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Sunday, September 2, 2018, 5.00 pm
Dvořák Prague Family Day

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Classic Piano Joke(r)s

This lighter concert will offer performance by no less than five pianists, sometimes even playing together, reminding children that even the revered composers of the classics did not always compose only serious music. Do you know, for example, that the great Amadeus composed a musical joke for piano titled Bread and Butter? The concert is a part of Family Day, a traditional and popular part of the festival. This year, Family Day will take place on the last Sunday of the summer holiday on the attractive premises of the Convent of Saint Agnes. There, the children will be able to follow in the footsteps of Antonín Dvořák on his travels to such places as England, America, his hometown Nelahozeves, or his rural summer home, the Villa Rusalka.

Recommended for children from 8 years.

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.


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

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

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

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

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

More about programme

  • Dress code: casual
  • Doors close: 16.55
  • End of concert: 18.10


Sylvia Georgieva

Lubor Horák

Michal Novenko

Vít Gregor

Tomáš Víšek

St. Agnes Convent

The Convent of St. Agnes in the 'Na Františku' neighbourhood of Prague's Old Town is considered the first Gothic structure not only in Prague but in all of Bohemia. It was founded by King Wenceslas I in 1233–34 at the instigation of his sister, the Přemyslid princess Agnes of Bohemia, for the Order of Saint Clare which Agnes introduced into Bohemia and of which she was the first abbess. The convent was preceded by a hospital. The 'Poor Clares' originated as an offshoot of the Order of St. Francis of Assisi, and the convent was at one time known as the Prague Assisi. Agnes was an outstanding figure in religious life of the thirteenth century. Besides this Clarist convent she also founded the only Czech religious order – the Hospital Order of the Knights of the Cross with the Red Star. She was canonized in 1989.