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Prague Spring Opened The Capital To Outstanding Czech And World Music

Prague Spring opened the capital to outstanding Czech and world music

14 May 2006, 14:49 - Music
It's sixty years ago when Rafael Kubelik, then conductor of Czech Philharmony, came up with the idea of the music festival held in Prague. The first festival in 1946 (just one year after the capitulations of Nazist Germany and the end of the World War) was held under the patronage of Czechoslovak president Edvard Beneš, and its organizing committee was made up of important figures in Czech musical life.

The festival in 1946 should also celebrate fifty years of Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, that was given the highest honor: to appear on all the orchestral concerts.

This year's International music festival Prague Spring started one day prior it is usual, on 11 May 2006. That day, program copied the initial concert program from 1946. The organizers for this occasion disrupted the tradion that festival starts on 12 May with Smetana's My Homeland (12 May is the day when Bedrich Smetana died in 1884). The same program was performed by Czech Philharmony as in 1946, just insetad of Rafael Kubelik the orchestra was conducted by present chief, Zdenek Macal.

After the fall of communism, many world famous orchestras have been invited to participate on the festival. Today, the festival is a permanent showcase for outstanding performing artists, symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles of the world.

The whole festival is held under the patronage of the President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus in association with the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and the coorganizer City of Prague.

Visitors can look forward to the performations of Viennese Philharmony, Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena or violinist Shlomo Mintz a Christian Tetzlaff. The program is really rich with wide offer. Prague Holiday recommends Ensemble Intercontemporain in Rudolfinum with contemporary music from the end of the 20th century (takes place in 28 May, 20:00 in Rudolfinum). For complete program click on the official site.