In 2017, the Prague Spring International Music Festival - the oldest, most famous, and biggest festival in to the number of concerts in the Czech Republic - will offer an excellent blend of tradition and experiment. It brings 50 concerts of classical music in 17 concert halls, from 12 May to 2 June, 2017. Prague is to welcome 98 orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists from 23 countries.
The Czech Philharmonic has been a key component of the Prague Spring from the very beginning. In 1946 it celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its founding, and decided to mark the occasion by organizing an international festival. The man who initiated the project was Rafael Kubelík, Principal Conductor of the Czech Philharmonic at the time. The first Prague Spring Festival took place from 11 May to 4 June 1946, organized by the Czech Philharmonic alone. Edvard Beneš, President of the Czechoslovak Republic, was Patron of the Festival.
The Czech Philharmonic, which has given more than 360 concerts at the Festival, far more than any other orchestra, is quite obviously an integral part of the Prague Spring.