The program of this year’s Prague Spring Festival will include a presentation of the winning design of the Vltava Philharmonic in Prague and a concert for Ukraine. The International Festival will offer forty concerts at its 77th year. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will open it on May 12 with a performance of Bedřich Smetana’s traditional My Homeland. Conductor Daniel Barenboim will not perform with the orchestra for health reasons, and will be replaced by Thomas Guggeis. Festival director Roman Bělor informed the journalists about this.
My homeland is a very impressive, deep and moving work. I am happy that it is at this time that our orchestra can introduce it to a number of European capitals as part of a tour that will culminate in the opening of the Prague Spring, “Barenboim said.” home, “he added to the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, in which young Israeli and Arab musicians play side by side.
In recent days, the finals of the architectural competition have ended in Prague, which will determine the appearance of the new cultural center in Prague, the center of which will be a top modern concert hall. The results of the competition will be announced and the winning design of the Vltava Philharmonic will be presented as part of the Prague Spring on 17 and 18 May. “The ambition of our capital’s management to build a new cultural stand of world importance after more than 100 years proves that Prague wants to be a strong music metropolis in the 21st century as well,” said Bělor.
The festival has newly included an extraordinary concert in honor of Ukraine. The ensemble Kiev Soloists, who are among the leading Ukrainian musical ensembles, will perform on June 2 in the Church of St. Simon and Judy. The Russian invasion caught them abroad during a tour of Italy. The ensemble decided to stay outside of Ukraine not only for security reasons, but also to hold concerts in support of their country. “We want to dedicate these concerts to our families, our country and our army, which is fighting for democracy around the world,” said violinist Anatoly Vasylkivsky, who is the artistic director of the Kiev Soloists.
This year’s Prague Spring will offer a new Prague Offspring project dedicated to contemporary music in May. His resident composer Prague Offspring in 2022 will be the Austrian Olga Neuwirthová. The Vision and Dreams project will bring a concept combining the music of old masters with the work of contemporary authors. Cellist Gautier Capuçon will become the festival’s resident artist. The program will end with a concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Andris Nelsons.