Orchestral musicians are invited to participate in a rigorous program of instruction and 8 public performances, including major orchestral concerts, chamber music, opera orchestra performances, masterclasses and private lessons.
Participants will have the opportunity to perform orchestral programs in world-class venues and some of Europe’s most historic halls, including three orchestral concerts, with music by Mozart, Beethoven, Sibelius, Mendelssohn and Dvořák, and performances of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Le nozze di Figaro in the Estates Theatre, the only theater left standing where Mozart conducted.
Chamber music performances will be given at Rudolfinum in Prague, the home of the Czech Philharmonic, and the Gothic Hall in Tabor, built in 1521.
Instrumentalists will have have coachings and masterclasses from members of the festival faculty, including members of professional European orchestras and principal players from the Berlin and Czech and Philharmonic. Instrumental musicians will also have the opportunity to take private lessons with leading teachers from the Prague Conservatory, where Antonín Dvořák was once the director.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9
Dvořák: Cello Concerto | Amit Peled, cello
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto | Lauren Roth, violin
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto | Walter Seyfarth, clarinet
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2
PSN’s intensive chamber music program will include performances in Tábor and Prague, culminating in a concert in Prague’s famous Rudolfinum, the home of the Czech Philharmonic. All students will have the opportunity to coach with musicians from both the Czech and Berlin Philharmonics, as well as faculty from the Prague Conservatory, where Dvořák was the director.
Select students will have the chance to prepare and perform the world premiere of acclaimed critic and composer Greg Sandow’s string quartet, The Remembered Song. The ensemble will work directly with Mr. Sandow on the preparation and interpretation of his piece, and will premiere the work on July 4 in Suk Hall of the world-famous Rudolfinum.
“It was a pleasure for me being part of the festival, I learned a lot in Prague! Thank you for believing in my talent.”
“Thank you so much for the opportunity! I learned so much in that month, that I’m just hoping to retain a tiny bit of it! My teacher even noticed that my high notes have improved in tone. The program was absolutely amazing, and the people you brought together for it were even more so.”
“Thank you again for the incredible opportunity! I had an amazing trip and made so many memories.”
“Thank you for giving me the opportunity. It was an amazing experience with countless memories. Thank you again.”
"Thank you PRAGUE SUMMER NIGHTS so much for the incredible opportunity to work with you in Prague, and the amazing opportunities I’ve received!"
“A better experience could not have taken place for me during the first annual Prague Summer Nights Festival. I will forever take with me the memories and knowledge gained during my time with many wonderful musicians.”
"Prague Summer Nights was an incredible experience for me. I made friendships that will last a lifetime and learned so much about myself as a performer. Sometimes when you are engrossed in the whirlwind of hard, dedicated work it is difficult to see your own progress. Just months after the program I already feel a difference and ease of approach to my performing, as well as a greater awareness of not only what I can improve, but HOW I can improve. Having sung an opera where Mozart first conducted it is no small honor either! Thank you for the experience of a lifetime."
“Such an incredible experience getting a lesson and performing in a masterclass today with Walter Seyfarth, 30-year clarinetist of the Berlin Philharmonic, my favorite orchestra. My time in Prague has been a clarinetist’s dream! Very grateful.”
“Thanks for a great summer! The Prague experience was unforgettable. Thanks again.”
“I just wanted to take the opportunity again to thank you for this wonderful program you have created. I am still in awe of what took place over this last month, from Smetana Hall, to the Dvorak Museum, and finally Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre! I honestly don’t know how you did it!"