Latest News



9:30 P.M.

Film nocturne
Summer theater Karviná

After a long hiatus we'd like to invite you to a concert. And not just "a" concert. With the support of local institutions, authorities and foundations, we're preparing a concert with the most famous and beautiful soundtracks: Forrest Gump, Star Wars, Titanic, Indiana Jones, Kill Bill, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and many more. Great soloists: Pavel Hromádka ...


New website

We have great news for you! At you will find a new website dedicated to symphonic wind music in the world. Their author and administrator is our conductor Ondřej Packan and you will find there informations about the history of symphonic wind music, an overview of the most famous authors, leading orchestras and much more. The site will of course be continuously updated and ...


New equipment for our band

The year 2020, negatively affected by the pandemic situation, was a tough one for our orchestra. Namely because we couldn't fulfill our main mission, i.e. give performances in Karviná or elsewhere and go on tours. For that reason we focused on improving our rehearsal room and our equipment. We installed new acoustic panels to improve the sound quality, and purchased new instruments - an ...

4.00 P.M.

New Year's Concert 2020
Cultural house Karviná

We would like to invite you to our traditional New Year concert. It is held on Thursday 1st January 2020 in the House of Culture in Karviná. We are rehearsing a number of new pieces. You can look forward to Oliver Waespi's Divertimento, James L. Hosay's Persis Overture or II Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra by Óscar Navarro. Onřej Janča is performing as soloist. In the second half, the orc...

4.00 P.M.

Halloween concert
Church of St. Peter from Alakantara, Karviná-Doly

Májovák prepared its traditional All Saints' Day concert. It was held in the leaning church of St Peter of Alcantara on 3rd November at 4 p.m. This year was different – our smallers ensembles performed: a brass quintet, bassoon quartet, the Ibert Duo – a flute and a guitar, our harpist Jarmila Giecková and vocal soloists Oldřiška Honsová with Jan Soukup. Our listeners enjoyed pieces by W. A. Mozar...


Májovák participated at a festival in Italy
Besana in Brianza

Májovák participated at a festival in italian town Besana in Brianza (near to Milano) from 3rd to 8th July. The ensemble prepared a concert of music by James Barnes (Symphonic Overture), Otto M. Schwarz (Saxpack), Johan de Meij (Dutch Masters Suite), Antonín Dvořák (Festive March, Slavonic Dance No. 1), Leoš Janáček (Pilky from Lachnian Dances) and Bedřich Smetana (Polka and Finale from the opera ...

4.00 P.M.

Concert in Paintings of Famous Masters
Landek Park Ostrava

On Sunday 12th May the traditional spring concert was held, this time called "Concert in Paintings of Famous Masters". It was not the first time the orchestra performed at the Landek Park mining museum in Ostrava. The conductor Ondřej Packan prepared a demanding repertoir composed of two different parts. In the first part the audience could enjoy pieces by James Barnes, Otto M. Schwarz and Johan ...

4.00 P.M.

New Year's Concert
Cultural house Karviná

The traditional New Year's Concert was held on 1st January 2019 in Karviná. In the first half the orchestra performed Festival March by Antonín Dvořák, Polka and Finale from The Bartered Bride by Bedřich Smetana, Arabesque by Samuel R. Hazo, and premiered Symphonic Overture by James Barnes. The second half was dedicated to our exceptional vocal soloists, Liana Sass (soprano) and Lukáš Bařák (bar...

4.00 P.M.

All Saints concert in Karviná
Church of St. Peter from Alakantara, Karviná-Doly

The traditional All Saints concert was held in the leaning St Peter of Alcantara church on 4th November and it saw Májovák collaborate with the excellent Chorus Ostrava choir led by Mrs. Petra Rašíková. The ensembles performed music by Vivaldi, van Nuffel as well as Jan Soukup, who is the orchestra's bassoon player and who dedicated his piece 'Martyrium Trium Sanctorum' to Májovák. It is inspired ...

4.00 P.M.

Májovák Celebrated 100 Years of the Republic
Business Faculty Karviná auditory hall

Májovák celebrated 100 years since the founding of Czechoslovakia on 28th October. The concert started at 4 p.m. in the auditory hall of Business Faculty.

The concert was dedicated to Czech compsers only - Janáček, Smetana, Dvořák, Staněk, Zámečník. The repertoir included e.g. Libussa Fanfares, Lachian Dances, Slavonic Dances, The Bartered Bride, Czech Folk Dance Suite etc. The orchest...


