House of Lobkowicz

PKF-Lobkowicz series


PKF – LOBKOWICZ 2018 Donor Series

Wednesday 12 September 2018, Lobkowicz Palace 

PKF – Prague Philharmonia
Jan Fišer – violin
Emmanuel Villaume – conductor


6.00 pm Welcome drink and tour of the exhibition
6.30 pm Stories from the Arts – Petr Slouka reveals more musical treasures from the Lobkowicz Collections
19.00 Concert in the Imperial Hall
20.00 Meeting the artists over a glass of wine, with refreshments provided by the head chef of the Lobkowicz Palace

This concert, which is being conducted by Emmanuel Villaume, the principal conductor of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia, brings together three greats from the Classical period of music: Joseph Haydn, W. A. Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven. The evening opens with the wonderful prelude to Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro, followed by Joseph Haydn’s Violin Concerto in C Major with the dedication “fatto per il luigi”. The concerto was written some time between 1760 and 1765 for one of the most famous violinists of the period – Luigi Tomasini, who soon went on to become the leader of the court orchestra of Prince Esterhazy, Haydn’s employer. The concerto was composed to show off the virtuosity of this outstanding violinist, utilizing high positions, dotted rhythms and rich ornamentation. The evening is rounded off by Beethoven’s 8th Symphony, which the composer thought was of higher quality than the popular Seventh, and which with its character, humor and playfulness return to the world of Beethoven’s teacher, Joseph Haydn.


WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: The Marriage of Figaro KV 492, Overture
JOSEPH HAYDN: Violin Concerto in C major Hob.VIIa:1
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8 in F major Op. 93

Emmanuel Villaume – conductor

The 2018–2019 season marks the fourth year of Emmanuel Villaume’s collaboration with the PKF – Prague Philharmonia as its principal conductor and musical director. In addition, it will be his sixth season as the artistic director of the Dallas Opera. He returns to the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Deutsche Oper Berlin, while there will be three productions by the Dallas Opera – Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman, Bizet’s Carmen and Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. He and the PKF – Prague Philharmonia will be recording their second joint CD for Deutsche Grammophon, as well as preparing for the PKF’s very first appearance at the prestigious festival in France’s Besançon and a series of concerts as part of the orchestral series. Among some of the greatest successes from last season was being awarded the prestigious German ECHO Klassik prize in the category “Opera Album of the Year” for a recording of Meyerbeer’s arias together with the soprano Diana Damrau, and a production of Puccini’s Tosca for the Metropolitan Opera, which was broadcast as part of the series MET: Live in HD to more than 2,000 cinemas in 73 countries.

Emmanuel Villaume_2 (c) David Christian Lichtag







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