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Brno's ÚstaF-voiceband.cz is the only ensemble of its kind in the Czech Republic. It devotes itself to the interpretation of poetry on theatre stages. Today, Friday 8 November, it will present the premiere of its performance In an Old Photo, which will also be one of the first theatrical pieces in the newly created Brno field of performing arts called Terrain. The premiere deals with the work of Pernambuco by Ivan Wernisch.  more

The Czech Culture Year was launched in October 2018 by the Ball at the Leipzig Opera and culminated with a guest appearance at the Leipzig Book Fair in March 2019. It will also finish at the Leipzig Opera, featuring the National Theatre Brno with its production of Jenufa by Leoš Janáček.  more

Today, on Saturday 2  November 2019, the opening concert of the 6th VOX IMAGINIS concert cycle will take place. All concerts of this series are prepared in cooperation with the Moravian Gallery in Brno. They promise themed evenings that combine chamber music, literary texts and fine art. Today's concert will take place at the Governor's Palace, bearing the subtitle "Musical Friendship". People will hear String Quartet in D minor by Antonín Dvořák and the Clarinet Quintet in B minor by Johannes Brahms, performed by Graffe Quartet and Canadian clarinettist James Campbell. Texts and letters of Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák will be recited by actor Saša Rašilov.  more

Divergent Connections Orchestra is preparing a concert performance on the occasion of the 101st anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. Events with the subtitle 101 Beers – 101 Paintings & 30 Freedom Rums? will take place in the House of the Lords of Lipá. Both songs will be presented only once.   more

The Symphony Orchestra of the Primary Art School of the City of Brno was founded in 1994 on the initiative of headmasters of primary art schools in Brno. Since 2003, the band has been called Young Brno Symphony Orchestra. This year the orchestra celebrates 25 years of its existence with a concert in the Hall of the Convent of Merciful Brothers.  more

The opening of the seventh season of the Jazz & World Music cycle, which consists of six evenings this year, is approaching. It will introduce musicians from Europe and overseas. At the beginning of the subscription series, Dan Tepfer will perform his Natural Machines programme and will play on a Yamaha disklavier. Other concerts will feature Efe Turumtay & Nikola Zarić, Lucienne Renaudin Vary & Robert Balzar Trio and Airelle Besson & Lionel Suarez.  more

Tomorrow, another season of broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera begins at the Scala University Cinema. The Metropolitan Opera in New York is launching a programme of live broadcasting into cinemas for the 2019/20 season. Ten productions are directed to Czech cinemas, five of which are new. Opera productions such as Tosca, Turandot or Madama Butterfly will be available for viewing.  New pieces include Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin and Akhnaten by Philip Glass. The broadcast season will begin with Puccini's Turandot featuring soprano Christine Goerke and conducted by  Yannick Nézet-Séguin,  music director of the Met.  more

The mystical cantata Musikalische Exequien by Heinrich Schütz, the greatest composer of the era before Bach, will be performed by the Czech Ensemble Baroque. This work will be confronted with another two-chorus motet at the concert, but this time written by an almost unknown author, Johannes Schimrack (or Ján Šimrák in Slovak). The concert will take place in the Church of St. Michael.  more

The 23rd Plus 2019 New Music Meeting international music festival is dedicated to contemporary acoustic and electronic music and multimedia projects. This season will be opened by an expert in the interpretation of contemporary music – the  Belgian pianist Daan Vandewalle. The festival programme also features a gala concert to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gideon Klein or the Czech premiere of the Force Field  multimedia project. The festival is organized by the Music Faculty of JAMU.      more

In response to the passing of Georgian composer Giya Kancheli, the Moravian Autumn festival included an extraordinary concert in his honour into its programme. The concert, led by Jan Ocetek, will take place in the Church of Jan Amos Comenius (The Red Church).  more

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In the premises of the neo-Gothic Czech Brethren Evangelical Church of J. A. Comenius, on the fifth evening of the Moravian Autumn festival, a performance of sacred music for choir and organ took place. In addition to the choir of the same name, Martinů Voices was also dominated by the organist Linda Sítková and a four-member ensemble of French horns. All this under the direction of choirmaster Lukáš Vasilek. more

The third event of this year's Moravian Autumn festival was transferred to a theatre stage. The event was made happen by Terén, which is a platform acting as a third stage of the Centre of Experimental Theatre, right after the Goose on a String and HaDivadlo theatres. And it was on this particular stage of the Goose on a String where the world premiere of a stage production of Oedipus by André Gide took place yesterday. Composer Bohuslav Martinů stands behind its equally important incidental music.  more

