The legendary film composer Ennio Morricone will conduct his music at
Prague’s 02 Arena on Friday night.
His appearance in Prague is part of his 90th Birthday Tour which started in Krakow on January 19th, moving to Berlin and Budapest before coming to Prague. The tour ends in Stockholm on January 28th.
In Prague Morricone with conduct the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, an ensemble with which he has cooperated for over ten years.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on Friday paid tribute to the work of the late Czech film director Miloš Forman. Forman had a knack for making great movies, be it on a generous Hollywood budget or a skimpy one in communist Czechoslovakia, with censors on his back. And music was an indelible part of the film magic he weaved.
A major event for lovers of Czechoslovak cinema at this year’s Karlovy Vary film festival has been the world premiere of a digitally restored version of The Shop on Main Street. A portrait of the Aryanisation process in the wartime Slovak state, the 1965 masterpiece earned Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos the country’s first Oscar. On the delegation for the film was Mehelli Modi of Second Run DVD, who previously brought it out on Blu-ray. I asked him what made The Shop on Main Street a great movie.
The Prague Proms international music festival gets underway in Prague on Wednesday with a concert at the city’s Municipal House. The concert will feature the US composer, singer and songwriter Dany Elfman, who is known mainly for his collaboration with director Tim Burton. I spoke to Jan Vítek, one of the festival organizers, and I first asked him to tell me more about the opening event:
Fans of cult series Star Trek will be flocking to Prague’s Rudolfinum Concert Hall on Wednesday night to hear tunes from their favourite films and episodes live, including the most recent movie Star Trek Beyond. The concert version of Star Trek, which is part of a festival by Film Music Prague, takes place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first voyage of Star Trek onto the TV screen.
Today’s Sunday Music Show is dedicated to Jan Svěrák’s low-budget road movie Jízda and the accompanying soundtrack by the band Buty. Jízda, or the Ride, is one of the most distinctive movies of the 1990s, and is a perfect embodiment of the carefree atmosphere of the early post-revolution days. With its easy-listening music and playful lyrics Buty provided a perfect backdrop to the film, which has lost none of its charm to this day.
A concert of famous film melodies is to open the Špilberk summer music festival on Sunday evening. Visitors will be able to hear famous scores from Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, The Magnificent Seven and Pirates of the Caribbean. The opening concert will be performed by the Janacek Philharmonic Ostrava and conducted by Heiko Mathias Förster.