Save the Date! Your Nov 2015 Calendar
Autumn strikes Prague in full force, with a whirlwind of concerts and performances. Take a look at this short list, below, of just a few of the dozens of classical entertainments to choose from.
Finding information about Czech classical events, written in authentic English, can be tough. You don’t have time to sort through the websites of hundreds of performers; and you may not wish to rely on just one ticket seller’s or one venue’s website.
That’s why Opus Osm offers you the full range of listings of Czech classical music, opera, ballet, and contemporary dance performances in Prague. You can click on the little Events calendar in the top right corner of the page to choose an event according to the orange dates.
For a look at the entire month of November at a glance, click on the black ″Calendar″ tab at the top of the page.
And if you’d like a few more recommendations, check the far right column for ″Selected Events You Might Enjoy.″ This is followed by a list of festivals and workshops.
And here are just a few of November’s many outstanding offerings:
Music: Gala Concert of the 50th Antonín Dvořák International Vocal Competition, Karlovy Vary: This contest has catapulted many Czech and foreign artists to glory. Come listen to Czech laureates Adam Placheta, Kateřina Kněžíková, and many others, in concert. Sun, Nov 8, 7 pm, @ The National Theatre.
Opera:The Fiery Angel by the Moravskoslezské Národní Divadlo. The Ostrava opera company brings us Prokofiev’s last opera, about a confused young woman yearning for the love of an angel in human form. It’s been called “one of Prokofiev’s strongest and most dramatically intense scores.” Sun, Nov 8, 7 pm, @ The State Opera.
Music: The Bennewitz Quartet performs the entire Bartok quartets in two evenings. That’s a lot, but if anyone can pull it off they can. In 2006, the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote: “Only very rarely does one experience such skilfully crafted and powerful harmonies… Great art.” Fri, Nov 13 & 20, 7:30 pm, @ The Atrium.
Kids & Families: Juventus Collegium FOK offers St-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, complete with masks. Enjoy Camille Saint-Saëns’ most famous suite, written when the composer was playing hookey from his Third Symphony. (He knew he should be working on the greater opus, but “this was such fun!” he wrote his publisher in 1886.) He never allowed it to be played during his lifetime, afraid it would detract from his “more serious work.” Sat, Nov 14, 4 pm, @ The Church of St Simon & St Jude.
Dance: Ohad Naharin’s Decadance sells out almost before tickets go on sale. The Israeli choreographer has reassembled excerpts of his previous repertoire for a performance much greater than the sum of its parts. Sun, Nov 15, 2 & 7 pm; Tues, Nov 17, 4 & 7 pm, @ The New Stage (Nová Scéna).
Music:Charles Ives’ compositions performed by Iva Bittová and her quintet Čikori will be nothing like you expect, and it will be great. Singer/violinist Bittová segues smoothly between jazz, rock, and classical music, and can set any space a-thrumming with her energy. Tues, Nov 17, 7:30 pm, @ Forum Karlín.
Music:International Students’ Day commemorates Nazi university storming and executions at the-then University of Prague. This year the Young Musicians concert presents three orchestras of young and talented performers who use beautiful sound to fulfil the promise of youth. Tues, Nov 17, 7:30 pm, The Rudolfinum.
Music:The Czech masters of historical music Collegium 1704 & Collegium Vocale perform Hasse’s Santa Elena al Calvario oratorio in its original version for the first time in 250 years, in the Gothic interiors of Prague’s St. Anne’s Church. There’s a reason why Hasse was known in Italy as “il divino Sassone”…. Wed & Thurs, Nov 18, 19, 7:30 pm, @ Church of St Anne at the Crossroads Centre.
Music: Soprano Hana Blažíková & Collegium Marianum perform works by Adam Michna z Otradovic and others. In his day, Adam Michna, a Czech aristocrat, poet, composer, hymn writer, and more was famous for his brilliant rhythmic structures. Known as the Czech Monteverdi, his command of rhythm and breadth of musical color equaled that of his Italian contemporaries. Thurs, Nov 19, 7:30 pm, @ The Klementinum Mirror Chapel.
Kids & Families: Get in on the holiday action before the rush, with The Czech Philharmonic’s (Pre-)St Nicholas Day Concert featuring angels, devils, and St. Nick himself, along with workshops and other fun activities. In Czech. Sun, Nov 22, 2&4 pm, @ The Rudolfinum.
Music: The excellent Prague Castle Guard and Police Orchestra accompany Czech cello master Petr Nouzovský. A regular at the Prague Spring Festival, he’s also played in major venues in Moscow, St Petersburg, Kyoto, and Buenos Aires; but you only have to go as far as the Castle. Sun, Nov 22, 6 pm, @ The Spanish Hall, Prague Castle.
Music: The Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Libor Pešek, presents hit songs from world and Czech musicals. Two of this country’s best singers, including Monika Absolonová and Bára Basíková, sing tunes from Les Miz, Jesus Christ Superstar, Fantom, Evita, and more. Mon, Nov 23, 7:30 pm, @ The Municipal House.
Music: Jiří Stivín, the Czech flute master, presents his annual ‘Tribute to St. Cecilia,’ the patron saint of music. Guests include artists ranging from the Baroque ensemble Collegium Quodlibet to opera singers Magdalena Kožená and jazz pianist Karel Růžička. The concert’s first half offers standard classical works; the second is always based on improvisation with audience participation. Mon, Nov 23, 7:30 pm, @ The Rudolfinum.
Music: The end of November, and it’s Advent Season already! So Chairé Příbram the charming, unpretentious ensemble from Příbram, performs French ballads (in Czech) on original Baroque instruments, ushering in the First Advent concert. Sun, Nov 29, 4 pm, @ The Atrium.
Music: Another First Advent concert, when the Baroque Ensemble presents “A Journey from Hungary to Moravia and Bohemia,” featuring guest artists, folk songs, and carols for the season, accompanied on the cimbalom, the massive dulcimer shaped like a piano. Sun, Nov 29, 5:30 pm, The Rudolfinum.
– Eva Munk
Photo Credits: Top: Zuzana Pernicová; all others, Miroslav Setnička