STRINGS OF HOPE is a collaborative project between Les Musicales de Baabdath and the Czech Republic. It is meant to spread positive vibes in a time when our dear Lebanon is going through one of the darkest periods of its history.
HOPE, so that culture and music continue to prevail despite the harsh circumstances hitting us all. HOPE, so that our struggling country rises again.
Brought to you by Les Musicales de Baabdath with the support of the Czech Embassy in Beirut – H.E. Mrs. Michaela Fronkova, STRINGS OF HOPE is a chamber music concert broadcast on Les Musicales de Baabdath Facebook page live from the the Czech city of Pilsen, located 90 KM away from Prague.
Vanda Sabakova (Harp), Jan Ryska (Cello) and Ludek Sabaka (Piano) are performing works of Czech composers from the classical, romantic and contemporary repertoire. The varied program ranges from solo pieces, to duets and trios, featuring works such as Smetana’s LA MOLDAU and Dvorak’s Silent Woods. The program also pays tribute to Beethoven as in 2020, we are celebrating the composer’s 250th Birth Anniversary.
Each one of us in his turn, can bring hope to thousands of Lebanese people currently living on the brink of poverty due to the collapse of the Lebanese economy. If you like this concert, please consider donating online directly to: Lebanese Food Bank, arcenciel, Sesobel, Our Lady of Hope Foundation, or any other endeavoring Lebanese NGO concerned with a local humanitarian cause.
The slightest contribution can make a difference.
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VANDA SABAKOVA | Harp
JAN RYSKA | Cello
LUDEK SABAKA | Piano
Live from the city of Pilsen in the Czech Republic
The New Theater Studio
Sound Engineer: Matous Pilny
JOHANN LADISLAU DUSSEK (1760 – 1812)
SONATA in E-flat Major Op. 36
for harp and piano
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770 – 1827)
7 VARIATIONS on ‘Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen’
Based on Mozart’s Die Zauberflote
for cello and piano
PAVEL TROJAN (b. 1956)
THE NEARBY LANDSCAPE
Reverie for harp solo
BOHUSLAV MARTINU (1890 – 1959)
VARIATONS ON A SLOVAKIAN THEME
for cello and piano
HANUS TRNECEK (1858 – 1914)
Concert transcription for harp solo
after Bedrich Smetana’s symphonic poem
ANTONIN DVORAK (1841 – 1904)
for cello and piano
PETR POPELKA (b. 1986)
from the Czech Suite
for cello, harp and piano
Vanda Sabakova (Harp)
Vanda Sabakova comes from an artistic family. She studies harp from the age of five under the supervision of the solo-harpist of the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonia and professor of conservatories in Ostrava, Brno and Pilsen, Ivana Švestková Dohnalová. She also consults her work with renowned soloists – in recent years she has participated in master classes of Petra van der Heide (RCO Amsterdam) and Marie-Pierre Langlamet (Berliner Philharmoniker).
Jan Ryska (Cello)
Jan Ryska (1984) started his musical studies at the age of five. He graduated in cello performance majorcum laude from the Prague Conservatory, the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and at the Universität für Musik unddarstellende Kunst in Vienna. Since his childhood Jan Ryska has become a laureate of many international cello and chamber music competitions – among some of the recent achievements we could name the 1st price in the Brahms International Chamber Music Competition in Austria, the 1st and the special prices in the Pinerollo Chamber Music Competition in Italy (member of the WFIMC) or the 1st and Grand Prix of the Beethoven Competition.
Ludek Sabaka (Piano)
Ludek Sabaka drew attention to himself already as a child. During his studies at the Prague Conservatory in the field of piano and composition, he won laureate awards in most of the major Czechoslovak competitions. At the Academy of Performing Arts he began to devote his time to chamber music, therefore his repertoire in this domain is extensive.