Music in Prague
Prague has always loved music, and musicians have always loved Prague. 2014 is a gift to music lovers from far and wide: Thanks to several Czech music anniversaries celebrated this year (Dvořák, Smetana and Janáček, as well as the Prague Symphony Orchestra), 2014 has been declared the Year of Czech Music, with classical superstars Sir Simon Rattle and Magdalena Kožená as Artistic Patrons and Maestro Jiří Bělohlávek as honorary President.
Whether you are a seasoned music aficionado or casual listener, in 2014 you are certain to find a music event or ten to suit your tastes. Hearing a work of music in Prague, be it a favourite opera in the same theatre where it premiered, an experimental jazz piece at one of Prague's new jazz clubs, or a band of street musicians on Charles Bridge, the city is as much a part of the experience as the music itself.
And then there are the stories - the favourite pub of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (who knows what you will be inspired to pen there?), the brothel where Gustav Mahler composed during the nights or the amazing and heartbreaking stories of 20th century Czech-Jewish composers such as Pavel Haas.