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The Music of Budapest, Prague and Vienna at the Kennedy Center

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The Kennedy Center presents The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna from February 25-March 29, 2012. The festival features a selection of music showcasing artists from the three abovementioned cities. In regards to Czech-related programs, the Prague Philharmonia, conducted by founder Jiří Bělohlávek, plays Leoš Janáček's Suite for String Orchestra among other works. The National Symphony Orchestra presents Antonín Dvořák's towering cantata Stabat Mater. The youthful Eben Trio takes audiences through the chamber works of Petr Fiala, Bedřich Smetana, and Antonín Dvořák.

For more information about the festival, please visit

Be sure to scroll down to see the rich selection of Czech-related events that will be highlighted at the Kennedy Center in the upcoming weeks.


March 20, 2012, 8 pm
Prague Philharmonia
Founded in 1994 by Jiří Bělohlávek, the 48-member Czech orchestra plays with "warmth, deep feeling, and swinging rhythmic energy" (All Music Guide).

The Kennedy Center - Eisenhower Theater | Tickets: $25-$50
To purchase tickets, go to: http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=XMIBA#tickets

March 29, 2012, 7:30 pm
Eben Trio (formerly Puella Trio)
Considered one of the most gifted in the young, up-and-coming generation of musicians, Prague's Eben Trio (formerly Puella Trio) makes its U.S. debut with Dvořák 's "Dumki" trio and Smetana's heart-wrenching trio.

The Kennedy Center - Terrace Theater | Tickets: $32.00
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March 22-24, 2012
National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Dvořák: Stabat Mater
Hear the genius of Dvořák as The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna continues with Maestro Eschenbach conducting the NSO in Stabat Mater, with singers Anne Schwanewilms, Nathalie Stutzmann, Steve Davislim, and Robert Holl.

The Kennedy Center - Concert Hall | Tickets: $20-$85
To purchase tickets, go to: http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=NMCSR#tickets

March 23, 2012, 8 pm
National Symphony Orchestra: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor / Music of Dvořák and Janáček
The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna stops in Prague with Christoph Eschenbach conducting the National Symphony Orchestra in works by Dvořák and Janáček.

The Kennedy Center - Concert Hall | Tickets: $20-$85
To purchase tickets, go to: http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=NMCSS#tickets


February 18, 2 pm

Budapest, Prague, and Vienna: Where the Coffee House Influenced the Opera House
Yvonne Caruthers examines the cultural hegemony of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna in their imperial centuries as the centers of classical music and opera.

The Kennedy Center - Terrace Gallery | Tickets: $15.00
To purchase tickets, go to: http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=EMENC#tickets

March 17, 2012, 11 am
A Taste of Three Cities
Prepare and enjoy the cuisine of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna during this hands-on cooking class and 3-course meal.

NOTE: This event does NOT take place at the Kennedy Center.
Other Venue - TBA | Tickets: $100
To purchase tickets, go to: http://www.kennedy-center.org/events/?event=EMEGA#tickets

March 21, 2012, 5 pm
Social Dance Lesson - Prague
The Kennedy Center will also feature a program of Polka and dancing lessons.

There will be numerous events showcasing the three cities on the Millennium Stage. Below is a selection of free events featured at the Kennedy Center. Please stay posted for upcoming events and any changes at: http://www.kennedy-center.org/programs/millennium/schedule.html#29022012

March 1, 2012, 6 pm
Members of the Washington National Opera Orchestra perform Chamber Music from the Magic Triangle, a program of classic and contemporary chamber works from Budapest, Prague, and Vienna.

March 11, 2012, 6 pm
In the Terrace Theater, the Kennedy Center presents a Three Cities Chamber Music Marathon of works from each of the three cities: Quatuor Thymos perform early 20th century works; members of the NSO perform early works; and the third Conservatory Project Chamber Ensemble made up of a musician from each Conservatory Project school performs contemporary work as selected and directed by composer Johannes Maria Staud.

March 24, 2012, 6 pm
Maestro Eschenbach will lead an NSO Prelude showcasing Dvořák's Piano Quintet.