About the Event
Step into the grandeur of the Municipal House (Obecní dům), and more specifically, its crowning jewel, the Smetana Hall. This architectural masterpiece in Prague stands as the perfect backdrop for a night destined to be unforgettable. The echo of history, combined with unparalleled acoustics, sets the stage for a profound musical experience.
At the core of this captivating evening is a performance of Mozart's hauntingly beautiful 'Requiem.' A testament to his genius, this masterwork, drenched in mystery and emotion, will be presented in all its profound intensity.
The Dvořák Symphony Orchestra Prague, renowned for its evocative renditions and dedication to classical tradition, takes the lead. Their collaboration with the Dvořák Choir Prague amplifies the evening's allure. Together, they create an atmosphere that echoes with the passion, sorrow, and depth inherent in the Requiem.
Further enhancing the evening’s magnetism are the esteemed Czech soloists. Their artistry, combined with the ethereal notes of Mozart, will transcend the boundaries of time and space.
Guiding this ensemble of prodigious talent is Conductor Martin Peschík. His seasoned expertise ensures that every note, every emotion, resonates deeply with the audience, creating an experience that's not just heard but deeply felt. An evening at Smetana Hall promises more than music it's a soulful journey.
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Ave Verum Corpus K. 618
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Agnus Dei (from Coronation Mass)
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Requiem in D minor, K. 626
|Orchestra, Ensemble:|| Dvorak Symphony Orchestra |
The Dvořák Symphony Orchestra was formed in the 60s of the last century on the initiative of the top musicians. Currently the orchestra members are leading players of renowned orchestras in Prague such as the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, FOK, SOČR, PKO, PKF, The National Theatre and others.
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.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Perhaps the most important composer of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was an Austrian composer of the late 18th century. Born in 1756 in Salzburg, he showed prodigious musical talent from childhood. Beginning at five years of age, he composed more than 600 works, including concertos, symphonies, religious works and operas before his premature death at the age of 35. Hi influence over successive generations cannot be overestated - Ludwig van Beethoven wrote of Mozart "posterity will not see such a talent again in 100 years”. Despite the immense success of his compositions, and the acclaim he received across Europe, Mozart achieved little financial security and rwas buried in an unmarked grave in Vienna's St Marx Cemetery.