^ Posted 22 February 2017
The Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA) was established in 1891 and was founded as an umbrella organization representing approximately eighty Czech and Slovak cultural, educational and athletic community groups and clubs.
The original mission of the BBLA was and continues to be to preserve the Czech and Slovak culture in New York City.
The Dvořák American Heritage Association is one of several current BBLA member organisations.
Details of this association and the events it promotes can be found on its website http://www.bohemianbenevolent.org
^ Posted 20 December 2016
Listen again via the BBC iPlayer to a feature on the Radio 4 Today programme about the miraculous and extraordinary life of Czech harpsichordist and Dvořák Society Vice President, Zuzana Růžičková (first broadcast on 19th December 2016 at 8.20am), or visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-38340648 to read a short article by BBC Arts Correspondent, Rebecca Jones. Zuzana celebrates her 90th birthday on 17 January 2017.
^ Posted 20 October 2016
The Dvorak Society is back on Twitter after a short break! David Bridges has taken over from Ray Latham and will be tweeting about all things related to Czech and Slovak music!
Twitter is a great way for us to let you know what events and concerts are coming up, and other news, and it is free!
Please follow us on Twitter @DvorakSociety
^ Posted 14 October 2016
The Dvořák Mass in D - towards a new edition
A special Dvořák Society event has been organised at rather short notice, which you are invited to attend. No reply is necessary - just turn up.
Our member Haig Utidjian is visiting England briefly to lecture at Oxford, and has kindly offered to give an illustrated talk for us on The Dvořák Mass in D - towards a new edition.
Haig will describe the work he has done recently in researching, editing and performing a little known intermediate version made by Dvořák of his "Lužanská" Mass, which adds lower strings to the original organ accompaniment.
Haig Utidjian is a British conductor and musicologist of Armenian descent, who works mainly in the Czech Republic and elsewhere on the continent. His extensive activities are outlined in http://www-control.eng.cam.ac.uk/hu/hu.html, and several of his performances can be found on YouTube.
The talk will be at 2.30 pm on Monday 31 October. There will be time for questions and discussion, plus a cup of tea, ending by 4.30.
By kind invitation of Velehrad this will be at their splendid new premises at
39 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London SW13 9JP.
The nearest underground station is Hammersmith which is served by four underground lines: District, Circle, Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City. Continue by bus 419 from the bus terminal (stop L) outside Hammersmith station on the ground floor. Bus 419 goes to Lonsdale Road and stops outside the house. The journey takes about 10 minutes. You can ask the driver to stop right outside the house, which is opposite the entrance to St. Paul´s School (at the second zebra crossing). There are many other frequent buses from Hammersmith bus terminal that cross the river (to Castelnau) and stop at the entrance to Lonsdale Road (about 3 minutes walk from the house). An alternative is to take a train from Waterloo to Barnes and then a 33 or 72 bus going to Castelnau which stops at the entrance to Lonsdale Road.
A brisk walk from Hammersmith station across the river takes about 15 minutes.
For those coming by car there are parking spaces in front of the Velehrad building and there is also free parking in Lonsdale Road before 10 am and after 12 noon.
^ Posted 9 May 2016
LONDON GUILDHALL SCHOOL OF MUSIC & DRAMA PERFORM TWO MARTINŮ OPERAS
Two one-act operas by Bohuslav Martinů — “Ariadne (Ariane)”, H.370 (1958) and “Alexandre Bis (Dvakrát Alexandr)”, H.255 (1937) — are being performed by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at the Silk Street Theatre, Silk Street, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DT. The performance dates are 31 May and 2, 4 & 6 June 2016. All performances start at 7.00pm and are conducted by Timothy Redmond > more +
• Guildhall School > website
^ Posted 8 May 2016
CZECH COMPOSER/PIANIST DUSSEK IS BBC RADIO 3 “COMPOSER OF THE WEEK”
Jan Ladislav Dussek (Václav Jan Dusík) is a name that will probably be unfamiliar to many general music lovers today, but he was an important figure in his lifetime (1760–1812) both as one of the first travelling piano virtuosos and as a composer. He is BBC Radio 3’s Composer of the Week from 9–13 May 2016. Each daily episode will be broadcast at 12.00 (noon) and repeated at 6.30pm. After each broadcast, episodes will be available for online listening for a limited period on BBC iPlayer > more +
• Wikipedia page about Dussek > link
• Toccata Classics currently a have special offer on a recording of Dussek’s solo piano music > Toccata page
^ Posted 7 May 2016
FRIENDS OF CZECH HERITAGE CONCERT, LONDON
The Friends of Czech Heritage — a charity campaigning to raise funds for the repair and conservation of historic buildings in the Czech Republic, their contents, artefacts, gardens and parks — has organised a concert of chamber music by Beethoven, Dvořák, Suk and Martinů
