4/15/2016, Smetana Hall of the Municipal House, Prague
Filarmonica della Scala
Myung-Whun Chung – conductor
The famous maestro Myung-Whun Chung, world-renowned orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, Mozart & Mahler – an excellent concert menu which you definitely shouldn’t miss! Mozart’s famous Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV 550 and Mahler’s extraordinary Symphony No. 5 with the fascinating Adagietto is probably known to all; yet tasting these symphonic chef d’oeuvres in such interpretation will definitely be an unforgettable experience.
The famous Korean conductor Myung-Whun Chung has worked with basically all worlds’ front orchestras, and he is also closely attached with the world of the opera; he performed at the Metropolitan Opera New York, Paris National Opera, Vienna State Opera, Semperoper Dresden, etc. He is passionate about Italian culture and he’s had many professional engagement in the country, including the Principal Guest Conductor at Teatro Comunale, Florence (1987–1992) and Chief Conductor of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (1997–2005); he regularly works with Teatro La Fenice in Venice and, naturally, in La Scala, Milan – as a Verdi conductor highly esteemed by the Italian audience. In 2006, he’s been appointed the Music Director of the Seoul Philharmonic (which he conducted at the Rudolfinum in Prague on 4th June 2010). He returned to Prague in February 2011 to conduct two concerts of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra prior to their joint tour of Japan. Filarmonica della Scala first performed in Prague under the baton of Daniel Harding in September 2011 within the Dvořákova Praha International Music Festival. Apart from music, Filarmonica della Scala and Myung-Whun Chung are both passionate about humanitarian and charity activities. The orchestra has many-years of experience working with various charity institutions in Milan and organizes special concerts as well as public rehearsals for them. The famous maestro and recipient of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour devotes a great part of his efforts into humanitarian and ecological projects. In 1994, he founded music and ecology projects for the youth in his home-country; he also organizes humanitarian concerts each year. In 1995, he was named ‘The Man of the Year’ by UNESCO, and ‘The Most Distinguished Personality' by the Korean Press Association. In 1996, he received ‘The Kumkuan’ – Korean highest cultural award. He is an Honorary Cultural Ambassador of Korea and in 2008 he was named the UNICEF Good Will Ambassador as the first conductor in history.
Meeting maestro Myung-Whun Chung and Filarmonica della Scala in Prague will definitely be an exceptional musical experience.
The concert of Filarmonica della Scala is being held under the auspices of H. E. Aldo Amati, the Ambassador of Italy.