The opening of the third year of the festival brought an unforgettable experience to the visitors s in the form of the concert on the island on the pond in the Castle Garden. Besides 1500 viewers of Czech Television watched the concert and thanks to Japanese television company NHK, which purchased television rights, the unique concert was broadcast to hundreds of millions of viewers all around the world. The unique form of the concert connected the highest quality of interpretation art (Virtuosi di Praga and Prague Chamber Soloists under the baton of British conductor Andrew Mogrelia), smartly selected program: G. F. Händel: Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks) and the unique setting increased the popularity of the festival immensely. At the closing concert, the Czech Philharmonic with its then chief conductor Gerd Albrecht made an appearance for the first time, which definitely confirmed that the International Music Festival of Český Krumlov became an event that ranks among the most visited Czech festivals.

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