Mozart's Children Talent Festival: presenting Smetana and Beethoven

Mozart's Children Talent Festival: presenting Smetana and Beethoven

This year is the 15th anniversary of the Mozart's Children Festival. It is organised by the Brno Philharmonic and the Brno Elementary Art School - Smetanova 8. It aims to give young talents from South Moravia the opportunity to play in a professional orchestra, the best of whom will then perform as soloists accompanied by philharmonic orchestras.

"This year fifty-one pupils will take a seat in the orchestra and the choir will be joined by twenty-four young singers," said Marie Kučerová, director of the Brno Philharmonic. The mixed orchestra will include eleven young violinists, nine flautists, trumpeters, cellists and violists, oboes, clarinets and one drummer, one trombone player and one harpist.

The Mozart's Children gala concert, traditionally held at the Janáček Theatre, will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bedřich Smetana. "Elementary art school teachers and their pupils rehearsed Smetana's Vltava, a selection of his polkas and Czech Song. They have been working for several months and we’re eagerly looking forward to the result," said Petr Karas, director of the Smetanova Elementary Art School. The Festival Gala Concert will also feature the final movement from Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. Twenty-four young choristers will join the Gaudeamus Brno Choir. The concert, which will be conducted by Robert Kružík, will take place on Saturday 8 June at 7:00 p.m.

The best of the best will perform three days later at the Concert of Children's Soloists in Besední dům. They will appear in solo performances accompanied by the philharmonic orchestras. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the children, not only because they’ll be accompanied by a large symphony orchestra, but also because they are playing in front of a relatively large audience," said Kučerová. The festival will close with a parade of the ensembles on náměstí Svobody. From Friday to Sunday, people can listen to children's brass bands, dulcimer music and school orchestras.


, symphonic poem from the cycle My Fatherland
Louise´s Polka (arr. Iša Krejčí)
Dahlia Polka (arr. Iša Krejčí)
From Student Life (arr. Iša Krejčí)
Bettina Polka (arr. Jiří Hudec)
Czech Song

LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 in D minor Op. 125 4th movement (Presto)

Romana Kružíková soprano, Jarmila Balážová alto, Peter Berger tenor, David Szendiuch bass
Gaudeamus Choir and Young Mozartians
choirmistress Daša Karasová

Brno Philharmonic and Young Mozartians
conductor Robert Kružík


WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART The Marriage of Figaro, overture to the opera KV 492

ANTONIO VIVALDI Concerto in C major for two oboes and orchestra RV 534, 1st and 2nd movements
Marie Nanjo oboe, František Jílek Elementary Art School (ped. Petra Kyzlinková)
Eliška Krejčí oboe, František Jílek Elementary Art School (ped. Petra Kyzlinková)

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 BWV 1049, 1st movement
Daniela Dlouhá recorder, Pavel Křížkovský Elementary Art School (ped. Anežka Wacławik)
Mojmír Houdek recorder, Pavel Křížkovský Elementary Art School (ped. Anežka Wacławik)

ZDENĚK POLOLÁNÍK Concertino for piano and strings, 1st movement
Amálie Vlčková piano, Orchidea clasic Elementary Art School (ped. Věra Chmelová)

FELIX MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25, 1st movement
Martin Bajer piano, Vítězslava Kaprálová Elementary Art School (ped. Martin Fišl)

VYACHESLAV SHCHELOKOV arr. MARCIN KRÓL Children's concert for trumpet and orchestra
Václav Eliáš trumpet, Elementary Art School Smetanova 8 (ped. Ondřej Jurček)

CÉCILE CHAMINADE Concertino for flute and orchestra Op. 107
Romana Kubíčková flute, Elementary Art School Smetanova 8 (ped. Marie Škárková)

Adam Stašek
vocal, Vítězslava Kaprálová Elementary Art School (ped. Pavel Borský)

DMITRY KABALEVSKY Violin Concerto in C major, Op. 48, 3rd movement
Michaela Oprchalová violin, Židlochovice Elementary Art School (ped. Hana Nováková)

Brno Philharmonic
conductor Zdeněk Nádeníček

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