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UMS Concert Program, November 1, 2018 - Czech Philharmonic

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 Czech Philharmonic
Semyon Bychkov
Chief Conductor and Music Director Alisa Weilerstein / Cello
Thursday Evening, November 1, 2018 at 7:30 Hill Auditorium
Ann Arbor
13th Performance of the 140th Annual Season 140th Annual Choral Union Series
This evening’s performance is supported by Ken and Penny Fischer and by Martha Krehbiel in memory of David Krehbiel.
Media partnership provided by WGTE 91.3 FM and WRCJ 90.9 FM.
Special thanks to Matt Albert, Erin Burris, Anthony Elliott, Paul Feeny, and Stephen Shipps for their participation in events surrounding this evening’s performance.
Special thanks to Tom Thompson of Tom Thompson Flowers, Ann Arbor, for his generous contribution of lobby  oral art for this evening’s performance.
The Czech Philharmonic appears by arrangement with Columbia Artists.
The Czech Philharmonic’s US tour is sponsored by the Karel Komarek Family Foundation.
In consideration for the artists and the audience, please refrain from the use of electronic devices during the performance.
The photography, sound recording, or videotaping of this performance is prohibited.
Anton n Dvo  k
Cello Concerto in b minor, Op. 104
Adagio, ma non troppo Finale: Allegro moderato
Ms. Weilerstein
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48
Pezzo in forma di sonatina: Andante non troppo — Allegro moderato Valse: Moderato — Tempo di Valse
 l gie: Larghetto elegiaco
Finale: Andante — Allegro con spirito
Francesca da Rimini: Symphonic Fantasia after Dante in e minor, Op. 32
Andante lugubre — Allegro vivo
On October 28, 2018 the Czech Republic celebrated 100 years of independence. The signi cance
of its liberation from the Austrian Empire’s domination is a source
of inspiration not only to its own people, but to all nations that have experienced political, economic, and cultural repression. The courage and determination shown by the Czech people in the  ght to preserve their national identity is a reminder that nothing — and no one — can ever conquer the human spirit when it refuses to surrender.
In the last 100 years, the Czech people have lived the entire gamut
of different conditions: from the
pride and prosperity that came
with independence, to the Western betrayal in icted by the Munich Agreement; from destruction in
World War II, to the decades of Soviet domination. Fifty years ago, on August 21, 1968, when the Soviets rolled their tanks all the way to the streets of Prague, they proved yet again that the strong have no shame and stop
at nothing to bring down those who are unable to defend themselves.
Yet in spite of the adversity — and quite possibly because of it — the nation lived on to welcome the Velvet Revolution of 1989 and once again
to become a free and independent member of the world community, this time hopefully forever.
The Czech Philharmonic shared its country’s destiny and, with
equal determination, preserved the uniqueness of the Czech musical tradition which they offer to the world. It was true 100 years ago, and
it remains true today. How  tting
is it then, that in the very year that
the Czech nation celebrates the centennial of its independence,
its beloved orchestra will perform Mahler’s Second Symphony (“Resurrection”) in Prague and New York, and perform Smetana and Dvořák in London and various US cities. Born in Bohemia, Mahler tells us that we are here for a reason — that nothing ever dies. The Czech Republic and
its Philharmonic Orchestra are living proof of this idea.
— Semyon Bychkov
Anton n Dvořák
Born September 8, 1841 in Nelahozeves, Bohemia (now Czech Republic) Died May 1, 1904 in Prague
UMS premiere: Cellist Emanuel Feuermann with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Thor Johnson; May 1942 in Hill Auditorium.
 Snapshots of History...In 1895:
· The  rst professional American football game is played in Latrobe, Pennsylvania
· Oscar Hammerstein opens the Olympia Theatre, the  rst theater to be built in New York City’s Times Square district
· W.E.B. Du Bois becomes the  rst African American to receive a PhD from Harvard University
Written at the end of Dvořák’s three-year tenure as director of the National Conservatory in New York, the Cello Concerto re ects some of the composer’s American experiences but is at the same time  lled with the spirit of his beloved Bohemia where he longed to return.
The idea of writing a cello concerto certainly had something to do with American experiences: Dvořák
was inspired by the example of his colleague at the National Conservatory, cellist-composer Victor Herbert, who performed his own Second Cello Concerto with Anton Seidl and the New York Philharmonic in March 1894. As a young man, Dvořák had already written a cello concerto; however,
that work was never orchestrated. And in the case of a cello concerto, orchestration is a matter of crucial importance, since the low pitch of the instrument makes it more dif cult for it to stand out against a full orchestral texture. The 24-year-old Dvořák may not have been prepared to meet this
challenge, but three decades later, the mature composer knew how to solve the problem.
