South Czech Philharmonic has prepared an original festival – simply called South Bohemian Intermezzi. The purpose of the first year is to return music where it always belonged, that is in historical noble residences. The festival also aims to bring more variety in the summer season in the historical sights, as classical music cannot be heard very often in the historical residences of the region.
The South Bohemian Intermezzi Festival is held on four Thursdays in August and the first Saturday in September in castles and chateaux Zvíkov, Nové Hrady, Zlatá Koruna, Landštejn and Kratochvíle. All concert programs have been compiled to attract both experienced and less experienced listeners and entire families with children. The music will be accessible, with programme lasting about 1 hour.
Helena Jiříkovská started playing the violin at the age of four. She has been performing throughout the Czech Republic and in a range of European countries, as well as in Japan, Morocco, Canada, etc. She often performs as the solo player with renowned Czech orchestras.
Gabriela Vermelho has been considered a unique artist within the Czech music and theatre. She is a singer, violinist, viola player (both four-string and five-string viola), composer and actor. Her performances include classical music, musical, jazz and alternative rock.
A. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (Spring and Summer)
W. A. Mozart: Divertimento in D major, KV 136
E. Grieg: From Holberg’s Times, op. 40 (suite)
B. Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances
G. Vermelho: Moravian – Slovakian ballads and songs (adaptation)
Actors from Husa na Provázku Theatre
Solo singers (vocals): Eva Vrbková,
Jan Zadražil, Dalibor Buš, Gabriela Vermelho
South Czech Philharmonic
Conductor: Vojtěch Spurný
For twelve seasons, the Husa na Provázku Theatre in Brno was performing the excellent show Balada pro banditu (Ballad for a Bandit), co-authored by Miloš Štědroň and Milan Uhde, directed by Vladimír Morávek. The South Czech Philharmonic was so entranced by the show that they decided to ask the authors, the director and the protagonists for permission to arrange the music of the show. Everybody was enthusiastic about the idea and agreed. Tomáš Ille arranged the music, the excellent Vojtěch Spurný conducted the music and no doubt, the result is magnificent.
The audience, authors, protagonists and the orchestra and conductor were all delighted, the recorded performance was broadcasted by Český Rozhlas Dvojka and Radioservis released the performance on CD at the end of 2017.
Patricia Janečková is a Slovakian opera singer and the overall winner of Talentmania contest. She has been singing from the age of four and is considered to be very exceptional on the contemporary music scene. Music experts highly value especially her vast music maturity, clear intonation and cultivated voice. Since she was a child, Patricia has always preferred and admired the opera.
A. Dvořák: In National Tone (V národním tónu), op. 73
A. Dvořák: Songs of Love (Písně milostné), op. 83
F. Liszt: Paraphrase of Rigoletto, S. 434
W. A. Mozart: Voi Che Sapete (The Marriage of Figaro, Cherubino Aria)
W. A. Mozart: Batti batti (Don Giovanni, Zerlina Aria)
W. A. Mozart: Ach, ich fühl’s (The Magic Flute, Pamina Aria)
G. Donizetti: Quel Guardo, il cavaliere (Don Pasquale, Norina Aria)
G. Puccini: Quando m’en vo’ (La Bohéme, Musetta Aria)
David Pokorný / violin
Vladimír Klánský / violin
Vladimír Kroupa / viola
Vít Petrášek / violoncello
This year the multi-genre Epoque Quartet are celebrating 17 years of existence. Over the years, the quartet have established themselves on the Czech and European music scene.
D. Reinhardt: Minor swing
J. Kučera: Birth (Zrození)
V. Cosma: Le Grand Blond avec une Chaussure Noire
M. Smoczynski: Manhattan Island
D. Balakrishnan: Skylife
A. Piazzolla: Adios Nonino
A. Piazzolla: Libertango
P. Metheny: Jaco
R. Lakatos: Mama
Marek Zvolánek was born in 1974 in Prague. He attended the music school in Voršilská street and the Prague Conservatoire where he was taught by prof. Antonín Vaigl.
As a gifted and high achieving student, Marek Zvolánek was invited to study under Hans Ganch in the prestigious Mozarteum in Salzburg and later at Musikakademie under Konradin Groth in Berlin. At the age of eighteen Marek Zvolánek became a member of the Czech Philharmonic, then conducted by Václav Neumann.
G. F. Händel: Water Music (selection)
L. Delibes: Le roi s´amuse
G. Tartini: Concerto for a Trumpet and the Strings in D major