Your Opus Osm March 2016 Calendar

Prague

March is the perfect time to visit Prague (before the summer heat and tourists), and to explore the local cultural offerings.

With March, we’re facing uncertain weather, uncertain politics, even uncertain vacation plans. But one thing is certain: there’s plenty of Czech classical music, opera, and ballet to keep you going til our real spring arrives.

The month of exceptional performances starts off with The Czech National Ballet’s premiere Thurs and Fri, Mar 3-4 of The Snow Queen.

It may just leave you speechless – if not breathless – with all its diamonds, crystals, and demanding, outstanding dance. At the State Opera, 7 pm.

Opus Osm Berg 200Next, the Berg Orchestra opens its new season on Mon, Mar 7 with its usual creativity, this time taking a look at the influence and work of “Professor Bad Trip” (1963-2006). As Berg public relations director Eva Kesslová explains, “We’re going to look at a musical experience from various perspectives; we’re going to challenge the form of the traditional concert with its rituals.” The Berg experience begins at 7:30 pm at The Czech Museum of Music.

Another challenge to the traditional music experience and rituals happens the very next evening, Tues, Mar 8, when Alexandr Shonert takes out his violin and plays short, folk Czech, Russian, Jewish, and European songs, accompanied by the humorous story-telling of actress Lillian Malkin (known to international audiences as the grandmother in Kolja). Divadlo u Valšů, Prague 1, 4 pm.

FOK

The Prague Symphony Orchestra plays film music Mar 9-10

The Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) takes us to the movies Wed and Thurs, Mar 9-10 as it teams Shore’s movie music for Lord of the Rings with … Wagner! It’s The Hobbit meets the Nibelungen, at The Municipal House, 7:30 pm.

Clarinet Factory proves classical music can have a sense of fun, but be serious too, in this Mon, Mar 14 evening of John Williams, Philip Glass, and Marko Ivanovič. At The Municipal House, 7:30 pm. And then there’s another evening of clarinet music, just two days later (Wed, Mar 16): A musical history tour of classics from Bach to Hlavač is on the menu by The Five Star Clarinet Quartet, The Rudolfinum, 5:30 pm.

Half-tone? Quarter-tone? Six tone? Come see what it’s all about as the Prague Philharmonia-PKF chamber series continues, this time on Czech composer Alois Hába, introduced by musicologist Vlasta Reittererová (in Czech). Roxy NoD Theatre, Tues, Mar 22, 7:30 pm.

Easter Bunny

A 1907, postcard Easter Bunny

Easter, whether you celebrate it as a spring holiday or religious observance, offers lots of chances for culture to round out the holiday weekend Fri, Mar 25 through Mon, Mar 28.

For example, Collegium 1704 presents a traditional holiday classic. It took eight years, but Handel’s Messiah finally caught on, as a regular part of charity concerts in 1750 London. Here’s your chance to enjoy it in modern comfort, at The Rudolfinum, Tues, Mar 22, 7:30 pm.

Meanwhile, The Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) presents Antonín Dvořák’s classic Stabat Mater Wed, Mar 23 at The Municipal House, 7:30. The orchestra, conducted by Petr Vronský, joins the Kűhn Mixed Voice Choir and Šmídová Kalvachová, soprano; Jana Sýkorová, alto; Aleš Voráček, tenor; and Zdeněk Plech, bass.

And finally, on Sun, Mar 27, the audience welcomes back former Prague Philharmonia-PKF conductor Jakub Hrůša for this evening’s “reunion” concert, also featuring pianist Ivo Kahánek, at The Rudolfinum, 7:30 pm. — oo

Photo Credits: Top: Zuzana Pernicová; Berg Orchestra, same; FOK, Miroslav Setnička; Easter Bunny, Wikipedia

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