Christmas In Paris

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Program and cast

FRANCIS POULENC

Les biches, suite from the ballet

Gloria for soprano, choir and orchestra


WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

Piano concerto No. 25 in C major K 503

Exsultate, jubilate, motet for soprano and orchestra K 165


Marie FAJTOVÁ | soprano

Angela HEWITT | piano
 
PRAGUE PHILHARMONIC CHOIR

Lukáš VASILEK | choirmaster

PRAGUE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Jac van STEEN | conductor

 

Municipal House

  Municipal House (Czech: Obecní dům) is a civic building that houses Smetana Hall, a celebrate concert venue, in Prague, Czech Republic. Its address is Náměstí Republiky 5, next to the Powder Gate in the center of the city.
  The Royal Court palace used to be located on the site of the Municipal House. From 1383 until 1485 the King of Bohemia lived on the property. After 1485, it was abandoned. It was demolished in the early 20th century. Construction of the current building started in 1905. It opened in 1912.[citation needed] The building was designed by Osvald Polívka and Antonín Balšánek.

  The Municipal House was the location of the Czechoslovak declaration of independence.

  The building is of the Art Nouveau architecture style. The building exterior has allegorical art and stucco. There is a mosaic called Homage to Prague by Karel Špillar over the entrance.  On either side are allegorical sculpture groups representing The Degradation of the People and The Resurrection of the People by Ladislav Šaloun. Smetana Hall serves as a concert hall and ballroom. It has a glass dome. 

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