Name of the ensemble – Angelorum / Katarína Ševčíková – harp, Sandra Biňovcová – violin, Valentýna Mužíková – soprano
The harp is an instrument of exceptional tones and shapes. The royal harp presented by Katarína Ševčíková, the magic sound of Sandra Biňovcová’s violin, and the beautiful human voice of Valentýna Mužíková all create a combination that will pamper your soul, ears, and eyes with its beauty. Their repertoire of various genres will make your moments more pleasurable. The discerning audience will also not be at all disappointed. This trio performs music of various styles, genres, and periods. During the concert, you will hear classical music, film and popular ballads, Irish, Scottish, and Oriental melodies, as well as several compositions for the solo harp (G. F. Handel, J. S. Bach, F. A. Rossler-Rosetti, but also Leonard Cohen, pop ballads by Yann Tiers /Comptine d’un autre été by Richard Claydeman, and film scores by E. Morricone…)
French chansons, film melodies and other famous compositions performed by Stanislava Tothová. Music accompaniment by Josef Škulavík.
These young and gifted students (19 yrs old) and winners of several competitions will play a wide range of famous compositions for both the solo piano and four-hand piano. Magdalena Kordíková has been playing the piano since she was 6 years old. She has received awards in the main rounds of the Karlovarská růžička Competition and the Prague Junior International Competition. Aside from the piano, she also studies singing. Presently, she is studying graphic arts at the Secondary School of Ceramics. She will take the secondary school leaving examination next year. She also is preparing for entrance exams to university and the State Conservatory. She likes dramatic compositions and she provides excellent piano accompaniment. Tereza Skalická has been playing the piano since she was 9 years old. She has also taken part in various competitions and has won some of them. She also pursues chamber singing and playing the percussions. She is currently studying at grammar school and is preparing for this year’s school-leaving examination, as well as for entrance exams to university and to the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory. Her domain is jazz music. The programme includes: pieces by J. S. Bach, L. van Beethoven, F. Chopin, Z. Fibich, S. Rachmaninov, A. Khachaturian, J. Ježek, and S. Joplin.
The original improvised American Dixieland. This music was played in New Orleans, New York, and Chicago mainly by Louis Armstrong and other orchestras. Each player of the Dixieland Messengers Praha Band is a soloist, but they have been playing together for many years and building a style unity of this orchestra. The Dixieland Messengers Praha was established in 1998. Since then, they have been giving regular concerts at the Reduta Jazz Club, the Jazz Dock, as well as at many jazz festivals in our country and abroad, e.g. in Germany, Austria, and Denmark.
Soprano Martina Sehylová graduated from the Prague Conservatory. In 2009, she commenced her studies in Italy. She graduated with a major in opera from the Conservatorio Statale di Musica “G. Rossini” in Pesaro, first from the bachelor’s study programme in 2013 and then cum laude from the master’s study programme in 2015. She continues to hone her skills with Prof Antonio Carangela in Vienna. She performs in both Italy and the Czech Republic. She recorded and released a CD with pianist Norbert Heller containing chamber music compositions from the Classicist period. Norbert Heller – piano accompaniment – gives concerts not only in many European countries, but also in the USA and Japan. Aside from recitals, he regularly gives chamber concerts. He is the very first Czech pianist who has completely recorded all of Mozart’s piano sonatas. A set of sonatas by F. Schubert played on the “Hammerklavier” piano at Lichochovice Château was declared the “Album of the Year” by the Czech Music Endowment. Since 2008, he has been employed by the International Conservatory Prague. He also is a committee member of the Young Prague International Music Festival.
The programme includes: G. G. Händel – Lascia ch’ io pianga, P. Mascagni – Ave Maria, W. A. Mozart – The Magic Flute, B. Smetana – The Kiss, G. Puccini – La Bohème
A unique encounter with an excellent, witty and charming author of unexpected ideas and an outstanding storyteller willing to listen to others. Zdeněk Merta is a very good pianist who authentically uses his combination of a musician and creative maker. You may look forward to guests invited by Mr Merta.
WINTER IN JÁCHYMOV with Czech and international hits performed by the CITY BAND Duo from Pilsen.
Eva Skalová and Roman Audes.
Featuring: Petra de Dios graduated from the Pilsen Conservatory as a mezzo-soprano. Afterwards, she completed several international singing master classes. Under the direction of maestro Igor Jan, she has extended her voice range, and thanks to this, she mainly sings compositions of the soprano nature. Tenor Igor Jan graduated from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. He has performed with Anna Netrebko, Edita Gruberová, Placido Domingo, and Eva Marton. He was a soloist of the National Theatre in Bratislava, a guest artist of the State Opera Prague, and a laureate of the top rankings in two international competitions among tenors. He has worked in many European cities. He also sang under the direction of renowned conductor Valery Gergiev, and even made several recordings with him. Piano accompaniment by Světlana Janová, maestro Igor Jan’s wife, who also graduated from the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. She accompanied many artists at the Mariinsky Theatre. In the Czech Republic, she accompanies singers at the National Theatre in Prague and at a secondary school for music.
Karolína Žmolíková – soprano, Zbyňka Šolcová – harp
The repertoire of this concert includes works by Vincenzo Bellini. You will also hear the beautiful Ave Maria by Franz Schubert, Bach – Gounod – Ave Maria, but the programme also features a composition by Zbyňka Šolcová herself – the Fantasy for the Harp, “Seven Colours of the Rainbow”. The programme also includes Giacomo Giordani’s Caro mio ben.
LEDECKÁ BAGPIPER’S BAND from Pilsen lead by its bandmaster Libor Valečka will perform folk songs mainly from the Chodsko region, but also from other places and regions of our country. The band performs in folk costumes. Featuring: bagpipe – Bohumil Vaněček, fiddle – Jan Rezek, contrabass – Ludmila Zacpalová, B-clarinet – Petr Valečka, e-flat clarinet – Libor Valečka, “vozembouch” (a traditional Czech folk percussion instrument called “hit the floor”) and vocal – Alena Bartošová.