International Music Festival Prague Spring is the largest and the oldest classical music festival in the Czech republic, which showcases the most renowned performing artists, symphony orchestras and chamber music ensembles.

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The first festival was held in 1946 when the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra was celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. The Prague Spring begins annually on May 12, on the anniversary of the death of Bedřich Smetana, and ends on June 4.  Visitors can enjoy classical music, jazz, world and experimental music of the highest artistic quality in the unique concert venues, such as the Smetana Hall of the Municipal House or Rudolfinum´s Dvořák Hall. The festival traditionally opens with the cycle of six tone poems, entitled Má Vlast (My Country) and closes with Ludwig van Beethoven´s Symphony No. 9.

The official festival´s web site notes that the festival has witnessed tempestuous times, political and social upheavals, important cultural and historical events and music taste changes but it always found enough listeners willing to appreciate the real artistic quality.

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