Konvergencie 2017 – a festival of chamber music
Konvergencie, the international music festival of chamber music is an annual feast in Slovakia. The visitors of the festival can look forward to pieces by classic masters, cross-genre overlaps, as well as film projections spoken word or a concert for children.
After the fantastic Bartok Project in February and a pair of successful concerts during Pohoda festival (Concert for Marián Varga, Uspávanky – Lullabies) comes Convergence, with artistic director and leading violoncellist Jozef Lupták and a program for the festival’s autumn season for what is traditionally one of the most watched classical music events in Slovakia.
Milan Lasica and Bratislava Hot Serenaders
Keď zastal čas (When Time Stopped) is the name of the latest of three successful albums released by Milan Lasica and the Bratislava Hot Serenaders. Time will once again stop at Convergence 2017, with the opportunity on September 18 to enjoy Slovakia’s voice (and singing) legend at the Slovak Radio Large Concert Hall, backed by a marvellous orchestra that features trumpeter Juraj Bartoš and playing a repertoire of sweet and dance music of the 1930s and 1940s. The charm, noblesse, sentiment and energy of the Jazz Age, with guest Peter Lipa to make it “hot”!
From Venice to Vienna (and to Podolínec)
Italian Baroque diva Romina Basso adds her captivating contralto to the festival on September 20, alongside the sound of early music orchestra Solamente Naturali and violinist Miloš Valent, to return music of 18th century masters to St. Martin’s Cathedral in Bratislava. Her renditions of the sacred music of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Nicola Porpora and Antonio Vivaldi have received enthusiastic responses from international critics. The concern program includes compositions by Vivaldi preserved at the Piarist Monastery in Podolínec, which in the 18th century were part of the musical culture of today’s Slovakia (and recorded with the collaboration of musical historian Ladislav Kačíc on the CD Talianske koncerty z Podolínca (Italian Concerts from Podolínec)). Mystical, passionate, uplifting and breathtaking – early music returns to Convergence.
Chamber Music Images and Changes
What sets Convergence apart from other festivals is the major chamber music and lesser known works introduced by renowned Slovak and foreign interpreters. A special attraction at this year’s festival is a recital at the Clarissine Church on September 21 by the outstanding Slovak pair of violinist Milan Paľa and pianist Ladislav Fančovič, playing a selection of sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms and Bartok which have in recent years been the highlights of their concerts and recordings. At design factory on September 22, Bratislava Chamber Music Night presents a special “anniversary” recital of artists who have played at the Convergence Festival since its very beginning, such as versatile pianist Nora Skuta and amazing clarinetist Ronald Šebesta. Enjoy Debussy, Brahms, Bartók, Webern, Berg and Dohnányi in a pleasant evening of music. The festival program includes a theme VIP Concert of Music and Food at the Carlton and the Convergence Academy of Chamber Music, an educational project created in cooperation with the Slovak Youth Orchestra and the Music Center.
Two Incredible Experiences to Finish Off
Phenomenal Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital returns to Convergence this September after his enthusiastically received Slovak premiere this past June. Following his jazz and world music project Avital meets Avital, he again presents his mastery of classic repertoire at the Large Concert Hall on September 24. Accompanied by the Convergence Players, he will be playing the music of Antonio Vivaldi and Georgian composer Sulkhan Tsintsadze, Bela Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances and InstaConcerto, an Instagram concert produced by jubilee composer, pianist and conductor Peter Breiner.
Convergence 2017 culminates with the Intimate Letters Concert, featuring the world famous Camerata Zürich Chamber Music Orchestra, at Moyzes Hall on September 25. Besides the well-known string quartet by Leoš Janáček lending its name to this event, the concert also showcases the music of Bedřich Smetana. The orchestra will be directed by Switzerland-based Slovak violinist Igor Karško, to be introduced as a soloist by recognized violoncellist and orchestra artistic director Thomas Demenga. The concert includes a reading of work by French author Maïe Brami created especially for this project.
Tickets available at Ticketportal. A limited number of season tickets are on sale for the entire festival at special price of € 49 http://bit.ly/2u5gMEH
This event was publically financed by the Slovak Arts Council (Fond na podporu umenia)