25th anniversary season
TOUCH THE SOUND

An educational project by the PKF – Prague Philharmonia for children aged 10+ aimed at primary and secondary schools

The project’s philosophy

  • Creating personal contact between the children and the musicians of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia orchestra
  • Actively engaging the children in the meetings
  • A wonderful experience with great educational value

Programmes for the meetings

  • An introductory talk on what the children will hear
  • Meeting the orchestra players and finding out more about their instruments as well as having the opportunity to play them
  • Being present at rehearsals (by agreement, recommended time of 30-40 mins), when the children sit directly in the orchestra
  • At the end, the children can ask about anything they like

Capacity for one meeting: 20-25 students.
4-6 meetings annually.

To reserve, contact:
Martina Fabianová
T +420 224 267 644
fabianova@pkf.cz

The project is organised with the support and cooperation of Prague 8 and the Ládví Cultural Centre.

1st meeting: Thu 7 November 2019 
What you will hear: MODEST PETROVICH MUSORGSKIJ (arr. MAURICE RAVEL) Pictures at an Exhibition
This meeting will transport us to late-19th-century St Petersburg for an exhibition full of book illustrations, travel sketches and costume designs. We will wander among the individual paintings and let ourselves be drawn into their stories. We will talk about who Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky was and what inspired him to compose Pictures at an Exhibition.

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Language: Czech, English (the conductor will speak to the musicians in English)
Instruments: Students will get to know the instruments of the orchestra

2nd meeting: Mon 2 December 2019 
What you will hear: SERGEI PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1 in D major Op. 25 ´Classical´
Although Sergei Prokofiev was a major 20th-century composer, his first symphony is more like a time machine, taking us back 200 years earlier to the Classical period when composers such as Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven were active. He did not conceal the fact that he based this symphony on the style of Joseph Haydn, although he did not strictly follow the established Classical rules. As part of this meeting we will look at the main features of Classicism, how 20th-century music is different and the circumstances in which Sergei Prokofiev composed his first symphony.

Conductor: Simon Krečič
Language: Czech, English (the conductor will speak to the musicians in English)
Instruments: Students will get to know the instruments of the orchestra

3rd meeting: Fri 7 February 2020
What you will hear: LUCIANO BERIO · FRANZ SCHUBERT Rendering
Thanks to Luciano Berio, we have the opportunity to listen to the last musical sketches by Franz Schubert, which Berio arranged boldly but quite brilliantly in 1990. Schubert originally intended these pieces of music to form the basis of his last, 10th symphony, but he never completed it. We will talk about the transition between Classicism and Romanticism in Vienna, Schubert’s life and the blending of contemporary music and historical styles.

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Language: Czech, English (the conductor will speak to the musicians in English)
Instruments: Students will get to know the instruments of the orchestra

4th meeting: Fri 6 March 2020
What you will hear: PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 1 in G minor Op. 13 ´Winter Dreams´
When it comes to this symphony, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky could say that hard work and effort pay off. He composed the symphony right after accepting a position as a professor at the Moscow Conservatory. As his brother Modest said more than once, this composition – one of the composer’s earliest – gave Tchaikovsky a lot of trouble and cost him more time and effort than any other score. At this meeting we will talk about Russian Romanticism and why it was so difficult for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to compose this symphony. 

Conductor: Jiří Rožeň
Language: Czech
Instruments: Students will get to know the instruments of the orchestra

5th meeting: Date TBC (June 2020)
What you will hear: RICHARD WAGNER Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde WWV 90
Do you know which piece of music had a huge impact on Western classical music and influenced many other composers, such as Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Karol Szymanowski? It was none other than this opera and “total work of art” by Richard Wagner, for which he wrote the libretto himself. In the final meeting we will draw you into the thrilling story of the opera, find out about the life of Richard Wagner and talk about what the “Tristan chord” actually is.

Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
Language: Czech, English (the conductor will speak to the musicians in English)
Instruments: Students will get to know the instruments of the orchestra

The Orchestra in 3D with students of the PORG secondary school on 1 February 2018. The students met the composer Ondřej Štochl and were present at the first-ever rehearsal of the world premiere of his composition JIN – Nostalgia and Hope. Watch a report which was broadcast in the main news by Czech Television.

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