Where to Go: Your January Calendar
It looks like 2015 begins – at last! — with snow in Prague, but will it continue? who knows? Regardless of the weather, tons of gorgeous classical events await you here in January. Check our January Calendar, then put on your boots and go!
Two famous composers have special birthday observations this month. Mozart’s birthday is observed Jan 27 with the traditional concert in his honor at the Theatre of the Estates, where he premiered his opera Don Giovanni in 1787.
This year the concert features Jana Šrejma Kačírková, soprano; Dorothea Spilger, mezzo-soprano; Svatopluk Sem, baritone; and Jan Hudeček, bass.
Jan 24 is the centenary of the birth of a just-now “emerging” composer, Vítězslava Kaprálová. A protégée of Bohuslav Martinů, she was headed for acclaim when her life was cut short in 1940, at age 25. The Czech Chamber Music Society (which sponsors excellent concerts throughout the year) offers a concert of her work, along with pieces by Martinů and Stravinsky, Jan 21 at the Rudolfinum. The concert takes place at a convenient way-home-from-work time, 5:30 pm, and at the very affordable ticket prices of 120 and 140 crowns.
Czech Radio will broadcast a program on Kaprálová Jan 21 and 24. And even the Czech Post Office is celebrating by issuing a special Kaprálová commemorative stamp on Jan 20.
The 12th annual Festival of Musical Theatre (classical) arts (opera) begins Jan 22 and runs through Feb 21. Under the banner “Opera 2015” more than a dozen performances of a variety of works are offered in various locations in Prague. The event includes a free presentation at the National Theatre Jan 31 with tenor Štefan Margita.
Let’s not forget the kids! The State Opera again offers a special program for young children, Opera Nás Baví (We Like Opera), and the Czech National Ballet offers a similar one, Balet Nás Baví (We Like Balet), both on Jan 18.
How can you access the January Calendar? Two easy ways:
Click on the black “Calendar” tab at the top of any Opus Osm page. You’ll see three choices. The first is Events Calendar. Click on it, and you’ll see a large calendar with the title of every performance for each day. Click on any performance title to see its basic details.
Click on the little “Events” calendar in the upper right corner of any Opus Osm page (Events – Click orange dates). Click on any orange date and you’ll see a list of titles for that day’s performances. Then click on any title, and you’ll see the performance details. But remember! If every date is orange, it’s because there are performances every single day of that month (non-performance days are gray).
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Also, check the far right column on every Opus Osm page except the Home page. There you’ll see our listing of high-quality Performances for 200 Kč or Less (who said the classics have to be expensive?); Performances Out of Prague (in case you’re “not in”); and News Notes (interesting new exhibitions, contests with prizes, CD releases, tidbits, etc). — oo
Photo Credits: Top: Zuzana Pernicová; bottom: Wikipedia