Monday, October 17, 2011:Test Drive

Taking Music for a Test Drive

Dismantling a French horn is one of the topics in the Flowering series

“A symphony orchestra is a perfectly-tuned engine!” declares Pavel Trojan, Jr. And his mission is to show people, especially those aged 15 to 26, exactly how. In informal, monthly presentations the young music mechanic will dismantle and explain the orchestra, section by section.

“The Flowering of Prague Spring” series of informal meetings starts Monday (Oct 24) in the run-up to the 67th Prague Spring International Music Festival to be held May 12-June 4.

The first session will examine the orchestra’s “pipes,” with diagnostics on the wind section – the French horn, trombone, and other brass instruments. The young audience will meet young musicians head-to-head (in Czech, muž proti muži, osobně) for fun, free-wheeling questions, and music sampling.

Classical music doesn’t have to be boring, Mr Trojan explains. You just have to know what to look for, how to listen for the sounds that an orchestra makes, and not mentally wander off the track with music that lasts longer than three minutes.

Dress Code: Suits Optional

The marketing representative of the Prague Spring Festival adds that it’s essential to understand that classical music is not at all about dress suits and evening gowns, but about music that can remind the listener of a memorable book, movie, or impression.

Young people worried about the finances of tuning up an orchestral engine needn’t worry. Admission to every “Flowering” session is free, and all young people who join will have the opportunity to purchase discount-price tickets for next spring’s Festival, according to Mr Trojan.

The first “Flowering” is set for 6 pm Oct 24 at the Czech Museum of Music. It will be presented in Czech. – oo

– Mary Matz

An orchestral diagnostics chart from the Flowering series

Photo Credits: Illustrations: The Flowering of Prague Spring

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