Strings of Autumn festival offering something new to Prague concert goers

22-09-2009

The jazz and classical music festival Struny podzimu, or Strings of Autumn, opens in Prague on Tuesday night with a special performance by the Czech avant garde musician Iva Bittová. She will be accompanied at the Estate’s Theatre by jazz musicians and – for the first time – the Prague Philharmonic.

Bringing something new to Prague audiences is what distinguishes the Strings of Autumn, says its artistic director Marek Vrabec.

“I believe the difference is in the programming, because we really want to present unique programming. Each of our concerts should be a premiere, or a debut in Prague. So the density of premieres or original projects staged during the festival is, from my point of view, higher than for other festivals.”

Among those appearing at ten concerts in some of the Czech capital’s most prestigious venues this year is one perhaps surprising name – the English actor Michael York, who is known for such films as Cabaret and The Three Musketeers.

“We asked Michael York to come to Prague and perform a Richard Strauss melodrama called Enoch Arden. It’s a beautiful poem by Lord Tennyson, and Michael York is going to be the narrator for this evening. And Libor Nováček, a very talented young Czech pianist, is going to play the piano part.”

For more information on the Strings of Autumn festival go to www.strunypodzimu.cz