New Season Ahead - Májovák to Perform Home and Away

A new concert season is starting, both rich and interesting. Business Faculty of the Silesian University, leaning Church of St. Peter of Alcantara, Gong Hall in Ostrava, Karviná Culture House, Landek Park Ostrava and Besana in Brianza (Milan, Italy). These are places Májovák is going to perform in. We're going to add new pieces (Symphonic Overture by James Barnes or Dutch Masters Suite by Johan de...


Májovák performs in Spain
Torrevieja (ESP)

Májovák took part in the 16th "Bandas de música" festival in Torrevieja last week. The concert took place in the "Eras de la Sal" amphitheatre on the shore of the Mediterranean. The band played pieces by Thomas Doss, Alfred Reed, Samuel R. Hazo as well as Czech music composed by Smetana, Dvořák, Zámečník, Staněk and Fučík. As solo clarinetist, Ondřej Janča played Óscar Navarro's "II Concerto para ...


Májovák to Go to Spain
Ciudad de Torrevieja (ESP)

Májovák's first time in Spain! In August we're leaving for the 16th Torrevieja wind music festival on the shore of the Mediterranean. On Thursday 23rd August we'll be playing in the beautiful "Eras de la Sal" amphitheatre situated right on the coast. Led by Ondřej Packan, we're going to play music of both Czech and foreign composers. Ondřej Janča is going to perform Óscar Navarro's "II Concerto pa...


110th Anniversary Booklet

In terms of the orchestra's anniversary, a new booklet about its history and activities during the last 10 years has been published. It includes a photo gallery by Edmund Kijonka and Milan Polóny. The booklet can be purchased in the town's information office in Fryštát.

The publication was supported by the town of Karviná, OKD foundation, Residomo funds and Landek foundation. Tha...


Wacław Olszak Medal for Májovák

On Monday 18th June, the orchestra was awarded the Wacław Olszak Medal by local authorities. The medal is given to people who have contributed to the development and promotion of the town and Májovák accepted if from the hands of Jan Wolf, the mayor of Karviná, and his deputy Karel Wiewiórka. The prize was also awarded to Milan Bystroň, our former conductor, and Libuše Kolková, local historian.

9.00 P.M.

Musical & Pop Music on Karviná Days
Masaryk Square, Karviná

On Friday, June 8, 2018, another concert of our orchestra was held at Masaryk Square in Karviná. This time he was dedicated to the genre of musical and pop music. The filled square in the evening listened to the aria from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of London, West Side Story, Edith and Marlene and others. Singers Hana Fialová, Martina Šnytová, Nela Žáková, Petr Gazdík and Jan Slez...


110th Anniversary Exhibition
Regional Library Karviná

On Wednesday 6th June 2018, an exhibition was opened to commemorate the 110th anniversary of Májovák. Photos by Edmund Kijonka and Milan Polóny are displayed in the Fryštát library. The vernissage was attended by a number of guests - deputy mayors Karel Wiewiórka and Miroslav Hajdušík, Karviná House of Culture director Olga Humplíková, library manager Markéta Kukrechtová, chairman of honour of the...

6.30 P.M.

Gala Concert to Celebrate Májovák's 110th Anniversary
Ostrava House of Culture

We would like to invite you to the gala concert held at the occasion of our orchestra celebrating 110 years of its existence. Májovák is going to perform Óscar Navarro's "II Concerto" for clarinet and symphonic band as Czech premiere. The solo will be played by Ondřej Janča, the orchestra's concertmaster and clarinetist. Works by Thomas Doss, Samuel R. Hazo, Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, Pavel ...

3.30 P.M.

New Year´s Concert 2018
Cultural house Karviná

Two important anniversaries were commemorated by Májovák at its New Year concert. The town of Karviná celebrates 750 years since its foundation and the orchestra 110 years of its existence. That means the concert was stand out, also thanks to the soloists: Liana Sass is a soprano and has performed on the stages of the most important opera houses all around Europe. She has performed with the Czech ...

3.00 P.M.

Májovák opening its 110th season

Our orchestra is entering its 110th concert season. The celebrations will be held in 2018, which is also a crucial year for Karviná, celebrating its 750th anniversary. Both these anniversaries will be commemorated by a number of concerts. The first one was held on Saturday 9th September, on the industrial premises of the Barbora mine. The orchestra was conducted by Ondřej Packan, its chief c...


Májovák wins gold at WMC Kerkrade
Kerkrade (NL)

Májovák has won the gold medal at WMC Kerkrade, the Olympics of symphonic bands in the Netherlands. On Saturday 22nd July 2017, the orchestra was awarded the gold medal with the score of 83.17. It is the greatest success since 1989 when our band last took part in the contest. The competition has been extremely tough this year, making our position more valuable. Májovák played Adam Gorb's Summer Da...