The jubilee 50th Moravian Autumn music festival started yesterday at Bobycentrum in Brno with a concert performance of the minimalist opera Einstein on the Beach by composer Philip Glass and director Robert Wilson. The concert version was created by collaboration of visual artist Germaine Kruip, Suzanne Vega and Ictus Ensemble and Collegium Vocale Gent. Although only the music remained from the previously stage show, the length of the concert itself was comparable with the opera work. Hence, the evening lasted almost four hours.  more

Doctor Fligg talked to us about one of the most talented composers and musicians of the first half of the twentieth century – Gideon Klein. He is at the same time one of the organizers of the project Gido‘s coming home, which commemorates a flat one hundred years from the composer’s birth.  more

The National Theatre Brno started its new season yesterday by staging The Tales of Hoffmann, an opéra fantastique by French composer Jacques Offenbach with French libretto written by poet Jules Barbier. Directing was undertaken by the recognized artistic tandem SKUTR, consisting of Martin Kukučka and Lukáš Trpišovský. The title role was presented by Luciano Mastro, his faithful companion Nicklausse (and also the figure of the Muse at the end of the show) was performed by Markéta Cukrová. The roles of Hoffmann's sweethearts Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta and Stella have were performed by Martina Masaryková, Pavla Vykopalová, Daniela Straková-Šedrlová and Andrea Široká. The character of Hoffmann's eternal rival (Lindorf/Coppélius/Miracle/ Dappertutto) was interpreted by Ondrej Mráz. The orchestra was led by Ondrej Olos, the choir by Klára Složilová Roztočilová.  more

The Brno Philharmonic launched its 64th season yesterday, which is also the second season of its current Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Dennis Russell Davies. Beside him, the leading Russian pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja also stood on the stage of the Brno Stadium. Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major and the Czech premiere of the composition DA.MA.SHI.E by the Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi's, connected with animated films of director Hayao Miyazaki, were chosen for the ceremonial start.  more

The fourteenth season of the Subscription Concert Cycle was launched yesterday evening by the Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno with captivating music. A jubilant, almost festive programme was played in the Besední dům, following a performance at the St. Wenceslas Music Festival in Ostrava the previous evening. However, there were faithful and long-time spectators in Brno without whom the entire cycle would lose its meaning.  more

Yesterday evening at the piazzetta of the Janáček Theatre was marked by a concert to commence the 2019/2020 season of the National Theatre Brno (NdB). Promotion of the event ensured the most important thing for this music evening – hundreds of spectators who filled up the whole place. We should not forget the really wide age range, which is so much needed for future culture, especially at its lower limit (still in strollers).     more

Only rarely one single song is the main topic for an interview. In the case of the cellist Josef Klíč, the concert master of the National Theatre in Brno, this was offered. It does not happen every day that a  Czech composer and his song reach the finals of a worldwide competition. However, there were more reasons for our talk – memories of the late Jaroslav Erik Frič, Josef's contract at the Janáček Theatre and the upcoming new album.  more

For the opening concert of the 20th anniversary season of the Špilberk Festival yesterday, the Brno Philharmonic chose a dramaturgy consisting of proven as well as lesser-known pieces. The subtitle Romantic Carnival immersed all evening in the carnival spirit associated with celebrations before the carnival opening. The aim of the programme was to characterize the period of merriment, celebrations and masks by compositions that tell with their mood about this period of the year. The almost full-up castle courtyard had the opportunity to enjoy an unpretentious and appealing programme, which also with its lower temperature more easily approached that cold carnival period.       more

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Moravští skladatelé k jubileu brněnské konzervatoře

21/11/19, 19:00 / Koncertní sál Konzervatoře Brno (Concert Hall of the Brno Conservatoire)

Big Music / Isha Trio / Expozice nové hudby

21/11/19, 19:00 / Besední dům Concert Hall

Big Music / Trio Helix / Expozice nové hudby

22/11/19, 19:00 / Besední dům Concert Hall

Big Brno / Expozice nové hudby

22/11/19, 21:00 / Besední dům Concert Hall

Puss in boots

24/11/19, 15:00 / Reduta Theatre

Karel Kohaut - Sinfonie

24/11/19, 17:00 / Stará radnice, křišťálový sál // Old Town Hall, Crystal Hall

Big Atlas / Expozice nové hudby

24/11/19, 19:00 / Dům umění města Brna (The Brno House of Arts)

Graduation concert / Kryštof Neduchal – trumpet

26/11/19, 19:00 / kostel Nanebevzetí Panny Marie - U jezuitů (Church of the Assumption of Virgin Mary - Jesuits)


Listening Guide: Leoš Janáček's Sinfonietta
with Jakub Hrůša
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