Prague Spring 2017

The Czech’s Republic major festival of classical music

The “Prague Spring” (Pražské jaro) International Music Festival is one of the principal musical events held in the Czech Republic. This annual classical music festival takes place from 12th of May until 2nd of June boasting the very best conductors, orchestras and soloists.

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short history...

The Founding of the Prague’s Spring Festival dates back to the beginning of the post-war era. The first opening ceremony was set in 1946 under the patronage of Eduard Beneš, at that time president of Czechoslovakia. The highest honour to perform on the first season of the festival was given to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, who in that year was celebrating its fiftieth anniversary.

During the first years, the festival paid tribute not only to the most important Czech composers such as Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček and Bohuslav Martinů, but as well the work of composers from the four victorious countries that fought Hitler (United States, Great Britain, France and the Soviet Union). Leonard Bernstein, later to become a celebrated American conductor, made his first international debut at the Prague Festival, and so did Russian virtuosos David Oistackh (violin), Sviatoslav Richter (piano) and Mstislav Rostropovitch (cello).

During its many years of existence, the festival has welcomed:

  • Some of the most famous 20th century composers: Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Honegger, Paul Hindemith, Darius Milhaud or Pierre Boulez;
  • Some of the greatest conductors: Karel Ančerl, Claudio Abbado, Sir Adrian Boult, Herbert von Karajan, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Evgeny Mravinsky, Charles Munch, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Leopold Stokowski;
  • Legendary violinists: David Oistrakh, Yehudi Menuhin, Shlomo Mintz, Ruggiero Ricci, Josef Suk, Henryk Szeryng, and, not long ago, Gidon Kremer, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Maxim Vengerov, Gil Shaham, Hilary Hahn;
  • Let’s name some of the most acclaimed pianists of the Prague Spring Festival who earned huge applause from the audience: Arthur Rubinstein, Rudolf Firkušný, Lev Oborin, Emil Gilels, Rudolf Serkin, Alfred Brendel, Artur Benedetti Michelangeli.
  • Some of the laureates of the prestigious international Chopin Piano competition: Maurizio Pollini, Martha Argerich, Garrick Ohlsson, Krystian Zimerman, Li Yun Di and Rafal Blechacz;
  • Last but not least, some of the most beautiful voices: soprano – Galina Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Elena Obraztsova, Katia Ricciarelli, Kathleen Battle, Edita Gruberova and Gabriela Beňačková; mezzo soprano – Christa Ludwig, Jessye Norman, Brigitte Fassbaender, Anne Sofie von Otter,  Bernarda Fin and two leading Czech divas Dagmar Pecková and Magdalena Kožená; tenors – Nicolai Gedda, Peter Schreier, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Dvorský, Štěfan Margita; baritones – Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Thomas Hampson and Matthias Goerne; basses – Kim Borg, Nikolai Ghiaurov and Ruggiero Raimondi.

The Festival today
The annual Prague Spring Festival ranks amongst the most prestigious musical events. The grandiose opening night of the festival at the Municipal House (Obecní Dům) starts traditionally with a performance of Bedřich Smetana's My Country (Má Vlast), a cycle of symphonic poems (Bedřich Smetana was born just on the 12th of May). The Festival offers prestigious concerts which are performed by world’s famous soloists and orchestras. For those performances it is important to book tickets well in advance. However, there is also a wide range of easily accessible concerts at various prices.

In recent years the festival has also broadened its program to other musical styles.

As part of the Prague Spring International Music Festival, a competition of young talents takes place. The competition provides an opportunity for young artists to start an artistic career. The performances are accessible to a general public at affordable prices.

http://www.festival.cz/en

Program of the 2017 festival, from 12th May until 2nd June.
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11 May 2017 at 8 pm, Royal
INFORMAL FESTIVAL PRELUDE
Josef Špaček – violin
Lukáš Vondráček – piano

On the eve of the festival’s opening young Czech performers of international renown will be defying tradition: appearing outside the concert hall, flouting the concert dress code and presenting a programme you wouldn’t expect from them.

