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Prague Spring International Music Festival
From: 2014.05.12 To: 2014.06.02
The Prague Spring International Music Festival is a permanent showcase for outstanding performing artists, symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles of the world. The first festival was held in 1946 under the patronage of Czechoslovak president Edvard Benes, and its organizing committee was made up of important figures in Czech musical life. Through the years musicians such as Karel Ancerl, Leonard Bernstein, Sir Adrian Boult, Rudolf Firkusny, Jaroslav Krombholc, Rafael Kubelik, Moura Lympany, Yevgeny Mravinski, Charles Munch, Ginette Neveu, Jarmila Novotna, Lev Oborin, David Oistrach and Jan Panenka have won enthusiastic ovations on the Prague Spring Festival stage. Since 1952 the festival has opened with Bedrich Smetana's cycle of symphonic poems Ma vlast (My Country), and it closes with the ninth symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven. The festival commemorates important musical anniversaries by including works by the composers concerned on its programs, and presents Czech as well as world premieres of compositions by contemporary authors.