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BOARD NEWS – January 3, 2019: Mark Kroll, scholar, teacher, conductor, leading harpsichordist and pianist, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Foundation. For more information about Mark please visit: – http://www.markkroll.com/ for more information about the Foundation’s Board and Mission please click ABOUT
Tribute Concert to Kalabis and Ruzickova
Prague – January 23/24/25, 2019.
Conductor Jakub Hrůša and the Czech Philharmonic
Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard
“Czech Philharmonic management has spoken with Zuzana Růžičková several times about programming some of the works of her husband, Viktor Kalabis. Strážnice Festival is one of his most popular works, and Jakub Hrůša decided to perform it as a tribute to this pair of extraordinary musicians.”
Prague – Rudolfinum — Dvorak Hall.
Program – Viktor Kalabis Strážnice Festival, a suite for large orchestra, Op. 9
Antonín Dvořák Piano Concerto in G Minor, Op. 33
Bohuslav Martinů Symphony No. 5, H 310
Performers –piano – Pierre-Laurent Aimardpiano
Conductor – Jakub Hrůša -Czech Philharmonic.
Zuzana Ruzickova 1927 – 2017
September 27, 2017 — Zuzana died peacefully today in her sleep in Prague.
The story of Viktor (who died in 2006) and Zuzana is a story of love. This was a theme of many conversations recently, on September 27, 2017, when Zuzana died. Zuzana meant so much to everyone who knew her and she gave so much to them and to the thousands of people around the world who heard her in concert and listened to her recordings.
Zuzana was a remarkable woman of dignity and humanity and great strength of character. She often said that Viktor was her life and enabled her to heal from her years in concentration camps. They will be missed by all of us and we shall continue as the directors of this foundation to use film, music, and educational materials to continue to promote their values and enormous contributions to people young and old across the world.
On January 14, 2019 -what would have been the 92nd birthday of Zuzana Ruzickova – Mayor Martin Baxa of Pilsen, Czech Republic, unveiled a memorial plaque at the Pilsen Music Conservatory where Zuzana studied for more than two years from late 1945.
Click here to see obituaries in the world’s media including a New Yorker magazine tribute by harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, Zuzana’s last student and a leading interviewee in the movie ZUZANA: MUSIC IS LIFE.
In a memorial performance Mahan Esfahani with the Czech Radio Symphony performed Viktor Kalabis’s Concerto for harpsichord and string orchestra, Op. 42, 23′ – 25′, EBP (1974-5)1 written for Zuzana – view it on YouTube.
View photographs of Zuzana and Viktor at the GALLERY page –>>
News of Performances of Works by Viktor Kalabis – at EVENTS
MUSICWEB selects Kalabis’s cello sonatas as recording of the month.
International Film Premieres
A special film screening was held in Zurich, Switzerland, on December 12, 2018. This was the premiere screening of the film in German-language Europe.
Latin American premiere: Buenos Aires Jewish Film Festival – November 7/8, 2018.
Zuzana: Music Is Life enjoyed Seoul, Korea, premiere – August 14, 2018.
Produced and directed by Harriet and Peter Getzels, Executive Producers, Emily Vogl, Frank Vogl and William R. Rhodes in loving memory of Louise Tilzer Rhodes. The sponsor of the film is The Viktor Kalabis & Zuzana Ruzickova Foundation with generous support from good friends.
(July 17, 2018 — a screening of the movie at the ISIS Metropolitan Theater in Aspen, Colorado, sold out. The film received an excellent audience reception and fine article in The Aspen Times .) (September 28, 2018 – A large attendance saw the film and stayed for an excellent post-film discussion in New York at Symphony Space.)
If you have suggestions for the public screening of this wonderful film, then please do contact the Foundation.
International harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani rehearses as Zuzana Ruzickova comments – scene from the new movie
The film is about Zuzana’s life of dignity and grace that may never have happened; and of a woman who preserved her faith in humanity by believing that music permeates life, and that it represents a profound sense of hope and order in a world so often characterized by disorder. Despite Nazi concentration camps and Communist harassment, Zuzana became a world star..
“Bach saved my life, ” said Zuzana in an interview for the film. She devoted many hours to talking about her music and her life with the film’s producers Harriet and Peter Getzels. Candidly, she talked about her experiences in Nazi concentration camps, under threat from Communist regimes in Czechoslovakia, and about the power of music. She speaks with humor and humility, with candor and directness, and with grace and dignity. (FILM)