Waldemar Matuška, without question one of the most gifted Czech popular singers of the modern era, passed away 10 years ago this month, on May 30, 2009. Born Vladimír Matuška in Košice, Slovakia, he grew up in Prague and started out as an actor with the legendary theatre company Semafor, before making an impact in movies such as If a Thousand Clarinets and All My Good Countrymen.
The 18th edition of the annual Prague Fringe festival is set to start on Friday. Theatres, cafes and many other spaces in the Czech capital’s picturesque Malá Strana district will host a weeklong programme packed with events ranging from theatre to music. The festival is the brainchild of Scotsman Steve Gove, who has been based in the Czech capital since the 1990s. He says the relatively small size of the Prague Fringe is actually an advantage.
In keeping with tradition, the annual Prague Spring classical music festival kicked off on Sunday with a rendition of Bedřich Smetana’s epic cycle Má vlast, or My Country, which portrays the history, legends and landscape of the composer’s homeland. What makes this performance particularly poignant is that it was performed by a German orchestra formed by musicians expelled from Czechoslovakia after WWII.
The 74th edition of the Prague Spring International Music Festival begins
at Prague’s Municipal House on Sunday evening. The opening concert will
feature the traditional My Country by Bedřich Smetana performed by the
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jakub Hrůša.
The orchestra was formed in the Bavarian city in 1946 mainly from German musicians expelled from Czechoslovakia after WWII who had previously been members of the German Philharmonic Orchestra in Prague.
British singer Elton John performed in Prague on Tuesday night as part of
the second leg of his ongoing “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour.
According to concert organisers, some 14,000 fans attended the show at Prague's O2 Arena.
The 72-year-old singer, who first performed in the Czech Republic in 1984, last appeared here in November 2016.
In total, the “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour consists of more than 300 shows across five continents.
British singer Elton John is set to perform at Prague's O2 Arena on
Tuesday night. Sir Elton will appear in the Czech capital as part of his
final tour called Farewell Yellow Brick Road, which consists of more than
300 shows across five continents.
The 72-year-old singer, who first performed in the Czech Republic in 1984, has last appeared in Prague two years ago.
The well-known Czech musician Ivan Hlas is celebrating his 65th birthday. The singer, songwriter and guitarist has been a fixture on the domestic music scene for over five decades. He started performing in the late 1960s with his friends from the Prague neighbourhood of Hanspaulka and enjoyed the biggest popularity in the 1990s, after receiving the Czech Lion for Best Original Score for Jan Hřebejk`s film The Big Beat or Šakalí Léta.
The Prague based Berg orchestra, known for its unique approach to contemporary music, has come up with a new project, called ‘Hudba k siréně’ or ‘Music for the Siren.’ The series of micro-concerts, performed live every first Wednesday of the month, incorporate Prague’s regular testing of sirens in the music.
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