Chief Conductor Pietari Inkinen conducts The Prague Symphony Orchestra for a live audience on Tuesday, June 23. The concert at Smetana Hall is its first at the venue since the COVID-19 lockdown began. Inkinen and the orchestra will perform a thrilling programme featuring Sbielius’ Finlandia and Dvořák’s New World Symphony for an audience of up to 1,000 people.

Pietari Inkinen said: “I am so excited to be able to return to the podium with the Prague Symphony Orchestra after three months “exiled” in my home in Switzerland.   A few weeks ago it seemed unimaginable that I would be able to return to conduct the orchestra again during my final year as Chief Conductor, but we are all thrilled that this concert has now been scheduled.  Our first performance after the disruption of this extraordinary time will be an unforgettable moment.”

Daniel Sobotka, Director of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, said: “It is peaceful and symbolic, that the live orchestra and live audience can meet once again. The past months have demonstrated the power of social networks and all other forms of electronic communication and everything they can save. But they also showed the irreplaceability of personal contact between people. This concert is therefore a celebration of personal gatherings. Of course, this all is in compliance with the current rules, so that no one is endangered. Even that is a part of a new sense of daily comfort. You have no idea how much we are all looking forward to this concert!”

Through this special performance, the Prague Symphony would like to express gratitude for the support of its audiences during the period when the orchestra was not able to perform, as well as the continued support that was apparent during the time of the quarantine.

Due to reasons related to the pandemic, seats in the hall will not be numbered and all tickets will fall under the same category. All audience members must wear a facemask.

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Cover photo: Pietari Inkinen and Prague Symphony Orchestra, photo: Jan Kolman.