The Czech Christmas Mass was performed for the 17th year in succession at
Prague’s busy Main Train Station on Saturday afternoon. Musicians and
choir members were joined by scores of members of the public in a rendition
of the pastoral mass by composer Jan Jakub Ryba.
Dozens of choristers were conducted by the organiser of the pre-Christmas event, Lukáš Prchal. The composition, known colloquially as “Rybovka”, was also performed with public participation on Kampa, beneath Prague’s Charles Bridge.
Few people know that Good King Wenceslas, one of the best-known Christmas carols in the English-speaking world sung on the Feast of Saint Stephen, refers to a Bohemian duke who ruled in the 10th century. Good King Wenceslas is none other than St. Václav, the patron saint of the Czech nation. Paradoxically, the carol is almost unknown in this country.
Around 10,000 people attended a concert of the legendary Czech rock band Olympic at Prague’s O2 Arena on Saturday night. The show, marking 55 years of the band’s existence, was attended by a number of guests, including Marta Jandová, the daughter of leader Petr Janda. Olympic, whose first LP Želva came out in 1968, had a huge impact on Czech pop and big beat.
The legendary Czech rock band Olympic is set to mark 55 years of its existence with a special concert at Prague’s O2 Arena on Saturday. The group will be joined by a number of guests, including Marta Jandová, the daughter of leader Petr Janda. Olympic – whose first LP Želva came out in 1968 –had a huge impact on Czech pop and big beat.
Václav Havel has been the subject of many books and quite a few have been devoted to the so-called Czechoslovak underground, the cultural movement which above all in music but also through literature and art ignored the desires and instructions of the ruling communist party. But while the link between the two has often been made, a new book bluntly argues that without the support of the underground, dissident leader Havel would have been nowhere in creating a coherent opposition.
A record number of visitors attended a concert by Czech rock band Kabát in
Prague’s O2 Arena on Tuesday evening.
The show was attended by 20,083 people, which is the highest figure in the
Until now, the visitor record was held by Madonna whose concert in 2006 attracted 18,628 visitors.
The Czech music awards ceremony Český slavík - or the Czech Nightingale
- held in Prague on Saturday saw Lucie Bílá clinch the title of best
female singer for the twentieth time ,while pop idol Karel Gott won for the
42nd time. The best musical group award went to Czech heavy metal band
Kabat for whom it is the twelfth trophy.
A special award went to 1960s singer Marta Kubisova who recently announced the end of her career at 70. Kubišová who was banned from singing by the Communist authorities for 20 years, got a standing ovation. Český slavík winners are chosen through a public poll.
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