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Saturday, September 16, 5.00 pm

Programme

Bohuslav Martinů: Who Is the Most Powerful in the World?

This year Family Day, which has become a traditional and popular component of the Dvořák Prague Festival, will welcome a remarkable ensemble from Berlin: a quartet of saxophones called ‘Clair-obscur’. Thanks to the collaboration of Jiří Lábus and Jan Jiráň we can look forward to a mainly ‘unserious’ musical afternoon.

The concert is part of the family day. The events are free of charge except for the concert at 11 am and the Clair-obsur performance at 5 pm.

11:00 am, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
Musica Florea, Collegium Floreum, Marek Štryncl (Dvořák Matinee)

1:15–4:40 pm, Rudolfinum
Workshops: ‘I’d give up all my symphonies if I had been able to invent the locomotive.’

1:30–4:30 pm, Rudolfinum, steps
Open Air concerts

Samba Band, Sax & Rhythm Junior
The space in front of the Rudolfinum will be set to dancing in the early afternoon by the Samba Band percussion group and the Sax & Rhythm Junior jazz orchestra, both led by teachers from the Arts School in Říčany.

Dětský pěvecký sbor Radost
The ‘Radost’ (Joy) Children’s Choir According to tradition, younger instrumentalists and singers will also have a chance to show what they can do. The ‘Radost’ (Joy) Choir under its director Jan Pirner will sing pieces by Dvořák and others with their own special relish.

Big Band VOŠ Konzervatoře Jaroslava Ježka
The Jaroslav Ježek Conservatoire Big Band The Big Band under its experienced leader Milan Svoboda will render key works by the composer after whom the school is named. In a traditional big-band conception we’ll hear hits by Ježek like The Hat in the Brush and A Dark Blue World along with other wonderful pieces.

5:00 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
Bohuslav Martinů: Who is the Most Powerful in the World? (family concert)

  • Dress code: casual
  • Doors close: 16.55
  • End of concert: 19.00

Artists

Clair-obscur

The Clair-obscur saxophone quartet is a collective of four outstanding performers fond of experimenting and of blurring the boundaries among musical genres. Apart from works written directly for saxophone quartet they enrich their repertoire with many arrangements they have made themselves of pieces in the most varied styles. The diversity of moods in their presentations is expressed symbolically by the ensemble’s title, which is the name of an old painting technique working with contrasts between light and darkness. The quartet concentrates mainly on performing chamber music, but also engages in music theatre ranging from ballet to cabaret. It has already appeared in numerous important venues in many countries of Europe as well as in New York’s Carnegie Hall. The members also play in classical orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic.

Clair-obscur

Jiří Lábus

Jiří Lábus is one of the most versatile theatrical and film actors of his generation. His name is most often associated with comic roles and television shows intended for children, such as the series Arabela. He is also very popular as a dubber, for instance of the character Marge in the American animated series The Simpsons. But his range of work is much broader, as shown by numerous character roles; for example his riveting portrayal of a serious dramatic character in the film Amerika based on Franz Kafka’s novel won him a Czech Lion award. Since the 1970s he has been an indispensable component of the ensemble of Studio Ypsilon, creating a whole series of unforgettable characters. For his outstanding performance of the main role in Vian’s play Medusa’s Head he won a Thalia Prize in 1997.

Jan Jiráň

Jan Jiráň is a true Renaissance man: a composer, song-writer, actor, theatrical pedagogue, stage director, producer, and arts reporter. In the 1980s he performed in scenes and songs he created together with Martin Stropnický. He has composed music for numerous productions by various theatres, and in 1987 became a regular member of the acting ensemble of Studio Ypsilon. He has served as director for dozens of audiobooks and compact discs intended mainly for children, collaborating with such artists as Marek Eben, Libuše Šafránková, Jiří Lábus, and Ivan Trojan. For many years he has been working with Czech Radio and Czech Television, and he has shared in the writing of several books. In 2016 he won a Prize for Support and Development of Audiobooks in the Czech Republic.

Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall

The Rudolfinum is one of the most important Neo-Renaissance edifices in the Czech Republic. In its conception as a multi-purpose cultural centre it was quite unique in Europe at the time of its construction. Based on a joint design by two outstanding Czech architects, Josef Zítek and Josef Schultz, a magnificent building was erected serving for concerts, as a gallery, and as a museum. The grand opening on 7 February 1885 was attended by Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria, in whose honour the structure was named. In 1896 the very first concert of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra took place in the Rudolfinum's main concert hall, under the baton of the composer Antonín Dvořák whose name was later bestowed on the hall.