Strings of Autumn International Music Festival (Mezinárodní Hudební Struny Podzimu Festival)
|Country and Region||Czech Republic — Prague|
|Type of Festival||Music|
|Location of Festival||Prague, Prague, Czech Republic|
|Festival Contact Information|
Mezinárodní Hudební Struny Podzimu Festival
Strings of Autumn offers a colorful palette of music as reflected by modern musical life. Therefore the programming consists not only of classical music—in both modern and ‘authentic’ interpretations—but also of jazz, world music, and crossover projects that bridge the gaps between genres as they are traditionally conceived. Programs are often created on commission especially for the festival as unique productions. In other cases their inventiveness lies in unusual collaborations of artists from seemingly incongruous worlds, or in a special resonance with the environment of the chosen concert hall. Three programming series—CROSSOVER, INSPIRATIONS, and LUMINARIES—have become characteristic of Strings of Autumn, as have discoveries both of artists and of concert sites previously unknown to the Czech audience.
|Festival Dates||September 26 - November 10, 2011|
The Strings of Autumn Festival was inaugurated in 1996 by Marek Vrabec and Martin Pechanec. It was conceived of originally as a concert series of the Prague Castle Administration—which was the very first unified concert series in the modern history of the Castle. Already during the first years of its existence Strings of Autumn won a significant place in cultural and social life, and its open-minded programming made it a striking alternative to the concert offerings of other leading Prague presenters. As a result of a decision by the new management of the Prague Castle Administration in 2004, the Strings of Autumn Festival bid farewell to the Prague Castle after eight successful seasons. The new co-presenters of the festival are the Czech Philharmonic, the National Theatre and the National Museum.
The following three programming series encompass the festival:
The Inspiration Series is the venue for the debuts of significant international performers and the premieres of new projects initiated by the festival. This year, opera and theatre constitute new inspirational elements in association with the festival’s cooperation with the National Theatre.
The festival’s Luminaries Series is based on the names of significant national and selected international personalities. As well as top performers of so-called classical music, the Luminaries Series also presents some of the most significant performers from the international jazz scene.
The term “crossover” is also perceived as a synonym for the Strings of Autumn Festival’s program. This series of concerts is characterised by an understanding of music which transcends styles. The Crossover concert series is a platform for the convergence of genres, the bringing together of distant musical worlds and the presentation of well-established works in unexpected contexts or interpretations.
The most successful Strings of Autumn concerts to date include those of the Kronos Quartet, the Hilliard Ensemble with Jan Garbarek, the Michael Nyman Band, Uri Caine Ensemble, Roby Lakatos, Gary Burton, Miroslav Vitous, and Dan Barta, along with appearances by “classical” stars such as Sharon Kam, Oleg Maisenberg, Fazil Say, Jirˇí Bárta, Magdalena Kozˇená, Natalie Dessay, Dagmar Pecková and others.
- Sir Willard White
- A Filetta
- Robert Glasper Trio
- Dee Dee Bridgewater
- Avishai Cohen
- Kimmo Pohjonen
- Thomas Zehetmair
- Charles Lloyd New Quartet
- Vivica Genaux