Prague Symphony Orchestra
The Prague Symphony Orchestra (Prague, Czech Republic, Czech: Symfonický orchestr hlavního města Prahy; FOK) is a Czech orchestra based in Prague. The orchestra has traditionally been known by the acronym 'FOK', standing for 'Film-Opera-Koncert', reflecting the orchestra's fields of activity as envisioned by its founder. When the city of Prague made the orchestra its official concert ensemble in 1952, it retained the acronym, giving it the official title 'Symphony Orchestra of the Capital City of Prague – FOK'.
Rudolf Pekárek founded the orchestra in 1934. In the 1930s the orchestra performed the scores for many Czech films, and also appeared regularly on Czech radio. An early promoter of the orchestra was Václav Smetáček, who became the orchestra's chief conductor in 1942, and held the post for the next 30 years. Jiří Kout, chief conductor from 2006 to 2013, has the title of Čestný šéfdirigent (Honorary chief conductor) with the orchestra. Muhai Tang served as principal conductor in the 2013–2014 season, following the sudden resignation of Kout for health reasons. In parallel, Jac van Steen became the orchestra's principal guest conductor.
Contribution in rock crossover projects
Since 1995 the orchestra has been part of several crossover projects, which aim to mix metal and classical music together. The most important are:
- The Lingua Mortis album by Rage in 1996
- The Lemuria and Sirius B albums by Therion in 2004
- The Gettysburg (1863) trilogy on The Glorious Burden album by Iced Earth in 2004
- Several songs and The Keepers Trilogy on the Unarmed album by Helloween in 2010
- Václav Smetáček (1942–1972)
- Ladislav Slovák (1972–1976)
- Jindřich Rohan (1976–1977)
- Jiří Bělohlávek (1977–1989)
- Petr Altrichter (1990–1992)
- Martin Turnovský (1992–1995)
- Gaetano Delogu (1995–1998)
- Serge Baudo (2001–2006)
- Jiří Kout (2006–2013)
- Muhai Tang (2013-2014)
- Pietari Inkinen (2015–present)
- Jan Velinger (2015-01-09). "Prague Symphony Orchestra begins 80th season". Radio Praha. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
- Markéta Kaňková and Helena Petáková (2014-11-04). "Novým šéfdirigentem Symfonického orchestru FOK bude Pietari Inkinen". Czech Radio Vltava. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
- "Pietari Inkinen – nový šéfdirigent Symfonického orchestru hl. m. Prahy FOK" (PDF) (Press release). Prague Symphony Orchestra. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
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