Sunday, July 31, 2005

Dvorak statue
On Saturday night I experienced one of the most satisfying symphonic concerts of my life. It was at the Rudolfinum. This statue of Dvorak stands in front of the hall. The concert was given by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra of Olomouc. The program: Smetana's "Richard III," Janacek's "Taras Bulba," and Dvorak's Violin Concerto. Petr Vronsky conducted. The wonderful violinist was Vaclav Hudecek. I sat only three rows from the stage. I had never seen such affectionate connection between a conductor and concerto soloist. It was a revelation.

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