He solved it not simply by reducing the volume of the accompaniment, but by placing the solo cello into
a variety of constantly changing combinations with selected wind soloists from the orchestra. This results in delicate, almost chamber music-like instrumental writing in which the timbre of the cello comes into full display.
It is remarkable that despite this chamber-music quality, the Concerto has a certain symphonic grandeur one doesn’t  nd in most other Romantic cello concertos (e.g. Schumann or Saint-Saëns). Dvořák continues the Beethoven-Brahms tradition in which solo passages (including several prominent ones for the  ute) are balanced by full- edged orchestral statements. The orchestra’s role is not restricted to mere accompaniment: it always shares the limelight with the soloist and often even takes center
stage. That is because, clearly, this concerto is much more than a virtuoso showpiece for the soloist. It is in
many ways a dramatic, even tragic, work, from its somber opening to the unprecedented closing section of
the “Finale.” We have a great deal of evidence to show that Dvořák was grappling with important life issues as he was writing it. Musicologist Michael Beckerman has discussed some of these issues in a highly readable and illuminating book that every Dvořák lover would read with pleasure.*
The Concerto memorializes Dvořák’s sister-in-law Jose na Kaunitzová, who became seriously ill shortly after the composer had begun work on the Concerto. It is no secret that, as a young man, Dvořák was deeply in love with Jose na but their union was not to be; instead, the composer ended up marrying Jose na’s sister.
In the second movement of his Cello Concerto, Dvořák quoted one
of his own songs (“Lasst mich allein” [Let Me Be Alone], Op. 82, No. 1) which, according to leading Dvořák biographer Otakar Šourek, was a favorite song of Jose na’s and its appearance here is a personal tribute. This view is supported by the fact that this melody returns at the end of the Concerto, in the part that Dvořák revised after his return to Bohemia, and after Jose na’s death. Here Dvořák made the almost unheard-of decision of inserting a wistful and elegiac slow section in the middle
of a  nale that has up to this point been dominated by a spirited dance
melody. What is more, the solo cello
is joined here by a second solo voice coming from the concertmaster:
the combination of violin and cello (high and low) creates unmistakable associations with an operatic love duet. Precisely at the moment when one would expect a  nal presto to begin, the music drifts more and more into sadness. The dramatic  rst theme of the opening movement is recalled, as is a variant of Jose na’s song. It is apparently only with some effort that Dvořák gathers up enough momentum for a few measures of allegro vivo to end the Concerto.
After completing his Cello Concerto, Dvořák asked his friend, the renowned cellist Hanuš Wihan, to add  ngerings and bowing instructions to the solo part. In addition to these, however, the cellist proposed some changes and wrote cadenzas (for the  rst and last movements) that the composer found impossible to accept. Šourek believed that it was because of these differences of opinion that Wihan
did not play the Concerto’s premiere. New research has discovered that this was not the case: the cellist was simply not free on the day suggested by the London Philharmonic Society, which then engaged another soloist, much to Dvořák’s dismay, since he had already committed himself to Wihan. Dvořák apparently cleared the situation with his friend, was released from his promise, and worked with the new cellist, Leo Stern, intensely for several days. “I hope he will be all right,” he wrote to London a few days before leaving for the premiere.
*Michael Beckerman, New Worlds of Dvo  k: Searching in America for the Composer’s Inner Life. New York: W.W. Norton, 2003.
The concert was extremely long
by today’s standards. In addition to Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony and  ve
of his Biblical Songs, it also contained a performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto (with Emil Sauer) and more. Yet the Cello Concerto
was received with enthusiasm; Stern introduced it to several cities in Europe and the US, and other cellists took it on as well. Wihan  nally performed the work in January 1899 at The Hague, with the Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Willem Mengelberg.
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Born May 7, 1840 in Kamsko-Votkinsk, Russia Died November 6, 1893 in St. Petersburg
UMS premiere: Boston Festival Orchestra conducted by Emil Mollenhauer; May 1902 in University Hall.
