|Villa Amerika houses a museum dedicated to the life and works of Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904), one of the great Czech composers.|
From May to October its most beautiful room, the Music Salon, is the setting for classical concerts entitled Wonderful Dvořák; the performances are a historical re-enactment of a soiree held during the time of the maestro.
History of Villa Amerika
Villa Amerika was constructed between 1712-1720 by Count Jan Václav Michna of Vacínov according to the design of the Czech architect Kilián Ignác Diezenhofer.
It was built as a summer palace, and for two centuries this magnificent Baroque pleasure house attracted the aristocracy to its stylish interiors and well-manicured grounds.
In 1932 the Museum of Antonín Dvořák was established at Villa Amerika.
Dvořák was born near Prague, at the time part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and was a composer of romantic music, his inspiration drawn from the idioms and melodies of Moravian and Bohemian folk songs.
Dvořák composed symphonic, choral and chamber music. His works include the New World Symphony, the Slavonic Dances, the American String Quartet and the Cello Concerto in B minor. He also wrote operas, of which the best known is Rusalka.
The museum collects, maintains and displays documents and personal effects chronicling the composer's life and works. Exhibits include sheet music manuscripts, programmes, posters, works of art and period photographs, as well as personal objects and correspondence.
Although Dvořák spent most of his life in or near Prague, he also worked abroad: he spent 3 years in America working as the director of the National Conservatory of Music; he visited England 9 times, often conducting his own works; and, influenced by Tchaikovsky, he conducted orchestras in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
The Dvořák Museum draws admirers of Antonín Dvořák from all over the world.
From May to October, Villa Amerika presents a series of historical re-enactments / classical concerts entitled Wonderful Dvořák: the year is 1904 and Villa Amerika is once more a summer house. Musicians/actors are dressed in period costume, and the master, Antonín Dvořák, is due to arrive at any moment…
Performances take place every Tuesday and Friday in the stunning Music Salon, which boasts a wonderful ceiling fresco "Rise of Apollo" by Jan Ferdinand Schor and an imposing Baroque fireplace.
For listings and to book tickets for Wonderful Dvořák, which includes entry to the museum before the performance: Prague concerts.