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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 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.
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.
The Wilson Center, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic, commemorates the centennial anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia with a special lecture and opening of the exhibit Czechs and Slovaks on Their Difficult Road to Peace and Independence on October 4, 2018, at 4 pm.
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.
The Embassy of the Czech Republic, in collaboration with The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, invites you to a special screening of the animated family adventure Oddsockeaters with director Galina Miklínová on October 21, at 1 pm. Following the screening at 3:15 pm, a limited number of children accompanied by an adult can also attend a workshop to make an Oddsockeater. Registration for both events is required.
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.
In celebration of the Centennial of Czechoslovak Independence, the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by world-renowned director Craig Jessop. will be performing "Polní mše" by Bohuslav Martinů (sung in Czech!) on Saturday, November 3, at 7:30 pm at the Daines Concert Hall at Utah State University.
Animation opens the door to the realm of fantasy and possibilities. What may seem impossible becomes reality with the vision of an imaginative creator. Lukáš Gregor, head of the Department of Animation at Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic, presents an intimate look inside the animator’s studio. He will showcase a colorful selection of student animated exercises and films on November 8, 2018, at 6 pm, at the Embassy of the Czech Republic. Journey into the fascinating world of animation with us at the Czech Embassy.
O come, all ye joyful! The Embassy of the Czech Republic invites you to a traditional Czech Christmas Market on November 10, 2018, from 10 am to 4 pm. Relish in the magic of the season with stands filled with beautiful handcrafted ornaments, renowned Czech crystal and glass products, and exquisite jewelry. Enjoy the taste and smell of mulled wine and eggnog as well as an assortment of Christmas cookies, baked goods and savory cuisine.
Czech mezzo-soprano Pavlína Horáková and her guests Camilla Mraz (piano), Drew Spradlin (piano), Alcorn Ferguson Minor IV (guitar and voice) and Nikita Borisevich (violin) take the audience on a musical journey exploring all matters of the heart that have inspired Czech and Slovak music for centuries at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage on November 11, at 6 pm. Fall in love with Czech and Slovak folk songs, Janáček, Dvořák, Martinů and the rarely performed Figůš-Bystrý and Schneider-Trnavsky.
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.
The maestro of puppet animation, Czech artist Jiří Trnka (1912–1969) came of age in an era of marionette theater, a lively feature of European culture since at least the 17th century. View the first complete retrospective of Jiří Trnka in the United States—six features and 20 shorts— a production of Comeback Company, curated by Irena Kovarova, featuring 35mm prints, two new digital restorations, and 11 newly translated works at the National Gallery of Art from December 1-29, 2018.
The Avalon Theatre will screen Fairy Tales for Emma (Pohádky pro Emu) as part of the Lions of Czech Film Series on December 12, 2018, at 8 pm. In the film, one man's life suddenly changes when tasked to take care of an eight-year-old child. Along the way, he just might find love and the fairy tale ending after all.
The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center will present the US premiere of the film WINTER FLIES (Vsechno bude) on December 16 at 11:05 am, as well as a second screening of the film on December 18, at 7:15 pm, as part of the AFI European Union Film Showcase. Be sure to check out this 2018 Oscar Selection for the Czech Republic.
Czech saxophonist Karel Ruzicka and pianist George Dulin will perform a selection of their original compositions, jazz standards, and a Christmas tune to bring the spirit of the season to Washington at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage on December 17, at 6 pm.