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The dance group Protyboty, together with the musician Eva Rohleder, will launch their album Slon a mravenec [Elephant and Ant]. The stage production of the same name for children is based on a book by Daisy Mrázková, accompanied by songs of Eva Rohleder, which are now captured on the upcoming album. A guest of the album release will be Jiří Jelínek.  more

The motto of the 2019/20 operatic season is the Searching… Already the very first premiere is dedicated to the theme of the search for love. The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacque Offenbach are being prepared by the duo of directors SKUTR (which stands for Martin Kukučka and Lukáš Trpišovský). This opera returns to the stage of the Janáček Theatre after almost twenty years, this time in a musical production by Ondrej Olos. The main roles will be performed by soloists of Janáček Opera of the National Theatre Brno, and regular guests of the ensemble will also appear. The leading female roles will feature, for example,  Markéta Cukrová,  Slovak soprano Martina Masaryková, Pavla Vykopalová and Daniela Straková-Šedrlová. The male parts will be performed by Luciano Mastro and Mickael Spadaccinni, or, for example, Ondrej Mráz and Jiří Sulženko.   more

Bohuslav Martinů and composers related  with him and with France. Composers celebrating the jubilee as well as the Moravian Autumn festival. These are the main themes of this year's edition. The festival runs from late September to mid-October. It will open with Einstein on the Beach, a minimalist opera by Philip Glass, in which Suzanne Vega takes on the role of the narrator. The festival will culminate with two life anniversaries, celebrated by the chief conductor of the Brno Philharmonic, Dennis Russell Davies, and Hungarian conductor, composer and teacher Peter Eötvös.      more

Babylonfest is a parade of national and ethnic minorities living in the city of Brno. This year it enters its 12th season. Its programme will offer concerts, music-literary works and a pub quiz. For example, the folk ensemble Púčik, the Russian ensemble Matrjoška [Matryoshka], Německý pěvecký kroužek [The German Singing Club], the dance group Piroš rouža, the dance ensemble Prometheus and others will perform.  more

Drummer Chris "Daddy" Dave will be another guest of the autumn echoes of JazzFestBrno. He will perform in the Sono Centre with his own band called Drumhedz, where he will present his works combining various genre influences from modern jazz to rock and R&B or hip-hop. Hiromi, Aaron Parks "Little Big" and Shai Maestro Trio will also appear during the autumn concert series.  more

A concert cycle of Czech Ensemble Baroque entitled Bacha na Mozarta! [in Czech, this is a pun meaning both "Bach on Mozart!" and "Beware of Mozart!"] will open the season in Brno with the world première of Offertoria by Pavel Josef Vejvanovský. The first concert of the 8th season of this cycle will take place in the Church of St. Michael.   more

This year's Blues Rock Fest will feature as many as five music evenings at the Metro Music Bar in Brno. Matěj Ptaszek and Jan St. Johnny Stehlík, who together will present their new CD dedicated to the fiftieth anniversary of the legendary Woodstock festival. Also featured will be Lord Bishop Rocks from the USA and Tom Jegr Gang, Julian Sas Band, Pump and Charlie The Bomber. The conclusion of the festival will belong to Hoochie Coochie Band, who will celebrate their quarter of a century on the music scene.  more

Brno Radio will open an exhibition tomorrow to mark its 95th anniversary of regular broadcasting. The exhibition features the voices of Oldřich Nový, Karel Absolon and Jiří Mahen falling from a special sound shower. There will also be a radio receiver, which was made ninety years ago by Brno airport staff for their director. The exhibition starts today 6 September.  more

The Icelandic band GusGus will start the autumn season at Fléda. It will be followed by a concert of the Ukrainian rapper Alyona Alyona. New albums will be presented in Brno by Hooverphonic, Jan Blomqvist Band, De Staat, Movits! and Kadebostany. The highlight of the autumn dramaturgy will be a performance by Vitalic with their new project Kompromat.  more

Ensemble Opera Diversa is preparing the second performance of the 25th symphony by the composer František Gregor Emmert in Brno. The programme, dedicated to contemporary sacred music, will complement this symphony with a selection of Emmert's Psalm Songs and an iconic composition for strings by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. The soloists of the evening will be Jarmila Balážová, Milan Paľa and Marek Paľa, and the concert will be conducted by Marián Lejava.  more

