Today, on Saturday 2 November 2019, the opening concert of the 6th VOX IMAGINIS concert cycle will take place. All concerts of this series are prepared in cooperation with the Moravian Gallery in Brno. They promise themed evenings that combine chamber music, literary texts and fine art. Today's concert will take place at the Governor's Palace, bearing the subtitle "Musical Friendship". People will hear String Quartet in D minor by Antonín Dvořák and the Clarinet Quintet in B minor by Johannes Brahms, performed by Graffe Quartet and Canadian clarinettist James Campbell. Texts and letters of Johannes Brahms and Antonín Dvořák will be recited by actor Saša Rašilov.
Today's concert will be also feature a painting by Joža Úprka named Dvě trávnice [Two Grass Pickers] from 1913, on loan from the collections of the Moravian Gallery in Brno. Many additional artists will perform together with the Graff Quartet at other concerts, which will run until May 2020, such as the Janáček Quartet, pianist Igor Ardašev, Japanese singer Michiyo Keiko, double bass player Miloslav Jelínek, the Phoenix Woodwind Quintet, the Ars Collegium chamber orchestra and actors Marie Durnová, Igor Dostálek or Otakar Brousek jr. The composer in residence of this season is Austrian composer Werner Schulze, whose composition Il cantico di Frate Sole will be played in the Czech premiere in December. The opening concert of the VOX IMAGINIS cycle is announced for tonight, 2 November 2019 at 19:00 at the Governor's Palace.
Programme of the cycle:
9 December 2019, 19:00, Leoš Janáček Concert Hall, Brno Conservatory
"Meditation - Silence"
J. Suk: Meditation on the old Czech chant Svatý Václave [Saint Wenceslas], Op. 35a M. Theodorakis: String Quartet No. 2 "To Kimiterio" S. Barber: Adagio for Strings W. Schulze: "Il Cantico di Frate Sole" to a poem by St. Francis of Assisi (Czech premiere) Spiritual texts by St. Teresa of Avila, St. John from the Cross and St. Francis of Assisi
Igor Dostálek / artistic recitation / Mychiyo Keiko / soprano, Japan / Igor Ardashev / piano / Miloslav Jelínek / double bass / Janáček Quartet, Graff Quartet
21 January 2020, 19:00, Leoš Janáček Concert Hall, Brno Conservatory, Lužánecká Street
"Johann Sebastian. .." J.S. Bach: Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra in D minor BWV 1043, BWV 1060, Suite in D major BWV 1068 The Small Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bachová Marie Durnová / artistic recitation / DUO LYRICO / Magdalena and Štěpán Graffe, violin / ARS COLLEGIUM Chamber Orchestra / artistic director Štěpán Graffe /
25 March 2020, 19:00, Governor's Palace, Moravské nám. 1a
"Seven Words" J. Haydn: String Quartets No. 50-56, Op. 51 "The Seven Last Words of the Redeemer on the Cross" Spiritual Discourses by Mons. Martin Holík Graff Quartet
20 May 2020, 19:00, Leoš Janáček Concert Hall, Brno Conservatory, Lužánecká Street
"In arte voluptas" B. Martinů: String Quartet No. 5, H 268 J. Novák: Three Inventions for String Quartet, Balletti á 9 Vergilius: Choice of Poetry Otakar Brousek jr. / artistic recitation / Phoenix Woodwind Quintet Miloslav Jelínek / double bass / Graff Quartet