 Snapshots of History...In 1880:
· The journal Science is  rst published in the US, with  nancial backing from Thomas Edison
· Competing circus owners P. T. Barnum and James A. Bailey sign a contract in Bridgeport, Connecticut to create the Barnum & Bailey Circus
· Dostoevsky publishes The Brothers Karamazov
Musical Romanticism is always Janus- faced. It moves boldly beyond the past in search of new expressive forms and means. At the same time, every Romantic musician had a longing
for that very past. Tchaikovsky, for instance, felt a particularly strong nostalgia for the times of Mozart, and he repeatedly tried to recapture that spirit in works such as the Variations on a Rococo Theme or the Suite No.
4 (“Mozartiana”). At  rst sight, there seems to be a gulf between the gracefulness of these compositions and the stormy passion of, say, the great symphonies or the b- at minor Piano Concerto. In reality, the intense dramaticism of the latter and the  ight into the dream world of bygone days in the former are but opposite sides of the same coin.
The Serenade for Strings was a work especially dear to Tchaikovsky’s heart. He worked on it concurrently with the 1812 Overture, a commission he probably would have turned down had he been able to. Yet Tchaikovsky made no bones about which of the
two projects he really cared about. As he wrote in a letter to his patron, Nadezhda von Meck:
You can imagine, beloved friend, that my muse has been benevolent of late, when
I tell you that I have written two long works very rapidly: a festival overture and a Serenade in four movements for string orchestra. The overture will be very noisy. I wrote it without much warmth
or enthusiasm; and therefore it has no great artistic value. The Serenade, on the contrary, I wrote from an inward impulse: I felt it; and I venture to hope that this work is not without artistic qualities.
It seems that Tchaikovsky  rst started sketching melodic ideas without being sure whether they would turn into a symphony or a string quartet. Only later did it become clear that the work would take the form of a suite for string orchestra and Tchaikovsky  nally decided to call it “Serenade.” That name itself shows an intention to evoke the era of Mozart, the greatest master of the serenade.
In his letter to Madame von Meck, Tchaikovsky described the  rst movement as a deliberate imitation
of Mozart’s manner. The title “Pezzo in forma di sonatina” (Piece in sonatina form) refers to the absence of a development section: this abbreviated sonata form consists only of  rst theme, second theme (in the dominant),  rst theme, and second theme (in the tonic). Mozart used
this form mainly in slow movements; it is also found in many of Rossini’s operatic overtures. In Tchaikovsky’s Serenade, the “sonatina” is preceded by a solemn introduction (“Andante non troppo”) whose full meaning will be not revealed until the end. The “Allegro moderato” tempo starts with a lyrical  rst melody followed by a jauntier second theme. The solemn introduction returns at the end.
The second-movement “Waltz” and the third-movement “ l gie” are ex- amples of that special kind of musical sweetness that only Tchaikovsky could provide. The last movement is based on two Russian folksongs. The  rst of these (in a slower tempo) is
a boat-hauling song from the Volga River, taken from Mily Balakirev’s folk music collection. The second one is a street ditty from the Kolomna district, near Moscow. The two are linked with extreme ingenuity, as the last phrase of the  rst song is identical to the  rst phrase of the second (only the tempo is different). The second tune becomes the starting point of a vigorous sonata movement, this time complete with contrasting theme, development section, even a short fugato. The big surprise is reserved for the end: the introduction of the  rst movement reappears, and we
suddenly realize that this solemn and digni ed music consists of the very same notes as the light-hearted street ditty. They differ only in tempo and harmonization. The identity is de nitively nailed down as the theme is heard side by side in its slower and faster forms.
All four movements of the Serenade share a certain dance-like quality that is reminiscent of the style of Tchaikovsky’s great ballets. It was
no coincidence that the Serenade itself was choreographed by George Balanchine with great success. For Tchaikovsky, the Serenade always remained a concert piece, one he programmed with great frequency at concerts both in Russia and abroad as one of his personal favorites.
UMS premiere: Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Frederick Stock; May 1916 in Hill Auditorium.
 Snapshots of History...In 1876:
· The Dewey Decimal Classi cation system is published
· Alexander Graham Bell is granted a US patent for the telephone
· Thousands of Plains Indians in the US travel to an encampment of the
Sioux chief Sitting Bull in the region of the Little Bighorn River, creating the last great gathering of native peoples on the Great Plains
1876 was a year of great upheavals for Tchaikovsky. Plagued by bouts of depression and a variety of physical ailments, he traveled restlessly across Russia and Western Europe in search of treatment and emotional relief. His stops included a few days at the spa of Vichy, France, where
he started taking a cure; a few weeks later he attended the  rst performance of Wagner’s complete Ring cycle at Bayreuth (he hated it). It was also around this time that he  rst started to contemplate marriage (although he did not have anybody in particular in mind), no doubt in
a desperate attempt to repress his homosexuality. These efforts were to lead to Tchaikovsky’s short-lived and disastrous marriage to Antonina Milyukova in 1877.
