Days of Norwegian Culture in Slaný
Dny norské kultury ve Slaném

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Royal Town of Slaný • Královské město Slaný
31. 3—5. 4. 2003

31st March Monday 2003


Department for Children of Library of Václav Štech in Slaný
On My Own Feet — Stonožka
Ceremonial opening of exhibitions about the voluntary humanitarian Children Movement, founded by a Norwegian woman of Czech origin Běla Gran Jensen, that functions at The First Elementary School of Slaný.


Gallery of The Regional Museum in Slaný
Norwegian Stopping Places
Ceremonial vernissage of black-white photographs by Jiří Hrdina with the musical opening with songs of E. H. Grieg and A. Dvořák. Ludmila Vernerová — soprano and Jamila Hla Shwe (USA) — piano. The exhibition is accessible until the 30th April 2003.

JIŘÍ HRDINA was born in 1963, photographer based in Ostrava town, Czech republic. He is a student of the Institute of Creative Photography of Faculty of Philosophy and Science, Silesian University in Opava. He prefers black-white photography but he likes working with color, as well (especially with digital camera). His artistic production covers not only still life and subjective documents from journeys, but also pictures of industrial landscapes and people living there.

LUDMILA VERNEROVÁ studied singing at the Prague Academy of Music. After her graduation in 1986 she debuted at the Prague Chamber Opera and afterwards she was accepted to the Opera House of the Prague National Theatre. She passed masterlike singing courses at Edith Wiens and Luisa Bosabalian. Ludmila Vernerová has her concerts not only in Prague and other Czech cities but she is invited to cooperate abroad, as well. She sings in concert halls, theatres and in cathedrals.

JAMILA HLA SHWE was born and raised in Prague, Czechoslovakia. She studied under Dr. Jaromir Kříž at the Prague Conservatory of Music from which she graduated in 1991. During her studies there, she performed in Czechoslovakia, Germany and Sri Lanka. After graduating, Hla Shwe held positions as a vocal coach and accompanist for the Prague National Theatre Opera, the Prague State Opera and the Anchorage Opera in the USA. In 1994, Hla Shwe was a recipient of the Pearl Boyd Fellowship under which she completed graduate studies in Piano Performance at the University of Alaska — Fairbanks (UAF). Hla Shwe currently serves on the UAF faculty as a lecturer and an accompanist in the Music Department and is a member of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her positions at UAF, she maintains a private studio and participates in the local Suzuki Institute and the Fairbanks Summer Fine Arts Camp. Hla Shwe performs as a soloist and a chamber player. Her recent performances include solo recitals at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and in Prague as part of the Subscribers Concert Series under the auspices of the Prague Spring Festival. She has also recorded works by S. Prokofiev and A. Scriabin for The Czech Radio. Her future engagements include a chamber music festival in Klatovy in June 2003 and a performance and lecture tour in China in August 2003.



Chapel of Betrothal of the Blessed Virgin Mary at former college of Piarists, Masaryk Square in Slaný
Ceremonial concert

  • Edward Hagerup Grieg
    From Days of Holberg
    Suite in ancient style for string orchestra
  • Edward Hagerup Grieg
    Cycle of Songs op. 58 for soprano, harp and string orchestra
  • Antonio Vivaldi
    Concert in D major
    for harp and orchestra
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Concert in A major KV 414
    for piano and orchestra

Performers: Ludmila Vernerová — soprano, Lydie Härtelová — harp, Jamila Hla Shwe (USA) — piano and Orchestr Atlantis, with a conductor Vítězslav Podrazil.


LYDIE HÄRTELOVÁ has devoted to the piano since she was 7 years old. At her 14 she started with a royal instrument — harp — and when 15 years old she was accepted to the Prague Conservatory under Prof. Libuše Váchalová. In 1977, under her leadership, she got the 2nd price at the Dušek's Competition. In 1978 Lydie Hartelová started to study at the Prague Academy of Music under soloharpist of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Prof. Karel Patras. In 1982 she graduated with a Price of Chancellor — with two concerts in Dvořák's Hall in Rudolfinum. During her studies she became a member of a well-known ensemble of J. Krček Musica Bohemica. From 1984 to 1985 she was engaged as a soloharpist of the Prague Smetana Theatre (known as the State Opera now) and since July 1985 she's a member of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Czech Radio. Lydie Hartelová records solos for prominent editors and for radios, as well, at home and abroad. She plays as solos and also as a member of chamber ensembles — most often Trio cantabile. Lydie plays on the Japanese concert harp Aoyama Orpheus.

VÍTĚZSLAV PODRAZIL graduated from the Prague Academy of Music, where he studied under Václav Neumann. During his last two years of studies he served as an assistant conductor for the Opera House of the Prague National Theatre, which was under the leadership of Zdeněk Košler. From 1991 to 1992 he led the Prague Chamber Opera. During this period he also conducted the Pilsen Conservatory Symphony Orchestra. In 1993 Vítězslav Podrazil founded ORCHESTR ATLANTIS and the chamber group Collegium Musica Sacra comprising selected members of Orchestra Atlantis. In addition to the standard repertoire both ensembles have been devoted to presenting lesser-known compositions of the great composers and introducing works by contemporary composers.


The admission is free to all actions of the Days of Norwegian Culture in Slaný except actions marked in text.


Days of Norwegian culture in Slaný are arranged by: Royal Town of Slaný, UMOE Schat-Harding, spol. s r. o., and Nordic Society.

Programm of Days of Norwegian Culture in PDF format:

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