Our Musical Adventure in Prague!

One year ago my husband and I embarked on a trip of a lifetime. The trip took us to an unexpected layover in Frankfurt, then on to Prague, Helsinki and Vienna. Singing with the Berkshire Choral International in Prague, we began learning the score of Dvorak’s Stabat Mater and later practiced with CDs, sometimes filling our house with music for hours daily.

We allowed a few extra days for sightseeing in Prague before the Berkshire week commenced with about 5 hours of singing daily. Choristers from 7 countries numbered 163. Added were apprentices, faculty and native Czech singers so our ranks swelled to more than 175. The Bohemian Symphony Orchestra accompanied us and had some 80 members. Additionally, we had 4 wonderful soloists. Maestro Heinz Ferlesch of Vienna, Austria conducted us daily.

The venue for the August 10, 2019 performance was the Zofin Palace and where Dvorak also performed his Stabat Mater. It was a stellar venue and elegant inside with chandeliers hanging from ornate ceilings. It just doesn’t get any better than this! Music forges bonds between people and countries.

The photos will speak for themselves. Music still swirls in our heads, and the memories remain forever etched in our hearts and minds.

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28 Responses to Our Musical Adventure in Prague!

  1. What an amazing experience for you. When I think of Prague and Vienna I think of music.

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  2. Peter Klopp says:

    What a wonderful experience you must have had in being part of this musical event in Prague! Music brings joy and peace to one’s heart. Great post, Mary Ann!

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  3. Oh how wonderful, Mary Ann! ❤ The music plays on… xo

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  4. What a marvelous adventure! I could almost hear the music as I looked at your photos.

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  5. Lovely to hear your trip went well, and with memories of the Bohemian Symphony Orchestra memories etched in your hearts and minds. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. 🙂

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  6. Mick Canning says:

    Wow, Stabat Mater is a favourite of mine – amazing music!


  7. Clare Pooley says:

    I am so pleased your tour was such a success! The photographs are wonderful! It is always quite sad when an experience like this comes to an end.

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  8. Sally says:

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time, I’m happy for you. Very nice photos! Who took the last one? The view is marvelous.

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    • It was indeed wonderful. My guess is the last one is from the Berkshire Choral International folks. I barely have any of the full group because we were singing most of the time. Prague is a beautiful city. Thanks for the lovely comment.


  9. I did see this post and NOW I have spoken to you I feel I can comment and say that the post and now brings a lump tp my throat. So beautiful. The thought of singing Dvorak where it was once performed just gets me. Plus Prague is such a lovely city.

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    • Thanks for the comment. It was a big anniversary year for Dvorak. We performed in the same palace he did with his piece of music. The acoustics were marvelous. We needed no microphones. Prague is a lovely city indeed and rich in history. oxox

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  10. Reblogged this on Dr. Mary Ann Niemczura and commented:

    Fond music memories from Prague. Maestro Heinz Ferlesch conducted Dvorak’s Stabat Mater in the Zofin Palace with the Berkshire Choral International.

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