Sbor a Orchestr Univerzity Karlovy

The Chorus and Orchestra of Charles University in Prague send their heartfelt greetings at these difficult times.

Dear members, supporters and friends,  

Since it appears that this semester our activities will be largely curtailed, we shall return to our weekly motivational sessions on Repertoire on Interpretation. I shall start these on 28 October (despite the national holiday – participation is always on an entirely voluntary, “for pleasure” basis). The last session will be on 9.12. Our Chorus, your personal friends, and also members from friendly orchestras and choruses (such as that of Cologne University or other members from the European Network of University Orchestras) will also be welcome. I am fortunate in that the Generalmusikdirektor of Cologne University, Michael Ostrzyga, the Chorus Master of the 180-strong Edinburgh University Music Society Chorus, Neil Metcalfe, and the distinguished pianist and old friend of the Charles University Orchestra, Béla Hartmann, have all kindly agreed to feature as guests. The sessions planned are as follows:  

28 October: On Mahler’s Ten Symphonies

4 November: Interpreting the Bach Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

11 November: The origins of the Komitas/Sahakiants Liturgy for Strings

18 November: An evening of words and music with Neil Metcalfe, Chorus Master, Edinburgh University Music Society Chorus

25 November: An evening of words and music with Michael Ostrzyga, Generalmusikdirektor, Cologne University

2 December: Interpreting Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine of 1610

9 December: An evening of words and music with the pianist Béla Hartmann  

The presentations will be held in English, for the benefit of Erasmus students and friends who do not speak Czech. I shall be delighted if you can join me for as many of these sessions as possible. Music-loving friends are also welcome.  The zoom invitation will be provided upon request on  

Haig Utidjian, PhD Chief conductor and Chorus master Orchestra and Chorus of Charles University in Prague  

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