5 Popular Concert Venues in Prague

Image of the Mirror Chapel in the Clementinum

There are classical concerts held somewhere in Prague every day. However not all are the same standard and they range from quartets to full orchestras. However you may still want to attend a concert just to see the venue. Many of the beautiful churches in Prague have concerts held at least once a week but here is a list of 5 of the most popular locations.

Smetana Hall, Municipal House

The Municipal House

One of the most enjoyable concerts I attended in Prague is at the Municipal House, a stately building located at Namesti Republicky, right next to the Powder Gate and opposite the Palladium Shopping Centre. It has a large mosaic above the main entrance and houses the Smetana Hall, a popular concert venue where the Prague Music Chamher Orchestra plays here regularly. The performances feature about 10 musicians, mostly violinists and popular pieces by Mozart, Beethovan, Dvorak and Strauss are normally played. Concert times are usually at 8pm and tickets range from 730 CZK to 1300 CZK.

Rudolfinum

This Neo-Renaissance building located at Jan Palach Square by the Vlata River is the home of the Czech Philarmonic Orchestra. The concert hall here hosts a variety of programmes and is the venue for the Prague Spring International Music Festival held in May and June every year. Concerts by the Czech Chamber Music Society, Parnas Ensemble and the Czech Philarmonic Chamber Orchestra are also held here. Visit their website for a full list of performances.

The Mirror Chapel - Klementiinum

Klementinum

The Klementinum is a large complex of buildings located in the Old Town. The buildings are accessible only via a tour or attending a concert at the Mirror Chapel. A string quartet with an organist and soprano usually play here and their repertoire consists of 8 – 10 short popular pieces. Concerts start at 6pm and last 55 minutes. There is a front and back section and it is free seating. On some days there are not that many people and if you paid for the cheaper seating, you can sneak up to the front if there are places available. Tickets cost 600 CZK for the back half and 700 CZK for the front section.

St Jilji Church

Not far from the Klementinum is St Jilji Church along the less busy Husova. The church has an ornate Baroque interior and the pipe organ which dates back to 1737 is the largest classical organ in Prague with 3500 reed pipes. The Czech Strings Chamber Quartet or a violin soloist usually performs here but the highlight of the performance is of course the organ performance. As there is no heating in the church, it can get quite cold in the church in winter so it is best to dress warmly although blankets are provided if you need them.

Lobkowicz Palace

Lobkowicz Palace

Located at Prague Castle, Lobkowicz Palace houses the private art collection of the Lobkowicz family and holds lunch time concerts at its most beautiful room. Soloists from the Czech Philarmonic Orchestra perform here playing pieces from Czech and other well-known composers. Concerts last 1 hour and tickets for the concert only are 390 CZK and 490 CZK. If you are visiting the museum as well, you can buy a combined ticket.

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