An annual international opera festival celebrating the works of Bedřich Smetana – perhaps the most famous Czech composers of all time – kicks off on Thursday in the eastern Bohemian town of his birth. Now in its 60th year, the "Smetana’s Litomyšl" festival is a paradise for classical music lovers but also features everything from jazz to folk.
Latin pop star Ricky Martin is set to perform in Prague’s O2 Arena in
early September, the organizers announced on Thursday.
The Puerto-Rican singer shot to international fame in 1999 after releasing his single ‘Livin’ la Vida Loca’ which has sold over eight million copies and is one of the best-selling singles of all time. The Prague concert will be Martin’s first appearance in the Czech Republic.
Heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath fame will perform in
Prague on Wednesday evening. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and
Grammy-winning singer and songwriter is currently on the Europe leg of his
“Farewell World Tour”, which began in May and wraps up in 2020.
Osbourne is celebrating more than five decades as a stage performer. His special guests include The Hollywood Vampires, an American rock supergroup formed in 2015 by Alice Cooper, the actor Johnny Depp, and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry to honour the music of rock stars who died from excess in the 1970s.
Black Sabbath bid farewell to its fans with their own trek, “The End”, which ended in February 2017 in Birmingham, England.
The first reunion of the classic lineup of The Velvet Underground took place in Paris in 1990, at a show also featuring the Czech band Půlnoc. Believe it or not, the VU performed for the first time in 22 years in large part due to a Prague rumour linked to Půlnoc that took on a life of its own. A recording of that concert – which took place 28 years ago this week – has now been printed up on vinyl by Ivo Pospíšil, who was closely involved in the events in question.
Two Brno art students have done what many people dream about: turning their hobby in a business. In this case the two passionate musicians built their own musical kit in the form of boxes. They initially offered workshops explaining the DIY process and then started to sell the equipment. The result is a multi-million crowns business which exports to the four corners of the globe. But founders of Bastl Instruments Ondřej Merta and Václav Peloušek still like to see themselves and the business mainly as a community of musicians rather than as a conventional
The Prague-born rock musician and songwriter Ivan Král turned 70 on
Saturday. Král emigrated to the United States with his family in the 1960s
and became involved in New York’s punk scene in the following decade,
performing with an early incarnation of Blondie and becoming bassist with
the Patti Smith Group. He later played guitar with Iggy Pop.
In the 1990s Ivan Král released solo albums with some success in the Czech Republic and produced a number of Czech musicians. He continues to reside in the US.
The 73rd edition of the Prague Spring International Music Festival gets
underway on Saturday evening. The event’s traditional curtain raiser will
take place at the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House with a rendition of
Smetana’s My Country, this time performed by the Czech Philharmonic under
the baton of Tomáš Netopil. There will also be a live relay of the
concert at Prague’s Kampa.
This year’s Prague Spring will celebrate the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia with a number of works by modern Czech composers.
Famous Czech singer Karel Gott will release a new studio album at the start
of June - his first new album since he overcame serious health problems in
Then, the singer was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma but later made a full recovery after undergoing chemotherapy and other treatment.
The record, named Ta pravá, will be a mix of both domestic and international pop classics including material by famous country singer Garth Brooks, according to reports.
When he was diagnosed and undergoing treatment, Mr Gott had put his musical career on hold indefinitely. He said now he had not really expected to record again, making his return “all the happier”.
Final preparations are underway for the Prague Spring music festival, which begins on Saturday evening with the traditional rendition of Smetana’s My Country at the Municipal House. As always, it will showcase a plethora of major names in classical music. But this year there will also be a special focus on the centenary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. Pavel Trojan, the festival’s spokesperson, told me more.
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