In memoriam Jan Palach
After a successful concert tour in Prague, Olomouc, Litomysl, Horice and Ricany with his Czech colleague Richard Pachman in October 2008, François Glorieux has been officially invited by Pavel Bém, Lord Mayor of Prague at the city hall on the 19th of January 2009 and received the "Official Memorial Medal of the city of Prague".
The same evening François Glorieux was special guest for the great concert celebrating the 40th anniversary of Jan Palach's death and performed the Prague "première" of his compositions
"In Memoriam Jan Palach", "Hymna pro Prahu" and the complete suite "Praha" by conducting the brass and percussion of the Czech Republic Army.
He also played his two works "Nightfall on Prague" and "Vinohrady" with violinist Jaroslav Sveceny as well as his piano improvisation on the famous "Vltava" and other works with Richard Pachman.
Three days before Glorieux was received by the Governor of the National Bank and presented the score of "In Memoriam Jan Palach" and the CD "Praha" to Jan Palach's brother.
An extreme emotional moment filmed by the Prague Television. The documentary can be viewed here
Another hommage to Jan Palach was given by François and Richard Pachman in Luxemburg,the 15th of January.
All the pictures can be viewed here