Contemporary Fall with the Berg Orchestra

Jana Kubankova, dress rehearsal with Berg Orchestra

Another contemporary fall of the Berg Orchestra – eminent Czech contemporary music group, was realized with Jana Kubankova as a concertmaster. This fall the audience could listen to works of such composers as for example J. Harvey, M. Andre, H. Goebbels or G. Grisey.

The last concert of this year will be held in Prague Trade Fair Palace. On a programme there will be well known popular contemporary composition by Arvo Part Tabula Rasa, with Jana Kubankova as a soloist and beautiful contemporary dance choreography within the piece.

official invitation to the last Berg Orchestra concert of the year

a television review, Berg Orchestra opening the new multifunctional concert hall in Prague

For Freedom and Democracy

To today´s Day of Fight for Freedom and Democracy, we attach a composition by Martin Hybler with additional scetches by Jana Kubankova – “Oligarch, the Globalizer”.

“Oligarch, the Globalizer” is utopian-“orwell” composition about  what would have happenned if such a person entered a political scene – a person being born from dirty money and political populism,  a person who buys popularity by promises and emotional quotes, person, who works for personal interests in politics instead of representing the needs of people. This visionary composition was premiered in 2006 and unfortunately it is still up to date in The Czech Republic, because our political scene is occupied but such a person…

A politics of personal interests wins. The goal of the politics of such representatives is not a citizen or state, but contrary the citizen and the state becomes the tool of these representatives to reach their own prosperity. Is this still democracy?…

 

Hunderd Years of Czech Independence

Jana Kubánková at the T. G. Masaryk Statue in front of Czech Embassy in Washington

On 28th of October 2018 our country celebrated a hunderd year anniversary of independence. During this time our country was really independent only for about half time of existence. The latter periods were boud with obedience to other authocratic states and doctrines during the Second World War and Communistic Era.

As a gift to this anniversary Jana Kubankova prepared special project of life performance based only on solo violin compositions written by Czech composers creating their music during this hunderd-year-era. This programme was presented by Jana this summer at solo recitals for The Czech Embassy and for The Victims of Communism Foundation in Washington DC, USA, the city, where Czechoslovakia independence was declared. 

During the concerts Jana provided life commentaries on problematic time period and politics, about composers lifes and the works played to get the audience closer to the context of this period of time. All the music did not explain but rather expressed the state of affairs and athmosphere in our country during those times.

On this occasion Martin Hybler wrote a premiere work for solo violin, “Lonely Self”, a composition dealing with the fact that freedom is inner state of human being – inner dissaproval of any obbedience to doctrine attacking human dignity; and therefore while being free, we are lonely in our self.
Authors on the programme were Ervin Schulhoff, Jaroslav Ježek, Karel Sklenička and Klement Slavický.

Wasington DC. Recital, Czech Embassy

Washington DC. Recital, Review

Washington DC., recital for The Victims of Communism Foundation

 

“Happiness knows just Minutes” in Goerlitz!

Successful theater drama “Happiness knows just Minutes” left Zittau with the last performance last week and now moves to beautiful ancient german city of Goerlitz! The Goerlitz premiere will be held in Gerhart-Hauptmann Theater on 13th of October at 19:30.

This theater drama is written for just one actor presenting Hildegard Knef. This role takes an extraordinary way amazing sopranist and actor of the Gerhart-Hauptmann Theater – Yvonne Reich. Author of the scenario and stage manager at one person is Stephan Bestier – actor and stage manager of the Gerhart-Hauptmann Theater and Theater in Koln, Germany. Arranger of the songs and artistic leader for music group is Martin Hybler.

Hildegard was an extraordinary woman with extraordinary thoughts. She was born in 1925, the end of the II. World War she was captured and imprisoned by russians. Soon after the war she managed to get to Holywood an Broadway as an actor and singer. Then she came back to Germany and showed up mainly in Berlin. However, the key artistic contribute of his life lays in her chanson – texts and poems, beautiful, true, very deep…

“Happiness knows just minutes”

Succesfull premiere of theater drama “Das Gluck kennt nur Minuten”  was held on 15th of September in Gerhart-Hauptmann Theater in Zittau, Germany. Completely sold auditorium listened to interesting life story of unique german singer and actor – Hildegard Knef. Hildegard travels across the ocean and tells stories of her life, accompanied by four musicians who join her in chansons on the scene.

This theater drama is written for just one actor presenting Hildegard Knef. This role took an extraordinary way amazing sopranist and actor of the Gerhart-Hauptmann Theater – Yvonne Reich. Author of the scenario and stage manager at one person is Stephan Bestier – actor and stage manager of the Gerhart-Hauptmann Theater and Theater in Koln, Germany. Arranger of the songs and artistic leader for music group is Martin Hybler.

