The prestigious British magazine Songlines, which is distributed in 65 countries, has issued a free CD bonus, featuring Czech world music. The 16-track album, titled At the Heart of the Bonfire was released in the October edition of Songlines and features many of the country’s top artists including Iva Bittová & Čikori, Jiří Pavlica & Hradišťan and Clarinet Factory.
The renowned British violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen is set to make her debut with the Czech Philharmonic in Prague’s Rudolfinum on Saturday. The graduate of the Royal College of Art and this year’s recipient of the ECHO Rising Star Awards will be performing a world premiere of a piece by the award-winning British composer Richard Blackford.
Czech singer, screenwriter and actor Karel Štedrý, famous for I have a
Small Tent, a duet with Waldemar Matuška, and songs like Letters and
Magdaléna, has died at the age of 80.
In the 1960s, the entertainer was connected to famous Prague theatres and
clubs such as Reduta and Rokoko, as well as the renowned Semafor Theatre,
which he co-founded and where he worked from 1959 to 1962.
As an actor, he appeared in the films If a Thousand Clarinets and That Czech Song of Ours.
Czech composer and former head of the Czech Philharmonic, Václav
Riedlbauch, has died. His wife confirmed he had fought against illness for
Throughout his career Mr Riedlbauch authored numerous chamber and orchestral works including a ballet adaptation of Macbeth, which ran for six seasons at the National Theatre from 1984. Riedlbauch was 70 years old.
The famous Czech singer Marta Kubišová is due to make her final public performance on Wednesday in her home town of České Budějovice, the last stop of her goodbye tour. The performance takes place on her 75th birthday, the end of a storied career in which Kubišová went from pop star to a symbol of resistance.
Marta Kubišová will appear on stage for the last time in her native
České Budějovice on Wednesday night. The singer is making her final
public performance on her 75th birthday. She bade farewell to audiences in
Prague on Friday.
A pop star in 1960s Czechoslovakia, Kubišová was banned by the Communists and became a symbol of resistance to the Soviet occupation. Her performance of her trademark song A Prayer for Marta to a packed Wenceslas Square during the 1989 Velvet Revolution reflected the enormous changes that were taking place at that time.
Czech-American contemporary music composer Ladislav Kubik has died in the
United States at the age of 71, the ctk news agency reported.
Kubik studied composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and taught at the Prague Music Conservatory before moving to the United States. From 1991 he worked as Professor of Composition at Florida State University's College of Music in Tallahassee.
He won international recognition thanks to concerts, radio broadcasting and recording of his works in more than 20 countries of South and North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
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