Czech conductor and a Bohemian sound. Jakub Hrůša is the new conductor of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Jakub Hrůša will become the fifth Chief Conductor and the musical director of the prominent German orchestra the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra Players – the Bavarian State Philharmonic Orchestra (Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie) in the 2016/2017 season. It was announced today during the morning ceremony, which was attended by Jakub Hrůša himself, by Bavaria’ Minister of Culture Dr. Ludwig Spaenle together with Marcus Rudolf Axt, Chief Executive.
The club, which is starting its 25th concert season, has been reconstructed and is now reopening to jazz musicians from both the domestic and foreign scene. The season will introduce bands as well as individuals such as Ostrich Quartet, Ambrose Akinmusire, Robert Balzar Trio, Vilém Spilka Quartet or Nuf Said.
The current 17th year of the festival is divided into two parts. The first part, called Intake of Breath, will take place during October and it will be the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Filigrán dance ensemble. The other part, called Exhalation, will introduce international guests and dance themed movies in November.
The Makropulos Affair opera record directed by David Radok and with music production by Marek Ivanovič won two awards at the International Television Festival Golden Prague which took place last night. The recordings won the Foundation VIZE 97 prize and a prize in the category of Performing Arts. The premiere of the opera was on 21 November 2014 during the Janáček Brno festival.
The 6th year of the international festival of organ music will introduce guests from Austria, Poland, Italy and Germany. Bach’s Organ Autumn is one of the most important organ projects in Central Europe. In addition to organ concerts, the programme also includes master courses at JAMU and children’s choir concerts.
Starting from today tickets for the Pavel Černoch Gala concert can be bought, which will take place at Janáček Theatre and it will be the only performance in the Czech Republic this year. The featured guests will include the mezzo-soprano Václava Krejčí Housková, Iveta Jiříková with a choir and the orchestra of Janáček’s opera with the conductor Jaroslav Kyzlink.
On the premises of the Department of Musicology a jubilee fiftieth International Musicological Colloquium begins today. In connection with the recent discovery of two manuscripts of Renaissance polyphony in the Saint James Church in Brno, this year is dedicated to the 15th and 16th century music culture. A concert of the ensemble Societas Incognitorum will take place within the Colloquium.
The exhibition in the Moravian Library called Miloslav Ištvan – a composer who went beyond the boundaries of European music will present individual listenings of sound recordings from the composer’s work and paintings by Zuzana Novotná Ištvanová. As part of the exhibition vernissage the Miloslav Ištvan Quartet will perform and a book about his life and work will be presented.
The Open House project is another event related to the 50th anniversary of the Janáček Theatre building opening. For two days, the theatre will be opened to visitors even outside the regular production and it will offer the tour of the stage, rehearsal rooms, backstage or the technical facilities of the building.
The album Jako živý was released by the band Folk Team on the occasion of its 40th anniversary. Along with them, a new CD called Koncert will be launched by AG Flek.
This year, the 17th annual festival brings five concerts and two cinema concerts showings in the large Šilberk Castle courtyard. Orff's cantata Carmina Burana, Antonín Dvořák's Te Deum and Händel's Messiah will be played. The event will feature performances by Dagmar Pecková, Ondřej Havelka and his Melody Makers, Dan Bárta, the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic Choir.
Cultural subsidy programmes for the following year have been approved and the deadline for submitting applications is approaching.
The international festival of the White Carpathians bears the subtitle "...culture from another world". This year's 24th annual festival hosts artists such as the Norwegian band Jaga Jazzist, American songwriter Shilpa Rey, Květy, Musica Folklorica, Please the Trees, and many others, on three stages.
The season of live broadcasts from the New York Metropolitan Opera starts in October. It will open with Tristan und Isolde by Richard Wagner. In Brno, you can watch the broadcasts in the Reduta Theatre and in the University Scala Cinema. This season will also offer productions such as Don Giovanni, starring Adam Plachetka, Nabucco, Rusalka and Eugene Onegin.
This musical evening will honour 400 years since the death of the English playwright William Shakespeare. The programme will include a tribute to his plays, which the Brno City Theatre performed earlier, three symphonic suites from Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet and sonnets set to music by Zdenek Merta.
The subtitle of this year's festival is Bach across the Region. Therefore, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries will wander through eight regions of the Czech Republic. A total of 21 concerts of organ and chamber music in the environment of churches and châteaux will take place during the festival.
The first year of the neighbourhood festival Lerchova - open to all will highlight the possibility of establishing the Lerchova Social and Cultural Centre in the Masaryk Quarter. The Facka Theatre, Luisovi sirotci or the Burningboy will perform during the programme. Activities for children will also get their space.
