Iva Bittová is a phenomenal Czech avant-garde violinist, singer and composer who has developed a music style of her own. She moved to upstate New York over ten years ago where she continues performing and teaching both children and adults. We talked after one of her workshops in Prague about her career, her future projects and her passion for helping underprivileged youth to realize their full musical potential.
American rock band Imagine Dragons will perform at Prague’s O2 Arena on
Monday as part of their Evolve world tour. The Grammy winners, who have
several platinum records, are coming back to Prague after two years; last
year they performed at the Colours of Ostrava festival in the east of the
The band’s single Believer was number 1 on the Alternative radio list for 12 weeks and built on the success of the earlier hit Thunder.
The US singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is scheduled to play a concert in Brno
on Sunday night. The 76-year-old Nobel Prize-winner has performed in the
Czech Republic repeatedly, but it is his first concert in the south
Dylan’s last concert in the capital was in July 2014, while he performed in Ostrava in 2008. According to organizers, Sunday’s concert in Brno’s Vodova City Hall has been sold-out completely.
Many musical projects have noteworthy origin stories. But Dálava’s is truly one of a kind. Julia Úlehla and her musical and life partner Aram Bajakian began performing ancient Moravian folk songs – which they hadn’t heard – after happening upon them in a book named Živá píseň (Living Song). It had been compiled in the early 20th century by the former’s great-grandfather Vladimír Úlehla, a remarkable polymath.
Prague has seen many memorable concerts over the years by international artists and a few which were legendary. This week, American heavy metal and thrash metal band Metallica was in town on the European leg of their world tour. Not only did the two-hour concert get stellar ratings, the band’s Robert Trujillo and Kirk Hammett made Czech music history when they performed Jožin z bažin by comedian Ivan Mládek and Banjo Band.
Czech and Scottish military bands performed at Prague Castle on Friday on
the occasion of British Day celebrations.
The event, which is part of the Festival of British Culture, is organised by the British Embassy in Prague. It was attended by Czech Defence Minister Karla Šlechtová and British Ambassador Nick Archer.
The Czech Army band has presented part of its programme for the 2018 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which will be part of the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia.
Many people don’t know that the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest leading Czech orchestras. It was founded only three years after the creation of Czech Radio in 1923 and it is currently celebrating its 91st season. I talked to Jakub Čížek, the Director of the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra about their ongoing season and began by asking him about the orchestra’s mission.
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