one as well. They add the necessary dynamic to the stories. So gather those you hold dear, dress up and join us at our family concerts. Vláďa cannot wait! And yes, you read that right. Vláďa. That is another difference and contrast to past seasons. Vláďa without Olinka. Why is that so? That he will tell you himself.
Through cycle E, JPO mostly supports the first solo performances of young and talented musicians with a great symphonic orchestra. We will listen to two performances of young interprets who successfully passed the contest organized by JPO (Young Soloists I. and II.). After passing a week-long conductor course, young conductors will introduce themselves with soloist Martin Kasík in a joint concert. During the last concert of the cycle, members of JPO will be joined by ZUŠ (Elementary Art School) students and top artists – Ivo Kahánek, Magdalena Kožená, and others.
Within the cycle G, taking place in multifunctional hall Gong in Dolní Vítkovice, you can join us beyond the borders of classical music. There are going to be many choices in the next season. Instead of the traditional four original projects we have prepared five. Film music, performance of Queenie, Queen tribute band, Ondřej G. Brzobohatý, and David Koller, which were already foreshadowed during the previous season, will be joined by Ostrava duo Krhut & Kozub. Most of the projects will premier in Gong.
Chamber music is also included in the JPO program. It provides a wide range of music, both from the earlier periods and the present. Every year, the chamber ensembles of JPO take turns performing during the cycle K. This year, the honour goes to Janáček chamber orchestra, led by its artistic director and JPO’s concertmaster Jakub Černohorský. It can be said that chamber music takes its listeners to their own core and does so gently. It seems that today we need chamber music more than ever.
Christmas and New Year are periods that we perceive as exceptional. They lead us to a deeper experience of everyday life, to recapture and balance. We experience them as something truly special. JFO also perceives it the same way and therefore comes with two extraordinary concerts - Christmas and New Year.
This concert cycle traditionally takes place in the architectonically extraordinary Church of St. Wenceslas in Opava and follows the concerts Janáček philharmonic organized here in the 70s and 80s. Both domestic and foreign artists will perform at the concerts, including Opava-born world-renown pianist Lukáš Vondráček.
Piano recitals became a popular cycle right after its introduction into the repertoire of JPO. It is not surprising. There is only the instrument, the artist, and the music on the stage. The audience can feel like their experience is very personal. This year, the orchestra will be joined by world class artists – British pianist Paul Lewis and Romanian up and coming star Daniel Ciobanu. Twenty years old Sandro Nebieridze will introduce himself to the audience and Grigorij Sokolov, who is according to the director of JPO Jan Žemla currently the world’s best pianist, will join us here in Ostrava as well.
The Janáček May Festival, the St. Wenceslas Music Festival... these are just two prestigious Czech festivals where music-loving audiences can enjoy the performances of the JPO. The pleasant atmosphere of these festivals is enhanced by the charm of a classical music concert. The also orchestra regularly plays in other cities of the region – most often in Orlová and Nový Jičín, but also in Karviná, Havířov, Frýdek-Místek and Opava.
Every year we perform concert series in Europe, Asia and North America for a number of promoters. The orchestra is especially superb in the world-famous Czech symphonic repertoire such as Dvořák`s symphonies or Smetana`s and Janáček`s opera overtures, and also in opera gala programs. Recent destinations include New York, Seoul, Paris, Beijing, Wien, Hamburg or Munich .