On the Trail of Dvořák

This festival overture goes to places associated with the life and work of A. Dvořák. Traditionally, on the last Sunday before the opening of the Dvořák Prague Festival, festival guests set out on a journey that is part of a series called On the Trail of Antonín Dvořák. These excursions take audience members to authentic and sadly still relatively little known places associated with the life of the greatest Czech composer. There, they get to hear music with enthusiastic commentary by the festival musicologist, Dr. David Beveridge. So far, our guests have travelled to Lužany (2013), Zlonice (2014), Vysoká u Příbramě (2015), Nelahozeves (2016), Kroměříž (2017), Prague (2018), Pilsen (2019) and Sychrov (2020).

This year’s excursion will take us to Maleč Chateau near Chotěboř. In the 19th century, this lovely neo-Renaissance Empire structure served for 40 years as the summer home of the illustrious Czech patriot, František Ladislav Rieger, and of his father-in-law, František Palacký, during the last years of his life. Rieger’s daughter Marie Červinková-Reigrová, one of the most educated Czech women of her day, was also present at the chateau. An important part of her literary activity consisted of writing opera libretti, two of which – The Jacobin and Dmitrij – were set to music by none other than Antonín Dvořák. While working on those operas, the composer regularly engaged in correspondence with Červinková-Reigrová, and he was a guest at Maleč on numerous occasions. Lovely recollections of these visits have been preserved from the diaries of the librettist and correspondence from the period. Festival visitors to the chateau and adjacent garden will have the chance to take in the atmosphere of an authentic environment where many important figures of Bohemia’s public and cultural life from the latter half of the 19th century spent time, and they will get to enjoy musical works by Dvořák, played in places that contributed significantly to their creation. In accordance with tradition, festival musicologist Dr David Beveridge will supplement the programme with his expert commentary. After the programme, those who are interested may visit an exhibition titled "A Memorial to F. L. Rieger and F. Palacký".

Dvořák Prague Family Day

Family Day at the Dvořák Prague Festival is a day for sharing the joy of music and for fun and games for children and their parents. At the Rudolfinum, Duo Vrámoll, a popular piano duo, will present a musical and dramatic performance called “Music History in a Nutshell”. There will be plenty of art and music workshops for the children. The highpoint of Family Day will be a concert of young musicians who attend or have graduated from elementary schools of the arts, and who were participants in the successful Karel Komárek Family Foundation project “Pianos for Schools”. They will present their artistry at the Rudolfinum’s Dvořák Hall accompanied by a symphony orchestra led by their more experienced colleagues Jan Kučera and Ondřej Gregor Brzobohatý.

Masterclasses

Two artists who hold official positions during this year of special festival anniversaries – the festival artist-in-residence Sir András Schiff and the Chamber Series curator Boris Giltburg – will also be involved in the ancillary programme series, For the Future. Last year, that series expanded the festival concept in towards young, emerging artists. Schiff and Giltburg will give public masterclasses for young performers as part of this year’s festival. Joining them will be the Concertino Praga jury chairman, the violinist and pedagogue Dmitry Sitkovetsky.

Masterclass Boris Giltburg - Monday, September 13, 10.00 am, Rudolfinum - Suk Hall, tickets HERE

Masterclass Dmitry Sitkovetsky - Thursday, September 16, 10.00 am, Rudolfinum - Suk Hall, tickets HERE

Masterclass Sir András Schiff - Tuesday, September 21, 10.00 am, Martinů Hall - Lichtenstein Palace, ticktes HERE