Smetana's Má vlast

May 18

8:00 PM


Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Moldau, Smetana’s much-loved portrayal of Bohemia’s mighty river, is one of six tone poems in the composer’s musical portrait of his homeland. Rarely performed in its entirety, Má vlast (My Fatherland) is an extraordinary cycle that traces the history of the Czech people and evokes the rich natural beauties of the countryside.

There will be a Classic Encounter preconcert lecture on Thursday, May 18. Buy lecture tickets

Note for the Newcomer: In its 125-year history, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra has performed Má vlast only five times in its entirety.

Approximate concert duration: 90 minutes with no intermission


Smetana Má vlast

Preconcert Conversation Information

Preconcert conversation with John Novak
30 minute run-time

Thursday, May 18, 7 p.m. Armour Stage
Friday, May 19, 12:15 p.m. Armour Stage
Saturday, May 20, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom

Additional Dates for this Program

Of Má vlast, conductor Jakub Hrůša says, "It’s something that I know profoundly and is part of my upbringing and really in my blood; it’s something that hasn’t been played in Chicago for decades.” The CSO last performed the complete Má vlast in 1983 in Orchestra Hall and in 1987 at the Ravinia Festival. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


Friday’s performance honors the memory of Elizabeth Hoffman and her generous endowment gift.

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