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Discovering the Lost Treasures of Strážnice

Once upon a time, the noble Italian family bearing the name Magnis came to live in a water castle called Strážnice in southern Moravia… Colonel and later Count Francis de Magnis of Strážnice reigned there from 1628-1652. He was famous not only for his military career, but his love of the arts. He led a rich musical life, bringing musicians, musical instruments, and composers from Italy. His collection was expanded…

Orthodox Music Festival, Beauty for the Beholding

The fourth annual International Festival of Orthodox Music begins this week at the Church of Sts Cyril and Methodius. Here are some highlights. The time is nigh for the International Festival of Orthodox Music known as “Archaion Kallos.” This Greek expression literally means “ancient beauty.” But to the holy fathers of the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church it is interpreted as “original beauty” – that of Paradise. The search for this…

Going for Baroque

Prague Conservatory Inaugurates a ‘Most Adorable Little Organ on Wheels’ The Prague Conservatory of Music has begun a new tradition of the teachers performing concerts together with their students. Such was the case with the inaugural concert for the school’s new Baroque organ, with Jakub Kydlíček conducting the student Baroque Ensemble Feb 28. This small, single-manual, single-pedal instrument is designed for interpretation especially of Baroque music. And everyone seemed to…

Top Classical Stars Shine on Tchaikovsky Street

The Atrium’s Secret is Out; Get Tickets Early! With all the great classical music venues in the centre of Prague, it’s easy to forget that there are also lots of great venues just a few tram stops away. The Atrium, on Tchaikovsky Street, is a pleasant little Žižkov concert hall that comes with benefits. During the intermission, concert-goers are welcome to visit the art exhibition hall; and pretzels were a…

Meet The Linha Singers

Singing Almost Without Any Words Most of us have projects and materials that we must finish by the end of the year. And Czechs are no exception: they have to use up a lot of vowels before a new year starts. Apparently this year-end accounting is necessary to balance the profusion of consonants in the language. So the Linha Singers did their utmost to tip the scales in favor of…

Christmas Mass for 16

A Small Ensemble in a Cozy Space “The Prague Singers are like a good wine,” says Viktor Takáč after the concert at the Atrium in Žižkov on December 22, “they get better every year.” This former member of the Prague Singers (Pražští Pěvci) has since moved on to pursue a career in the visual arts, but he reunites with them every year for the traditional Ryba Mass Christmas concert. This…

Wednesday, May 9, 2012: Baroque Music Rediscovered

Baroque Music Rediscovered It is being billed as early music, but that is somewhat imprecise. So if you’re thinking cavemen beating hides and grunting, nothing could be further from the truth, even though this technically does lie within the definition. Ensemble Inégal will in fact perform an Early Music work by the most important Czech Baroque composer, Jan Dismas Zelenka, at Emauzy Abbey on May 19th as part of the…

Monday, April 30, 2012: Darkness and Light

Darkness and Light The Spanish Hall in Prague Castle is one of the most opulent places in the Czech Republic, and likely the world. When Obama and Medvedev came to the Czech Republic to sign an historic missile treaty, this is the room they did it in. Now and again it is opened to the public for performances, and it does not disappoint. Such was the case on Apr 25…

Monday, April 16, 2012: Spectre at the Castle!

The Spectre’s Bride Comes to the Castle! It is a tale that is common to cultures all across Europe, irrespective of language barriers. It is a close relative to tales of vampires and werewolves. About 150 years ago, this eery tale was retold to reflect profoundly Christian beliefs, and then set to music in 1884 by Antonín Dvořák. On the 25th of April, the Prague Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, with the…