Tag: Berg Orchestra

Two Composers on Two Strings

How do you write a piece of music for a two-stringed, plastic instrument that looks like a mixture of ironing board and spaceship? Composer Jakub Rataj and his composition teacher Hanuš Bartoň explain… “Before I started to think about writing a piece for the raketon,” Jakub Rataj tells Opus Osm, “I had a concept for a composition for a solo instrument and orchestra: The solo instrument gives a musical impulse…

M is For … (and Win Free Tickets)

420People and The Berg prove that M is not only for music, but also for movement – a captivating mélange for viewers. The mid-December premiere of M is For … offered audiences a quirky but fascinating early Christmas gift when the Berg Orchestra teamed up with dance ensemble 420People. And now this team is wrapping up their package to be opened again on Feb 20, just after Valentine’s Day. The…

The Barbers of … Nuberg

Just as a hairdresser plays with your hair to create a stunning new style, so composers play with ideas to create something new. And again this year the Berg Orchestra is preparing a kind of Composer’s Fashion Week, strutting out the new, original compositions of seven young composers, all performed this past season by The Berg. And the public gets to vote for its favorite. The annual event is known…

Monday, June 4, 2012: The Berg’s Open Challenge

The Berg’s Open Challenge If you’ve ever tried to play the guitar, violin, or even a child’s plastic flute, the recorder, you know the term “open” note. It’s the sound you get when you take all the fingers of your fingering hand off the instrument, and just let it make its basic sound. Beginners love the open notes, because they’re the ones you can always count on: strong, pure, impossible…

Wednesday, May 16, 2012: Around the Table

Around the Table: An Informal Chat with the Audience “This was very interesting. I enjoyed the ‘wing,’” says Lenka. She’s an audience member speaking about the Marianum concert performed by The Berg Orchestra at the St Salvator church May 9. The concert presented two world premiere compositions by Slavomír Hořínka and a Stabat Mater by Arvo Pärt, under a massive paper sculpture shaped like a kind of wing, by artist…

Tuesday, April 3, 2012: Colorful 10

Colorful 10: The Berg’s Red Yellow X The Berg Orchestra continues its extraordinary tradition of premiering and presenting new music, with its “Red – Yellow – X” concert next Mon, Apr 10. This time the location is the Dox center for contemporary art, in Holešovice. Fittingly, an hour before the 7:30 pm concert, ticket holders are invited to join a tour of “Industrial Holešovice” (in Czech) led by Prof Tomáš…

Tuesday, February 28, 2012: The Winners Are …

And the Winners Are … The votes are in and tallied, and the winner is … new music! The contest for the Berg Orchestra’s annual NuBerg Award for new music is growing in popularity, garnering an 80% increase in votes over last year, according to Eva Kesslová, spokesperson for the Orchestra. The winning compositions in this, the fifth year, are Blue – Innocent and Fragile by Ondřej Štochl, and music…

Thursday, December 8, 2011:Revelations

Revelations Judging from the audience reaction, the Berg Orchestra continues to amaze and delight. And the concert conducted by Peter Vrábel Mon, Dec 5 is no exception. The concert presented revelations from two contemporary Latvians and a Lithuanian – Peteris Vasks, Georgs Pelecis, and Juste Janulyte, respectively – to the City of a Hundred Spires, proving that the Baltic composers continue to provide “new” music that pricks up listeners’ ears….

Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011:Prehistoric Tracks

‘Prehistoric Tracks’: Movie Music Before CDs “Not many original film scores are being produced in the Czech Republic these days. Directors usually come with the CD of their favorite tunes,” points out Jan Dušek. This year the young composer was commissioned by the Berg orchestra to dress the-101-year-old short film by D W Griffith, A Child of the Ghetto, in a new mantel. The short film serves up a little…

Monday, October 31, 2001:Culture Convergence

Culture Convergence What does a haiku, the enigmatic Japanese poetry form, have to do with a musical instrument made from a plastic tube? You can find out Wednesday at the Prague Conservatory’s new concert hall. The Berg Orchestra will present three premieres in its “Foreigners from the East” concert. Cultural influences from both the East and West will be showcased in the music of highly acclaimed contemporary composer Jana Vöröšová,…

Wednesday, October 5,2011:Cinegogue

Cinegogue in the Synagogue No, cinegogue is not the new codified spelling of the holy place of Jewish worship. Once you look more closely at this odd homophone/word, it will all start to make sense. Cine stands for cinema, and gogue is what’s left of the original word. The last element which brings it together is the Berg Orchestra. By now you must have already guessed that cinegogue is a…

Wed, September 7, 2011:Berg at Roxy

Berg at Roxy With a repertoire as unique as the spaces they choose for their performances, the Berg Orchestra challenges traditional expectations of classical music. The past few months have found the Berg Orchestra performing in a number of unconventional venues, such as a water-treatment plant and in the former transportation office at Vltavská. Next Tuesday they will make a second visit to the hard-rock Roxy club (where they already…

Tuesday, August 16, 2011: In the Zone

In the Zone Once in a while a musician or dancer finds the piece that just suits him or her perfectly. It puts them “in the zone,” that mysterious part of the brain which takes over the body. It’s also called the Muse. Such is the case with The Berg Orchestra and their performance of Lithuanian composer Bronius Kutavičius’ music to the 1928 silent film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc….

Monday, August 8, 2011: Not-So-Silent

Not-So-Silent Film If you like classic film, gorgeous music, a live orchestra, and a historic setting, the Berg Orchestra has just the ticket for you. On Friday, August 12 the orchestra will perform contemporary classical music to a black-and-white, 1928 silent classic film. “La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc” will be shown, with the orchestra performing, at St George’s Basilica, Prague Castle. It’s an interesting update on an old classic. “Not…

Monday, July 11, 2011: She Lets Dancers Talk

It’s July in the Czech Republic, and that means it’s summer vacation! Opus Osm is on vacation this week, but we just had to put our shoes back on and go to work long enough to tell you about this interesting Czech director … The Theatre Director Who Lets the Ballet Dancers Talk Petra Tejnorová, the young emerging theatre director, keeps a tight schedule. This theatre season alone she put…

Tuesday, May 31, 2011: Wings of a Dream

Flying on the Wings of a Dream On June 13, The Berg Orchestra will perform Finlandia, contemporary music from Finland. On the Wings of a Dream (Aile du Songe) by K Saariaho, and Symphony for Strings and Equilibrium by PH Nordgren will accompany five dancers choreographed by Mirka Eliášová. For both orchestra director Peter Vrabel and Mrs Eliášová, the setting for the evening’s “site specific” performance is as important as…