Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Anniston Performing Arts Center
Saturday February 16th 2019 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
100 Years of Leonard Bernstein
With this 2018 tour, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO) joins the worldwide celebration of the 100th year of the great American composer, conductor and pianist, Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990). Conductor John Mauceri was a mentee and conducting fellow with Leonard Bernstein and personally conducted the World Premiere of Bernstein's “A Quiet Place.” Soprano Isabel Leonard is critically acclaimed for her performances of Bernstein repertoire.
The orchestra, recognized among Europe’s top symphonic ensembles, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Its broad repertoire ranges from classical music through contemporary genre, film scores, jazz, and musicals. CNSO is also a part of the highly regarded Prague Proms Festival that attracts renowned composers and performers each summer.
The CNSO has accompanied some of the most important contemporary artists, among them Andrea Bocelli, Sting and George Michael. Worldwide tours have included the British Isles, France, Germany, Spain, Dubai, Japan, Korea, China, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand. Among highlights of the last concert season was the collaboration with Vince Mendoza, one of the best contemporary crossover conductors, and world-renowned trumpet player Randy Brecker.
The Czech National Symphony records extensively in both the studio and in famous Prague music hall including the beautiful Smetana Hall of Prague's Municipal House, the home concert stage of the orchestra.Their recordings are on sale all over the world and have resulted in several Gold CDs (over 30,000 sold). Their achievements also include the long-standing recording project in association with Victor Entertainment Company, and they received the Gustav Mahler Prize, awarded for interpretation of Mahler’s works.”
Trumpet player Jan Hasenöhrl established the Czech National Symphony Orchestra in 1993. A spiritual father at orchestra’s birth was the legendary conductor Zdenìk Košler. In 1996, the American, Paul Freeman, took over as Chief Conductor, and remained in this position for ten exciting and productive years of growth and achievement. In 2007, Maestro Libor Pešek was named Chief Conductor and remains in this position today.
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)
Conductor, composer and pianist, Bernstein was longtime director of the New York Philharmonic, guest conductor to most of the world’s leading orchestras, and composer of the music for West Side Story, Peter Pan, Candide, Wonderful Town, On the Waterfront, his Mass, and a range of other compositions including three symphonies and many shorter chamber and solo works. Bernstein was the first conductor to give a series of television lectures on classical music starting in 1954 and continuing until his death. <