Brno Contemporary Orchestra has commissioned music compositions from
domestic and foreign composers to celebrate the centenary of the birth of
Czechoslovakia which it will perform in the course of 2018 in the Moravian
One concert will be titled From Czechoslovakia while the one featuring the work of foreign composers will be titled For Czechoslovakia. The Czech composers working on the celebratory compositions are Petr Bakla, Marián Lejava and Luboš Mrkvička. The foreign composers involved are American composer Elliot Sharp and Swiss composer Roland Dahinden.
Music expert, publicist and radio show host Vojtěch Lindaur, contributing
writer to publications such as iDnes or Revolver Revue, editor-in-chief of
Rock & Pop and the man who snuck 1960/1970s icon and singer Nico into
Czechoslovakia in 1985 for an illegal concert in defiance of the communist
authorities, has died following a long illness. He was 60 years old. The
news was announced by Radio Beat, where he was employed.
On Facebook, his colleagues at Radio Beat wrote that they had lost a close friend who would be dearly missed.
Besides writing, Lindaur produced several albums over the course of his career and had a key role in shaping the Czech TV documentary series Bigbít about the music scene, including "underground" bands, in the former Czechoslovakia.
Jan Šesták was a music-obsessed mega-fan of Radio Luxembourg, tuning in every evening, despite the risks, in communist Czechoslovakia. Tony Prince was a top DJ on the Europe-wide station, which regularly reached tens of millions of listeners. This is the story of how the two met when Prince performed in Šesták’s native Brno on a 1970 tour, starting a friendship that continues to this day. It is also a story about the power of radio.
One of the staples of Czech Christmas, along with fried carp, Christmas cookies and fairy tales, is Jakub Jan Ryba’s Christmas Mass. The mass composed by a small-town teacher in 1796 has become the most popular piece of Czech Christmas music ever written. It is performed in churches, concert halls and resounds in millions of Czech homes during the Christmas season. So on Christmas Eve, we would like to share this musical experience with you and have selected a 1998 recording that has been hailed as the best recording of the Czech Christmas Mass
The Czech Christmas Mass was performed for the 17th year in succession at
Prague’s busy Main Train Station on Saturday afternoon. Musicians and
choir members were joined by scores of members of the public in a rendition
of the pastoral mass by composer Jan Jakub Ryba.
Dozens of choristers were conducted by the organiser of the pre-Christmas event, Lukáš Prchal. The composition, known colloquially as “Rybovka”, was also performed with public participation on Kampa, beneath Prague’s Charles Bridge.
Few people know that Good King Wenceslas, one of the best-known Christmas carols in the English-speaking world sung on the Feast of Saint Stephen, refers to a Bohemian duke who ruled in the 10th century. Good King Wenceslas is none other than St. Václav, the patron saint of the Czech nation. Paradoxically, the carol is almost unknown in this country.
Around 10,000 people attended a concert of the legendary Czech rock band Olympic at Prague’s O2 Arena on Saturday night. The show, marking 55 years of the band’s existence, was attended by a number of guests, including Marta Jandová, the daughter of leader Petr Janda. Olympic, whose first LP Želva came out in 1968, had a huge impact on Czech pop and big beat.
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