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24 October 2013 The conductor-less Prague Chamber Orchestra demonstrates its unmatched precision in fifth show of 22nd Bahrain International Music Festival
The conductor-less Prague Chamber Orchestra demonstrates its unmatched precision in fifth show of 22nd Bahrain International Music Festival

Lovers of classical music were in for a treat as the Prague Chamber Orchestra from the Czech Republic performed its special brand of classical music at the Cultural Hall in the fifth and penultimate show of the 22nd Bahrain International Music Festival, which runs from the October 20 – 25, 2013.

In addition to their vast repertoire of music, what truly sets the orchestra apart is that it plays without the benefit of a conductor, an added degree of difficulty that requires laser-sharp precision and intimate rapport between its members.

The orchestra demonstrated this incredible preciseness as they played a wide range of compositions, from the classical masterpieces of Mozart and Haydn, to the High Baroque melodies of Bach and Vivaldi, to Bohemian classics by masters such as Michna, Zelenka, and others.

Established around 60 years ago in the early 1950’s, the orchestra first gained fame through the prestigious Prague Spring Festival, and was soon traveling the world with their exact style of music.

Over the decades, the ensemble has compiled an impressive discography and won numerous awards such as Suprahon’s Golden Disc, the Wiener Flötenuhr, and the Grand Prix du Disque Académie Charles Cros.

Organized by the Ministry of Culture, the 22nd Bahrain International Music Festival lineup features award-winning artists from Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Cuba, Germany, Azerbaijan, and the Czech Republic from a wide range of genres such as opera, Latin, Western classical, Arabic, and Azerbaijani music. 

The six-day festival draws its curtains on Friday (Oct 25) with the final concert featuring Syrian-Armenian singer Lena Chamamyan. The concert will mark the debut of this musical innovator in Bahrain who infuses traditional Damascene songs with a lively oriental jazz spirit.

Festival shows are held at the Cultural Hall and are open to the public. More information about the 22nd Bahrain International Music Festival is available at (www.moc.gov.bh) or on Twitter at (moc_bh).

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