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The Baroque theatre festival Moravský Parnas Johanna Georga Gettnera (The Moravian Parnassus of Johann Georg Gettner) commemorates the theatre tradition in Mikulov, which in earlier times was one of central Europe’s centres of theatre. The festival programme will include performances of plays, lectures and shows by comedians in the square.
Today the 13th Znojmo Music Festival begins, dedicated to the Lutheran period. As part of today’s ceremonial opening concert the patron of the festival Pavel Šporcl will be performing along with the pianist Petr Jiříkovský with the Janáček Chamber Orchestra. The festival programme also offers appearances by the baroque orchestra Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Tour de varhany with Martin Jakubíček and the Story of Christ, which was created as a stage depiction of the works of Heinrich Schütz.
This year Festival Ibérica will also be presenting Ibero-American culture in a variety of forms. Aside from the open air gala concert of Flamenco masters the programme offers creative workshops, a gastronomic fiesta in the city centre, film showings and an exhibition of photographs from Columbia. Alba Molina and Alba Heredia will be appearing.
The Exhibition of New Music Celebrates its 30th Birthday. It Links the Gardens of the Tugendhat and Löw-Beer Villas
The 30th year of the festival, with the theme NOVÁ ®EVOLUCE, is divided into three parts. June’s with the title Zvučící sochy (Sounding Statues) starts with the ringing of sound installations in the gardens of the Tugendhat and Löw-Beer villas, which remain uniquely linked during the event. Over the holidays the festival continues with “radioposlechem radioateliéru” (“radio listening to radio-atelier”) and in the autumn it links with Moravian Autumn 2017.
The Concentus Moraviae 2017 international music festival of 19 towns and cities is on the theme “La Voce”. The festival concerns the theme of the human voice and singing in all its forms from chant through folk music to baroque opera and jazz. Claudio Monteverdi, whose 450th anniversary is being commemorated around the world this year, also dedicated his work to the human voice. The festival will give him special attention. The programme creator this year is Václav Luks, founder of the baroque orchestra Collegium 1704 and the vocal ensemble Collegium Vocale 1704. As part of today’s inaugural concert Cantar Lontano and the festival’s resident artist Marco Mencoboni will be performing.
After a gap of five years the lyricist and singer Lada Šimíčková and the composer and musician (or songwriter) Ivo Cicvárek have brought out their second joint album. Thus the collection Hotel v tiché ulici (Hotel in a Quiet Street) from 2012 has not remained a one-off project. Taking the second album as the proverbial touchstone, the duo has passed with flying colours. Five years is plenty of time for putting together new material and the songs that made their way into the final selection and now have a chance to become public despite the name of the album.
Birthdays, and not just those on stage, bring a need to look back. In the case of London’s Placebo this is the case twice over, because they returned in Brno to songs that they have long avoided playing live. They kept their promise and at the Brno Exhibition Centre they gave a two-hour cross-section show.
The brilliant Moravian cimbalom player Dalibor Štrunc (1966) came from a folk environment in Wallachia and after graduating from the Brno Conservatory had a number of musical engagements – from classical through folk to being a member for many years of Hana and Petr Ulrych’s group Javory. It is an unbelievable twenty-five years since he formed the group Cimbal Classic, in which he began to make use of his song-writing as well as musical skills. In that time Cimbal Classic has become a fixture on our folk scene. This year they are celebrating their anniversary with a new CD and a tour.
The unique event ZUŠ Open will present on Tuesday May 30 up to a thousand musical, dance, theatre and artistic performances in 280 Bohemian, Moravian and Silesian towns and cities. Brno also will have an exceptionally rich programme tomorrow, culminating in a joint vocal performance of children with Magdalena Kožená on Moravian Square and a celebratory concert of the Mozart’s Children Festival in Besední dům together with the Brno Philharmonic. The Brno event is part of Brno’s candidacy for the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the field of music.
Rossini’s penultimate opera Le comte Ory was in its time seen as highly immoral slapstick. In the new Brno production, performed in the historic building of the Mahen Theatre, it is actually a hilarious farce. Lenka Flory stands behind its directorial and artistic form, providing not only the needed humour and momentum, but also thanks to its basis in the world of contemporary dance also unusual movement.
This year the Beseda u Bigbítu (BuB) festival celebrates its quarter century and to mark this milestone it has added a little warm-up in the shape of an evening concert in Kabinet Múz called Beseda night. It gives a foretaste of this year’s Tasov and the evening will be introduced by the Šumperk-Brno group Acute Dose. Last year’s wind brought in the group Please The Trees and the composer and DJ Václav Čásenský aka Atrey.
The Brno singer and author Jana Jun Šrámková claims that the name of their new album Ve vlasech (In Hair) has nothing to do with her profession of hairdressing. And it is true that more than scissors or curling tongs in this case hair is linked to the wind, which is penetrating and was already blowing on Jana’s previous album Nahá (Naked). However in the lyrics of the new disc it is water rather than wind that is the important constant. In individual songs rapids, paddles, boats and the ocean appear. But that is not the most important information. Although words are important in Jana’s compositions, the new album continues in the line established by the previous discs Intimně (2010) and Nahá (2014). Above the story is feelings, drawing with syllables, misty scenery, sketched with voices and coloured in by other instruments.
The retro comedy musical Viki kráčí za štěstím (which might be translated as Viki Seeks Her Fortune), premiered in the Brno Municipal Theatre, in many ways represents a journey back in time. He audience returns to the work of Milan Uhde and Miloš Štědroň, which has now been supplemented by the work of the composer Karel Cón. On the surface it is an excursion into a true story which took place at the turn of the 1960s and 1970s, or the era of the swinging music of the sweet sixties. The same creative team led by director Juraj Nvota that was introduced five years ago on the same stage with the romantic musical Divá Bara now parades in front of the audience again.