Michal Horáček has had something of a storied career, from author and journalist to businessman and music producer, and prior to that, in 1989, acting as a representative of Civic Forum. As of this week he is also a presidential hopeful. Arguably, his greatest accomplishment to date, though, has been his work as a lyricist. In today’s programme, we play some of his very best hits.
The Czech Museum of Music is set to receive a unique collection of letters written by the legendary Czech opera singer Ema Destinnová and her close friend Hilda Schueler. The collection, containing other memorabilia belonging to the great singer was donated to the Czech Republic by Ms Schueller’s grandchildren. It will be handed over to Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka at the Czech Embassy in Sweden on Thursday.
Fans of cult series Star Trek will be flocking to Prague’s Rudolfinum Concert Hall on Wednesday night to hear tunes from their favourite films and episodes live, including the most recent movie Star Trek Beyond. The concert version of Star Trek, which is part of a festival by Film Music Prague, takes place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first voyage of Star Trek onto the TV screen.
Hana Hegerová, dubbed “the Slav Edith Piaf” turned 85 in October. In the course of a career spanning more than six decades she recorded over twenty albums, appeared in more than a dozen films and gave thousands of concerts. In this edition of Sunday Music we pay tribute to the queen of Czech chanson.
Legendary British band Depeche Mode have announced the first leg of a new world tour called Global Spirit 2017, promoting their 14th album. The band will perform in Prague Eden Arena on May 24, 2017. Tickets for the general public go on sale on October 21, two days later than tickets for those with Live Nation club memberships.
The Prague band Republic of Two comprises Jiří Burian and Mikoláš Růžička, both of whom perform the music, sing and write the songs. After releasing their well-received debut LP, the indie folk duo were named Best New Act at the Czech equivalent of the Grammys, the Anděl awards, five years ago. Since then they have brought out three regular albums, with the most recent, Back to the Trees, coming out in the summer.
A large concert event paying tribute to Václav Havel will take place at Prague’s Lucerna Palace on Saturday night, 10 days after what would have been the late playwright and president’s 80th birthday. Eighty figures from public life and the arts world are set to appear on four stages at Lucerna, which was built by Havel’s grandfather and hosted a similar event on the evening of his funeral in 2011. The event begins with the launch of an exhibition entitled Hey, it’s Havel! comprising amateur photos of him taken by members of the public.
The Fifth International Theatre and Music Festival Janáček Brno 2016, on until October 18, has featured more than 25 top productions on 12 stages featuring Leoš Janáček’s work. One of the most anticipated performances this year was a re-staging of Janáček’s romantic tragedy Katya Kabanova at the National Theatre in Brno, directed by Robert Carsen.
Fans of Czech swing and jazz will no doubt be thrilled to learn about the new release of a new 14 CD box set compiling a decade of recordings by the famous Karel Vlach Orchestra, from 1939 to 1949. The set features almost 350 studio tracks from the orchestra credited with popularising Swing in Czechoslovakia.
The leading Czech pop singer Karel Gott has made his first concert appearance since treatment for cancer. The 77-year-old performed for 115 people at the small Prague venue Malostranská beseda on Monday night and was joined on stage by a number of other artists. Karel Gott underwent chemotherapy after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma late last year. He is estimated to have sold over 50 million albums and outside his native country is popular in Germany and Austria.
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