Accompanying events

Each year, the festival offers visitors a few auxiliary events. There is always something for history lovers, families with children and music fans, of course. Traditionally, the legacy and works of Antonín Dvořák are interwoven into the programmes of these events.

Family Day

We have prepared an afternoon programme for the whole family to take place on Saturday, 12 September at and around the Rudolfinum. At four music, drama, and art workshops, children will learn about Antonín Dvořák’s American Quartet. The Czech Radio Children’s Choir, the Big Band of the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatoire, and Ondřej Ruml and the Epoque Quartet with Jan Kučera will provide musical accompaniment on an outdoor stage (on the stairs of Rudolfinum). The best contestants in the competition Concertino Praga will present themselves at two concerts in the Suk and Dvořák concert halls.

 

1.30–4.30 pm  WORKSHOPS: AMERICAN INSPIRATION

What inspired Antonín Dvořák to write his American Quartet? How did he probably feel wandering about the American wilderness hearing the unfamiliar songs of foreign birds? We’ll discover all of this while playing at four stations with the help of professional instructors who will lead the children through the individual movements of the American Quartet. The programme of the children’s workshops has been prepared by the Czech Orff Society chairperson an teacher Lenka together with the teachers Jana Machalíková, Jan Kyjovský, and Karolína Řepová.

1.15–1.35 pm  OPEN AIR: CZECH RADIO CHILDREN’S CHOIR

Jan Novák: Gloria; Petr Eben: Lullaby for My Daughter; Bedřich Smetana: My Star, The Sunset; Michael Engerhardt: Gaudete!; Petr Eben: If There Were Nothing Here (from the cycle The Twig Is Turning Green); Benjamin Britten: Deo gracias

2–2.40 pm  OPEN AIR: BIG BAND VOŠ KONZERVATOŘE JAROSLAVA JEŽKA

William Christopher Handy: St. Louis Blues; Bobby Timmons: Dat Dere; Bob Mintzer: Easy Street; George Gershwin: My Ship; Nat Adderley: One for Daddy-O; Thad Jones: Big Dipper; Wayne Shorter: Children of The Night; Don Sebesky: Big Mama Cass

2–3 pm  CONCERTINO PRAGA 2020 – TALENT STAGE

There are never enough young talents, and giving them a chance on festival stages is the best investment in their future. Talent Stage presents participants in the competition Concertino Praga who finished in 5th – 8th place. Appearing at the concert will be the oboist Carlo Cesaraccio, the saxophonist Márton Bubreg, the flautist Lukerya Mishneva, and the pianist Ivaylo Vassilev, and they will give a practical demonstration that the competition has no losers.

3–3.40 pm  OPEN AIR: ONDŘEJ RUML AND THE EPOQUE QUARTET WITH JAN KUČERA

4–4.20 pm  OPEN AIR: CZECH RADIO CHILDREN’S CHOIR

Czech folk song: The Pilsen Tower; Moravian folk songs: Water is Flowing; Hey, Little Meadow; Věra Stoupová: The Paper Cap; Karel Hašler: Our Little Czech Song; Jan Novák: Gloria

5–7 pm  CONCERTINO PRAGA 2020 – CONCERT OF THE COMPETITION FINALS

The Czech-Russian finals would be one way to describe the climax of the competition Concertino Praga, which will have the exciting atmosphere of direct duelling of concert artists. Four young finalists – Daniel Matejča (Czech Republic, violin), Aleksandr Rublev (Russia, trumpet), Jan Schulmeister (Czech Republic, piano), and Vsevolod Zavidov (Russia, piano) – will have to prove themselves not only to the public, but also to a jury of first-class musicians. Among them will be the pianist Lukáš Vondráček, the conductor Jakub Hrůša, the violinist Václav Hudeček and others.

Encounters after the Applause

Encounters after the Applause, when audience members meet the performers, have become a tradition at the Dvořák Prague Festival. The first of these musical interviews, a debate on the phenomenon of music, took place with the young cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan in 2014. The event turned out to be successful, and it put down roots. Encounters after the Applause moderated by Jiří Vejvoda have a friendly atmosphere, and there is always a chance for audience members to ask questions. The musicians put their instruments away, and they add something extra to the experience of the concert. Often, stories are told that give audience members a new perspective on what goes on during preparations for concerts.

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), and Pilsen (2019).