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Sunday, September 20, 2015, 11.00 am
Dvořák Matinee


Josef Mysliveček: Ouverture to L´OlimpiadeLeopold Koželuh: Symphony in G minor, Op. 22, No. 3Jan Václav Voříšek: Symphony in D major, Op. 24

The leading Czech Baroque orchestra, Collegium 1704, will perform works by three outstanding representatives of the Classical style in its concert for the Dvořák Prague Festival: Mysliveček’s overture to the opera L'Olimpiade, the Sinfonia No. 3 in G minor by Leopold Koželuh, and the only symphony by Jan Václav Hugo Voříšek. All three names were very well known (not only) in their time in both the Czech and the Austrian capitals. And so it will be immensely interesting to compare their compositional styles during a single morning concert. 

Concert is a part of the Family Day - download programme.

  • Dress code: casual
  • Doors close: 10.55 pm
  • End of concert: 12.30 pm


Václav Luks

Václav Luks graduated from the Pilsen Conservatoire and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, studying French horn and harpsichord. He then crowned his education with the specialised study of early music at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland in the fields of historical keyboard instruments and historical performance practice. In 2005 he founded the ensembles Collegium 1704 and Collegium Vocale 1704, with which he performed Bach’s B Minor Mass that same year at the Prague Spring Festival. Since then, they have been regular guests at the festival. Václav Luks remains at the helm of both ensembles, and he has achieved extraordinary international acclaim with them. He also collaborates with other renowned ensembles including La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, the Dresdner Kammerchor, and the Nederlandse Bachvereniging. He has made a number of highly acclaimed recordings, including solo recordings, for the ACCENT, Supraphon, and Zig-Zag Territoires labels, and he is frequently invited to sit on juries for prestigious music competitions. Through his international artistic activities, he has played a major part in the renaissance of interest in the music of Jan Dismas Zelenka and Josef Mysliveček.

Václav Luks - conductor

Collegium 1704

The Collegium 1704 orchestra and its associated ensemble Collegium Vocale 1704 were founded by conductor and harpsichordist Václav Luks and gave their first performances in 2005. The number 1704 refers to the year when the musical world first took note of the brilliant Baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka. Works by Zelenka are prized items in the repertoire of this ensemble at various festivals in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and elsewhere. In 2013, a year marked by the rediscovery of the Czech composer Josef Mysliveček, the ensemble performed his opera L'Olimpiade with great success in Prague, Dijon, Caen, Luxembourg, and Vienna. Numerous recordings by the Collegium have been acclaimed by both Czech and international critics in the most varied musical journals; many of its concerts have been recorded or broadcast live by television and radio stations around Europe.  

Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall

The Rudolfinum is one of the most important Neo-Renaissance edifices in the Czech Republic. In its conception as a multi-purpose cultural centre it was quite unique in Europe at the time of its construction. Based on a joint design by two outstanding Czech architects, Josef Zítek and Josef Schultz, a magnificent building was erected serving for concerts, as a gallery, and as a museum. The grand opening on 7 February 1885 was attended by Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria, in whose honour the structure was named. In 1896 the very first concert of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra took place in the Rudolfinum's main concert hall, under the baton of the composer Antonín Dvořák whose name was later bestowed on the hall.