THE 4th international Festival of Nice Music annually held in the central Slovak town of Banská Štiavnica will run from July 25 to 27. The idea is to present cello music in this historically significant town - thanks to its mining tradition Banská Štiavnica was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1993.
Historical sites - the Old Castle, its Lapidary Museum and Knight's Hall, together with the baroque chateau in nearby Svätý Anton will host cellists and other musicians performing works by international composers, as well as premiering Slovak works.
The festival starts on Friday, July 25, at the Rytierska sála Starého zámku (Knight's Hall of the Old Castle). It will open at 17:00 with an exhibition of Laco Terén's paintings, while cellist Eugen Procház and accordionist Rajmund Kákoni will premiere a work by Víťazoslav Kubička. At 20:00, the cellist, this time with young guitarist Martin Krajčo, will perform works in the style of Spanish flamenco.
The next day, Saturday, will feature two completely different concerts. The first one, performed at 17:00 at the Rodová Gallery in the baroque chateau in Svätý Anton, will combine the sound of baroque harpsichord with cello. The second one, starting at 20:00 at the Lapidary Museum of the Old Castle, will present a legend of the Slovak rock scene - keyboardist Marián Varga, accompanied by accordionist Rajmund Kákoni and cellist Eugen Prochác. The trio will play works by international composers and premiere Antifóna, a work composed by Varga especially for this festival.
The event closes on Sunday at 20:00 with a concert by the Bratislava String Quartet. The quartet will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, Popper and Godár.
Tickets to the individual concerts of the festival (Sk50-150) are on sale in advance at Centrum mestskej kultúry Rubigal (Rubigal Cultural Centre), Námestie Sv. Trojice 3, Banská Štiavnica. Tel: 045/6911-731. The event is organised by cellist Eugen Prochác and his wife.
21. Jul 2003 at 0:00