Jazz Goes to Town: new pieces by Michal Nejtek and Peter Graham

16 October 2021, 8pm, The Philharmonic Orchestra of Hradec Králové Jazz Goes to Town Michal Nejtek: Lost Rituals (world premiere commissioned by the festival) Peter Graham: JOGOTOTO (Joy Goes to Town) (world premiere commissioned by the festival) Sofia Jernberg – vocals, Frank Gratkowski – saxophone, Susana Santos Silva – trumpet, Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. … Read more

Marko Ivanović: Little Words (world premiere)

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 … Read more

Miloš Orson Štědroň: Don Hrabal (world premiere)

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 … Read more

Martin Kumžák: Sherlock Holmes (world premiere)

As a part of the chamber cycle of the Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK, Bohemia Saxophone Quartet gave a concert on November 23 at the Convent of St Agnes of Bohemia. It included the world premiere of Sherlock Holmes, a new piece by instrumentalist, multi-genre composer and FOK’s long-standing collaborator Martin Kumžák. The audience also had a chance to hear E. Bozza’s Andante … Read more

Jiří Pavlica: Moravian Dances (world premiere)

On 10 March at the Zlín Congress Centre, Bohuslav Martinů Phlharmonic Orchestra premiered a new orchestral piece by Jiří Pavlica, a violinist and composer whose musical language, though oscillating between various genres, is influenced especially by folk music. The Moravian Dances orchestral suite, too, derives from folk dances from different Moravian regions (Haná, Moravian Slovakia, “odzemek” from … Read more

Zdenek Merta: Century Dance (world premiere)

During a concert called “Jazz Inspirations”, which took place on 4th February at Reduta concert hall in Olomouc, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra gave world premiere of Zdenek Merta’s Century Dance. The trumpet concerto, which the author describes as a classic crossover piece, is in fact a symphonic transcription of five distinctive dances of the 20th century. The movements are … Read more