CONCERT / CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY IN PLANÁ
25 July | Saturday 6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Baroque opera by H. Purcell "Dido and Aeneas" performed by the participants of the International Courses in Early Music.
The first written records mentioning Planá date back to 1251. The city was situated on an important commercial route which led from Nuremberg to Cheb and further to Bohemia. The original settlement lay at the foot of Bohuš Hill, situated around the Romanesque Church of St Peter and St Paul, the oldest preserved historical building in Planá. The oldest part of the town was probably built during the 13th and 14th centuries. Around 1400, Planá was a relatively big town, seen in the period context, with a square and several adjacent streets. The town was moated and walled. The Gothic Church of the Assumption of Our Lady was built in a corner formed by the fortification walls. Its tower is 64 metres in height and is currently accessible to the public. The church was rebuilt in the Baroque style in the 1760s and 1780s. A 1708 Baroque parish can be found in the immediate vicinity. A torso of the former town walls has been preserved in the nearby Na Příkopech (On the Moats) street.
From 18–26 July 2015, Spálené Poříčí will host what will be already the third year of a course in the singing of early music. The course is open to everyone who likes Baroque music and is interested in learning the correct vocal technique that is not damaging to their health. Henry Purcell's Baroque opera "Dido and Aeneas" will be rehearsed during the intensive course. The course will conclude with a performance of this Purcell masterpiece of opera in the Church of the Assumption of Our Lady in Planá. Vocals will be accompanied by a string quintet and organ played by James Gray, who is the head teacher for the courses along with Markéta Malcová. The performance will be created under the lead of the Irish director Heather Hadrill.