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27th INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL ČESKÝ KRUMLOV 2018

International Music Festival Český Krumlov

Náměstí Svornosti 2
38101 Český Krumlov
Contact: Infocentrum Český Krumlov

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Location: Český Krumlov
Type: Highlights


The 27th annual festival in Český Krumlov will take place from July 20th to August 11th, 2018, which will be shifted by one week. One reason is also the weather, which according to statistics is more stable and more favorable in the second half of July.

Among the soloists of the 27th year, Český Krumlov will also present Polish tenor Piotr Beczała.

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Program 2018:





Festive Overture – artistically conceived musical fairy-tale play

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20.07.2018   (Fr) 21:00

Christiane Noll Sooyeon Kim Gypsy Devils

Festive Overture – artistically conceived musical fairy-tale play

Gipsy Devils (Slovakia)
Christiane Noll and Hugh Panaro (USA) – vocals
Jiří Bárta (Czech Republic) – violoncello
Sooyeon Kim (South Korea) – soprano

Gypsy Devils is the name of a unique group of musicians who have, since 1991, achieved something what only a few in Central Europe have achieved. The Gypsy Devils orchestra is not a folklore Roma group of enthusiastic amateurs but it is a renowned group of eight professionals, brilliant musicians with classical training.

Christiane Noll starred on Broadway in the Kennedy Center Revival of Ragtime, receiving Tony and Drama Desk award nominations and winning a Helen Hayes award for her portrayal of Mother.

Hugh Panaro is critically lauded and adored by fans. He demonstrates versatility, charisma, tremendous vocal talent, and movie star good looks.

The most respected Czech cellist of the present time, Jiří Bárta studied his instrument with Josef Chuchro and Mirko Škampa in Prague, and with Boris Pergamenschikow in Cologne. He was won prestigious honours in many international competitions including the Rostropovich-Hammer Award in Los Angeles.

Soprano Sooyeon Kim, a native of South Korea has captured the world’s audience’s attention with her silvery and luscious lyric voice. She studied at Juilliard School and at Indiana University in the United States.

Where: Castle garden Summer Riding Hall, Český Krumlov




Piotr Beczała /tenor/ and Sondra Radvanovsky /soprano/, PKF – Prague Philharmonia, Leoš Svárovský /conductor/

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21.07.2018   (Sa) 20:30

Piotr Beczała and Sondra Radvanovsky Leoš Svárovský PKF – Prague Philharmonia

Piotr Beczała (Poland) – tenor
Sondra Radvanovsky (Canada) – soprano

Opening opera gala concert

PKF – Prague Philharmonia (Czech Republic)
Leoš Svárovský (Czech Republic) – conductor

Polish tenor Piotr Beczała holds a place at the absolute pinnacle in his field on the international scene. He launched his dazzling career in 1996 in the provincial theatre in Linz, only a year later became a regular soloist with the opera in Zürich and in April 2004 debuted in Covent Garden as the Italian singer in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier.

Sondra Radvanovsky is a globally celebrated artist who performs at the most prestigious opera stages.

Leoš Svárovský works with the Slovak Philharmonic as a permanent guest conductor, cooperates with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno.

The Prague Philharmonia was founded in 1994 by Jiří Bělohlávek as an ensemble comprising fresh graduates of music schools.

Where: Brewery Garden, Český Krumlov




Jaroslav Tůma /organ/

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22.07.2018   (Su) 11:00

Jaroslav Tůma

From the program you can enjoy e.g.:
• Adam Václav Michna (1600 – 1676): Soul in the Purgatorial Fire – hymn (from Czech Marian Music – 1647)
• Jaroslav Tůma (1956): Soul in the Purgatorial Fire – Toccata in A in George Muffat style (from the collection Labyrinth of the Holy Love – 2014)
• Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750): Concerto in F major BWV 978 in Antonio Vivaldi style
• Allegro – Largo – Allegro

Jaroslav Tůma became a laureate of a number of interpretative organ competitions, e.g. in Linz in 1978, at the Prague Spring competition in 1979, at the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1980 and many others. His discography includes over fifty albums, most of them being solo albums.

