Discover 20th-century Prague on a private 3-hour art nouveau and Cubist architecture walking tour, led by a historian guide. Learn about the distinctive architectural styles and the social context in which they emerged by visiting such art nouveau gems as the Municipal house and Lucerna Music Bar.
Explore the sights and sounds of the Czech Republic on this 2-hour walking tour of Prague, with a classical music concert. Follow a guide through Prague’s UNESCO–listed Old Town to the Jewish Quarter and the city center, and discover centuries of colorful European history. Take in top attractions including the Estates Theater, Municipal House, the Old Town square, the Powder Tower, and Wenceslas Square. Afterward, take your seat in a historic Baroque church (or a Baroque palace - depending on the concerts performed on your day of travel) for a 1-hour classical music recital featuring works by Bach, Dvořák, Mozart, Smetana, and Vivaldi (depending on the program).
The subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, Alice Herz-Sommer was the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor when she died on February 23, 2014. A Century of Wisdom is the true story of her life - an inspiring story of resilience and the power of optimism. Before her death at 110, the pianist Alice Herz-Sommer was an eyewitness to the entire last century and the first decade of this one. She had seen it all, surviving the Theresienstadt concentration camp, attending the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem, and along the way coming into contact with some of the most fascinating historical figures of our time. As a child in Prague, she spent weekends and holidays in the company of Franz Kafka (whom she knew as “Uncle Franz”), and Gustav Mahler, Sigmund Freud, and Rainer Maria Rilke were friendly with her mother. When Alice moved to Israel after the war, Golda Meir attended her house concerts, as did Arthur Rubinstein, Leonard Bernstein, and Isaac Stern. Until the end of her life, Alice, who lived in London, practiced piano for hours every day. Despite her imprisonment in Theresienstadt and the murders of her mother, husband, and friends by the Nazis, and much later the premature death of her son, Alice was victorious in her ability to live a life without bitterness. She credited music as the key to her survival, as well as her ability to acknowledge the humanity in each person, even her enemies. A Century of Wisdom is the remarkable and inspiring story of one woman’s lifelong determination - in the face of some of the worst evils known to man - to find goodness in life. It is a testament to the bonds of friendship, the power of music, and the importance of leading a life of material simplicity, intellectual curiosity, and never-ending optimism. Praise for A Century of Wisdom: “An instruction manual for a life well lived.” (The Wall Street Jour 1. Language: English. Narrator: Linda Korn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002913/bk_rand_002913_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Hilde Konetzni (March 21, 1905 in Vienna - April 20, 1980 in Vienna) was an Austrian operatic soprano, particularly associated with Wagner roles, especially Sieglinde, based largely at the Vienna State Opera. She studied at the Vienna Music Conservatory with Rudolf Nillius, and in Prague with Ludmilla Prohaska-Neumann. She made her debut in Gablonz, as Sieglinde, in 1929, and sang in Prague from 1932 to 1938. In 1936, she made her debut at the Vienna State Opera and the Paris Opéra, as Donna Elvira. She appeared at the Royal Opera House in London (1938-39), returning in 1947, and at La Scala in Milan, in 1950, as Sieglinde with Furtwängler.