Price: CZK 400 / about €15

12 May 2017 at 10 am, Vyšehrad cemetery, Slavín
CEREMONY IN MEMORY OF BEDŘICH SMETANA
Free entry

12 May 2017 at 8 pm, Municipal House
OPENING CONCERT
Wiener Philharmoniker
Daniel Barenboim – conductor 

Bedřich Smetana: My Country 

Prices: CZK 6900/5900/4700/3500/2500 – about € 265/227/181/135/96

13 May 2017 at 11 am, Rudolfinum, Suk Hall
MORNING CONCERT I
Marek Švejkar – clarinet
Lenka Korbelová – piano

Charles-Marie Widor: Introduction et Rondo op. 72
Francis Poulenc: Clarinet Sonata
Jules Semler-Collery: Fantaisie et danse en forme de gigue
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky / Alexandre Chabod: Variations sur Casse-Noisette  
Adam Skoumal: Variations on a Gypsy melody

Price: CZK 300 / about €12

13 May 2017 at 4 pm (Part 1), 8 pm (Part 2), Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Martinů Hall
PRAGUE SPRING INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION
final round, harpsichord category
members of the ensemble Collegium 1704 and the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra
Vojtěch Spurný – conductor

Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in A minor for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord BWV 1044
Bohuslav Martinů: Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra H 246

Price: CZK 300 one part / about €12
Receive a 20% discount with the purchase of tickets for both parts

13 May 2017 at 8 pm, Municipal House
WIENER PHILHARMONIKER

Daniel Barenboim – conductor

Bedřich Smetana: My Country 

Prices: CZK 4500/3800/3100 – about € 173/146/119

14 May 2017 at 4 pm (Part 1), 8 pm (Part 2), Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
PRAGUE SPRING INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPETITION
final round, violin category 

In Memory of Josef Suk

Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Leoš Svárovský – conductor
finalists will choose one of the following concertos:

Antonín Dvořák: Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 53
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35
Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major Op. 77
Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47

Prices: CZK 400/300/250 one part – about € 15/12/10
Receive a 20% discount with the purchase of tickets for both parts

14 May 2017 at 8 pm, ABC Theatre
ROCÍO MÁRQUEZ
voice
Daniel Borrego – piano
Juan Jiménez – saxophone
Antonio Moreno – percussion
Miguel Angel Cortés – guitar

Works inspired by the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca

Prices: CZK 800/500/200 – about € 31/19/8

14 May 2017 at 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
ENSEMBLE INÉGAL
Adam Viktora – artistic director
Gabriela Eibenová, Lenka Cafourková – soprano
Markéta Cukrová – alto
Carlos Mena – countertenor
other soloists to be announced

Jan Dismas Zelenka
Gesù al Calvario

Prices: CZK 700/550/450 – about € 27/21/17

14 May 2017 at 8 pm, Prague Conservatoire Concert Hall
QUASARS ENSEMBLE
Ivan Buffa – conductor

Michael Jarrell: Assonance VI
Kaija Saariaho: Terrestre
Ivan Buffa: Identity (world premiere)
Gérald Grisey: Vortex Temporum I, II, III

Price: CZK 300 – about €12 

16 May 2017 at 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
DIANA DAMRAU
soprano
PKF-Prague Philharmonia
Emmanuel Villaume – conductor
Nicolas Testé – bass-baritone

soprano and bass operatic arias, duets and orchestral pieces:
Giacomo Meyerbeer:
Les Huguenots
Dinorah
Ein Feldlager in Schlesien
Emma di Resburgo
Ambroise Thomas: Hamlet
Jules Massenet: Manon
Richard Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer
Amilcare Ponchielli: La Gioconda
Vincenzo Bellini: I puritani

Prices: CZK 1500/1200/950 – about € 58/46/37
Premium: CZK 3000 – about €115

17 May 2017 at 8 pm, church of St Simon and St Jude
LA COMPAGNIA DEL MADRIGALE

Lagrime d’amante – selection of madrigals by Claudio Monteverdi

Prices: CZK 500/350 – about € 19/13

18 May 2017 at 7 pm, Mercedes Forum Praha
LACO DÉCZI & CELULA NEW YORK
A concert by the legendary jazz trumpet player

Price: CZK 500 – about €19

18 May 2017 at 8 pm, Municipal House
CZECH PHILHARMONIC
Kristjan Järvi – conductor
Lukáš Vondráček – piano

Arvo Pärt: Swan Song
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor Op. 40
Richard Strauss: Symphonia domestica op. 53