Where: Church of Corpus Christi and the Grieving Virgin Mary, on the premises of the former Minorite monastery, now owned by the Order of the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star, Český Krumlov




Miroslav Ambroš /violin/ and Jaroslaw Nadrzycki /violin/, South Czech Philharmonic, Jan Kučera /conductor/

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24.07.2018   (Tu) 19:30

Miroslav Ambroš and Jaroslaw Nadrzycki The South Czech Philharmonic

Miroslav Ambroš (Czech Republic) – violin
Jaroslaw Nadrzycki (Poland) – violin

Program:
• G. F. Händel: Concerto Grosso in G major, Op. 6 No. 1
• J. S. Bach: Concerto for two violins in D minor, BWV 1043
• B. Britten: Simple Symphony Op. 4
• F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy: Concerto No. 1 in D minor

Miroslav Ambroš has been studying at the Faculty of Music of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague under Prof. Ivan Štraus since 2006 and since October 2008 also at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover under Prof. Krzysztof Wegrzyn.

Jarosław Nadrzycki made his Moscow debut with the Moscow Conservatory Orchestra at the age of 12 at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory Great Hall with the accompaniment of the orchestra of this institution. At present he is considered to be one of the most promising violin virtuosos of his generation.

Conductor, composer and pianist Jan Kučera belongs to the most versatile Czech artists. As a conductor he regularly cooperates with leading Czech orchestras with which, besides classical musical repertoire, he has performed or recorded more than one hundred symphonic compositions of contemporary authors, often as premieres.

The South Czech Philharmonic was founded in České Budějovice in 1981. Currently it has 37 members and continues to be the only professional philharmonic orchestra in the South Bohemian Region. Conductor Jaroslav Vodňanský stood at the birth of the orchestra and Jan Talich has been the chief conductor since 2008. Besides the natural interpretation of music by classical composers and compositions suitable for smaller orchestras, the orchestra is increasingly following the current trend of connecting genres, discovering new views on interpretation and presentation.

Where: Masquerade Hall of the Castle Český Krumlov, Český Krumlov




Wihan Quartet – “Tribute to L. Janáček“

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25.07.2018   (We) 19:30

Wihan Quartet

Tribute to L. Janáček /90 years from his death/

Wihan Quartet (Czech Republic)
Leoš Čepický /first violin/
Jan Schulmeister /second violin/
Jakub Čepický /viola/
Michal Kaňka /violoncello/

Program:
• L. Janáček: String Quartet No. 1 “Kreutzer sonata”
• B. Smetana: String Quartet No. 2 in D minor
• A. Dvořák: Cypresses /selection/
• L. Janáček: String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters”

Wihan Quartet is one of the leading string quartets that have recently come into existence from the big Czech interpretation school. The quartet was established in 1985 and it still consists of its original four members.

Where: Masquerade Hall of the Castle Český Krumlov, Český Krumlov




Gypsy Devils – Carmen Fantasy by Gypsy Devils

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26.07.2018   (Th) 19:30

Gypsy Devils

“Carmen Fantasy by Gypsy Devils” – a dance-musical performance inspired by G. Bizet’s famous opera

Gypsy Devils (Slovakia):
Štefan Picúr Banyák /first violin/
Ernest Šarközi /cymbalo/
Silvie Šarközi /violoncello/
Zoltán Grunza /clarinet/
Emil Hasala /violin and text/
Jozef Farkaš /viola/
Róbert Fehér /contrabass/
Zoltán Grunza /clarinet/

Dance group Čarovné Ostrohy – Magic Spurs:
Peter Živner (Slovakia) – artistic leader
Denisa Sofia Pavelová /flamenco dance/
Árpád Jánoška /vocals/

Program:
“Carmen Fantasy by Gypsy Devils” – a dance-musical performance inspired by G. Bizet’s famous opera

Gypsy Devils is the name of a unique group of musicians who have, since 1991, achieved something what only a few in Central Europe have achieved. The Gypsy Devils orchestra is not a folklore Roma group of enthusiastic amateurs but it is a renowned group of eight professionals, brilliant musicians with classical training.

Where: Castle Riding Hall, Český Krumlov




Mee-Hae Ryo /violoncello/, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Christian Schulz /conductor /

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27.07.2018   (Fr) 19:30

Mee-Hae Ryo Christian Schulz The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra

Mee-Hae Ryo (South Korea) – violoncello
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra (Czech Republic)
Christian Schulz (Germany) – conductor

Program:
• A. Dvořák: Concerto for violoncello and orchestra in B minor, Op. 104
• J. Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major

Mee-Hae Ryo is a South Korean cellist. She began playing cello at age 6 and received lessons through her middle and high school years. She attended the Juilliard School of Music and graduated from the School of Music at the University of Michigan, where she earned a doctorate.

Christian Schulz comes from a well-known Viennese family of musicians and started his musical career of cellist with violoncello studies. Later on he studied conducting. He studied both these specializations at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He performs as a chamber musician, soloist and recently has performed as cellist with the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra.

The Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, whose tradition goes back to 1926, is one of the leading and also longest established Czech ensembles. It has gained an important place on the Czech concert scene thanks to its ever-increasing artistic standard.

Where: Castle Riding Hall, Český Krumlov




Tribute to Leonard Bernstein / The Best Songs from Musicals

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28.07.2018   (Sa) 20:30

Dee Roscioli Darius de Haas Randall Craig Fleischer

Tribute to Leonard Bernstein / The Best Songs from Musicals

Musical Evening

Christiane Noll, Dee Roscioli, Hugh Panaro and Darius de Haas (USA) – soloists
North Czech Philharmonic Teplic (Czech Republic)
Randall Craig Fleischer (USA) – conductor

Program:

This year’s musical evening will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of brilliant American conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein. The program, which will include a selection from the musicals “On the Town”, “Wonderful Town”, “Candide”, “West Side Story”, “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” and others, will pay tribute to his art.

Dee Roscioli is best known for her portrayal of Elphaba in the smash Broadway hit Wicked. She has performed this role on Broadway, in Chicago and across the US and holds the distinction of having performed Elphaba in more performances than any other actress. This past summer, Dee performed the leading role of Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.

Musical artist and Broadway actor, Darius de Haas, is a singular performer known for his soaring tenor voice and an emotional honesty that has captivated audiences with his work on stage, recordings, and concert venues around the world.

With three music director positions, arrangements and compositions played around the world, a demanding guest conducting schedule, major awards, and a career spanning four continents, Randall Craig Fleischer is making a substantial impact.

Where: Brewery Garden, Český Krumlov




Francisextet

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31.07.2018   (Tu) 19:30

Francisextet Francisextet

Program:
• I. F. Stravinskij: Pulcinella/Sinfonia
• J. Jongen: Rhapsody Op. 70
• J. Pelikán: Sextet /věnováno Francisextetu/
• S. Bodorová: Danza del diavolo
• F. Poulenc. Sextet FP 100
• J. Francaix: L´Heuredu Berger

The ensemble Francisextet was founded in the summer of 2014 purely as a group of students, from which it developed as its members completed their university studies in the field of music and became professional musicians. Key assets in its origin were the friendship among the members and the love they share for music of the 20th century.

Where: Masquerade Hall of the Castle Český Krumlov, Český Krumlov




Pavel Steidl /guitar/

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01.08.2018   (We) 19:30

Pavel Steidl

Program:
• J. K. Mertz: Liebeslied, Romanze a Mazurka
• Pedro Jimenez de Abril Tirado: 6 Menuets
• Giulio Regondi: 3 Etudes
• Niccolo Paganini- Luigi Legnani: Sonate, Ghiribizzy e Caprice (selectione)
• Carlo Domeniconi: Steidleriana
• P. Steidl: Suita populare

Renowned Czech guitarist Pavel Steidl has been studying music since the age of eight; his first guitar teacher was his brother. Under the guidance of pedagogues Milan Zelenka and Arnošt Sádlík he then earned a diploma at the Prague Conservatoire, before continuing his studies at Prague’s Academy of Performing Arts with the legendary guitar virtuoso Štěpán Rak. He also played in master classes led by David Russell and Abel Carlevaro. Further valuable experience came from participation in many competitions and music festivals.

Where: Masquerade Hall of the Castle Český Krumlov, Český Krumlov




Hradišťan & Jiří Pavlica

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02.08.2018   (Th) 19:00

Hradišťan & Jiří Pavlica

Hradišťan a Jiří Pavlica /*65 years/ (Czech Republic)
Alice Holubová /vocals/
David Burda /clarinet, flutes, vocals/
Milan Malina /cymbalo, vocals/
Roman Gill /quinton, vocals/
Milan Gablas /contrabass, vocals/
Josef Fojta /keyboard, percussions, vocals/
Jiří Pavlica /artistic director, violin, vocals/


The Hradišťan Dulcimer Band is an extraordinary musical ensemble of a high artistic and interpretative level, remarkably extensive and untraditional repertoire, which found its inspiration, especially at the beginning of its existence, in folk tradition. At present Hradišťan (including the dance ensemble) is a professional ensemble, whose program is primarily based on the heritage of folk tradition and its philosophical aspect.

