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HAMU: Concert against totalitarianism

Hans Krása, Krysztof Penderecki, Jan Novák and Oldřich František Korte. The works of these famous composers will be performed on November 17 at 7.30 pm in the Martinů Hall at Prague's HAMU in Malostranské náměstí 13, where the Concert against Totalitarianism takes place. Traditional artists who have lived totalitarian regimes or are directly exposed to various forms of injustice will be featured here by top young performers, HAMU students and graduates, their professors and guests from other music universities.

The stars of this year will be, for example, violinist Matouš Pěruška and cellist Kristina Vocetková, who together or as soloists or members of orchestras perform practically all over the world. Together with them will be another excellent artists from the youngest generation of interpretation. The concert held for the fourth year on the International Day of Studying, which is also the anniversary of the "Velvet Revolution," is now traditionally free of charge, just a place to book in advance at [email protected].

Irwin Venyš, Vice-Dean of HAMU, the organizer of the event and also one of the performers, says: "The uniqueness of the concert lies in the fact that the best of the best will meet him: the most hopeful contemporary students and their professors will play with the most successful graduates in their alma mater who have already managed to win their laurels, are members of our and foreign Philharmonic Orchestras, holders of significant awards, and so on . So if anyone is interested in what young stars are in the sky of classical music, they should definitely come to the Concert Against Totalitarianism, " says Irvin Venyš. In addition to Matouš Pěruška and Kristina Vocetková, listeners can look forward to violinist František Souček, violoncellist Václav Petr, pianist Pavel Zemen (JAMU guest Brno), obelisk Kamila Moťková, klarinetist Kiryla Tseliapniou, violinist Adam Pechočiak and Karel Untermüller, conductor Ondřej Vrabec other.

The concert will begin with Oldřicha Františka Korte's Sonata for Piano, followed by Hans Krása's Dance Trio, Quartet for Clarinet and String Trio by Krysztof Penderecki, and the program will close the work of Baletti and 9 by Jan Novák.

Concert and exhibition as a reminder

According to Radka Proskova, organizer's deputy, this year's Concert against Totalitarianism is not only a celebration of the 28th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, but also a commemoration of the International Students' Day, which arose after the tragic events of November 17, 1939. "To avoid repeating such ancient history, remembering and realizing that freedom, democracy and the defense of human rights are the values ​​that need to be respected and, if necessary, to fight for them. The concert against totalitarianism is also an expression of respect for those who did not give up their fight, " says Radka Proskova. This is why the organizers have established a collaboration with the Living Memory organization, which helps to improve the living conditions of people persecuted by totalitarian regimes, especially the victims of fascism and national socialism during the Second World War. "We look forward to welcoming some survivors to the concert in person," adds Radka Proskova.

The concert is accompanied by the exhibition " Resisted Evil" , dedicated to the life and memory of the poet Joseph Toufar , tormented by the Communist regime. The exhibition installed in Respiri in front of the Martinů Hall will be open from 17 November to 17 December 2017 daily from 10 am to 6 pm, in the case of concerts until 21 pm. Also, there is free admission.

Source: tz, edited editorially

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