Prices: CZK 1200/950/800/550 – about € 46/37/31/21

19 May 2017 at 6 pm, basilica of St Peter and St Paul
PAVEL KOHOUT – organ

Josef Klička: Fantasia on Bedřich Smetana’s Symphonic Poem “Vyšehrad” Op. 33
César Franck: Cantabile (z from Trois Pieces pour Grand Orgue)
František Musil: Sonata Solemnis
Bohuslav Martinů: Vigilie H 382
Petr Eben: Versetti II, Ad Communionem – super „Adoro Te“
Théodore Dubois: Douze Pieces pour Orgue (selection)
Charles Marie Widor: Finale from Organ Symphony in D major Op. 13

Price: CZK 400 – about €15

19 May 2017 at 8 pm, Municipal House
TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Tribute to Karel Ančerl

Peter Oundjian – conductor
Maxim Vengerov – violin

Oskar Moravec: Carnival Overture
Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major Op. 77
Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 7 in D minor Op. 70

Prices: CZK 2900/2300/1850/1300 – about € 112/88/71/50
Premium: CZK 4400 – about €169

20 May 2017 at 11 am, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Martinů Hall
MORNING CONCERT II
Michal Šupák – piano 

Original pieces and arrangements of works by the jazz greats

Price: CZK 300 – about €12

20 May 2017 at 8 pm, Municipal House
TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Tribute to Karel Ančerl
Peter Oundjian – conductor
Jan Lisiecki – piano

Bedřich Smetana: The Bartered Bride, overture to the opera
Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54
Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

Prices: CZK 1900/1500/1200/900 – about € 73/58/46/35

21 May 2017 at 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
JINHYUNG PARK
piano
winner of the 2016 Prague Spring International Music Competition

Bohuslav Martinů: Eight Preludes H 181
Fryderyk Chopin: Barcarolle in F sharp major Op. 60
Fryderyk Chopin: Ballade in G minor Op. 23
Franz Schubert: Sonata in A major D 664
Sergej Rachmaninov: Sonata in B flat minor Op. 36

Prices: CZK 700/550/450 – about € 27/21/17

22 May 2017 at 8 pm, Municipal House
CZECH PHILHARMONIC
Jiří Bělohlávek – conductor
Jiří Vodička – violin
Jakub Fišer – viola
Kostas Smoriginas – bass-baritone
Prague Philharmonic Choir and the Kühn Choir of Prague (male voices)
Lukáš Vasilek, Marek Vorlíček – choirmasters

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E flat major KV 364
Dmitrij Šostakovič: Symphony No. 13 in B flat minor Op. 113 „Babi Yar“

Pries: CZK 1200/950/800/550 – about € 46/37/31/21

22 May 2017 at 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
ENTREQUATRE
guitar quartet
Epoque Quartet

Flores Chaviano: Entrequatre
Javier Blanco: Medina Fi Assahab
Leonardo Sánchez: Itinerario (suite Argentina)
Chick Corea: Señor Mouse
Miguel Matamoros: Lágrimas Negras  
Federico Moreno Torroba: 4 Estampas
Miguel del Águila: Presto
Jose Luis Barroso: Concierto de Tierra Alta
Alejandro Cardona: Cabalgando Vientos
Flores Chaviano: La Sombra de la Tierra 

Prices: CZK 700/550/450 – about € 27/21/17

23 May 2017 at 9.30 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
NOCTURNE  I
Alexander Lonquich – piano
Festival Artist in Residence

Robert Schumann: Intermezzi op. 4
Franz Schubert: Sonata in A minor D 845

Price: CZK 400 – €15

24 May 2017 at 8 pm, Forum Karlín
BRNO PHILHARMONIC
Dennis Russell Davies – conductor
Czech Philharmonic Choir of Brno
Petr Fiala – choirmaster
Kateřina Jalovcová – alto
Jan Mikušek – countertenor
Jaroslav Březina – tenor
Svatopluk Sem – baritone
Pavla Beranová – lighting design

