Has any one experienced concerts or music in Prague?
Last July we were fortunate with our scheduling (as my wife is a school teacher and we can't go in concert season) that there was a set of concerts with the Czech Philharmonic at the Rudolfinum celebrating Mahler's 150th birthday. We caught the Second Symphony there and were blow away - by the beauty of the concert hall, the incredible acoustics, and and the musicianship. if you are looking for classical music and have the opportunity to see a performance there, grab it.
Tickets can be ordered on line from here, are not terribly expensive, and you can pay and pick them up when you get to town. You select the actual seat online.
We caught a Vivaldi performance in the music hall decorated by Mucha (forgot the name). It was amazing. We had balcony seats. The hall was beautiful. It was a bit expensive, maybe $80 each? The main violinist was very young, maybe a teenager. What talent! We then caught Bach's fuge organ music in a church not too far from the castle. It was dark, cold, haunting, but mind blowing especially when the organ chords got real intense. Made my hairs stand on end. That was not that expensive but I forgot the cost.
I caught two of the student concerts when I visited. It was cheap and well performed, but the same basic repetoir that you hear over and over again at these sort of concerts- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, the Four Seasons, the Blue Danube Waltz, etc.
We will be with a young man from Brno who is a musician. I will tell him about the information you have sent.
Ah, Brno, the home of Janos Janecek. Janecek liked to stress his Moravian identity, versus Dvorak the Bohemian.
Yes, many times. We just got back May 21 from yet another trip. This time we listened to the Czech String Chamber Orchestra at The National Museum. It was fantastic! A sextet including the pianist and the musicians were extremely playful and lighthearted. Most of the 50 or so people in the audience were seated on pillows going down the stairs, but we were fortunate enough to be of the 16 people seated on folding chairs within a few yards of the musicians. Folks in the audience were very casual dressed and it was under 2 hrs. Had the tickets arranged through Guest House Lida since we were staying there.
Thanks for all the good information. It should be helpful to us.
Just a small correction. "Brno home of Janos Janecek." It should be Leos Janacek. Janacek Academy of Music Arts in Brno has his name.