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- Posted:Wednesday, December 9, 2009
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Prague Philharmonia strikes a chord
On May 12th, however, the orchestra will be putting on a performance of Smetana's My Country song cycle, led by 28-year-old chief conductor Jakub Hrusa. The Prague Daily Monitor has noted that, despite the fact he's so comparatively young, he has "ample foreign experience", having fronted the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the New Japan Philharmonic, the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
Phew! He's certainly been busy and if you head to next year's festival, you'll be treated works by Bohuslav Martinu, as well as be present for the start of the celebrations of Gustav Mahler's 150th anniversary. According to the news source, the show will be going on until early June so there's plenty of time to catch a gig or two and you'll have your pick of around ten opera performances and 50 other concerts to choose from.
But remember that you can't be cultured all the time and listening to classical music can be thirsty work. If you find yourself a bit parched and in need of some true-blue Prague beer, hop aboard the 271 bus as the New York Times' Evan Rail has said that along its route lies a pub that sells Czech craft beverages.
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