Tag: Prague Conservatory

Mr Smetáček’s Kiss / Polibek Pana Smetáčka

Českou verzi článku naleznete níže. Mr Smetáček’s Kiss When a Kiss is Not The Kiss Meet Mr Smetáček and his work, The Kiss. But no, this Mr Smetáček isn’t the one who helped found The Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK). (That was his grandfather’s cousin, this one believes.) And no, this Kiss is not the famous romantic sculpture by Auguste Rodin. The Mr Smetáček you should meet is Petr, age 28,…

Two to Tango

Autentickou českou verzi najdete dole. It Takes Two to Tango, It’s Often Said Two Conservatory Students Take on the Tango A lively tango filled the Prague Conservatory Concert Hall Oct 2 when two Czech Conservatory students, Anna Klimundová, guitar, and Matouš Pěruška, violin, performed Piazzolla’s Café 1930. The event was part of “Peruvian Quena Virtuoso,” an evening of classical music played by Vlado Urlich on the quena, the South American…

Tuesday, May 22, 2012: If It Looks Like a Clarinet

If It Looks Like a Clarinet … If it looks like a clarinet and sounds like a clarinet, be careful. It could be a horn. To add to the confusion, this variation on “If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck” applies to a horn that looks almost like a saxophone. But it’s not a saxophone, either. It’s a basset horn. Not to…

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011: Taste / Test (2)

Taste / Test (Take Two) If you’re curious about opera but a little afraid to commit to a full production, you can sample a variety of short excerpts from three Smetana operas this Friday (Dec 9). However, what will be just a taste for you will be a test for the performers. That’s because “Bedřich Smetana: Scenes and Excerpts” at the Prague Conservatory is part of the students’ compulsory subject,…

Friday, December 2, 2011: Trojan Voice

Trojan Voice This has been a hectic year for Pavel Trojan. Besides the day-to-day running of the Prague Conservatory, he has also overseen the construction and opening of its gorgeous concert hall, the first new Prague classical concert stage in the past 100 years. And he’s organized and attended many of the school’s 200th anniversary festivities, which culminated in the Students’ Orchestra performing the traditional opening concert of the Prague…

Tuesday, November 22, 2011:The Hot Seat

Sitting in the Hot Seat This Saturday (Nov 26), 16 teenage pianists will compete in the sixth annual ‘Young Piano of the Prague Conservatory’ competition. Looking at the list of competitors, it’s clear that the audience will be privy to performances by some of the best young European pianists ages from 12 to 18. So if you’ve never witnessed a music competition, there’s no reason you shouldn’t pop in for…

Tuesday, November 8, 2011:Musical Institutions

Musical Institutions A musical institution (esteemed teacher Eduard Douša) plans a concert at a musical institution (the Prague Conservatory) to mark a musical institution (60 years of life with music) . “It happened to me – that which has happened to many others: I’ve been in this world for six decades,” writes composer/teacher/writer Eduard Douša. “Six milestones, six sharps [music notation #] – musically speaking, F Sharp, a beautiful tone.”…

Monday, May 16,2011:The Score

Red, white, and blue triangles painted on teenagers’ faces; on car side mirrors. The colors stitched on fabric, stretched across restaurant courtyard fences; draped around the shoulders of a chubby guy parading proudly down the sidewalk. These ebullient displays of the Czech Republic’s flag show once again that national pride tends to bubble up quickly and fervently in Bohemia, even two decades after its Velvet Revolution for political independence. Bedřich…

What Really Goes on Before the Curtain Goes Up? (December issue)

Major Players: Good People to Know in Czech Music Miriam Němcová, Conductor, Prague Conservatory Symphony Orchestra The French horn player is wearing running shoes and a hoodie. The harpist is in jeans. And the conductor is on her mobile. Welcome to Tuesday morning at the Prague Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Miriam Němcová raises her hands and the music flows. “Pozor! Dva … čtyři, jo? (Pay attention! Two … four, right?)”…