Májovák getting in shape for the wind music Olympics
Parkstad Limburg Theater (NL)

On Thursday 20th July, Májovák is departing for the Netherlands, where it is taking part in the most prestigious wind music event, World Music Concours Kerkrade. The competition, nicknamed the wind music Olympics, takes place every four years and hosts thousands of musicians from all over the world. Májovák’s performance starts at 6:50 p.m. on 22nd July at Parkstad Limburg Theater. Our orchestra i...


OSTRAVA 2017 - Gold medal cum laude, Best Conductor prize and Best Dramaturgy

On Saturday 3rd June the 18th International Competition of Symphonic Bands took place. This event was held by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. Top ensembles from Czechia, Croatia and Latvia took part. The performances were judged by an international jury chaired by Col. Václav Blahunek, chief conductor of the Castle Guard and Czech Police Orchestra. Májovák played the test piece - Fý...


International contest of symphonic bands OSTRAVA 2017
The Ostrava House of Culture

The Ostrava House of Culture is going to host the 18th international wind music competition on 3rd June 2017. The contest has been opened in three categories with our orchestra playing in the Highest Class. Apart from Czech ensembles, orchestras from Latvia and Croatia are going to participate. Part of the programme is the test piece - Four Paraphrases on Czech Folk Songs composed by Pavel...


Easter concert of "Czech-French inspiration" at Landek Park
Landek Park Ostrava

We are pleased to invite you to the Easter concert called "Czech-French Inspiration". Májovák will perform together with its guests, Ensemble musical de La Croix Valmer. It was La Croix Valmer on the French Riviera where our orchestra performed last year. Májovák is going to present itself with the programme for the Ostrava and WMC Kerkrade contests. Spectators can look forward to hearing Adam Gor...


Májovák to WMC Kerkrade

In July 2017, Májovák will be taking part in the WMC Kerkrade, the Netherlands. We have passed through a demanding selection process, since more than 250 bands from all around the world had registered. The competition is held all month and experts consider it the most prestigious wind music event. Májovák is taking part after 28 years and it will represent Karviná and Czechia at the WMC from 20th ...


Májovák in a new season

After the summer holidays, a new season full of events and concerts is about to start. You can see our orchestra perform at the All Souls' concert in the leaning church of St. Peter of Alcantara in Karviná, suport us at our traditional New Year's concert or at a joint concert of our ensemble and the La Croix Valmer orchestra. More info will soon be availabe on our webpage. We are looking forward ...


Ondřej Packan awarded the Talent of the Year prize

In terms of this year's Karviná Days, a traditional prize awarding for people involved in culture took place. Ondřej Packan, the chief conductor of Májovák, was awarded the Talent of the Year prize by Tomáš Hanzel, the town's mayor, for his conducting activities. Ondřej Packan has been the orchestra's conductor since 2013, in 2014 he became the chief conductor. During his career, he has carried ou...


Karviná Days with Film Music

A successful concert in terms of the annual Karviná Days was prepared by Májovák in collaboration with the Permoník Youth Choir. 120 musicians of both the top ensembles performed on the stage of Karviná's summer theatre. The spectators had an opportunity to enjoy pieces written by film music composers – John Williams, Ennio Morricone, Hans Zimmer and Howard Shore. The ensembles performed music fro...


Májovák leaving for a concert tour

On 21st June 2016, Májovák is leaving for its tour. First, it will introduce itself to German audiences in Rot an der Rot, which is known as the seat of the Rundel music publishing house. The concert will take place thanks to Thomas Rundel, the company's owner and Kreisjugendmusikkapelle Biberach's conductor. KJMK Biberach performed in Karviná last year. Then the orchestra will move to France for ...


All Saints Day concert

On 30th October 2016 an All Saints Day concert took place, where Májovák performed toghether with the SPZ Choir and its conductor Martina Juríková. The concert was held in the leaning church of St. Peter of Alcantara. We would like to thank the OKD foundation and the Karviná city council for financial backup. You can view Mr. Kijonka's photos in our gallery.


Májovák Leaving for the WASBE Conference
Prague, Valdštejn Gardens of the Senate

On Sunday 9th July Májovák is taking part in the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles conference, which is held in Prague this year. Our concert starts at 2 o'clock in Valdštejn Gardens of the Senate. Jan Soukup (bassoon) and Jan Nepodal (vibraphone) are going to perform as soloists. Under the direction of Ondřej Packan, the orchestra will play pieces by Tylman Susato, Julius Fuč...

Karviná logo