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29th INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL ČESKÝ KRUMLOV 2020 - POSTPONED

International Music Festival Český Krumlov

Náměstí Svornosti 2
38101 Český Krumlov
Contact: Infocentrum Český Krumlov

Telephone: +420 380 704 621

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WWW: www.festivalkrumlov.cz

Location: Český Krumlov
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NEW FESTIVAL DATE!

DUE TO THE CORONNAVIRUS PANDEMIC THE UPCOMING 29th EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL WILL BE POSTPONED TO A NEW DATE SEPTEMBER 18 - OCTOBER 3, 2020!

MORE INFORMATION REGARDING TICKET POLICY CAN YOU FIND AT www.festivalkrumlov.cz.

THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO MEET YOU IN ČESKÝ KRUMLOV.

THE ORGANIZERS ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON PROGRAM CHANGES, NEW DATES FOR UPCOMING CONCERTS WILL BE RELEASED IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.



OPENING GALA EVENING - NEW DATE

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18.09.2020   (Fr) 20:00

International Music Festival Český Krumlov

JIŘÍ BÁRTA (VIOLONCELLO), BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ PHILHARMONICS, CONDUCTOR: LEOŠ SVÁROVSKÝ

The official opening of the 29th year of the IMF Český Krumlov will take place in the Castle Riding Hall.

Where: Castle Riding Hall, Český Krumlov




WORLD JAZZ LEGENDS - BILLY COBHAM, CBC BIG BAND - CANCELED


Billy Cobham

Billy Cobham is at present one of the most recognized jazz drummers. He has a very distinct drumming style, in which the influence of jazz, rock and funk is apparent. He is also a highly regarded composer and producer. He has played in hundreds of albums with his own groups and has given concerts with a number of famous artists (Tony Williams, Dean Brown, Tim Landers, Gil Evans and Miles Davis). At the Brewery Garden he will perform together with the musicians from the CBC Big Band conducted by Miroslav Surka. The concert is a continuation of the World Jazz Legends cycle.




PAVEL KOHOUT - ORGAN - CANCELLED


Pavel Kohout

Pavel Kohout, the overall winner of the prestigious international competition Musashino – Tokyo 2000, belongs to the most successful concert organists of the younger generation. Many first prizes (Ljubljana, Vilnius, Poznan, Kaliningrad, Bruges, Lübeck and others) are proof of his exceptional musical talent. At present he focuses mainly on his solo concert career. He has also performed at numerous festivals and dedicates himself to recording activities. At the Monastery Church he will present works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Buxtehude and others.




OPERA GALA CONCERT - NEW IN PROGRAM

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19.09.2020   (Sa) 19:30

PAVEL ČERNOCH (TENOR), NORTH CZECH PHILHARMONIC TEPLICE, CONDUCTOR: JAROSLAV KYZLINK

Where: Castle Riding Hall, Český Krumlov




BENNEWITZ QUARTET - NEW DATE

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22.09.2020   (Tu) 19:30

Bennewitzovo kvarteto

The Bennewitz Quartet is a leading chamber ensemble on an international scale, which is confirmed by first prizes at prestigious international competitions. In 2019 the quartet received the Classic Prague Award in the category Best Chamber Music Performance. The quartet gives concerts on prominent Czech and foreign stages and performs at important festivals (Salzburger Festspiele, Lucerne Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival and others). The ensemble bears the name of violinist Antonín Bennewitz, who was instrumental in the founding of the Czech violin school. The quartet will play Bach, Haydn, Beethoven and Dvořák at the Masquerade Hall.

Program:

J. S. Bach: Three chorales from Christmas Oratorio BWV 248
J. Haydn: String Quartet in G major Op. 17/5
L. van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 in F major Op. 135

intermission

A. Dvořák: String Quartet in G major Op. 106

Where: Masquerade Hall, Castle, Český Krumlov




JIŘÍ BÁRTA (VIOLONCELLO), TEREZIE FIALOVÁ (PIANO) - NEW DATE

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23.09.2020   (We) 19:30

Jiří Bárta

Jiří Bárta and Terezie Fialová will perform five Sonatas for cello and piano in honour of Ludwig van Beethoven, since whose birth 250 years will have passed. Jiří Bárta belongs to the best cellists of his generation. His extensive concert activities include concerts with orchestras such as the Berliner Symphoniker, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London and others. He is a regular guest of prestigious music festivals and concerts at renowned concert halls around the world. Terezie Fialová is an important personality among young Czech pianists and has appeared on a number of international stages as a solo and chamber player. She regularly performs at important festivals (Basel, Hamburg, Paris, Madrid, New York, Washington and others).

