Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Radio Prague Today 10.16.2012

Articles posted today

The House of the Black Madonna – home of the only surviving Cubist café in the world

Nestled between busy Wenceslas Square and Prague's number one tourist destination, Old Town Square, the House of the Black Madonna houses a small museum of Cubism as well as the only surviving Cubist café in the world – the Grand Café Orient, which was renovated between 2002 and 2005.

Embattled PM backtracks on tax-reforms in the wake of election defeat

The ruling parties' humiliating defeat in the weekend regional and first round of senate elections have clearly shaken the government's resolve to effect painful reforms at any cost and left the prime minister fighting not just for the future of the centre-right government but his own place at the head of his party.

Composer Geraldine Mucha dies aged 95 in Prague

On Friday, Scottish composer Geraldine Mucha passed away in Prague, which has been her home for most of the past 70 years. Author of numerous musical works, large-scale orchestral pieces, variations on folk songs and chamber pieces, Geraldine came to post-war Czechoslovakia with her husband Jiří Mucha, the son of the famous artists Alphonse Mucha. For the past twenty years, she has been the keeper of her father-in-law's legacy, but her life's pursuit of music also helped pave the way for female composers of the younger generations.