Tag: Karel Husa

Husa: An Overlooked Musical Great

Karel Husa, at 95, is internationally known but, despite his devotion, still overlooked here at home. The Czech composer sent a personal letter to a recent concert so that you can get to know him better. It was for the Prague Philharmonia-PKF’s May 3 ‘Czech 20th Century’ in the ‘Beauty of Today’ series that Mr Husa sent a warm greeting and written notes on his childhood memories. Mr Husa jumped…

Facing the Music

Composer Aleš Březina (Toufar, Tomorrow There Will Be) says Czechs are now ready to confront some of the difficult questions of their Communist past. It seems a surge of artistic performances about the darker side of Communism in Czechoslovakia has surfaced in the past few years. The HBO film The Burning Bush recounts Jan Palach’s self-immolation in a 1969 protest. The Prague Symphony Orchestra chose the opening concert of their…