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Saturday, September 14, 5.00 pm

Programme

František V. Kramář: Clarinet Concerto in E Flat Major, Op. 36, AllegroJohannes Brahms: Trio for Piano, Clarinet, and Cello, Op.114, AllegroAntonín Dvořák: String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, Finale. Vivace ma non troppoAntonín Dvořák: “Celý svět nedá ti, nedá” – The Water Goblin’s aria from the opera RusalkaAntonín Dvořák: “Měsíčku na nebi hlubokém” – Rusalka’s aria from the opera RusalkaAnton Razek: Comical String Quartets − selectionsMikael Ericsson: Memories of SpainAntonín Dvořák: Humoresque – an interactive jazz arrangement for children

This year, the programme for the Family Concert of the Dvořák Prague Festival has been made to order by a professional musician – the saxophonist and clarinettist Felix Slováček Jr. On Saturday evening on the lovely premises of St Agnes’s Convent there will be music by Antonín Dvořák and Johannes Brahms as well as a non-traditional form of music making with the participation of the performers and the audience. Children and parents will experience musical moments with violin and beatbox, and they will meet not only the creator of the programme, the clarinettist Felix Slováček Jr., and the pianist Vyacheslav Gorokhovsky, but also Mikael Ericsson’s family string quartet and a real Water Goblin and Rusalka from Dvořák’s opera.

The concert is part of Family Day, which will take place on Saturday, 14 Sept. 2019 at 1 p.m. on the grounds of St Agnes’s Convent. On an outdoor stage, visitors will hear a programme by the Prague Saxophone Quartet, then at Talent Stage we are introducing young, talented artists, and the grounds of the convent will be full of fun workshops for children. Apart from the concert itself, admission to the Family Day programme is free. The exact programme will be announced in early August here on the festival website.

  • Doors close: 16.55
  • End of concert: 18.00

Artists

Felix Slováček Jr.

The clarinettist Felix Slováček Jr. is a graduate of the Prague Conservatoire and of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He furthered his education with a study visit at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. He has given concerts as a soloist with many orchestras including the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra in Pardubice, Orchestra Berg, and the Pilsen Philharmonic. He is a regular guest at jazz festivals, including Jazz Without Borders and the Mikulov Jazz Festival. He has appeared at many concerts and festivals of classical and swing music both as a soloist and an orchestral player in Slovakia, Germany, Austria, Russia, Norway, Spain, Slovenia, China, and the USA. In 2009 he took part in a tour of the Czech Republic and Slovakia for the 70th birthday of the singer Karel Gott with the Felix Slováček Big Band, with which he sings and is a regular guest. He also devotes himself to conducting – so far he has appeared with such ensembles as the Bohuslav Martinů Chamber Orchestra and the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra. In 2012 he became the programming director and producer of the Eduard Nápravník International Music Festival.

Felix Slováček Jr. - clarinet, saxophone

Ericsson Quartet

The Ericsson Quartet consists of the members of a musical family. The ensemble was founded by the violinist Jana Vlachová and the cellist Mikael Ericsson. The present members are their three daughters, Maria (violin I), Magdalena (viola), and Michaela (violin II) together with their father Mikael Ericsson on cello. With a bit of exaggeration, one can say they have been playing together for at least thirty years, because making music together became a natural part of the lives of each of the daughters at an early age. Together with other family members (three younger brothers), they have made appearances in various combinations at family concerts, and their repertoire has consisted (and still consists) mainly of less “serious” compositions, and especially of compositions by the family’s father Mikael Ericsson. Recently, the quartet has begun devoting itself more intensively to the classical repertoire, and in particular to the works of A. Dvořák, J. Suk, and B. Smetana, performing them under the quartet’s present name. The quartet’s performing reflects both the inspiration of a family tradition (including the musical legacy of their grandfather Josef Vlach and his Vlach Quartet) and the passing on of experience (especially from the parents, members of the Vlach Quartet of Prague), as well as their own inventiveness and new ideas that come from younger musical generations.

Radka Sehnoutková

The soprano Radka Sehnoutková is a graduate of the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno. She is currently a soloist in the opera ensemble of the Josef Kajetán Tyl Theatre in Pilsen, where she has sung roles from the Czech and worldwide opera literature including Karolína (The Two Widows), Musetta (La bohème), Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Anna (Nabucco), and Frasquita (Carmen). She has also appeared on stage in a number of operettas singing such roles as Miss Mary Lloyd in The Duchess of Chicago, Helena Zaremba in Polish Blood, Gabriela in Parisian Life, and Valencia in The Merry Widow. Among her high-profile credits have been the leading role of Little Sharp Ears from Leoš Janáček’s opera The Cunning Little Vixen in an animated version recorded in cooperation between the BBC and Czech Television, a concert performance of Mozart’s opera Così fan tutte conducted by Jiří Bělohlávek, and the social project Špalíček (The Chap-Book by Bohuslav Martinů) under the baton of Jakub Hrůša for a film documentary directed by Olga Sommerová. She also appears in popular performances for young audiences, for example as Papagena in the project The Little Magic Flute.

Jan Ericsson

Jan Ericsson has been devoting himself to music since early childhood under the influence of his parents Jana Vlachová and Mikaela Ericssona. After getting his start on cello as a child, he changed over to classical singing as he grew older. He completed his education, graduating from the Prague Conservatoire as a student of Jitka Soběhartová. During his studies, he was also influenced by a number of other singers and teachers such as Antonio Carangelo and Alfio Grasso. He won second prize at the competition Pražský pěvec (Prague Singer) and the prize for the best interpretation of a sacred composition at the Imrich Godin International Vocal Competition Iuventus Canti.

Peter Strenáčik

Peter Strenáčik was born to a musical family in Slovakia. From childhood he performed in choirs and amateur theatres, and as a youth he played first violin in a number of folk music ensembles. Having completed his studies at a German grammar school, he continued his education in Brno, where he studied musical theatre at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts. While still a student, he was performing on several stages in Brno (National Theatre in Brno, Brno City Theatre, Studio Marta), and he obtained his first permanent engagement at the Silesian Theatre in Opava in 2008. He now works in Prague. On the stage of the Karlín Musical Theatre he appears as José in Carmen, Bobby Pepper in Curtains, Simon Zealotes in Jesus Christ Superstar, Mereb in Aida, and Steven in Dracula. He has also performed at other theatres, including the National Theatre, the Millennium Theatre, the Kalich Theatre, and the Na Jezerce Theatre. He has received several nominations for Thalia Awards for his portrayals of roles in the musicals Mowgli, Evita, The Snow Queen, and A Christmas Story.

Peter Strenáčik - beatbox

Vyacheslav Grokhovsky

The pianist Vyacheslav Grokhovsky is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatoire, the University of Texas at San Antonio (USA), and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. In 2000 he won the piano competition Premio Gramsci in Cagliari, Italy, then in 2003 he won 3rd prize at the Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Mariánské Lázně. He has appeared as a soloist at many venues in the Czech Republic and abroad in Italy, France, the USA, Germany, and elsewhere. He has also engaged in significant cooperation with the Moscow Radio Orchestra and the Brno Radio Orchestra. In 2004 he recorded his first solo CD with works by Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky, and in collaboration with the Kocian Quartet and other soloists, he has made a number of recordings for Czech Radio. In 2010 he published the book Čeští hudebníci na Rusi (Czech Musicians in Russia), and since 2011 he has been teaching at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the piano accompanying department. He is also the president and artistic director of the Eduard Nápravník International Music Festival.

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.