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A society for all aspects of Czech and Slovak classical music

T he Dvořák Society for Czech and Slovak Music is devoted to the musical arts of all Czech and Slovak composers and performers, past and present. The Dvořák Society aims to encourage performances and promote interest in this respect. It publish articles and information about all aspects of Czech and Slovak classical musical life and holds lectures: and it gives direct financial and other support to worthy causes. > more + 

Dvořák Portrait


Bohuslav Martinů, composerJiří BělohlávekLeoš Janáček, composer
Vítězslava Kaprálová, composer, conductorLudmila Peterková, clarinettistPetr Eben, composer, organist, pianist
Erwin Schulhoff, composer, pianistGabriela Beňačková-ČápováBedřich Smetana, composer

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Lion The Dvořák Society has funded the translation from Czech into English of a website devoted to Antonín Dvořák compiled by Ondřej Šupka, giving an invaluable information source for English-speaking members and the general public

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^ Posted 25 July 2017
To celebrate the recent CD release by Prima Facie, Rainsongs, the Dvořák Society is pleased to invite you to a concert and reception on Sunday 10th September from 3.00 to 5.30 at Velehrad London, 39 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London SW13 9JP.
Three of the artists on the recording John Turner (recorder), Lesley-Jane Rogers (soprano), Joan Taylor (piano) will perform items from the CD: Sonata for Recorder and Piano, Passages of Flight, Sonata for Piano (2005), Rainsongs, plus other works including a Janovický world première.
Karel Janovický will talk about the music and its origins with John Turner. The CD will be available to purchase at the discounted price of £10.
All are welcome: admission is free for members of the Dvořák Society, and £10 per head (payable at the door) for others.
For catering purposes please inform Terry Heard, membership@dvorak-society.org, 020 8852 9263, by 4th September if you are planning to come.
Velehrad London is located at 39 Lonsdale Road, Barnes, London SW13 9JP. The nearest underground station is Hammersmith (District, Circle, Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City lines). From there continue by bus 419 from the bus terminal (stop L) at Hammersmith station ground floor. Bus 419 goes along Lonsdale Road, which is a ‘hail and ride’ section, so you can ask the driver to stop right outside the house, which is at the second zebra crossing, opposite the entrance to St. Paul´s School. The journey takes about 10 minutes, but allow more for delays on Hammersmith Bridge.
Buses 33, 72, 209, 283, 485 from Hammersmith bus terminal also cross Hammersmith Bridge to Castelnau and stop near the end of Lonsdale Road (about 5 minutes walk from the house).
A pleasant brisk walk from Hammersmith station via Hammersmith Bridge takes about 20 minutes.
Another way is to take a train from Waterloo to Barnes and then bus 33 or 72 to Castelnau (10 min) which stop near the end of Lonsdale Road (about 5 minutes walk from the house).
For those coming by car there are plenty of car parking spaces in front of the Velehrad building and there is also free parking in Lonsdale Road.
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^ Posted 25 May 2017
Special Ticket Offer
The Pavel Haas Quartet will be performing a programme of Beethoven & Dvořák in London on Friday 2 June as part of the Southbank Centre’s prestigious International Chamber Music Series at St John’s Smith Square.
The quartet’s programme will be Beethoven’s String Quartet No.12 in E flat and Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No.2, with the outstanding Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin. This will be a really special concert and a wonderful chance to hear these world-class musicians perform in the stunning and intimate setting of St John’s Smith Square.
There is a special ticket offer available for this concert.
Use promo code DVORAK for 20% off full ticket prices when booking online or over the phone
Ticket link is:
> https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/112891-pavel-haas-quartet-denis-kozhukhin-2017
Please note the code can be used to book through the Southbank Centre only (not St John’s Smith Square).

^ Posted 19 May 2017
Leoš Janáček's Kát’a Kabanová returns to Opera Holland Park, London 2017
This season OHP are producing and performing a revival of their production of Leoš Janáček’s Kát’a Kabanová.
OHP say, ‘One can’t help but sympathise deeply with Kat’a as she journeys through internal conflicts of love, adultery, innocence, guilt… feelings heightened by the claustrophobia of a repressed society. Gradually descending into madness, Kat’a’s story ends as she commits suicide in a moment of heart-breaking pathos – the composer’s Madama Butterfly’.
Janáček’s distinctive score brings the drama to life, replete with traditional Czech folk styles and lyricism. A revival from 2009, Fuchs’s production was hailed at the time as ‘not simply the highlight of Holland Park’s season, [but] the highlight of the summer’ (Anna Picard, Independent).
Kát’a Kabanová runs from 15–28 July 2017, at Opera Holland Park in Holland Park, London.
For more information visit the OHP website:
>  http://www.operahollandpark.com/kata-kabanova-2017/

^ Posted 15 May 2017
Jagthuis Festival, 19-21 May 2017
We have received notification of the Jagthuis Festival, a Dvorak Festival in the Netherlands from 19-21 May 2017, or rather a festival about Dvorak and his students (and their students). There are several interesting premières, including Rubin Goldmark (student of Dvorak in New York) – piano trio; works by Emil Hlobil and Viktor Kalabis for Cembalo (‘klavecimbel’) and chambermusicplayers; the string quartet by Emil Burian.
The festival takes place in The Jagthuis, Middenweg 88, Nederhorst den Berg (which is 30 minutes drive from Schiphol Airport)
Jagthuis Festival, 19-21 May 2017
> www.jagthuis.nl
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