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Current exhibitions

These days, it is possible to visit two music exhibitions, which also present the work of Bohuslav Martinů.
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Songs on One Page recorded in orchestral version by Jiří Teml

Sopranist Karolína Janů recorded Songs on One Page, H 294 by Bohuslav Martinů in orchestral version created by Jiří Teml. The soloist sings with Pilsen Philharmonic under the baton of Chuhei Iwasaki. The new CD was released by German publishing house Ars Produktion. The composer Jiří Teml is former member of Supervisiory board of Bohuslav Martinů Foundation. The orchestral arrange of Songs was written in 1997, Teml instrumented also Antonín Dvořák’s Gypsy Melodies, op. 55, that is on the new CD too.
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Reviews: Symphony No. 1 in New York

Jakub Hrůša and New York Philharmonic performed the Symphony No. 1, H 289 by Bohuslav Martinů. For three evenings in February 10-12, 2022, it was to be heard with pieces by Zoltán Kodály and Franz Liszt in Alice Tully Hall. The American media are referring positively about the concert and the first performance of the symphony by New York Philharmonic.
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Online lecture: Adolf Loos, European

Series of lectures by PhDr. Dagmar Černoušková about the important Brno architect Adolf Loos, who also knew Bohuslav Martinů.
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Echoes of Bohuslav Martinů Days Festival

The 27th year of Bohuslav Martinů Days festival took place in December in Prague under strict pandemic restrictions. For everyone who couldn’t enjoy the beautiful pieces in the Martinů Hall of Liechtenstein Palace, the Bohuslav Martinů Foundation presents video recordings of four festival evenings.
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Recording of Martinů late pieces shortlisted for Anděl Award

Recording of late pieces by Bohuslav Martinů (Les Fresques, The Parables, Estampes) that was published as CD by Supraphon, is shortlisted for Czech music award Anděl in the classic category. The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Tomáš Netopil.
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Toccata e due canzoni on Czech TV

Czech TV channel art will broadcast a recording of concert dedicated to French Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Next to french composers, Toccata e due canzoni, H 311 by Bohuslav Martinů was played too by PKF–Prague Philharmonia, conductor Emmanuel Villaume and pianist Stanislav Gallin.
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New bilingual publication about Martinů and Novák

New publication An Artist Must Never Lose Courage : Jan Novák and Bohuslav Martinů in the Light of the Correspondence by Martin Flašar and Pavel Žůrek is being published by Masaryk University. The bilingual book sheds light to the post-war cultural politics of Czechoslovakia that influenced the reception of both composers. New publication An Artist Must Never Lose Courage : Jan Novák and Bohuslav Martinů in the Light of the Correspondence by Martin Flašar (Department of Musicology, Masaryk University) and Pavel Žůrek (Bohuslav Martinů Institute) is being published by Masaryk University. The bilingual book sheds light to the post-war cultural politics of Czechoslovakia that influenced the reception of both composers.
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The Bohuslav Martinů Foundation has a new Director, Irvin Venyš

The foundation charged with administering the estate of the composer Bohuslav Martinů has a new Director from the start of this year – doc. Irvin Venyš. The post was previously held by Prof. Jiří Hlaváč, who symbolically handed over his office at the last concert of the Bohuslav Martinů Days.
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Martinů's Puppets in audiovisual project of Baderna Moderna ansamble

The project From the twins Harlequin and Colombine to echoes in Pierrot marks the debut of Baderna Moderna, a music group formed by Brazilian classical musicians with focus on contemporary music. This first work, presented in the format of music plus narration, is based on Puppets, music by Bohuslav Martinů. Inspired by this music, Brazilian journalist Claudia Piccazio created a story, written especially for this project.
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The third Martinů Revue of 2021 is out

The last issue of Martinů Revue in 2021 deals with the new movie My Life with Bohuslav Martinů that was premiered during the preparations of the magazine. In an interview, the director Jakub Sommer explains his intention of bringing the music and life of the composer closer to broader and younger audience. The issue also informs about the last volume of Bohuslav Martinů Complete Edition that is the opera Ariane, H 370. The article by Monika Holá is concerned with the winter holidays of the Martinů couple in Polička and the destiny of photos that were photographed there. Aleš Březina interviews Jakub Hrůša about Martinů’s symphonies and Kateřina Kněžíková and Markéta Cukrová about the opera Tears of the Knife, H 169 that was done in lockdown in Berlin by Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester.
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Professor Michael Beckerman received Gratias Agit Award

American musicologist, professor Michael Beckerman received Gratias Agit Award in New York from the representatives of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic for his long-standing support of the Czech culture, Czech music and the Czech music composers in the US.
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Josef Špaček & Jakub Hrůša | Violin Concerto No. 1

Friday 03 December 2021 The orchestra’s guest artist Josef Špaček chose Bohuslava Martinů’s Violin Concerto No. 1, and Jakub Hrůša will be conducting Suk's Summer's Tale. Live stream on Youtube.
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Concert for the 80th Anniversary of Bohuslav Martinů in New York

On Tuesday, 30th of November, concert commemorating the 80th anniversary of Martinů’s arrival to the USA took place. Pieces written by the composer during his stay in New York was rehearsed by students of Mannes School of Music, where was Martinů pedagogically active for eight years. Recording of the concert is available to listeners across the globe.
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Photos: Book signing of Hrůša on Martinů

Book signing of Hrůša on Martinů publication took place on Monday, 20th September 2021, 10-11 a.m. in Café Rudolfinum, Prague. Thanks to everyone for a lovely morning!
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Czech children play Martinů for the Czech Centrer New York

Children from the Arts Elementary School Kladno recorded compositions on the occasion of Year of Martinů under the guidance of Ing. Michaela Bernášková, the principal of the school. Hynek Kubát Arts Elementary School (ZUŠ) in Kladno has been offering the home of arts for children in Kladno for more than 70 years. In 2022, school will commemorate it's 75th anniversary. In recent years, the shool has been involved in multimedia production education in cooperation with the Fabrika studio. The videos prepared for the 180th anniversary of A. Dvořák's birthday and for the 130th anniversary of B. Martinů's birthday are also a result of this cooperation.
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The Tears of the Knife in art film Struggle with the devil

Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin recorded the Martinů opera The Tears of the Knife, H 169 as a part of art film Struggle with the Devil (Im Kampf mit dem Teufel). Director Frederic Wake-Walker and visual artist Ergo Phizmiz bring to expressionistic life the one-act operas Sancta Susanna by Paul Hindemith and Slzy Nože (The Tears of the Knife) by Bohuslav Martinů, as well as the contemporary orchestral work Sinuous Voices by Ondřej Adámek.
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National Theatre in Prague | The Chap-Book concert

Tuesday 28. 9. 2021, 7 p.m. National Theatre, Prague Concert rendition of the Chap-Book, ballet with singing in 3 acts, H 214.
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Workshop Digital Editions in Music Organized by BMI

The third session of the 2021 Digital Humanities in Early Music Research workshop series is here, this time organized by the Bohuslav Martinů Institute together with the Old Myths, New Facts project. We would like to wholeheartedly invite you to participate. Given the ongoing pandemic situation, the session will again be held virtually. The workshop will take place via Zoom on September 23rd from 2:15 PM CEST, and September 24th from 10:15 AM CEST.
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