Alfred Schnittke: Faust Cantata „Seid nüchtern und wachet…“
Gustav Holst: The Planets

In association with Forum Karlín

Prices: CZK 800/550/400/300 – about € 31/21/15/12

25 May 2017 at 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
ORCHESTRA OF THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT
William Christie – conductor

André Campra: Les Fêtes Vénitiennes, suite
Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer: Le Journal du Printemps, suita g moll op. 1/7 suite in G minor Op. 1/7
Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suite in D major BWV 1069
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Indes Galantes, suite
Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suite in D major BWV 1068

Prices: CZK 1200/950/800 – about € 46/37/31

Premium: CZK 2700 – €104

26 May 2017 at 8 pm, Municipal House
PRAGUE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Łukasz Borowicz – conductor
Huw Morgan – trumpet
winner of the 2016 Prague Spring International Music Competition

Alexander Tansman: Four Polish Dances
Joseph Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E flat major Hob. VIIe:1
HK Gruber: 3 MOB Pieces
Sergej Prokofjev: Symphony No. 7 in C sharp minor Op. 131

Prices: CZK 700/550/450/350 – about € 27/21/17/13

• CHAMBER MUSIC WEEKEND •

26 May 2017 at 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
OPENING CONCERT
Alexander Lonquich – piano
Festival Artist in Residence
Vilde Frang – violin
Nicolas Altstaedt – violoncello 

Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio in C major Op. 87
Erwin Schulhoff: Duo for Violin and Cello
Antonín Dvořák: Piano Trio in F minor Op. 65

In association with the Czech Chamber Music Society

Prices: CZK 800/650/500 – about € 31/25/19

27 May 2017 at 11 am, Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Martinů Hall
MORNING CONCERT III
Boris Prýgl – bass-baritone
Jana Nagy-Juhász – piano

Antonín Dvořák:
Biblical Songs Op. 99 (selection)
Gypsy Songs Op. 55 (selection)

operatic arias:
W. A. Mozart:
Don Giovanni
Le nozze di Figaro
Vincenzo Bellini: La sonnambula
Gioacchino Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia

Price: CZK 300 – €12

27 May 2017 at 2 pm, Lobkowicz Palace, Prague Castle
LOBKOWICZ TRIO

Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio in B major Op. 8
Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio in E minor Op. 67

In association with Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle

Price: CZK 300 – €12

27 May 2017 at 5 pm, Sál Czech National Bank Hall
DAVID OISTRACH QUARTET

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: String Quartet in D major Op. 11
Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet in E flat major Op. 117

Price: CZK 300 – €12 

27 May 2017 at 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
WOLFGANG EMANUEL SCHMIDT
violoncello
Jan Simon – piano

Robert Schumann: Phantasiestücke Op. 73
Alfred Schnittke: Cello Sonata No. 1
Claude Debussy: Cello Sonata
Sergej Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata in G minor Op. 19

In association with the Czech Chamber Music Sociaty

Prices: CZK 500/400/300 – about € 19/15/12

28 May 2017 at 11 am, Refectory of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University
THE PKF WIND QUINTET

Antonín Rejcha: Wind Quintet in E minor Op. 88/1
Maurice Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin
Jan Klusák: Music for Fireworks
György Ligeti: Six Bagatelles

Price: CZK 300 – €12

28 May 2017 at 10.30 am, church of St Luke
SUK’S KŘEČOVICE
Aleš Bárta – organ
other soloists to be announced
Concert and ceremony in memory of Josef Suk
Free entry

28 May 2017 at 2 pm, Prague Conservatoire Concert Hall
DVOŘÁK PIANO QUARTET

Mel Bonis: Piano Quartet in B flat major Op. 69
Karel Janovický: Piano Quartet (world premiere)
Antonín Dvořák: Piano Quartet in E flat major Op. 87

Price: CZK 300 – €12 

28 May 2017 at 17.00 5 pm,  St Agnes‘convent
MARTINŮ QUARTET

Erwin Schulhoff: String Quartet No. 1
Mieczysław Weinberg: String Quartet in C minor Op. 66
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in F major Op. 18/1

