The international festival Smetana Days has ranked among the most important cultural events held in Pilsen for more than thirty years. Listeners can enjoy masterpieces in both traditional and new contexts, and new music pieces performed by major ensembles and leading artists of the domestic and foreign scene. Interdisciplinary, the concept from the very beginning of the festival in the form of a scientific symposium dedicated to the issue of Czech culture of the 19th century, still remains the basis of the festival. An integral part of the festival is the connection of artistic, literary and dramatic areas, as well as the involvement of Pilsen creators and performers. The main theme of the 35th season will be the phenomenon of coexistence between Austrians, Germans and Czechs in the context of Czech culture.
Since 2013, the festival has been organised by the Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra public benefit organisation. This year, the festival will offer a rich concert programme with great visiting symphony orchestras, solo recitals and crossover projects which combine the classics with contemporary music.
Venue of the concerts: Měšťanská beseda ICity Clubhouse), House of Music, Choir of the Brethren Church in Pilsen, Gallery of the City of Pilsen, the Visitors’ Centre of Pilsen Urquell and more
Organised by: Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra together with other partners (West Bohemian Gallery, West Bohemian Museum, etc.)
2 March, Měšťanská beseda, Opening Concert
Staatskapelle Weimar, Catherine Manoukian (violin), Stefan Solyom (conductor)
3 March, ČRo (Czech Radio), Ensemble Musique
Nouvelles (BE) – an evening of contemporary Belgian composers, Jean Paul Dessy (conductor)
5 March, Měšťanská beseda, Vivat Mozart!
Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, Hana Hložková (violin), Vít Hošek (viola), Lukáš Pavlíček (oboe), Jan Oblištil (clarinet), Václav Kapusta (bassoon), Kateřina Javůrková (French horn),
Ronald Zollman (conductor)
19 March, Měšťanská beseda, Broadway Came to Us!
Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, Lindsey Falduto and Daniel Fosha (vocals), Carl Topilow (conductor)
23 March, House of Music, Prague Wind Octet
Dinis Schemann (piano), Petr Nouzovský (cello)
24 March, House of Music, Schemann Klavierduo