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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.
End of the 61st Season. Polina Osetinskaya and Matthew Barley Appear with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra
The end of the season is approaching and the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra has only two subscription programmes to present. The first of these will be Views of the Past by the former child prodigy Polina Osetinskaya, and after that the Season Soloist with British classics, in which this year’s season soloist, Matthew Barley, will perform.
Melodies interwoven with the poetry of Jewish poets from the interwar a war periods in the spaces of Interiér NEST. The works of the Brno native Pavel Haas, Viktor Ullman, Hans Krása and Gideon Klein will be heard. Part of the musical-commemorative programme will be the world premiere of the composition Mea Culpa by Jiří Miroslav Procházka. The programme is loosely based on the idea of the Year of Reconciliation from 2015.
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.
The Jazzfest festival is coming to an end and after refreshment from the Czech and European scene came the genuine, almost classic American blues. The seventy-two-year-old giant Steve Gadd came to Brno with the guitarist Michael Landau, bass guitarist Jimmy Johnson, trumpeter Walt Fowler and on the piano and Fender Rhodes was Kevin Hayes.
The parade of European and world saxophonists at this year's Jazzfest Brno festival stylishly concluded with virtuoso technique and inventiveness linking the various branches of jazz - the respected Austrian sideman and soloist Harald Harry Sokal with his Groove trio and the New York legend Chris Potter, who led his Quartet on the stage of the Sono Centre with his latest project - the album The Dreamer Is The Dream.