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Rafał Blechacz & Mozart: Municipal House in Prague

Prague, Municipal House (Obecní dum) — Smetana Hall

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In this highly‐anticipated concert, hear the mellifluous sounds of classical music by Mozart, Shostakovich and Hatzis at Prague's treasured and world‐renowned Municipal House Obecní dum.

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.


  • Hatzis, Christos – The Isle is Full of Noises (Czech premiere)
  • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus – Piano Concerto No 9 in E‐flat major
  • Shostakovich, Dmitri Dmitriyevich – Symphony no. 10 in E minor, op. 93
Program is subject to change


Piano: Blechacz, Rafal

Born in 1985 in Nakło nad Notecią, Poland, Rafal Blechacz began his piano lessons at the age of five. He continued his piano education in the Artur Rubinstein State School of Music in Bydgoszcz. In May 2007 he graduated from the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, the piano class of Professor Katarzyna Popowa‐Zydroń.

In October 2005 Blechacz won the 15th Frédéric Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland (the 2nd prize was not awarded). Also all the special prizes of the Competition went to him. The victory of 2005 in Warsaw made the doors of the most famous concert halls of the world open for him. Among them are the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in Lodon, Berliner Philharmonie, Herkulessaal in Munich, Alte Oper in Frankfurt/Main, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Tonhalle in Zurich, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Salle Pleyel in Paris, Palais des Beaux‐Arts in Brussels, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, just to name a few.

Orchestra: Prague Symphony Orchestra
Narrator: Borejko, Andrej


Municipal House (Obecní dum), 5 Republic Square (Namesti republiky 5), Prague, Czech Republic — Google Maps

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