The members of the club may obtain two tickets to this concert either free of charge or at a significant discount (depending on the type of their membership card) and after the end of the concert they are invited to meet the performing artists. Attendance at the meeting with the artists after the concert must be confirmed with binding effect by e-mail on komunikace@auviex.cz specifying the name and number of people.

Program:

Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonatas for cello and piano – complete rendition

Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 5
Sonata No. 2 in G minor, Op. 5

intermission

Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69
Sonata No. 4 in F major, Op. 102
Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102

Where: Castle Riding Hall, Český Krumlov




BALLAD FOR A BANDIT - NEW DATE

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24.09.2020   (Th) 19:30

International Music Festival Český Krumlov

EVA VRBKOVÁ, GABRIELA VERMELHO, JAN ZADRAŽIL, DALIBOR BUŠ, SOUTH CZECH PHILHARMONIC, CONDUCTOR: VOJTĚCH SPURNÝ

Unforgettable songs with lyrics by Milan Uhde and beautiful music by Miloš Štědroň based on motives from Ivan Olbracht’s novel Nikola the Outlaw (in Czech “Nikola Šuhaj loupežník”) – that is the Ballad for a Bandit. The IMF Český Krumlov will present the concert version of the production interpreted by the actors from the Husa na provázku (“Goose on a String”) Theatre (Eva Vrbková, Gabriela Vermelho, Jan Zadražil, Dalibor Buš) and the South Czech Philharmonic under the baton of Vojtěch Spurný. The audience will listen to a selection of the most famous songs and melodies interspersed with extracts and acts from the play.

Where: Castle Riding Hall, Český Krumlov




PAVEL ŠPORCL (VIOLIN, CONDUCTOR), VILÉM VEVERKA (OBOE), PKF - PRAGUE PHILHARMONIA - NEW DATE

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25.09.2020   (Fr) 19:30

Pavel Šporcl

EVENING ON THE OCCASION OF J. S. BACH’S ANNIVERSARY

Violin virtuoso Pavel Šporcl will perform a program in honour of music genius Johann Sebastian Bach, since whose death almost exactly 270 years have passed (he died on 28th July 1750), at the Castle Riding Hall. Pavel Šporcl is one of the most sought-after Czech artists. Thanks to his art, distinct personality and unconventional manner, he is acclaimed by listeners of all generations. During his career he has cooperated with many renowned orchestras, given concerts around the world on the stages of famous concert halls. Besides the core classical repertoire, he also presents other genres. In Český Krumlov he will appear in the role of both violinist and conductor. Oboist Vilém Veverka will appear in one of the compositions as the guest of the evening; the soloists will be accompanied by the South Czech Philharmonic.

Program:

J. S. Bach:
Concerto for violin, strings and basso continuo in E major BWV 1042
Concerto for oboe, violin, strings and basso continuo in D minor BWV 1060

intermission

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major
Concerto for violin, strings and basso continuo in A minor BWV 1041

Where: Castle Riding Hall, Český Krumlov




FILM MUSIC EVENING - NEW DATE

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26.09.2020   (Sa) 20:30

Unique film project

Music from famous films will be played in Český Krumlov by the North Czech Philharmonic Teplice under the baton of Jan Kučera.

Where: Castle Riding Hall, Český Krumlov




PAVEL SVOBODA (ORGAN), ELIŠKA ZAJÍCOVÁ (MEZZOSOPRANO) - NEW DATE

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27.09.2020   (Su) 11:00

Pavel Svoboda

On one of the festival Sunday mornings, the sound of organ and vocals will fill the Monastery Church. Organist Pavel Svoboda is the winner prestigious international competitions and as a soloist he has made appearances at music festivals both in the Czech Republic and abroad. He is the program advisor and artistic director of the F. L. Věk International Music Festival and the chairman of the PROVARHANY association, which focuses on the protection of historical organs. Mezzosoprano Eliška Zajícová won first prize at the B. Martinů Competition in Polička and second prize at the International Antonín Dvořák Singing Competition in Karlovy Vary. She made her opera debut at the world premiere of the opera A Woman Such as Myself by composer Daniel Lo from Hong Kong. She regularly cooperates with contemporary composers and presents their works. The program of this concert will include works by Vivaldi, Händel, Mozart and others.

