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The Czech National Symphony Orchestra

  • Opelika Center for the Performing Arts 1700 Lafayette Parkway Opelika, AL, 36801 United States (map)

Touring in Winter 2019, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO), Conductor John Mauceri, and Mezzo-Soprano Isabel Leonard will celebrate the legacy of Leonard Bernstein with a program of "100 Years of Leonard Bernstein”. John Mauceri, mentee and conducting fellow with Leonard Bernstein, conducted the World Premiere of Bernstein's “A Quiet Place”, and Isabel Leonard, critically acclaimed for her performances of Bernstein repertoire, join CNSO in a glorious marking of the world renowned American composer, conductor, and pianist's 100th birthday celebration.


Isabel Leonard


Celebrating its 26th birthday in 2019, the CNSO has gained a position among both Czech and Europe’s top symphonic ensembles. Renowned for its versatility, the orchestra annually presents a broad program ranging from classical music concerts through contemporary genre, film scores, jazz, or musicals. In its new era, The Czech National Symphony Orchestra is also organizing the summer Prague Proms Festival which annually attracts audiences for presenting some of the greatest international performers. Composers, conductors, and performers such as Ennio Morricone, Lalo Schifrin, James Morrison, Pino Donnagio, Giuliano Taviani, or Steven Mercurio repeatedly come back to Prague to either record with the orchestra in its studio or perform in the beautiful Smetana Hall of Prague's Municipal House, the home concert stage of the orchestra. 

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Besides concerts at home, the CNSO has accompanied some of the most important pop artists of our time, among them Andrea Bocelli, Sting and George Michael. Successful tours have taken them over the British Isles, France, Germany, Spain, Dubai, Japan, Korea, China, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand. Among the highlights of the last concert season were undoubtedly the collaboration with Vince Mendoza, one of the best contemporary crossover conductors, and world renowned trumpet player Randy Brecker. On the classical field, the orchestra renewed its longtime cooperation with Andrea Bocelli.

The Czech National Symphony Orchestra was established in 1993 by trumpet player Jan Hasenöhrl. A “spiritual father” at the birth of the CNSO was the legendary conductor Zdenìk Košler. In the year 1996, American Paul Freeman took over as Chief Conductor, and remained in this position for a fantastic ten years. At the beginning of the year 2007, Maestro Libor Pešek was named the Chief Conductor and remains in this position today.

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