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Chamber Music & Orchestra. Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Choir: Dvorak: Stabat Mater. Jiri Belohlavek, conductor, Lukas Vasilek, choirmaster. November 9, 2014. Patron Sponsors: S. Shariq Yosufzai and Brian James


Lucie Silkenová, soprano
Dagmar Pecková, mezzo-soprano
Jaroslav Březina, tenor
Jan Martiník, bass

Of all orchestras and choirs, these are the ones to bring this stirring and rarely performed work to life. Recently reunited with beloved conductor Jiří Belohlávek, the Czech Philharmonic has long had a special connection to Dvořák, who conducted its debut performance in 1896 at the Rudolfinum in Prague. "In works by Dvořák... unbounded lyricism and Czech melancholy emerged with the authenticity that only this orchestra can bring, and they delivered with discipline" (The Guardian, UK). Dvořák's beautiful, tender choral work is a rare liturgical setting of mourning and healing.

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Panel Discussion: Creativity and Criticism
Sun, Nov 9, 11 am
Hertz Hall
Free and open to the public

A panel of distinguished classical music writers will discuss the role of the critic in the context of judging creative performance in an event presented in association with the Rubin Institute for Music Criticism. For more information, visit

Education & Community Event: Pre-performance Talk
Sun, Nov 9, 2–2:30 pm

John Rockwell, former music critic of the The New York Times, discusses Dvořák's Stabat Mater and cultural nationalism in late 19th century Europe, especially Slavic culture as it related to the Germanic mainstream and the comparable evolution of the Czech Philharmonic from its founding in 1896 (with Dvořák conducting) to now. Free to event ticket holders.

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]


Czech Philharmonic/Prague Philharmonic Chorus: Dvořák's Stabat Mater

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Due to the Berkeley Half Marathon this Sunday, there may be traffic disruptions and parking difficulties for all Czech Philharmonic events. We understand that Bancroft Way will be closed until 10:30 am; if this is your usual route to our venues, please be advised and plan to arrive after the street re-opens.

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