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17 Sep 2014 - 20 Sep 2014

Czech Music at Leicester International Music Festival

Under the banner Dvořák and the Bohemians, this year’s Leicester International Music Festival focuses on Czech classical music from Smetana through Dvořák and Suk to young composer Lukáš Sommer.

The festival will introduce a wide range of Czech composers. The main focus will be on Antonín Dvořák. According to Nicholas Daniel,  the artistic director of the Festival, his music is a pleasing mix of the dramatic and the lyrical as well as having the most natural integration of folk style. The festival will present amongst other works his Piano Quintet Op. 81 and his Romance for Violin and Piano Op.11. In addition to the concerts there will also be a screening of Tony Palmer’s film Dvořák – In Love?  In this documentary director Tony Palmer investigates the unhappy love story behind the Cello Concerto, one of Dvořák’s most popular works.

The festival will also include music by Bedřich Smetana, Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů, Gustav Mahler, Gideon Klein and Josef Suk

The Leicester International Music Festival was founded in 1989 by viola player  Graham Oppenheimer. The festival is a mainly chamber music event and is rooted in Leicester’s strong musical tradition. It has has won an international reputation thanks to its collaborations with world-class artists, the quality of its musical performances and its promotion of stimulating and sometimes challenging programming.


Tickets

Venues

www.leicesterinternationalmusicfestival.org.uk

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Festival programme

Event 1 
Sunday 14th September  2pm - 3pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Family Concert with Classic Buskers

The Classic Buskers communicate their passion for classical music in two of the best ways possible – virtuosity and laughter. You will come away from our annual Family Concert on a high, having been both entertained and informed. That’s The Classic Buskers‘ secret – an ability to communicate their love of music to all ages. Michael Copley plays more than 40 woodwind instruments at incredible speeds, ranging from recorders, flutes, panpipes, crumhorns and ocarinas to a Pico Pipe and a rubber trout, accompanied by Ian Moore on a small but perfectly-formed accordion.

Tickets: £6 / Young Persons under 26 FREE
Suitable for age 5+

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Event 2 
Sunday 14th September 4pm
Phoenix Cinema 

Festival Film: Dvořák in Love ?

The framework of Tony Palmer’s film is a recording of the Dvorák Cello Concerto with the Czech Philharmonic and Julian Lloyd Webber filmed in Prague. But interwoven in voice-over is the story of Dvořák 's unrequited and ultimately tragic love affair with Josefina (the beautiful older sister of his wife), and of how her death from cancer caused him to tear up the last pages of the concerto and write the end which we all know, in her memory. 

Phoenix
www.phoenix.org.uk
Box Office: 0116 242 2800.  Phoenix Square, 4 Midland Street, Leicester, LE1 1TG

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Event 3 
Wednesday 17th September  6.30pm - 8pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Festival Taster Concert with Bohemian Fizz and Musical Canapés!

The artists of the Festival ensemble will present a tanatalising taste of concerts to come by performing their choice of virtuoso, lively and heart-warming music from the Czech Republic. Composers include Dvořák, Suk, Martinů, and Janáček all of whom will reappear in the Festival concerts. The concert will be introduced by Artistic Director Nicholas Daniel. Works include:

Suk: Elegie Op. 23. 5’
Dvorak: Nocturne String Quartet and Double bass 4’
Dvorak: Slavonic Dance in E minor for piano duet 5’
Dvorak:  No 4 of 4 Romantic pieces for violin and piano 5’
Martinu: Viola Sonata (first movement) 8"
Slavicky: Trio for oboe clarinet and bassoon. Largo and Vivo 6’
Feld: Sonata for Flute and Piano (first movement) 5’
Dussek: Notturno Concertante Op.68 for Horn, Violin & Piano (first movement) 6’
Janacek: Sonata for violin and Piano (second movement) 5’
Dvorak: Czech Suite (last movement) arranged Ulf-Guido Schaeffer. 5"

Please note the early start time of 6.30pm so you can catch this concert on your way from work or as an early evening treat and, we hope, inspire you to come to other Festival concerts.

Tickets: £15 to include a glass of FIZZ ­­ 
Young Persons 8 to 25 FREE

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Event 4 
Thursday 18th September  7.30 pm ­- 9.30 pm (approx)
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Evening Concert

6.45 pm Pre-Concert Talk FREE

Mařatka: Czardas for clarinet and piano  10’ 
Janáček: Concertino for piano, clarinet, horn, bassoon, 2 violins and viola  15’ 
Suk: Piano Quartet Op. 1  28’ 
Interval
Schulhoff: Divertissement for Reed Trio  15’ 
Dvořák: Piano Quartet in E flat   Op. 87  34’ 

Tickets: £19 / Young Persons 8 to 25 FREE

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Event 5 
Friday 19th September  1pm - 2pm
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Lunchtime Concert

Martinů: Sonatina for clarinet and piano  11’ 
Gideon Klein: String Trio  12’ 
Dvořák: Serenade Op. 22 reconstr. N Ingman for clarinet, horn, bassoon, 2 violins, viola and double bass  28’ 

Tickets: £9 / Young Persons 8 to 25 FREE

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Event 6 
Friday 19th September  7.30 pm ­- 9.30 pm (approx) 
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Evening Concert

6.45 pm Pre-Concert Talk  FREE

Schulhoff: Concertino for flute, viola and double bass  11’ 
Smetana: From the Homeland, violin and piano  9’ 
Adolf Mišek: Sonata for double bass and piano (second movement)  8’ 
Martinů: Flute Sonata  17’ 
Interval
Lukáš Sommer: new work for Oboe Solo  7’ 
Dvořák: String Quintet Op. 77  35’ 

Tickets: £19 / Young Persons 8 to 25 FREE

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Event 7 
Saturday 20th September 11am - 12noon
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery

Coffee Concert

Lukáš Sommer: Déjà Vu, in memoriam Maurice Ravel for violin and piano  10’ 
Mahler: Piano Quartet  12’ 
Smetana: Piano Trio  30’

Coffee and homemade cakes will be available for purchase from the Museum café.

Tickets: £9 / Young Persons 8 to 25 FREE

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Event 8 
Saturday 20th September 
Leicester Grammar School, London Rd, Great Glen, Leicester LE8 9FL

Double Bass Workshops and Master Class with Zoran Marković

If you would like to take part or attend see Double Bass in the left hand column

Tickets: FREE
Although the Workshops and Master Class are free,  you will need a ticket. Tickets should be booked in the normal way.

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Event 9 
Saturday 20th September 7.30pm - 9.30pm (approx)
New Walk Museum & Art Gallery
 
Festival Finale

6.45 pm Pre-Concert Talk FREE

Dvořák: Romance for violin and piano Op.11  12’ 
Janáček: Pohádka (Fairy tales) cello and piano  12’ 
Josef Suk: Meditation on the St Wenceslas Chorale  10’ 
Pavel Haas: Suite for oboe and piano  12’ 
Interval
Biber: Passacaglia for solo violin  10’ 
Dvořák: Piano Quintet Op.81  35’ 

Tickets: £19 / Young Persons 8 to 25 FREE





Venue:
Leicester International Music Festival, Leicester City Council
Date

From: 17 Sep 2014
To: 20 Sep 2014

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