Jaromir Nohavica is one of the country's best loved singer-songwriters. He is so popular that his concerts are always sold out, despite usually not being advertised at all. But not content with resting on his laurels here in the Czech Republic, the north Moravian singer has just embarked on a tour of cities in the English speaking world. So far Nohavica has appeared in Dublin and London, from where his tour manager Michal Zacek told us how it has been going so far.
Police did not intervene during a concert by neo-Nazi rock bands in a pub near Strakonice, south Bohemia on Saturday night. Hundreds of police officers were on guard outside the concert, which was attended by around 500 skinheads and described by anti-Nazi activists as the biggest such gathering this year in the Czech Republic.
Some 1,000 young people are expected to attend another techno party in west Bohemia at the weekend. The rave is taking place on the exact same spot where the police cracked down on a techno party earlier this summer. Its organizers say they have rented the respective plot of land from Friday until Tuesday and want to continue with the party that was broken up by the police. The event has been named ParoubTek after Prime Minister Paroubek whom they hold responsible for the police crack-down. The police are monitoring the situation.
President Bush pledged this week to rebuild the city of New Orleans, devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The tragedy has moved people around the world, and millions of dollars in aid have been raised by charities for the people of the ruined city, the world's capital of jazz. Two musicians from Prague have decided to hold a benefit concert to raise money for New Orleans.
In One on One Jan Velinger's guest is Ted Whang - an American music teacher and English teacher of Korean, Japanese, and Czech descent, who has lived and worked in Prague since 1992. Ted studied music education in Valpairaiso, Indiana, and taught piano and English in the now defunct theatre department at the conservatory in Prague. Involved in numerous music projects, he wrote the lyrics for several songs for two up & coming stars: contestants in first Czech edition of Pop Idol who have since become household names.
In this edition of Encore we find out what led the little known 17th century Moravian composer Gottfried Finger to leave London in disgust; we look at a recording of choral works by Pavel Krizkovsky, one of the key figures in the Czech musical revival of the 19th century, and we enjoy a beautiful and rare recording of Janacek's 'Otcenas'.
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