Book Confession in F Major

Just as the Dvořák Prague Festival celebrates the life and work of the famed Czech composer Antonín Dvořák, we at the Academy of Classical Music have decided to honour his grandson, Antonín Dvořák III, a great guardian of the Dvořák legacy and our dear friend.

At the end of May 2018, a year shall have passed since the death of Antonín Dvořák III. He left behind memoirs in the form of a confession completed half a year before he passed away. His choice of the key F major was not random. As he himself wrote, it is the key of Dvořák’s American Quartet, and it was while listening to that piece that he first became aware he was a descendant of such a famous musician. Antonín Dvořák III did not inherit musical talent, but instead he gave support to those who played a role in preserving the Dvořák legacy. He took part in the inception of the Dvořák Prague Festival, was an honorary member of the festival team, and participated in the festival from the very first concert of the first season. He also entrusted his manuscript to our team, and we are now publishing it in book form.

You will receive the book Confession in F Major by Antonín Dvořák III along with photographs from the family archives and the complete genealogy of Antonín Dvořák as a gift if you decide to become a Friend of the Dvořák Prague Festival, thereby symbolically continuing the support that he had formerly devoted to the Dvořák Prague Festival himself.

I want to become a Friend of the Festival and get a book of memories of Antonín Dvořák III.

Submitting the form and the request for information does not obligate you to membership.

Patron's club

Do you love Dvořák? Do you sense the value of his artistic legacy and root for our festival? Then there’s a place in our ‘orchestra’ of patrons waiting just for you. We continue to seek new members who will join us in bringing to life symphonies of (not only) our hearts, because patrons like you are immensely important to us: as much as 50% of the festival’s budget comes from partners and from you, admirers of the bequest of Dvořák and fans of the Dvořák Prague Festival.

Which instrument will be yours?

In a good orchestra you won't find a single instrument, however small, that is superfluous. For us, too, every supporter is important and indispensable. Have a look through the sections of our ‘patrons’ orchestra’ and chose your own place in it.

The STRING SECTION is prepared for Friends of the Festival (1.500 CZK or more)
Though string instruments are most numerous in an orchestra, and individuality might seem to get lost among them, as a group they often play the main theme. Your role in the orchestra need not be obvious at first glance, yet without you it would all be impossible. 

The PERCUSSION SECTION  belongs to Bronze Patrons (20,000 CZK or more)
Percussion instruments have always maintained the proper rhythm of the orchestra and are unmistakable in the symphonic flow. Thanks to your help in this section it can't happen that the timpani would sound out of the blue at the wrong moment.

The WIND SECTION is a collective of Silver Patrons (50,000 CZK or more)
If a flute or bassoon player makes a mistake we hear it right away. Therefore a high-quality orchestra has only top-notch wind players. You can be among them.

SOLO PLAYERS are exceptional, just as are Gold patrons (100,000 CZK or more): SOLO PLAYER
Are you not satisfied being one of many? Do you prefer to 'play first fiddle'? Welcome to the leading solo players of our orchestra. 

The membership in the Patrons' Club is intended for individual or corporate donors. Membership is always valid for one calendar year (one year of the festival). The membership contribution has the form of a gift.

How do we utilize your support?

Our goal is not only to raise the funds so necessary to assure the festival’s quality in programming and organization, but to find support—both material and moral—that will help us develop particular projects closely tied to the festival. We direct the financial gifts, experience, knowledge, and personal engagement of members of the Patrons' Club to the following areas:

  • care for the cultural bequest and legacy of Antonín Dvořák, the most esteemed Czech composer worldwide (the Dvořák Prague Festival),
  • promotion of Czech musical art both at home and abroad (the Antonín Dvořák Prize), and
  • support for young artists, beginning musicians, and youth having an interest in culture (The Antonín Dvořák Prize, Debut Day, and the Youth Club).

I want to know more and become a member

Submitting the form and the request for information does not obligate you to membership.

My festival seat

Get your own personal seat at the Dvořák Prague Festival along with the certainty that whenever you come to our concerts, you will always get the seating of your choice. By adopting a seat at Dvořák Hall or the St. Agnes Convent, you will be helping us while getting in return:

  • A reservation of a selected seat in the hall for all Dvořák Prague Festival concerts in that hall during the given year. The reservation is valid for two months beginning with the publication of the festival programme and the launching of ticket sales.
  • Inclusion in the list of supporters on the official Dvořák Prague Festival website.
  • Inclusion in the list of supporters in daily concert programmes.

By adopting your own seat in the hall, you will be contributing towards the rental of concert halls and rehearsal space. Each year, these costs approach a total of three million Czech crowns. In 2017, the revenue from our ticket sales covered 24% of the festival’s total costs.

To download an information brochure and registration form in PDF format,

CLICK HERE

Contact us

Dvořák Prague Festival Patrons' Club
Akademie klasické hudby, z. ú. (Academy of Classical Music, public benefit company)
Palackého 1/740, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
IČ: 26725347, DIČ: CZ26725347 

Robert Kolář, Director of the Academy of Classical Music
kolar@dvorakovapraha.cz

Klára Bumbálková, Manager of the Patrons' Club
bumbalkova@dvorakovapraha.cz

They're supporting us

With feelings of great respect and gratitude for their confidence we thank all those who share our enthusiasm and supported us in our endeavours in 2018:

Silver Patrons

  • DEK a.s.
  • Miroslav Kalousek

Bronze Patrons

  • Eliška Hašková-Coolidge
  • HKDW Legal s.r.o., Attorneys-at-law
  • Zuzana Janečková
  • Ivana Juráňová
  • Ivana Kranichová
  • Vít Škop

Friends

  • Jan Bárta
  • Radka and Josef Bína
  • Karla Bumbálková
  • Alexandr Kadavý
  • Jaroslava Kubátová
  • Milan Kroulík
  • Renata and Bohuslav Ledl
  • Jan Litomiský
  • Milena Pavlíková
  • František Staněk
  • Pavla Strnadová
  • Jolana Šoltészová
  • Otto Tyller
  • Luboš Veselý

Festival seats were adopted by

  • Martin Chromec
  • Alexandr Kadavý
  • Kateřina and Tadeáš Kopeček
  • Jan Ksandr
  • Valentin Stroyakovski
  • Olga Trnková
  • Barbara a Radka Vondrašová

We also thank others who wish not to be named. 

Partners of the Patron's Club are: