It is the second unconventional look back at our history which we commemorate this year. Earlier this year, we commemorated, thanks to the Pilsen Philharmonic and the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes , the events of the year 1948 and the Czech Coup.
On Wednesday, September 26 the Faculty of Design and Art commemorates the year 1938 and the establishment of the Protectorate, because it was a difficult time which, however, did not silence the musical muse, even though the atmosphere of the oppressive occupation and the World War II affected the voices of many artists. Historians of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes inform students about the historical context that influenced the creation of contemporary composers, writers and artists.
"Under the baton of Chuhei Iwasaki, a young conductor who successfully made his debut at Prague Spring, the audience will enjoy compositions created by, among others, Jaroslav Ježek, and Martin and Pavel Haas. The programme includes Jewish artists who were tortured in Nazi concentration camps, such as Erwin Schulhoff, Gideon Klein, Hans Krása, Viktor Ullmann and last but not least, prominent artists, such as the conductor Karel Ančerl, the actor Hugo Haas and the Čapek brothers. "The Nazi totalitarian regime marked the lives of all them," says the director of the Pilsen Philharmonic Lenka Kavalová. She adds that the music department of the Municipal Library in Prague enables students to attend a renewed premiere of The Three Hymnal Songs, written by the composer Jaroslav Křička.
At the end of the concert, the prophecy of Libuše, or more precisely of the famous finale of the opera of the same name, will be played. Individual compositions, especially Smetana's apotheosis of the nation, will be enhanced by a visualization performance prepared by the head of the Multimedia Studio Jan Morávek and by Lukáš Kellner. The author of the visual graphic is the designer and educator Ondřej Zámiš.
The Pilsen Philharmonic will be accompanied by the baritone Roman Janál and the soprano Ivana Veberová. Recitation will be performed by Svatopluk Schuller. Martin Tichý and Tomáš Ille were in charge of the dramaturgy. The concert will be recorded by Czech Radio Vltava. Another project partner is The National Film Archive.
The project is held under the auspices of the Czech Minister of Culture, Antonín Staněk and the Mayor of Pilsen, Martin Zrzavecký.