The ECCK is pleased to inform that ‘The 100th Anniversary Commemoration Concert for the Declaration of Czechslovakia – Journey to A.Dvořák, E.Suchoň and B.Smetana’ will be held on May 1 at the Seoul Arts Center. Title: The 100th Anniversary Commemoration Concert for the Declaration of Czechslovakia – Journey to A.Dvořák, E.Suchoň and B.Smetana Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018 Time: 8:00 pm Venue: Concert Hall, Seoul Arts Center The upcoming regular concert is to commemorate the declaration of Czechslovakia in 1918. Celebrating its 100th anniversary, great composers from Czech nationalist school Antonin Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana as well as of Slovak contemporary music Eugen Suchoň will be introduced. Dvořák’s [Te Deum]; the overture of [Carnival]; the aria Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém of [Rusalka]; and Smetana’s Vltava of [Ma Vlast] are to be performed. Also, Suchoň’s [Sinfonietta in D major] and [How Beautiful You Are] are going to be played as the premiere in Korea. Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904) The composer of Czech nationalist school Antonin Dvořák is the one who achieved remarkable accomplishments for Czech music, by writing songs with Czech traditional melodies and stories. He grew up as he had simple lifestyle in nature and listened to Czech folksongs. Naturally getting close to music by learning how to play a violin one of popular instruments for gypsies as a hobby, Dvořák began to develop his competence as a musician and finally became one of the most significant composers who led Czech music in history. Being rooted in awe to God as well as love for nature and his nation, he wrote outstanding works like [From the New World], [Requiem], [Stabat Mater], [Te Deum], [Rusalka] and so forth. Not only as a composer but also as an educator did he devote himself to Czech music, such as being the director of Prague Conservatoire. Eugen Suchoň, (1908~1993) Eugen Suchoň is a meaningful musician in Slovak music history. Being educated by his parents who were musicians and educators, he developed himself as a composer. Writing two significant works, he earned his reputation as the pioneer of contemporary Slovak opera. Moreover, his reinterpretation for magnificence of Moravian era raised international renown of Slovakia. As he worked as a professor in various colleges, he wrote many books while lecturing music theories, applied music and music education. He composed many good works such as [Sinfonietta in D major], [Sinfonietta Rustica], [Krútňava] and [Svätopluk]. Bedřich Smetana (1824~1884) Being the actual founder of Czech nationalist school and the leader in nationalism movement with music, Bedřich Smetana was so-called ‘father of Czech music’. His major works are [Ma Vlast] in which nature of his homeland is praised and [The Bartered Bride] which is based on Czech folk tale. Following the great success of [The Bartered Bride], Smetana wrote [Ma Vlast] which consists of six symphonic poems. He had completely lost his hearing before he wrote it. As Smetana comprehensively well described through it what his homeland had experienced, [Ma Vlast] is always the first song to be played in Prague Spring International Music Festival. For any inquiries, please contact Seouloratorio at +82.2.587.9277/9272 or visit the website at www.seouloratorio.or.kr.