The International Music Festival of F. L. Vek

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The International Music Festival of F. L. Vek in Dobruska, W.A.Mozart Requiem

The International Music Festival of F. L. Vek (Czech : cs:Mezinárodní hudební festival F. L. Věka ) is a festival of classical music in the Hradec Králové Region of the Czech Republic.

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Hradec Králové Region Region in Czech Republic

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The International Music Festival of F. L. Vek was founded in 2011 in Dobruška. In the name of the festival's name of personality František Vladislav Hek, native from Dobruska, patriot, writer, musician and composer. Alois Jirásek had used autobiography of Hek in the novel F. L. Věk, filmed by Česká televize. Festival has been held under the auspices of many Czech personalities (Jiří Bělohlávek). Organizer is MAS Pohoda venkova and the Town of Dobruška, Artistic Director is Pavel Svoboda.

Dobruška Town in Czech Republic

Dobruška is a small town in the Hradec Králové Region of the Czech Republic. It is situated in the Orlické hory valley, about 140 km east of Prague. It has about 7,100 inhabitants. The Golden Brook flows through the town.

František Vladislav Hek Czech writer

František Vladislav Hek was a Czech writer, composer, and patriot active in the early phases of the Czech National Revival. He was a major inspiration behind the fictionalized novel F. L. Věk (1906) by Alois Jirásek.

Alois Jirásek Czech writer

Alois Jirásek was a Czech writer, author of historical novels and plays. Jirásek was a high school history teacher in Litomyšl and later in Prague until his retirement in 1909. He wrote a series of historical novels imbued with faith in his nation and in progress toward freedom and justice. He was close to many important Czech personalities like M.Aleš, J.V. Sládek, K.V. Rais or Z.J. Nejedlý. He attended an art club in Union Cafe with them. He worked as a redactor in Zvon magazine and was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1918, 1919, 1921 and 1930.

Venue of concerts

Hall Community Centre, Church of St. Spirit, Church of St. Wenceslas, Synagogue in Dobruška, Nové Město nad Metují and Opočno.

Nové Město nad Metují Town in Czech Republic

Nové Město nad Metují is a town on the river Metuje in the Hradec Králové Region of the Czech Republic. Its population in January 2007 was 10,049.

Opočno Town in Czech Republic

Opočno is a small town in Bohemia with a population of over 3,000, located in the Hradec Králové Region of the Czech Republic. Opočno is well known for its Castle which is one of the most magnificent examples of Renaissance architecture in Bohemia.

Soloists and orchestras

Radek Baborák - French horn, Jiří Bárta – Cello, Iva Kramperová, Ivan Ženatý, Josef Špaček, Václav Hudeček – Violin, Jaroslav Tuma, Pavel Svoboda – Organ, Kateřina Englichová – Harp, Ludmila Peterková - Clarinet, Michiyo Keiko (Japan), Raffaella Milanesi (Italy) – Soprano, Pavel Steidl - Guitar, Bennewitz Quartet, Barocco sempre giovane Orchestra, The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, Talich Philharmonia Prague, Boni Pueri, the Czech Boys Choir, Orchestra of period-instruments Collegium 1704 with conductor Václav Luks.

Radek Baborák Czech hornist

Radek Baborák is a Czech player of the French horn.

Iva Kramperová is a Czech violinist.

Ivan Ženatý is a Czech violinist.

Premieres

There are world premiers composed for the festival:

Luboš Sluka is a Czech Contemporary Composer.

Sylvie Bodorová Czech composer

Sylvie Bodorová is a Czech composer. During a career spanning from the late 1970s to the present day she has composed a large number of works for various instruments, both solo and orchestral pieces, and produced commissions for cities, festivals and organisations around the world. She was a founder member of the Czech classical group Quattro, formed in 1996.

F. L. Věk International Music Festival Award

The project of F.L. Věk International Music Festival Award aims to prize a person, whose activities or artistic achievements contributed to the regional culture.

The Award for 2012 was given to professor Václav Rabas, the organist and the founding director of the Conservatory of Pardubice. Václav Rabas accepted the award from the hands of Senator Miluše Horská. This event was also attended by Luboš Sluka - composer, which is the holder of this award 2011.

Doc. Václav Rabas was a Czech Organist and music teacher.

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