Beethoveen’s Ninth has become the ground zero for our festival because it is not only the peak of the composer, but one of the greatest works of the genre. Hymn to joy, love, and mankind, Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” is in the final of the last symphony of the Viennese classic. As fate would have it, it was with that poem that Tchaikovsky started his artistic path. Though he was reluctant to publish his work, feeling embarrassed to “compete with Beethoven”. Two oldest ensembles, based in the 1930th, would perform Beethoveen’s Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s Cantata. One of the most acclaimed conductors, Vadimir Fedoseev, would be on the podium. Fedossev worked with many internationally acclaimed orchestras, but he claims the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, which he has been leading since 1974, to be his life’s work. Despite the fact that the Prague Philharmonic Choir collaborates with Praga National Theatre on a regular basis, and since 2010 it is the resident choir at the Bregenz Opera Festival, its repertoire consists mainly of cantatas and oratorios. The ensemble tours the whole world, and recently it has been seen in St Petersburg. In the summer of 2019, the Choir performed together with Prague Philharmonic Choir at the motherland of Bedřich Smetana. In Litomysl, the native town of the Czech classic, fragments of Russian operas were performed. The concert is supported by Czech Embassy in Russia, and Czech Center in Moscow.