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.

On the Trail of Dvořák

2 September 2018, Prague (different venues)

In accordance with tradition, on the last Sunday before the opening of the Dvořák Prague Festival, festival guests will set out on the trail of Antonín Dvořák. The series of “On the Trail” excursions takes audience members to authentic but, unfortunately, little-known places associated with the life of the greatest Czech composer. These places are brought to life by music and the enthusiastic commentary of the festival musicologist Dr. David Beveridge. This year’s wanderings will follow Dvořák’s footsteps in Prague: there will be visits to places that are not usually open to the public, authentic musical performances and more. 

1.15 pm Hlávka Flat

2.30 pm St. Adalbert´s Church

3.45 pm Hlahol

5.30 pm Konvikt

Full programme

When buying tickets in a package, i.e. to all four concerts of the series On the Trail of Antonín Dvořák, you pay CZK 500. The price is adjusted automatically when you put all of the tickets into your shopping cart. The number of packages is limited by the capacity of the concert halls.

Family Day

2 September 2018, St. Agnes Convent

At this year’s Dvořák Prague Festival, Family Day will once again offer an afternoon of music and other entertainment on 2 September, the last Sunday of summer holiday. On an exhibition of discovery, children will follow Antonín Dvořák to England, America, his birthplace in Nelahozeves, and the Villa Rusalka in Vysoká. On the lovely premises of the St Agnes Convent and in its gardens there will be a varied programme for visitors young and old, full of concerts and all kinds of music and art workshops. The convent gardens will be filled with the sounds of the music of Antonín Dvořák and George Gershwin as well as Bohemian and Moravian folk music. At the workshops, the children will get an entertaining introduction to Antonín Dvořák’s life and works. The day’s highlight will be the concert Classic Piano Joke(r)s, at which five pianists will play for the children at the Church of St Francis. The programme begins at 1 p.m., and admission to the garden concerts is free of charge. There will be a nominal fee for participation in the workshops.

Programme:

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.           Workshops: On the Trail of Antonín Dvořák

At the art workshop Voyage, children will set out on a cruise with Antonín Dvořák on a steamboat that they will make themselves. What did Antonín Dvořák reminisce about when travelling far from his homeland? A musical excursion to Vienna will offer an inspirational encounter with Johannes Brahms, where we will be trying to find out why the eighth Slavonic Dance is called a Furiant. Together the children will try out making music with their bodies, dancing, playing percussion and melodic Orff instruments, and even joining in with a symphony orchestra. Another workshop will take children to visit Antonín Dvořák across the ocean in America. Where did he go to escape the bustle of New York? And is it possible that he even overheard some of his melodies from African Americans and Native Americans?

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.              Prague Cello Quartet

These four young cellists entertain their audiences with creative arrangements of well-known compositions and with intelligent humour, as they break down the barriers between musical genres.

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.              Pueri Gaudentes

This wonderful boys’ choir is one of the few in the Czech Republic. Its history goes back to 1990.

3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.              Cimbalom Ensemble of the Czech Philharmonic

The concert includes folk music, of course. The singer Bobby McFerrin will be among those joining in.

5 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.                    Classic Piano Joke(r)s (admission ticket required)

This lighter concert will present Tomáš Víšek, Vít Gregor, Michal Novenko, Lubor Horák, and Sylvia Georgieva by themselves and sometimes all together. It will remind the children that the respected greats of classical music did not always write music that is serious..

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Outdoor Stage

15 September 2018, Jan Palach Square (in front of the Rudolfinum)

A performance of the oratorio Saint Ludmila in its original, complete version will be a special event by which the festival will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia. The Czech Philharmonic and the Prague Philharmonic Choir under the baton of Jakub Hrůša will be performing the work. The soloists will be the soprano Kateřina Kněžíková, the Slovak mezzo-soprano Alena Kropáčková, the tenors Richard Samek and Ondřej Koplík, and the Slovak bass Jozef Benci. The concert will be broadcast live on an outdoor stage at Jan Palach Square, where a large Czech choir will join in the singing. The idea was inspired by a grandiose performance of Saint Ludmila in 1904 with the participation of a choir of supposedly as many as 1,600 voices. The work is being performed as part of the Dvořák Collection; in 2017–2018, this key programme series is giving performances all of Dvořák’s music for choir and orchestra – oratorios, cantatas and masses. 

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