Tag: Frank Trollman

FOK: But the Music Rolls On

With the backdrop of rising river waters and deferred or canceled events, it’s important to know that there are still things proceeding on a normal schedule. The major concert halls of Prague have not been inundated, and classical music proceeds apace. This is something of a tragedy, because it means that FOK’s final performance of the season is still going to happen soon – on June 26 and 27. The…

Friday, June 1, 2012: Strike up the Police Band

The Castle Guard and Czech Police Band We had been warned about the peacocks. On our way to the Castle Guard and Czech Police Band concert in honor of František Kmoch May 27 in the Wallenstein Gardens, we were met by the albino. He was rolling about on the grass in the afternoon sun, distracting concert-goers. Rolling about in the grass seemed an excellent idea, but security informed us that…

Wednesday, May 23, 2012: Tempted by The Serpent

Tempted by the Serpent: Ensemble Inégal Turns In a Tempting Il Serpente di Bronzo After the concert, we bought the CD. That does not, in fact, happen very often to us. But Ensemble Inégal’s performance of Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Il Serpente di Bronzo warranted the expenditure. The performance took place May 19 at Emauzy Abbey as part of the Prague Spring Festival. Under the direction of conductor Adam Viktora, Ensemble…

Monday, May 21, 2012: Men in Uniform

Men in Uniform to Perform at Prague Spring Why do women fall so easily for men in uniform? Some people say it is because they project confidence and strength, representing achievement and service to others. But let’s face it: clean, crisp uniforms flatter men. Now combine men in uniform with music, and it’s bound to be magnetic. And exactly that is going to happen on May 27 when the Castle…

Tuesday, March 20, 2012: Concert Makes a Splash

This FOK Concert Makes a Splash Classical music, children, and water — perhaps an unlikely combination, but it definitely created waves as part of the Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK’s) “elements” cycle for children, this one entitled “Water,” this past Saturday at the Municipal House. I couldn’t help but wonder how the musicians must feel getting “up” for a concert at 11 am on a Saturday. In addition to this being…

Wednesday, March 14, 2011: Music Can/Should Provoke…

When Music Can (Should) Provoke Few concerts have been as provocative as the Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) rendition of Vladimír Sommer’s 1958 Vocal Symphony for Mezzosoprano, Narrator, Choir and Orchestra performed Mar 8 at the Municipal House. In fact, in her Opus Osm article Mar 1 about the piece, Hana Škrdlová explains Sommer’s mostly politically-commissioned works are classified as “some of the most weighty” written by Czechs after 1945. The…

Tuesday, February 21, 2012: White Rabbits and Princesses

White Rabbits and Princesses: Fairy Tale Music What I really don’t need when I go to a concert are entertainers, in Czech called “moderators,” to hype an event and tell people what they should think and do. Unless they come dressed as white rabbits, that is. The Prague Philharmonia performed “Fairy Tales for Children” at the Rudolfinum Sun, Feb 12. Concert-goers were treated to an evening of wonderful music interspersed…

Friday, February 10, 2012: Time Out

Take Time Out to Catch Up on the News We’re pausing from our usual format just for today to share some positive, Opus Osm news: New! Archive! Look at the black bar at the top of every Opus Osm page – you’ll see the Archive tab. Click to find every article we’ve ever published, right from our very first issue of September 2010. Improved! Calendar! We’ve always had an Events…

Monday, February 6, 2012: Enchanting Opera

Enchanting Opera At first they wouldn’t let any of us into the National Theater through the front door. The front door is for sissies apparently, which we certainly were not. So we stood outside in the cold on the piazza in groups led by pretty young women wearing funny hats and holding sign posts. Then the Frogmen came. They yelled at us through loudspeakers in languages that can only be…

Tuesday, October 25, 2011:What He Said!

What He Said! (He Hates Ballet …?) On Oct 12 on Opus Osm you could read choreographer Jan Kodet’s amusing explanation of how most modern guys react to the ballet. He says that they only visit their first ballet as a result of a negotiated settlement with their girlfriends. But then the guys are surprised to find that they actually like ballet. Is it possible? Could Mr Kodet be right?…