The TRIBUTE TO ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK 2004 Project, organized by BVA International, is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the death of the famous Czech composer. The project is
financially supported by the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and by the City of Prague, and it also uses funds from the program
Czech Music 2004 – an Integral Part of European Culture. The project sponsors are Petr Pithart, Senate Chairman; Cyrila Svoboda, Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Pavel
Dostál, Minister of Culture. The project is also under the auspices of the City of Prague. By a happy coincidence, May 1, 2004, the anniversary of the death of Antonín
Dvořák, is the day of the Czech Republic’s accession to the European Union. The significance and greatness of Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s music is surely the best
message our country can give to Europe on this historic day.
The entire project is a tribute to be given by the Czech nation and Czech musicians to Antonín Dvořák.
Ceremony and memorial mass at Vyšehrad
On Friday, April 30, 2004, at 3:30 p.m., on the eve of the anniversary of Dvořák’s death, a ceremony will be held at Dvořák’s grave at Vyšehrad. The congregation will hear speeches by Jiří Bělohlávek and Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, Archbishop of Prague and Czech Primate. Later, at 4:30 p.m., a memorial mass will be conducted at Saint Peter and Paul's Basilica at Vyšehrad, attended by Cardinal Miloslav Vlk.
A detailed program for the whole afternoon is available at the website
On the following day, May 1, 2004, the anniversary of Dvořák’s death, the opening concert in Dvořák Hall (performed by the Suk Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Josef Suk) will be followed by a ceremonial meeting in the vestibule of the Rudolfinum to open the TRIBUTE TO ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK 2004 Project and commemorate the Czech Republic’s accession to the European Union. The meeting will be attended by prominent Czech politicians and other public figures. For more information on the opening ceremony see
Exhibition of Manuscript of the Symphony No. 9 E minor "From the New World"
On Sunday, May 2, 2004, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the original manuscript score of the New World Symphony will be exhibited in the vestibule of the Rudolfinum. The New World Symphony is one of the jewels of world music. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death, it was proposed for classification as a World Monument of the UN. The symphony was played when man first walked on the Moon on July 21, 1969. This is the first time the manuscript will be exhibited in public. Possessed for many years by Dvořák’s family, it was bought by the Czech state in 1980. Since then it has been administered by the National Museum - the Czech Museum of Music - the Antonín Dvořák Museum. In 2002, the manuscript was professionally restored as part of the Cultural Heritage Conservation Project, sponsored by the pharmaceutical company Léčiva (its current name is Zentiva). Free admission.
The concerts "Dvořák, a Slavic Composer"; "Dvořák, a National Composer"; "Dvořák, a Spiritual Composer"; "Dvořák, a World Composer"; and "Dvořák, an Intimate Composer".
On May 2, 2004, a total of 5 theme concerts are scheduled to be performed at different times and venues in Prague as follows: the Dvořák, a Slavic Composer concert will take place at 11 a.m. at the Spanish Hall of Prague Castle (Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimír Válek), the Dvořák, a National Composer concert at 2 p.m. at the Great Hall of Žofín Palace (Prague Chamber Philharmonic conducted by Zbyněk Muller, violin František Novotný), the Dvořák, a Spiritual Composer concert at 5 p.m. at Smetana Hall (Symphony Orchestra of the City of Prague FOK conducted by Petr Altrichter, choir master Jaroslav Brych, performers: Dagmar Pecková, Marina Vyskvorkina, Valentin Prolat, Peter Mikuláš), the Dvořák, a World Composer concert at 7 p.m. at the Dvořák Hall of the Rudolfinum (Czech Philharmonic conducted by Jiří Bělohávek, cello Jiří Bárta), and finally, the Dvořák, an Intimate Composer concert at 9 p.m. at the Martinů Hall of the Music School of the Academy of Music and Drama (performers: RadoslavKvapil, Ivan Ženatý, Roman Janál). This selection of concerts reflects not only the richness and variety of Dvořák’s music but also its moral, social, national and philosophical message. The concerts will be performed by a number of prominent musicians. Detailed information on the concerts can be found at the following websites:
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Radio and TV Broadcasts
Czech Radio, as a media partner, is planning to broadcast all five concerts with an offer to the EBU broadcast stations. Czech TV, in a joint production with BVA International (www.bva.cz
), is going to broadcast the Dvořák, a Slavic Composer concert live from the Spanish Hall starting at 11 a.m. on May 2. In the evening, Czech TV Channel 2will air the Dvořák, a World Composer concert. This broadcast will be performed by directly by BVA International in cooperation with Czech TV. BVA has managed to ensure that the night concert by the Czech Philharmonic will be broadcast live - apart from EBU stations - by the prestigious French-German station ARTE. BVA International has made the decision to use High Definition technology in recording this concert. To ensure this type of recording, BVA International invited the Outsidebroadcats Company, a major European broadcaster of music and sports events, to cooperate in the project. Some of the broadcasts made by Outsidebroadcatsts include Robbie Williams at Knebworth Park, London, Othello in Florence, Peter Gabriel in Milan, Christmas in Moscow - 2002 with Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo www.outside-brodcast.be
After the Dvořák, a World Composer concert, Czech TV Channel 2 will air the Czech premiere of the new documentary by director Martin Suchánek: "Antonín Dvořák - Deo Gratias", which was produced by BVA International. This documentary will also be broadcast in a number of other countries around the world to commemorate the anniversary of the death of the famous Czech composer. It will be shown, among other stations, by ARTE, BBC, ARD, ORF, NHK, the Norwegian station NRK, the Dutch station NCRV, the Belgian station VRT, the Swiss station RTSI etc.
In May, BVA is planning to publish a DVD of this documentary jointly with Supraphone, supplemented with a selection of audiovisual recordings of works by Antonín Dvořák.
The Spiritual Works of Antonín Dvořák Exhibition
The Municipal Building, in cooperation with the National Museum - Czech Museum of Music - Antonín Dvořák Museum, has prepared an exhibition entitled "The Spiritual Works of Antonín Dvořák", which is to be opened by a preview on May 2, 2004, at 4 p.m. The exhibition comprises an extraordinary presentation of the manuscripts "Stabat Requiem, Saint and Te Deum", restored by the Municipal Building for this purpose (see the press release on "The Spiritual Works of Antonín Dvořák" at http://www.antonindvorak2004.cz/czech/press-konference.html
. The exhibition will be open throughout the Prague Spring Festival, i.e. until June 3 2004, for the audience to view between concerts. The exhibition is under the auspices of Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, Archbishop of Prague and Czech Primate.
For more information in English and Czech on the TRIBUTE TO ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK 2004 Project, see these websites:
BVA International, www.bva.cz
Municipal Building www.obecnidum.cz
Czech Philharmonic www.ceska.filharmonie.cz
Symphony Orchestra of the City of Prague FOK www.fok.cz
Symphony Orchestra of the Czech Radio www.rozhlas.cz/socr
City of Prague www.praha-město.cz
Czech Music 2004 (Česká hudba 2004) www.ceskahudba2004.cz
NKL Žofín Agency www.zofin.cz
Faculty of Music of the Academy of Music and Drama www.hamu.cz
National Museum - Czech Museum of Music - Antonín Dvořák Museum www.nm.cz
Antonín Dvořák Society of Prague
Bohemia Sekt www.bohemiasekt.cz
Czech Radio www.rozhlas.cz
Lidové noviny www.lidovky.cz
For more information, please contact:
BVA International, Mečislavova 7, Praha 4, firstname.lastname@example.org
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