About the Event
Enjoy the incredible Czech National Symphony Orchestra in its 28th season with five extraordinary concerts in the beautiful Smetana Hall of the Municipal House of Prague.
Municipal House (Obecní dum)
The Municipal House is a popular Prague attraction and one of the most beautiful buildings in the Old Town, situated at Republic Square not far from the Powder Gate. In the Middle Ages the site housed the palace of the King of Bohemia,and was later used as a college, archbishop´s residence, and a military academy. The structure was eventually torn down, and in 1912 the new Municipal House was erected in the Art Nouveau style. Since opening, the Municipal House has been a glamorous location for festive balls, concerts, exhibitions and important meetings, including the declaration of Czechoslovak Independence in 1918.
Today the Municipal House is used primarily as a venue for classical concerts in Prague. Its main hall is named after famous Czech composer Bedrich Smetana, and serves as one of the principal stages for the Prague Spring International Music Festival. The hall can accommodate up to 1200 people and has unique acoustics. The architectural highlight of the Smetana Hall is a glass dome decorated with steel grids and stained glass, which is illuminated when darkness falls. A place of pilgrimage for many of the worlds greatest organists, the real jewel of the Municipal House is the great organ, its almost 5000 pipes crowned with Smetana´s portrait.
- Ravel, Maurice – La Valse
- Ravel, Maurice – Suite No. 2
- Mahler, Gustav – Symphony No. 8 'Symphony of a Thousand'
Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Renowned for its versatility, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra presents a broad program, ranging from classical and contemporary music through film scores, jazz, and musicals. The home concert stage of the orchestra is the beautiful Smetana Hall of Prague's Municipal House.