Tag: The Berg Orchestra

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…

Up – It Twangs; Down – It Growls

Dvořák’s description of the cello is defied in a Prague Master Class led by Konstanze von Gutzeit. “Up – it twangs; down – it growls.” Despite Antonín Dvořák’s description of the cello, he wrote one of the most beautiful and famous cello concertos in the history of music. But Miloš Sádlo said: “You can reach everything with the cello!” – and he was one of the greatest Czech cellists of…

Actually, a Five-Legged Crow

The Berg Orchestra gives wing — and legs — to composer Kryštof Mařatka’s music for absurdist poetry Kryštof Mařatka, one of the most internationally acknowledged Czech composers, was struck by the poetry of Daniil Kharms already at the age of 18. Mr Mařatka says he just turned on the radio and suddenly he found himself fascinated by a stream of verses like nothing he had ever heard, unparalleled but charming…

Silent Film Returns in Cine-gogue

Classic Silent Film Returns to the ‘Cine-gogue’ Composer Jan Dušek Premieres New Score for Film Series Fans of classic silent films, the Berg Orchestra, composer Jan Dušek, or an entertaining evening — rejoice. A world premiere film score by Mr Dušek, performed by The Berg, to accompany the 1923 silent film East and West, awaits you Monday and Tuesday evening (Oct 15-16) at the Spanish Synagogue. According to the film’s…

Monday, May 7, 2012: ‘Wrap Music’

‘Wrap Music’ through a Church Attic You’re trying to run up a steep, narrow wooden staircase with no handrails. The stairs twist and turn, doubling back on themselves as you clamber up, higher and higher. At some 40 metres above the ground you reach the top. You walk a narrow wooden plank over dusty, plaster dunes which help form the vaulted ceiling below. You reach up and put your hand…

Thursday, May 3, 2012: Save Time & Money

‘No Time, No Money’? Here’s a Solution Occasionally we ask folks why they don’t go to classical music concerts, ballet, or opera. For a lot of them, the reason is simple: “No time, no money.” However. Having lived a long life, we’ve observed that there is always time and money … for the things you really want. Everything else comes in second, and then “no time, no money” becomes the…

Monday, April 9, 2012: Music Wherever, Whatever

Technology Brings You Music – Wherever, Whatever Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Bach: These are all composers we easily recognize. But what about Chaloupka? Goebbels? Schnittke? The Berg Orchestra is showcasing these contemporary composers and is making its own performance more accessible than ever, thanks to technology. The orchestra’s website regularly offers listeners with internet access the chance to click and listen to excerpts or even full compositions. But now “The Berg” is…

Thursday, March 8, 2012: Interpreting Blue

Interpreting Blue “Even if my teacher explains it, I have my own interpretation,” says 12-year-old violinist Terezka Horáková. She’s just wowed the Lichtenstein Palace audience, performing the award-winning composition Blue: Innocent and Fragile with the Berg Orchestra. Her violin teacher happens to also be the piece’s composer, Ondřej Štochl. He’s just earned the Berg Orchestra’s 10,000-Czech-crown NuBerg Award 2011 for the piece. We’re chatting with both the performer and the…

Thursday, January 26,2011:All that Glitters

All that Glitters Is Not Goldscheider The goal of most new international businesses is to go for the gold: big profits. That’s not the reason Samuel Goldscheider has started a business in Prague. So “Why on earth are you here?” That’s the question that a lot of Czech musicians ask him. A recent graduate of Cambridge University, he has established his own Goldscheider Artists agency, representing musicians in Prague and…

Wednesday, January 18,2011: Never Too Young

NuBerg: You’re Never Too Young You’re never too young to start enjoying music. Most people would agree with that. But add “to start enjoying original, contemporary music” and people begin to squirm. The Berg Orchestra is changing that, with their annual NuBerg Award recognizing local, original, contemporary music compositions commissioned by the orchestra. And we, the public – regular people – get to vote for the winner, now through Feb…

Thursday, November 10,2011:Tubular Fireworks

Tubular Fireworks! Every culture finds a reason for fireworks. Brits use them to celebrate “Guy Fawkes Night,” Nov 5, commemorating the assassination attempt on King James I in 1605. Americans set off fireworks to celebrate their independence from the aforementioned Brits, on July 4; and the Czechs wait for the cold weather to warm up the sky with fire at New Year’s. But on Nov 2 The Berg Orchestra concert…