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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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Home Sweet Homecomings

Theatergoers in Prague don’t have to travel far to see the country’s finest dancers onstage, especially when the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre comes to town… A traveling performance from Ostrava, “Homecomings” at Prague’s National Theater November 2 was a homecoming in more ways than one. The music of three Czech composers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries was presented in three fresh interpretations from some of the finest contemporary…

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Clubbing with The Berg

The latest Berg Orchestra concert of contemporary classical music took place in the basement of the Roxy Club Nov 4. It only left us wanting more. The main instruments of the evening were strings, backed by an occasional keyboard, and percussion instruments, whose layered textures made tonal collages that thrilled and excited. The highlight of the evening was the premiere of Miloš Orsoň Štědroň’s Rock for Guitar and Strings. The…

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Making Words and Making Music

Anyone who listens to classical music knows that some pieces are good – and some are brilliant. Lucie Rohanová describes how pianist Michal Mašek also uses words to achieve this difference for a live audience. We who do not have any musical education — but only the love and enthusiasm for classical music — are in a difficult position when we want to talk about the music we’ve just heard….

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Christmas Comes to Prague: December Events

The Christmas season is rapidly approaching, so it’s never too early to take a look at the concerts and other events awaiting you in Prague in December. Whether you’re visiting for a few days and want to enjoy some culture, looking for refreshing Christmasy activities to get you into the spirit, or you’d just like to chill with an excellent performance during your break from the hassles of everyday work…

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Powered by Two: Music for Saxophone and Accordion

Think you know the saxophone and the accordion? As a duo, maybe not! Six German and Czech composers brought an innovative and novel approach to this unusual combination of instruments at the 6th Czech-German festival ‘New Music Powered by Two’ at Pálffy Palace Oct 23. The work was assigned by Ladislav Horák, the festival’s founder, accordionist, promoter of contemporary music, and professor at Prague Conservatory. He played all the accordion…

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‘La Bayadere’ Brings Indian Influence to Prague’s National Theater

Choreographer Javier Torres returns to the Czech National Ballet to present La Bayadére (The Temple Dancer), an old, old love story set in exotic India. La Bayadére’s original Petipa choreography, set to a Minkus score, premiered in St Petersburg in 1877, but “The traditional story is a little bit more superficial than what I’m doing,” Javier Torres began, clearly tired but still energized and friendly after an evening rehearsal. He…

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Choreographer Javier Torres’ Letter to His Audience

This is the beginning of a backgrounder article provided as a service to Opus Osm readers by The Czech National Ballet. You can read the entire ‘letter’ (in English and in Czech versions) by clicking the “Re:Source” tab at the top of any page. Chcete-li pokračovat ve čtení, klikněte na “Re:Source” záložku v horní části kterékoli stránky. . Dear Audience, It is my pleasure to share with you my latest…

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Meet Old & New Czech Cello Works at Festival Brikcius

Festival Brikcius’ third chamber music concert series opens Nov 6 and spotlights Czech and other cello composers in five upcoming concerts. The Festival commemorates several anniversaries of the birth and deaths of these composers well-known and not-so-well-known outside the Czech Republic. So test your musical knowledge: How many of these Czech composers on the Festival Brikcius concert program do you recognize? · The headliners: Bohuslav Martinů, Antonín Dvořák, Iša Krejčí,…

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Unlikely Combination: Czech, Spanish, Quechuan … Glass

Czech Baroque music found in Bolivia, Spanish Baroque music published in Prague, a Jesuit hymn in Bolivia’s Quechuan language … and Philip Glass? All in Ensemble Inégal’s unique ‘Americano’ concert Nov 3. As part of its “Music Visions” series, Ensemble Inégal links 18th-century Baroque music from the Czech lands and Spain, with South American cultures and Philip Glass’ Symphony No 3, at Prague’s Divadlo Archa at 8 pm Nov 3….

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Dancers Shine at Golden Prague Awards

For dance fans, five dance companies provided the real show at Czech Television’s ‘Golden Prague’ awards night. From classical to contemporary, solo performances to synchronized ballet, the live dance performances in between the awards and speeches showed the diversity of the Czech dance scene. In particular, a few promising young artists demonstrated that audiences will continue to be delighted for years to come. The annual Czech Television awards evening came…

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A Hundred Reasons to Go Out! Your Nov 2014 Calendar

You’ll wish November had 60 days instead of just 30 when you see how many great performances await you this month. History, tradition, and nature are strong themes running through Czech classical works, and you can savor some of these influences in several memorable performances in Prague this November. There is renewed interest in two Czech composers rather unknown outside the country. The JB Foerster Society presents Foerster’s work (1859-1951)…

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Beethoven’s Vibrant Ninth

It must be nice to be a member of the chorus during a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony – even if you have to wait 45 minutes to sing … Otherwise known as “the Choral,” the symphony which is now generally acknowledged as Beethoven’s finest was also the first by a major composer to use a chorus. But that chorus doesn’t stand up to sing until the fourth and final…

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