The Plastic People of the Universe, an underground rock band persecuted by
the secret police in the 1970s, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a
concert at Prague’s Akropolis Palace on December 1.
Unable to perform openly, the band was forced underground and became a focal and rallying point for dissidents, most famously Václav Havel.
It was partly in protest over the Plastics’ prosecution that then playwright Havel and others formed the Charter 77 human rights initiative.
English singer-songwriter Sting is set to perform at Prague’s Forum
Karlín on Friday evening. The former frontman of the rock band Police,
along with Jamaican rapper Shaggy, will present their recently released
The concert in Prague is part of their eastern European tour, which will also make a stop in Poland’s Lodz and Gdansk.
The Archa Theatre in Prague is renowned as a space where artists and companies from around the world meet and cooperate on projects ranging from contemporary dance, theatre, music, film and multimedia performance. The theatre’s similarly eclectic band in residence – the Allstar Refjúdží Band – emerged a decade ago as part of an Archa project to tell the stories of some refugees in the Czech Republic, in part through their own music.
The Czech National Symphony Orchestra will mark its 25th anniversary with a
concert at Prague’s Municipal House on Thursday. The ensemble, led by
Libor Pešek, Marcello Rota and Vince Mendoza, will perform works by Ludwig
van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel and Duke Ellington.
Established in 1993 by trumpeter Jan Hasenöhrl and conductor Zdeněk Košler, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra has become one of the most sought after orchestras in Europe.
In 2015, they recorded a soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino’s Western The Hateful Eight, composed by Ennio Morricone, which won a Golden Globe, Bafta and Oscar. They also accompanied Morricone on several of his tours.
The Czech-born, US based rock musician Ivan Král, one of the best-known Czech musicians abroad, celebrated his 70th birthday this year. He is perhaps the only Czech to have left his mark on the history of rock music and his songs have been recorded by such artists as Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, or David Bowie.
An exhibition featuring the manuscript of Antonín Dvořák's famous
Cello Concerto in B minor, gets underway at the Czech Centre in New York on
Saturday. The unique score, the last work Dvořák composed in America,
will be on display in the U.S. for the first time ever.
The exhibition, which was prepared in collaboration with the National Museum in Prague, Carnegie Hall Archives, and the Czech Ministries of of Foreign Affairs and Culture,will run at the Czech Centre's Gallery until November 9.
The Czech Philharmonic will open its 123rd season on Wednesday with a
concert at the Prague Rudolfinum, under new chief conductor and music
director of Semjon Byčkov. Under the direction of Lukáš Vasilka, the
Prague Philharmonic Choir will also take part.
Among the highlights of the upcoming season are concerts by Simona Rattla, Franz Welser-Mösta, Giovanni Antonini and Christophe Eschenbach as well as the programmes of the main guest conductors Jakub Hrůša and Tomáš Netopil.
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