The St. Wenceslas Music Festival


Will Celebrate Its 20


Anniversary in September

The largest International festival of early and sacred music in the Czech Republic is scheduled

to take place from September 5th and 28th, 2023. The festival showcases a total of 23 projects,

featuring performances such as a ballet in a church, a baroque opera accompanied by marionettes,

an array of concerts by world-renowned performers in charming churches throughout

the Moravian-Silesian region.

The 20th Anniversary edition is subtitled

“the best of SHF” and will showcase

unique projects and personalities of

sacred, chamber and early music across

the history of the festival. “I tried to

retrospectively look back and recall not

only the most popular, but also the really

interesting moments of the festival

for me personally. Hopefully I have

succeeded and we will bring some real

gems that will leave a strong impression

on the audience. And since I have great

respect for our resident ensembles,

Collegium 1704, Collegium Marianum

and the Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno

led by Petr Fiala will not be missing. This

unique personality of musical culture will

celebrate his 80th birthday - as a thank you

and appreciation of his work, thanks to

which the choir has become truly worldrenowned, the final concert of the festival

will be dedicated to him, featuring his

Stabat Mater and Janáček’s Glagolitic

Mass,” said the director and dramaturgist

of the SHF, Prof. Igor Františák.

During the month of September there

will be performances by the phenomenal

violinist Dmitrij Sitkovetsky, together with

pianist Jan Bartoš, baroque cello legend

Christophe Coin, violin virtuosos Jiří

Vodička and Jan Špaček, and horn player

Radek Baborák. You can also anticipate

performances by ensembles such as

Accademia Ottoboni, Pavel Haas Quartet,

Terra Nova Collective, as well as Dan

Bárta’s crossover project with the Robert

Balzar Trio, and the Brno Philharmonic.

One of the most captivating, mesmerizing

and monumental concert will be

the performance of Beethoven’s Mass

in C major in the neo-Gothic pearl

of Ludgeřovice (Friday, September 8;

Symphonic Orchestra of Karlovy Vary,

conductor Ondřej Vrabec, Czech

Philharmonic Choir Brno, Jana Sibera

- soprano, Václava Krejčí Housková mezzo-soprano, Jaroslav Březina - tenor,

František Zahradníček - bass), and the

concert “Colours of France” on Friday,

September 15 in the Evangelical Church

of Christ in the heart of Ostrava, featuring

charming works by Berlioz and Ravel,

and performed by Isabelle Druet (mezzo-soprano) and PKF - Prague Philharmonia

under the direction of Philipp Bernold.

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Text a foto: SHF ǀ 71