Program:

Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer: Chaconne in F
Antonio Vivaldi: Sposa son disprezzata
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: Unter den Linden grüne SwWV 325
Georg Friedrich Händel: Lascia chio pianga (Rinaldo)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 731; Concerto in F, BWV 978/1
Georg Friedrich Händel: Ombra mai fu (Xerxes)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Adagio in C , KV 356; Andante in F major, KV 616
Luboš Sluka: Ave Maria
Johann Pachelbel: Partita Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan
J. S. Bach / Charles Gounod: Ave Maria

Where: CHURCH OF CORPUS CHRISTI AND THE GRIEVING VIRGIN MARY, Český Krumlov




KATTA (ORGAN) - NEW DATE

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29.09.2020   (Tu) 19:30

Katta

Organist, harpsichord player, composer and singer Katta attracted attention on the international stage during concerts with renowned orchestras but also as a soloist of organ recitals. She has made appearances at European multi-genre festivals. However, among organists she is an exception: she composes her own original compositions in which she uses her heartfelt voice and opens new sound worlds. She shows how an organ in the 21st century sounds, whether she plays a church organ or her unique white instrument outside the church. She is striking: a barefooted organist, angelically delicate and earthily spontaneous. In 2018 Katta received a “Classic Prague Award” for her author’s project Vox Organi, a part of which she will present to the festival audience in the Monastery Garden in Český Krumlov together with works by J. S. Bach and A. Pärt.

Where: Castle Riding Hall, Český Krumlov




ŠTĚPÁN RAK, JAN-MATĚJ RAK (GUITAR) - NEW DATE

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30.09.2020   (We) 19:30

Štěpán Rak

Štěpán Rak enchants his listeners by the intensity of experience, mastery of interpretation and the absolute fusion of the interpreter and composer in one person with the soul of music. In 2000 he was appointed university guitar professor as the first person in the Czech Republic. The program will bear the name Fairy Tale Journey (in Czech “Cesta do pohádky”) and Štěpán Rak will narrate famous fairy tale stories in musical language while celebrating fairy tale creatures; the audience will also hear music with fairy tale themes such as the conflict between good and evil and the power of love. Štěpán Rak will perform together with his son Jan Matěj Rak, who is also a guitarist.

Program:
Alfred Strejček, Štěpán Rak: Tribute to J. A. Komenský (played by Štěpán Rak)
Štěpán Rak: Journey to Fairy Tales (selection from cycle): Alice in Wonderland, The Little Mermaid, Gulliver’s Travels, Good and Evil, The Emperor’s Nightingale (played by Štěpán Rak)
Improvisation on Baroque motifs (played by Štěpán Rak and Jan-Matěj Rak)

intermission

Jaroslav Ježek: Dark Blue World, Ezop a brabenec, Tři strážníci, Stonožka, Isabel Valse, Equatorial Rag (played by Jan-Matěj Rak)
Anonymous: Romanza (played by Štěpán Rak and Jan-Matěj Rak)
Jaroslav Ježek: Život je jen náhoda (played by Štěpán Rak and Jan-Matěj Rak)

Where: Masquerade Hall, Castle, Český Krumlov




MICHAELA ŠRŮMOVÁ (SOPRANO), MARTA INFANTE (MEZZOSOPRANO), ROMAN HOZA (BARITONE), MUSICA FLOREA, CONDUCTOR: MAREK ŠTRYNCL - NEW DATE

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01.10.2020   (Th) 19:30

Barocktheater

FAMOUS BAROQUE ARIAS

An evening at the Baroque Theatre at the Český Krumlov Castle is always a unique experience. Listeners can admire the interiors of one of the oldest preserved castle theatres in the world. The backstage still contains the original theatre machinery; thanks to an elaborate system of winches, pulleys and ropes the entire stage can suddenly change in front of the viewers’ eyes. Also this year of the festival will give viewers the opportunity to experience what Baroque theatre was like. This time the most beautiful Baroque arias will be presented on stage by the ensemble Musica Florea and soloists in a concert format but with period costumes and using the effects which the theatre can offer.

Michaela Šrůmová (soprano), Marta Infante (mezzosoprano), Roman Hoza (baritone), Musica Florea, conductor: Marek Štryncl

Program:

G. F. Händel: Ouverture; Aria “Vola te piu dei venti” (from the opera Muzio Scevola)
A. Vivaldi: Aria “Come l’onda” (from the opera Ottone in villa)
G. F. Händel: Entrée des Songes agréables effrayés
A. Vivaldi: Aria “Quell’usignuolo” (from the opera La Merope)
G. F. Händel: Aria “Pensa a chi geme d’amor” (from the opera Alcina)
A. Vivaldi: Aria “Alma opressa da sorte crudele” (from the opera La Fida ninfa)
G. F. Händel: Sinfonia – Allegro
J. J. Fux: Aria “Questo ferro” (from the opera Costanza e fortezza)
G. B. Bononcini: Duetto “Dov’é il dolor…” (from the opera Muzio Scevola)
A. Vivaldi: Sinfonia for strings and continuo in G minor, RV 157
A. Vivaldi: Aria “Poiche mi favella…” (from the opera Praga nascente)
G. F. Händel: Coro “Dopo tante amare pene” (from the opera Alcina)

