Chamber music festival Konvergencie kicks off with a special concert

Anti-communist Prague band, Plastic People of the Universe, opened the festival.

The Plastic People of the Universe and Brno Philharmonic concert in Brno in 2018The Plastic People of the Universe and Brno Philharmonic concert in Brno in 2018 (Source: Zbyněk Maděryč/Konvergencie)

The popular chamber music festival, Konvergencie, is returning to Bratislava this September, where it will celebrate 20 years.

The iconic Czech band, The Plastic People of the Universe (PPU), got the festival going with its special and remade 1981 programme on September 11 at P. O. Hviezdoslav City Theatre in Bratislava.

“The project has a completely specific and original atmosphere, musically and lyrically: an atmosphere of uneasiness, spiritual oppression, as well as special archaism and pathos,” said composer Michal Nejtek, as quoted in the press release.

The project is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. The Brno Philharmonic will join the band on this special occasion.

The festival itself, named after the Collegium Musicum ensemble album, starts on September 16 and ends on September 24, giving the floor to dozens of international and Slovak classical music artists.

Returns

The Brodsky Quartet from Britain came to the festival in 2016 for the first time. They play music by Beethoven, Schubert, and Britten to name a few. However, they are known outside the classical music sphere, too, for their collaboration with Björk and Paul McCartney.

They return to Bratislava on September 16 to open the festival in the concert hall of the Slovak Radio Building.

Italian mezzo-soprano Romina Basso, accompanied by the Solamente Ensemble, will also come back to Bratislava on September 20.

While in 2017 festival goers got carried away with her arias written by Baroque masters, she will perform songs alongside guitarist Alberto Mesirco this time, at the Clarissine Concert Hall in Bratislava.

30 years

Furthermore, the Bratislava Night of Chamber Music, starting on September 19 at Design Factory, is also returning. It is a series of several concerts in one night, popular among visitors.

This year will mark 100 years since the birth of the legendary violinist Ján Albrecht.

The classical music will be played in the Big Evangelical Church on Panenská Street on September 22, where the British cellist Robert Cohen will perform.

The festival will mark the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution on September 21 in the Primate's Palace, with a special concert comprised of pieces written by Slovak composers.

Music without borders

The festival will end with a performance of the phenomenal mandolinist Avi Avital, who debuted at the festival in 2017.

Alongside Avital, the vocalist Loire Cotler and percussionist Glen Velez, a four-time Grammy winner, will perform in the Slovak Radio Building, the press release reads.

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