Dec 3, 2011 7:30 PM
Fulbright Concert of Contemporary Music
A concert to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of the binational agreement of founding the J. William Fulbright Commission between the U.S.A. and Czechoslovakia.
Hubert Ho (Fulbright Alumnus 2007), Patricia Goodson,
Krystina Valouskova (Fulbright Alumnus 1992), Jiri Kaderabek (Fulbright Alumnus
2009), Michal Rataj (Fulbright Alumnus 2008), Stephanie Zelnick (1995), Claire
Art songs (Kristyna Valouskova and Patricia Goodson)
Hubert Ho new piece for cl / vla / harp
Jiri Kaderabek piece for cl / vla / piano (Hubert Ho on piano)
Martinu Sonatina for cl + piano (Stephanie Zelnick, cl; Hubert Ho, piano)
Michal Rataj new piece (Patricia Goodson on piano)
Carter harp piece (Claire Happel on harp)
What is the Fulbright Commission?
Fulbright Program is internationally among the most prestigious government scholarship programs. It was founded in 1946 and based on the legislation proposed by senator J. William Fulbright whose name it bears. More than 300 000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the program since its inception. Annually, 8000 scholarships are awarded in 155 countries. Among the Fulbright alumni one will find Nobel prize holders, Pulitzer prize winners, governors and senators, ambassadors, artists, judges, prime ministers, outstanding scholars and researchers.
In Czechoslovakia, the Fulbright program started in the late seventies. Czech citizens could take full participation in the program after the political changes in 1989. The binational agreement on founding the J. William Fulbright Commission between the United States and Czechoslovakia was signed in 1991. Through the scholarship programs, advising and information services, it aims at enhancing mutual understanding between the two countries. The current agreement was ratified in 2002.
The scholarships are financed by both governments. The U.S. government covers two thirds of the budget, the Czech government one third. The Commission is governed by a binational Board; five Czech members of the Board are appointed by the Minister of Education, five U.S. members are appointed by the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic. Apart from strategic decisions the Board members participate in selections of the participants of the program.
The main task of the Commission is administration of the governmental scholarships and other scholarship programs to support study, research and lecturing of the Czech citizens in the U.S.A. and the American citizens in the Czech Republic. The administration of the programs includes both activities connected to the selection process and to the stay of the grantees. Between 1992 and 2011 the Fulbright Commission funded almost 700 Czechs and more than 550 Americans. Currently, the Commission funds annually about 40 Czech and 30 American grantees.
Through its Advising Center the Commission is part of the official EducationUSA network. This Center provides complex, unbiased and up-to-date information about opportunities to study in the U.S. and unpaid advising services to all interested candidates. The center also serves as a resource of information about study and research in the Czech Republic and assists representatives of U.S. schools and educational organizations. Annually, the Center serves more than 700 clients, hundreds of questions are answered through telephone, e-mail, on social networks and within participation at educational fairs and out-reach visits to schools and universities.
The motto of the Fulbright Commission is to enhance mutual understanding between the nations. It tries to fulfill the task not only through scholarship programs and advising services but also through organizing seminars, public lectures, and other programs, in Prague and other places within the Czech Republic.
Detailed information about the scholarship programs and services of the Advising Center can be found on www.fulbright.cz.
321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
Dec 3, 2011 7:30 PM
Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event