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The Czech Centennial Gala will commemorate fascinating stories associated with the creation of modern Czech statehood as well as its recreation after World War II. The event will feature a special historic presentation, music performances and an art exhibition highlighting such artists as Alphonse Mucha, Albín Polášek and Vojtěch Preissig. These artists had strong Chicago connections and made a difference both as great artists as well as Czech patriots.
The Embassy of the Czech Republic will launch the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2018 – Czech Independence with the opening of the exhibition, The Good 100 on September 6, 2018, at 6 pm. The last century has seen its ups and too many tumultuous downs as the Czech people struggled for self-determination and democracy in the heart of Europe. To reflect on the positive moments and events in each of the one hundred years, the students of Media and Didactic Illustration at the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art from the University of West Bohemia, under the leadership of professor and acclaimed author Renáta Fučíková, have created an intriguing, visual exhibit. The illustrated and educational display demonstrates momentous, good moments of groundbreaking discoveries, artistic creation, incredible achievements, and vibrant life.
The fifth edition of the European Tech Night series, focused on "Smart Mobility - Changing the Way We Move Thru Our Space", will be hosted by the Czech Republic on the Bohemian National Hall’s rooftop.
The Great War Centennial Military History Exhibition will open on September 7, 2018, at 6 pm, at the Buttonwood ARTspace. The exhibit features World War I military history of the regions of Europe that became Czechoslovakia in 1918. The lands of Bohemia, Moravia, and Slovakia (part of the then collapsing Austro-Hungarian empire) originally sent troops to fight as members of the empire. Large numbers of Czechs and Slovaks defected on the Russian front and formed the Czechoslovak Legion. The Legion fought during the war on the allied side in pursuit of an independent Czechoslovakia.The exhibit is comprised of 20 art panels that relate to the formation of Czechoslovakia in 1918. The panels were prepared by historians from the Czech Military History Institute and the Slovak Academy of Science Historic Department.
This centennial musical program associated with the Great War will feature works from Croatian, Czech, and Slovak lands performed by students from the University of Missouri KC Conservatory of Music and Dance with guest pianist Ivan Pernicki from Zagreb, Croatia, on September 13, at 6:30 pm, with a preconcert reception at 5:30 pm. The program includes music for string quartet by the Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff, choral music by the Slovak composer Ján Levoslav Bella, and solo piano works by the Croatian composer Dora Pejacevic. The evening program will conclude with the rousing chorus “U Boj” (To arms) from the Croatian opera Nikola Subic Zrinjski by Ivan Zajc, a march that was extremely popular with Croatian, Czech and Slovak choirs and audiences.
The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles in partnership with UCLA Film & Television Archive proudly present a series of retrospective screenings of Jiří Menzel’s films. The screenings devoted to the of one of the greatest Czech directors of all time, Jiří Menzel, will be held at the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood from September 14 and will last through September 29, 2018.
Bistro Bohem will screen the film Cosy Dens (Pelíšky) on September 18, 2018, at 7 pm, as part of the ongoing Film and Beer Series. Set during Christmas 1967, two neighboring families stand on opposite sides of the political spectrum. Mr. Šebek is a loyal supporter of the regime, while Mr. Kraus, a decorated World War II resistance fighter and Czech nationalist, is staunchly anti-Soviet. The two men argue incessantly while the wives try to keep the peace. Meanwhile, the Šebek's teenage son becomes infatuated with the Kraus's daughter. She, though, has a crush on a teenager who has long hair, loves the Beatles, and wears American boots. Treat yourself to this classic early film of acclaimed director Jan Hřebejk.
Svanda Theatre, one of the Czech Republic's top theatre companies, will perform The Good and the True, a play about two Holocaust survivors, directed by Daniel Hrbek at Georgetown University in the Devine Studio Theatre on September 20, 2018, at 4 pm, with a post-show talkback, as part of the series Four Plays from Prague. "A remarkable piece of verbatim theatre" (Yorkshire Evening Post), this play weaves together testimonies of two Auschwitz survivors who led similarly extraordinary lives, but never actually met: Athlete Miloš Dobrý and actress Hana Pravda.
