The Czech Ensemble Baroque is once again organising the Summer School of Baroque Music in Holešov, which focuses on authentic interpretation of early music. The 18th season bears the subtitle The Spiritual versus Secular in the Works of J. S. Bach; the guest for this season is the world-famous countertenor Andreas Scholl. The registration deadline is 1 June 2020.
Singers and instrumentalists who already have experience with the interpretation of early music, as well as newcomers, are invited to the 18th Summer School of Baroque Music, which will be hosted by Holešov Chateau from 7 to 16 August. The international music workshop, organised by the Czech Ensemble Baroque, is a unique opportunity to gain valuable theoretical and practical experience, working intensively under the guidance of renowned lecturers from all over Europe. The summer school will be traditionally closed by three big joint concerts featuring cantatas by J. S. Bach: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 140) and Tönet, ihr Pauken! (BWV 214). Registration forms for the Summer School of Baroque Music 2020 are available on the website until 1 June.
"This year's 18th Summer School of Baroque Music is a tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach. It intends to introduce students and listeners not only to the well-known works of the Baroque giant at a spiritual level, but also to show that Bach was a real master in the field of dramatic art. His Cantata 214 is an example of what it would look like if Bach wrote an opera," said conductor Roman Válek describing the focus of this season; Válek founded the Summer School of Baroque Music in 2003 and it has been held under his supervision ever since. This year, countertenor Andreas Scholl and his wife, harpsichordist Tamar Halperin, will appear among the lecturers. A "Masterclass" will be open for those interested in studying with these lecturers, for which only the best candidates will be selected on the basis of a demo recording.
Chamber and cantata concerts held as part of the Summer School of Baroque Music 2020:
9 August 2020, 20:00 – Concert of lecturers, Holešov Chateau
11 August 2020, 20:00 – 1st students' concert – Spiritual, Church of St. Anne in Holešov
12 August 2020, 20:00 – 2nd students' concert – Castle Night, Holešov Chateau
14 August 2020, 19:30 – Closing concert, Holešov Chateau
15 August 2020, 19:00 – Closing concert, Church of St. Peter and Paul in Kelč
16 August 2020, 16:00 – Closing concert, Greenhouse of the Flower Garden in Kroměříž
All concerts are open to the public. Pre-sales of tickets will start on 1 August 2020 at the Municipal Information Centre in Holešov, +420 573 395 344 or via SMSticket. Tickets will also be available at the gate one hour before the concert.