Your Opus Osm Jan 2016 Calendar of Events

Charles Bridge

The Charles Bridge, Prague

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 and von Weber, 11 am at the Theatre of the Estates.

The final performances of the Czech National Ballet’s new masterpiece, Louskáček a Mýšak Plýšak (aka The Nutcracker) are slated for Tues-Wed, Jan 12-13 at 7 pm at The National Theatre. Don’t wait til next Christmas to see it.

On Fri, the 22nd, kids can enjoy music and activities presented by the Prague Philharmonic Choir, 10 am at Prague Conservatory. And kids (and their parents) can enjoy the month’s only performance of Jeníček a Mařenka (Hansel and Gretel) Sun, Jan 31 at 11 am and 5 pm at the State Opera.

Get Smart

Dvořák

Dvořák and his wife

If you’re interested in learning more about classical music, you might enjoy the Czech Philharmonic’s concert Mon, Jan 4 spotlighting one of the Czech Republic’s greatest world composers, Antonín Dvořák.

Scheduled: his concert overture to Othello; Biblical Songs, Opus 99; and his famous Symphony No 9 in E Minor, Opus 95 (“From the New World”). Bass Jan Martiník is the guest soloist; Jiří Bělohlávek conducts, The Rudolfinum, 7:30 pm.

Can you imagine writing a symphony? And if so, what do you suppose your first attempt would sound like? You have the chance to hear the results by two Czech composers, Martinů and Mahler, when the Czech Philharmonic presents their first symphonies Wed-Fri, Jan 13-15 at 7:30 pm at The Rudolfinum.

Momentum is ever-growing for appreciation of the Czech composer Pavel Haas (1899-1944, Auschwitz), and the Prague Philharmonia-PKF continues its adult-education concerts, with his music, Tues, Jan 19 at Roxy’s NoD Theatre, at 7:30 pm.

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Ceiling, Church of St Simon & Jude

What do you suppose it was like to be buddies with composers in Paris before the war? You can’t join them for a glass of wine, but you can listen to the music of compadres Maurice Ravel, Bohuslav Martinů, and Vítězslava Kaprálová.

Their music is performed by the Orbis Trio, Tues, Jan 26 at the Church of St Simon and St Jude, 7:30 pm.



Just the Tip of the (Melting?) Iceberg
This is just an introduction, so to find more concerts, operas, dance performances, and other classical events, click on any of the orange dates on the little Events Calendar in the top right corner.

By the way, January kicks off the year’s cycle of festivals and workshops – your chance to enjoy a year’s worth of topically-related events not only in Prague, but all across the beautiful Czech Republic. Look at the listing on the far right (see “Festivals & Workshops”) for the nearest, upcoming ones. For more details, click on the black “Calendar” tab at the top of the page, and roll over the gray “Festivals and Workshops” tab.

Enjoy January! – oo

Photo Credits: Top: Zuzana Pernicová; middle, Wikipedia; bottom, Miroslav Setníčka

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