Where: Brewery Gardens, Český Krumlov




Javier Perianes /piano/, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, Manuel Hernández-Silva /conductor/

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03.08.2018   (Fr) 19:30

Javier Perianes

Javier Perianes (Spain) – piano
Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic)
Manuel Hernández-Silva (Venezuela/Spain) – conductor

Program:
• H. Grieg: Piano concerto in A minor Op. 16
• L. Janáček: Taras Bulba and Sinfonietta

Javier Perianes’ flourishing international career spans five continents, taking him to some of the world’s most prestigious halls.

Manuel Hernández-Silva conducts at important international festivals and he is a regular guest of foreign orchestras.

The Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra is a leading Czech symphony orchestra. The orchestra’s repertoire includes symphonic works of various styles and periods as well as cross-over compositions from jazz, chanson and pop music domains.

Where: Castle Riding Hall, Český Krumlov




„KEEP SWINGING!“ – Swing evening in the Las Vegas style, Jan Smigmator, Dasha, Tom Gaebel, RTV Big Band Felixe Slováčka etc.

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04.08.2018   (Sa) 20:30

“Keep Swinging!”- Swing Evening Tom Gaebel

“Keep Swinging!”- Swing Evening

Jan Smigmator (Czech Republic)
Dasha (Czech Republic)
RTV Big Band Felixe Slováčka (Czech Republic)
Special Guest: Tom Gaebel (Germany)
POP Balet

The special swing evening was prepared by singer Jan Smigmator, who will present songs by George Gerschwin, whose 120th anniversary since his birth will be celebrated around the world in 2018, and also famous songs by Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart, Duke Ellington, Michel Legrand, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. Precious guests of the concert will be multi-genre singer Dasha and one of the biggest stars of the European swing scene, singer Tom Gaebel, as well as the dance group Pop Balet, which will complement the swing atmosphere perfectly and transfer the viewers almost to Las Vegas. Instrumental solos will be presented by a legend of popular Czech music, phenomenal clarinettist and saxophonist Felix Slováček and a number of musicians from his RTV Big Band supplemented by a string section. The program will also include songs from the repertoire of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Dean Martin and others.

Where: Brewery Garden, Český Krumlov




Schola Gregoriana Pragensis

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05.08.2018   (Su) 11:00

Schola Gregoriana Pragensis

Schola Gregoriana Pragensis (Czech Republic)

Hasan El-Dunia, Marek Šulc, Stanislav Předota, Ondřej Maňour, Tomáš Lajtkep, Michal Medek and Ondřej Holub
David Eben – artistic leader

The program Carolus IV – Rex et Imperator is a vivid musical tapestry from the repertoire closely connected with the person of monarch Charles IV. The ensemble Schola Gregoriana Pragensis belongs to the leading world interpreters of medieval sacred music.

Where: Church of Corpus Christi and the Grieving Virgin Mary, on the premises of the former Minorite monastery, now owned by the Order of the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star, Český Krumlov




Jiří Bárta /violoncello/

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07.08.2018   (Tu) 19:30

Jiří Bárta

Program:
• J. S. Bach: Suites for cello solo No. 2 in D minor (BWV 1008) and No. 4 in E-flat major (BWV 1010)
• Z. Kodály: Sonata for cello solo, Op. 8

The most respected Czech cellist of the present time, Jiří Bárta studied his instrument with Josef Chuchro and Mirko Škampa in Prague, and with Boris Pergamenschikow in Cologne. He was won prestigious honours in many international competitions including the Rostropovich-Hammer Award in Los Angeles. He works with leading orchestras both in the Czech Republic and abroad like the Czech Philharmonic, London’s Royal Philharmonic, and the Berlin Symphony, and with conductors such as Jiří Bělohlávek, Charles Dutoit, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, and Maxim Shostakovich. He appears regularly in major festivals and on concert stages in Barcelona, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Edinburgh, Istanbul, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Paris, Salzburg, Tokyo, London, and elsewhere.

Where: Masquerade Hall of the Castle Český Krumlov, Český Krumlov




Soloist to be defined, Suk Chamber Orchestra, Nikol Kraft /conductor/

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08.08.2018   (We) 19:30

Nikol Kraft

Soloist to be defined
Suk Chamber Orchestra (Czech Republic)
Nikol Kraft (Czech Republic) – conductor

Program:
• E. H. Grieg: From Holberg’s Time, suite Op. 40
• J. S. Bach: Concerto for violin in E major
• B. Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances
• A. Dvořák: Serenade in E major, Op. 22

Nikol Kraft is studying conducting at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (JAMU) in Brno under Jan Zbavitel. At present she has a scholarship at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, where she was admitted into the class of renowned professor Mark Stringer.