Price: CZK 300 – €12 

28 May 2017 at 8 pm, Pražská křižovatka Prague Crossroads
C
ONCERTO ZAPICO
Daniel Zapico – theorbo
Pablo Zapico – arciloutna baroque quitar, archlute
Aarón Zapico – cembalo harpsichord

José Blasco de Nebra, Santiago de Murcia, Gaspar Sanz, Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger, Giovanni Battista Vitali, Domenico Scarlatti and others

Prices: CZK 500/300/200 – about € 19/12/8

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29 May 2017 at 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
SACCONI QUARTET
WIHAN QUARTET

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: String Octet in E flat major Op. 20
Dmitri Shostakovich: Two Pieces for String Octet Op. 11
George Enescu: String Octet in C major Op. 7

Prices: CZK 500/400/300 – about € 19/15/12  

29 May 2017 at 8 pm, National Technical Museum
MUSICO-TECHNICAL INVENTIONS
Karel Dohnal – clarinet
Miro Tóth – saxophone
David Danel – violin
Jan Trojan – electronics
Jakub Hybler, Adam Sporka –  technical design

Ondřej Adámek: Airmachine (Czech premiere)
Jan Trojan: Circulation
new composition commisioned by Prague Spring

In association with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, and with the National Technical Museum

Price: CZK 500 – €19

30 May 2017 at 8 pm, Municipal House
PRAGUE SPRING DEBUT
Prague Symphony Orchestra
Jonathon Heyward – conductor
winner of the International Competition for Young Conductors in Besançon 2015
Jan Mráček – violin
Radek Baborák – French horn

Tomáš Svoboda: Overture of the Season Op. 89
Ethel Smyth: Concerto for Violin, Horn and Orchestra
Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 4 Op. 29 "The Inextinguishable"

Prices: CZK 800/650/500/400 – about € 31/25/19/15

30 May 2017 at 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
FORMA ANTIQVA
Baroque orchestra
Aarón Zapico – artistic director
Eugenia Boix – soprano
Juan Manuel Padrón – tenor
Sebastià Peris – baritone

Blas de Laserna: Trilogía de Tonadillas Escénicas  

Prices: CZK 700/550/450 – about € 27/21/17

31 May 2017 at 8 pm, Municipal House
O
RCHESTRE DE PARIS
Thomas Hengelbrock – conductor
Kate Lindsey – mezzo-soprano

Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, suita č. 2 Suite No. 2
Joseph Canteloube: Chants d’Auvergnes (selection)
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky / Maurice Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition

Prices: CZK 2200/1750/1400/950 – about € 85/67/54/37
Premium: CZK 3700 – €142

31 May 2017 at 9.30 pm, church of Our Lady of the Snows
NOCTURNE  II
Tomáš Jamník – violoncello
Frode Haltli – accordion

Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 1 in G major BWV 1007
Isang Yun: Intermezzo for cello and accordion
Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata in G major for viola da gamba and harpsichord BWV 1027
Sofia Gubajdulina: In Croce for cello and accordion
Miroslav Srnka: Simple Space

Price: CZK 400 – €15

1 June 2017 at 8 pm, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
CAMERATA SALZBURG
Alexander Lonquich – piano, conductor
Festival Artist in Residence

Igor Stravinskij: Pulcinella
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto in F major KV 459
Igor Stravinsky: Danses Concertantes
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto in G major KV 453

Prices: CZK 1200/950/800 – about € 46/37/31

1 June 2017 at 8 pm, Veletržní palác, Studio Hrdinů
BERG ORCHESTRA
Peter Vrábel – conductor
Peter Strenáčik – beatboxer
SKETY vocal group

Pierre Jodlowski: Respire
Anna Meredith: Concerto for Beatboxer and Orchestra
Petr Wajsar: The Rest Is Song
new composition commisioned by Prague Spring

Price: CZK 300 – €12 

2 June 2017 at 8 pm, Municipal House
CLOSING CONCERT
Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra
Krzysztof Penderecki – conductor
David Švehlík – narrator
Slovak Philharmonic Choir
Jozef Chabroň – choirmaster
soloists to be announced

Claude Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Krzysztof Penderecki: Symphony No. 7 “Seven Gates of Jerusalem”

Price: CZK 2900/2300/1850/1300 – about € 112/88/71/50



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