Orchestral Program

Orchestral musicians are invited to participate in a rigorous program of instruction and performance 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 an orchestral concert and performances of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Le nozze di Figaro in the Estates Theater, the only theater left standing where Mozart conducted.  

Chamber music performances will be given at the Gothic Hall in Tabor, built in 1521, and the Rudolfinum in Prague, the home of the Czech Philharmonic.  

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.

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Orchestral Program Performances:

  • Three (3) orchestra concerts of major symphonic repertoire in historic halls of Prague and surrounding cities, including an orchestra concert at the Estates Theater 
  • 2018 repertoire will include Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9 and Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, among others. 
  • Fully-staged opera productions of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte and Le nozze di Figaro in the Estates Theater

Program Highlights:

  • Orchestra and opera rehearsals and performances
  • Masterclasses with orchestral players from major orchestras in the Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria
  • 2018 clinicians will include
    • Walter Seyfarth, Berlin Philharmonic
    • Josef Špaček, Concertmaster, Czech Philharmonic
    • Ladislav Kozderka, Principal Trumpet, Czech Philharmonic 
    • Lauren Roth, Concertmaster, Tucson Symphony 
    • Leading faculty from the Prague Conservatory 
  • Opportunities to attend rehearsals at the Czech National Theatre, the Prague Symphony or the Czech Philharmonic

Chamber Music at Prague Summer Nights:

PSN’s intensive chamber music program will include performances in Tabor 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.

Program Highlights:

  • Chamber music performances in the Rudolfinum of Prague and the Gothic Hall in Tábor
  • Chamber Music rehearsals and performances
  • Coachings with PSN chamber faculty, Lauren Roth, and guest clinicians including Walter Seyfarth, Josef Špaček, Ladislav Kozderka, and leading faculty from the Prague Conservatory 

Greg Sandow, Composer

New to PSN 2018:

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.