Thursday, Sept 1, 2011:Dvořák’s Walk

Dvořák's statue and family home, Nelahozeves

Take the Dvořák Walk

If you’ve always wanted to follow in the footsteps of Antonín Dvořák, you will soon get your chance.

Literally.

At 10:15 on Sunday morning, Sept 11, you can join Dvořák fans gathering at the Kralupy nad Vlatvou railway station for the 60th traditional Dvořák Nelahozeves Walk from Kralupy to Nelahozeves, his birthplace.

This year Sept 11 marks the 170th anniversary of his birth.

Anyone can join the easy, three-kilometer walk free of charge, according to Eva Velická, chief curator of the Antonín Dvořák Museum in Prague. The event is co-sponsored by the museum, the National Museum, and the Czech Museum of Music.

The festivities continue with the traditional placing of flowers on the composer’s statue in Nelahozeves. Even the town mayor, Petra Urbanová, will participate in this official act.

You can continue to take in the authentic atmosphere with a 12:15 a concert at the Church of St Andrew (Kostel sv Ondřeje), first built in the year 1352. That’s where Dvořák was christened, and according to legend, sometimes played his pieces on the organ, just for fun, when the church wasn’t holding services. The concert, for a free-will donation, features Martin Vodrážka, baritone, and Miloš Orson Štědroň, organist.

At 2:15 another concert will be held, this time at the Antonín Dvořák Memorial. The Bennewitz Quartet will perform. Admission is 30 Kč.

The event is appropriate for Dvořák fans of all ages, and as well for those who are curious about the composer, or who would enjoy a Sunday morning stroll followed by concerts at historic sites. – oo

– Mary Matz

Photo Credits: Nelahozeves City website

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