Saturday with Janáček Brno Festival

Enthusiastic youth, trouble with a harp on the highway, and excellent Toby Spence!

After its successful start on Friday, the Janáček Brno Festival continues and on Saturday, October 8, it offered as many as four productions to music-loving audience! At the matinée, students of keyboard instruments at Janáček Academy of Performing Arts performed Janáček’s Concertina with roaring success.

At 3 pm, the foundations of Reduta Theatre just trembled when Prague Philharmonic Choir, led by choirmaster Lukáš Vasilek, superbly performed a beautiful and – thanks to the chosen instruments – unique program of works by Leoš Janáček and Bohuslav Martinů. The listeners had no idea that harp player Kateřina Englichová almost had not made it to the concert, as she had had a flat tyre on the Prague–Brno highway just several hours prior to the beginning of the performance, with her harp waiting in the ditch…

At 5 pm, several dozens of fans took a look behind the scenes of Katya Kabanová in the popular Krok za oponu (A Step Behind the Curtain) program, and at 7 pm Toby Spence as Janíček, Václava Krejčí Housková as gypsy Zefka, and fantastic Julius Drake at the piano gave an excellent performance in Janáček’s The Diary of the One Who Disappeared in Besední dům. Just take a look at this excited e-mail sent by one of the listeners at night right after the concert: “Hello, what an excellent alternate! The singer’s Czech was just amazing and the performance of all the artists was absolutely thrilling. We could all see and hear how much they love Janáček and how well they understand him.”

And what about today’s program?

11 am     Concert of students of Janáček Academy of Performing Arts (JAMU)
3 pm       Leoš Janáček: Katya Kabanová – a tribute to Richard Novák’s life anniversary
7.30 pm  Ivo Kahánek and PKF – Prague Philharmonia