Discover the Beat of Czech Music
Come see and hear outstanding singers, bands adored by stadiums and chamber artists, with velvet voices, in Prague and other cities around the Czech Republic. The country regularly commemorates the preeminent figures of Czech music, especially classical composers Bedřich Smetana (1824–1884), Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904) and Leoš Janáček (1854–1928), as well as more modern additions to the Czech musical legacy. In addition, every 10 years, in the years that end in 4, the Czech Republic hosts a wealth of musical celebrations in several cities and abroad.
Classical Music has Always had a Home in Czech Culture
The culture of classical music in the Czech Republic can be seen in the number of festivals and concerts provided throughout the summer in the Czech Republic. The international music festival, Prague Spring began in 1946 and has been accompanied annually by illustrious names since its inception – Leonard Bernstein, Luciano Pavarotti and Magdalena Kožená.
The opera festival, Smetana’s Litomyšl, is the second-largest music festival in the Czech Republic, after Prague Spring, and likewise among the largest Czech classical music festivals. You can also look forward to a proper dose of good opera from June 13th to July 6th in the wings of Litomyšl Château, a Renaissance pearl and UNESCO world heritage site. of Eastern Bohemia.
Popular Music and Summer Festivals Not Only for Young People
The draw of summer music festivals in the Czech Republic is their diversity, relaxing atmosphere and of course, the wealth of musical headliners. The largest Czech rock festival, Rock for People takes place in Hradec Králové on the first weekend in July each year.
Next up, the center of Ostrava becomes a large concert venue each summer, thanks to the festival, Colours of Ostrava. This festival spans multiple genres and lasts for 4 days in the middle of July. In 2016, the biggest stars to perform were Underworld, Tame Impala, Of Monsters and Men and M83.
Between mid-July to mid-August, the Castles CZ Music Festival fills eight castles in Bohemia and Moravia with music. Expect no less than fun for the entire family and a lesson in history.
Summertime in the Czech Republic also reverberates with one of the biggest jazz festivals in Europe! The Bohemia Jazz Fest, which DownBeat magazine lists as one of the world’s most important cultural events, was founded in 2005 by acclaimed jazz guitarist Rudy Linka. For several weeks of July, thousands of people gather on the historic squares of Czech cities to see and hear the world’s greatest jazz performers – for free! Visitors can also enjoy Prague Jazz Weekend afterward in late July, in the beautiful open air of Old Town Square.
For popular music at any time of year, be sure to check out the schedule of the massive O2 Arena in Prague. Upcoming international performers scheduled to play the arena in 2016 include Rihanna, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Elton John!
Autumn Offers an Extraordinary Musical Experiences Full of Diverse Jazz Styles!
In Hradec Králové, the Jazz Goes to Town international jazz festival takes place in mid-October. The Jazz Without Borders festival visits Plzeň and many other towns in the area between September and October. In addition, for more than twenty years, the AghaRTA Prague Jazz Festival, is held in spring and autumn at a variety of venues across Prague. The autumn schedule includes a performance in November by Mike Stern and the Dave Weckl Band at the famous Lucerna Music Bar in central Prague.