Tag: Prague Philharmonia

Monday, April 16, 2012: Spectre at the Castle!

The Spectre’s Bride Comes to the Castle! It is a tale that is common to cultures all across Europe, irrespective of language barriers. It is a close relative to tales of vampires and werewolves. About 150 years ago, this eery tale was retold to reflect profoundly Christian beliefs, and then set to music in 1884 by Antonín Dvořák. On the 25th of April, the Prague Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, with the…

Tuesday, April 10, 2012: Spring Blue

Spring Blue The color blue has taken over the streets of Prague. Leaping from billboards, jumping from the sides of trams, enveloping bus stops, the blue is announcing to pedestrians and passersby that Prague Spring is bound to arrive soon — at least the musical spring. Since 1946 the blue and the elegant violin f-hole logo designed by the painter and typographer František Muzika have symbolized the most significant and…

Wednesday, March 28, 2012: Simply, C

Simply, C Jiří Kadeřábek is a young Czech musician you should get to know, especially if you don’t particularly care for contemporary or new music. Or even if you do. For Mr K seems to work very hard – and yet effortlessly – at making his music and his ideas user-friendly. For example, his composition commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for the BBC Symphony Orchestra last year is not some…

Tuesday, February 21, 2012: White Rabbits and Princesses

White Rabbits and Princesses: Fairy Tale Music What I really don’t need when I go to a concert are entertainers, in Czech called “moderators,” to hype an event and tell people what they should think and do. Unless they come dressed as white rabbits, that is. The Prague Philharmonia performed “Fairy Tales for Children” at the Rudolfinum Sun, Feb 12. Concert-goers were treated to an evening of wonderful music interspersed…