Tag: Miroslav Setnička

Prague Chamber Ballet and 4! Quartets

This year the Prague Chamber Ballet marks 50 years since its original founding. They open the season by dancing to three classical Czech quartets, played live on stage by a fourth Czech classic, the Zemlinsky Quartet. Antonín Dvořák’s optimistic Slavonic Quartet started off the Oct 5 premiere of 3 Czech Quartets (3 Ceské Kvartety) at the Theatre of the Estates. Four male and four female dancers perform the cheerful, skillful…

Opus Osm Video Series: If Beethoven Blogged …

Lots and lots has been written about Ludwig van Beethoven by other people. But what if Beethoven himself had been able to publish commentary on his own, world-wide ‘blog’? Opus Osm, in cooperation with pianist Pierre-Arnaud Dablemont, has created If Beethoven Blogged,several short videos which originally aired here in spring 2014. The young French pianist, who studied at the Prague Conservatory, has recorded a new CD, Beethoven: Evolutions. It features…

The ‘Firsts’ that Last

Prima ballerina Daria Klimentová’s 25 year career first started with The National Theatre Ballet. And that’s where she gave her last Czech performance, May 15, before her retirement from dance. Tickets for her performance sold out in a mere 23 minutes. And so it was a packed house that came to see, appreciate, applaud, literally cheer, and give standing ovations to the Prague native who has danced in companies around…

The Commitments, Part 6: Nine Questions about Bassoon

. In this part of our first-person, Opus Osm series, Prague Conservatory student Martin Jirásek reveals what kind of commitment it takes to play the bassoon. And why it’s worth it. Česká verze je dole. Martin Jirasek, Liberec Bassoon, Second Year 1 What is a bassoon? The bassoon is a woodwind musical instrument, made from wood and iron. It is a very big instrument. So it is hard to hold…

The Commitments, Part 5: Michaela’s ‘One of the Best’

In this part of Opus Osm’s first-person series, Conservatory flute student Michaela Blažková describes how a classical music ‘star’ is a role model for her, influencing her commitment to the study of music. Česká verze je dole. Michaela Blažková, Prague Flute, Second Year I met Philippe Bernold at his concerts which were last September in Prague and Plzeň. He was playing wonderfully, like always. My professor, Jan Ostrý, was a student of…

Mysliveček, Gluck, & Genaux

Mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux earns a standing ovation for her Mar 18 concert with Collegium 1704. “Perhaps at no other time were there so many celebrated musicians from the Czech lands living outside of their homeland as in the 18th century,” begin the program notes from this extraordinary concert in Collegium 1704′s “Baroque Opera Stars” series. And the program this evening mainly features works by two ‘ex-pat’ Bohemians, Josef Mysliveček (born…

Building ‘Beat’

We’re the judges, watching critically from the single row of plush red and gold chairs, surrounded by mirrors. But this isn’t a star-search event; it’s the creating of Beat, the Prague Chamber Ballet’s world premiere. We’re watching six Prague Chamber Ballet dancers glide across the shiny studio floor. From our row of seats, guest co-choreographer Uri Ivgi nods in tiny movements to the electronic beat; his partner choreographer Johan Greben…

Muses at the Mozarteum

An extraordinary concert at the Mozarteum brings together architecture, art, literature, and of course, beautiful music — by a composer with a “difficult” reputation. Prague’s Mozarteum was the setting Mar 15 for a concert evoking several muses. Mozarteum, built in the geometric modernist style in 1913 as a publishing house, first inaugurated its concert hall with an appearance by Emmy Destinn, according to music historian/speaker Dr Vlasta Reittererová. But this…

The Commitments, Part 3: ‘How I Write Music’

It’s easy to think all Prague Conservatory students want to be musicians playing an instrument. In the 3d part of our series we go into the classroom to discover how a music student learns the art of composing. Daria Moiseeva, Karlovy Vary Composition, First Year Ceská verze je dole. I have composed from an early age. Year after year I improve my skills. My main inspiration are composers from the…

Young Careers: Encores for Martin Klusák

We first reported on composer Martin Klusák in 2012. Here he updates us on his latest world premieres and a possibly difficult, important decision he’ll have to make soon. The young, very busy composer starts by telling Opus Osm about four of his concerts, all taking place within the short time between the end of November and the beginning of this month. November 28 saw the premiere of his Orion…

Young Careers: Jiří Kabát’s Many Careers

Opus Osm last reported on viola musician Jiří Kabát in 2011 when he was premiering some new compositions. Since then, he’s graduated from Prague Conservatory in composition, studied at a university in Scotland, begun work as an arranger, and made his debut as a conductor! “Conducting started more or less just as a way for me to make my own music, if needed,” Jiří Kabát tells Opus Osm. “But after…

Sing For Your — Breakfast!

What happens when young kids meet The Prague Philharmonic Choir and their guests? In the Prague Conservatory concert hall: Young kids, mostly early elementary-school age, and their parents. On the stage: Empty choir ‘risers’ (stands). Nothing happens. Where is the choir? Suddenly, “Allelujah! Allelujah!” bursts from the balcony above. The 35 voices from The Prague Philharmonic Choir (SBOR) sing the main theme from Handel’s Messiah. Startled kids twist around in…

Young Careers: Occam’s Razor

Three early-20-something dancers present their first ‘professional’ choreographies in Occam’s Razor, a new creative project by The Prague Chamber Ballet. “Definitely, there’s a need for a place for young choreographers to get a start with their own creations,” says Johana Mücková, the Prague Chamber Ballet’s public relations director. “We wanted to start something new and at the same time raise awareness about the young generation of choreographers,” she explains. And…

Holiday Greetings from Opus Osm

Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season from Opus Osm! The holiday decorations are up on Old Town Square; Christmas markets are bustling with shoppers on squares throughout Prague; and Christmas concerts and performances are glittering on stages throughout the capital city and the whole country. So at this time Opus Osm is taking a break to wish everyone a happy, joyful Christmas holiday and the best for 2014! We…

Patricia Goodson’s Winding Path to — Foerster

As a child, the only music Patricia Goodson heard regularly was in church. Now this solo and ensemble pianist has released the first-ever CD collection of the complete solo piano works of JB Foerster. Patricia Goodson has come a very long way. She has “arrived” on international stages, she records for Czech and western radio and television, and she teaches piano at New York University in Prague. But she comes…

Mission: Possible?

In just a week, ten aspiring singers learn to sing opera, and put their voices on display in a final, public concert. … Was it possible? They range in age from nearly 50 to just 14. They sing in Czech opera choruses, or only in the shower. They have studied music for years at a conservatory, or sung and played in a rock band. But the ten came to the…