This year we are introducing the possibility of purchasing the VIP card, thanks to which you will have the opportunity to enjoy alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from the current offer of our festival bar free of charge in VIP spaces before concerts and during intermissions without queueing. You may purchase a VIP card for a particular concert (with the exception of concerts at the Monastery Church and concerts where refreshments are already included in the price of the tickets) at 250 CZK per person or for the entire festival at 1 000 CZK per person. The card may be purchased together with the tickets.
The forthcoming year of the IMF Český Krumlov will start with a composed evening, which will take place in different parts of the English park in the Castle Garden. History and the present day will intertwine, Baroque illumination as well as modern video projection await the visitors. Trumpeter Marek Zvolánek, the vocal quartet Bohemia Voice and other musicians will perform; the program will also include dance acts.
A wide range of musical experiences awaits both classical music enthusiasts and fans of other genres. The festival will offer a continuation of the World Jazz Legends cycle – this time it will be the concert of Billy Cobham, at present one of the most recognized jazz drummers, who will be accompanied by the CBC Big Band. Other endeavours surpassing the borders of classical music include the concert version of the unforgettable Ballad for a Bandit with orchestral accompaniment and the concert of the European Guitar Quartet. Film fans will certainly appreciate the evening with music by John Williams, during which they will hear famous melodies from Steven Spielberg’s films. The Spanish Evening with temperamental flamenco dancers will bring musical as well as gastronomical experiences. Guitarist Carlos Piñana and also tenor Plácido Domingo junior, the son of the famous opera singer, will perform.
Classical music remains the focal point of the festival. Leading Czech orchestras with soloists of resounding names will give symphony concertos at the Castle Riding Hall and violinist Pavel Šporcl with oboist Vilém Veverka and Spanish violinist Leticia Moreno will also make an appearance there. Violoncellist Jiří Bárta with pianist Terezie Fialová will present a program of Beethoven’s complete sonatas for these two instruments. Another unforgettable experience will be the concert of world-renowned tenor José Cura, who will perform both as a soloist and conductor.
The famous Masquerade Hall, a gem of rococo illusionistic painting, will host the chamber concerts of the IMF Český Krumlov. Out of all the artists, let us name, for example, Štěpán Rak, who will celebrate his life jubilee in 2020; other evenings will offer performances of chamber ensembles, among others the Bennewitz Quartet. On Sunday mornings listeners will have the opportunity to meditate in the Monastery Church during two concerts of organ music. However, the organ will also be played unconventionally under the open skies – the “barefooted organist” performing under the artistic name Katta will play both classical compositions and compositions she composed herself in the Monastery Garden.
The Baroque Theatre, preserved in its original form as one of only a few castle theatres in Europe, is unique on a world scale. During a single evening, festival viewers will have the opportunity to experience the irreproducible atmosphere of this venue and see the original set pieces as well as replicas of period costumes. Soloists who dedicate themselves to so-called authentic interpretation will perform famous Baroque arias together with the Musica Florea ensemble.
The program selection of the festival reflects famous musical anniversaries of the next year, which undoubtedly include 250 years since the birth of L. van Beethoven and 270 years since the death of J. S. Bach; the works by these great composers will be part of the program of selected concerts.
The 29th year of the festival will culminate with the festive concert on the occasion of Beethoven’s anniversary, where the outstanding Berliner Symphoniker will perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with Ode to Joy. The Kühn Choir of Prague and vocal soloists Eunsie Hong, Natasha Novitskaia, Kristian Benedikt and Martin Gurbal' will make an appearance at the Brewery Garden together with the orchestra; the conductor of the closing evening will be Alfonso Scarano.
The project Symphonic Dance Music will bring a unique combination of a symphony orchestra, electronic dance music and DJ art. Around eighty artists will appear on stage. The Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Stanislav Vavřínek, together with reputable DJ Lukáš Ščurek a.k.a. DJ Lowa will play the world’s greatest dance hits, among others songs of the French duo Daft Punk, American producer Roger Sanchez and legendary groups such as The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy. About half of the compositions will include vocals interpreted by Thalia Award holder Dasha and chorus singers Naďa Wepperová, Alena Průchová and Adam Koubek. Besides the orchestra, an accompanying band will also make an appearance: Zbyněk Raušer from the band Portless will play the drums and Matěj Havlíček, who performs with the group Fast Food Orchestra, will play the bass guitar. The percussionist will be Stanislav Vít from the band United Flavour, Kryštof Pobořil will play the keyboards and Rudy Horvat will play the guitar.
“It will be a big party,” promises DJ Lowa, who has chosen around thirty compositions from the 90s of the last century till the present day and will interpret them as one long song. “The orchestra has a big role, it certainly isn’t only background music. Together with the arranger we included a number of surprising moments,” adds DJ Lowa. The musical arrangement was created by a member of Tomáš Klus’s group “Cílová skupina” Jan Lstibůrek. This graduate of the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory in bass guitar and composition, created an original composition based on important motives of the original compositions. He managed to capture the atmosphere of the different songs and at the same time to take advantage of the potential of the symphony orchestra.
The project Symphonic Dance Music will be accompanied by an impressive audio-visual show including laser effects and video projection. The laser effects will be provided by the very best in this field, the company Kvant from Bratislava, the projections were prepared by VJ Martin. The project premiered in July 2019.
The concert in Český Krumlov will take place in the Brewery Garden on 1st August from 9 p.m. After the end of the concert the entertainment will continue with an afterparty with the DJ. The tickets for the afterparty may be purchased together with the tickets for the concert.
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We deeply appreciate your support which we have been receiving in this difficult period of time. The flourishing of the Czech culture and maintaining the most original form of traditional events matter to us. However, at the same time we are aware of the great responsibility for the health of the visitors, performing artists and our employees. Therefore, after long negotiations we have decided to RESHEDULE the International Music Festival Český Krumlov to new dates from the original summer dates to 18th September to 3rd October 2020. We will do everything possible in order for you not to miss the unique musical experiences because of which you have been returning to the festival for 28 years and we will make sure that the 29th year offers the same level of quality of performances as is the tradition. We are intensively working on the preparation of a substitute program and modifying the festival program in such a way so that it suits all the participating parties. We will regularly inform you about all the changes. We will also publish detailed information about tickets on this website soon. We would like to thank you for your loyalty and look forward to meeting you in Český Krumlov!
We have prepared an untraditional experience for you. Imagine that you are walking on the banks of the Vltava River in the centre of Český Krumlov on Saturday 26th September between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and enjoying the beauty that surrounds you. Music starts playing and enhances the romanticism of the given moment. Suddenly you see a wooden raft from which classical music, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, flows thanks to the musicians from the South Czech Philharmonic.
Where can you enjoy the concert?
The artists will sail between E. Beneš Bridge and Lazebnický Bridge. Stand on one of the bridges, sit on terraces of cafés or just stop on the banks of the Vltava River and watch Vivaldi conquer the river.
The event will be held weather permitting.