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Classical Music Concerts in Prague

Would love to attend a classical music concert during our stay in Prague. Looking at three venues: The Municipal House, Klamentinum and St. Clements Cathedral. 1. Would appreciate any comments (pros and cons) on these venues. 2. Do you need to book your tickets online before the day of the performance? 3. If so, what is the best website (cheapest) to book our tickets online.

Posted by
2365 posts

if it is toursit concerts then you can usually get tickets on the day, there are often folk outside the Miniciple house trying to get you to buy tickets.
i have used this company in the past for tickets though not for quite a few years.
You will see folk selling tickets outsie various small places throughout the city for tourist concerts, quality varies but the repetoire much the same.I did go to a great concert at the St george Crypt in the castle area quite a few year ago and have been to one of the tourist concerts at the Municiple house that was quite good,first time I ever hear a hapsicord being played live.
I have been to full operas at the Estates Theatre.

Posted by
163 posts

Municipal House only if the venue is the Smetana Hall. The Klementinum contains both the ST Clements Church and the Mirror Chapel. All are interesting venues (Mirror Chapel is quite small). My favourites, for a grand classical concert it has to be ST Nicholas Lesser Town and for a 60 minute recital, the Spanish Synagogue. You can buy tickets at the door for all of them but reserve online if you want to be sure.

Posted by
15493 posts

Yes, the concerts at the Municipal House are "Tourist Concerts", in that they often play works by Czech composers Dvorak and Smetana. How many times can a Czech resident listen to Dvorak's Symphony No 9, which is basically in repertory there?

Having said that, the Municipal House is a beautiful venue, the orchestra is very good. As Unclegus said, you buy tickets from people outside the entrance. To highlight the "tourist" nature of the audience, at the conclusion of Dvorak's 9th, no body applauded, as they were not familiar enough with the work to know it was over. The conductor turned around and raised her eyebrows to say "That's all, folks!" Then they got their ovation.