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Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Friday, February 17, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Adult: $45-$65 • Student: $17.50 • Youth (18 & under): $7.50

Buyers choose their own assigned seats for this presentation at Mechanics Hall.

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Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Performing and continuously growing for 26 years, the CNSO has earned an enviable reputation among both Czech and Europe’s top symphonic ensembles. Renowned for its versatility, the orchestra annually presents a broad programme ranging from classical music concerts to contemporary genres, film scores, jazz and musicals.

Since 2005 the Czech National Symphony Orchestra has also organised the summer Prague Proms Festival, which with its impressive array of prominent international performers, appeals to a diverse audience year in year out.


Brahms Violin Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Steven Mercurio, conductor

Steven Mercurio is a versatile, esteemed conductor and arranger with experience from the MET as well as the world of jazz and pop. He has collaborated with Sting, Murray F. Abraham as well as the Prague Proms 2018 along with the ČNSO and Chick Corea.

Robert McDuffie, violin

Grammy-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie enjoys a dynamic and multifaceted career. In addition to appearing as soloist with the world’s foremost orchestras on five continents, he has shared the stage with Rolling Stones pianist Chuck Leavell and the late Gregg Allman in Midnight Rider, and with actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith in Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. Philip Glass dedicated his Second Violin Concerto, The American Four Seasons, to Mr. McDuffie and he has performed it more than 100 times around the world. Mike Mills of the iconic band R.E.M. composed his Concerto for Violin, Rock Band, and String Orchestra for him. Mr. McDuffie has been performing both works throughout the United States and abroad and has recorded them on the Orange Mountain Music Label. His discography also includes acclaimed recordings on Telarc and EMI.

This season, a performance of A Night of Georgia Music with Mike Mills, Chuck Leavell, rock band and the McDuffie Center for Strings ensemble was recorded live for broadcast on PBS stations around the country. His newest recording, Icons, with pianist Elizabeth Pridgen, features sonatas of Philip Glass and John Corigliano as well as John Adams’ Road Movies, and will be released this Fall. Also this season, he will perform the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Munich Symphony on a 15-city U.S. tour, including Carnegie Hall. 

Robert McDuffie is the founder of the Rome Chamber Music Festival in Italy, where he was awarded the Premio Simpatia by the mayor of Rome and the Premio delle Muse in Florence. He is the founder of the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in his hometown of Macon, Georgia.

Mr. McDuffie plays a 1735 Guarneri del Gesù violin, the “Ladenburg,” which is owned by a limited partnership formed by Mr. McDuffie. 

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Czech National Symphony Orchestra

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Friday, February 17, 2023
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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