In September and October, if you find yourself near Brno, be sure to attend Moravian Autumn – the Brno International Music Festival. This is an autumn celebration in venues around the town. It offers up to visitors and aficionados both contemporary and classical music. It is also one of the few festivals focusing on the Czech composer Leoš Janáček, the worthy successor to Dvorák. This festival may show case some of his celebrated operas. These include the avante-garde Masaryk Ring with its inspiration from local and traditional folk music and dances. You could also hear his Sinfonietta or String quartet #2.
The events take place in a number of venues around town. These include the Brno Philharmonic Concert Hall, the Janáček Theatre, the New City Hall, the Convent of Merciful Brothers, the Spilberk Castle and the Red Church. You can hear symphony orchestras, vocal ensembles, quartets and instrumental soloists perform as part of the scheduled events. They may also take part in the International Musicology colloquium or the International Interpretation Competition. Each year, the theme for the event and the instrument for the competition change, making it an event well worth attending.
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