Czech Philharmonic Open Air Concert

Czech Philharmonic ⬩ Open Air Concert

It is tradition for the Czech Philharmonic to end its season with a free Open-Air Concert on Hradčany Square. Leading the Orchestra this year is the inspiring American conductor, James Gaffigan. He has planned a concert full of energy and dance, best described by the Greek word “dynamis” meaning “power” or “motion”. As a young boy, Gaffigan dreamt of being a rock star.

Programme

Programme TBA 

Performers

James Gaffigan conductor

Other performers TBA

Czech Philharmonic

“What I love most in the world is to perform music and to bring people together. And the conducting profession lets me do both”, said James Gaffigan, current Music Director of Berlin’s Komische Oper and of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía in Valencia. A native of New York City, James Gaffigan paradoxically became a conductor by chance.

He got his start as a guitar player and wanted to be a rock star. But then aged 14, he traded guitar for bassoon and ultimately turned to classical music because he could hardly hope to play bassoon in a rock band. At one student orchestra rehearsal, the conductor asked him to try leading the orchestra, and from that moment, conducting became Gaffigan’s life’s passion. What became good luck for classical music lovers came at the expense of fans of more “hard-core” genres.

Gaffigan has won extraordinary renown with orchestras around the world not only for his openness and outgoing personality, but also for the natural ease with which he engages with the musicians he works with. He is often welcomed by orchestras in the United States and in Europe in highly diverse repertoire including contemporary music.

Prague — Hradčany Square

6/19/2025 Thursday 8:15 PM

How to buy tickets

Buy online

For online shopping you will be redirected to the website of the Czech Philharmonic.

Personally at the Rudolfinum cash desk

Information not only about available seats will be provided by the customer service of the Czech Philharmonic.

Admission to this event is free.

Customer Service of Czech Philharmonic

Tel.:  +420 227 059 227

E-mail: info@czechphilharmonic.cz

Customer service is available on weekdays from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm.

Admission to this event is free.

Customer Service of Czech Philharmonic

Tel.:  +420 227 059 227

E-mail: info@czechphilharmonic.cz

Customer service is available on weekdays from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm.