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Nov 2, 2011 7:00 PM

Tony D

MUSICAL. Free Admission. Milos Orson Stedron's Tony D., a Western musical showdown featuring “good guy” Tony D. and “bad guy” Zdeněk Nejedlý. The theatrical performance is accompanied by live music performed by actors and musicians with songs that were inspired by Western films. This performance will entertain and enlighten audiences about the story of musical genius Antonin Dvorak.

The performance is the author’s reflection of the Czech genius Antonin Dvorak and his fate and journey to America. In the past, Communist politician and musicologist Zdenek Nejedly tried to smear Dvorak’s image in the public eye.  Antonin Dvorak is still connected to a lot of legends. His stay in America, his passion for trains, his attractive music—all of these are inspirational not only for musicologists but as well for nowadays artists and audiences. This Western showdown will prove to entertain and enlighten audiences about the story of a musical genius.


About the Author of the Musical:

Milos Stedron is a composer, pianist, musicologist, librettist, pedagogue, and music columnist, born in 1973 in Brno into the family of Milos Stedron, a Brno-based musicologist and composer. He studied at Brno's Conservatory (subjects: piano - V. seffl and composition - J. Barta), and the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts (1994-1999, composition - Prof. A. Parsch). Concurrently, he studied musicology at the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University in Brno, graduating in 2001. In 1999 he moved to Prague, where at the city's Conservatory he teaches harmony, music forms, history of music, and guides contemporary music seminars. In June 2009, he received a Ph.D. in composition at the Faculty of Music of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

As a composer, he focuses on music from a host of genres. He has created more than 80 opuses. The range of his compositions is wide, he has written chamber and orchestral works, musical monologues, as well as pieces for theatre. He has a special penchant for working with vocals and various types of percussion, which he uses copiously in his compositions. His opera Lidska tragikomedie (Human Tragicomedy) to his own libretto, inspired by the writer/philosopher Ladislav Kima, was staged at Prague's Estates Theatre in March 2003. He collaborated with the musician Iva Bittova, recording the CDs Iva Bittova Classic (1997) and Echoes (2001). In 2002, he arranged compositions for her concerts on the international tour with Nederland Blazers Ensemble. He finds inspiration in poetry - primarily the verses of Jan Skacel and Ivan Blatny. In 2004, he presented in Munich a musico-dramatic performance to Ivan Blatny's texts, in the following two years he concerted with his compositions in Berlin and Heidelberg.

Since 1994, he has regularly created music for theatres - he has written scenic music for Prague's National Theatre, Divadlo Husa na provazku, Studio Dialog, A studio Rubin, the Mlada Boleslav Municipal Theatre, Divadlo Komedie, the DISK theatre, the Zlin Municipal Theatre, etc. Since March 2007 Prague's Divadlo Komedie has been staging his successful Kabaret Ivan Blatny (Ivan Blatny Cabaret) for which he wrote both the music and libretto. 2008 he composed a musical Stesti dam (Happiness of Ladies, Theatre DISK), a stage music to Moliere's Don Juan or to the play Mikveh by Hadar Galron (since 2008, both performed at the National Theatre Prague ). In 2009, he created music to the performance about Mother Teresa, where the main character is sung by a contratenor. At the present time, Orson is working on other projects for theatres.

In 1996, he received an honourable mention in the composers' competition GENERACE, in 2004 an honorable mention in the Leos Janacek Composers' Composition in Brno. In the international competition of radio recordings Rostrum tribune Paris 2006, he won an award for his composition for the male vocal quartet PASEJAMa. He was twice nominated for the Alfred Radok Award for the best stage music 2007 for Ivan Blatny Cabaret and 2010 for Lamento/Mother Theresa 



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Nov 2, 2011 7:00 PM


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