Brno’s Music Scene Doesn’t Go on Holiday – Špilberk International Music Festival Coming in August

Fresh twist on the genre classics. The twentieth open-air Špilberk International Music Festival will feature several attractive guest stars – New York’s Grammy holders The Klezmatisc, twenty-one-year-old “Talentmania” musical talent contest winner, sopranist Patricia Janečková, and four Slovak virtuousos of Janoska Ensemble. August’s Špilberk will also see a special tribute concert of the Czech National Symphony Orchestra with screening dedicated to the world-famous director with Czech roots Miloš Forman. The festival will be opened and closed by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, “Filharmonie Brno”. Photo credit: Courtesy of Filharmonie Brno.

Brno, Jul 4 (BD) – A walk through the summer evening, a glass of wine, symphonic music in the main castle courtyard – this is the Špilberk International Music Festival, which this year’s Brno Philharmonic Orchestra organizes for the twentieth time. “Again, we will offer four concerts and two cinema-concerts,” says Kateřina Konečná of Filharmonie Brno.

Twenty-one-year-old opera star Patricia Janečková, the absolute winner of the Talentmania competition will sing arias from the works of Berlioz, Offenbach, Lehár, Dvořák and others accompanied by the orchestra under the baton of Estonian conductor Risto Joost. With the program Romantic Carnival, Janečková will perform in the courtyard on August 14.

Opera Singer Patricia Janečková. Photo credit: Courtesy of Filharmonie Brno.

The genre will change the following day. The legend of the Klezmer genre that builds upon Jewish tradition in Eastern Europe, the New York band The Klezmatisc, will take over Špilberk’s scene. “You can look forward to excellent music, after all they are Grammy holders,” said Marie Kučerová, the director of the Brno Philharmonic.

The Klezmatisc. Photo credit: Courtesy of Filharmonie Brno.

A tribute to Miloš Forman through a special screening with the live music from Hair, Amadeus, Ragtime, and Firemen’s Ball will happen on August 21. A day later, the festival will end with the Slovak Janoska Ensemble – four musicians who, thanks to a new look at classical music, reap worldwide ovations. Their music draws from jazz, classics, Latin American music, and modern pop.

Janoska Ensemble. Photo credit: © Julia Wesely

“The concerts always start at 8 PM, two cinema concerts a half hour later. Tickets of the price starting at CZK 90 can be bought at the presale or at the Philharmonic website. A special discounted festival pass is also available,” Konečná added.

Festival line up:

Wed, August 14, 20:00: A Romantic Carnival / Špilberk Festival
Hector Berlioz, Jaques Offenbach, Franz Franz Lehár, Johann Strauss Jr., Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák and others
Patricia Janečková soprano 
Filharmonie Brno 
Conductor: Risto Joost
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Thu, August 15, 20:00: The Klezmatics / Špilberk Festival
The Klezmatics: Richie Barshay, Lorin Sklamberg, Paul Morrissett, Frank London, Lisa Gutkin, and Matt Darriau
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Sun, August 18, 20:30: Cinema Concert I: Concert from the Forbidden City / Špilberk Festival
M. Richter: November, S. Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2, C. Orff: Carmina Burana (Beijing 2018)
Mari Samuelsen violin, Daniil Trifonov piano,
Aida Garifullina soprano, Toby Spence tenor, Ludovic Tézier baritone
Shanghai Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Long Yu
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Mon, August 19, 20:30: Cinema Concert II: Jonas Kaufmann – “Dolce Vita” / Špilberk Festival
G.Puccini, G. Verdi, R. Leoncavallo, N. Rota, L. Dalla, S. Cardillo, D. Modugno and others (Waldbühne Berlin 2018) 
Jonas Kaufmann tenor, Anita Rachvelishvili mezzo-soprano
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin
Conductor: Jochen Rieder
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Wed, August 21, 20:00: Homage to Miloš Forman / Špilberk Festival
Music from Miloš Forman’s films: Hair, The Firemen’s Ball, Amadeus, Man on the Moon and others
Martina Masaryková soprano, Alžbeta Stanková, David Holý, Viktor Dyk, Tereza Hálová, and Lucie Šoralová vocals
Lukáš Chejn guitar 
Marcel Javorček keyboards
Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kryštof Marek
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Thu, August 22, 20:00: Janoska Ensemble – A Touch of Vienna / Špilberk Festival
Johann Strauss Jr. Franz Liszt, Fritz Kreisler, Camille Saint-Saëns, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Johann Sebastian Bach, Vittorio Monti and others.
Janoska Ensemble:
Ondrej Jánoška violin
Roman Jánoška violin
Julius Darvas double bass
František Jánoška piano
Filharmonie Brno
Conductor: Jurek Dybał
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