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Slovak Philharmonic celebrates 50th anniversary to open 1998/1999 season

Anton Viskup, Program Director of the Slovak Philharmonic, rubs his hands together as he warms to his subject - the Philharmonic's new season. "You would agree that one of our most exciting concerts will be Mozart's Requiem in D minor, which is a great way to spend time during the Easter holiday," he said.
The Slovak Philharmonic occupies a central position in the musical life of Slovakia, and this year celebrates its 50th anniversary as an orchestra and a leader in the field of education and cultural policy.
Since its inception on October 27, 1949, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra has held sway in the beautiful Reduta Concert Hall, a baroque building located on Hviezdoslavovo Square in the centre of Bratislava.


The Reduta Concert Hall is home to the Slovak Philharmonic
Peter Brenkus

Anton Viskup, Program Director of the Slovak Philharmonic, rubs his hands together as he warms to his subject - the Philharmonic's new season. "You would agree that one of our most exciting concerts will be Mozart's Requiem in D minor, which is a great way to spend time during the Easter holiday," he said.

The Slovak Philharmonic occupies a central position in the musical life of Slovakia, and this year celebrates its 50th anniversary as an orchestra and a leader in the field of education and cultural policy.

Since its inception on October 27, 1949, the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra has held sway in the beautiful Reduta Concert Hall, a baroque building located on Hviezdoslavovo Square in the centre of Bratislava.

Two famous conductors from the Slovak and the international musical scene, Václav Talich and Ľudovít Rajter, assisted the Philharmonic in getting off the ground. Other great conductors, such as Ladislav Slovák, the founder of the Czechoslovak Radio Choir, or the Italian Aldo Ceccato lifted the Slovak Philharmonic to exalted artistic heights thereafter. Ondrej Lenárd, a Slovak, became the Philharmonic's principal conductor and musical director in 1991. "We are looking forward to meeting the public this season, and we wish them many great musical experiences," said Lenárd.

The Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra regularly attends European and World music festivals, but manages to stage no few events of its own - the total number of concerts it puts on has reached up to 80 per year.

Each season, the Philharmonic organises a number of thematic 'cycles' of orchestral, choral-symphonic and chamber concert performances, as well as special cycles designed for children and youth (see schedule, this page).

The Slovak Philharmonic forms the bedrock of its various ensembles, such as the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic Choir, the Slovak Chamber Orchestra, the Moyzes Quartet and Musica Aeterna (a chamber ensemble that plays ancient music).

The anniversary season opens with Dvořák's Stabat Mater, and over the months includes performances of Stravinski's Marriage, Tchaikovski's Pathetic Symphony, Smetana's My Land Symphonic Poems; the Christmas concert will be staged by Czech flutist Jiří Stivín along with the Moyzes Quartet. In addition to these traditional performances, the 1998/99 program offers many exciting ones like the Bratislava Music Festival during October (the Slovak Philharmonic is the co-organiser of this event).

Schedule of concert 'cycles,' 1998/99

The Slovak Philharmonic offers concert-goers a great chance to book tickets in advance for savings off the face-price of the tickets. Although the savings will not make a great difference to most - the reduction is up to 25% off the average 50 Sk ($1.50) ticket price - the real advantage of this deal is that you don't have to worry about concerts being sold out. If you plan to attend concerts regularly, you should think about purchasing full season ticket for 1998/1999. The Slovak Philharmonic has divided its performances by theme and date into the following different 'cycles':

Cycle A - 25 concerts held on Thursdays at 7pm
Cycle B- 25 concerts held on Fridays at 7pm.
These two cycles give you a chance to hear well-known symphonic works by world composers from the baroque and romantic eras, as well as some 20th century music.
Cycle C- 7 concerts held on Wednesdays at 7pm.
This popular concert cycle includes works by Czech, French, German and Austrian composers, and will be performed by the Slovak Chamber Orchestra.
Cycle K- 14 chamber concerts held at 7pm at Moyzes Hall.
The chamber ensemble Musica Aeterna (ancient music) and the Moyzes Quartet can be enjoyed on this cycle, along with performances by many foreign guest artists and leading Slovak soloists.
Cycle R- 4 family concerts held on Saturdays at 4pm.
This concert cycle is aimed at younger listeners, and tries to give youngsters an unforgetable experience, without doing the same by the parents (running time is only 1 hour).
Cycle "Young to Young" - 4 special concerts at 7pm. Performance by young Slovak music students.
For more information and reservations call The Slovak Philharmonic Ticket Office at Palackého 2, Bratislava, Tel: 533 33 51. Open Mon: 1-7, Tue: 1-7, Wed: 8-2, Thur: 1-7, Fri: 1-7. Subscriptions can be purchased until October 2, and ticket sales start from October 5.

Reduta: Palackého 2, Bratislava.
Moyzes Hall: Vajanského nábrežie 12.

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