Svanda Theatre will perform Protest/The Debt on September 21, 2018 at 8 pm, in the Davis Center's Devine Theatre at Georgetown University as part of the theatre series Four Plays from Prague. What happens when two writers meet - one who is not allowed to write and the other who writes whatever he wants? What if the first one has a surprising proposal for the second one? And what if the two of them meet years later when they can write freely but it is not working? Brilliant Václav Havel´s dialogue is confronted with the dramatic attempt of a debuting author.
Svanda Theatre returns to the stage for a second performance of Protest/The Debt on September 22, 2018, at 4 pm, followed by a post-show talkback in the Davis Center's Devine Theatre at Georgetown University as part of the theatre series Four Plays from Prague. What happens when two writers meet - one who is not allowed to write and the other who writes whatever he wants? What if the first one has a surprising proposal for the second one? And what if the two of them meet years later when they can write freely but it is not working? Brilliant Václav Havel´s dialogue is confronted with the dramatic attempt of a debuting author.
Svanda Theatre will perform the play Pankrác '45 on September 22, 2018, at 8 pm, in the Davis Center's Gonda Theatre at Georgetown University. Casting for an execution...Based on the real-life incarceration of five women in the Pankrác Prison during a time of post-WWII national cleansing in Czechoslovakia, this story explores the relativity of guilt, responsibility for one's actions, and the struggle to survive within the machinery of history.
Svanda Theatre returns to the stage to perform the play Pankrác '45 on September 23, 2018, at 2 pm, in the Davis Center's Gonda Theatre at Georgetown University. Casting for an execution...Based on the real-life incarceration of five women in the Pankrác Prison during a time of post-WWII national cleansing in Czechoslovakia, this story explores the relativity of guilt, responsibility for one's actions, and the struggle to survive within the machinery of history.
The National Gallery of Art will present the Washington premiere of director João Moreira Salles’s new cine-essay In the Intense Now, in the East Building Auditorium introduced by Michael Kraus on September 29, 2018, at 2:30 pm. The film combines anonymous archival footage and reflective voice-over to survey the societal chaos of the late 1960s. More importantly, however, In the Intense Now is a poetic experiment in the communication between personal history and global events, as Salles mixes tourist footage recorded by his own mother on her trip to China at the start of the 1966 Cultural Revolution with found footage of rebellion from May 1968 recorded in France, Czechoslovakia, and Brazil. As Salles himself states: “We don’t always know what we’re filming.” “An ode to inadvertent cinematic archives, which harbor the gift of accidental revelation” — Diego Semerene.
The Sts. Cyril and Methodius Slavik Heritage Festival will commence on September 30, at 12 noon, at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Houston, TX. Performers representing the participating Slavic nations of the Czech Republic, Poland, Croatia, and the Ukraine will present a four-hour program packed with colorful songs and lively folk dances. The event includes delicious national dishes. Vendors will offer books, glassware, jewelry, clothing, toys and art objects representative of the Slavic countries.The Sts. Cyril and Methodius Slavic Heritage Festival is the oldest multicultural festival in Houston.
Internationally recognized Czech pianist Karolína Syrovátková, called "a true poet of the piano" (ABQ Review) will perform a solo concert of composers Suk, Janáček, Fibich, and Kaprálová at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage on September 30, 2018, at 6 pm. She is known for her innovative approach to performing, in which she combines her pianistic and dramatic talents to create shows about great composers. Syrovátková is the winner of several international competitions including the North London and the Sidney M. Wright Presidential Competition. Relax in a memorable evening at the Kennedy Center with the gifted pianist.
The Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic, to jointly commemorate the centennial anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, will open the exhibition Czechs and Slovaks on Their Difficult Road to Peace and Independence at the Woodrow Wilson Center on October 4, 2018, at 5 pm. The Great War, fought to end all wars, forever changed the map of Europe, creating democratic nation-states in 1918. Delve into period photographs and newspaper clippings, accompanied by historical analysis, to fully understand the enormous scale of the quest for independence, whether in politics or in combat, by the Czechs, Slovaks and their supporters abroad.
Heralded as one of the most sought after bel canto baritones of the new generation, Javier Arrey presents his favorite Antonín Dvořák songs in an evening of Czech music at the Embassy of the Czech Republic on October 12, 2018, at 6 pm. His former voice teacher and mentor Professor Hanns Stein transmitted to him the love and interest for Czech music and culture. Prof. Stein (*1926) will deliver a lecture on “Czech Composers and Their Influence on Universal Music” before the concert. Share in an enchanting evening of music and discover how Czechs have transformed the musical realm.
