Tuesday, 8th October
19:00 Social event in the Municipal House, náměstí Republiky 1090/5, Prague 1
Cultural program – Camerata 2018
The Municipal House has been one of the most significant public buildings in Prague for over a hundred years. After the city administration had purchased the plots where the Royal Court, the medieval seat of the Bohemian kings, used to be located, they announced an architectural competition for the Municipal House in 1903. Unsatisfied with the results of the competition, the city administration awarded this project to architects Antonín Balšánek and Osvald Polívka. They designed the Municipal House, following instructions from the city council, as a multifunctional building, which included areas for ceremonial purposes, exhibitions, concerts as well as restaurants and shops.
The Municipal House facade is eyecatching not only due to its monumental architectural composition but also because of the unique profile created by its collection of the sculptural art of the time. Monumental allegorical figures, displayed all over the facade of the building, which were created by some of the greatest artists represent particular historical and classical cultural symbols (allegories of the nation, Prague, legendary characters and events, personification of art, philosophy, science, etc.), but they are also inspired by modern day symbols (allegories of industry, trade, transport).
The musical ensemble Camerata 2018 was founded by oboist and conductor Vojtěch Jouza, who also acts as the group’s artistic director. The ensemble primarily performs chamber music in various instrumental combinations with an emphasis on 20th century composers. The group members include musicians from the Czech Philharmonic as well as renowned soloists and chamber instrumentalists.
Vojtěch Jouza – oboe
Anna Sommerová – violin
Chikako Tomita – violin
Anežka Ferencová – viola
Petr Malíšek – cello
Bohuslav Martinů Three Madrigals (Duo no. 1) for violin and viola H. 313 – First movement
Bohuslav Martinů Mazurka-Nocturne for oboe, two violins and cello
Antonín Dvořák Miniatures Op. 75 and for two violins and viola
Anton Reicha Quintet F Major for oboe, two violins, viola and cello – Second and fourth movements