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Come on Out! Your March 2015 Calendar

Are you still hiding from winter? Come on out and play! This inter-season lull between winter and spring is the perfect time to divert yourself while waiting for warm weather, with a full calendar of fresh, live performances. As with every month, we’ve been scouring the performance schedules of the best and brightest local stars who bring you top-quality classical music, opera, and ballet. Here are just a few suggestions…

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Re:Source-Ballettissimo

Česká verze je dole. This backgrounder article is presented as a service to our readers by The Czech National Ballet. The National Theatre Ballet will present its second premiere of the season, namely, the composed evening of dancing opuses of significant European choreographers, to replace in dramaturgy of Americana III. Ballettissimo – it is the name itself, evoking something like a plethora of ballet. It shall be designed by three…

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Ballettissimo — Taste It!

The National Theatre Ballet presents Ballettissimo, its second premiere of the season, Mar 5 and 6. Ballettissimo is designed to replace Americana III, three pieces by American choreographers which enjoyed a successful run. This new production looks at how to apply conventional ballet techniques of today, in both traditional and very non-conforming, ultramodern senses of the word, according to the dance company. The performance begins with Symphony No. 1 in…

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Passionate Thrill/Icy Chill: Srnka, Maisky, & Hrůša

The audience leaps to its feet after hearing Latvian-born Israeli cellist Mischa Maisky perform Dvořák with the PKF – Prague Philharmonia. The energetic baton of the PKF’s long-valued conductor Jakub Hrůša starts up this Jan 18 evening with the metaphysical drama Manfred, Opus 115, which Schumann finished just two years before his suicide attempt in 1854. Byron’s drama about a noble tortured by mysterious guilt had touched the composer deeply…

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Moving Cities Prague, Dance in the City Streets

The Prague metro, tram stops, and city streets provide a gritty stage for the latest addition to a package of dance films set in major world cities. You may recognize well-known performers from the Czech National Ballet, 420People, VerteDance and more in Moving Cities Prague. It’s the fifth in a series of short films that “capture international dancers in real settings.” Previous film locations include Paris, London, Brussels, and Yerevan…

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‘At Home’ with PKF’s Worldwide Chamber Series

Martina Cechová, musicologist for the PKF – Prague Philharmonia, invites listeners to learn a few tidbits and to hear composers’ works in a close-to-home atmosphere. An audience small enough to be classified “intimate” yet large enough to comfortably fill the space at the Czech Museum of Music gathers on a chilly December evening. The concert tonight is “From Bohemian Fields and Groves-The Czech Tradition of the Wind Quintet” and features…

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420People’s Love & Loss: Phrasing the Pain

Belgian choreographer Anne Van den Broek creates Phrasing the Pain for the Czech dance company that was born at Nederlands Dans Theatre. The spotlights target the people in the audience and the performers are hidden on the stage behind this curtain of light. First come Nataša Novotná and Václav Kuneš. She painfully touches and hugs him, trying to bring life into the body of her partner. All her touches are…

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Beat the Blahs: Your February Calendar

‘The February Blahs,’ ‘Cabin Fever’ are just two illnesses affecting us during the grey-sky month of February. The best antidote: go to a concert, opera, or dance performance you’ve never experienced before. Here’s our advice on where to take the cure. Why not go where many have not dared venture before, and try out an opera? If the idea makes you tremble, just think of it like this: before there…

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Fibich: Romance Scored, Sealed, & Delivered

A composer who enjoys writing letters can express himself twice. Such was the case with Czech composer Zdeněk Fibich (1850-1900), as a recent performance at The Atrium gorgeously demonstrated. Fibich’s music, played by pianist Miroslav Sekera, violinist Markéta Janoušková, and sung by soprano Lucie Silkenová, combined with Fibich’s romantic correspondence read by actor Ondřej Kepka. Their performance inspired a meditation on the similarities between musical score and letter — and…

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A Better Kind of White Power

Music has the power to unite and to inspire, as the Čhavorenge Choir of Romany children, dressed in gleaming white, proved recently. What does nationalism and power mean in 2015 – in the Czech Republic or Ukraine or anywhere? The various answers came at a Nov 17 Students’ Day concert. It was held in the Rudolfinum and featured the Czech Philharmonic Students’ Orchestra and several student choirs from several parts…

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Jakub Hrůša: How to Listen to Classical Music

Confused about classical music? Or maybe ‘apprehensive’ is a better word? Chief conductor Jakub Hrůša explains what to listen for in classical music, in this heart-to-heart interview with Opus Osm. We’re sitting in front of Jakub Hrůša’s massive desk in a sunny, spacious office at the headquarters of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia in the center of Prague. Chief conductor and music director Hrůša, an energetic, vibrant 30-something, sits comfortably…

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Where to Go: Your January Calendar

It looks like 2015 begins – at last! — with snow in Prague, but will it continue? who knows? Regardless of the weather, tons of gorgeous classical events await you here in January. Check our January Calendar, then put on your boots and go! Two famous composers have special birthday observations this month. Mozart’s birthday is observed Jan 27 with the traditional concert in his honor at the Theatre of…

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Christmas 2014

What if … everyone in the world knew how to play a musical instrument? That’s what we began to think about as the holiday season began to descend upon us. So we’ve compiled our vision of what could happen, and we’ve put it into pictures. Click on the slide show below to see it. . . . . . Opus Osm will be back after the holidays, in early January,…

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Prague Chamber Ballet: 50 Years of Grace

The Prague Chamber Ballet Celebrates its Golden Anniversary ‘The 50th Anniversary Gala of Ballet Prague’ offered a montage of finest moments from the now-named Prague Chamber Ballet at the Estates Theater Nov 16. Despite facing many struggles over the years, from Communist occupation to finding a permanent performance space, the evening’s dancers showed that hardships had no effect on the quality of work. Featured pieces included choreography by Pavel Šmok,…

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Opera Nás Baví Means We Like Opera

The theatre is full of children, with their parents and grandparents. We’re here to learn about Czech composer Zdeněk Fibich’s opera. But who really knows what to expect? While we wait to begin, we can only observe the beautiful space in the National Theatre this Nov 9th, and the commotion around it. But this commotion has a certain order. The founder of Children’s Opera Prague, Prof. Jiřina Marková’s littlest opera…

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Just in Time for Christmas

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Opus Osm has several tips for gifts that will please, and at the same time support classical Czech arts and artists. It’s never too early – nor too late – to select a special gift for the holiday season. And these days, online shopping makes that annual shopping event even easier. More Czech venues are becoming skilled at operating up-to-date websites, and many have…

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