Wednesday, April 11, 2012: Past and Present

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Inspiring contemporary music filled the historic Church of St Simon and Jude with the viola concerto, a world premiere

Past and Present: Concerto for Viola

The seamless blending of the past and present was offered to listeners at the Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) Chamber Orchestra’s performance last Tues, Apr 3.

A highlight of the concert was the world premiere of Juraj Filas’ Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra. Mr Filas, an FOK artist-in-residence this year, says he wrote the lovely, new piece in 2010 at the request of his old classmate, Pavel Peřina.

And Mr Peřina, who founded the Chamber Orchestra back in 1988, also was the viola soloist for this evening’s premiere.

Mr Filas has three compositions being performed this season by the FOK. He says his compositions follow the principles of past musical giants, but at the same time react to major contemporary events. This concerto emphasizes the “positive and constructive,” he explains, ultimately “ending in a victory of positive forces,” typical of his composition style.

Mr Peřina founded the Chamber Orchestra because many of the young FOK musicians of the time wanted to play chamber as well as symphonic music. Since its founding nearly a quarter-century ago, the orchestra has appeared on international stages, led by well-known conductors. Mr Peřina, today the viola section leader of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, also is a founding member of the East/West international ensemble of chamber musicians, under the patronage of UNESCO.

You can watch a selection from Tuesday’s concert premiere by clicking on the short video excerpt below. — oo

– Mary Matz

Photo Credits: Miroslav Setnička

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