Dan Brown – Wild Symphony

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You’d be hard pushed to find anyone who hasn’t read or at least heard of his gripping plots bringing together science and religion, which Dan Brown tells with such masterful ease. Hats off to the production team at the Czech National Symphony Orchestra for coming up with the fantastic idea of inviting him to bring his timeless compositional debut, Wild Symphony to Prague. And in person no less!

On this occasion we can look forward to seeing Dan Brown step into his composer shoes to explore his insatiable appetite for plots with a strong rhythm and puzzle unravelling ability through the tales of Maestro Mouse and his exciting musical adventures with his animal friends.

The special format boasts delightful illustrations which, via a QR code, also allows you scan over the page with your phone and listen in – something which is sure to appeal to inquisitive souls across the lifespan. On top of the beautiful illustrations, selected animals are also represented by the composer’s musical vision, performed in each case by the orchestra immediately after reading the text dedicated to the respective animal species. This makes it possible to evaluate the extent to which the composer’s musical expression corresponds to the listener's perception.

You’ll have no need for a smart phone at our concert, however as the text will be narrated by none other than Dan Brown himself. Markéta Děrgelová will read the Czech version with the Czech National Symphony Orchestra providing the music.

 

 

Program and cast

Performers

The Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Steven Mercurio conductor
Dan Brown, spoken word in English
Markéta Děrgelová, spoken word in Czech

Programme

Wild Symphony, Dan Brown

A musical and visual adventure for children from 0 to 100 years! The composer reads excerpts from his book of the same name with orchestral accompaniment. Stunning illustrations projected onto a big screen add to the experience.

 

Municipal House

  Municipal House (Czech: Obecní dům) is a civic building that houses Smetana Hall, a celebrate concert venue, in Prague, Czech Republic. Its address is Náměstí Republiky 5, next to the Powder Gate in the center of the city.
  The Royal Court palace used to be located on the site of the Municipal House. From 1383 until 1485 the King of Bohemia lived on the property. After 1485, it was abandoned. It was demolished in the early 20th century. Construction of the current building started in 1905. It opened in 1912.[citation needed] The building was designed by Osvald Polívka and Antonín Balšánek.

  The Municipal House was the location of the Czechoslovak declaration of independence.

  The building is of the Art Nouveau architecture style. The building exterior has allegorical art and stucco. There is a mosaic called Homage to Prague by Karel Špillar over the entrance.  On either side are allegorical sculpture groups representing The Degradation of the People and The Resurrection of the People by Ladislav Šaloun. Smetana Hall serves as a concert hall and ballroom. It has a glass dome. 

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