Hana Hegerová, who is sometimes nicknamed the Czechoslovakia’s Edith Piaf, celebrated her 88th birthday this month. Known for her ability to dramatically interpret lyrics, the Bratislava born singer and actress dominated the Czechoslovak chanson scene for many decades and received critical acclaim from abroad.
Czech singers are giving a concert in Karlín on Sunday night in honour of
chanson queen Hana Hegerová’s 88th birthday.
Lucie Bílá, Hana Zagorová Lenka Filipová and Lenka Molavcová are among the artists who will be giving a rendition of some of Hégerová’s most popular hits.
Hegerová, who ended her career in 2011, will not be present for health reasons.
Hana Hegerová, dubbed “the Slav Edith Piaf” turned 85 in October. In the course of a career spanning more than six decades she recorded over twenty albums, appeared in more than a dozen films and gave thousands of concerts. In this edition of Sunday Music we pay tribute to the queen of Czech chanson.
French chanson singer Charles Aznavour is due to perform in the Czech Republic for the first time ever next April. The 91-year-old singer will be here within his farewell tour in the course of which he has performed in dozens of cities in the US, Canada and Europe. His Prague concert is scheduled for April 6 and tickets should start selling just before Christmas. Aznavour has no previously performed in the Czech Republic, although he was here for the filming of a movie in 2001.
The Prague theatre Divadlo Rokoko is celebrating 100 years of existence on Saturday. The city centre venue began as Kabaret Rokoko under the famous songwriter and director Karel Hašler and later played host to emerging 1960s pop singers such as Waldemar Matuška, Hana Hegerová and the Golden Kids (Marta Kubišová, Helena Vondráčková and Václav Neckář). Several stars – including Neckář, Karel Štědrý, Eva Pilarová and Soňa Červená – are set to take part in a special show that will recount the theatre’s 100-year history in 100 minutes, organisers said.
Renowned Czech singer Hana Hegerová is in hospital after suffering an apparent heart attack on Thursday; the 83-year-old, who retired from show business three years ago, is in an induced coma at the General Teaching Hospital in Prague, a spokesman confirmed. He was not at liberty to reveal further details. Hana Hegerová is best-known for chansons; she worked closely with composer Petr Hapka, who died at the end of November at the age of 70 and was laid to rest on Thursday.
In this edition of Sunday Music we'll be playing some of the best known songs by popular Czech singer Petr Hapka, who passed away last week at the age of just 70. Hapka worked closely with a number of lyricists but with none more closely than Michal Horáčeck. Together they produced some of the best known hits in Czechoslovakia in the 1980s.
Czech President Miloš Zeman bestowed state decorations on more than 30 personalities on Tuesday, on the occasion of Czechoslovakia Independence Day. Among the recipients of the awards were Sir Nicholas Winton, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and former Austrian chancellor Franz Vranitzky as well as five Czech soldiers killed in Afghanistan. But the president has come under criticism over some names on his list.
Kdyby tisíc klarinetů, or If a Thousand Clarinets, is a charming 1964 Czech musical film featuring a host of stars of the day, including singers Waldemar Matuška, Karel Gott, Eva Pilarová and Hana Hegerová, the great songwriters and musicians Jiří Suchý and Jiří Šlitr, and actors such as Jana Brejchová, Vlastimil Brodský and (not wearing his director’s cap) Jiří Menzel.