Where: Baroque Theatre, Castle, Český Krumlov




JOSÉ CURA (TENOR, CONDUCTOR), BARBORA KUBÍKOVÁ (GUITAR) - CANCELED


José Cura

Famous Argentinian tenor José Cura is coming back to the IMF Český Krumlov. In the past years he enchanted the festival audience during the concert in the Brewery Garden but also at the Revolving Auditorium, where he interpreted the main role in Leoncavallo’s opera Pagliacci. Cura’s vocal performances have made Cura a perennial star of leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Royal Opera in London, Vienna State Opera and La Scala in Milan. At the concert at the Castle Riding Hall José Cura will make an appearance not only as a soloist but also as a conductor. He will perform together with a symphony orchestra and guitarist Barbora Kubíková, who has already given a number of successful concerts in Germany and Spain.




LETICIA MORENO, PKF – PRAGUE PHILHARMONIA, CONDUCTOR: TOMÁŠ BRAUNER - CANCELED


Leticia Moreno

Violinist Letitia Moreno “is able to impress listeners as well as critics by her natural charisma, virtuosity and depth of interpretation”, write the critics. Leticia Moreno has a number of such superlatives in the press and enthusiastic responses from audiences to her credit. She has cooperated with the most famous orchestras (Vienna Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and others) under the baton of such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Krzysztof Penderecki, Christoph Eschenbach and others. In Český Krumlov she will perform with the PKF – Prague Philharmonia under the baton of Tomáš Brauner. She will play works by Antonín Dvořák, Édouard Lalo and Bohuslav Martinů, whose 130th anniversary of his birth we celebrate in 2020, at the Castle Riding Hall.




SYMPHONIC DANCE MUSIC - CANCELED


Symphonic Dance Music

The project Symphonic Dance Music will bring a unique combination of a symphony orchestra, electronic dance music and DJ art. Around eighty artists will appear on stage. The Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Stanislav Vavřínek, together with reputable DJ Lukáš Ščurek a.k.a. DJ Lowa will play the world’s greatest dance hits, among others songs of the French duo Daft Punk, American producer Roger Sanchez and legendary groups such as The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy. About half of the compositions will include vocals interpreted by Thalia Award holder Dasha and chorus singers Naďa Wepperová, Alena Průchová and Adam Koubek. Besides the orchestra, an accompanying band will also make an appearance: Zbyněk Raušer from the band Portless will play the drums and Matěj Havlíček, who performs with the group Fast Food Orchestra, will play the bass guitar. The percussionist will be Stanislav Vít from the band United Flavour, Kryštof Pobořil will play the keyboards and Rudy Horvat will play the guitar.

Where: Brewery Garden, Český Krumlov




EUROPEAN GUITAR QUARTET - CANCELED


European Guitar Quartet

“A new shining start on the concert stage was born.” This is how the daily Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten described the concert debut of the European Guitar Quartet in 2012. Invitations to festivals around the world followed, including big festivals in Scandinavia, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, India and South America. These four musicians – each of them a renowned soloist – have the aim of combining traditional instrumental concerts with expressive, dynamic sounds of modern music. At the Castle Riding Hall they will play compositions by Ástor Piazzolla, Kurt Weill and author works of the members of the quartet.




CZECH EVENING - NEW DATE (INSTEAD OF THE SPANISH EVENING)

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02.10.2020   (Fr) 19:30

Flamengo

Program: details coming soon

Where: Castle Riding Hall, Český Krumlov




IVO KAHÁNEK (PIANO), CZECH PHILHARMONIC, CONDUCTOR: SEMYON BYCHKOV - NEW DATE (INSTEAD CLOSING GALA CONCERT

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03.10.2020   (Sa) 19:00

International Music Festival Český Krumlov

The closing concert of the IMF Český Krumlov 2020 will belong to pianist Ivo Kahánek and the Czech Philharmonic under the baton of chief conductor and music director Semyon Bychkov. Ivo Kahánek gained a reputation as one of the most impressive artists of his generation who has the gift of being able to immediately make contact with the audience which he can use in compositions ranging from the Baroque to modern times. In 2004 he became the overall winner of the Prague Spring competition. He has performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the BBC Proms, among others; Sir Simon Rattle selected him for two performances with the Berlin Philharmonic. In 2018 he received the Classic Prague Award for solo performance of the year. In Český Krumlov he will play Dmitry Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 will follow.

Where: Castle Riding Hall, Český Krumlov




About the International Music Festival


International Music Festival Český Krumlov:

► Is a cultural event with a 19-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




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381 01 Český Krumlov
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