Concert: Dream of Strings
October 24, 2017, 7:00 PM
Embassy Series presents violinist Jaroslav Svěcený and pianist Václav Mácha, who will perform the concert Dream of Strings on October 24, at 7 pm, at the Czech Embassy. The concert includes: Janáček’s Sonata for violin and piano, Beethoven’s Sonata No. 8 in G major, Dvořák’s Sonatina in G major, Op. 100, Suk’s Violin Solo from the Czech Fairy Tale ‘Radúz a Mahulena,’ Smetana’s From My Homeland, among others. Svěcený will also play his original composition Strings for NY. Svěcený has traveled throughout the world, performing at top venues and recording over 40 albums with international and Czech artists. Distinguished pianist Václav Mácha catapulted to the forefront of the music scene when he was only 15-years-old. Since then, he has garnered numerous awards and performed with orchestras in his homeland and beyond. Delight in an evening of masterpieces by legendary composers performed by this talented Czech duo.
Interestingly, one of the composers being performed during the concert includes Leoš Janáček. At only 29-years-old, Janáček was already a prodigy on the organ, a composer, and a choirmaster. He conducted the requiem at Gregor Mendel’s funeral held in the church at the monastery where Mendel had served as Abbot.
Jaroslav Svěcený is one of the most notable contemporary Czech violinists. Svěcený’s numerous concert tours and festival performances have taken him across Europe, to the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Algiers, Libya, Morocco, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines. To date, he has recorded 44 albums with works by international and Czech composers; many have been awarded gold or platinum discs. He was the first Czech violinist to record a CD for Sony Classical. In 1996, he was awarded the prestigious Masaryk Academy of Performing Arts Prize for creative artistic activity. Since then, he has won many awards, such as the Golden Plaque of the President of the Republic in 2010. He is also the co-founder of several prestigious Czech festivals and recently became active as a composer, premiering Strings for NYC in 2013.
Václav Mácha has garnered success at international competitions, given numerous recitals at the largest concert venues in Prague and other cities throughout the Czech Republic (when he was 15 years old, he gave an independent recital at the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum), across Europe, as well as in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Turkey and elsewhere in Asia. He has performed with the Czech Philharmonic, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, Suk Chamber Orchestra, Czech Chamber Orchestra, Hradec Králové Philharmonic, and with distinguished conductors (Bělohlávek, Kukal, Turnovský, Eliška, Koutník, Eiji Oue, Naoshi Takahashi, Kiyotaka Teraoka, etc.), soloists and ensembles (Josef Suk, Václav Hudeček, Ivan Ženatý, Jaroslav Svěcený, Bohumil Kotmel, Stamic Quartet, Czech Nonet, etc.). In 2009, he appeared at the Royal Albert Hall in London as a soloist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms festival. He has been a member of the Czech Philharmonic since 2012.
Date: October 24, 2017, at 7 pm
Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic
3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Embassy policy: No bags or suitcases allowed. Only small purses permitted but will be checked at the door. No coat check available. You must pass through security for entrance. RSVP confirmation and photo ID required. Doors close at 7:15 pm.
Parking: Non-metered parking is available on Spring of Freedom Street and Tilden Street.
Closest Metro: The Embassy is about a 15-20 minute walk from the Van Ness Metro Station.
Bistro Bohem will present the classic film known as Green Gold or Czech Hops Pickers (Starci na chmelu), the first Czech film musical, on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 7 pm. The film follows the love story of classmates while hop-picking over the summer. Their bond strengthens when they are expelled from school because of a jealous rival. Enjoy a refreshing draft of Pilsner Urquell and sing Czech hits to this humorous film. (Dir. Ladislav Rychman, 1964, 88 min., Czech with English subtitles)
About the Director:
Ladislav Rychman was a Czech film director, specializing mainly in musical films and television shows. He studied film at the Film and TV Academy of the Performing Arts in Prague but did not finish. During World War II, Rychman was imprisoned in a concentration camp for a year. Afterwards, he became a pioneer of television advertising and music videos. His most successful film Green Gold was the first Czech film musical that won the Central Committee of the CSM award for the best film of 1964 at the International Film Festival for Children and Youth in Gottwald. Rychman was also an occasional actor, not just in film, but also in theatre (Satire Theatre, Laterna Magika). In the 1990s, Rychman was featured in many TV shows and made four dozen commercials.
Date: October 24, 7 pm
Location: Bistro Bohem
600 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008
202/735-5895 or email@example.com | Admission is free!
Guests must arrive by 6:45 pm to keep their reservation.
About the series: This marks the sixth year of the Film and Beer Series at Bistro Bohem. This year, the series focuses on Czech musicals and comedies of the twentieth century. All films will screen in Czech with English subtitles. Each screening includes one free beer as well as an introduction by a representative from the Czech Embassy. All screenings are subject to change.