Friends' 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 friends 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 friends 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 ‘friends’ orchestra’ and chose your own place in it.

STRINGS for friends of the festival (CZK 1,500 or more)

Though string instruments are most numerous in an orchestra, and individuals 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.

PERCUSSION reserved for pewter donors (CZK 5,000 or more)

Percussion have always kept the orchestra in rhythm, and their sound cannot be overlooked in the flow of symphonic music. They are the beating heart of a musical organism. Thanks to you, the beat will never be heard suddenly at the wrong time.

WINDS for copper donors (CZK 10,000 or more)

Every note played by the winds is totally audible and therefore important. That’s why the orchestra has only first-class wind players.

KEYBOARDS for bronze donors (CZK 20,000 or more)

Piano, organ, harpsichord, or celesta can change the orchestra’s sound in unexpected ways and enhance it with their own unique character. Come give our orchestra wings.

HARP representing silver donors (CZK 50,000 or more)

The harp is a special instrument. Its gentle power penetrates reliably even through the massive sound of the whole orchestra. It symbolises the ancient Czech castle Vyšehrad and mythical Czech singers. Let its unique voice be heard.

SOLOISTS soloists are special, just like gold donors (CZK 100,000 or more )

Do you like to play “first fiddle”? Are you accustomed to setting the tone for group efforts towards a great result? Welcome among the leading soloists of our orchestra.

SUMMARY OF BENEFITS

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
  • promotion of Czech musical art both at home and abroad
  • support for young artists, beginning musicians, and youth having an interest in culture

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.

 

I want to know more and become a member

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

One-time donation

You can also support us by giving a one-time donation. Just click to choose an amount, or enter any amount you wish. This is a quick and easy way for you to give us efficient assistance with funding our festival. Our efforts to maintain the highest artistic standards entail months of work, culminating with all the emotions and experiences of the concerts at the Dvořák Prague Festival. We are truly grateful for every donation in these uncertain times. In appreciation, we will send you a Certificate of Donation and a receipt for your tax records.

 

My festival seat

You can please yourself or those dear to you by reserving a popular seat at the Rudolfinum or at the Saint Agnes Convent for concerts of the Dvořák Prague Festival. Then, whenever you come to festival concerts, you can be sure that you will always get a seat that suits your taste. By adopting a festival seat you are helping us, and in return you will receive:

  • 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. The revenue from ticket sales, however, covers only approximately 24% of the festival’s total costs.

You can adopt a seat in the hall for CZK 750 – 4,000. A contribution takes the form of a gift.

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

CLICK HERE

For the future

The programme series For the Future will bring together several projects focusing on the education and support of young artists. Each year, the festival will host the finals concert of the competition Concertino Praga (musicians up to age 15 or 16), will present the Dvořák Prague Youth Philharmonic, with members drawn from the Orchestral Academy at the Summer Music Academy in Kroměříž (musicians 15 to 24 years old), and will introduce the winners of prestigious international competitions in their Prague debut (professional musicians up to age 30).

 

Book Until the Ocean Separates Us

Ondřej Šupka’s unique monograph about Antonín Dvořák’s concert tour of Bohemian and Moravian cities is intended for all knowledgeable laypersons and for those who are interested in the history of Czech culture presented in a comprehensible, readable format. Together with it, you get or give a membership in the Club of Friends of the Dvořák Prague Festival.

The subject matter of Ondřej Šupka’s book is the big “farewell” concert tour of Bohemian and Moravian cities that Antonín Dvořák arranged before his departure for the USA in 1892. The book is based on a considerable quantity of period printed and manuscript sources, including periodicals from the era, preserved correspondence of the persons involved, and memoirs. The publication also contains photographs, the vast majority of which are entirely unknown, so the public now has the opportunity of seeing them for the very first time.

The book has been prepared with the kind support of the Karel Komárek Family Foundation and of the State Culture Fund of the Czech Republic.

The price of the book and of a basic membership in the Club of Friends is CZK 1,500 (60 EUR). Your contribution is in the form of a donation.

The book is available in Czech language only.

 

Book Confession in F Major

Every fan of classical music will enjoy the book of memoirs of the grandson of the composer Antonín Dvořák titled Confession in F Major. Together with it, you will be receiving or giving a membership in the Club of Friends of the Prague Festival.

Antonín Dvořák III died in the spring of 2017. 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. It is therefore no surprise that he also entrusted his manuscript to the festival team, and it was published in the spring of 2018 as a book supplemented with photographs from his family archives and with a complete family tree.

The price of the book and a basic membership in the Club of Friends is CZK 1,500 (60 EUR). A contribution takes the form of a gift.

The book is available in Czech language only.

 

Contact us

Dvořák Prague Festival Patrons' Club
Akademie klasické hudby, z. ú. (Academy of Classical Music, public benefit company)
Maiselova 25/4, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic
IČ: 26725347, DIČ: CZ26725347 

Mona Janovská, Fundraising Manager
janovska@dvorakovapraha.cz 

Our supporters

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 2021:

 

FRIENDS' CLUB

Silver Patrons

  • Vladimír Dlouhý a Lucie Dlouhá
  • Glatzová & Co.
  • Miroslav Kalousek
  • Touzimsky Kapital

Bronze Patrons

  • Eliška Hašková-Coolidge
  • HKDW HOLASEK s.r.o.
  • Ivana Juráňová
  • Pavel Kotásek
  • Eva a Petr Luňákovi
  • Dana Mitchell
  • Moravia Systems a.s. 
  • Josef Novotný
  • Veronika a Petr Pujmanovi
  • Ivana Simonová
  • Luboš Veselý
  • Darina Wiedermann Janíčková a Tomáš Wiedermann

Copper Patrons

  • Hana Barochová
  • Miluše Bromová a Ivo Jančík
  • Jiří Hrabovský
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jíňovi
  • Jan a Jana Ksandrovi
  • Jaroslava Kubátová
  • Markéta a Luděk Nezbedovi
  • Renata a Radek Pádrovi
  • Hana a Martin Toupalovi

Lead Patrons

  • Blanka Zejšková

Friends

  • Jan Bárta
  • Marie Brožová
  • Alexandr Kadavý
  • Jitka Kratochvílová
  • Renata a Bohuslav Lédlovi
  • Jan Litomiský
  • Šárka Pajerová
  • Luděk Rychlý
  • Lenka Straková
  • Jolana Šoltészová
  • Michael Trask
  • Otto Tyller
  • Jana Voldanová
  • Barbara Vondrašová


FESTIVAL SEATS WERE ADOPTED BY

  • Alexandr Kadavý
  • Kateřina and Tadeáš Kopečkovi
  • Roman Krejčík
  • Jaroslav Scharf
  • Martina Vavřincová
  • Jana Voldanová
  • Barbara and Radka Vondrašovy

 

"FOR THE FUTURE" SCHOLARSHIP FUND BENEFACTORS

  • Jitka Přerovská

 

We also thank others who wish not to be named.