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The Czech-New Zealand group Metronome Blues is bringing out their third album. Vicious Circles is being issued under the independent label Happy Mutant. The group is christening it today in the Mersey club.  more

The Jazz Spring 2018 Festival promises 25 jazz concerts in the Stará Pekárna club. There will be performances from David Dorůžka & the Luboš Soukup Quartet, the Vince Agwada Blues Band, the Nigel Price Trio, The Flash! and many more.  more

Today is the anniversary of the Brno concert by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his sister Maria Anna. The concert took place in the premises of what is now the Reduta Theatre.  more

The Director of the Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno invites for applications for the post of the Choir Master.  more

The Brno B-SIDE BAND of bandleader Josef Buchta has a new video for the composition Meeting Point, which is part of the album with the same name.  more

Ensemble Opera Diversa has prepared an advent programme of contemporary religious music for Euroradio Christmas Music Day. There will be performances of the works O antifony for baritone and strings and the Magnificat for choir and strings by their court composer Ondřej Kyas and the Sonata da Chiesa by Peter Graham. The concert will be conducted by Gabriela Tardonová, with the baritone Roman Hoza, the Ensemble Opera Diversa orchestra and the Ensemble Versus choir performing.  more

Magdalena Kožená, patroness of the Concentus Moraviae festival, today will take the stage of Brno’s Boby Centre with Ondřej Havelka and his Melody Makers. This benefit concert for the festival will jointly promote the songs of Cole Porter and at the same time invite us to the next year. The event will also include the christening of the Cole Porter CD with songs which will be performed by Kožená and Havelka’s Melody Makers in a premiere as part of this year’s Concentus Moraviae festival.  more

A CD named Moravské hlasy has just been released by Jiří Plocek. The CD introduces a unique phenomenon of the South Moravian art of singing through a set of songs performed by various singers and choirs from different places in South Moravia.  more

The Soul-funk group Top Dream Company has released their fourth album, and will christen it in Brno.  more

The current conception and realisation of the Janáček Brno festival has won the award of Czech Opera Professionals. The committee of the Musical Theatre Association, which organises the festival Opera, gave the Janáček festival the award for significant achievement in the field of musical theatre. The award was accepted by the director of the National Theatre Brno Martin Glaser and the Artistic Director of the Janáček Opera NdB Jiří Heřman. The award of the Opera festival director was won by Ensemble Opera Diversa for their staging of the opera by Ondřej Kyas and Pavel Drábek Čaroděj a jeho sluhamore

For the end of this summer, the National Theatre Brno prepared a children's opera, written by the composer Evžen Zámečník under the title Ferdy the Ant  (original Czech title: Ferda Mravenec), based on the story by Ondřej Sekora. The stories of an optimistic ant who "can do anything and knows everything" and doesn’t turn his nose up at “work of all kinds", however, are actually not appearing at the Janáček Theatre for first time. Zámečník's work in eight scenes won the hearts of the Brno audiences between the years 1977 and 1986 with astounding success; it helped bring a number of children to opera – the most refined form of musical theatre. Today, these already adult musicians, actors, directors, lighting technicians and many others have decided to pay tribute to the composer, who also carried out a lot of "work of all kinds" for Brno's musical life.  more

The municipal council of Velká nad Veličkou decided already in mid-April that this year's Horňácké Festivities (original name: Horňácké slavnosti) would not take place on the traditional dates around the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, and their scope, previously meant to be of three to five days, would also be modified. Obviously, it was impossible to foresee the development of lockdown measures towards the third week of July, but musicians from the Horňácko district tried to come up with at least a partial alternative solution in order to maintain continuity. Eventually, two concerts were officially held on two consecutive Saturdays:  On 18 July,  live broadcast of a public radio recording of Czech Radio Brno under the title Hrajte že ně, hrajte aneb Horňácké trochu jinak (Play for Me, or Horňácké Festivities in a Slightly Different Fashion) took place at the Culture House in Velká nad Veličkou. A week later, at a sports complex in Javorník, a traditional competition for "the biggest expert on Horňácko peasant songs" was held under the auspices of the Horňácko Dulcimer Band of Libor Sup. Needless to say, both events have found their spectators and listeners.  more

The Brno-based rock band Kulturní úderka (which translates loosely as "Culture Brigade"), led by singer and guitarist Štěpán Dokoupil, did not keep its fans waiting for too long this time. While there was a fifteen-year break between their first and second albums, the new album Black Metall was released less than two years after the previous album Sarajevská Katarzija (Sarajevo Catharsis). The name of the new album must be handled with care. Úderka has never had anything to do with black metal as a music genre. And once again, we are treated not to metal, but to relatively raw rock, which in some moments is pleasantly softened by the keyboard of Omer Blentič, or the trumpet of their guest artist Jan Kozelek.  more

Cultural life has endeavoured to move into a sterile and "life-safe" social networking environment in an unequal struggle against the viral phantasm and government lockdown regulations. In the darkest months, music institutions competed with one another in staging recordings of memorable concerts, and major opera houses broadcast to the world those of their performances that gained the most success from spectators.  more

Shortly before the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis, the Brno-based group Plum Dumplings released a new album. As opposed to their official debut L'épitaphe des papillons (The Epitome of Butterflies, 2014), sung in French, the band went for Czech lyrics this time. We are talking to the band's vocalist, who presents herself as Adéla Polka.  more