News Variations comes to an end with an exceptional concert by the Czech Philharmonic

Published: November 13, 2022| 05:57 PM

On Friday and Saturday, 11 and 12 November, Karlovy Vary hosted the second edition of Variations, a joint project by the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and the Czech Philharmonic. Visitors to Variations 2022 could see three outstanding films at the Čas Cinema, and there was much interest in the public concerts featuring members of the Czech Philharmonic and the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra.

Variations came to an end on Saturday at the Municipal Theatre with what the Czech Philharmonic’s general director David Mareček called a “royal concert.” And rightly so: The performance of Dvořák’s violin concerto and Beethoven’s seventh symphony was directed by Domingo Hindoyan, Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, in his first ever performance with a Czech orchestra. The soloist of the evening was Jan Mráček, concertmaster of the Czech Philharmonic, who was raised to the post by the legendary Jiří Bělohlávek. Jan Mráček is one of the most distinctive violinists of his generation.

The interest shown in Variations by both locals and visitors to the spa town of Karlovy Vary is a clear sign that this autumn cultural event, by which the organizers of the Karlovy Vary film festival hope to bring interesting events to town even outside the usual festival dates, is on its way to becoming a tradition.

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