The first annual nationwide event to promote children's art schools ZUŠ OPEN will be held in public spaces across the country on 30 May 2017. All art schools may participate in the event. The event is a major project of the Magdalena Kožená Endowment Fund, the main mission of which is to promote art education in the Czech Republic.
The new series of chamber concerts in the unusual environment of the Brno Observatory and Planetarium will offer performances of the legendary actress and mezzo-soprano Soňa Červená and pianist Karel Košárek. In addition, there will be concerts by Irena Herajnová, pianists David Mareček and Ivo Kahánek, harpsichordist and organist Barbara Marie Willi and the musical formation Epoque Quartet.
Brno International Music Festival – 2016 Exposition of New Music starts the 29th annual event. The topic is Space for Listening. The programme will feature works by composers such as Ben Patterson, M.E.V., Richard Teitelbaum, Alvin Curran, Georges Aperghis, Ivo Medek, Christian Lauba, Pasquale Corrado, Giacinto Scelsi, Simon Steen-Andersen, Pavel Zlámal and more.
The Dělňák Culture House will be full of folklore. The seminar programme offers lessons of girls', boys' and pair dances and a workshop on regional garb maintenance.
Thirteen of Brno’s music schools have applied to the nationwide happening of music schools in public spaces, ZUŠ Open, which will take place on Tuesday May 30: V. Kaprálové, PhDr. Z. Mrkose, P. Křížkovského, Orchidea Clasic, J. Kvapila, F. Jílka, Charbulova, Veveří, Smetanova, Slunná, A. Doležala, Universum and the ZUŠ specialised in church music.
The 16th year of the JazzFestBrno festival presents the complete programme of this traditional spring jazz show. Along with the concerts of Chick Corea, Richard Bon and Steve Gadd there will also be for example performances the funk master drummer Poogie Bell and the Beninese guitarist Lionel Loueke.
After reconstruction the building of Czech Radio Brno has a new studio. Studio VII was figuratively baptised with the concert Living Notes from the series of folk concerts On a Moravian Note on Czech Radio Brno and Zlin. The musical dedication was made by the Horňácko group of Petr Mička, whose bandmaster is also one of the radio station’s editors. As guests they introduced the very talented young singers Anička Mičková and Janíček Pavlík and the Horňácko folk legend Martin Hrbáč. You can see the whole more than hour-long programme on the Czech Radio YouTube channel.
To record an album of famous jazz standards translated into Czech and yet not only to not come up short, but even to come across naturally and as much as possible even originally, is extremely demanding. Darek Neumann, “a kind of Brno character” (as stated in the booklet of the album) has managed it. The fact that it successfully balanced on the very borders of sentiment and pure blues, is much down to the lyrics of Ester Kočičková.
The mandolin player Martin Krajíček plays in various genres of groups. He has his own acoustic trio, is a member of the Jitka Šuranská Trio, plays in the “Mexican” group Mariachi Espuelas and in Cimbal Classica, plays klezmer and also teaches the mandolin. Since last year he has also been the organiser of the Mandolin Festival in Boskovice. This year it will take place from 8 to 10 June.
The group D.N.A. Brno, winners of the final of Porta in 2011, after a gap of four years have brought out a new album. Alongside a new surname for the bass guitarist (but it is still the same Barbora who years ago cofounded the then children’s and girls’ group) there was an important change in the line-up. Ondra Bojanovský (son of Aleš Bojanovský of FT Prima) has become a new member, playing rhythmic instruments. This has made it possible for the former percussionist Lenka Ručková to move over to the piano. Otherwise they remain as they were: D.N.A. is a group of young people, mostly classically trained, who like folk as well as classical. On the musical side they play it masterfully – there can be no objections to their skill, which is made evident in individual songs. The actual repertoire already on the last album has grown up from the childhood years and the innovation is of course, in this respect, a bit more mature. The band has not surprised us with any a sudden shift. But the result is a bit more mature and confident. And what has also been added are serious but at the same time credible themes.
This year Miloš Štědroň is taking part as artist in residence at the festival Concentus Moraviae. This was a welcome pretext for an interview. It covered his musical beginnings, his path to a musical education, his artistic development and his famous teachers, his inclination to the legacy of the musical avant-garde as well as why he suddenly kept a certain distance from it, how he dedicated himself to faithful and successful cooperation with the Theatre Goose on a String as well as how he was affected by the political changes of the period, how he overcame their pressure, how he worked with today’s interviewer a banned playwright, how he wrote for the wonderful Due Boemi di Praga, how he taught music and the history of music and worked as a populariser, how he knowledgably interpreted ancient music, but also Leoš Janáček, how he worked as an editor, how he became a significant and famous cultural figure, and not just in Brno, and how all the tasks he set himself in his varied and rich creative life were and are being fulfilled, and the joy he has had from it all.