Tag: Eva Kesslová

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 2, 2012: Play This Ten Times

Play This Ten Times! What would you do if your boss handed you this paper with the instructions, “Play this 10 times”? It was all in a day’s work for award-winning percussionist Anton Zhdanovich, 20. He played percussion with The Berg Orchestra at their recent world premiere of The Book of the Earth by Czech composer František Chaloupka. That requires not only playing a vibraphone, drums, and other more usual…

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…

Wednesday, January 18,2011: Never Too Young

NuBerg: You’re Never Too Young You’re never too young to start enjoying music. Most people would agree with that. But add “to start enjoying original, contemporary music” and people begin to squirm. The Berg Orchestra is changing that, with their annual NuBerg Award recognizing local, original, contemporary music compositions commissioned by the orchestra. And we, the public – regular people – get to vote for the winner, now through Feb…

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…

Thursday, April 28, 2011: Countdown

Tick-tock. Time is running down. Only a matter of days now. Soon, only a matter of hours. Then minutes. And then the curtain will rise (if there even is a curtain) on a huge glass case filled with 100 of them. A hundred metronomes. All ticking. All ticking in different rhythms. At different speeds. Is this any way to begin a musical dance performance? Definitely. That is, if you are…