Adam Plachetka, Simona Saturova, Katerina Knezikova Headline Czech Philharmonic’s Mozart Benefit Gala

By David Salazar

The Czech Philharmonic will be hosting a Mozart Benefit Gala on Saturday, May 23, 2020 to raise money for the People in Need Foundation, specifically for those with economic challenges resulting from the COVID-19 crisis and for the education of children.

The concert will be led by Principal Guest conductor Tomáš Netopil with concert master Jiří Vodička and 39 members of the orchestra. Also performing will be soprano Kateřina Kněžíková, soprano Simona Houda-Šaturová, bass-baritone Adam Plachetka, and bass Jan Martiník. Other soloists include soloists Andrea Rysová (flute) and Jana Boušková (harp).

The showcase will be filmed from the stage of the Rudolfinum in Prague and will feature music from Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “Don Giovanni,” “Die Entführung aus dem Serail,” the Flute and Harp Concerto, and the Symphony No. 7.

The performance will be streamed via the company’s Facebook page at 7 p.m. local time to the U.K.

This is the latest of the Czech Philharmonic’s benefit concerts throughout the lockdown. The organization presented a concert on March 28 and raised over 250,000 pounds for hospitals in Prague and Brno. A second concert was held on April 25 with proceeds donated to the charity ZIVOT, which takes care of the elderly in the Czech Republic.