|4.30 pm||Festival Opening Ceremony at the bust of Leoš Janáček
Attended by guests of honour.
A bust of Leoš Janáček
|7.30 pm||OPENING CONCERT
CZECH PHILHARMONIC CHOIR BRNO
Petr Fiala - conductor
CZECH CHAMBER SOLOISTS
Ivan Matyáš - artistic director
HANA ŠKARKOVÁ, EVA DAŇHELOVÁ - soprano
PAVLA ZBOŘILOVÁ - alto
PETR LEVÍČEK - tenor
PAVLA KOPECKÁ - harp
MARTIN JAKUBÍČEK - organ
The Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno is one of Europe's most sought-after professional ensembles. It appears in roughly 90 concerts in the Czech Republic and abroad each year.
The Czech Chamber Soloists boast more than four decades of rich and successful artistic activity. In 1963 the association of outstanding instrumentalists and experienced chamber musicians drew on its direct predecessor, the Collegium musicum brunense, and commenced its comprehensive and multifaceted activities under M. Matyáš, the artistic director.Programme: A. Vivaldi, W. A. Mozart, L. Janáček
Holy Family Church
|7.30 pm||JITKA HOSPROVÁ AND JANÁČEK CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Jitka Hosprová is the first Czech solo violist. She regularly enjoys standing ovations on domestic and foreign stages. She made her US debut at concerts in Washington in 2005. As a solo player she has appeared at a number of music festivals and has played with top Czech and foreign orchestras, such as the Vienna ORF Radio Orchestra, Orchestre national de Lorrain, Orchestre de Pau and others. She collaborates with influential figures and performers, such as Luigi Alberto Bianchi, P. Dvorský, Š. Margita, C. Jans, D. Millozzi and Gian Luigi Zampieri. She has appeared in concerts throughout Europe, in particular Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Sweden, France, England, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg.
The Janáček Chamber Orchestra is a top European chamber ensemble with a long history (it was established in 1964).
|7.30 pm||EMIL VIKLICKÝ TRIO
EMIL VIKLICKÝ - piano
PETR DVORSKÝ - bass
CYRIL ZELENÁK - drums
The leading Czech jazz pianist and composer composer Emil Viklický is one of the most prominent figures in the Czech music scene. His synthetic approach extends far beyond the confines of jazz. In addition to recordings with top jazz musicians such as Basie's colleague Joe Newman, pianist James Williams and one of the best contemporary guitar players Bill Frisell, he attempts to merge folk music and jazz and has also composed an opera entitled Faidra. His trio performs mainly the author's compositions and arrangements of modern jazz standards.
KATEŘINA CHROBOKOVÁ - organ
DAGMAR ŠAŠKOVÁ - mezzosoprano
Kateřina Chroboková, started her international career by winning the Oundle International Organ Festival in England. This award involved five recitals at international organ festivals in Warwick, Coventry, St. Albans, Cambridge and at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. She has appeared at festivals in England, Belgium, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Germany, Poland, Portugal and Mexico.
Dagmar Šašková - mezzosoprano from Versailles
Holy Family Church
|7.30 pm||CONCERT FOR THE YEAR OF CZECH MUSIC
on the occasion of the 160th anniversary of Leoš Janáček's birth and the Year of Czech Music.
BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
EVA DŘÍZGOVÁ - JIRUŠOVÁ - soprano
ALEŠ BRISCEIN - tenor
STANISLAV VAVŘÍNEK - conductor
Eva Dřízgová - Jirušová is a top soloist of the opera ensemble of the National Moravian-Silesian Theatre in Ostrava and a permanent guest at the National Theatre, State Opera in Prague and the Janáček Opera in Brno. She has been awarded the Thalia award twice. Her exceptional vocal and musical qualities helped her perform with top orchestras and appear at top festivals in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Aleš Briscein has appeared at prestigious festivals such as the Edinburgh International Festival and the Prague Spring. He performs with the country's leading orchestras and conductors. He has appeared at a number of events in the Czech Republic as well as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, England, Spain, the USA and Japan. His repertoire is extremely wide. He also loves performing old and spiritual music.
Elektra Town Culture House