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As a UNESCO-listed city of music, Brno has had four festival days full of music and dance. Tens of concerts and performances with hundreds of performers took place at twenty-two music venues. Music in the streets sounded on every corner, but most attention this year was attracted by four rooms by the artist Kateřina Šedá, in which artists of different genres and nationalities took turns. Another attraction was the performances of the British Motionhouse and No Fit State Circus, who repeatedly enchanted the Náměstí Svobody Square with their acrobatic pieces and breathtaking performances. Two large stages were also set up – Dominik Stage on Dominikánské Square and Django Stage on Malinovského Square, on which appeared artists such as Jana Kirschner, Monika Bagárová, minus123minutes or Jan P. Muchow & The Antagonists. Traditionally, the festival was accompanied by the sound of barrel organs whose players met in Brno as part of their 10th international meeting. This year, singer and multi-instrumentalist Tinatin Tsereteli (Hannover) and violinist Nicola Manzan (Bologna) as artists from UNESCO partner cities of music also premiered at the Brno Music Marathon. The atmosphere of the festival is captured in the video below. more

In the course of four days the Brno Music Marathon offered some 150 concerts with more than 500 participants. The festival brought together local artists and guests from abroad. The Jazz Evening in the Sono Centre opened with Brno’s Marek Kotača Trio, followed by Yaron Herman from Israel and Kenny Garrett from the USA, while on the stage at Špilberk Castle the local hip-hop legends Chaozz and the crossover and world music Dog Eat Dog got the audience moving. The Adicts from England together with the Prague group The Fialky took care of the rock evening at Fléda, while in the Sono Centre it was the Dutch Physical Graffiti paying tribute to Led Zeppelin. Brno was full of rock, with the British alt-J also performing on Sunday evening.  more

An interview between Kateřina Bajo, the main coordinator for the membership of Prague as a city of literature in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and David Dittrich, main coordinator for the membership of Brno as a city of music in the same network. The UNESCO Creative Cities Network was set up in 2004 and its main aim is to support cooperation and international cooperation and creativity. Now it brings together 180 member cities from 72 countries from around the world. The cities fall into 7 creative areas – literature, music, design, film, gastronomy, traditional crafts and media. A city applying for membership in the network has to fulfil very strict criteria, and it must be supported not only by the commission of experts but also by all the member cities.  more

Brno is now one of the 180 cities from around the world that belongs to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Only some three dozen of these are focused on music. After Prague it is the second city in the Czech Republic to be accepted into this network. The awarded title recognises the work of artists, people working in culture, the diversity of genres and cooperation with the surrounding region.  more

The unique event ZUŠ Open will present on Tuesday May 30 up to a thousand musical, dance, theatre and artistic performances in 280 Bohemian, Moravian and Silesian towns and cities. Brno also will have an exceptionally rich programme tomorrow, culminating in a joint vocal performance of children with Magdalena Kožená on Moravian Square and a celebratory concert of the Mozart’s Children Festival in Besední dům together with the Brno Philharmonic. The Brno event is part of Brno’s candidacy for the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the field of music.  more

Composer Leoš Janáček is one of Brno's prodigies. The Janáček Brno Project presents the composer in several stages. One of them is the recently updated Leoš Janáček app, which maps the sites of his work and contains parts of his compositions.  more

The Swedish mezzo-soprano Katarina Karnéus is hosting in Radok's opera staging of Bluebeard's Castle / Expectation where she plays the role of the Woman. Katarina Karnéus is the winner of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition and debuted at the New York Metropolitan Opera as Varvara in Janáček's Katya Kabanova. This season, she performs in the Stuttgart Staatstheatre, Theater Basel and in the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus. The premiere of the Bluebeard's Castle / Expectation is part of the programme of the 2016 Janáček Brno Festival.  more

The specialised radio magazine Svět rozhlasu published extensive material in issue 35 – responses of employees to a poll regarding the issue of regional broadcasting.  From it, we publish part of the critical text of Jiří Plocek which deals with the Brno station of Czech Radio. Based on the suggestions from the poll, the management of the Czech Radio decided to organise a conference on regional broadcasting and its perspective on 11 October. Both the professional and general public are invited.  more

The SIDES debut album was released in the Full Moon Forum project. The Metronome Blues are now introducing a video for the song War Crimes which was written in 2010 in response to the London terrorist attacks.  more

The holiday series of Leoš Janáček’s texts Něco o hudbě brněnské (Something about music in Brno) will be concluded by his confession to the city where he spent the majority of his life. It is the year 1866 and Brno is occupied by the Prussian army...