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Next Chance to See: decadance

The Czech National Ballet gets our creative juices flowing for the fall season with its upcoming performances of decadance. But tickets are selling out fast. decadance is an unforgettable montage of several dance pieces created by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin. He left his Batsheva Dance Company last spring just long enough to share his choreography and famous ″gaga″ method with the Prague dancers. As current Czech National Ballet Artistic Director…

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Comedy Comes to Baroque Opera

Visitors have the rare chance to enjoy a comic opera from 1763, this September at Český Krumlov’s gorgeously authentic Baroque Theatre. Everyone’s cultural ″to-do″ list should contain a performance at this beautiful, timeless theatre inside Český Krumlov’s castle complex. Here, the Hof-Musici Baroque Orchestra presents Antonio Boroni’s L’Amore in Musica in three performances across the Sept 18-20 weekend during the Festival of Baroque Arts Český Krumlov. Events during the Festival:L’Amore…

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How to Keep a Wave Upon the Sand?

Describing the sound of Tiburtina Ensemble’s Medieval chants is like defining Maria from The Sound of Music. How do you catch a cloud and pin it down? … How do you keep a wave upon the sand? These lines from the song ″How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?″ from the hit musical and film describe the girl who meets her fate, starting in a Benedictine Monastery. But it…

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Meet Mr Koželuh

He was another of many Czech composers highly respected throughout Europe – and whom almost no one has heard of today. But you can hear Leopold Koželuh’s music live in a rare September concert. Leopold Koželuh (1747-1818) was such an accomplished musician that he was able to turn down the job Mozart had held, court organist to the Prince Archbishop of Salzburg. In 1792 Koželuh took a better job, as…

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Gala Galore

The Czech National Ballet’s Ballet Gala had disappeared due to financial limitations. But its special June 21st edition made up for past lost chances. ″It used to be a good custom for our company to present annually an evening titled Ballet Gala, or Rendezvous in Prague.″ So writes Czech National Ballet Artistic Director Petr Zuska in the evening’s program notes. Unfortunately, the past few years have been exceptions, he continues,…

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Opus Osm Minutka:Their Fair Share of Baroque

The Summer Festivities of Early Music (Letní Stavnosti Staré Hudby) July 13-Aug 8 brings women of the Baroque into the spotlight. Opus Osm’s Minutka (″Little Minute″) Five Fast Facts about the Festival’s Eight Concerts 1 Patrons. Musicians. Singers. Yes, even composers. Women throughout music history have played all these roles, although often as an exception. So this year the festival offers ″the Eternal Woman″ as its motif. The program includes…

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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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