In this week’s Arts, our guest is the New York-based jazz pianist and composer Dan Tepfer, who has received great acclaim for his take on J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations as well as other projects. Dan Tepfer was in the Czech Republic this week for a special performance at Prague Castle as part of the American Spring.
Eight barrel organ players from five countries performed on Prague’s Kampa on Tuesday as part of a one-day festival organised by the National Museum. The event is the first in a series of international barrel organist gatherings that will take place between now and the end of the month in Liberec, Brno and elsewhere and follows a successful exhibition dedicated to the mechanical instrument at the Czech Museum of Music.
A church in central Brno has been fitted with a new organ, decades after its original instrument was destroyed by a World War II bomb. The organ at the Church of the Assumption cost CZK 35 million and is described as one of the best and most modern in the Czech Republic. Speaking after it was blessed and ceremonially handed over on Sunday, Jan Martin Bejček of the Campianus foundation said the organ should serve the church's congregation for 200 years.
The Krnov-based organ maker Rieger-Kloss Varhany has begun working on a large pipe organ for a concert hall in the Chinese city of Jinan, the firm’s manager Jakub Škrhel told the news agency ČTK on Tuesday. The large instrument with 88 registers will be worth around 1.2 million euro. After its completion, it will be dismantled and shipped to China where it should arrive next summer, Mr Škrhel said. This will be the second pipe organ made by the Czech firm for a Chinese client; the first was delivered to the city of Tianjin.
Sunday Music this week is dedicated to Joan DeVee Dixon, pianist, organist and composer from Maryland in the US who performs mainly Czech and American music. Joan frequently tours the Czech Republic and performs at the annual American Spring music festival organized by the International Dvorak Society. She has moreover composed a Czech heritage mass for the Czech expat community in Spillville, parts of which you can hear in today’s show.
Joan DeVee Dixon, pianist, organist, composer and Professor of Music at Frostburg State University in Maryland was one of the star performers at this year’ American Spring music festival organized by the International Dvorak Society. Joan, five-time recipient of the prestigious Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, is a prized musician who gives concert tours the world over, but despite a packed schedule, she has returned over and over to the Czech Republic. Earlier this week she came to the studio to talk about her music,
Violin virtuoso and National Artist Josef Suk has been laid to rest in his family tomb in the Vyšehrad cemetery. The world-renowned musician died on July 7 at the age of 81 after a prolonged illness. Final respects were paid by the public in Prague’s Rudolfinum palace on Thursday. The burial was accompanied by Johan Sebastian Bach’s orchestral suite no 3. Among the speakers at the mass led by Cardinal Miroslav Vlk was President Václav Klaus, who noted that Josef Suk had brought world-wide fame not only to himself, but to his country. The great-grandson of Antonín Dvořák and grandson of composer Josef Suk is often credited with setting a standard for how Czech music is performed.
The 15th International Organ Festival got underway at Prague’s St James’ Basilica on Thursday night with a recital by the American organist John Scott. In a series of eight concerts over a month and a half, the city’s music lovers will have the chance to hear some of the world’s best players perform on greatest organ in the Czech capital.