Opening Of The Renovated Czech National Building in New York City

11-12 2008 Ostatní English
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This building served the Czech community in New York since the 19th century and was in need of much repair. After 1989 it was bought by the Czech Government and gradually rebuilt and repaired. Its reopening was scheduled for October 30, 2008.

We were invited to this event by the New York Czech Center. The guests included Ales Brezina, composer and director of the Bohuslav Martinu Institute, the Czech Ambassador Mr. Kolar, Professor J. Svejnar, many local officials, artists and news reporters. Iva Bittova sang the Czech National Anthem, and I sang the U. S. National Anthem. Ales Brezina accompanied us on a viola.

On a lower floor there was an exhibition of photographs and texts about the many victims of totalitarian regimes. And finally Ales Brezina lectured on his latest opera: "Zitra se bude…" ("Tomorrow it will…") and presented some pictures, excerpts and music from this latest work.

In addition to this event we managed to see Madama Butterfly at the Metropolitan Opera directed by Anthony Minghelly and the drama "The Big Inquisitor" by Peter Brook.

Sona Cervena
Translated by Marie Dolanska

Vydavatelem Českého dialogu je Mezinárodní český klub

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