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Re:Source – Jac & Jan & FOK

This Re:Source article is provided as a service to Opus Osm readers by The Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) Conductor Jac van Steen returns to lead the Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) in concert with the award-winning young violinist Jan Mráček, Apr 13-14.   The principal guest conductor of the 81st season of the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Jac van Steen, likes monumental pieces. One of them is Strauss’ tone poem Also Sprach…

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Re:Source- Dvořák’s Stabat Mater

Many believe that Dvořák’s immortal Stabat Mater oratorio was written in memory of his young children. But the Czech composer was a religious man in any case. Learn the story of this work, an Easter tradition for The Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK). The Story Behind The Prague Symphony Orchestra’s Easter Concert Tradition This “Re:Source” article is sponsored as a service to our readers by The Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) Antonín…

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Opus Osm Re:Source-The Snow Queen

This background article is presented as a service to our readers by The Czech National Ballet České verze je dole. The Snow Queen: A Gleaming Spectacle Music: Sergey Prokofiev Arranged by: Julian Philips Scenario: Michael Corder, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale Choreography and stage direction: Michael Corder Sets and costumes: Mark Bailey Lighting design: Paul Pyant Music prepared by: Václav Zahradník Assistant choreographers: Yuri Uchiumi, Marilyn Vella-Gatt Ballet…

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Opus Osm Re:Source –The Nutcracker

This background article is presented as a service to our readers by The Czech National Ballet. Česká verze je dole. A Czech version is below. The Nutcracker and the Cuddly Mouse (Louskáček a Myšák Plyšak) Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Scenario: Petr Zuska, based on E. T. A. Hoffmann’s tale Choreography and stage direction: Petr Zuska Sets: Pavel Svoboda Costumes: Alexandra Grusková Lighting design: Daniel Tesař Animation: Šimon Koudela and Karel…

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Re:Source-Czech Natl Ballet Gala

This article is presented as a service to our readers by the Czech National Ballet. The Czech National Ballet’s Dance Gala June 21 showcases top choreographies and European dancers. The programme of the festive evening has been drawn up by Filip Barankiewicz, the future Artistic Director of the Czech National Ballet. The choreographies he has selected and the guests he has invited (including Czech artists) serve to outline his bold…

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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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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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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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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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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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Re:Source – Choreographer Javier Torres’ Letter to His Audience

This backgrounder article is provided as a service to Opus Osm readers by The Czech National Ballet. České verze je dole. Dear Audience, It is my pleasure to share with you my latest production: a new version of La Bayadére, specially commissioned for the Czech National Ballet. Originally created by Marius Petipa in St Petersburg in 1877, the ballet is set in India and tells the dramatic story of a…

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Re:Source – Valmont

Valmont The game of seduction has a single rule: You must never fall in love This backgrounder article is provided as a service to Opus Osm readers by The Czech National Ballet. Česká verze je dole. Scenario: Zdeněk Prokeš, Libor Vaculík Choreography and stage direction: Libor Vaculík Music: Franz Schubert, Pēteris Vasks Music direction: Petr Malásek Set design: Martin Černý Costume design: Roman Šolc World premiere: 26 June 2014 at…

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Re:Source: The Czech Ballet Symphony II

This backgrounder article is sponsored by The Czech National Ballet as a service for Opus Osm readers. Autentickou českou verzi článku najdete níže The Czech National Ballet presents Ballet Symphony II Czech Ballet Symphony II, linking up to the 2007 mixed bill, will be premiered within the “Year of Czech Music.” The performance is made up of works by Czech choreographers created to Czech music – Field Mass by Jiří Kylián, Stabat…

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Re:Source – ‘Mozart in Prague’

Book: Mozart in Prague By Daniel E. Freeman 2013, Bearclaw Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota USA In English, 334 pages American musicologist Dr Daniel E Freeman has repeated the service begun with his earlier book Josef Mysliveček, ‘Il Boemo’ by releasing another very helpful and authoritative volume in English, this time about Mozart’s musical, social, and financial connections to Prague. The author says in his introduction that one of his goals was…

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Re:Source – Juliet’s Sorrow, Romeo’s Grief, in Ballet

. This backgrounder article is sponsored by The Czech National Ballet as a service for Opus Osm readers. Autentickou českou verzi článku najdete níže. Premieres of Romeo and Juliet are set for Nov 14 and 15 at The State Opera, with further performances Nov 17 and 20. Further performances are scheduled in December 2013; and in January, February, and May 2014. . The Czech National Ballet presents Romeo and Juliet Music: Sergey Prokofiev Choreography…

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Re:Source: Mysliveček, Rediscovered

Book: Josef Mysliveček, ‘Il Boemo’ The Man and His Music By Daniel E. Freeman 2009, Harmonie Park Press, Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA In English; a Czech translation is currently in production. You may have noticed works by Josef Mysliveček (1737-1781) gradually appearing in more repertoires both here in the Czech Republic and abroad. The importance of this old Czech composer’s modern “discovery” is clearly explained in this carefully researched and…

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