A Prague Christmas: Your Dec 2015 Calendar

Xmas in Prague

Christmas in Prague brings a warm glow , and there are so many places and ways to share it!

What is a Czech Christmas without fish, or Ryba? Jan Jakub Ryba, that is (ryba is fish in Czech).

And there are kazillions of Christmas and other performances, with fish or not, to choose from in Prague this December.

You can find them on our Events Calendar (top right corner), in our listing of “Events You Might Enjoy” and “Festivals and Workshops” to the right, or in the following list.

Three excellent performances dedicated solely to Ryba’s immortal Christmas Mass await you, by:
Pražstí Pěvci (The Prague Singers) and soloists, Sun, Dec 20, 5& 7:30 pm, at The Atrium
The Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK), with the Kuhn Mixed Choir, Fri, Dec 25, 3 and 6 pm, The Church of St Simon & St Jude
Ludus Musicus, Sat, Dec 26, 5 pm, The Czech Museum of Music
(See still more, below.)

Opus Osm cal muMusic: The annual Bohuslav Martinů Festival, Martinů Days 2015 offers a respite from potentially too much Christmas. Enjoy an incredibly wide range of this ever-more-famous Czech composer’s work: jazz, ballet music, melodramas, opera, madrigals (and nary a Christmas musical among them), for voice, harpsichord, orchestra, strings, piano, etc. 14 concerts Dec 1- 20, various locations in Prague.

Opus Osm cal balletBallet:The Czech National Ballet’s eagerly awaited new re-do of the classic Nutcracker ballet, The Nutcracker and the Cuddly Mouse (Louskáček a Myšák Plyšák) by the Ballet’s dynamic choreographer/artistic director Petr Zuska. After ten years, the Czech National Ballet presents a new rendition of the beloved children’s tale of the brave girl and her magic Nutcracker. Premieres Th, Fri, Dec 3 & 4, 7 pm, The National Theatre, with 13 more December performances, including matinees.

music notesMusic:You can count on The Czech Chamber Music Society for lovely concerts; its program by the Baborák Ensemble, the French horn and string quartet ensemble founded in 2001 by the internationally acclaimed Czech horn player Radek Baborák, is no exception. Sat, Dec 5, 10:30 am, Lichtenstein Palace.

XmasChristmas music: It’s not too late to catch The National Theatre Orchestra’s remaining Advent Concerts, the Czech classic JJ Ryba Christmas Mass and contemporary composer Jiří Teml’s medley of Czech carols. With The Kuhn Children’s Choir. Sun, Dec 6,13, & 20, 11 am, The National Theatre.

piano tunerMusic: The always innovative Berg Orchestra marks the end of 2015 with world premieres by two Czech composers, Jana Vöröšová and Josef Třeštík, along with live tagtool drawing. Not sure what that is? Here’s your chance to find out. Mon, Dec 7, 7:30 pm, The Czech Museum of Music.

XmasChristmas music: Snové Koledy (Dreamy Carols) is a symphonic Christmas poem, led by the multi-talented composer/director Jan Kučera, and performed by the Pražstí Pěvci (Prague Singers) and the Jitro Children’s Choirs, accompanied by the Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK). Wed, Thurs, Dec 9 & 10, 7:30 pm, The Municipal House.

XmasChristmas music: Come and learn carols from around world, and the Michal Hromek Consort will accompany you. Guitarist Michal Hromek’s trio, Consort, favors historic and folk melodies. The spoken part of the program is in Czech only, with no subtitles. Sat, Dec 12, 10:30 am, The Rudolfinum.

statue violinMusic: Trio Aloe’s brass trio concert includes Czech Christmas carols arranged by composer Martin Hybler, plus selections by Mozart and Bach. Part of the Czech Chamber Music Society’s Advent Concerts. Sun, Dec 13, 5:30 pm, The Rudolfinum.

XmasChristmas music: The Prague Symphony Orchestra (FOK) plays a suite from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, along with selections by Bohuslav Martinů and Antonín Dvořák. Proceeds go to UNICEF, with special gifts on sale in the lobby during intermission. Wed, Thurs, Dec 16 & 17, 7:30 pm, The Municipal House

XmasChristmas music: The Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir perform Christmas favorites by Mozart, Haydn, Tchaikovsky and others, climaxing in Handel’s glorious Messiah oratorio for soloists, chorus, and orchestra. Hallelujah! Wed, Thurs, Fri, Dec 16,17 & 18, 7:30 pm, The Rudolfinum. Public rehearsal Dec 19, 3 pm

XmasChristmas music: Acclaimed Czech violinist Jaroslav Svěcený plays Christmas melodies of the past and present, in the Baroque fortress turned intimate concert-hall. Sun, Dec 20, 5:30 & 7:30 pm, Chodovská Tvrz

XmasChristmas music: The Cimbal Classic ensemble plays Czech country carols and their own compositions, accompanied by the crystal clear tones of the cembalo, that exuberant folk instrument like a dulcimer that’s grown legs. Sat, Dec 26, 3 pm, The Church of St Simon & St Jude

Opus Osm cal condanDance: And now for something completely different, the delightfully creative Dekka Dancers present The Woman Behind the Cult – Marilyn Monroe in some of the freshest contemporary choreography in Prague. One night only, Mon, Dec 28, 8pm, The New Stage.

Opus Osm cal muMusic: The Czech Philharmonic rehearses its New Year’s concert, and lets you watch. Open public rehearsal, Thurs, Dec 31, 10 am, The Rudolfinum. Concert Fri, Jan 1, 8 pm

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Photo Credits: Top: Zuzana Pernicová

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