Tag: PKF – Prague Philharmonia

Hába: Familiar Name/Forgotten Music?

If you’ve taken music classes, you may know the name Alois Hába (1893-1973). Yet his music is rarely performed. That’s why the high attendance at a recent concert surprised everyone. Hana Dohnálková, dramaturgist of the PKF’s series, “Krása Dneška” (The Beauty of Today), was really surprised by the number of the people who came to the March concert at Roxy’s NoD Theatre. “There are so many of you today. Maybe…

Two Questions for PKF’s Emmanuel Villaume

French conductor Emmanuel Villaume begins his tenure as Music Director and Chief Conductor of the PKF-Prague Philharmonia this season. So we ask him two big questions. 1 What new insights or experiences would you like to bring as Music Director and Chief Conductor? I’m totally aware that the Prague Philharmonia is very loved and respected by the audience of Prague. I really want to preserve and capitalize on the work…

Passionate Thrill/Icy Chill: Srnka, Maisky, & Hrůša

The audience leaps to its feet after hearing Latvian-born Israeli cellist Mischa Maisky perform Dvořák with the PKF – Prague Philharmonia. The energetic baton of the PKF’s long-valued conductor Jakub Hrůša starts up this Jan 18 evening with the metaphysical drama Manfred, Opus 115, which Schumann finished just two years before his suicide attempt in 1854. Byron’s drama about a noble tortured by mysterious guilt had touched the composer deeply…

Jakub Hrůša: How to Listen to Classical Music

Confused about classical music? Or maybe ‘apprehensive’ is a better word? Chief conductor Jakub Hrůša explains what to listen for in classical music, in this heart-to-heart interview with Opus Osm. We’re sitting in front of Jakub Hrůša’s massive desk in a sunny, spacious office at the headquarters of the PKF – Prague Philharmonia in the center of Prague. Chief conductor and music director Hrůša, an energetic, vibrant 30-something, sits comfortably…