Marko Ivanović: Little Words (world premiere)

20. 2. 2018 Autor: default_author

As a part of their 49th season, the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice introduced Little Words, a new song cycle by composer and the orchestra's former music director Marko Ivanović (*1976). The piece attracted the attention of the Prague Spring festival, too; that is why the audience in the Suk Hall of Pardubice's Dům hudby on 19 February had a chance to hear the first performance of the cycle's chamber version, which will be followed by the premiere of an orchestral arrangement played by the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra in May.

Kassel: Jenůfa

11. 2. 2018 Autor: default_author

One of the nine opera performances Staatstheater Kassel (Hesse) produced this year was Janáček's Jenůfa. The sold-out premiere which took place on 10 February was preceded a few days earlier by a public talk introducing not only the most famous of Moravian composers and his music but also the background of the Kassel production.

Ondřej Štochl: YIN – Nostalgia and Hope (premiere of an orchestral version)

5. 2. 2018 Autor: default_author

On 4 January, PKF – Prague Philharmonia gave world premiere to an orchestral version of YIN – Nostalgia and Hope by composer Ondřej Štochl (*1975). Its chamber version for vibraphone and 12 instruments had been premiered 2 years ago in Brno; just like then, the solo part was now played again by the excellent Martin Opršál.

Brno Contemporary Orchestra: Premieres of pieces by Petr Bakla, Luboš Mrkvička and Marián Lejava

4. 2. 2018 Autor: default_author

Led by their artistic director Pavel Šnajdr, the Brno Contemporary Orchestra on 31 January in Besední dům, Brno, presented the first of the two concerts commemorating and celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia. It was named FROM CZECHOSLOVAKIA and the programme consisted of new pieces by Petr Bakla, Luboš Mrkvička and Marián Lejava (SK). The latter concert, titled FOR CZECHOSLOVAKIA, will on 20 March, on the contrary, present compositions by foreign authors written for the ensemble, or, for us, Czechs and Slovaks.

Jiří Gemrot: Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra

2. 2. 2018 Autor: default_author

On 31 January in the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House, the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK gave world premiere to Concerto for oboe and orchestra by Jiří Gemrot (*1057). Just like his Trio for oboe, harp and piano, the composer dedicated it to a leading Czech oboist Vilém Veverka.

Nancy: Katya Kabanova

30. 1. 2018 Autor: default_author

On 28 January, Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, Eastern France, presented a new production of Janáček's Katya Kabanova. It was created by German opera director Philipp Himmelmann who decided to highlight the tragic nature of the story; the spectators are thus even offered handkerchiefs upon entering.

Petr Fiala: Introduction and Tango (world premiere)

23. 1. 2018 Autor: default_author

On 18 January in the St Agnes Convent, violoncellist Petr Nouzovský and accordionist Ladislav Horák gave premiere to Introduction and Tango, a new piece by composer and choirmaster Petr Fiala (*1943). The concert was a part of the chamber series held by the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK.

Miroslav Srnka: Future Family (world premiere)

19. 1. 2018 Autor: default_author

On 15 January, the renowned Quatuor Diotima presented a new piece by Miroslav Srnka. The concert was a part of Biennale de Quatuors à cordes, a festival of string quartets held by the Philharmonie de Paris.

Miloš Orson Štědroň: Don Hrabal (world premiere)

20. 12. 2017 Autor: default_author

On 14 December, the New Stage of the National Theatre in Prague premiered the second opera by composer, and this time also a librettist Miloš Orson Štědroň (*1973). Subtitled "Poetic Images from the Life of Bohumil Hrabal", Don Hrabal reveals, in nine images, the personality and attitudes of this famous Czech authorr, as well as the background of his relationship to women – his mother, wife Pipsi and other loves united in the character of the Muse.

Ian Mikyska: All Ending (world premiere)

17. 12. 2017 Autor: default_author

The composers' association Konvergence dedicated this year's last concert to the youngest generation of Czech composers and composition students. It was held on 12 December, as usually in St. Lawrence Church in Lesser Town, Prague.

Leipzig: Rusalka

10. 12. 2017 Autor: default_author

After forty years, Antonín Dvořák's Rusalka returned onto the stage of Oper Leipzig, Germany. The new production by Dutch director and scenographer Michiel Dijkema was premiered on 3 December.

Ondřej Štochl: shadows by day, Light by night (world premiere)

7. 12. 2017 Autor: default_author

The BERG Orchestra ended this year's season on 5 December with a concert in the St Salvator Church, Prague. They presented the Czech premiere of Circle for 4 trios, conductor and audience by the Chinese composer star, Oscar and Grammy winner Tan Dun. The second part belonged to the world premiere of a space composition shadows by day, Light by night by Czech composer Ondřej Štochl.

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