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The dramaturgy of the 15th American Spring Festival will reflect the theme of Exile. Pianist Nikol Bóková will present the works of authors who forced the emigration in our country and who also succeeded greatly overseas – Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Jaromír Weinberger and Tomáš Svoboda. In the second half of the concert, she will improvise on the themes of these authors together with American musicians.

Nikol Bóková is a musician dedicated to many genres of music but particularly works as a performer of classical music. Her repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary but the 19th and 20th Century periods are a primary focus. From an early age Nikol has been involved in leading Czech orchestras, including performing solo with the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra at just nine years old, and has recorded consistently with the Czech Radio Company recording works by composer Oskar Nedbal, for example. In addition to performing interpretations of classical music, Nikol regularly writes her own works. Amongst the most recent being her Trio project for piano, double-bass and drums, which combined both classical music and jazz with her penchant for fusing music and literary themes, as well as more experimental and improvisational pieces in other projects.

Program:

V. Novák: Balada Manfréd op. 2
T. Svoboda: Bagatelles In a Forest op. 42 no.1 “Trails”
S. Rachmaninov: Sonáta op. 36 no. 2

E. W. Korngold: Was der Wald erzählt no. 1
N. Bóková: What the forest says (skladba pro trio, vycházející z Was der Wald erzählt no. 1 E. W. Korngolda)
T. Svoboda: Eulogy for piano (*and acoustic bass) op. 146
E. W. Korngold: 4 kleine Karikaturen op. 19 no. IV – předloha pro improvizaci
N. Bóková: Manfred (skladba pro trio, inspirovaná Baladou Nováka)
N. Bóková: Sergei (skladba pro trio vycházející z témat Sonáty Sergeje Rachmaninova)