2019 Programme (2020 published in November)

Note: the following text is out-of-date

A sequence of six concerts from May 21-26 2019, featuring the music of Dvořák and his Bohemian compatriots.

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Concert 1 Tuesday 21 May 7.30pm
preceded (6pm-6.45pm) by Pre-Festival Talk by Jan Smaczny (see below)

Smetana: Piano Trio in G minor Op 15
Dvořák: Silent woods for cello and piano
Suk: Ballade in D minor for violin and piano
Dvořák: String Quintet in Eb major Op 97

Concert 2 Wednesday 22 May 7.30pm

Dvořák: violin sonata in F Op 57
Martinů: Piano Trio no 2 in D minor
Dvořák: ‘Cypresses’ String Quartet B152

Concert 3 Thursday 23 May 7.30pm

Dvořák: Piano Trio no 4 in E minor Op 90 ‘Dumky’
Suk: Meditation on the old Czech Chorale ‘Saint Wenceslas’ for String Quartet
Dvořák: Piano Quartet in Eb Op 87 

Concert 4 Friday 24 May 7.30pm

Smetana: String Quartet No 1 ‘From my Life’
Young musicians play a Smetana/ Dvořák medley
Dvořák: Romantic pieces Op 75 for violin and piano
Dvořák: String Quartet No 12 in F Op 96 ‘American’ 

Concert 5 Saturday 25 May 7.30pm

Suk: Violin solo from the fairy tale Raduz and Mahulena
Suk: Piano Trio in C minor Op 2
Janáček: Quartet No 1 ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’
Dvořák: Quartet No 13 Op 106 in G 

Concert 6 Sunday 26 May 3.00pm (note time)

Janáček: ‘In the Mists’
Suk: Piano Trio in Db Op 23 ‘Elegie’
Smetana: String Quartet No 2 in D minor
Dvořák: Piano Quintet No 2 in A Op 81

Pre-Festival Talk before Concert 1
Tuesday 21 May 6pm-6.45pm (bar open)

Jan Smaczny, an authority on Czech Music and a popular lecturer on cultural tours to Prague, will introduce our six-day Bohemian programme with a musically-illustrated talk on this vivacious repertoire and its profound surprises. An author, broadcaster and journalist, Professor Smaczny is also Hamilton Harty Chair of Music at Queen’s University, Belfast.
Ticket for Concert 1 or Whole Festival Pass required for admission.