Opus Osm Minutka: Czech Philharmonic Tells All

Conductor Jiří Bělohlávek (l) joshes with moderator Marek Eben during an open public rehearsal.

Conductor Jiří Bělohlávek (l) joshes with moderator Marek Eben during an open public rehearsal.

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, 2015, 7:30 pm, at The Rudolfinum

1 The informal presentation, led by Marek Eben interviewing Conductor Jiří Bělohlávek with demonstrations by the orchestra, is in Czech only. But since music (and rehearsal) is an international language, even non-Czech speakers will probably enjoy the show. Watch this earlier video (which does have English sub-titles) to get a flavor:

2 Popular, beloved Marek Eben is a graduate of Prague Conservatory, and often appears as an actor, singer, and television and events host. With his brothers Kryštof and David, he plays in the Bratři Ebenové (Eben Brothers) band. They are the sons of Czech composer Petr Eben, and nephews of Czech composer Ilja Hurník.

3 The late Petr Eben composed works for voice, orchestra, chamber ensembles, and piano, but is primarily known for his organ compositions. The son of a Jewish father, Mr Eben was expelled from school and interned by the Nazis in Buchenwald; later, he refused to join the Czech Communist Party and openly attended the Catholic church. He received many awards and later was a president of the Prague Spring Music Festival.

4 On the program for the concerts is Mr Eben’s Vox Clamantis (A Voice is Calling), an evocative, symphonic-movement concerto for three trumpets. He began composing the work after the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in August 1968.

5 Also on the program all three evenings: selections from the suite of Prokofiev’s Love of Three Oranges and the overture from Janáček’s The House of the Dead. The Czech composer adapted the three-act opera from Dostoyevsky’s novel; it premiered two years after Janáček’s death in 1928.

— Mary Matz, Opus Osm editor

Photo Credits: All images: The Czech Philharmonic

One Comment

  1. Posted May 1, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    Thank you!
    -Mary, editor

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