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The home of the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra is Zlín, a town in the east of the Czech Republic. With a population approaching one hundred thousand, it is a modern industrial centre, owing its development to the BATA company, the founder of which, Tomáš Bat’a, succeeded in successfully combining his entrepreneurship and his philosophy of life.

Established in 1945 as the Symphony Orchestra of Bata National Enterprise, the orchestra has been known under various names, early in 1989 becoming the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra has worked with a number of distinguished conductors and since the 2008–2009 season the principal conductor has been Stanislav Vavřínek. The repertoire of the orchestra includes a wide range of symphonic works of different periods and a considerable number of contemporary compositions. Cooperation with radio and television stations together with recording companies have become a regular part of the orchestra’s work.

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