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Students on Stage-with The Czech Philharmonic!

How do 12-year old cellists, barely the size of their instruments, get to play on the most prestigious musical stage in the Czech Republic, under the lead of Maestro Jiří Bělohlávek himself? This was no dress-up game – the cellists were some of the many students from Czech primary schools of the arts who participated in a real concert with the Czech Philharmonic in the famed Rudolfinum June 21. It…

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OpusOsm Minutka: TanecValmez Dance!

The Czech dance community gathered in the Moravian town of Valašské Meziříčí in early June to celebrate the international language of dance. Take a peek. Opus Osm’s Minutka (″Little Minute″): 5 Fast Facts about the TanecValmez Contemporary Dance Festival June 5-7, 2015 1 Friday and Saturday night’s programs featured an opening act of amateur performances from local dance schools. Proud parents filtered into the outdoor theater to support the young men…

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Czech National Ballet Gala Showcases Stars

This article is presented as a service to our readers by the Czech National Ballet. The Czech National Ballet’s Dance Gala June 21 showcases top choreographies and European dancers. Read this full article by clicking the black “Re:Source” tab at the top of any page. The programme of the festive evening has been drawn up by Filip Barankiewicz, the future Artistic Director of the Czech National Ballet. The choreographies he…

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Being Chopin, Sand

Fryderyk Chopin (pianist Ivo Kahánek) and George Sand (actress Hana Maciuchová) offer a one-night-only music and character sketch June 18 at the Smetana’s Litomyšl Festival. This is the beginning of our long-form journalism article. You can read the entire article by clicking on the black “Magazine” tab at the top of any page. ″The subject of our presentation was an idea of artistic director of the Festival Smetanova Litomyšl, Vojtěch…

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Opus Osm Minutka: Pulling Out All Stops

Organist Kateřina Chroboková explores variations on Gregorian hymn, sampled world organ music, and the effect of her own voice at two Smetana’s Litomyšl concerts June 20, 22. Opus Osm’s Minutka (“Little Minute”) 5 Fast Facts about Kateřina Chroboková’s Upcoming Concerts 1 In her organ concert June 20, she will perform her own Veni Sancte Spiritus, the premiere of her 10-minute variations on the theme of the Holy Spirit sequences of…

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Music on Bike: A Real ‘Musical Journey’

Hop on your bike this Saturday, and ride to any of 12 Moravian ‘music stations’ for a free concert … and even one wine-tasting! Who says the differences between music and sports cannot be bridged? On June 6 they can. As part of the 20th Concentus Moraviae music festival, ″Music on the Bike″ offers you a unique chance to hear concerts in interesting buildings – churches, castles, a synagogue, an…

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Opus Osm Minutka:Folk Music+Ballet? = Ej, Lásko!

The Czech National Ballet joined renowned Moravian folk music group Hradišt’an for a performance of Ej, Lásko (“About Love”). Five Fast Facts About Ej, Lásko, performed May 24 at The National Theatre: 1 This performance was divided into three parts: Člověk a Země (Man and Earth), solely music, performed live by Hradišt’an; Tři Duety, three excerpts from CNB’s repertoire – Romeo and Juliet, Raymonda, and Déjà Vu, to recorded music;…

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Opus Osm Minutka: Preview decadance

Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin brings his ‘gaga’ dance style to The Czech National Ballet’s performance of his decadance. Here’s a quick look at ‘gaga.’ Opus Osm’s Minutka (Little Minute) Five Fast Facts about decadance premiering June 4, 5 at The New Stage 1 Ohad Naharin actually didn’t start dancing until he was 22; but then he went straight to the top – studying at Juilliard and the School of the…

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Opus Osm’s June 2015 Prague Events Calendar

Traditionally, June heralds the opening of summer vacation for classical music, opera, and ballet. But there’s still so much to do and see this month! Most of the ″stone theatres″ and orchestras are finishing their regular season this month. So now is a good time to grab the tickets and go to a performance – a great way to kick off your own summer holiday! But the June calendar, like…

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Ohad Naharin’s decadance

This backgrounder article is presented as a service to our readers by The Czech National Ballet. Ohad Naharin: decadance For the first time ever, the Czech National Ballet’s repertoire will include works of the legendary Israeli creator Ohad Naharin, who for several decades has been among the crème de la crème of the world’s modern dance theatre. Choreography: Ohad Naharin Lighting and set design: Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi) Costumes: Rakefet…

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Opus Osm Minutka:Tribute to Ping Pong

The Norwegian choreographer Jo Strømgren and contemporary dance group 420People present the Czech interpretation of A Tribute to Ping Pong at the TanecValmez festival, Valašské Meziříčí, June 5-7. Opus Osm ‘Minutka’ (‘Little Minute’): Five Quick Questions for Choreographer Jo Strømgren on 420People’s Playful Production 1 Where did this idea come from? In 1997, Jo Strømgren and four friends created a quirky happening, A Dance Tribute to Football, he tells Opus…

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Hansel & Gretel’s Miraculous Road Show

Matěj Forman imaginatively links art with a circus feeling to keep audiences spellbound in The State Opera’s Hansel and Gretel (Jeniček a Mařenka). The performance differs from what we know and expect from the fairy tale or the original opera by Engelbert Humperdinck and his sister librettist Adelheid Wette. But this is an unconventional approach by stage director, co-author of the libretto adaptation, and experienced co-author of the set design,…

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Opus Osm Minutka: Czech Philharmonic Tells All

For three nights the Czech Philharmonic promises to ‘reveal all’ as it invites you ‘backstage’ to watch an informal onstage rehearsal. Opus Osm ‘Minutka’ (‘Little Minute’): What Happens in an Orchestra Rehearsal? Five Fast Facts about the Czech Philharmonic’s Zkouška Orchestru (Orchestra Rehearsal) — open to the public — May 5, 6, and 7, 7:30 pm, at The Rudolfinum 1 The informal presentation, led by Marek Eben interviewing Conductor Jiří…

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Morn til Night: Your May Calendar

The merry month of May comes alive with great performances – classical music, opera, ballet – literally from morning til night. Read on for some specific suggestions. The Prague Spring International Music Festival runs from May 12 through June 3. One of the many highlights: The Chamber Music Weekend May 22-25, with top performances at various locations, as early as 11 am, running through the early afternoon and evening, and…

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70th Prague Spring & World War II

The 70th edition of the world-famous Prague Spring International Music Festival May 12-June 3 brings a delicate, healing musical touch to the theme of World War II. Roman Bělor, the Festival director, explains that orchestras from some cities that suffered devastation during the war – Hamburg, Saint Petersburg (Leningrad), and Liverpool – will give guest performances. And, “We will be commemorating Dmitri Shostakovich as figure who exemplifies the struggle of…

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Key Words: Shift, Fidget, and Wiggle

Try this: Put your keyboard over your left hip. Now look at your screen over your right shoulder. Hold this pose for at least 45 minutes. That’s what a typical violinist does – for several hours every day. And that doesn’t include twisting your left hand, while holding a bow in the fingers of your right. So it’s no surprise that a typical musician can develop just as many career-related…

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