BAROQUE CELEBRATION / KLADRUBY MONASTERY
1 August | Saturday 7:00pm – 11:00pm
A programme of Baroque entertainment. An organ concert of J. Tůma, accompanied by a dance improvisation by A. Srncová, Baroque fireworks.
The set of 63 sights of West Bohemian Baroque that our festival presents has three indisputable favourites – the unique buildings of the distinguished Baroque architect Jan Santini Aichel. His works representing what is referred to as the Baroque Gothic style have no parallel in Europe or elsewhere in the world. Apart from the Plasy monastery and the pilgrim church in Mariánská Týnice, there is also the monastery in Kladruby, the third of the stars, which holds a privileged position on the festival programme. The monastery of the Order of Saint Benedict was founded in 1115 by Vladislaus I, Duke of Bohemia. This means that it celebrates 900 years of its foundation this year. This anniversary requires a proper celebration and a reminder of the grandeur of the place that stands somewhat forgotten today. In the early 14th century, this was one of the wealthiest and most significant monasteries in the Kingdom of Bohemia. In 1393, St John of Nepomuk was prosecuted and tortured to death because he confirmed a new Abbot of Kladruby. Jan Santini Aichel gave the original Romanesque basilica its Baroque Gothic look in the early 18th century. The year of 1770 saw the completion of the construction of a new convent based on a project by K. I. Dienzenhofer. The convent was dissolved by Emperor Joseph II in 1785. In 1825, the estate passed into the possession of Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz. The Windischgrätz family used the monastery first as farm buildings and after the first land reform, its premises served for housing purposes, too. In 1945, the historic building passed into state administration. The unique character of the historic building in Kladruby is rooted also in the fact that both the structural and the interior components have been preserved, including the original altar; today, we can still see for ourselves the perfect unity of the architecture and its religious content. The Kladruby monastery is a jewel which no visitor should miss if they come to visit the 9 Weeks of Baroque festival or the Pilsen Region in general.
The fourth Baroque celebration of the festival won't be just another night at a chateau; it will take place within the grounds of the Kladruby monastery. The ubiquitous spirituality and the spiritual dimension of this Santini building will be at the centre of the programme. After the festive welcome, visitors will be taken on a tour through the surroundings of the monastery, involved in an astronomic observation of the Sun and told about the Baroque skies by experts from the Pilsen observatory. Further down on the programme are dance and theatre performances, tastings of a Baroque menu and samples of unique fragrances from the perfumist Petra Hlavatá. The convent church will be scented with the fragrances too, and will host a performance by the organ player Jaroslav Tůma and the dancer Adéla Srncová as part of the main evening programme. The Baroque celebration in the Monastery will conclude with Baroque fireworks by Theatrum Pyrotechnicum from Český Krumlov. If visibility conditions are good, those who are interested can enjoy an organised night sky observation.
7:00pm The opening ceremony
7:20pm–9:00pm A tour of the chateau to a musical accompaniment, a programme in the surroundings of the monastery, tastings of Baroque cuisine and samples of Baroque fragrances, theatre performances
9:00pm Main programme – Jaroslav Tůma (organ), Adéla Srncová (dance improvisation)
10:00pm – Baroque fireworks
10:15pm–11:00pm Night sky observation