9 Weeks of Baroque: Experience Baroque with All Your Senses
Flavours, tastes, music, buildings, paintings and the Baroque landscape over 9 summer weeks in 9 areas of the Pilsen Region. A phenomenal set of Baroque sights and monuments will be at the centre of the grand summer festival. Visitors can look forward to Baroque Nights with historic fireworks and top-class music productions accompanied by, among other things, exquisite Czech cuisine and beer from local breweries. Visitors will be offered a selection of more than sixty places which represent the best of West Bohemian Baroque and which you "simply must see". The programme, composed of weekly cycles, always targets one of the areas.
The festival's symbolic start will be situated in the area of Nepomuk/Spálené Poříčí, the cradle of St. John of Nepomuk, the most famous Bohemian saint. The programme for the next week will be focused on the Klatovy region. The main topics here are the Jesuits and the miraculous Madonna of Klatovy. Chotěšov/Přeštice is the third area presented, where pilgrim routes meet another miraculous Madonna – Divotvůrkyně Přeštická (the Lady of Miracles of Přeštice). The area of Tachov/Planá invites us on journeys to the springs and on a Baroque pilgrimage. The region of Domažlice is associated with the tradition of the Chods (Chodové, meaning the Rangers), afolklore with Baroque roots that lives on to this day. The unique monastery of Kladruby, just celebrating the nine hundredth anniversary of its founding, as well as Baroque castles dominate the region of Stříbro/Kladruby. The area of Plasy/Mariánská Týnice/Radnice offers encounters with ten unique buildings, the ten stars of J. B. Santini. A landscape of Baroque statues awaits you in the region of Nečtiny and Manětín, adorned by the Manětín Chateau as the pearl in its centre. The festival programme’s closing celebration will take place in the region of Sušice, in the countryside under the wings of the Guardian Angel.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays will see the individual places coming to life thanks to the various programmes of partner organisers. The main programme is scheduled for Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and will be hosted at the most significant heritage sights and places. In addition to the aforementioned Baroque Nights, audiences will be able to enjoy a musical programme offering several grand musical events, concerts, opera performances and masses performed by the best Czech ensembles specialising in authentic, as well as modern, interpretations. Worthy of first mention is the renewed world premiere of the Baroque coronation opera by J. J. Fux "Costanza e fortezza" at the historically accurate replica of a wooden Baroque theatre (Musica Florea & Theatrum floreum, Světce Riding School in Tachov), "Mass in H Minor" by J. S. Bach (Collegium 1704, the Kladruby Monastery), the Baroque puppet opera by F. Cavalli "La Calisto" (Collegium Marianum & Buchty a loutky, Zelená Hora at Nepomuk), the oratorio "Messiah" by G. F. Händel (Czech Ensemble Baroque, Manětín) and "Water Music" by the same composer (Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kozel Chateau), and the renewed world premiere of "Requiem” by the Dobřany native J. J. I. Brentner, whose music has spread through Jesuit missions as far afield as Argentina and Bolivia (Ensemble Inégal, Přeštice).
Times and locations:
29 June – 5 July Nepomuk/Spálené Poříčí
6–12 July The Klatovy region
13–19 July Chotěšov/Dobřany/Přeštice
20–26 July Tachov/Planá
27 July – 2 August Konstantinovy Lázně/Stříbro
3–9 August Domažlice
10–16 August Plasy/Kralovice/Radnice
17–23 August Manětín/Nečtiny/Rabštejn
24–30 August Sušice