The legendary New York Philharmonic will perform in Prague on Tuesday under the direction of head conductor Alan Gilbert. It will be only the third time the philharmonic, which is the oldest in the US, will perform in the Czech capital. During almost 170 years of its existence the philharmonic was headed by such illustrious names as Gustav Mahler, Arturo Toscanini and Leonard Bernstein. On Tuesday, the philharmonic will perform works by Bartok and Beethoven.
Czech pianist, composer and conductor Ladislav Simon has died at the age of 82. The musician who worked for Prague’s National Theatre and was the founder of the first Czech studio for electronic music in Prague, has left a rich legacy of chamber, symphonic and jazz compositions. However he is best known as the author of a much loved signature tune accompanying Czech TVs daily bedtime story for children which has now played for over 40 years and is familiar to several generations of Czechs.
A memorial ceremony was held at the composer Bedřich Smetana’s grave on Thursday, marking the 127th anniversary of his death. The ceremony was put together by the organizers of the 66th annual Prague Spring festival and is held each year ahead of the classical music event. His famous cycle of symphonic pieces Má Vlast, or My Country, kicks off the Prague Spring each year. The festival was established in 1946, has survived the communist era and continues to be considered the country’s most important classical music event.
Classical music fans are gearing up for one of the most prestigious events in the cultural calendar – the Prague Spring International Music Festival, which gets underway on Thursday evening. Founded in 1946, as a newly-liberated Czechoslovakia was emerging from six years of war and Nazi occupation, the festival has survived communist dictatorship and the commercial pressures of capitalism to remain the country’s preeminent classical music festival.
The clarinetist and singer Ivo Pěšák died in Prague on Monday morning, at the age of 66, from complications following a bypass surgery. Ivan Mládek, the leader of the Banjo Band which Mr. Pěšák played with, said that the death of his band mate came as a great loss. A funeral ceremony for the musician is to take place next Monday.
Hradišťan is one of the country’s most respected performers of folk music. The band started as a folk music ensemble in the south Moravian town of Uherské Hradiště – hence the name – in the 1950s but its rise to popularity and critical acclaim began when Jiří Pavlica became the band’s leader, or primáš, in the 1970s.
American jazz trumpet player Laco Deczi - born in Czechoslovakia – needs little introduction, especially for anyone familiar with the world of jazz. At 73, Deczi hasn’t let up one bit – most recently playing a month-long tour in his homeland. Despite a busy schedule, Laco took time off to come to Radio Prague’ studio; in this week’s Arts he discusses everything from life in New York to his spring tour.
This edition of Radio Prague’s Sunday Music show is dedicated to one of the country’s great patriots – singer, composer and cabaret star Karel Hašler. Hašler’s love of his country is in his music and although he composed his songs more than a century ago they are still alive in people’s hearts and minds.
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Language exams for foreigners seeking permanent residency permit to become tougher
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Prague’s historical Koh-i-noor factory to be converted into residential area
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