Festival upbeat

When: Friday, 19. 8. 2022 at 19:00

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Musica Poetica (CZ)

Jana Janků: mezzo-soprano
Martin Flašar: violin
Lucie Lukášová: traverso
Kateřina Stávková: viol
Kamila Dubská: harpsichord

Artists’ message to visitors

The fame of women who composed music in the Baroque era remains in the shadows today. We want to show in our concert how diverse and beautiful the music of these women is. We will play religious nuns and secular music that sounded in the courtyard of Florence or in the Venetian salons. This music was often interpreted by the women authors themselves - we can offer you in our predominantly feminine cast the sound and visual image of early Baroque Italy.


The mission statement of the ensemble

The Baroque chamber ensemble Musica Poetica, established in 1999, is a group of young professional musicians sharing an interest in authentic performance of early music. The name ‘Musica Poetica’ reflects its regular arrangement of concerts as encounters between Baroque music and poetry. Its musicians use modern copies of period instruments (cembalo, viola da gamba, Baroque traverso, Baroque violin). In addition to concerts in Czech Republic as well as abroad, the ensemble does not shy away from less conventional projects (such as the ‘Vespillo’s Baroque Cabaret’, or ‘Händel in Italy’). As constituent parts of its long-term cycle ‘Baroque of European Countries’, Musica Poetica has so far presented music and poetry of eight European nations. Its lasting goal is to offer its audiences a glimpse of the atmosphere and thinking familiar to people of the Baroque period, from which one can still draw inspiration today.


Recording: Radio Slovenija

Event programme

Chat with ensemble Musica Poetica (CZ)


Questions to artists

With questions to artists and their answers, we want to bring visitors closer to the role of the artists in society, their views and work. There will be too little time on the upbeat to touch on everything that interests you. Upbeat visitors are invited to focus the conversation on those issues that are more interesting to you. You are invited to provide us with additional questions in advance, which we will present to our artists. All the answers of the artists will be collected in a special publication, which will be published at the end of this year's festival. Questionnaire consultants: Vesna Volk (Radiotelevizija Slovenija) and Marina Žlender (Glasna Magazine).

The questions are formulated in three sets: an artist as a person (what your normal day looks like when you are not traveling, what your work on the instrument looks like, what your work with young people looks like and how you perceive their attitude towards music, how you convey it to them), preparation of the programme (how you plan the programming concept, where and how you capture ideas for designing a concert programme and what obstacles you face, how you design a concert programme, how you meet other artists, how you get involved in other ensembles and what it looks like when you put together your own ensemble, how you approach and research archives, how you are received by the institutions that care for this cultural heritage, and what problems you face in the phase when you are looking for and choosing works for the programme), the power of art (how music and any other art can contribute to a better society, what is the impact of art on the challenges of politics and environmental protection, how art can defy state violence against freedom of expression, what are your experiences, how you see the future of art and what its role is in shaping society in the coming centuries, how you see the development of the field we call early music in the coming decades).


Brežice, Brežice Castle

Brežice Castle is a splendid example of fortified Renaissance castle architecture on a plain with four mighty round defence towers and spacious courtyard. Interior of fortified castle has lavished baroque paintings.