Events of the Children´s Orchestra
An Epiphany Concert – January 8, 2018
Selected members of our orchestra will play at the concert for the listening pleasure, this time for senior citizens in Běchovice.
Christmas Concert at the Kořenského Elementary and Nursery Schools – December 21, 2017
“Christmas Singing and Christmas Markets“, an event prepared by the Kořenského Elementary and Nursery Schools for their children, pupils, parents and friends, will be held this year from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on December 20 and 21, 2017. The Children´s Orchestra will perform on December 21. We are looking forward to a good turnout and a relaxed pre-Christmas atmosphere throughout the event.
Santa´s Mail – December 20, 2017
The Children´s String Orchestra will give its debut performance this year at an event called Santa´s Mail, held by the Pražské děti (Prague Children) Foundation in conjunction with the Prague 1 Borough Municipal Authority. Also this year, Santa will bring to the Old Town Square Christmas presents for the children from the Krásná Lípa children´s home.
Christmas Concert in St. Ludmila´ s Church in nám. Míru Square in Prague´s Vinohrady District – December 6, 2017
Our children coped fabulously with the new space and the prevailing winter conditions. St. Ludmila´s Church was packed with music lovers for whom our children with their teachers prepared a small musical surprise.
Photo: Patrik Holčák
Playing in the Czech Museum of Music – November 14, 2017
Also this year, a genuine highlight of our autumn concert season was a joint concert with the Prague Conservatoire’s String Orchestra, held in Prague’s Czech Museum of Music. The concert was preceded by our children rehearsing for the first time with the Prague Conservatoire´s musicians in their own hall. This was an extraordinary experience for our children and we do believe that their older colleagues from the Conservatoire were surprised to hear how the children had improved since their last joint concert. Together we performed Henry Purcell´s elegant Rondo.
The Prague Conservatoire – November 9, 2017
Thanks to our conductor Chuhei Iwasaki we rehearsed for our joint concert in the Czech Museum of Music with the Prague Conservatoire´s String Orchestra in its own hall. We played together with a good deal of enthusiasm and pleasure and then we also took a snapshot from the event. Thank you!
Photo: Patrik Holčák
The International Children´s Festival 2017, organized by Pavla Zumrová´s Music Academy Prague, with our participation – October 15, 2017
This September Mrs. Pavla Zumrová, Head of the Music Academy Prague, invited us to take part in the final meeting of the International Children´s Festival 2017. The event took place in the charming premises of the Wallenstein Hall in the Senate of the Czech Republic. In addition to our Children´s String Orchestra, the audience could enjoy a rich program featuring dancing, singing and other children´s musical performances. The turnout at the event was excellent. We are looking forward to future meetings!
Non-Profit Organizations Day in Prague 5
For the first time this year we took part in the Non-Profit Organizations Day, held by the Prague 5 Town Hall. In addition to our tent where we gave information on our activities and offered places in our orchestra to children interested in joining us, at the end of the day our children played for the listening pleasure of all the participants in the event as well as passersby.
Castle Night in the Wallenstein Garden – August 26, 2017
Earlier this year we also took part in the Castle Night in the Wallenstein Garden. We enjoyed the event just much as the audiences. The premises were truly gorgeous. Concertgoers could also view an exhibition called “From the Life of the Harmonie Foundation”, staged as part of the event in the Senate building.
Source: Senate of the Czech Republic
SEYO Summer Camp – July 20, 2017 – August 2, 2018
We were part of an unforgettable performance featuring children and young musicians from 20 European countries. The atmosphere in the Odeon Amphitheater in Athens was truly inimitable…
The Czech daily newspaper Hospodářské noviny also reported on the event:
Before the sun set behind the Acropolis in the Greek capital Athens on Tuesday evening, it shone on almost 350 children who came together for the final concert of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival.
Among them were also eight young Czechs who made their debuts as members of the Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra – a multi-cultural ensemble associated with music education.
“It was an honor for us to be invited here for the first time“, says Mrs. Milada Cholujová, founder and Director of the Czech Republic´s Harmonie Foundation, inspired by the music education program El Sistema. “Our children are still taking their first steps. But it´s fantastic that they could take their first steps here in Athens, the cradle of European civilization, and perform in its famous Odeon Amphitheater,” adds Mrs. Cholujová.
Tuesday´s concert culminated the summer residency of the European El Sistema, an organization associating hundreds of budding musicians and music teachers from 28 countries.
This year´s event was exceptional on two counts: firstly, this was a debut for the Middle East children and youth whose parents are staying in the nearby refugee camps – primarily in the coastal camp near the village of Skaramagas on the outskirts of Athens. And secondly, the program was held under the auspices of the famous American opera singer Joyce DiDonato who gave lectures and performed at the festival.
”This chance to share music with the children from refugee camps and to learn from them ranked among the most valuable experiences in my life“, says Joyce DiDonato. ”I have not expected such a liking the children have taken for the project. They longed for physical contact, but they were not begging for attention. Rather, they wanted to give out that tenderness themselves“, she added.
Full article (in Czech) at: https://archiv.ihned.cz/c1-65835530-el-sistema-europe-nadacni-fond-harmonie-recko-uprchlictvi-joyce-didonato
Klánovice – June 23, 2017
Farewell to the school year. We played in a garden at Klánovice for the parents and friends of our Children´s Orchestra and the Harmonie Foundation.
Khamoro 2017 – June 2, 2017
This year we gave our debut performance also at the Khamoro 2017 Festival. Our nice and experienced teachers opened a small workshop for those children who wanted to make their own paper musical instruments.
Open-air Concert – May 21, 2017
The second Open-air Concert in Prague´s Střelecký ostrov featured dozens of professional as well as amateur musicians playing again under the baton of our conductors Chuhei Iwasaki and Jiří Korynta. For the first time this year we had a chance to play together with Ivo Kahánek, an outstanding pianist and patron of the Harmonie Foundation, and violinist Josef Špaček, a soloist with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. Our patron, Czech actress Simona Stašová, also came to the concert to support us.
The concert program included, for instance, compositions by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Johannes Brahms, Georg Friedrich Händel, Bedřich Smetana and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Another Open-air Concert has already been planned. We´ll be looking forward to meeting you on Sunday, May 20, 2018, once again in Prague´s Střelecký ostrov!