“One of the most outstanding violinists of our generation” Augustin Hadelich for the first time in the majestic Rudolfinum Prague
Grammy-award winning violinist Augustin Hadelich, described by the New York Times as: “One of the most outstanding violinists of our generation”, will make his Prague debut with the PKF – Prague Philharmonia in a gala concert at the Rudolfinum — Dvorak Hall.
The concert, organized by Synesthesia Series in collaboration with Cicerone Music and Art, will also feature a special light design after the intermission, another premiere for the Prague audience! We caught up with the initiators and asked them about their motivations.
Alexander Bernstein, an upcoming talent conductor from Israel and Zohar Koren, designer and visual artist, are the two initiators of this special event. In Beethoven’s 7th Symphony a score-inspired visual atmosphere will be created and together with the PKF Philharmonic Orchestra, they will reach to seek the creation of a mutual language of richer contrasts between pieces, movements and phrases.
A visual interpretation growing naturally from the original score
We asked them why they think this might change the future of live events experiences.
“We are not really trying to change the future but rather want to create a more refined and personal interpretation of what we experience naturally. We all have the experience of concert visits that go beyond just using ears and eyes. Think of goosebumps, emotional sensations, mental processes (remembering old events from a distant past) or a sudden smell that comes to mind. To use light at very specific places in the music, by strengthening, weakening them, or simply use it differently than the normal expected, you can make a concert experience much more intense.”
A mutual language of sound and light
“There have been different experiments of creating a visual concept to classical music, however, our visual interpretation grows naturally from the original score. So the audience is likely to experience an atmosphere of richer contrast due to the mutual language of sound and light. The project’s concept evolves from a research aiming to create a richer musical experience.”
Hadelich will be performing the Mendelssohn violin concerto in E minor on his 1723 “Kiesewetter” Stradivarius violin.
The concert is taking place Sunday, March 11th, 2018. Together with the PKF Prague Philharmonia in the beautiful and important architectural monument of Prague, the Rudolfinum.
PKF Prague Philharmonia was founded in 1994. Today it is one of the most recognised orchestras, not only among Czech but also world ensembles. Regular invitations to tour abroad as well as recording projects with the most renowned international labels bear testimony to this.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana (Intermezzo)
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major Op. 92
Augustin Hadelich, violin
Alexander Bernstein, conductor
Zohar Koren (designer & visual artist)