Artistic Director: Robert Kolinsky
Patronage: Federal Councillor Moritz Leuenberger, Ex-President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel, Josef Suk, violinist

ceremonial act and opening concert

50th anniversary of death

Saturday, 31 October, 6.15 p. m., Festsaal Stadtcasino Basel

with mayor Guy Morin, essayist Iso Camartin (moderation) and authour Pavel Kohout
Inauguration of memorial plaque for B. Martinů "An Echo of Changes" - by Hildegard Spielhofer

Children's Choir of SurseeCantorei
André Schüpbach/trumpet
Tobias von Arb/direction and piano
Bohuslav Martinů: Songs for children's choir, Four children's songs and rhymes, The Bird Feast

Saturday, 31 October, 7.30 p. m., Stadtcasino Basel

Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart – Neeme Järvi/conductor
Frank Peter Zimmermann/violin
Antonín Dvorák: Symphonic variations for large orchestra, Op. 78
Bohuslav Martinů: Concerto for violin and orchestra No. 2, H. 293
Bohuslav Martinů: Fantaisies symphoniques (Symphony No. 6), H. 343

(This concert was recorded by Swiss Radio DRS2 and broadcasted on Sunday, 8 November 2009 at 9 p. m. It was further televised live by TeleBasel and broadcasted by Mezzo TV in 39 countries.)


«the marriage»

Tuesday, 3 November, 7.30 p. m., Stadtkino Basel 
(introduction by director Prof. Pamela Howard)

European first run of Bohuslav Martinů's
"The Marraige – A Rather Unbelievable Story"
Comic opera in two acts based on the comedy by Nikolai Gogol
NBC Opera Theatre Production (1953) (E/d) – John Bloch/direction

(This evening was part of a Swiss theater project in the anniversary year, in co-operation with the opera and theater houses of Zurich, Lucerne, Berne, Biel Solothurn and Geneva.)

chamber music

STRing sextet

Sunday, 8 November, 7.00 p. m., Gare du Nord 

(6.15 p. m. introduction Prof. Giselher Schubert)
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble
Arnold Schönberg: Transfigured Night, Op. 4
Bohuslav Martinů: String sextet, H. 216
Antonin Dvorak: Sextet in A major, Op. 48

Family concert

«Überraschungspost von Felix»

Wednesday, 11 November, 6.00 p. m., Museum Tinguely

"Briefe von Felix – Ein kleiner Hase auf Weltreise"
based on the children's books by Annette Langen and Constanza Droop
Dani von Wattenwyl/narrator
Guests: Simone Guthauser/harpsichord, Martin Hess/bass, Percussion Ensemble Kaiserstuhl – Groove Collective Allschwil
Friedemann Stert/conductor
Musical promenades through continents of the world with works and arrangements for percussion ensemble by B. Martinů, H. Villa-Lobos, E. Kopetzki

closing concert


Sunday, 15 November, 7.00 p. m., Museum Tinguely

Miroslav Vitous Group
Franco Ambrosetti/trumpet, Gary Campbell/tenor saxophone, Fabrizio Sferra/drums, Miroslav Vitous/double-bass
Co-operation with the bird’s eye jazz club

(This concert was recorded by Swiss Radio DRS2 and broadcasted on Sunday, 4 December 2009 at 10.35 p. m.)