Summer School of Baroque Music with Andreas Scholl and Tamar Halperin

6 April 2020, 1:00
Summer School of Baroque Music with Andreas Scholl and Tamar Halperin

Czech Ensemble Baroque again organizes Summer School of Baroque Music in Holešov Chateau. The eighteenth season carries the theme of Spiritual vs. Secular in the works of J. S. Bach. Singers and instrumentalists who are already experienced in the interpretation of early music and new entrants are welcome. This year's lecturers are countertenor Andreas Scholl and his wife, harpsichordist Tamar Halperin.

Singers and instrumentalists who already have experience in the interpretation of early music and new entrants – all of them are invited to the 18th year of the Summer School of Baroque Music, which is hosted by the Holešov Chateau from 7 to 16 August. This popular and sought-after international music workshop organized by the Czech Ensemble Baroque is a unique opportunity to gain valuable theoretical and practical experience, and work intensively under the leadership of first-class lecturers from all over Europe. The culmination will traditionally be three large joint final concerts featuring the cantatas of J. S. Bach: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (BWV 140) and Tönet, ihr Pauken! (BWV 214). Application forms for the Summer School of Baroque Music 2020 are available on the web until 1 June.

Summer School of Baroque Music (its Czech acronym is LŠBH) meets with great acclaim from professional and general public. Practical lessons are extended by a number of lectures and stimulating interviews about people and with people moving in the field of early music and its learned interpretation. All artistic categories involved in the rendering of compositions (choir, solos, ensembles, organ positive, harpsichord, violin, oboe, cello, flute and others) are taught. Apart from attending solo lessons with their instructors, joint rehearsing of the work is an invaluable experience for them. More advanced students have, apart from practicing the main composition, their own curriculum, the results of which they can present with their teachers at two students' concerts, and especially in the interpretation competition for an output with an orchestra and a contract with the Znojmo Music Festival. “This year's 18th LŠBH is a tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach. It wants to present students and listeners not only the famous works of this Baroque giant on a spiritual level, but also to show that Bach was a real master in the field of dramatic art. Cantata 214 is an example of what it would look like if Bach wrote an opera,” says conductor Roman Válek, who founded LŠBH in 2003, and it is still held under his supervision.

Among the lecturers is one of the most sought-after countertenors – Andreas Scholl and his wife, harpsichordist Tamar Halperin, who defended her dissertation and received a doctorate at Juilliard School in New York on the subject of J.S. Bach. A "Masterclass" will be open to those interested in studying with these lecturers, where only the best applicants will be selected on the basis of a demo recording. The international team of lecturers further consists of Roman Válek (orchestra class), Anastasia Baraviera (cello), Luise Haugk (oboe) and Dagmar Šašková (singing), Petr Zajíček and Josef Žák (Baroque violin), Jakub Kydlíček and Michaela Koudelková (recorder), Tereza Válková (chorus) and others. 

Chamber and cantata concerts in 2020:

9 August  2020, 20:00 – Concert of lecturers, Holešov Chateau

10 August  2020, 20:00 – 1st Students' Concert – Spiritual, St. Anne's Church Holešov

11 August  2020, 20:00 – 2nd  Students' Concert – Chateau Night, Holešov Chateau

12 August  2020, 19:30 – Closing Concert, Holešov Chateau

13 August  2020, 19:00 – Closing Concert, St. Peter and Paul's Church in Kelč

14 August  2020, 16:00 – Closing Concert, Kroměříž, greenhouse of the Flower Garden (Květná zahrada)

All concerts are open to the public. Tickets will be available from 1 August  2020 at the Town Information Centre – nám. Dr. E. Beneše 17, Holešov, +420 573 395 344 or via SMSticket. Tickets will also be sold at the gate one hour before the concert.

Andreas Scholl / photo by Patrick Walter



No comment added yet..

Although cultural life has suffered significantly in the last two months, people's desire for an artistic experience has not faded. On the contrary – art and its role in our lives are perhaps needed even more than before. Hence, although concert halls are empty and listeners are forced to visit them only through recordings of their favourite concerts, a number of well-made music media  created (not only) in the beginning of the year helps to bridge over this unfortunate period.  more

”It’s a long journey to the West, / Pointless, fruitless is the longing,” began the first cowboy song recording issued by R. A. Dvorský’s publishing house in 1939. The theme and tone reflect the “tramping” movement, with its idealized vision of “America” and its unspoiled “nature”, which led Czechs to take to the woods, where they hiked, met round campfires and sang songs modelled on American folk songs and country music. So widespread was the tramping phenomenon that it made its way into popular music, where it long remained. Over time, the romance of the cowboy and the idea of a free life on the Great Plains found their way not only into songs sung by such late twenti- eth-century stars as Karel Gott, Helena Vondráčková and Waldemar Matuška but into social life itself: very few countries in Europe have such liberal laws when it comes to sleeping overnight, or even setting up camp, in the woods. In the past young people in Brno could choose whether to be “city slickers” hooked on discotheques or “wander- ers”, who would head for the main train station every Friday afternoon or Saturday and from there set out on the first train for wherever in the countryside it was heading to.  more

Bands that have been present on the scene for several decades have two options: Either they make a living from their own substance, and therefore from hits of the past. Or they are still trying to come up with something new, sometimes with the wishes of conservative fans in spite of it. The "Brno-based" group Poutníci (meaning Pilgrims in Czech), who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, are somewhere halfway in between. They still play Panenka [The Doll], which the audience demands, but fortunately they didn't get stuck and – maybe after a long time, but still – they come up with a new serial album, which should not pass unbeknown to the fans of Czech country and bluegrass.  more

The double album Hrubá Hudba, which was jointly created by producer Jiří Hradil (Lesní zvěř, Tata Bojs, Kafka Band and others) and the Horňácká muzika band of Petr Mička, is an extraordinary musical achievement that puts together genuine Horňácko singing (the CD Hlasy starého světa [Voices of the Old World]) and folklore shifted to modern musical expression (the CD Hrubá hudba [Rough Music]). In an extensive two-part interview, we talked to the two fathers of the project, Jiří Hradil and Petr Mička, about their long-term cooperation, their path to Hrubá Hudba and finally about the double album itself and the possible continuation of the project.  more

The Czech Radio Brno folklore section decided that it did not want to idle during the isolation that affected almost the entire world. In addition to "home" broadcasting taking place directly at editors' homes, it also announced a challenge. Listeners can now submit their music recordings to the radio editors; these recordings will eventually be broadcast on air.  more