with the cooperation of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic. The event will take place on Thursday 19th May 2016 at 6.30pm in the Embassy of the Slovak Republic, 25 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY > more +
^ Posted 6 May 2016
PIANIST WILLIAM HOWARD LAUNCHES HIS NEW ALBUM WITH LONDON RECITAL
William Howard has recorded a new album, Sixteen Love Songs, for Orchid Classics to be released in June. To launch the release he will perform pieces from the album, which features some of the most hauntingly beautiful and romantic music in the piano repertoire, at The Forge, 3–7 Delancey Street, Camden, London NW1 7NL on Monday 6 June 2016 starting at 7.00pm. The programme will include love songs for solo piano by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, (all arranged by Liszt), Liszt, Smetana, Dvořák, Fibich, Novák, Suk, Janáček, Fauré, Granados, and Kreisler (arranged Rachmaninov). William will also launch a new commissions project — Sixteen Contemporary Love Songs — with the world premiere of a brand new love song from Cheryl Frances-Hoad and a recently written love song by David Matthews. The recital will last 75 minutes, without an interval, and include introductions to the stories behind the pieces. Audience members are invited for a glass of wine after the concert > more +
• Orchid Classics > website
^ Posted 30 April 2016
JUNE 2016 RELEASE DATE FOR FIRST RECORDING OF MARTINŮ BALLET SÍN (THE SHADOW)
Toccata Classics have recorded the 1916 Martinů one act ballet Sín (The Shadow) H.102. Ian Hobson conducts the Polish orchestra Sinfonia Varsovia: the other performers are Dorota Szczepańska (offstage soprano), Anna Maria Staśkiewicz (violin) and Agnieszka Kopacka (piano) > more +
• for more information about this composition, please visit the Martinů Institute’s database > here +
^ Posted 3 April 2016
GLYNDEBOURNE 2016 — SPECIAL PICNIC OFFER FOR SOME PERFORMANCES OF JANÁČEK “THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN
Jakub Hrůša is conducting thirteen performances of Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen (Příhody lišky Bystroušky) at the 2016 Glyndebourne Festival, in June and July. At eight of these — Sunday 12 June, Saturday 18 June, Saturday 2 July, Saturday 9 July, Wednesday 13 July, Friday 22 July, Thursday 28 July and Sunday 31 July 2016 — Glyndebourne is offering a free Leith’s Sharing Picnic Platter (for groups of two, four, six, eight or ten people) plus a shared bottle of house wine. The offer is part of Glyndebourne’s mission to introduce opera to new audiences, and is aimed at newcomers to the venue. For details please visit Glyndebourne’s web site > more +
^ Posted 9 March 2016
NEW WEBSITE DEDICATED TO SIR CHARLES MACKERRAS
A new website dedicated to the life and work of the distinguished conductor Sir Charles Mackerras CH, AC, CBE has been launched. Created as a hub for people interested in his work and music, the administrators intend to keep this as a fairly simple site, but with Facebook and Twitter where news can be updated and shared > more +
• Sir Charles Mackerras was President of the Dvořák Society for many years
^ Posted 9 January 2016
JANÁČEK “JENŮFA” AT ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA, LONDON
Mark Wigglesworth will conduct six performances of Janáček’s opera Jenůfa for English National Opera Orchestra at the London Coliseum in June and July 2016. The cast includes Laura Wilde in the title role, Michaela Martens (Kostelnička), Peter Hoare (Laca Klemeň), Nicky Spence (Števa Buryja) and Felicity Palmer (Grandmother Buryja). Performance dates are 23, 25 & 28 June; and 1, 6 & 8 July > more +
• Arts in Residence course on Janáček’s music at The Grange Hotel, Sherborne, Dorset, 1 – 3 April 2016
> more +
^ Posted 19 November 2015
WORD AND MUSIC IN THE WORKS OF DVOŘÁK: A NEGLECTED TREASURE TROVE
Listen/watch on YouTube™. An international audience can now enjoy an important event held in New York City on 18 October 2015, when the Dvořák American Heritage Society presented its inaugural DAHA Annual Lecture/Recital Program featuring Dvořák scholar David Beveridge and a vocal music performance by mezzo-soprano Mirjam Frank. Dr. Beveridge chose as his topic one of his most striking discoveries during decades of research in all aspects of Dvořák’s life and work, namely the amazing quantity and stunning beauty of the Czech composer’s vocal music — operas, choral works, duets, and songs — and the peculiar circumstances that have caused music historians to underrate most of this music and performers to neglect it. > more +
^ Posted 28 May 2015
MANCHESTER DVOŘÁK FESTIVAL — MAY 2016
Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra are presenting a festival of Dvořák’s music at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester between 5 and 21 May 2016. Featured works include the Erben-inspired symphonic poem The Golden Spinning Wheel, concert overtures, the final three symphonies and the oratorio Saint Ludmila (this last featuring a newly-commissioned English translation by David Pountney). In all there are seven events > more +
• also in the Bridgewater Hall: Vassily Sinaisky conducts the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra in Mahler’s
Symphony No 2 in C minor “Resurrection” on 14 May