The traditional Prague Spring Festival is now under way. The festival, now in its 72nd year opened on May 8th, led by the award-winning conductor Daniel Barenboim with the Viennese Philharmonic Orchestra.

The festival offers 45 concerts with a broad, colorful range of events for both fans of the orchestral sound and those who love chamber music, followers of contemporary music and music of past eras.

The opening concert saw a screening of the footage from the forthcoming documentary, Martin Suchánka, followed by Viennese Philharmonic’s performance of My Country.

From the dozens of concerts this year that are not to be missed, audiences should watch the Honor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Czech conductor Karel Ančerl, and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. At the end of May, Thomas Hengelbrock will conduct the Orchestra de Paris.

The closing of the festival also promises to be something rather exceptional. The festival will culminate in a program conducted by one of the greatest composers of the latter half of the 20th century and the present day, Krzysztof Penderecki. The audience will hear his famous symphony Seven Gates of Jerusalem, conducted by the composer himself, a work written to commemorate the third millennium of the city of Jerusalem.