2. September 2023 at 19:00
kostel Nanebevzetí Panny Marie
Vranov nad Dyjí

Get ready for a musical journey through the works of master Adam Václav Michna of Otradovice (1600-1676), a Czech Baroque composer who became famous for his collection "Czech Marian Music", Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706), a German Baroque composer best known for his Canon in D major, and Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), a German compositional genius whose work continues to influence the entire musical world today.

The Church of the Assumption in the heart of Vranov nad Dyjí combines history with art. The organ will be played by Jaroslav Tůma, a renowned Czech organist and professor at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. His interpretation combines a wide range of styles from the Renaissance to the 21st century. Tůma is also a laureate of a number of prestigious international music competitions.

During the concert you will also encounter an author reading by Marek Orko Vácha, a Czech Roman Catholic priest, theologian and writer. Vácha will present excerpts from his book "The Boat," which has won acclaim from readers for its depth and poetry.


  • Jaroslav Tůma was born in 1956. He is a concert organist and professor at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.He also performs on harpsichord, clavichord, pianoforte and other keyboard instruments.He is also engaged in music composition and publishing.

    He studied at the Prague Conservatory with Prof. Jaroslav Vodrážka and at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with Prof. Milan Šlechta (organ) and Prof. Zuzana Růžičková (harpsichord).He has won first prizes in organ improvisation competitions in Nuremberg in 1980 and in Haarlem, the Netherlands, in 1986; he is a laureate of a number of organ performance competitions, e.g. in Linz in 1978, in the Prague Spring Competition in 1979, in the Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1980 and many others.

    In the course of his extensive concert activity he has visited almost all European countries, also the USA, Canada, Cuba, Japan, Mongolia, South Africa, Singapore, etc. He is also active as a chairman or jury member of international music competitions, he has been passing on his performance experience at many international organ courses and seminars, and since 2016 he has also been involved in the Mecca of Organists courses for aspiring organ professionals.

    Tům's repertoire includes key works by Czech and international composers in a wide range of styles from the Renaissance to the 21st century. His discography to date comprises 64 solo titles, released first by Supraphon (until 2002) and later mainly by Arta Records (from 1991 to the present).

    In 2010, he was appointed titular organist at Svatá Hora in Příbram, where in 2020 he recorded the complete organ works of J. S. Bach on Vladimír Šlajch's organ from 2018 as part of an audiovisual project in collaboration with producer and director Alexander Vojta. He is also involved in the dramaturgy of the St. Mary's Basilica Organ Half Hours, held in the Basilica of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary since 2017.

    The portal gradually publishes audiovisual recordings of Jaroslav Tůma's concerts from recent years, accompanied by commentaries and interviews.

  • Marek Vácha (*1966 Brno) is a Czech Roman Catholic priest, theologian, naturalist, teacher, writer and scout. He graduated from the Faculty of Science of Masaryk University in molecular biology and genetics. He acquired his theological education by studying in Olomouc and Brussels. In his doctoral thesis at the Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University he focused on the ethical issues of understanding the human genome and on the genetics of behaviour. He currently serves as a parish priest of the parish of Lechovice and as a parochial vicar (chaplain) of the Roman Catholic academic parish of the Church of the Most Holy Salvator in Prague. In academia, he serves as head of the Institute of Ethics and Humanities at the 3rd Faculty of Medicine of Charles University, where he is also chairman of the academic senate. He specializes in medical and environmental ethics.

    In 1976 he acquired the nickname "Orko", meaning "Eagle Eye", from the scout leader Zdeněk Papoušek, which he also uses in his civic name Marek Orko Vácha. He has participated in two expeditions to Antarctica (1997 and 2000) to the Eco Nelson base on Nelson Island in South Shetland together with Jaroslav Pavlíček and repeatedly embarks on other long-distance pilgrimages, from which he draws inspiration for his public activities and some of the themes of his popular book titles, e.g. Return to the Tree of Life.Evolution and Christianity - 2005, The Last Earth:Antarctica - 2007, May I Dance My Dance Well Under the Stars - 2010, Prayer of Argentine Nights - 2011, The Boat - 2012, and Unsolicited Advice to Youth - 2017.A book of interviews with Josef Valenta, Driving in the Left Lane, was nominated for the Magnesia Literary Award in 2020.He is a regular guest or creator of NOE TV programs.


Vstupné dobrovolné


Adam Václav Michna z Otradovic
Mariánské Larmo – Hymnus
Ze sbírky Česká mariánská muzika – 1647
Jaroslav Tůma
Mariánské Larmo – Praeludium in C
Ze sbírky Svaté lásky labirynth A. D. 2014
Johann Pachelbel
Ciaccona in f
Adam Václav Michna z Otradovic
Mariánské Ave – Hymnus
Ze sbírky Česká mariánská muzika – 1647
Jaroslav Tůma
Mariánské Ave – Fantasia La–Mi–Re (improvizace)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Koncert D dur BWV 972 podle Antonia Vivaldiho
Allegro - Larghetto - Allegro
Adam Václav Michna z Otradovic
Matky Boží slavná Nadání – Hymnus
Ze sbírky Loutna česká – 1653
Jaroslav Tůma
Matky Boží slavná Nadání – Perpetum mobile
Ze sbírky Loutna česká na témata A. V. Michny
Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer
Chaconne in F ze Suity Euterpe
Euterpé neboli Potěšující je múzou hudby


The Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is a parish church in the Roman Catholic parish of Vranov nad Dyjí, located in the centre of Vranov nad Dyjí. It is a late Romanesque building later rebuilt in Gothic style. The church is protected as a cultural monument of the Czech Republic. The church was built in the first half of the 13th century and later it was further expanded, the church in its original form was plundered by the Swedes in 1645 and only the foundations of the church remain, which are preserved in the foundations of the walls of the present church. The church was rebuilt in 1685 with the support of the noble family of Althann, which continued to support the church in the following years. Among other things, Countess Maria Anna Althann donated an altarpiece of the Virgin Mary to the church. Around 1700 the nave was vaulted, the original tower was demolished around 1720 and a new brick tower was built in 1720. In 1767 the roof was repaired and in 1778 the choir was vaulted. Between 1781 and 1782, the churchyard wall was repaired and a year later the keeper's house was built, which was converted into an ossuary after 1800 - however, it was soon demolished. In the 1930s the church was then repaired, between 1933 and 1934 the church surroundings were repaired and in 1936 the interior was repaired. in 1957 an oil stove was installed, in 1958 the church was painted and in 1968 and 1969 the sacristy roof and chancel were gradually rebuilt. In 1986 the church roof was repaired again.

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