Tag: Marek Eben

Secret Life of the Czech Philharmonic

The Czech Philharmonic strips down to jeans and trainers, to reveal top (musical!) secrets to a curious audience. Renowned conductor Jiří Bělohlávek, popular presenter Marek Eben, and leading scriptwriter/filmmaker Alice Nellis – together with the Czech Philharmonic – took the stage in February. But not for a normal concert. They were there to disclose the behind-the-scenes work of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier and Janáček’s Příhody lišky Bystroušky (The Cunning Little Vixen),…

On Mortal and Immortal Wings

The ensemble Schola Gregoriana Pragensis is firmly grounded in medieval choral music, which enables them to make occasional – but never accidental! – exploits outside the church chant. Schola Gregoriana Pragensis (SGP) was founded in 1987 by David Eben, musicologist and son of the eminent 20th century Czech composer Petr Eben. The group was strictly a liturgical choir, but after 1989 they could perform in public, too, and started recording…

Thursday, May 10, 2012:Dance in their Dreams?

Do ballet dancers dance in their dreams? No, says Petr Zuska. A Thursday afternoon chat about dance, over a glass of white wine on the New Stage, reunited two friends: Marek Eben, the master conductor of interviews, and the man who rules the moves at the National Theatre Ballet, artistic director Petr Zuska. The public conversation May 3 marked Mr. Zuska’s 10th year in the director’s position. The milestone will…