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Opus Osm Minutka: Preview decadance

Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin brings his ‘gaga’ dance style to The Czech National Ballet’s performance of his decadance. Here’s a quick look at ‘gaga.’ Opus Osm’s Minutka (Little Minute) Five Fast Facts about decadance premiering June 4, 5 at The New Stage 1 Ohad Naharin actually didn’t start dancing until he was 22; but then he went straight to the top – studying at Juilliard and the School of the…

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Opus Osm’s June 2015 Prague Events Calendar

Traditionally, June heralds the opening of summer vacation for classical music, opera, and ballet. But there’s still so much to do and see this month! Most of the ″stone theatres″ and orchestras are finishing their regular season this month. So now is a good time to grab the tickets and go to a performance – a great way to kick off your own summer holiday! But the June calendar, like…

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Ohad Naharin’s decadance

This backgrounder article is presented as a service to our readers by The Czech National Ballet. Ohad Naharin: decadance For the first time ever, the Czech National Ballet’s repertoire will include works of the legendary Israeli creator Ohad Naharin, who for several decades has been among the crème de la crème of the world’s modern dance theatre. Choreography: Ohad Naharin Lighting and set design: Avi Yona Bueno (Bambi) Costumes: Rakefet…

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Re:Source-Ohad Naharin:decadance

For the first time, Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin brings his work to The National Theatre in ‘decadance.’ This background article by The Czech National Ballet is provided as a service to our readers. Ohad Naharin: decadance For the first time ever, the Czech National Ballet’s repertoire will include works of the legendary Israeli creator Ohad Naharin, who for several decades has been among the crème de la crème of the…

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Opus Osm Minutka:Tribute to Ping Pong

The Norwegian choreographer Jo Strømgren and contemporary dance group 420People present the Czech interpretation of A Tribute to Ping Pong at the TanecValmez festival, Valašské Meziříčí, June 5-7. Opus Osm ‘Minutka’ (‘Little Minute’): Five Quick Questions for Choreographer Jo Strømgren on 420People’s Playful Production 1 Where did this idea come from? In 1997, Jo Strømgren and four friends created a quirky happening, A Dance Tribute to Football, he tells Opus…

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Hansel & Gretel’s Miraculous Road Show

Matěj Forman imaginatively links art with a circus feeling to keep audiences spellbound in The State Opera’s Hansel and Gretel (Jeniček a Mařenka). The performance differs from what we know and expect from the fairy tale or the original opera by Engelbert Humperdinck and his sister librettist Adelheid Wette. But this is an unconventional approach by stage director, co-author of the libretto adaptation, and experienced co-author of the set design,…

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Re:Source-Young Violinist Špaček Records Czech Icons

This backgrounder information is provided as a service to readers by Supraphon, which conducted this interview with violinist Josef Špaček. Young Violinist Špaček Records Czech Icons Josef Špaček speaks about his album, Dvořák, Suk, Janáček, recorded live with The Czech Philharmonic, Jiří Bělohlávek conducting. (Supraphon recording SU 4182-2) The renowned violinist Josef Špaček has recorded three major Czech violin pieces dating from the end of the 19th- beginning of the…

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Opus Osm Minutka: Czech Philharmonic Tells All

For three nights the Czech Philharmonic promises to ‘reveal all’ as it invites you ‘backstage’ to watch an informal onstage rehearsal. Opus Osm ‘Minutka’ (‘Little Minute’): What Happens in an Orchestra Rehearsal? Five Fast Facts about the Czech Philharmonic’s Zkouška Orchestru (Orchestra Rehearsal) — open to the public — May 5, 6, and 7, 7:30 pm, at The Rudolfinum 1 The informal presentation, led by Marek Eben interviewing Conductor Jiří…

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Morn til Night: Your May Calendar

The merry month of May comes alive with great performances – classical music, opera, ballet – literally from morning til night. Read on for some specific suggestions. The Prague Spring International Music Festival runs from May 12 through June 3. One of the many highlights: The Chamber Music Weekend May 22-25, with top performances at various locations, as early as 11 am, running through the early afternoon and evening, and…

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70th Prague Spring & World War II

The 70th edition of the world-famous Prague Spring International Music Festival May 12-June 3 brings a delicate, healing musical touch to the theme of World War II. Roman Bělor, the Festival director, explains that orchestras from some cities that suffered devastation during the war – Hamburg, Saint Petersburg (Leningrad), and Liverpool – will give guest performances. And, “We will be commemorating Dmitri Shostakovich as figure who exemplifies the struggle of…

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Key Words: Shift, Fidget, and Wiggle

Try this: Put your keyboard over your left hip. Now look at your screen over your right shoulder. Hold this pose for at least 45 minutes. That’s what a typical violinist does – for several hours every day. And that doesn’t include twisting your left hand, while holding a bow in the fingers of your right. So it’s no surprise that a typical musician can develop just as many career-related…

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Re:Source – The Pavel Haas Quartet Does Smetana

This backgrounder information is provided as a service to readers by Supraphon, which conducted this interview. The Pavel Haas Quartet Does Smetana Over their 13 years, The Pavel Haas Quartet has garnered many top honors, including three Gramophone Awards. Now they speak about their new album featuring Bedřich Smetana’s String Quartets No. 1 and No. 2 (Supraphon recording SU 4172-2), released Apr 17, 2015. Why did you opt for Smetana’s…

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Opus Osm Minutka: Berg’s Nuberg Sampler

The Berg Orchestra observes its 20th anniversary this year, and also continues with its Nuberg Awards supporting young composers of contemporary music. Watch a sampling of it here. . . . . . . Opus Osm’s ‘Little Minute’ (Minutka) Series: The Berg Orchestra’s Nuberg Winners 5 Fast Facts about The Berg Orchestra’s Nuberg Winners 2014 1 Watch this slideshow (below) featuring music clips and photos from the Nuberg Awards concert…

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The Ondřej Havelka-Gluck-Greek Orpheus

This is the story behind the story behind the story: Czech jazz/swing musician/director Havelka directs Gluck’s Baroque version of a classic Greek myth … on film. –Got that? Ondřej Havelka, in addition to his music, also directs films. He had the opportunity to produce and film Gluck’s Baroque opera Orpheo ed Eurydice (1762) in the classicly preserved Baroque theatre in Český Krumlov. During last month’s Opera Festival 2015, the film…

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Ondřej Havelka’s Modern Baroque Love Story

This is the story behind the story behind the story: Czech jazz/swing musician/director Havelka directs Gluck’s Baroque version of a classic Greek myth … on film. Got that? Ondřej Havelka, in addition to his music, also directs films. He had the opportunity to produce and film Gluck’s Baroque opera Orpheo ed Eurydice (1762) in the classicly preserved Baroque theatre in Český Krumlov. During last month’s Opera Festival 2015, the film…

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Re:Source – Discover FX Richter’s Music

This backgrounder information is provided as a service to readers by Supraphon, which conducted this interview with Mr Válek. . Discover F X Richter’s Music Recorded by Czech Ensemble Baroque The founder and chief conductor of the Czech Ensemble Baroque, Roman Válek, talks to us about their new album. (Supraphon recording SU 4177-2) The new CD you have recorded for Supraphon features music by a single composer, Franz Xaver Richter….

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