In 2006, under the auspices of the chief magistrate of Prague the 90-minute-long symphonic service „Missa Ecumenica“ conducted by Jiří Petrdlík had its premiere in the Smetana Hall of Prague‘s Municipal House. This work merges elements of Latin and orthodox liturgical lyrics with psalms in Hebrew and in Czech, gospel, instrumental and ethnic music. It was dedicated to the 5th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington D.C. and to all other terrorist attacks and war victims.
On the occasion of the anniversary of the end of World War II he has been working on the monumental symphonic poem "Yad Vashem". He was inspired to write this by his visit to the homonymic holocaust memorial in Israel. Its world premiere will be held in Prague’s Rudolfinum in Dvořák Hall at the end of 2010 in Prague. The composition is dedicated to Sir Nicholas Winton. Jaromír Vogel received personal thanks from him.
Jaromír Vogel has also been cooperating with Israeli authors such as Nava Semel and Jicchak Ben Jozef. He composed a theme song for the International Puppet Theatre Festival held in Prague, for the 9 Gates festival, an anthem for the city of Vršovice (Prague 10) and a theme song for the multicultural festival Slivenecké letnice. Jaromír Vogel also participates in children’s competitions and he writes songs for children.
Currently, he is working on the musical Esther, where the libretto and the lyrics were written by Jan Schneider. Furthermore, he just finished composing the music for the Golem musical, working on the symphonic suite Judith and Holofernes, and on an orchestral and piano concert of Hebrew dances. He is also preparing the composition “Biblické ženy“ and writing a couple of new compositions for the Šarbilach orchestra.
In 2012, Jaromir Vogel plans to honor the 120th birth anniversary of one of the most important prose writers from the mid-war Czech times, Karel Polacek. This homage will be by a musical composition which, with it’s cross-genre concept, will be significantly different from other works.
Other work and premieres:
• David and his 18th Psalm presented by the Chamber Orchestra and recited by Jan Kačer in Martinů Hall in Prague (2008),
• The rhapsodietta ”Hudba pro Evropu” (for harp and strings), written on the occasion of the 3rd EU anniversary celebration – debuted in Litomyšl castle and was played by the Collegium Bohemia ensemble,
• "Píseň o radosti“ (a composition for 3 harps) – debuted in the Jesuit monastery in Kutná Hora (2009),
• Menorah (a composition for 3 harps) debuted at the New Town Hall in Prague on the occasion of the book preview called Zpráva o akci K (Report about Action K) on January 12th, 2010, played by the Collegium Bohemia ensemble.
Achievements & Awards:
• “Trdlo” award at the Porta festival in Pilsen,
• A Classic FM radio station released one of Jaromír’s CD called Jewish Melodies II. It was the only CD record the radio station has ever published in its history,
• The Committee for Creative Activity in the Field of Theatre and Radio of the Czech Literary Fund awarded Jaromír for the music for Sophocles‘Antigona. It was the only music award in the history of the Czech Literary Fund.
Jaromír Vogel holds periodic seminars about the history and contemporaneousness of Jewish music. You can find more details in the publication Who’s Who, in a book about Vršovice (Prague 10) or in the online music dictionary published by the Masaryk Academy in Brno.