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Classical music echoes through Slovak capital
23 Sep 2013 Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská Culture & Society
AUTUMN in the Slovak capital is traditionally marked by classical music: late September and early October typically see a host of musicians, ensembles and classical musical fans flocking to Bratislava. In 2013, the 49th year of the Bratislava Music Festival (BMF) will again offer a broad range of classical music.
The festival encompass both traditional and contemporary aspects of classical music. The timing, which coincides with the anniversary of composers Giuseppe Verdi and Benjamin Britten, as well as the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, influenced this year’s programme.
Foreign guests will include the Slovenian Philharmonic, the Moscow City Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the National Academy Santa Cecilia, the Belorussian State Symphonic Orchestra, the Prague Philharmonia, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, as well as soloists.
The BMF also includes, as every year, the New Talent competition of the SPP Foundation Award, which seeks to find young musical talents and allow them to perform on stage.
The opening concert takes place on September 27 at 19:30, and the Slovak Philharmonic, conducted by its chief conductor Emmanuel Villaume with Miklós Petényi on cello, will perform works of Peter Eötvös and Stravinsky.
The full programme of the festival can be found at filharmonia.sk.
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