Where: Masquerade Hall of the Castle Český Krumlov, Český Krumlov




Concilium Musicum Wien

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09.08.2018   (Th) 19:30

Concilium musicum Wien

Concilium Musicum Wien (Austria)

“Wiener Klassik”

Christoph Angerer /violin, viola d´amore/
Milan Nikolic/violin/
László Ábrahám /viola/
Ute Groh /violoncello/

Program:
• W. A. Mozart: Divertimento F Dur, KV 138
• J. G. Albrechtsberger: Partita I, D dur
• F. A. Hoffmeister: Divertimento D dur
• F. Schubert: Tänze aus „Hommage aux belles Viennoises“, op. 67
• J. Haydn: Cassation C Dur, Hob.III: 6

The ensemble Concilium musicum Wien was founded in 1982 by Paul and Christoph Angerer with the aim to perform music of the 18th century in the manner in which it was performed in its time. Over the course of its existence the ensemble’s repertoire has expanded in scope and range and at present ranges from Baroque music to dance music of the 19th century.

Where: Masquerade Hall of the Castle Český Krumlov, Český Krumlov




Tanja Becker-Bender /violin/, Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, Manuel Hernández-Silva /conductor/

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10.08.2018   (Fr) 19:30

Tanja Becker-Bende

Tribute to Emil Friedmann Kossuth /110th anniversary of his birth/
Tanja Becker-Bender (Germany) – violin
Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic)
Manuel Hernández-Silva (Venezuela/Spain) – conductor

Program:
• E. Elgar: Salut d´amour
• P. I. Tchaikovsky: Violin concerto in D major
• J. Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor

Tanja Becker-Bender was early on awarded top prizes at international competitions, where she performed with renowned orchestras such as the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra, Houston Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart SWR and the Konzerthaus Orchestra in Berlin.

Manuel Hernández-Silva conducts at important international festivals and he is a regular guest of foreign orchestras.

Where: Castle Riding Hall, Český Krumlov




Czech-Slovak Evening – celebration of 100th “birthday” of our state

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11.08.2018   (Sa) 19:30
11.08.2018   (Sa) 20:30

Lúčnica Čechomor and Martina Pártlová

Czech-Slovak Evening – celebration of 100th “birthday” of our state

• Main Square (náměstí Svornosti) 7:30 p.m.
Military Music Olomouc (Czech Republic)

• Brewery Garden 8:30 p.m.
Čechomor (Czech Republic) with Martina Pártlová
Lúčnica (Slovakia)
Vlado Kumpan’s Brass Music (Czech Republic)

The popular band Čechomor plays original versions of Czech, Moravian, and Slovak popular songs. During its existence, the band has travelled all Europe, North America, and Russia, has cooperated with several theatres and important artists.

The Slovak artistic ensemble Lúčnica, an awardee of the highest rank at home and abroad, symbolizes the original culture of our nation, genuine in its dance, instrumental and vocal expressions. Slovak national art has found an honest representative in Lúčnica, abundantly spreading its unique and rich heritage to the excited domestic as well as international audience.

Where: Svornosti Square (7.30 pm) and Brewery Garden (8.30 pm), Český Krumlov




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International music festival Český Krumlov 2017


26th International Music Festival Český Krumlov 2017

The 26th International Music Festival Český Krumlov in 2017 offered together 19 concerts.




About the International Music Festival


Piotr Beczała (foto Johannes Ifkovits)

International Music Festival Český Krumlov:

*Is a cultural event with a 18-year old tradition
*Is the longest musical show in the Czech Republic, starting from mid July till the second week in August
*Is member of the Association of Musical Festivals of the Czech Republic
*Introduces important domestic and foreign artists
*Offers a wide musical spectrum from 15th to 21st century
*Focuses on the following genres: classical music, jazz, folk, folklore, musicals and opera
*Takes place in many attractive and interesting areas around Český Krumlov and its surroundings (Svornosti square, Brewery garden, Zlatá Koruna monastery church, Vyšší Brod and others) and in particular in the unique spaces of the State Castle and Chateau Český Krumlov (Masqued Hall, IInd Castle courtyard, Castle Riding Hall, Southern Terraces of the Castle, Summer Riding Hall, Revolving Auditorium etc.)
*Is the biggest cultural event of the South Bohemian region, visited by many politicians, members of the diplomatic corps, important business personalities and numerous visitors from home and abroad
*Is organized by Auviex s.r.o. jointly with International Musical Festival Český Krumlov o.s. and the National Heritage Institute, branch České Budějovice

Tickets for 2018 in sale from 8. 12. 2017 in Infocentre Český Krumlov or on-line at www.festivalkrumlov.cz