Prague Spring International Music Festival
- 12. 5. 2017 – 2. 6. 2017
The 72nd annual Prague Spring International Music Festival, the biggest and oldest classical music festival in the Czech Republic, will take place from 12 May to 2 June 2017. It will offer audiences several dozen traditional and experimental concerts and performances at lovely venues including Smetana Hall at the Municipal House, Dvořák Hall at the Rudolfinum, and other halls and sites around Prague.
In 2017, highly regarded guests will be presenting the ceremonial opening concert: for the first time in the festival’s long history, the Vienna Philharmonic will be playing Má vlast (My Country) by Bedřich Smetana at the opening concerts on 12 and 13 May under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. That first-class ensemble, often called the world’s best orchestra, will be playing Smetana’s complete cycle of symphonic poems for only the sixth time. It first played it in 1958 and 1967 with Rafael Kubelík, an illustrious Czech conductor who, among other things, took part in the founding of the Prague Spring festival in 1946.
The festival will also offer Czech and foreign orchestras and ensembles, soloists from every corner of the globe, and winners of prestigious musical competitions. In 2017, a series of Spanish and Latin American music will follow up on the successful series this past year, introducing audiences to more outstanding artists and music from that region.
Ticket sales to individual concerts will begin on 12 December 2016.
For more information about the festival, go to www.festival.cz.