Small wonder that Tchaikovsky composed little for the better part
of 1876. After completing his Third String Quartet in February, he wrote only a series of short piano pieces (The Seasons) until October, when he was asked to contribute to a special concert in support of the Serbs, who
were  ghting a war against the Turks. This commission resulted in the popular Slavonic March. Tchaikovsky couldn’t  nd the inspiration and
the peace of mind necessary for composing until the end of the year, when he composed to major works within a period of three months: the symphonic fantasia Francesca da Rimini and the Rococo Variations for cello and orchestra.
The story of Francesca had been on Tchaikovsky’s mind for about a year: it was in 1875 that the writer and critic Konstantin Zvantsev offered him an operatic libretto based on this episode from Dante’s Divine Comedy. Although this project was never realized, the idea preoccupied Tchaikovsky all year. When he  nally got down to work, he channeled all his turbulent emotions into the composition. As he wrote to his brother Modest:
I have written it with love, and the love (the central section) seems to have come out respectably. With regard
to the whirlwind, perhaps it might correspond better to Doré’s picture. It
has not turned out quite what I wanted. However, a reliable judgment on the work is impossible so long as it is neither orchestrated nor played.
Dante told the story of Paolo and Francesca (a true occurrence that
had taken place in 1288, when Dante was a young man) in the  fth canto of his Inferno. The poet, guided by Virgil, visits the second circle of hell where, among the crowds of carnal sinners, he sees the shades of two young lovers in eternal embrace. Urged by the poet, Francesca tells him her story. The daughter of Guido da Polenta, Duke of Ravenna, she had been forced to marry Giovanni (“Gianciotto”) Malatesta, one of four sons of the Duke of Rimini. His younger brother Paolo fell in love with his sister- in-law, who returned his feelings.
The two young people spent much
of their time reading together. One day, as they read about the  rst kiss exchanged by the knight Lancelot and Lady Guinevere (King Arthur’s wife), they were overcome by their passion, and, as Francesca’s spirit tells
Dante, “that day we read no more.” Dante’s narrative stops here, but we know from Giovanni Boccaccio’s commentary that the lovers were surprised by Francesca’s husband who killed them both on the spot.
The artist to whom Tchaikovsky referred in the passage quoted above, Gustave Dor  (1832–1883), was one of the greatest and most proli c book illustrators of the 19th century. The passages Tchaikovsky called “the whirlwind” were certainly inspired by the French artist’s wildly romantic, dark, and often frightening evocations of Hell.
The symphonic poem opens with
an “Andante lugubre” introduction that Tchaikovsky described as “the gateway to the Inferno — the tortures and agonies of the condemned.” This introduction, which starts with an ominous diminished seventh chord intoned by the brass, grows gradually louder and faster, before it returns to the initial tempo and harmonies. Then comes “the whirlwind,” the “Allegro vivo” section that frames the central “love” melody and its development — replete with tremolos on the strings and excited 16th-note passages
in the woodwinds. The diminished sonorities, the usual symbols of terror and anguish since Classical times, continue to be predominant; the novelty is that these dissonances
are not resolved according to tradition, but are often piled up, creating progressions of unusual poignancy and dramatic power. The tension increases almost to the breaking point. At last, Francesca begins to tell her story as the  rst clarinet intones a mournful melody over pizzicato (plucked) strings.
The melody is repeated several times in various orchestrations,  nally building up to a more stringent tutti passage that forms the climax of the middle section. After another short transition, the “whirlwind” music returns, and the poco più mosso coda ends the composition on an emotional high point.
Program notes by Peter Laki.
Internationally recognized for an approach to music making that combines innate musicality with the rigors of Russian music pedagogy, Semyon Bychkov (conductor) began his tenure as chief conductor and music director of the Czech Philharmonic at the beginning of the current season.
