The 70th Dvořák Festival at Nelahozeves

Celebrating the birth of world-renowned Czech composer, Antonín Dvořák, in his hometown of Nelahozeves

Each year, the Dvořák Nelahozeves Classical Music Festival celebrates the birth of one of the most important and most performed Czech composers, Antonín Dvořák (8 September 1841 - 1 May 1904). This year marks the 180th anniversary of the composer’s birth, and we’re commemorating with an even richer program than in previous years. The event will also commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the death of the princess and saint St. Ludmila, especially through one of Dvořák's works – Saint Ludmila Oratorio.

This year's event will take place on Sunday 5 September 2021 and will traditionally connect various historical buildings in the centre of Nelahozeves - the composer's birth house, St. Andrew's church and Nelahozeves castle. The programme includes concerts of classical music with Dvořák's repertoire, as well as workshops for children, guided tours of the composer's birth house, an exhibition on the history of the Dvořák celebrations in Nelahozeves or a lecture on the shape of Nelahozeves during Dvořák's childhood.

As far as the concert programme is concerned, the Dvořák Trio will perform in the composer's birthplace, presenting repertoire from Dvořák's tour of Czech and Moravian towns before his departure for America in 1892. In St. Andrew's Church, arias from Dvořák's oratorio St. Ludmila will be performed by Kristýna Kůstková (soprano) and Ondřej Valenta (organ). The final concert from the courtyard of the Nelahozeves Castle will be the finale of the festival programme, with the Martinů Quartet performing a selection from Dvořák's Cypress cycle together with two Dvořák string quartets, the Slavonic Quartet and the American Quartet.

Please accept our warm invitation to this all-day festival, which will delight fans of classical music, open-air concerts and activities for the whole family.

More information on the programme can be found on the festival website: www.dvorakovanelahozeves.cz

Event Organizers: Obec Nelahozeves, Lobkowicz Collections, o.p.s., Národní Museum a Antonín Dvořák Society