What To Do: Your October 2015 Calendar

Benatky estate

As a young man, Smetana tutored the children at this Benatky estate. You can hear his immortal ‘Má Vlast’ performed by The Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) Oct 28 at the traditional ‘Concert for the Republic.’

There’s plenty to do, see, and listen to in Prague’s October! Take a look at just a few ideas to help you ease into a cheery autumn season.

Here’s a short list of just a few of this month’s highlights.

And remember to check our Events Calendar (top right corner of any Opus Osm page) for events of each day; and our black ″Calendar″ tab (center top of any page) for the month at a glance.

Also be sure to check the column alongside any full article (such as this one) to see our list of red-letter events You Might Enjoy, plus a list of festivals and workshops.

Now, as for those October ideas –

Opus Osm cal balletDANCE: A Tribute to Jiří Kylián as part of the annual Golden Prague Television Festival. Don’t know the name? Here’s an excellent chance to introduce yourself to this world-famous choreographer who changed the direction of dance. Fri, Oct 2, 8 pm @ The New Stage (Nová Scéna)

Opus Osm cal condanMORE DANCE: The top contemporary dance company 420People (who started under Jiří Kylián’s tutelage) joins the 4+4 Days in Motion festival for a wild tribute to dance and theatre in Plug and Play. Sat, Oct 10, 8 pm @ Divadlo Archa

Opus Osm cal muMUSIC: The accomplished Trio Martinů marks its 25th anniversary as guests of The Czech Chamber Music Society. World premiere by Czech composer Martin Hybler; also works by Novák, Dvořák, and of course Martinů. Mon, Oct 12, 7:30 pm @ The Rudolfinum

Opus Osm cal filmmu 150x75msFILM MUSIC: The Berg Orchestra continues its Cinegogue series, live music paired with emotion-drenched silent b&w film. Includes free admission to an exhibit on period topics. Mon-Tues, Oct 12-13, 7:30 pm @ The Spanish Synagogue

Opus Osm cal alt key 150x79 msRAP (!) MUSIC: No stuffed shirts behind these orchestra tuxedos! The formidable Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra plays Gershwin, Poulenc, Copland; and adds a rap on seven Shakespearean sonnets with music by Czech Zdenek Merta. Mon, Oct 12, 7:30 pm @ The Municipal House

Opus Osm cal condan EVEN MORE DANCE: The fresh, young dancers of the Prague Chamber Ballet present their latest innovative premiere, Metaphors of Dance, four new choreographies by two Czechs, a Pole, and a Slovenian. Sun, Oct 18, 7 pm @ The Theatre of the Estates

Opus Osm Cal op2OPERA: The Nightingale, and Iolanta premiere, bringing to Prague two fairy-tale operas by music masters Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. The stories prove even royalty has it rough, sometimes. Thurs-Fri, Oct 22-23, 7 pm @ The National Theatre.

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