The Czech Philharmonic will organize a chamber benefit concert for four Prague and Brno hospitals, whose employees take care of patients with severe Covid-19 disease.
The stream will be free to share on social networks, even abroad. All performers will perform without claiming a fee. The Via Foundation is preparing a public fundraiser.
“We were initially watching the spread of coronavirus at a distance and thought that it might soon be over and the situation would not be that serious. But a few days later, our plans, which are being formed over the years, were nothing,” says David Philharmonic CEO Mareček.
“We had to cancel the concerts, but we immediately started to think about how and to whom we could help, especially when we noticed such a huge wave of solidarity from our listeners who do not want to return the entrance fee to eliminate the losses,” adds Mareček.
Hygiene measures will apply during the preparation and during the concert to make the event safe for everyone involved. In addition to the wearing of masks, which does not allow wind instruments to be included in the program, the performers will follow the recommended distance, the presenter and the performer will not step through the same door, the keyboard will be disinfected after each performance and the TV will wear respirators.
Advanced digital technology, including remote-controlled robotic cameras, will allow transmission.
At the concert entitled Helping with the Czech Philharmonic, Humoresque by Antonín Dvořák will be performed for violin and harp, Bedřich Smetana’s Vltava for solo harp and Suite in C minor for solo violoncello by Johann Sebastian Bach. Jana Boušková will play the harp.
Concert masters of the first Czech orchestra Josef Špaček, Jiří Vodička and Václav Petr will also perform during the evening accompanied by pianists Martin Kasík, Miroslav Sekera and the orchestra director David Mareček. At the end the Lobkowicz Trio will be composed by the concert master of the Czech Philharmonic Jan Mráček, the representative of the concert master of the cello section Ivan Vokáč and the pianist Lukáš Klánský.
Via Foundation will organize a public fundraising event that will allow donations through a bank account, DMS or via the Darujme.cz platform. The proceeds will be shared between Na Homolce Hospital, Motol University Hospital, Brno University Hospital and St. Nicholas University Hospital. Anna in Brno.
The Czech Philharmonic, whose first concert took place on 4 January 1896 in Rudolfinum under the direction of Antonín Dvořák, stood at historical events in the history of Czechoslovakia. On October 28, 1918 she rehearsed Josef Suk’s symphonic poem Ripening, which was to be world premiere two days later. The premiere took place on October 30, although the Philharmonic also took to the streets. The orchestra played an important role during the German occupation, at the end of the 1960s at the time of Jan Palach’s self-immolation or in November 1989.