Date: February 11, 2005
BLOOMSBURG— The Prague Symphony Orchestra will perform at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania as part of the Celebrity Artist Series Friday, Feb. 25, at 8 p.m. in Haas Center for the Performing Arts, Mitrani Hall.
The orchestra, which was founded in 1934 by conductor Rudolf Pekarek, was initially established to record music for Czech films and to perform on Czechoslovak Radio. Pekarek nicknamed the Prague Symphony Orchestra the “FOK Orchestra” to reflect the orchestra’s broad range of performance venues, Film-Opera-Koncert. This versatility led the orchestra to record for companies such as BMG, Universal and Philips and for motion pictures.
The Prague Symphony, which began touring in 1957, has performed around the world, including Poland, Italy, Austria and Germany. The chief conductor and music director is Serge Baudo.
At BU, the orchestra will perform an all-Dvorak program featuring pianist Martin Kasik. Works include Carnival Overture, Opus 92; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in G Minor, Opus 33; and Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Opus 95 (“From the New World”).
Tickets for the show are available for $25 and $28 at the series box office, (570) 389-4409, or on the Celebrity Artist Series Web site.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 17 master’s and one doctoral degree.