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The MFO Presents Music from the Baroque Period to the 20th Century
Members of the Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc with PARMA Recordings present the finest works of influential composers past and present. Music by Antonín Dvořák, Julius Weissenborn, Tchaikovsky, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier, and Benedetto Marcello, as well as contemporary composers John Carollo, Jim Puckett, and Malcolm Arnold will be performed live on the PARMA Live Stage.
John A. Carollo studied piano as a child and was a member of a Catholic Church choir which sang for the congregation during weekend services. In 1986, he began composing for the piano and graduated from San Diego State University with a Masters Degree in Psychology. After moving to Honolulu HI in 1987, he started a career as a mental health counselor and social worker with the State of Hawaii, Department of Health. In 1997, he began private composition lessons with Dr. Robert Wehrman.
He retired from public service in March of 2006 to compose full-time and to establish a music business named Musica Baudino. Musica Baudino published the artist’s first album, Ampersand, in June 2006, which won best Classical CD at the 10th Annual Hawaii Music Awards Ceremony. PARMA Recordings released his second solo effort in 2009, TRANSCENDENCE IN THE AGE OF WAR, and his third solo effort in 2011, STARRY NIGHT. Musica Baudino published his fourth solo musical release in 2012, Volere. His fifth solo release, THE TRANSFIGURATION OF GIOVANNI BAUDINO, was PARMA’s 500th release (2017) and was quickly followed by MUSIC FROM THE ETHEREAL SIDE OF PARADISE (2018).
Carollo also writes poetry and collects art, including his lifetime hobby of collecting the books and ephemera of Edward Gorey. He is an ASCAP member and a lifetime member of the Society of Composers in America.
The pianist Lucie Kaucká was born on March 31, 1978 in Kraslice near Karlovy Vary, where she began studying music at the age of seven. She continued her piano studies at the Conservatory of Teplice and the Conservatory of Pardubice with Martin Hröel. After graduation from Pardubice she concentrated on the study of musicology at the Palacky University in Olomouc and finished successfully there in 2003.
Kaucká was active as a pianist under the direction of the late Professor Jirí Skovajsa and has performed in many international masterclasses. She is the director of the piano department at the international Czech Music Camp for Youth during the summer.
She has performed as a soloist, accompanist, and as a member of several chamber ensembles in the Czech Republic and abroad. She has participated in recordings with the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra and with the chamber orchestra Camerata Moravia since 2004. Lucie recorded many compositions for solo piano, as well as for various chamber ensembles for PARMA Recordings over the past 10 years.
The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the foremost and oldest symphony orchestras in the Czech Republic. It is based in the historical capital of Moravia, the city of Olomouc, and has been a leader of music activities in the region for the past 70 years. Its artistic development was directly influenced by distinguished figures from the Czech and international music scene. Namely, they include conductors like Otto Klemperer and Václav Neumann, violinists Josef Suk and Gidon Kremer, or cellist Pierre Fournier.
During the course of its long history, The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra has put together an exceptionally broad, rich and varied repertoire. Its focus is mostly on the grand figures of classical music of the 19th and 20th century. Nonetheless, it also seeks to promote contemporary Czech and worldwide musical compositions, as evidenced by the fact that the Orchestra has performed over 250 new compositions. Moreover, the Orchestra is an authentic performer of Czech classics such as Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, Leoš Janáček, and Bohuslav Martinů.
The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra takes pride in having a rich discography under its belt and performing at renowned international festivals both in the Czech Republic and abroad. However, first and foremost, it is a cultural institution and a major contributor to the organization of artistic life in the region of Olomouc. It holds the Dvořák’s Olomouc festival and the International Organ Festival and also organizes a number of educational activities for children and young people.
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