Tag: Zdeněk Lukáš

Youth Leader

He wanted to conduct, so he formed an orchestra. He’s 25. If you see Chuhei Iwasaki walking down the street with his friends, he looks like any other lively Czech student, except he’s rather slender, and from Japan. Before a concert at The Dvořák Museum, he goofs around with his friends, straightening one boy’s necktie, joking with the girls, checking his mobile and stashing it in a pocket. But when…

Tuesday, October 4, 2011:Classical Covers

Janáček’s Classical “Cover” You probably have several favorite cover versions of songs recorded previously by other rock or pop singers. You’ll be interested to know that this practice didn’t originate with old rock ‘n roll singers, but actually can be found in classical music from a much earlier era. For example, Leoš Janáček put his composer’s pen to work in a new arrangement of Antonín Dvořák’s Moravian Duets (Moravské Dvojzpěvy)….

Tuesday, May 10, 2011:Meet Mr Lukáš

Zdeněk Lukáš was a contemporary Czech composer you’ve probably never heard of. But you might want to change that. “He is a contemporary or modern composer,” explains Jan Šmydke, “but still, I would say, a somewhat ‘soft’ Czech musician — with a feeling of Czech music, but from the second half of the 20th century.” Mr Šmydke is just about to perform a solo from Lukáš’ Canti op. 175 as…