The Dvořák Festival in Prague will be opened by the Filarmonica della Scala Orchestra on September 6
The Milan Orchestra will be the Colombian conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, conducted by the German cellist Daniel Müller-Schott. Over the next almost three weeks, the festival will feature the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with Herbert Blomstedt, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra with Jakub Hrůša, and pianists Sir András Schiff and Boris Giltburg. Jan Simon, the director of Dvořák’s Prague, informed the journalists about it today.
“This year’s preparations are certainly better than before 2020, but compared to last year, this is a positive shift towards the usual festival year. International and really attractive cast and concert halls without capacity limit are a promise for us that we are slowly but surely returning to a full social and cultural life, “said Simon.
The upcoming festival is not only a tribute to the work and personality of Dvořák, but is also a celebration of the 180th anniversary of the composer’s birth on September 8. On this day, at the opening concert of the Chamber Series with Boris Giltburg and the Pavel Haas Quartet, they will present a set of 4 CDs entitled Antonín Dvořák – Complete Piano Work interpreted by Ivo Kahánek. The set was created on the basis of the successful performance of Dvořák’s entire piano work at Dvořák’s Prague 2020.
the artists will perform at Dvořák’s Prague this year as part of their concert tours. For example, after their performances at the Salzburg Festival and in Lucerne, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will head to Prague to perform works by Schubert, Bruckner, Honegger and Brahms on September 12 and 13. The American violinist Joshua Bell, who will perform the Antonín Dvořák Violin Concerto, is coming again with the orchestra of St. Martin’s Academy in the fields of the London BBC Proms.
Antonín Dvořák’s work remains the core of the program. Visitors can look forward to all four piano trios, which will be performed by Boris Giltburg with members of the Pavel Haas Quartet, to both piano quintets on September 20 at a concert by András Schiff and the Panoch Quartet, or to Slavonic Dances performed by the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra on September 21. and the Czech Philharmonic on September 24. To commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the assassination of St. Ludmila, on September 16, a performance of Dvořák’s monumental oratorio St. Ludmila in St. Vitus Cathedral will be performed.
For the third year in a row, the program series For the Future has been a part of Dvořák’s Prague. On Tuesday, September 14, as part of the concert of the Young Philharmonic Orchestra of Dvořák’s Prague with conductor Tomáš Netopil, who will perform the composition Dvořák Airlines in the world premiere, which was written by the guitarist and composer Lukáš Sommer. “It’s such a conclusion of my story with Antonín Dvořák, which began five years ago in America, when I followed his authentic traces of American cities. I became more and more interested in his trip to America, because it was interesting. Dvořák sailed by sea for nine days and it was a dangerous voyage. The song Dvořák Airlines is working with an idea of what the trip would probably look like today, “Sommer told ČTK.
Entry to the concert halls will be possible only after meeting the conditions set by the Ministry of Health. The festival offers the possibility of antigen testing in a mobile station always 120 minutes before the start of the concert. It is also possible to test your own test set on site and obtain a free confirmation of a negative result allowing entry to the hall. This year, the festival is also preparing traditional accompanying programs. More information can be found at pages festival.
Last year’s Dvořák Prague was opened by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra on September 4. The orchestra under the baton of chief conductor Semyon Byčkov played two of Dvořák’s works – a cello concerto in B minor and the New World Symphony. According to the organizers, the festival was visited by approximately 10,000 spectators.