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Sweet sounds continue in philharmonic's new season

THE SLOVAK Philharmonic (SF) has already fine-tuned the schedule for the upcoming 2013/2014 season and music fans will be able to buy season tickets starting in the last week of August from the Reduta building box office in Bratislava.

THE SLOVAK Philharmonic (SF) has already fine-tuned the schedule for the upcoming 2013/2014 season and music fans will be able to buy season tickets starting in the last week of August from the Reduta building box office in Bratislava.

“We will continue in the good traditions – like the Internet broadcasts or publishing some of the SF recordings on CDs – while changing some: the cycle Music and Word will replace the Music and Paintings cycle, bringing together poems and music,” SF head Marián Lapšanský said at a press conference. “And we will enhance the concerts for children and youth, bringing five instead of four concerts for whole families. We would like to draw the attention to a different sphere – the cycle of chamber concerts Music and Word combines the musical and poetical artworks.”

Lapšanský also said that the roofed Courtyard of Bjornstjerne Bjornson is slated to host more chamber concerts, especially in the warmer times of the year – but with weather still a factor, the Small Hall of the Reduta building will serve as a back-up.

The chief SF conductor, Emmanuel Villaume, will become the musical head of the Dallas Opera, and in Europe, the only post he will maintain will be the one in Bratislava. The programme of the Slovak Philharmonic contains something for everyone: from classics to the traditional concerts of the Slovak Chamber Orchestra (SKO) of Bohdan Warchal, organ concerts and seasonal concerts – Christmas, New Year’s and Easter. There will also be performances by music students, contemporary classical concerts (within the Melos-Étos festival, premieres of the works by Slovak composers Marek Piaček, Vladimír Godár, and more), early music (concerts of the Musica Aeterna and Solamente Naturali ensembles) as well as fusion (the performance of the PaCoRa Trio with works of Iša Krejčí, George Gerswhin, Maceo Pinkard and well as their own compositions).

Guest performers will include collective elements (Slovak Sinfonietta from Žilina, Brno Philharmonic and the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, as well as the folklore ensemble Lúčnica and the Fragile a capella grouping) and individuals (Won Kim on piano, Staffan Martensson on clarinet, Vilén Veverka on oboe, Danjulo Ishizaka on cello, Yoon Hee Kim on violin, Hagai Shaham on violin and Raphael Wallfisch on cello, Eugen Indjic on piano, Ivo Kahánek on piano, Alena Baeva on violin, Veronika Kopjova on piano, Victoria Margasyuk on violin, Irina Christiakova on piano, Martin Kasík on piano, Pavel Steidl on guitar and Eugen Prochác on cello, Henri Sigfridsson on piano, Peter Baran on cello, Milan Paľa on violin and Veronika Lovranová on piano, Jiří Bárta on cello, and Bohuslav Matoušek on violin are among them).

The home of the SF, the Reduta, will host also the 49th year of the Bratislava Music Festival-BMF (or Bratislavské hudobné slávnosti, BHS) that is to take place between Sept. 27 and Oct. 10, offering orchestras from Berlin, Moscow, Prague, Ljubljana, Minsk and elsewhere, and musicians like Boris Berezovsky, Gábor Boldoczki and Vadim Repin. Tickets for the festival are available beginning Aug. 20. More information can be found at www.filharmonia.sk.

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