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Program

Nov 3, 2008 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

BOHUSLAV MARTINU – Lecture by Soňa Červená

November 3, 7 pm; Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, NYC


LECTURE
BOHUSLAV MARTINU – Lecture by Soňa Červená
November 3, 7 pm
Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, NYC


Lecture on Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu by Soňa Červená.


Soňa Červená, Permanent guest of the National Theater Opera, performed several works by Bohuslav Martinu. Perhaps the most important contact with his music was the recording of his beautiful cantatat Kytice (Bouquet of Flowers) with Karel Aneerl and the Czech Philharmonic  Orchestra.  As a human being she experienced similar crashes with the totalitarian regime  as Martinu did, being forced to leave her native country in order to remain  true to herself and to her thirst for personal freedom. Martinu left Czechoslovakia before the Nazi occupation in 1939 and never returned, spending the rest of his life in the United States of America, France,

Italy and Switzerland, where he died in 1959. Červená went into emigration in the  very last hours before the notorious Wall in Berlin was finished and  spent the forthcoming three decades in Western Europe and the USA. Indifference to Martinu she was lucky to live long enough to experience the downfall of the totalitarian regime in her homeland and could return back in  the 1990´s. It is about these two aspects of Martinu, i.e. his music that she used to perform as an artist as well as his life with all the similarities to her own story that I would like to share with the audience in NYC.

Venue:

321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States

Date

Nov 3, 2008 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Organizer:

České centrum


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