Mnozil Brass - Prague Proms

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July 2022

Get ready to see the Smetana Hall packed to the brim (all the way to organ pipes, actually) with three hundred musicians and singers. These events used to be referred to as monster concerts. They were and continue to be popular as open air concerts. Regardless the weather conditions, you’re guaranteed to soak up the unforgettable atmosphere at this event featuring compositions by John Rutter, Antonín Dvořák and Gabriel Fauré.

International Choruses
Marie Fajtová –
Roman Janál – Baritone
Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Ryan Board –
Matthew Mehaffey – Conductor

Program and cast

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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