Tag: Katie Perkins

Friday, March 30, 2012: Sound as History & Landscape

Using Sound as History and Landscape: Music for the Shah of Persia Heralding in the new spring, the Prague Symphony Orchestra re-launched its Sunday Family Series on Mar 18 with Zdeněk Liška’s Music for the Shah of Persia suite. The six pieces were composed by Liška for the Shah Reza Pahlavi between 1971-1978 as a celebration of the 2500th anniversary of the Persian monarchy. Liška is known better as a…

Friday, March 16, 2012: Drums ‘n Brass

Zdeněk Liška: Drums ‘n Brass on Sunday Born in 1922 in Smečno, Zdeněk Liška was a quiet man who shunned the public eye – there are only a handful of photographs of him and perhaps one interview. Although music was this composer’s medium, film was truly his love. Nearly his entire career and body of work is music solely for the cinema. “I write only for the pictures,” he once…

Friday, February 17, 2012: Woodwinds, Please …

Woodwinds, Please, with the Works The Sukova Hall at the Rudolfinum has the feel of a Victorian sitting room. It’s the perfect setting for an intimate mid-day recital. The most recent concert in the Prague Symphony Orchestra’s Lunch Recitals series offered a smorgasbord of woodwinds, in particular, the oboe and its nearest cousins the oboe d’amore, the English horn, the bassoon, and the rare heckelphone. There were also appearances by…

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…

Friday, February 3, 2012: Lunch with …

Lunch with … The Heckelphone The Czech Philharmonic’s Lunch Recital next Wednesday, February 8, features a rare treat: woodwinds and double-reeds – and in particular, the heckelphone. What the heck, you might be wondering, is a heckelphone? It’s a double-reed woodwind instrument with the fingering of the oboe, but it’s pitched an octave lower. It looks similar to the bass oboe, but has a wider bore, and thus, a lower…

Monday, December 5, 2011: Resounding Success

Family Concert a Resounding Success Opus Osm sent writer Katie Perkins and her 3-month-old son Ruben to a Family Concert recently. “Unfortunately, Ruben fell asleep on the tram ride there and missed all the action,” Katie reports, but you can read the rest of her report below. “When the Orchestra Resounds to the Full” in the Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) series of Family Concerts at Obecní Dům Nov 27 featured…