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Opus Osm Minutka: 420…Fashion!

Partnering with local Czech designer Josefina Bakošová, the dance company 420People launches a collection of active wear, and not just for dancers. Opus Osm Minutka: 5 Fast Facts about Josefina Bakošová for 420People 420People branches out beyond the movement of their bodies into the materials that cover them. The Czech dancers and designer launch a collection of active wear designed for dancers, also available to their audiences. We viewed the…

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Opus Osm: Your Feb 2016 Calendar

While some orchestras and dance companies are on international tours in February, most are starting to “wake up” again after the frantic holiday season. Here we present just a few of the many things to do and places to see excellent Czech classical music, opera, and ballet in Prague this February 2016. The Municipal Library of Prague (Central Library or Městská knihovna v Praze) continues to offer services that shouldn’t…

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Meet Mr Pelikán

As an Academy music student, Jaroslav Pelikán, composer and first flautist of the National Theatre Orchestra, saw an audition call for a flute internship and teaching post in Belém, Brazil. He forgot the date, was too late, and went to play anyway. The committee scratched their original decision and he got the position. He tells us more about how his choices changed his life. “Going to teach and play in…

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Meet Mr Schulhoff

American Jazz, Czech Heart: Prague Philharmonia´s second performance in its ‘Beauty of Today’ series introduces a neglected, talented musician and composer, Ervín Schulhoff (1894-1942). The experimental space NoD above the legendary Roxy Club supports the alternative art scene, but on Dec 8 it welcomed different kinds of artists. They were the music director/director of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre Jiří Nekvasil; the Prague Philharmonia-PKF string quartet; and PKF dramaturgist/musicologist Hana Dohnálková….

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Opus Osm Minutka – Lost Objects

The Prague State Opera steps out of the traditional opera mold to present a rarely-performed, startling and thought-provoking 21st century work. Opus Osm Minutka (Little Minute): Five Fast Facts about Lost Objects oratorio [1] This post-Minimalist oratorio composed by Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, with libretto by poet/writer Deborah Artman, premiered in New York in 2001. In one of its rare performances, it premiered at Prague’s New Stage…

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Your Opus Osm Jan 2016 Calendar of Events

Weather forecasters’ promises of a cold January have all melted away, as Prague’s record heat is supposed to continue this month. So you can slip out to some enjoyable classical performances without a worry about the weather! Let’s begin with a few choice performances for kids. This month that includes the State Opera’s “Opera Nás Baví” (roughly translates as “We Like Opera”) with a program Sun, Jan 10 on Beethoven…

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Holiday Greetings from Opus Osm!

Can you imagine a world without war? Or even a day without stress? You can enter this kind of space through the beauty of classical music and dance. Your ticket to the entrance awaits you in this slideshow. A ‘Day of Remembrance’ to mark the fall of the Berlin Wall was designated on November 9. On that day the Prague Philharmonic – PKF held a Concert of Czech-German Friendship. The…

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A Whole New Nutcracker

The Nutcracker and the Cuddly Mouse flips this traditional ballet (and the Christmas tree) on its head. Choreographer/artistic director Petr Zuska promised a new take on The Nutcracker and that’s exactly what he delivers. Tchaikovsky’s soundtrack remains the same, but The Nutcracker and the Cuddly Mouse (Louskáček a Mýšak Plýšak) premiered Dec 3 tells an original story filled with essential elements of the Czech holiday season. The first characters we…

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Christ’s Cross at Prague’s Crossroads

Audiences coming to hear Collegium 1704′s presentation of the St Helen Oratorio last month began with a kind of pilgrimage themselves. The decommissioned St. Anne´s church at Prague’s Crossroads, with artefacts from Václav Havel´s possession, is hidden from its seekers in a winding labyrinth of narrow streets near the Old Town Square. This night (Nov 19), the way is also bordered by flickering candles marking access to the concert and…

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Opus Osm Minutka: 5 Fast Facts- Martinů & Paris

Emmanuel Villaume, chief conductor and music director of the Prague Philharmonia – PKF, explains Martinů’s ‘French Connection,’ and how to listen for it in his music. Opus Osm’s Minutka (″Little Minute″) 5 Fast Facts about Martinů, by Conductor Emmanuel Villaume 1 As you know, Martinů spent many years (1923-1941) in France. He was a student of Albert Roussel (1869-1937) and a friend of many French composers we are presenting this…

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The Breakfast Club in Ballet

The Prague Chamber Ballet gave their Metaphors of Dance October premiere as an 88th-birthday gift to company co-founder Pavel Šmok. This performance showed that the Chamber Ballet is aging just as gracefully as its founder. Metaphors’ three-piece ballet opens with Come See Comme Ça, an onstage dinner party choreographed by Aleksandra Dziurosz, founder of the Warsaw Dance Theatre. The dancers portray characters reminiscent of the classic 1980s film The Breakfast…

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A Prague Christmas: Your Dec 2015 Calendar

What is a Czech Christmas without fish, or Ryba? Jan Jakub Ryba, that is (ryba is fish in Czech). And there are kazillions of Christmas and other performances, with fish or not, to choose from in Prague this December. You can find them on our Events Calendar (top right corner), in our listing of “Events You Might Enjoy” and “Festivals and Workshops” to the right, or in the following list….

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Six Costumes of a Diva

An element of the sparkling Czech soprano Jarmila Novotná (1907-1994) returns to the respected Prague concert venue, The Municipal House, where this diva sang after WWII. Six of her costumes are on exhibit here through Jan 4. It’s due to the effort of the non-profit Association of Chateau Liteň in central Bohemia, where this star lived with her life partner, the intellectual, aristocrat, and businessman Jiří Daubek. The Liteň organization…

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Belfiato, the Five that’s Ten

The Belfiato Quintet celebrates its milestone 10th anniversary this year. Oboist Jan Souček tells us more about who they are and what they do. One of the main challenges an ensemble faces is attracting the right mix of musicians, Jan Souček tells us over coffee. The original Belfiato members, all students, were attending different music schools; moreover, by the time they decided to push on and develop into a professional…

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Getting a Handle on The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker ballet premiered in 1892, and since then, dozens of variations have all but obscured the story’s original plot. The Czech National Ballet’s Petr Zuska sorts out the origins for us, and explains his version, The Nutcracker and the Cuddly Mouse, premiering Dec 3-4 at The National Theatre. The Confusion Begins with a Nutcracker For most of us, a nutcracker is a small silver tool you hold in your…

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Young Careers: Hana Hrachovinová

Opus Osm continues our series of articles on ‘Young Careers’ – Czech performers under the age of approximately 30, who are on the pathway to brilliant careers. Here we take a look at a promising young harpist. Opus Osm Minutka (″Little Minute″) 5 Quick Questions for Hana Hrachovinová 1What did you learn in Paris that you probably wouldn’t have if you had continued straight on for your Master’s degree at…

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