Prague Travel Guide


4 Feb To 2 Mar 2007 Festival Smetana Days In Pilsen

4 FEB to 2 MAR 2007 Festival Smetana days in Pilsen

2 February 2007, 13:33 - Art
The month of February is traditionally dedicated to the Festival Smetana's day in West Bohemian metropolis Pilsen (Plzen). The festival of classic music was founded 27 years ago as a scientific symposium, organized by Czech Academy of Science and Faculty of Philosophy at Charles University. Gradually, each year the symposium with the audience of around 120 Czech and European scientists has grown, and the cultural, music and theatrical programme was added.

Festival programme is divided into several sections, that include concerts exhibition and thematic film projections in several Pilsen galleries, churches or conference halls. The main topic of such events is the culture and art in 19th century. Prepared especially for the year 2007, the motto is "exoticism" in all of its forms.

In its music section, this year's festival offers the concert of Czech top violinist Pavel Sporcl and Collegium of Czech filharmonists, the concert of pianists Igor and Renata Radasev or famous singer Iva Bittova. Regarding the styles, the visitors could either listen to classical music (for example, Johann Sebastian Bach's Jan Passion BWV 245 is on the programme) or enjoy some of the concerts of world music and jazz take place. Film fans will appreciate the series of Chinese films.

The festival bears the name of one of the greatest Czech music composers. Bedřich Smetana (on the photo) was born on 2 March 1824 in Czech town Litomyšl and died on 12 May 1884 in Prague. Czech composer lived in Pilsen during his studies on high school, and later he moved to Prague. He spent part of his life in Jabkenice, small village in Central Bohemia, near Mlada Boleslav, north-east direction from Prague. He could not hear anything in his later years, but he never gave up composing.

Smetana is best known for his symphonic poem Vltava (The Moldau), the second in a cycle of six which he entitled Má vlast (My Country), and for his opera Prodaná Nevěsta (The Bartered Bride).

WHERE: various places in Pilsen

WHEN: 4 Feb 2007 - 2 Mar 2007