Vessels of Light – Czech premiere
Rudolfinum, 27 March 2023 at 7:30 p.m. Public dress rehearsal at 9.30 a.m.
Lera Auerbach: Symphony No. 6 Vessels of Light
Franz Schubert: Symphony in C major „The Great“
Alexander Liebreich conductor
Kristina Reiko Cooper cello
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Lukáš Vasilek choirmaster
CHANGE OF PROGRAMME
Instead of the premiere of Jiří Kadeřábek's new work Far and Wide, Lera Auerbach's Symphony No. 6 Vessels of Light will be performed.
Alexander Liebreich's return to the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra will bring togethere the music of early Romanticism with contemporary music. Inspired by the heroism of Chiune Sugihara and the thousands of Jewish lives saved through his decisions and actions during WWII, Lera Auerbach created the music, libretto, and artistic concept for Symphony No. 6, "Vessels of Light," for Violoncello, Choir, and Orchestra. Auerbach weaves a multilayered tapestry of words and music with Yiddish poetry, the art of Japanese Kintsugi, the mystical Shevirat ha-kelim ("breaking of the vessels"), and the silent words of biblical Psalm 121 in a work she dedicates to Chiune Sugihara and all those who risk everything to save others.
Symphony No. 6 "Vessels of Light," is a commission by Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, and The American Society for Yad Vashem. The commission was catalyzed by the world-premiere performer of the symphony, Japanese-American violoncellist Kristina Reiko Cooper, whose husband's father, Irving Rosen, was rescued thanks to the life-saving visas granted by Chiune Sugihara. Yad Vashem honored Sugihara as one of the Righteous Among the Nations for his actions during that dark chapter of our recent history. After the intermission, the most ambitious symphonic work by Franz Schubert, the author of immortal songs and co-moral music, the "Great Symphony" in C major, will be performed.
Meet-up with the artists before the concert
Rudolfinum | Talich Lounge | 1st floor | 6.30–7.15 p.m.