On the last day of May, the Dominikánské Square in Brno came to life with music, singing and dancing. At half past two in the afternoon, the programme of the nationwide happening of primary artistic schools ZUŠ started under the patronage of the Magdalena Kožená Endowment Fund by announcing the results of the "TO JE talent"competition. The participants did not only come to pick up with prizes. Several of the award-winning singers and musicians proved this. For example, Lucie Sedláčková with the song by Ewa Farná Měls mě vůbec rád [Did You Love Me At All?] attracted an ever growing crowd of listeners, while singer and pianist Veronika Vávrová did the same with the ballad Million Reasons by Lady Gaga.
After the announcement of the finalists, there were a number of music and dance numbers performed by individual primary artistic schools from Brno. Audiences were accompanied through the day by a teacher of the Vítězslava Kaprálová Primary Art School, singer and cellist Pavel Borský, who in the middle of the programme invited a presenter and former dancer Monika Brindzáková to assist him. Together, they introduced talented artists from sixteen artistic schools in Brno to the ever-expanding audience that attended the ZUŠ Open under the sunny sky in Dominikánské Square. We heard, for example, the famous Monti's Csárdás performed by a pupil of the A.R.K. Music Private Primary Artistic School of Miroslav Sadovský, accompanied by an established pianist and organist Martin Jakubíček. Nela Koudelková with a guitar arrangement of the composition Ancient Stones came from the Vranovská Primary Artistic School and then performed with the flautist Miriam Jana Šerá. The programme was also enriched by the Yugoslav Suite performed by a flute quartet from the Jaroslav Kvapil Primary Artistic School. The day was not dedicated exclusively to solo performances and chamber ensembles: the ZUŠ Open also thinks of future orchestral players, about which the audience was convinced by the performance of an orchestra from the Veveří Primary Artistic School or two Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms, and a composition by Artur Márquez performed by Young Brno Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Tomáš Krejčí and Gabriela Tardonová. The orchestra consists of pupils and alumni from primary artistic schools of the city of Brno and has its rehearsing background at the Primary Artistic School of PhDr. Zbyněk Mrkos. Adam Stašek, who sang songs from James Bond and The Greatest Showman, shortened the time of waiting for such a large body. In the second half of the programme there was no shortage of dance numbers either. Pupils of Vítězslava Kaprálová the Primary Artistic School introduced not only classical ballet numbers but also folk dances. Enchanting dance creations were offered by the Primary Artistic School of Radmila Chmelová, featuring a ballet dance called Pizzicato and a refined comic dance of a jester, performed by award-winning Alexandr Klement.
The colourful programme ensured that until almost seven o'clock in the evening the square remained full of running children running around and their proud parents. For others, however, it was a valuable peephole to the workshops of primary artistic schools in Brno. At the very end of this year's ZUŠ Open, the well-known chorus Why Should We Not Rejoice? was heard, performed by the Young Brno Symphony Orchestra and all those who wanted to sing along. The ZUŠ Open happening has shown that the musical, artistic and cultural education of young people is one of the most important services to society, especially in the current over-technicised world.
Participating schools: Jaroslava Kvapila Primary Artistic School, Smetanova Primary Artistic School, Antonína Doležala Primary Artistic School, Veveří Primary Artistic School, Orchidea clasic s.r.o. Primary Artistic School, Universum, s.r.o. Primary and Secondary Artistic School, F. Jílka Primary Artistic School, ARK Music v.o.s. Primary and Secondary Artistic School, Slunná Primary Artistic School, Organ Players' Primary Artistic School Brno, PhDr. Zbyněk Mrkos Primary Artistic School, Vranovská Primary Artistic School, J.G. Mendel Grammar School and its facilities and Primary Artistic School, Mgr. Radmila Chmelová Primary and Secondary Artistic School, Pavel Křížkovký Primary Artistic School and Vítězslava Kaprálová Primary Artistic School.