Following early concerts with the Czech Philharmonic in 2013 that sparked their relationship, Maestro Bychkov initiated The Tchaikovsky Project, an intensive exploration of the venerated composer’s seminal works through a series of concerts, residencies, and recordings for Decca Classics. The Tchaikovsky Project culminates in 2019 with residencies
in Paris and Vienna, and a box set of Tchaikovsky’s complete symphonic repertoire. In addition to a nine-city tour of the US, Maestro Bychkov inaugurates his tenure with the Orchestra with concerts in London, Bruges,  ve cities in Germany, and a residency at Vienna’s Musikverein.
Maestro Bychkov conducts at the most prominent major orchestras and opera houses throughout the US and Europe.
In addition to his title with the Czech Philharmonic, he holds the G nter Wand Conducting Chair with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with which he appears annually at the BBC Proms, and the honorary Klemperer Chair of Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music. He was named “Conductor of the Year” at the 2015 International Opera Awards.
Spanning four centuries, his repertoire is wide-ranging. The current season brings two weeks of concerts with the New York Philharmonic, which includes the US premiere of Thomas Larcher’s Symphony No. 2; and the Cleveland Orchestra where he will conduct Detlev Glanert, Martin , and Smetana. In Europe,
his concerts include performances with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Accademia di Santa Cecilia, and the Royal Concertgebouw.
Maestro Bychkov was born in St. Petersburg, studied at the Leningrad Conservatory, and at age 20, won the Rachmaninoff Conducting Competition. Denied the prize of conducting the Leningrad Philharmonic, he immigrated to the US, where his  rst appointments as music director were with the Grand Rapids Symphony and the Buffalo Philharmonic. He went on to become music director
of Orchestre de Paris, principal guest conductor of the Leningrad Philharmonic, and chief conductor of both the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and the Dresden Semperoper.
The Czech Philharmonic — which debuted in 1896 under Anton n Dvořák — has an extraordinary legacy re ecting its place
in the pantheon of the great European orchestras as well as its distinct embrace of both Eastern and Western European culture. The Orchestra resides in Prague at the Rudol num and proudly represents the Czech Republic internationally as
an esteemed and cherished cultural ambassador.
Since its founding, the all-Czech orchestra has championed the music and composers of their homeland. Their past
is inextricably woven to that of the Czech Republic, and one particularly potent symbol of that connection is Smetana’s
M  vlast (My Homeland). Considered by many to be the country’s unof cial national anthem, M  vlast has been used by the Orchestra to exemplify the country’s perseverance and pride throughout its
complicated and often turbulent political history: as an act of de ance during
the Nazi occupation; in a “concert of thanks” in 1945 for the newly liberated Czechoslovakia; to mark the country’s  rst free elections in 1990; and, this year, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Czech and Slovak independence in a new release from Decca Classics.
Acknowledged for its de nitive performances of Dvořák, Janáček, Martin , and Suk, the Orchestra is also recognized for its deep relationships to Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Mahler, who
was of Czech origin, and whose Seventh Symphony they premiered in 1908. Historic collaborations and premieres include
a podium appearance by Edvard Grieg; Stravinsky conducting his Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra; Leonard Bernstein conducting Aaron Copland’s Symphony
No. 3; Arthur Honegger conducting his
own music; Darius Milhaud introducing his Music for Prague; and Krzysztof Penderecki conducting his Concerto for Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra.
2018 marks the beginning of a new era for the Czech Philharmonic as Semyon Bychkov becomes the Orchestra’s 14th chief conductor and music director, taking up the mantle from luminary predecessors including Václav Talich, Rafael Kubel k, Karel Ančerl, Václav Neumann, and Jiř  Bělohlávek. Maestro Bychkov’s tenure opens in Prague with performances of Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony, Berio’s Sinfonia, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7. He and the Orchestra immediately embark on their inaugural international tour together to London, nine US cities, a week-long residency in Vienna, Belgium, and  ve cities in Germany.
