Blog

An evening concert in the Golden City

Sept. 29 2010

For one of our last nights in Prague Pat booked us a couple seats for a classical string concert. At first, the concept of it sounded tacky and like just another tourist trap, since the staff of these concerts is composed not entirely, but mostly of hand-to-hand flyer handerouters all day out in the tourist squares. It’s just so easy, after having traveled for a bit to not even make eye contact with those people who try to stuff those leaflets in your hand as you walk by.

But I’m telling you, Pat’s find was a gem. We arrived 5 minutes before the scheduled start, dropped of our coats and headed into a medium sized ballroom. I was expecting a bit more of a stadium seating sort of thing, but my first thoughts went to how great these acoustics were going to be.

And then, right at 7:01 or 7:02 the 5 musicians filed out of 2 doors to take their place on the stage. It was a 5-piece set with 3 violins, a cello and a bass. For the next hour, this group rattled off an impressive, and highly professional set of some of the most famous orchestral songs in the world. Maybe it’s me and the fact I’ve never been to a concert like this--besides the ones my mom used to force me to go to at the Seattle Center growing up(which I despised)--but I was endlessly impressed with the perfect, synchronized movements of all musicians. They were precisely on every note and every beat, or deliberately an 1/8th or even 1/16th count off.  I guess this is why they’re professionals.

As the concert wrapped up, they received such a standing ovation that the musicians came back out on stage for an encore. Don’t ask me what it was called, but they left their strings in the back room, and plucked off a fast-paced 5 minute song complete with head wagging and Jimi Hendrix-style guitar grip on these beautiful violins. Leaving the concert hall, I felt like throwing up my arms and yelling, “I’m so cultured!” It’s just amazing to me that that takes place in front of a deserved full house nearly every night of the week in many halls across Prague. That was a beautiful cap to our week in Prague. 

Comments:

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.
Jaci Beauvais

Happy Backpackers

I LOVED that we stayed in the mountains, above Interlaken, with WSA Switzerland. It was so much more beautiful! The fact that it was actually on the side of the mountain kind of made me appreciate how the people get around and live in that area! Arriving at the hostel...absolutely...

Jaci Beauvais ~ Limerick, Ireland, Fall 2012

Read more Reviews

Spots are limited!

We keep our groups small, so save your spot now! Check out our Tripadvisor, App Store & Facebook travel love below. smile

Amsterdam

Choose your WSA Experience!

Barcelona

Choose your WSA Experience!

Berlin

Choose your WSA Experience!

Budapest

Choose your WSA Experience!

Cinque Terre

Choose your WSA Experience!

Dublin

Choose your WSA Experience!

Edinburgh

Choose your WSA Experience!

Krakow

Choose your WSA Experience!

London

Choose your WSA Experience!

Paris

Choose your WSA Experience!

Prague

Choose your WSA Experience!

Rome

Choose your WSA Experience!

Swiss Alps

Choose your WSA Experience!

Venice

Choose your WSA Experience!

Portugal

Visit our partners at:

Sahara Desert

Visit our partners at:

Morocco

Visit our partners at:

Multi-City Adventures:

St. Paddy’s Ireland

Choose your WSA Experience!

Italian Extravaganza

Choose your WSA Experience!

Best of Central Europe

Choose your WSA Experience!

Recommended by:

Partners: