October 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Duke Chapel
Duke Chapel
401 Chapel Dr, Durham, NC 27705
Duke Performances

Founded in 1932, the Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir is the oldest and largest children’s concert choir in the Czech Republic. This award-winning ensemble has been a staple of Czech radio broadcasts, orchestral performances, and opera and theatre productions for close to a century. Like the Latvian Radio Choir (coming to Duke Chapel on November 15), the Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir is a beloved choral institution in the Central and Eastern European tradition and one of its country’s most prized cultural exports.

In the soaring and contemplative space of Duke Chapel, the forty-five member ensemble — selected from the 900 children in the choir’s training program — sings a program of sacred music from the renaissance to the present. The concert includes Victoria’s intricate polyphonic rendering of a plainchant Ave Maria, and continues in a Marian vein with Czech composer Jan Novák’s Ave Maria; Schubert’s Salve Regina; Carl Maria von Weber’s Maria Wiegenlied; and Ivan Kurz’s Maria, Mater Nostra. Among the living Czech composers on the program is Slavomír Hořínka, whose Laudate Dominum is beautifully evocative of ancient liturgical chant.


  • Jacob Handl Gallus: Pueri Concinite
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria: Ave Maria
  • Ivan Kurz: Maria, Mater Nostra (Precatio)
  • Slavomír Hořínka: Laudate Dominum
  • Franz Schubert: Salve Regina
  • Leonard Bernstein: Gloria Tibi
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Veni Domine
  • Jan Novák: Gloria and Ave Maria
  • Benjamin Britten: This Little Babe, Balulalow, and Deo Gratias from A Ceremony of Carols
  • Randall Thompson: Alleluia
  • Carl Maria von Weber: Maria Wiegenlied
  • Arvo Pärt: Peace Be Upon You, Jerusalem and Zwei Beter