Prague Spring International Music Festival


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Prague Spring International Music Festival

Three weeks in May
When the Prague Spring International Music Festival was organized in 1946, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra was celebrating its 50th year and was given a prominent place on the program that first year. But orchestras, musical ensembles, and performing artists from around the world participate in this three-week festival, which presents symphonic, chamber and vocal music; jazz; opera; musical theater; and world premieres of Czech and other contemporary composers. The festival always opens with the symphonic poems of Czech composer Bedrich Smetana (1824-1884), Ma Vlast (My Country), and concludes with Ludwig van Beethoven's (1770-1827) Ninth Symphony. In addition, the Prague Spring Competition, founded one year after the festival itself, showcases the instrumental talents of young musicians.
CONTACTS:
Prazskejaro jaro o.p.s.
Hellichova 18
Prague, 118 00 Czech Republic
420-2-5731-1921; fax: 420-2-5731-3725
www.festival.cz/en/rubrika.php?id_rubrika=25
SOURCES:
MusFestEurBrit-1980, p. 35
MusFestWrld-1963, p. 198
WildPlanet-1995, p. 125
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