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Prazdroj opened its sixth season of concerts with a novelty – merging with Jazz Without Borders festival and an exhibition opening (Translation)

18 October 2011

Praha, October 17, 2011 - With the ending of the summer cultural season, Plzeňský Prazdroj opens the fall season with a series of winter concerts. The sixth season opened with a jazz concert on Tuesday, October 11. This year, the concert is part of the Jazz Without Borders festival. The Traditional Musical Rendezvous with Lubomír Brabec will follow. This year, they will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Prague Conservatory of Music. The anniversary is on the list of UNESCO for this year.

The opening concert of the fall season and the season of winter performances began on October 11th in the Visitors Centre of Plzeňský Prazdroj brewery, featuring the Regensburg Jazz Ensemble from Germany, and a recent icon of the Israeli jazz-scene, Boris Grammer.
The performance was accompanied by an exhibition of artwork by Jindřich Bílek named "Colour in Jazz Tones."

The opening concert was followed by the traditional series "Musical Rendezvous with Lubomír Brabec and His Guests." This year, the guitar concert artist Lubomír Brabec was inspired by the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the Prague Conservatory of Music. This theme is reflected in the whole programme structure of concerts of the entire series. And so the top graduates of various majors from the Prague Conservatory of Music accepted an invitation from Lubomír Brabec to participate. The concerts will always take place on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., according to the programme (see below).

This year, as every other year, all concerts taking place in the Visitors Centre of the Plzeňský Prazdroj brewery will be accompanied by interesting exhibitions. The first concert of this year's season will be accompanied by the exhibition named "200 years of Prague Conservatory," under the auspices of UNESCO, and dedicated to the past and the present of this important  institution.

"Via his concerts, Lubomír Brabec is able to bring many very important guests, distinguished performing artists, chamber ensembles, as well as interesting musical styles to the brewery. So far, the visitors had the chance to enjoy performances by stars of the world opera scene Gabriela Beňačková and Štefan Margita, violin virtuosos Pavele Šporcl and Jaroslav Svěcený, and the legend of Czech chanson Hana Hegerová, and this is just a small fraction of the number of famous names connected with the series so far. Therefore, this fall in Prazdroj promises great expectations," said Jindřiška Eliášková from Plzeňský Prazdroj.

Schedule of concerts of the fall-winter 2011 concert series in Plzeňský Prazdroj:

October 8        Concert and exhibition "200 years of Prague Conservatory"
                          Ladislav Horák - accordion
                          Lubomír Brabec - guitar
                          Ančerl String Quartet + double-bass
                          Veronika Smolíková - soprano

December 20 Soloists of The National Theatre
                          Alžběta Poláčková - soprano
                          Roman Janál - baritone
                          Lubomír Brabec - guitar
                          Vojtěch Pospíšil - oboe

January 17      New Year's concert
                          Jitka Hosprová - viola
                          Lubomír Brabec - kytara
                          Jan Mráček, winner of Prague Spring competition - violin

April 24            Suk Chamber Orchestra
                          soloists: Martin Kos,
                          Jakub Janský - violin,
                          Karel Untermüller - viola,
                          David Havelík - violoncello,
                          Tomáš Vybíral - double-bass
                          Lubomír Brabec - guitar
                          Walter Hofbauer - trompet


Notes for editors:

- With total sales of 9,9 millions of hectolitres during the calendar year of 2010 (including licensed production abroad) and with exports to more than 50 countries worldwide, Plzeňský Prazdroj Inc. is the most prominent beer producer in the region and the biggest exporter of Czech beer.
- Plzeňský Prazdroj Inc. is a member of SABMiller plc. group. Pilsner Urquell is the international flagship brand of the SABMiller brand portfolio.
- SABMiller plc. is one of the world's biggest beer brewing companies, with beer brewing activities or distribution in more than 60 countries across six continents. SABMiller's brand group includes such important brands as Pilsner Urquell, Miller Genuine Draft, Grolsch, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, and many other successful regional brands.

Contact:
Jiří Mareček
Plzeňský Prazdroj
+420 724 617 219

This SABMiller subsidiary news release has been translated from its local market language to English language for publication on www.sabmiller.com. We have attempted to provide an accurate translation of the original material but due to the difficulties of translation slight differences may exist.

Note, the news release was first published in its local market on [17/10/2011].

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