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The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (SOČR) yesterday presented its plans for the 2024/2025 concert season, which will be themed "SOČR in the heart of Prague", reflecting the venues where SOČR will perform. In addition to the Rudolfinum, the Municipal House and the Dox, the ensemble is also planning five concerts at the Bethlehem Chapel that belongs to Czech Technical University in Prague. The university will thus be a proud partner of the world-famous orchestra for the second season.

As Petr Popelka, the chief conductor of the SOČR, said at the press conference, he is personally very pleased with the extension of the series in Bethlehem Chapel. "We have the opportunity to perform on campus, where we can reach young people, students, and I am very happy for that, because the SOČR deserves their attention as well," Popelka said. He highlighted the unique atmosphere of the chapel and the fact that visitors take away a truly "up close" experience of the orchestra.

Jakub Čížek, director of the orchestra, added: "We like the Bethlehem Chapel very much and we are thankful to CTU for this opportunity. The chapel has a very good attendance, almost sold out, and I believe that next season's programme will be widely attended."

According to the Chancellor of CTU, Lucie Orgoníková, it is a pleasure and honour for the University to be a partner of SOČR. "When something happens for the first time, it can be a coincidence. But happenig for second time is by design," she said, referring to the second season of cooperation.

Individual tickets will be available for purchase starting April 29, and students under 26 will receive a 50 percent discount.

Concerts in Bethlehem Chapel are planned for the following dates:

19. 9. 2024: Beethoven – Rejcha – Haydn

12. 12. 2024: Christmas Concert (together with the Children's Choir of the Czech Radio)

19. 2. 2025: Porgy and Bess

9. 4. 2025: Songs by Alma and Gustav Mahler

24. 4. 2025: SOČR and J. Ježek Conservatoire (programme under discussion)

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