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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 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.
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.