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The Easter Festival of Sacred Music enters its 27th year with the topic Garden and Vineyard. As part of the festival, we will get to see the German groups Singer Pur and the Ensemble Musikfabrik, followed by Motus Harmonicus, Cappella Mariana, Vox Iuvenalis, the Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno and the Brno Philharmonic under new upcoming principal conductor Dennis Russell Davies.  more

Pavel Zlámal’s Jazz quartet PQ has released its debut album called Tyče nevyhnutelné. All eight songs are available in digital versions on music apps such as Spotify, iTunes and Deezer.  more

The first stage of the multi-genre Brno Music Marathon festival has announced its programme. Tickets are already on sale. Legends of the rock scene and absolute newcomers will perform as part of UrbanRock. The second week of August will offer us bands such as Enter Shikari, Dog Eat Dog, Hentai Corporation, The Adicts and many others.  more

At the beginning of March in Brno a young orchestra will perform with even younger soloists. The third year of the concert with the title “Young and Even Younger” will take place this year in the Hall of the Merciful Brethren. Aside from two younger soloists, also appearing with the orchestra will be the leader of the Czech Philharmonic Jiří Vodička, and the director of the Czech Philharmonic David Mareček, unusually in the role of conductor.  more

This year for the first time in the history of the festival the spring part will present a film production. There will be the Czech premiere of the documentary about one of the biggest personalities in Czech and world jazz with the title Miroslav Vitouš – jazzová legenda (Miroslav Vitouš – Jazz Legend). During the festival Miroslav Vitouš will also be appearing alongside Emil Viklický. The main part of the festival will open with a concert from the saxophonist Donny McCaslin, who among other things played on the last album by David Bowie.  more

This year the theme of the international theatre festival is “Freedom?!” Over five days artists from the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Serbia, the Netherlands, Slovakia and the USA will be appearing.  more

The 15th year of the cycle of concerts of ancient music with the title Barbara Maria Willi Presents… is starting today. The concerts will take place as is traditional in the Convent of the Merciful Brethren.  more

Evžen Zámečník has died at the age of 79. During his musical career he was a composer, violinist and conductor.  more

The management of the National Theatre Brno is holding auditions for the opera orchestra for the positions of 2nd trombone with responsibility for the 3rd trombone, and for the position of 3rd trombone and for the position of orchestra handler.  more

The Brno psych-pop group Ghost of You has brought out their new album Black Yoga, which they are christening in the Fléda club. Part of the concert will also be a light projection. The Serbian rock band Repetitor will be special guests.  more

Donny McCaslin and his then band Perpetual Motion was a great attraction already in 2012, when the organisers of JazzFest Brno presented him as a foreign star who was to bring his energetic, jazz/funk music to Brno. This year was totally different. Czech audiences know McCaslin well from his concert at Colours of Ostrava and other appearances here, but mainly as the man who worked with David Bowie on his last, critically acclaimed, album Blackstar. Though Bowie’s shadow dogs McCaslin, he doesn’t try to escape it. His album Beyond Now (2016) includes his own version of the singer’s dark piece Warszawa from 1976 and the twenty-years-younger song A Small Plot Of Land (with singer Jeff Taylor). And Bowie could be heard (though as an addition) at the Brno concert too. more

If you are a fan of and listener to ancient music then you will certainly have heard of the Czech Ensemble Baroque and its artistic director Roman Válek. The ensemble works with historically informed interpretations from older stylistic periods, mainly the baroque and classical. The main strength of the orchestra lies in the performance of large musical-dramatic works. Among their recent achievements is the artificially created oratorio Příběh o Kristu (The Story of Christ) created from thematically linked works by the composer Heinrich Schütz. The ensemble has also paid great attention to the works of František Xaver Richter, whose Requiem and passion oratorio Deposizione dalla croce di Gesu Cristo were part of the most recent recording by the orchestra.  more

Every now and then works appear on a concert that the listeners have not had a chance to appreciate before. In most cases these premieres serve to spice up the otherwise standard repertoire of a concert. Whether it is a brand new piece or a modern premiere resulting from long hours of research in the archives, it normally takes place alongside a long-term classic. For example if a reconstructed symphony by an unknown classical period composer is to be performed then it is almost a certainty that with it we will hear Mozart, Beethoven or Haydn. The programme for the concert by Brno’s Ensemble Opera Diversa with the violin virtuoso Milan Paľa, with which the orchestra opened their concert cycle Slovakia in Brno, was however made up only of premieres of contemporary music.  more

After more than fifty years The Queen of Spades by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is returning to the repertoire of the national Theatre Brno. The premiere on 17 February in the Mahen Theatre of the production by Martin Glaser also involves one more return for music theatre – after more than sixty years Soňa Červená will once more being treading the boards in Brno.  more

Music-lovers in Brno like to remember the visit Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart made to the city at the turn of 1767-68. The theme of the third subscription concert of the Brno Philharmonic from the cycle The Philharmonic at Home I was however the composer’s visit to Prague. And this was not without reason. Prague has an indisputable place in the professional career of the most significant representative of Viennese classicism. To go with the chosen theme the programme creators chose important milestones in the composer’s output that were linked to Prague and its inhabitants. The Brno Philharmonic Orchestra was conducted by Alexander Liebreich and the pianist was Saleem Ashkar.  more

Bombarďák: 3fo3

7 February 2018, 1:00

The three musketeers in fact numbered four. In the same way 3fo3 (which reads as “three fotři” – a play on words since ‘fotr’ is an unflattering term for father) is made up of four members. To the founding members of Bombarďák, Michal Dalecký, Jiří Jelínek and Filip Nebřenský, Matěj Pospíšil was added as a kind of d’Artagnan. However otherwise everything has stayed the same. Bombarďák – or rather the lyricist Jiří Jelínek – speaks to kids with a dynamic language full of fashionable and modern expressions. In the space of very brief songs (on average under two minutes) they are able to tell humorous tales full of wordplay and situational humour. One song follows on from another, mostly upbeat, with speaking as well as singing, on the borders of song and theatrical sketch, but all fitting together well.  more

A big circus tent is now standing in the Lužánky park; until June this year it will play host to New Circus shows, theatre performances and concerts.  more

Hits like Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever or How Deep Is Your Love sung beautifully, and wonderfully constructed and danced choreography in shiny disco costumes, and three exceptional performances in the main roles. That is the currency of the new Brno musical Saturday Night Fever. The director Stanislav Moša staged it in the Municipal Theatre.  more

Brno is a city full of contrasts. A short walk through its centre reveals curious contrasts: the Rozkvět passage next to the House of the Lords of Lipá or the Omega department store inserted into the historic centre are clear examples. The Brno Philharmonic also bases its musical production on the contrast of old with new. More than once I have praised the fresh programmes of the concerts, which go for contrasting musical works and present combinations of compositions which are rarely heard alongside each other. In the case of the concert entitled Romantic Fairy Tales of 24 January however the programme was down to earth. There were no sudden dissonances or odd instrumental combinations and the musical language did not depart from the moderately conventional. However we do not have only the contrasts of old and new, known and unknown, but unfortunately also between quality and its absence and not last between interesting and dull.  more

The cimbalom is an instrument most of us associate with folk music. This may be especially because of the long tradition of cimbalom music, which in the course of the 20th century gradually began to be promoted in Moravia.  more

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