Czech National Symphony Orchestra to Pay Tribute to Leonard Cohen

It’s been a busy season for the CNSO, which also scored the music for HBO’s Young Pope earlier this year

Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas

Written by Elizabeth Zahradnicek-Haas Published on 24.11.2016 11:06:36 (updated on 24.11.2016) Reading time: 1 minute

The Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, who passed away on November 7, was widely regarded to have had bigger mainstream success in Europe than in North America.

The performer had a particularly loyal following in the Czech Republic where his last three albums, including 2016’s “You Want it Darker,” reached the top of the charts.

Cohen had previously played concerts in Prague in September 2008 and in July 2013 at Prague O2 Arena.

The Czech National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO) has announced that it will pay special tribute to the dusky-voiced balladeer at its December 13th Christmas concert.

Held in the Smetana Hall of the Prague Rudolfinum, the tribute will be part of a special “Nightmare Before Christmas” showcase featuring songs from the 1993 Tim Burton film, traditional Christmas music, and a break-out performance of Cohen’s 1984 signature hit, “Hallelujah.”

The CNSO has had a busy year, recording the score this summer for the HBO series The Young Pope starring Jude Law.


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