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Besides the Haydn concerto, the program features
two works by famed Czech composers – Sinfonia in F by Jiří Antonín
Benda, and Sinfonia in G Minor by Johann Baptist Vanhal – along with the
Symphony No. 29 in A, K. 201 by Mozart.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of
the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. It was formed in 1977 from members
of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra – which 10 European media outlets last
year voted as one of the continent’s top 10 orchestras. Members of the
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra have also joined the CPCO. The orchestra has
toured Europe, Asia and the U.S. to great acclaim, and recorded for
companies on three continents, winning a coveted Grand Prix du Disque. Its
recordings include Pergolesi’s Concerti Armonici, serenades by
Dvorak, Martinu and Janacek; and Mozart’s complete Divertimentos, Serenades
and flute concertos.
Critics search for superlatives to describe the
ensemble’s "intimate, animated and impeccable," sound. They have raved about
its "exquisite artistry and unmistakably Czech sound", "an unbeatable
lightness of bowing…lightness of spirit, radiance," and transfixing
"sensitivity of the ensemble." A U.S. reviewer commented on "a quality of
the heart, one might even say the soul, that binds the group. They aim
deeper than the adrenaline-high favored by many performers these days."
Violinist Ji-Yoon Park won first prize at the
Concours des Jeunes interprčtes (2001) and at the Concours International
Tibor-Varga (2004). She has performed in European capitals and her native
Korea. This tour marks her North American debut.
The October 15 concert is part of a Czech
Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra tour arranged by Kerry Stratton and
International Touring Productions. The orchestra will also perform in
Millbrook (Oct. 9); Orillia (Oct. 10); Kingston (Oct. 11), Milton (Oct. 12),
Barrie (Oct. 13), and Belleville (Oct. 14). Ms. Park will also appear in
Maestro Stratton has previously presented Canadian
tours for such renowned orchestras as the Georg Solti Orchestra of Budapest
and in 2006, the Vienna Concert-Verein. In November 2008, he will bring the
40-piece Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia to Canada.
This past June, Maestro Stratton was summoned to
Prague to receive the prestigious Gratias Agit Award, presented to
exceptional persons who have made a significant contribution to the
promotion of the Czech Republic abroad.
A devotee of Eastern-European music and
orchestras, with a particular fondness for Czech music, Maestro Stratton
finds "something about the peculiar Czech melancholy which I find distinctly
Irish," referring to his own background. Even before his 2007 Award, his
service to both Czech and Slovak culture earned him the Jan Masaryk Award in
2000 from the Czechoslovak Association of Canada.