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.
Czech, historically also Bohemian, is a West Slavic language of the Czech–Slovak group. Spoken by over 10 million people, it serves as the official language of the Czech Republic. Czech is closely related to Slovak, to the point of mutual intelligibility to a very high degree. Like other Slavic languages, Czech is a fusional language with a rich system of morphology and relatively flexible word order. Its vocabulary has been extensively influenced by Latin and German.
Hradec Králové region is an administrative unit of the Czech Republic located in the north-eastern part of the historical region of Bohemia. It is named after its capital Hradec Králové. The region neighbours the Pardubice Region in the south, the Central Bohemian Region in the south-west, and the Liberec Region in the west. It also shares a 208 km long international border with Polish Lower Silesian Voivodship in the north and the east.
The Czech Republic, also known by its short-form name, Czechia, is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast. The Czech Republic covers an area of 78,866 square kilometres (30,450 sq mi) with a mostly temperate continental climate and oceanic climate. It is a unitary parliamentary republic, with 10.6 million inhabitants; its capital and largest city is Prague, with 1.3 million residents. Other major cities are Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc and Pilsen. The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union (EU), NATO, the OECD, the United Nations, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe.
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 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 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 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 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 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 is a Czech player of the French horn.
Iva Kramperová is a Czech violinist.
Ivan Ženatý is a Czech violinist.
There are world premiers composed for the festival:
Luboš Sluka is a Czech Contemporary 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.
The Česká filharmonie is a Czech symphony orchestra based in Prague. The orchestra's principal concert venue is the Rudolfinum.
The Prague Spring International Music Festival is a permanent showcase for outstanding performing artists, symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles of the world.
Jaromír Weinberger was a Czech born, naturalized American composer.
Czechoslovakia competed at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. 104 competitors, 95 men and 9 women, took part in 64 events in 13 sports. The most successful competitor was Věra Čáslavská with 4 gold medals - 3 individual, 1 team. Other big surprises were gold medal performances of the cyclist Jiří Daler and weightlifter Hans Zdražila, who broke a world record during his performance. Medal hopes of world record holder athlete Ludvík Daněk were fulfilled with little disappointment, in the form of a silver medal.
Czechoslovakia competed at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico. 121 competitors, 94 men and 27 women, took part in 66 events in 14 sports.
F. L. Věk is a historical novel written by a Czech writer Alois Jirásek. It is the largest and the most artistically valuable work by Jirásek. The novel is set during early stage of the Czech National Revival. Jirásek started to work on it in 1888, the first volume was published in 1891 and the last one in 1906.
The Talich Quartet is a Czech string quartet founded in 1964, which has won several Grand Prix du Disque awards.
BONI PUERI is a Czech boys' choir founded in 1982 which has become one of Europe's most famous musical ensembles.
Up and Down is a 2004 Czech comedy film directed by Jan Hřebejk. The film first premiered in France at the Cannes Film Market on May 19, 2004.
Václav Hudeček is a Czech violinist. A former student of David Oistrakh, Hudeček's records have sold many copies in the Czech Republic, especially a 1992 recording of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, certified platinum. Hudeček also runs an annual academy for promising young Czech violinists.
Lucerna is a Czech fairy-tale play based on a theme of writer Alois Jirásek. The stage play Lucerna, in four acts, was written by Alois Jirásek in 1905. It premiered on 17 November 1905 in National Theatre in Prague. The play was a best-seller.
Pavel Svoboda is a Czech Organist.
Barocco sempre giovane is a professional Czech chamber orchestra.
List of selected composers born or trained in the Czech lands. The periods need to be taken with some reserve, because some composers, for example Jan Ladislav Dussek, composed music that was way ahead of their time and for example Antonín Dvořák himself was a romantic-classicist synthesist, so he does not have a perfect place in the list.