Has the romance fizzled out of your marriage? Be extra cautious on the road! Bedrich Smetana's opera The Bartered Bride to premiere at the Divoka Sarka open air theatre after an 83 year break. And, fishermen go green with envy over a prize catch brought by the recent local floods! Find out more in Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra here at Czech Radio, is one of the leading ensembles in the country and will be entering its 79th concert season this Friday. Radio Prague spoke to Jan Simon, executive director and soloist in residence, to see how the orchestra has been faring and what it has in store for us.
Two former teenage contestants on the Czech version of the international hit show 'Pop Idol' have joined forces for a one-off duet. The young men, Samer Issa and Filip Jankovic, both made it into the final rounds of the enormously popular television show Cesko hleda Superstar. Can they capitalise on their '15 minutes' of fame?
Czech-born composer Jan Hammer is perhaps best known for Crockett's Theme - the signature tune from the popular TV series Miami Vice, which was a massive worldwide hit in the 1980s. Crockett's Theme, however, is just one of many highlights in Mr Hammer's glittering musical career, which has spanned many genres and seen him sell several million albums and win several awards. Born in Prague in 1948, Jan Hammer's family background meant that music was practically destined to be his calling in life.
Rob Cameron's guest on One on One is David Cermak, from an initiative to defend the organisers of the recent CzechTek festival, an event that rocked the political scene in this country and divided the Czech public. The police decision to break up CzechTek with force, following complaints from the owners of neighbouring plots of land, made headlines around the world, and the event has become a cause celebre.
It was exactly three years ago that devastating floods swept through the Czech Republic. One of the most seriously affected areas was the Prague district of Karlin, where flood waters were up to four metres deep. At the heart of the district one of its main landmarks, the Karlin Musical Theatre, was completely wrecked. It had been a hugely popular venue, celebrated for its operettas and musicals, but has stood empty ever since - a sombre reminder of the drama of 2002. But now a huge renovation is underway, preserving what can be kept of the original
Hamlet - an original Czech musical composed and written by Czech hit maker Janek Ledecky. It's based on Shakespeare's classic and was a great success with Czech audiences when it was premiered six years ago - instead of the 300 performances that were originally planned, its run extended to no less than 600. The musical was also a hit in the Slovak capital Bratislava and has been now also adapted into an English version. There are plans to bring it to the United States next year.
Back in 1999, one of the country's most renowned contemporary music composers and conductors, Petr Kotik, founded the Ostrava Center for New Music. It worked closely with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra to present works by leading musicians such as John Cage, Earle Brown, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, to an audience that had yet to warm up to 'new music'. On Monday, 39 music students from 20 countries will flock to the North Moravian city of Ostrava for the Ostrava Days 2005.
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