A series of four symphonic concerts will start with a night dedicated to Czech music; especially to Dvořák and Janáček. Wagner and Rimski-Korsakov will then take you into the realm of fairy tales, where you will also have the privilege to hear Krzysztof Penderecki’s Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in its Czech premiere. February and April concerts feature Hungarian composers. The journey will end in Russia.
A series of four symphonic concerts, during which the strong and full sound of the orchestra will be complemented by the sound of the instruments of some world-renowned soloists. The series will be opened by Lisa Batiashvilli, a violinist par excellence from Georgia. In the next concert, the Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan will make an appearance with the JPO for the second time in a short period. The next to appear is Vadim Gluzman from Ukraine, and the series will close with one of the great stars of the violin world - the Japanese violinist Midori.
A series of educational concerts with commentary, for all ages. Although each of them focuses on a different “area” of music, they have something in common - you can look forward to melodies that you know or have heard somewhere, which you will finally learn all about - who composed them so well that they have survived centuries or are sure to become immortal.
Family series - this means four magical music-filled Sunday afternoons at the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava. Together with the familiar hosts Olinka (Pavla Gajdošíková) and Vláďa (Michal Sedláček), the orchestra, the conductor Stanislav Vavřínek, and now also with the chamber orchestra Camerata Janáček, you will go on a journey into the world of music genres. How does music connect the individual arts? And how does it affect our whole life? The program is intended primarily for children aged 5 to 10, but older children, as well as parents or grandparents, will certainly not get bored either. There´s something for everyone.
A series of four concerts, during which the emerging generation of future stars will introduce itself. Ostrava will welcome students and recent graduates of music schools from Ostrava, České Budějovice, Prague and from abroad (e.g. Eliška Honková who is studying in Ljubljana). These musicians, already winners of prizes at various competitions, will take the stage and experience playing with a great symphony orchestra, many of them for the first time.
The popular concerts at the multifunctional Gong auditorium in the Lower Vítkovice area have already entered the public consciousness as a synonym for the crossover of classical music and projects from other musical genres. This year, the series is once again packed with stars. The Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava will accompany the legendary Czech band Olympic. A symphonic White Christmas with the famous Czech singer Lucie Bílá (her surname means “White”) will follow. This will be followed by a special project called Radůza Symphonic; the multiple winner of the Zlatý Anděl Award, the Czech singer and accordionist Radůza will make an appearance, this time in a more symphonic style. For the first June evening we have selected a small memory of the 90s and the then-famous musicals Hair and Jesus Christ Super Star.
The linking element of the five chamber concerts is clearly the Ostrava region. The majority of performers are natives of the region, regardless of whether they are currently working in Ostrava or nearby, or whether they are working elsewhere and like to come back to remind their “home” audience of themselves and to show off their artistic progress. The second concert features Boris Giltburg, a winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition.
This season, we have prepared six special concerts for you. The first one includes the world premiere of a piece by the contemporary composer Mark McEncroe. After an extraordinary success in the last season we have decided to bring back the form of an educational concert for all ages, including a commentary - Love at First Listen II. A constant feature of the program of the JPO season have been the Christmas and New Year concerts. The Choral Society of Moravian Teachers will make an appearance as well. The end of the JPO season will belong to young artists. They will appear for the third time in a project called Janáček Philharmonic for children.
This series of piano recitals is a new feature of the 2017/2018 season. The programs promise a strong experience enhanced by the fact that the concerts feature some great piano virtuosos, holders of awards from many prestigious competitions (including Denis Kozhukhin, the winner of the most demanding competition in the world - the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels) and experienced pianists who have performed in many concert halls around the world. The series takes place under the patronage of the company Vítkovice Steel, a.s.
The qualities of the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava are demonstrated by its frequent invitations to perform in different countries. Performances abroad are of considerable importance to reinforce the artistic profile of the ensemble and to cement its position on the music market. Another thing which must not be forgotten is that performances abroad can have a positive impact on the attitudes of foreign audiences towards the Czech Republic and Ostrava.