June 19, 2020
Semyon Bychkov and Czech Philharmonic To Perform Open Air Concert at Sychrov Castle for In-Person and Online Audiences, June 24
Left: Chief Conductor and Music Director Semyon Bychkov conducts Czech Philharmonic; Right: Sychrov Castle, outside of Prague
Left: Chief Conductor and Music Director Semyon Bychkov conducts Czech Philharmonic; Right: Sychrov Castle, outside of Prague
Marco Borggreve (left photo)

Program comprises Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture and Scherzo, Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major featuring Stanislav Masaryk, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5

Performance to be broadcast live on Czech TV
and via Czech Philharmonic’s Facebook page

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (June 19, 2020) – Held on the grounds of the neo-gothic Sychrov Castle just outside Prague for an in-person audience of more than 500, the Czech Philharmonic's Open Air Concert 2020 on Wednesday, June 24, at 8:00 p.m. CET / 2:00 p.m. ET is the culmination of a series of concerts that the Orchestra has presented since the beginning of lockdown, starting with two players wearing masks and now growing to an orchestra of 62 players. With borders opening across the Schengen area on June 15, the concert celebrates the re-opening of galleries, museums, cinemas and theatres in the Czech Republic. The event will be broadcast live on Czech TV and via the Czech Philharmonic’s Facebook page (facebook.com/CeskaFilharmonie). For the Facebook event page, click here.

The performance will be conducted by Chief Conductor and Music Director Semyon Bychkov in his first appearance with the Orchestra since the start of the pandemic. Click here for a video message from Mr. Bychkov. He also said:

“Under any circumstance it is always a source of joy to come back to our beloved Czech Philharmonic and its public, however short or long our separation may have been. Yet this time is unlike any other. All of us had to be apart for many months, reduced to a musical silence and worrying about the well-being of all our colleagues and their families, as well as humanity in general. The pandemic isn’t over, the fight for life continues. Except now a new medication is allowed which heals the soul. It is of course music, whose spiritual power sustains us in life’s most difficult moments. Even more than ever we all need the kind of music that is life affirming, that simply carries the joy of living, the strength of the human spirit and its capacity to absorb the losses that come its way. The music of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Haydn that we will perform for you on 24 June represents exactly the life we lead, the challenges we face and our ability to overcome them. Welcome to our Celebration of Life!”

The concert – on the evening of Midsummer's Day – opens with Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture and Scherzo followed by Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

Current regulations stipulate that audience seating will be arranged 20 centimeters apart. Face coverings are not required. Prior to the concert, each of the musicians taking part, in addition to conductor Semyon Bychkov, trumpet soloist Stanislav Masaryk and, presenter Marek Eben, will be tested for coronavirus.

Attesting to the importance of the occasion, the concert will be attended by Czech Minister of Culture Lubomír Zaorálek in collaboration with the National Heritage Institute. The concert is a thank you to the doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals from across the Czech Republic who have been fighting the pandemic and will form a large proportion of the invited guests. The Czech Philharmonic's first Covid-19 benefit was also in their honor and raised a record 7.5 million crowns (£250,000) from an international audience of more than 180,000.

The Czech Philharmonic launched a series of summer chamber concerts at the beginning of June as soon as it was possible for audiences in the Czech Republic to attend concerts. The belief in music’s power to change lives has always been a fundamental tenant of the Czech Philharmonic philosophy. In addition to raising funds for healthcare workers during the coronavirus lockdown, the Orchestra organized three further benefit concerts – in collaboration with Czech TV, Czech Savings Bank (Česká spořitelna) and Škoda Auto – raising funds for the charity ŽIVOT 90 and the People in Need Foundation (Člověk v tísni). The concert on 13 June marked World Blood Donor Day.

For promotional photos, click here. For more information about the Czech Philharmonic, visit ceskafilharmonie.cz. For more information about Semyon Bychkov, visit semyonbychkov.com.

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CZECH PHILHARMONIC – OPEN AIR CONCERT 2020

Wednesday, June 24 at 8:00 p.m. CET / 2:00 p.m. ET
Sychrov Castle, Czech Republic / Livestreamed

Czech Philharmonic
Semyon Bychkov, Chief Conductor and Music Director

Marek Eben, presenter

MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture and Scherzo, Op. 21
HAYDN Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major
Stanislav Masaryk, trumpet
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5, Op. 67

The event will be broadcast live on Czech TV and via the Czech Philharmonic’s Facebook page (facebook.com/CeskaFilharmonie).

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