“A young cellist whose emotionally
resonant performances of both traditional and contemporary music have earned her international recognition...Weilerstein
is a consummate performer, combining technical precision with impassioned musicianship,” stated the MacArthur Foundation, when awarding American musician Alisa Weilerstein (cello) a 2011 MacArthur Fellowship. In the current season, Ms. Weilerstein releases Trans gured Night on the Pentatone label, joined by Norway’s Trondheim Soloists for three masterworks
of the First and Second Viennese Schools: Haydn’s First and Second Cello Concertos, and Schoenberg’s Verkl rte Nacht, from which the album takes its title. In the spring, she returns to Verkl rte Nacht, this time in a trio version, when she tours Europe and the US with pianist and frequent collaborator Inon Barnatan, violinist Sergey Khachatryan, and percussionist Colin Currie. Between these bookends, she gives performances
of Shostakovich’s Second Cello Concerto with  ve different orchestras and tours the US playing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic with Semyon Bychkov. She also performs the Schumann Concerto with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and Saint-Sa ns’s First Cello Concerto, Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote, and Bloch’s Schelomo in cities from San Diego to Vienna. Finally, she gives two performances of Matthias Pintscher’s new cello concerto Un despertar (An Awakening), with the composer leading both the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony. In the midst of her orchestral engagements are  ve solo performances of Bach’s complete cello suites in Beverly Hills, Boston, Paris, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and Berkeley.
Ms. Weilerstein’s career milestones include an emotionally tumultuous account of Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic and Barenboim in Oxford, England, and a performance at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama.
An ardent champion of new music, she
has worked on multiple projects with Osvaldo Golijov and Matthias Pintscher and premiered works by Pascal Dusapin, Lera Auerbach, and Joseph Hallman. Ms. Weilerstein, whose honors include Lincoln Center’s 2008 Martin E. Segal Prize and the 2006 Leonard Bernstein Award, is
a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Columbia University. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, she is a Celebrity Advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Tonight’s performance marks the Czech Philharmonic’s fourth appearance under UMS auspices, following the orchestra’s UMS debut in October 1965 in Hill Auditorium under the baton of Václav Neumann. The Philharmonic most recently appeared under UMS auspices in April 2000 in a performance conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy in Hill Auditorium. Semyon Bychkov makes his second
UMS appearance this evening, following his UMS debut in October 2005 in Hill Auditorium conducting an opera-in-concert performance of Strauss’s Daphne with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and Ren e Fleming. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein makes her fourth appearance under UMS auspices this evening, following her UMS debut in October 2009 in recital with pianist Inon Barnatan in Hill Auditorium. She most recently appeared at UMS in January 2017 in Rackham Auditorium with Mr. Barnatan and clarinetist Anthony McGill.
Semyon Bychkov / Chief Conductor and Music Director
Violin I
Jiř  Vodička / Concertmaster Jan Mráček / Concertmaster Magdal na Mašla ová Otakar Barto 
Lubo  Dudek Marie Dvorská Bohumil Kotmel Viktor Mazáček Pavel Nechv le Zdeněk Star  Jindřich Vácha Milan Vavř nek Miroslav Vil mec Zdeněk Zelba Marco  a o Anna Pacholczak
Violin II
Ondřej Skopov  Libor Vil mec Zuzana Hájková Petr Havl n
Pavel Herajn
Jitka Kokšová Milena Kolářová Veronika Kozlovská Jan Ludv k V tězslav Ochman Jiř   evč k
Mark ta Vokáčová Kateřina Jel nková Marek Blaha
Jaroslav Ponděl ček Pavel Ciprys Dominik Trávn ček Jiř   ehák
Ren  Vácha Pavel Hořejš  Jarom r Páviček Jan Šimon
Jan Mareček
Jiř  Posledni
Lukáš Valášek Radka Teichmanová
Václav Petr / Concertmaster Tomáš Hostička
Jan Hole a
Franti ek Lhotka
Peter Mi ejka Marek Novák Karel Stralczynsk  Eduard Š stek Dora Hájková Aneta  udáková
Double Bass
Jiř  Hudec
Petr Ries
Ondřej Balcar Jarom r  ern k Martin Hilsk 
Jiř  Valenta
Jiř  Vopálka Danijel Radanovič
Daniel Havel Oto Reiprich Jan Machat Petr Veverka
Jana Bro ková Vladislav Borovka Jiř  Zelba Magdal na Klárová
Tomáš Kopáček Jan Mach
Jan Brabec Petr Sinkule
Ondřej Roskovec Jaroslav Kubitá Ondřej  indelář Martina Bálkova
French Horn
Jan Vobořil Kateřina Jav rková Jiř  Havl k
Jindřich Kolář Zděnek Vašina Hana Sapáková
Jaroslav Hal ř Walter Hofbauer Anton n Pecha Jiř   ediv 
Lukáš Mo ka Jan Pern 
Karel Kučera Břetislav Kotrba
Karel Malimánek
Petr Holub Michael Kroutil Pavel Pol vka Saori Seino
Barbara Pazourová
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