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After a gap of two years, Rock legend Mark Lanegan, who was with Kurt Cobain at the beginning of the wave of garage rock in the 90s, will be in Brno presenting his new disc Gargoyle. The concert by Mark Lanegan will also include the American musician Joe Cardamone and the Belgian soul singer Lyenn.  more

The ceremonial re-opening of the Leitnerova Club will take place tomorrow. The event will include stand-up comedy, concerts and silent disco. Among those performing will be Lucie Ingrová, Jiří Balák, Lukáš Rieger, Acute Dose, DJ Romeo and DJ PDCH.  more

The 6th year of the international opera and music festival is to take place in the newly reconstructed Janáček Theatre. There will be performances from directors and interpreters such as Ivo van Hove, Robert Carsen, Kornél Mundruczó, Alvis Hermanis, David Pountney, Tomáš Hanus, Tomáš Netopil, Thomas Adès, Simona Houda-Šaturová, the Haas Quartet and many others.  more

The Chamber Opera of the Music Faculty of the Janáček Academy of Musical Arts is preparing a work by the German composer Carl Orff. The opera production of The Wise Woman (Die Kluge) there will be five percussionists working on more than twenty instruments and two pianists. The premiere will take place in the Divadlo na Orlí.  more

The Mezzosoprano Magdalena Kožená sings together with Ondřej Havelka and his Melody Makers on a new CD with musical tunes by Cole Porter. The album is being issued today by their new label Brnofon.  more

It will soon be six year since the death of President Václav Havel. The Sokol Brno I Symphony Orchestra in cooperation with the Theatre Goose on a String will be following up on last year’s event, the Czech Christmas Mass by J. J. Ryba with the subtitle "Hej Václave" (“Hey, Václav”). The orchestra is looking for musicians who want to be part of the event this year.  more

UNESCO has awarded the city of Brno another title. The Leoš Janáček Archive is now part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. To date five Czech representatives have been entered into the Register.  more

On Thursday Brno’s Fléda club will play host to the group Mydy Rabycad, who will be arriving with their new album M.Y.D.Y., an innovative lighting design, sets and costumes.  more

Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise will be heard as interpreted by the singer Jan Martiník and the pianist David Mareček. You can watch it tomorrow on the ČT Art TV channel.  more

Pavel Šporcl has recorded his first Christmas album with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the conductor Sebastian Lang–Lessing. It is called Christmas on the Blue Violin. The guests on the album are the Czech choir Boni pueri and the harpist Jana Boušková.  more

“Every theatre is a madhouse, but opera is the ward for the incurable,” claimed Franz von Dingelstedt, the first director of the Court Opera House in Vienna. And he was right, for once someone’s fallen in love with opera, that’s it. Opera’s a stepchild of the Renaissance, with a Baroque wet nurse: it was on the cusp between these two great eras that the idea of purely sung theatre saw the light of day. Step by step, composers taught the art of singing to classical gods and brave women, Christian heroes and pagan enchantresses, a Seville barber, a Babylonian king and the Czech Mařenka and Jeník. But it was only here in Brno, thanks to Leoš Janáček, that truly psychological musical drama was born, drama that sees into a person’s heart. Today the Brno opera company has its home in a theatre named after Janáček, mounts a major festival devoted to the city’s most famous composer every two years, and has set its sights very high. “The more opera is dead, the more it flourishes,” pronounced the philosopher Slavoj Žižek when speaking of this fanatically loved but just as fanatically rejected genre. By this measure, opera in Brno these days must have been dead at least a dozen times.  more

To write a guide to music in Brno in the past and present means digging deep into one’s own recollections and those of others as well as into sources with varying degrees of reliability, and as far as possible not believing anything automatically but always asking “Did this really happen just like that?” And in doing so, to be very, very suspicious of one’s own memory. Two basic questions that cropped up in connection with almost every sentence were “What is it about this band or that event that makes them special? Would someone who’s never been to Brno and has no ties with the city find it interesting?”  more

Trumpet player Jiří Kotača is the leader of a young, but very interesting and healthily ambitious big band named Cotatcha Orchestra. While this Brno-based orchestra is still waiting for its first album, Kotača recently released a CD with his smaller ensemble – the international Alf Carlsson/Jiří Kotača Quartet. The album is entitled Journeysmore

Due to the impact of extraordinary measures taken because of the Covid-19 pandemic on stakeholders of the cultural and creative industries in Brno, Brno leaders and the Department of Culture of the Brno City Municipality are working intensively on a set of precautions for minimizing the damages. At the same time, communication is conducted on all levels of public administration, predominantly in collaboration with the Institut umění – Divadelní ústav [Arts and Theatre Institute], which is  mapping the situation on the nationwide level. Until 22 March 2020 you can help assess the current situation by means of an online survey (the link is provided below). Further steps will be taken according to the results of the survey.  more

The fourth subscription evening prepared by the Brno Philharmonic for the chief conductor's series called Philharmonic at Stadion and Janáček Theatre is an exceptional dramaturgical feat. The programme entitled "Pictures at an Exhibition", based on Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky's initial composition, combines additional works originated in and inspired by painting: The Frescoes of Piero della Francesca by Bohuslav Martinů, and Mathis der Maler, a symphony by Paul Hindemith. Sounding painting is accompanied by unique, music-illustrated visualisations of Cori O’Lan in collaboration with Ars Electronica. This week's difficult situation, not only for cultural institutions, was managed by the Brno Philharmonic promptly and with a great acclaim. Much like Cirk La Putyka on the day before, the Philharmonic decided not to cancel the performance at the Janáček Theatre and to broadcast the music and visualisations on 12 March from the Besední dům live on the web and on social networks.  more