Christmas concert at Prague Castle
This Christmas, Prague has a special event in store for you. The Christmas Concert at Prague Castle features beloved melodies by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Cesar Franck, George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Georges Bizet, Giulio Romolo Caccini, Johann Pachelbel, Giuseppe Tartini, Arcangelo Corelli, John Francis Wade and Franz Xaver Gruber. A chamber ensemble of strings and a soprano promise to take you on a joyous musical excursion through the centuries with a selection of special sacred songs, famous classical melodies and popular Christmas carols to put you into the holiday mood. In the special setting of the historic St George’s Basilica, the Christmas Concert at Prague Castle is nothing short of extraordinary.
With its characteristic couple of white spires, St George’s Basilica is a landmark feature of the historic Prague Castle. These days, the nearly ten-century-old church attracts worshippers and music fans alike. The Christmas Concert at Prague Castle finds a worthy home in this celebrated venue, and its programme is as storied and charming as its setting. Over the course of one hour, the string ensemble of violins, viola, cello and double bass accompanies a talented soprano through a wondrous journey across musical periods and lands. The prelude from Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s famous ‘Te Deum Laudamus’ gets the evening to a divine start. Tartini’s ‘Air’ and Franck’s ‘Panis Angelicus’ continue in the same vein, only to make way for Handel’s bombastic ‘Largo’ from the opera Xerxes and ‘Allegro’ from Music for the Royal Fireworks.
The concert continues with a colourful mixture of Baroque and Romantic masterpieces, among them Pachelbel’s famous ‘Canon in D-Major’, jubilant melodies by Mozart, Caccini’s immortal ‘Ave Maria’, Vivaldi’s triumphant ‘Gloria’, and Bizet’s humble ‘Agnus Dei’. Wade’s ‘Adeste Fideles’ and Gruber’s timeless Christmas carol ‘O Holy Night’ serve as a powerful coda. The Christmas Concert at the Prague Castle encompasses a wide range of beloved classical and holiday tunes. Please note that St George’s Basilica cannot be heated during the winter, and while the music will surely warm your heart, make sure to dress appropriately, too!