Hildegard was an extraordinary woman with extraordinary thoughts. She was born in 1925, the end of the II. World War she was captured and imprisoned by russians. Soon after the war she managed to get to Holywood an Broadway as an actor and singer. Then she came back to Germany and showed up mainly in Berlin. However, the key artistic contribute of his life lays in her chanson – texts and poems, beautiful, true, very deep…

Hilde died in 2002 and this drama is historically the first performance on her life.

Premiere Review in Sachsische Zeitung

The last summer recital

On 25th of August a recital of violinist Jana Kubánková and pianist Martin Hybler was held at beautiful castle Hrubá Skála in the heart of The Bohemia Paradise. Audience could enjoy classical music written by J. S. Bach, W. A. Mozart, E. Bloch, O. Messiaen and K. Slavický.

Seminars for Meadowmount School of Music students

seminar students with Jana Kubánková, Meadowmount School of Music

Between the 25th of June and 8th of July, seminars with Jana Kubánková for talented young instrumentalists – Meadowmount School of Music students were held. Seminars were held for students every day and dealed with support of motivation, concentration, self-conidence, communication, creativity and stress compensation.

Meadowmount School if Music is unique project founded in 1944 by legendary violin teacher Ivan Galamian. Find out more on official site of the school below!

Meadowmount School Website

 

 

Washington Recitals Review

Jana Kubánková at the T. G. Masaryk Statue in front of Czech Embassy in Washington

On 21st and 22nd of June Jana Kubánková performed her solo violin recitals dedicated to the 100 Anniversary of Czech Independence in Washington DC. Works by E. Schulhoff, K. Sklenička, K. Slavický, M. Hybler and J. Ježek were played.

First concert was held at The Embassy of The Czech Republic. Second one was held with support of The Victims of Communism Foundation at the Dupont Underground. At this concert,violinist Wuily Arteaga – one of the key personalities of the demonstrations against venezuelan regime performed.

Wuily Arteaga, headmaster of Victims of Communism Foundation and Jana Kubánková at Dupont Underground, Washington DC.

Recital Review at the Embassy of the Czech Republic facebook

“Loosing Memory Commemoration”

On 27th of June, 1950, an extraordinary woman was assasinated by her own state. Milada Horáková was sentenced to death penalty in court process fabricated by the Communist Party. This day became a Commemoration Victims of Communism Day in The Czech Republic after the Velvet Revolution.

Milada Horáková was a lawyer, women rights defender and truly democratic personality. She was a part of government established after the second world war. In 1948 there was a Communist Coup in the Czech Government. Horáková resigned in protest. Soon she was arrested and accused of being a key personality in a fabricated plot to overthrow the regime. She became a symbol of opposition against the communistic regime due to her unbeleivable resistance and courage during the trial…

The same day, after 68 years, on 27th of June, 2018, a new government is established in our democratic Czech state. How does this new democratic government look like? The prime minister is a former agent of communistic secret police, who is furtehrmore prosecuted from the grant fraud practise. Additionaly, his party cooperates and supports KSČM(present Czech Communist Party) in order to get their votes for fullfilling his political program based mainly on reaching the advantages for his own bussines and raise of personal power. A former „communistic policemen puncher“ from the Velvet Revolution demonstrations who violated students and people demonstrating against the communists in Prague streets also became a part of this new government. Our new minister of Justice suggests to postpone the prosecution against Babiš to later times when he is not in government and let him concentrate on governing the country peacefully…

After 100 years of our independent existence and succesful struggle against the regime do we now face the comeback of the old state? Or is it rather just a great violation of this commemoration day and unjustifiable dishonor of regime victims? Every totality starts with ignorance and dishonor of important turning points and personalities of the past history. Every totalitarian regime then continues by destroying the inteligence, creativity and true personalities of independent thinking and action. In Czech this already started by social humiliation of the elite intelectuals by their own president. He also turns our foreign interests to such states as China or Russia where totality is the mainstream of everyday politics and social life. Both Czech President and the Prime Minister were elected in democratic elections. Are we loosing memory when we let such people rule over democratic state? Are we loosing critical mind by electing such people being key Czech authorities? The very end of democracy starts in our minds…  So do not forget!

…in honour to Milada Horakova.

Meadowmount School of Music. Just started!

Meadowmount School of Music

On 25th of June intensive seminars with Jana Kubankova for young scholars of prestigious Meadowmount School of Music have started. Seminars are held every day and deal with supporting motivation, self – confidence, concentration, creativity and stress compensation being a key aspect for any artistic training. Seminars also support communication abilities. Seminars will run for 14 days.

Meadowmount School of Music is unique project of legendary Ivan Galamian who founded this school yet in 1944 for his students including fo example I. Perlman or P. Zukerman. The school is situated in the forest right next to the Adirondack National Park in order to provide truly calm background for musical training. Alumnies mostly have a great careers as concertmasters and leaders, world chamber group players and of course soloists.

official web of Meadowmount School of Music