IVA BITTOVÁ, ČIKORI AND GUESTS / CONCERT / THE CONVENT CHURCH IN KLADRUBY
2 August | Sunday 7:00pm – 9:00pm
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 unique setting of the Kladruby monastery and, in particular, Santini's convent Church of the Assumption of Our Lady have enchanted quite a few artists. During the filming of Three Brothers (directed by Jan Svěrák), the uniqueness of the venue cast its spell also on the charismatic personality, versatile violinist, composer and singer Iva Bittová. After two years of efforts, the mutual wish to host a concert of this remarkable, world-renowned performer has come to fruition. For the Kladruby concert, Iva Bittová has invited two guests from abroad along – drummer Hamid Drake and dancer David Zambrano. Joining Iva Bittová in the performance will be the acoustic music society of Čikori, founded in 1999 by Bittová and the distinctive musician and lyricist Vladimír Václavek. The band is one of the foundation stones of alternative rock of Brno.
7:00pm – 9:00pm Concert – Iva Bittová (vocals, violin) and Čikori in the following line-up: Vladimír Václavek (acoustic guitar), Oskar Török (trumpet), Jaromír Honzák (double bass); foreign guests – Hamid Drake (drums, percussions) and David Zambrano (dance)