Janáček philharmonic OstravaKoncerty1st subscription concert in Opava

24. 05. 2023
19:00 p.m.
Opava, kostel sv. Václava
from 450 CZK

1st subscription concert in Opava

The program, filled with energetic rhythms, promises Argentine tango, the Czech premiere of one of the presented compositions and two world-renowned artists with South American roots – violinist Leticia Moreno and conductor Simone Menezes.


Esteban Benzecry
Obertura tanguera (Tribute to Ástor Piazzolla)

Ástor Piazzolla
Four Seasons in Buenos Aires

Francis Poulenc
Sinfonietta FP 141


Leticia Moreno – violin
Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava
Simone Menezes – conductor


Ástor Piazzolla’s name is inseparably linked with Argentine tango. Throughout the 20th century, this dance gained extraordinary popularity and its passionate rhythms found their way into the works of many composers. It was Piazzolla, however, who managed to give the tango a unique character, just as Johann Strauss Junior did with the waltz.

The concert will open with Obertura tanguera, which will receive its Czech premiere. It was composed as a tribute to Piazzolla by the contemporary Argentine composer Esteban Benzecry. He performed it in 1993, just a few months after Piazzolla’s death.

It will be followed by Piazzolla’s Four Seasons in Buenos Aires. As the title suggests, this work was preceded by an immortal composition by Antonio Vivaldi. However, Piazzolla has replaced the cycle of three-movement concertos with four one-movement tangos that capture the changes of the buzzing Argentine port at different times of the year.

The final piece of the concerto, the Sinfonietta by French composer Francis Poulenc from 1947, is also full of dance.

Another special feature of the evening is the fact that the programme filled with energetic rhythms will be performed by two world-famous artists with South American roots. The soloist will be the Spanish violinist of Peruvian origin, Leticia Moreno, who will perform works by Á. Piazzolla, who recorded with the London Philharmonic for Deutsche Grammophon. Simone Menezes, a Brazilian-Italian conductor living in France, will take the baton.