The Embassy of the Czech Republic will hold a prestigious conference, From Masaryk to Havel and Beyond: The Struggle for Democracy, with keynote speaker former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC, on October 18, 2018, at 10 am.
Prague-born singer/musician Martina Fišerová introduces her original songs meshing harmonic sophistication with unpretentious and personal expression on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage on October 22, at 6 pm. Fišerová has performed with artists at jazz festivals and venues across Europe, as well as Taiwan and Vietnam. As a singer and lyricist, she collaborated on the album These People by renowned Czech bassist Jaryn Janek. In 2012, she released her spontaneously recorded debut jazz CD Clearing Fields, featuing Grammy-nominated hammond organ player Brian Charette. Her latest album Shift puts her mark on the NYC arts scene, created in Europe and the US. Unwind with this exceptional artist at the Kennedy Center.
Marking the 100th anniversary of Czech independence, the Pacific Symphony will perform Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony. Conductor Carl St. Clair will explore three historic links between the United States and the Czech people via the popular symphony. First, Dvořák’s remarkable journey to the United States helped to identity a unique American voice. Second, some 25 years later, America played a central role in the creation of a new democratic nation in the heart of Europe. Finally, a new Orange County institution, Pangea World, explores and expands the wealth of knowledge between nations today.
The Czech Philharmonic, the Czech Republic's premier orchestra, returns to DC for the first time under its new music director, Semyon Bychkov, for a signature program featuring Antonín Dvořák's triumphant Seventh Symphony and a rarely heard work by the 20th-century composer Luboš Fišer on October 29, 2018, at 8 pm, in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Soloist Alisa Weilerstein will perform her "raptly passionate account" (Sunday Times) of the Dvořák Cello Concerto. Relish in an evening listening to this renowned orchestra as part of the 100th anniversary of Czech independence.
The Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir, one of the most prestigious choirs in the Czech Republic, performs a special selection of Czech and international classics in celebration of 100 years of Czech independence at the Washington National Cathedral on October 30, 2018, at 7:30 pm. The touring choir, ranging in age from 12-18, has performed throughout the world and brings exceptional young talent to the heart of Washington. Among the choir's greatest achievements are appearances at La Scala (Milan), Carnegie Hall (New York), Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow). The choir will feature such beloved songs as Dvořák’s Ave Maria, Schubert's Psalm XXII, and Bernstein's Gloria Tibi. Share in an evening of angelic voices in tribute to the centennial.
The American Friends of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Czech Republic will host a Gala Celebration at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, on November 1, 2018, at 6 pm, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the independence of Czechoslovakia. The event will honor Frederic V. Malek with the Václav Havel Award for the Advancement Civil Society, which will be presented by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. The event salutes the most important anniversary in modern Czech history. On October 28, 1918, the Czech people regained independence after 300 years as a subject nation of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Czech mezzo-soprano Pavlína Horáková will perform selections from her rich repertoire of music, ranging from classical to jazz, on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage on November 11, 2018, at 6 pm. This gifted artist has performed the title role in the opera Carmen and Berta in Barber of Seville with Opera Amore in New York City. Her life goal is to connect her two fields of study: music and business, in a way that gives back to the profession that she loves. By fostering social responsibility, she hopes to encourage future generations of young musicians. Revel in an evening of enchanting music at the Kennedy Center.
Bistro Bohem will screen the smash hit Those Wonderful Years that Sucked (Bájecná léta pod psa) on November 20, 2018, at 7 pm. The dark comedy, adapted from a novel by Michal Viewegh, chronicles the life of a Czech family from the 1960s to just after the Velvet Revolution. At the forefront are Milena, a lawyer who acts on stage in her spare time, her husband Aleš, an aimless government worker, and their son Kvido, a little genius. The lives of Aleš and Milena change dramatically following the Soviet invasion of Prague in 1968. While at first the film’s heroes are often in risky or dangerous situations, the end of the story, set in the period after the Velvet Revolution, is conciliatory, amiable and ironic. Unwind at the Bistro with this classic 90s film.