Tag: Anna Walsh

Monday, May 14, 2012: Making Classical Convenient

Making Classical Convenient A typical concert-going experience goes something like this: You go home after work, maybe change your clothes, grab some dinner, head to the concert hall for the concert that starts around 7 or 8 pm — then, by the time the concert is over, it’s already dark out and you’re ready to call it quits for the evening. Does this sound all too familiar? Well, why not…

Monday, April 23, 2012: Music Before Dark

Music BeforeDark Antonin Dvořák and Bedřich Smetana may be two of the most famous Czech composers, but the Herold Quartet (Heroldovo Kvarteto) wants to introduce you to two other Czech composers, at an early evening concert Wed (Apr 25) at 5:30 pm at The Rudolfinum. You probably know the name, if not all the music, of one composer; and you might not know anything at all about the other. The…

Monday, April 9, 2012: Music Wherever, Whatever

Technology Brings You Music – Wherever, Whatever Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Bach: These are all composers we easily recognize. But what about Chaloupka? Goebbels? Schnittke? The Berg Orchestra is showcasing these contemporary composers and is making its own performance more accessible than ever, thanks to technology. The orchestra’s website regularly offers listeners with internet access the chance to click and listen to excerpts or even full compositions. But now “The Berg” is…

Tuesday, March 27, 2012: By Any Other Name

A Rose by Any Other Name Imagine getting to see the Royal Ballet perform in London, with front-row seats and backstage access — and without ever leaving Prague. Sound absurd? It’s possible, though, thanks to the Royal Opera House’s (ROH) Cinema Season. The ROH kicked off its 2012 broadcasts last Thursday with its live broadcast of the Royal Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet. The ballet was streamed live from the Royal…

Thursday, March 22, 2012: Reflections on Nature

Reflections on Nature, Inside & Out Indoors, outdoors; loudness, silence; chaos, control: Contemporary dance group 420People brought all of these opposites together seamlessly Monday night for the premiere of its newest production, Máj. As Opus Osm reported last Thursday, 420People’s Máj is based on the romantic, narrative poem by Czech poet Karel Hynek Mácha. Mácha had described the poem as a celebration of nature; fittingly, then, 420People brought nature into…

Thursday, March 15,2012: Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing A cloud of dirt flies up, caught in the light, as Václav Kuneš swings his foot into the air. He isn’t dancing outside, though: He’s on stage at The New Stage (Nová Scéna), performing on a bed of dirt as part of 420People’s new contemporary dance production, Máj (May). May is inspired by the romantic, narrative poem Máj, by the Czech poet Karel Hynek Mácha. The poem is…