12th May 2011 – 4th June 2011
A highlight of the international classical music scene, the Prague Spring International Music Festival comprises 44 performances over 24 days, with at least one performance every day and brings the New York and San Francisco Philharmonic Orchestras to Prague. Concerts take place at a number of venues around the city, mostly grandiose concert halls, but including for the first time O2 Arena, usually home to Slavia Praha ice hockey club and frequently used for modern music acts (and home to one of the most impressive beer delivery systems you’ll ever see). This time round it’ll play host to a concert commemorating the 100 year anniversary of Gustav Mahler’s death, with a performance of his ‘Symphony of a Thousand’, bringing together multiple choirs and two orchestras. No other venue was big enough!
If classical is your thing, and you’re in Prague during the festival, make use of the Prague Spring website’s Custom Programme function – check the boxes for the performances you want to see and the site generates a handy PDF file, just for you.