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Painter, graphic artist and illustrator Michael Rittstein (b. 1949) is a major Czech artist of the middle generation. He is one of the leading representatives of the Czech expressive figurative painting and since 2001 he is the head Professor of the Painting Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He is represented in numerous major collections such as the National Gallery in Prague, Prague City Gallery, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Albertina in Vienna and in many private collections in the Czech Republic, Europe, and USA.
Hotel JOSEF, in cooperation with Trafo Gallery, exclusively present Michael Rittstein’s latest period of work. Fables are a typical theme for the author – joyful animal creatures naturally enacting everyday human stories. From Rittstein´s paintings people often disappear, in favour of animals in surreal sizes, colours and situations. They posses typical human skills and are usually placed in the picturesque surroundings of the Czech countryside or nature. Regardless of his “saveur de jour” in terms of the subject, what pervades in his work is an unparalleled feeling for colour and layering of the paint. His thoughtful, yet seemingly effortless combination of colours and materials, while he carefully builds perspective and creates impeccable details of the figures and objects, are truly exceptional.
Mr. Rittstein is currently preparing his large retrospect in the Prague Castle in Autumn 2019.
This already well established festival has once again attracted some hot names fromt the world of electronic, ambient, experimental jazz and contemporary music; names like the British star of electronic music Jon Hopkins, the German producer Sascha Ring with his Apparat project, or the Australian pianist and neo-classical composer Luke Howard. The accompanying program features film screenings and three theatrical performances. For more information and tickets visit the festival's website.
GEORGE GERSHWIN: PORGY & BESS
A classic and perhaps the most performed American opera, demonstrating that a combination of jazz and European opera traditions can give rise to an exceptionally powerful and multilayered work. This concert will feature a shortened, eighty-minute concert version of the opera, conducted by the most highly qualified British conductor, pianist and organist Wayne Marshall, whose domain is symphonic music straddling the boundary between classical and jazz.
CZECH PHILHARMONIC & SIR SIMON RATTLE
This one of its kind series of three performances will introduce the first ever collaboration of the Czech Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle, one of the most respected conductors in the world, who will perform pieces byAntonín Dvořák and Gustav Mahler. The one and only Magdalena Kožená and Simon O'Neill will be performing vocal parts in Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde.
The legendary American musician returns to Prague, one year on. The 77-year old singer-songwriter and his band will be showing off their artistry in the Lucerna large hall on three successive nights.
The godfather of British blues, singer, guitarist, pianist, accordionist, John Mayall will celebrate his 85th birthday in 2019 and luckily, he included Prague as one of the stops of his anniversary tour. Mayall’s rich music career spans over fifty years, he attracted attention especially in the late 1960’s. He is the founder of the John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers band.
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
Grammy Award winners who sold over 24 million concert tickets and a total of 38 million CDs and DVDs throughout their carreer are coming to Prague with their new album Come Tomorrow. Madison Garden is already sold out, don't miss their show in Forum Karlin!
The ultimate pop icon will perform in Prague as part of his last three-year-long “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” grand tour. Elton’s new stage production brings an unprecedented musical and visual spectacle, showcasing his fifty-year career, full of hits.
PRAGUE SPRING INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
In 2019, Prague Spring will offer dozens of concerts that will excite lovers of the big orchestral sound, admirers of chamber music, contemporary music fans, and those who enjoy following the latest trends in the informed interpretation of the music of past eras.
The 74th edition of the festival will traditionally open with the Smetana’s My Country which will be performed by the Bamberg Symphony, conducted by Jakub Hrůša.
The cornerstone of the programme dwells traditionally on great personalities of the world music scene, and top-class orchestras: Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia & Sir Antonio Pappano, New York’s Orpheus Chamber Orchestra & Jan Lisiecki, Orquestra de Cadaqués, Les Arts Florissants, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse & violinist Renaud Capuçon, and many others.
There will be numerous accompanying programs and events throughout the city. For more information and tickets please visit the festival's website
One of the best live acts is coming to Prague to promote their new album Simulation Theory. Time for some dance moves on the runway!