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The Fast Food Orchestra is a perennial star of the Czech Republic’s ska-punk and reggae scene. This year, it will celebrate its 20 years of existence with a series of spring concerts, and will also perform at the Fléda music club. Featured guests appearing in the concert will be Su-shu, Dr. Kary and a number of additional musicians who have gone through this band in the past.
The Summer School of Baroque Music in Holešov focuses on performing vocal-instrumental works of older style periods in the style of informed interpretation of early music. Teaching takes place in the form of workshops and lectures led by domestic and foreign artists and teachers. This year's season offers tuition in all artistic categories that are involved in the performance of the compositions (choir, soloists, ensembles, positive organ, harpsichord, figured bass, violin, viola, cello, bassoon, flute and newly also baroque trombone – sackbut, percussion and viola da gamba). Among the lecturers of this year's run are Anastasia Baraviera, Tereza Válková, Jean-François Lombard, Robin Tyson and Roman Válek.
The Tomáš Kočko & ORCHESTRA band released their first album twenty years ago, and now produced its remake. At that time, the band debuted with a song named Horní chlapci [Boys from the Upper End], which referred to the Moravian Wallachian poet Ladislav Nezdařil. The re-recorded album will be launched in the Stará Pekárna music club in Brno.
The Tourist Information Centre recently published the second part of its Authentic Guide THIS IS BRNO II. The city of Brno is presented in it by prominent local personalities from the ranks of artists, publicists, photographers and Brno patriots, plus one Prague writer. One separate chapter in the guide is dedicated to musical Brno; it was written by a performer who calls himself burning.
The Easter Festival of Sacred Music 2019 will again resound in Brno‘s churches. There will be, for example, the world première of a composition by Toivo Tulev, Gregorian chant, Byzantine passion, a symphony for solo violin, organ concerts, dark hours, festive Renaissance Rome or Bach's Easter Oratorio. The theme of this year's season Ceremony / It's Good to Praise the Lord; the programme consists of six concerts and three dark hours.
The composer of classical music František Chaloupka writes conceptual rock albums under the artistic nickname Iszek Baraque. Last year he issued a solo album under the same name. In January of this year, he issued a portrait in film to accompany this almost hour-long song album. This self-portrait was taken care of by the multimedia artist Panáčik, who also works together with Chaloupka on his compositions and operas.
The story of the musical comes from the book Without the Internet. My Half Year Offline by German journalist and editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung, Alex Rühle. Offline! tells of the experiences of a person who gave up the internet willingly for half a year. The musical was studied by the graduating year of musical students of the Theatre Faculty of the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts, and the production is the original idea of dramaturge Martin Sládeček and composer Mario Buzzi, directed by Lukáš Kopecký.
Evenings of the cycle named Music Stocktaking of the Brno-based orchestra Ensemble Opera Diversa regularly bring to light various half-forgotten works by Czech composers. This Tuesday's concert in the concert hall of the Convent of Merciful Brother [Konvent Milosrdných bratří] became a commemorative tribute to the anniversary of the tragic years 1939 and 1969. Violinist Milan Paľa and pianists Kristýna Znamenáčková and Lucie Pokorná performed alongside the orchestra. The performance was conducted by the permanent conductor of the orchestra Gabriela Tardonová.
The ensemble Šafrán from Moravian Slovakia is already a traditional organiser of the Brno “fašank“. This event, in the spirit of folk traditions, always takes place on Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and it marks the beginning of Christian fasting. Its roots go back to the pagan times, but it is now part of Christian feasts almost all over the world. Marches of masks in various regions of Moravia are called končiny, masopust, fašanek or, for example, šibřinky. Its ensemble parallel in Brno tries to stick to the folk pattern. It begins with a parade in Náměstí svobody Square. This year it continued through the Alfa Mall to the market building at the Cabbage Market. The end of the programme was performed by the ensemble Lučina, which showed the audience the so-called burial of a double bass. It is a custom consisting in a staged burial of this musical instrument, symbolising the end of entertainment, calming down and preparing for Easter.
