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The Czech Philharmonic’s First Half-Century

It has been a respectable 117 seasons since the Czech Philharmonic performed its first concert on Jan 4, 1896. But the journey has not been an easy one, and there is something to be learned about perseverance in the first 50 years of those early, humble beginnings. The orchestra had its start as a leisure time activity of National Theatre musicians, according to the history on the orchestra’s website. The…

Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra: Renewing Vows

‘Renewing vows’ sounds like something for a wedding. But why not? A wedding – as well as two anniversaries – are perfectly fine premises for a musical celebration. On May 18, the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra celebrates the 90th anniversary of the start of Czechoslovakian Radio broadcasting, and the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Artists Association (Umělecká Beseda). Conducted by Ondřej Lenárd with Igor Ardašev on piano, the…

Meet Mr Haas

The composer who perished at Auschwitz is honored by the quartet bearing his name. Pavel Haas was born into a Jewish family in 1899. From the mid 1920s, Haas was considered a forefront, avant garde composer. He did not write much, but what he wrote demonstrated his growth as a composer and eventually garnered him international attention. Pavel Haas wrote music of all kinds including symphonic and choral works, lieder,…

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…