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The National Theatre Brno Ballet will be performing the work of the Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Sleeping Beauty is returning to the Brno stage for the third time.  more

The Brno City Municipality – Culture Department has opened a grant programme for the support of projects for the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia and the end of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, and for the 50th anniversary of the events of August 1968.  more

The Slovak group Fallgrapp has released their second album V hmle (In the Fog). They are performing the concert version in Brno’s Fléda club with an eight-man line-up with a trio of violins and drums. They will be introduced in the stage by the ambient music duo Himalayan Dalai Lama. The will end with the Slovak producer Fvlcrvm.  more

This traditional event of Brno’s art schools is this year focused on a selection from the contemporary music scene, the sounds of r'n'b, rap, house and techno.  more

This Brno group’s album was created during the summer and autumn of 2016. Budoár staré dámy (Old Lady’s Boudoir) recorded it in the Indies studio with Broněk Šmid.  more

This alternative group from Kladno christened their album Kosti (Bones). Martin E. Kyšperský was godfather for this christening in Brno.  more

ProART Festival has opened applications for the workshops in dance, singing, acting, photography and other arts. This year the festival will take place in Brno, Liberec and Valtice. The workshops will be led by, among others, Iva Bittová, Irene Bauer, Martin Dvořák, Ida Kelarová, Aleš Slanina, Leonie Wahl, Veronika Žilková and more.  more

The traditional club night Hrnem Brnem brings together six music clubs. Čankišou, Safe Escape, Circus Brothers, Supertesla, The Rocket Dogz, Ghost of You and others will be performing.  more

The Brno Contemporary Orchestra is preparing an extraordinary concert for the 85th birthday of Marek Kopelent. A selection from his works will be performed by Irena Troupová, Vilém Veverka, Josef Klíč and the Brno Contemporary Orchestra under Pavel Šnajdr.  more

The post-rock group Cold Cold Nights with Jakub Jirásek will christen their debut album The (Last) Summer in Brno. As a support act the Czech shoegazing group Manon Meurt will be performing. The concert will be accompanied by the light design of Natálie Rajnišová.  more

In the week before Easter JazzFest entered its second half. Another series of concerts linking various forms of jazz from traditional through jazz-rock to funk begun with an evening of Brno and Prague jazz legends in CED Husa na provázku and followed by a double concert of the Jiří Šimek guitar trio and the stellar Poogie Bell Band with their unmistakeable (and resounding) frontman on his drum kit. more

Antonín Fajt is the son of the singer and violin player Iva Bittová and the drummer Pavel Fajt. Even if he does appear as a guest on the latest album At Home by Iva Bittová & Čikori, it isn’t a case of nepotism. He came up with and perfected his playing and composing style himself. He has had the chance to compare his childhood spent in Moravia with the last ten years spent overseas. And since he enjoys linking musical activity with for example the culinary arts or the healing effects of art, our interview was by no means just about music.  more

In including Patricia Barber in the concert series of the National Theatre Brno the director Filip Haberman has fulfilled not just his own dreams. The original jewel of the American jazz scene filled the Mahen Theatre with listeners and provided a spectacular musical experience. It was as if the space was predestined for the performance of this concert. The theatre auditorium underlined the singer’s grandeur, but at the same time created a chamber, almost club-like atmosphere. This time Patricia Barber travelled to the Czech Republic from her hometown of Chicago as a trio of young musicians – with the double bass player Patrick Mulcahy and the drummer Nat Friedman.  more

In the intimate setting of the Theatre Husa na provázku the programme director of Brno’s JazzFest, Vilém Spilka decided to hold two smaller chamber concerts. It was a good decision since the audience had an opportunity from up close to see soloists swapping with musicians and so become part of an interesting event.        more

In Brno’s Blahoslavův dům a concert took place drawing on the legacy of Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble. Rather than copying the project from the nineties the ensemble Cantar Lontano and Gavino Murgia provided an authentic interpretation and it was a great success.  more

When I polled Czech jazz musicians to find the most significant woman on the domestic scene, the largest number of votes went to the trumpet player, composer and conductor Štěpánka Balcarová and the pianist and composer Beata Hlavenková. In the JazzFest Brno festival both will be performing. The Concept Art Orchestra big band under Štěpánka Balcarová will be performing on Wednesday 5 April in the Theatre Husa na provázku and a day later the trumpet player will be playing in HaDivadlo with her Czech-Polish group Inner Spaces. On Thursday 13 April in Besední dům the will be a concert of Beata Hlavenková, focussing on her most recent album Scintilla. We conducted interviews with both young ladies.  more

The sixteenth JazzFestBrno – along with other strong programming – offers a chance to compare the playing of several excellent saxophonists. Immediately on the opening night (23 March) the exquisite Joe Lovano will be playing in the Sono Centre, and on 19 April in the same place Chris Potter will have his chance to shine as several times winner of various journalists’ surveys of the best players in the world on the tenor saxophone. Listeners will have a chance to compare two European players on Wednesday 29 March, when on the stage of the Sono Centre the Czech saxophonist based in Denmark, Luboš Soukup, and his Norwegian contemporary Marius Neset, also living in Copenhagen, take turns on stage. And on 5 April a young Czech who is studying in Norway, Michal Wróblewski, will be performing with his international ensemble.  more

The singer Lenka Nová was born in Brno. Even now she frequently and happily returns. Last autumn she released her third profile disk, Čtyřicítka (Forty), on which there are ten personal songs with texts by Michal Horáček. She was recently nominated for the Anděl music prize in the category Singer of the Year. This year with a newly rehearsed repertoire on March 8 and 9 in the bar U kouřícího králíka in her home town she opened her Čtyřicítka Tour, the spring part of which will be concluded with a Prague concert in the DVA studio on May 21. And we spoke about all of this …  more

Love at a Distance is a contemporary opera that is nonetheless a clear classic. The National Theatre Brno production is of this excellent work by Kaiji Saariaho that has become part of the world repertoire. The selection and realisation of this production has uniquely and significantly scored in a domestic context.  more

I saw them at the bottom end of Kobližná street. That’s it! It’s a rare example, seldom seen. With this my picture of Brno’s musical fauna has been brought to a satisfying close. After all what kind of city of music would it be if an organ grinder didn’t appear at least occasionally!  more

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Students' concert

27/04/17, 17:00 / Komorní sál HF JAMU v Brně (Chamber Music Hall of the Faculty of Music, JAMU Brno)

Graduation concert / Matej Stašík – piano

27/04/17, 17:00 / Koncertní sál HF JAMU v Brně (Cancert Hall of the Faculty of Music, JAMU Brno)

La traviata

27/04/17, 19:00 / Janáčkovo divadlo (Janáček Theatre)

Light under 'Café Brel'

27/04/17, 19:00 / Divadlo Na Orlí (Na Orlí Theatre)

Viki is walking towards happiness

27/04/17, 19:00 / Hudební scéna Městského divadla Brno (Music Theatre)

ABBA World revival

27/04/17, 19:30 / KD Rubín (House of Culture Rubín)

Michal Horáček: recitál Mezi námi

27/04/17, 19:30 / Sono Centrum

Graduation concert / Sakura Ito – violin

27/04/17, 19:30 / Koncertní sál HF JAMU v Brně (Cancert Hall of the Faculty of Music, JAMU Brno)

Moonlight Breakfast

27/04/17, 20:00 / Kabinet múz (The Cabinet of Muses)

Listening Guide: Leoš Janáček's Sinfonietta
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