"In the past, old people used to be as old as we allegedly are today" sings Slávek Janoušek in his song Alzheimer and Parkinson. The songwriter, who celebrated his 65th birthday last September, found aging as an extremely powerful theme for his new album. Tohle je vzkaz [This Is a Message] is an album not only about incrementing years of age, but also about how we increasingly appreciate our families and our roots as we “grow old“. Although we can find very strong moments in all Janoušek's albums, Tohle je vzkaz can be perceived as the third part of the trilogy of his most powerful recordings – Kdo to zavinil [Whose Fault Is It] (1988), Tancuj a zpívej [Dance and Sing] (1997) and Tohle je vzkaz [This Is a Message] (2018).
In the hall of Blahoslav House (the centre for the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren) yesterday evening there were performances of religious works from the late Renaissance and the early Baroque by the chamber choir Ensemble Versus and the period instruments ensemble Castello in Aria. Both bodies were conducted by the artistic director Vladimír Maňas. In yesterday’s programme there were both proven works and unknown ones by rarely performed European composers.
Yesterday Brno City Theatre gave the European premiere of the musical The Last Ship, written by the world-famous musician Sting. It is a mixture of his wonderful music drawn from British folk, a successfully and honestly told tale and also a strong acting performance, which should guarantee the production’s successful voyage to the audience.
The web portal Brno – Music Friendly City is celebrating its sixth birthday. As a symbolic present to our readers we are bringing you the first of our regular monthly contributions from the Brno dramatist, writer and screenwriter Milan Uhde. He will be sharing his memories and thoughts as well as descriptions of current events in the field of culture in Brno. His theme today is the Janáček Brno festival.
A concert organised for an exceptional event took place on Thursday at ZUŠ PhDr. Zbyňka Mrkose (a primary school specialising in music) in Brno’s Židenice district. The event was given the title Cimbálový kolaudační concert (A Cimbalom Commissioning Concert. What exactly was being commissioned? From the title it was evident the main star of the programme was a cimbalom. This big instrument with its velvet tones was not the centre of attention by accident. The item being commissioned was a new cimbalom for the musical inventory of the previously mentioned music school. The manufacturer of the instrument was the Brno company of Všianský. The actual maker Pavel Všianský, a famous musician, also personally took part, telling the participants something about the construction of this instrument.
The latest opera production of the National Theatre in Brno is Don Carlos by the composer Giuseppe Verdi and the poet Friedrich Schiller. This work, directed by the director of this institution, Martin Glaser, had its premiere on Saturday 2 February 2019 in the Janáček Theatre. The stage set was designed by Pavel Borák and the costumes by Markéta Sládečková-Oslzlá. Lighting was the responsibility of Martin Špetlík. The performance was conducted by Jaroslav Kyzlink, who also produced the performance with the choir and orchestra of the Janáček Opera of the National Theatre in Brno. The main roles were filled by Luciano Mastro as Don Carlos and Federico Sacchi as King Philip II, Carlos’ father; Jiří Brückler is the friend of the title character and the confidant of the king, Rodrigo, Marquis of Posa. Linda Ballová took the part of the young queen and madly infatuated Elisabeth of Valois; the figure of the vengeful Princess Eboli, who secretly loves the king’s son was played by Veronika Hajnová-Fialová. The intimidating inquisitor was played by Ondrej Mráz. Also appearing were Andrea Široká, Martina Mádlová, Zdeněk Nečas and David Szendiuch.
The Brno singer and artist Dáša Ubrová has sung with a group, performs with a big-band and is close to chanson, jazz and rock. Her album, named simply after her, is important to her and not only because it is her solo debut. It is the first time she has written all the lyrics herself. The music is mainly created by her “court co-workers” and album producers, the pianist Vojtěch Svatoš and the guitarist Pavel Šmíd.