Magazine article Czech Music

Czech Music Everyday Events at Home and Abroad in the Winter of 2016/17

Magazine article Czech Music

Czech Music Everyday Events at Home and Abroad in the Winter of 2016/17

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During the winter, the Prague Radio Symphony was the large Czech orchestra that performed contemporary music the most frequently. At the end of 2016, it gave the Czech premiere of Miroslav Srnka's Piano Concerto, followed in February by the world premiere of Pavel Zemek Novak's Symphony No. 6, "Praise Creation", and a crossover concert featuring world premieres of pieces by Jan Kucera and Ondrej Brousek. New works were also premiered by Prague Modern, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brno-based Ensemble Opera Diversa. The most closely observed Czech opera event was the first night of a new production of Dvorak's Rusalka at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, a direct broadcast of which was watched by Czech audiences in sold-out cinemas. The winter season was rounded off by three performances of Czech classical music at the prestigious Hong Kong Arts Festival, given by the National Theatre Brno.

6 December, St Lawrence Church, Prague. Michal Rataj: Running for Breath (world premiere).

Piano: Eva Hutyrova.

7 and 8 December, Congress Centre, Zlin. David Rotter: I, Job! (world premiere). Bolek Polivka, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor: Vojtech Spurny.

8 December, Ratusz Staromiejski, Gdansk, Poland. Nowa Muzyka w Starym Ratuszu.

Michal Rataj: Winter Shadowy, Writing Machine, Small Imprints. Michal Rataj, Dariusz Mazurowski, Andrzej Wojciechowski.

13 December, Saint Climent Church, Prague. Music in Contexts. Jaroslav Rybar: Solstice, Hanus Barton: Pastorale in F major, Slavomir Hofinka: Ctvrtek a Odpust ti Panbuh, Jan Rybar: Ja jsem prisel k vam (world premieres). Prague Modern, Bubureza female choir, Marketa Cukrova, conductor: Jan Rybar.

17 December, Theater Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany. Bedrich Smetana: The Bartered Bride (premiere of a new production). Directed by Markus Weckesser, music director: Zoi Tsokanou.

Further performances: 8 and 28 January, 17 February.

19 December, Rudolfinum, Prague. Miroslav Srnka: Piano Concerto (Czech premiere).

Nicolas Hodges, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Tomas Netopil.

11 January, Theater an der Wien, Vienna, Austria. Viktor Ullmann: The Emperor of Atlantis or The Disobedience of Death (premiere of a new production). Directed by Rainer Vierlinger, music director: Julien Vanhoutte. Further performances: 15, 18, 24, 27 and 30 January, 2 February.

14 January, Saarlandisches Staatstheater, Saarbrucken, Germany. Leos Janacek: Katja Kabanowa (premiere of a new production). Directed by Ben Baur, music director: Nicholas Milton.

Further performances: 20 January, 1, 11 and 19 February, 16 and 28 March, 8 April. …

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