Tag: Czech Philharmonic

Secret Life of the Czech Philharmonic

The Czech Philharmonic strips down to jeans and trainers, to reveal top (musical!) secrets to a curious audience. Renowned conductor Jiří Bělohlávek, popular presenter Marek Eben, and leading scriptwriter/filmmaker Alice Nellis – together with the Czech Philharmonic – took the stage in February. But not for a normal concert. They were there to disclose the behind-the-scenes work of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and Janáček’s Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen),…

Magazine: Backstage with the French Horn

This is a different kind of Rudolfinum than you know from its glittering concert hall. We’re passing through the employees’ entrance of the Czech Philharmonic orchestra … Kateřina Javůrková guides me through the corridors, until we arrive at what seems to be an old-timers’ canteen, where the musicians line up to get their lunches of fried cheese and other Czech specials. My tea companion, Kateřina Javůrková (22), opened the Mar…

Seven Secrets for Compfy Classical Concerts

Seven Secrets for a More Comfortable Classical Concert ‘Classical’ Doesn’t Have to Mean ‘Uncomfortable’ This fall, Opus Osm begins its third year of interviewing and writing about classical music, opera, and ballet. So far, our writers and photographers have attended hundreds of performances, interviews, and press conferences, often several a week (and sometimes even more than one a day). Over the course of all those performances, we’ve learned a few…

Tuesday, March 13, 2011: Dress Rehearsal!

Opus Osm goes behind the curtain to find out what a general, or dress, rehearsal is all about. You can read this article by Sam Goldscheider in its entirety by clicking on “Other Side of the Curtain,” the black tab at the top of the page. What Happens at a Dress Rehearsal? And Why Should You Go? Ever wonder what happens during a symphony orchestra rehearsal? The Prague Symphony Orchestra…

Monday, March 5, 2012:Seeing Doubles

Seeing Doubles Czech violinist Josef Špaček, the youngest concertmaster the Czech Philharmonic has ever had, is regarded as one of the most promising players on the international music scene. A student of the famous Itzhak Perlman, Mr Špaček studied in America for seven years, first at the Curtis Institute of Music and then at the Julliard School in New York. Prize winner at multiple international competitions, Mr Špaček stepped into…

Tuesday, November 1, 2011:Early Autumn

Early Autumn, Early Concert If switching your clock back to standard time last Saturday has you a little off balance [Czech: “Nejsem ve své kůži,” or, “I’m not in my own skin”], you can still enjoy an evening of live classical music without staying up past your new bedtime. How? By attending the Czech Philharmonic “Early Evening” series of concerts which conveniently start right after work, at 5:30 pm. In…