Morn til Night: Your May Calendar

There's plenty to do in Prague from morning til night  during the month of May.

There’s plenty to do in Prague from morning til night during the month of May. Here: The National Theatre.

The merry month of May comes alive with great performances – classical music, opera, ballet – literally from morning til night. Read on for some specific suggestions.

The Prague Spring International Music Festival runs from May 12 through June 3. One of the many highlights: The Chamber Music Weekend May 22-25, with top performances at various locations, as early as 11 am, running through the early afternoon and evening, and even at 9:30 pm.

For more details on this 70th edition of the festival, see our Prague Spring article, and check our Events Calendar in the top right corner of every Opus Osm page.

The PKF – Prague Philharmonia continues its “Musical Journeys to the Ends of the Earth” series with a chamber music concert dedicated to Czech composer Jan Hanuš May 4 at 7:30 pm at The Czech Museum of Music. Mr Hanuš (1915-2004) graduated from the Prague Conservatory but then turned to earning a business degree. His day job was overseeing publication of works by some major Czech composers, but eventually he composed his own, in a wide variety of genres.

The Navalis festival revolves around water, in remembrance of the Czech martyr thrown off a bridge.

The Navalis festival revolves around water, in remembrance of the Czech martyr thrown off a bridge.

The annual Navalis festival is held again on May 15 in and around Old Town Square and the Vltava River. Honoring the Czech St Jan of Nepomuk, the merriment includes a pilgrim and folk festival and procession, gondoliers on the river, a dragon boat regatta at 8:15 pm, and a free Baroque concert, including fireworks, following there at 9 pm.

The Prague Philharmonic Choir also has chosen a work by Mr Hanuš, The Message, Opus 66 as part of its concert May 19 at 8 pm at The Church of Sts Simon and Jude (part of Prague Spring). The vocal triptych is dedicated to the memory of Jan Palach, the Czech student who immolated himself in a 1969 protest.

On a lighter note, The National Theatre presents Molière’s Baroque classic Monsieur de Pourceaugnac (Pán z Prasečkova) at 2 and 7 pm May 31 at The Theatre of the Estates. The comedy is supported musically by Collegium 1704. Although the play will be presented in Czech, you can find the English version online as a Gutenberg Project free download. — oo

Photo Credits: Top: Zuzana Pernicová; bottom, Navalis website

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