Organ concert Famous Ave Maria and Czech baroque music in the church of St. Francis in the Old Town of Prague

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Organ concert Famous Ave Maria and Czech baroque music at the church of St. Francis in the Old Town of Prague, just next to Charles Bridge

Organ concert of the Famous Ave Maria and Czech baroque music in the Church of the Knights with red star and red cross of St. Francis of Assisi.
 
The church was built in the Baroque style in the second half of the 17th century by the builders Gaudenzio Casanova and Domenico Canevall according to the plans of Jean-Baptista Mathey. The church partially stands on the site of the original Gothic church, founded by St. Agnes of Bohemia in the 13th century. The wall frescoes and the dome were decorated by one of the best Baroque painters - Václav Vavřinec Reiner, the author of the frescoes in the chancel is Jan Kryštof Liška, while the sculptural decoration is mainly the work of Matěj Václav Jäckel and Jan Antonín Quitainer.
 
The organ in the church of St. Francis is one of the oldest in Prague, dating back to 1702, so it is the second oldest instrument in Prague. Many famous personalities, including W. A. ​​Mozart, A. Dvořák and J. F. N. Seger, played this famous instrument, which is also sensitively repaired today. The organ is located in the right front part of the church, thus ensuring a great acoustic and visual experience.

 

 

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The program of the concert:

    • Antonio Vivaldi: Laudamus Te - duet
    • Johann Sebastian Bach: Preludium and fugue F Major
    • Georg Friedrich Händel: Aria Ombra mai fu from oratorio Xerxes
    • Georg Friedrich Händel: Aria from oratorio Josua
    • Joseph Haydn: duet Welch ein Glück
    • Josef F. Norbert Seger: Toccata and fugue in D
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Alleluja
    • César Franck: Panis Angelicus
    • Giuseppe Verdi: aria Ingemisco tanquam reus
    • F. X. Brixi: Fugue C Major
    • Antonín Dvořák: duet from Stabat Mater
    • Bohuslav Matěj Černohorský: Toccata C major
    • Franz Schubert: Ave Maria
    • Charles Gounod: Ave Maria
    • G. Rossini: Domine Deus
 

The program lasts about 60 minutes, there is no intermission

Performing artists: 

Lucie Laube – soprano
Dušan Růžička – tenor
Markéta Šmejkalová – organ
 

St. Francis Church

Křižovnické náměstí Square No. 3
110 00 Prague 1 - Old Town

How to get to the concert:

The Church of St. Francis is situated on the right bank of the river Vltava - in the Old Town, in Křižovnické náměstí Square right next to the Old Town end of Charles Bridge and the tower, neighboring to the building of Klementinum. You can walk five minutes south from both the metro A and the tram - trams No 2, 17 or 18 - stops Staroměstská or you follow Karlova Street from the Old Town Square.

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