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.
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.
Yesterday in Besední dům classical music lovers had their very first chance to hear the new chief conductor of the Brno Philharmonic Dennis Russell Davies also in the role of piano soloist. Under Davies’ baton there was a performance of the Symphony in D major, Op. 23 by the Vamberk native Jan Václav Hugo Voříšek and the premiere of the orchestral arrangement of the chamber work by Antonín Dvořák Bagatelles, Op. 47 created by the chief conductor himself. Davies took his place at the piano to play the Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The chief conductor will also be performing as soloist in two upcoming recitals, playing for example works by Steve Reich, John Adams and Philip Glass.
We can often hear the works of contemporary composers connected to Brno in the performances of local ensembles. But it is not usual for them to reach a wider audience, and in that fashion, a relatively inconspicuous recital dedicated to the works of Brno composers took place yesterday at the Brothers of Charity Convent. A much greater level of attention should be raised by the interpreter Milan Paľa. He had, in his own words “decided to do something for Moravian music” and create in the coming years several CD’s mapping the repertoire for violin or viola by composers connected to Moravia. The Cantus Moraviae project already has its first double CD, which was christened at yesterday’s concert.