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Oct 2, 2020 - Oct 23, 2020

Janáček Online in the Fall

The Czech Center is thrilled to be continuing our program focusing on the great composer Leoš Janáček. Not only were we able to re-open our gallery with certain restrictions, but we are bringing you more Janáček content to enjoy from the safety of your home, and we are happy that it's a very diverse one this time around.

Gallery re-opens, showing The Genesis and Life of Janáček's Opera Káťa Kabanová

Czech Center New York is very excited to announce, that, in line with government safety guidelines, our Gallery and Library have now reopened with a limited capacity and safety measures in place. Visit are by appointment only and are free of charge. The current exhibit on view is The Genesis and Life of Janáček's Opera Káťa Kabanová

Further details and reservations here. 



‘Mářa’s Cookbook’: Janáček’s cook reveals the Czech composer’s demanding tastes

Listen to a new podcast at Radio Prague International about Janáček’s culinary taste.  

International Rosehip jam biscuits, crêpe cakes, and “Jewish doughnuts” – these were among the favourite desserts of the world-famous Czech composer Leoš Janáček. Thanks to a cookbook – and detailed notes – kept by the family housekeeper, visitors to the ongoing Janáček Festival in Brno have a chance to try these old-fashioned delicacies for themselves.


The World of Leoš Janáček: A performance by Mannes School of Music’s young artists

Czech Center New York is proud to partner with The New School’s Mannes School of Music to bring you a unique concert on October 23: The World of Leoš Janáček: A performance by Mannes School of Music’s young artists. For the first time in the decades-long history of the festival the concert will be virtual and Czech Center New York is proud to partner with the festival in organizing this event and bringing Janáček’s timeless music to audiences anywhere in the world. In addition to compositions by Leoš Janáček, the performance will feature poetry by Jaroslav Vrchlický and Otokar Březina.

Here is the artistic director of the Mannes Sounds Festival, Pavlina Dokovska with more: 



Isabel Keleti plays Janáček Sonata 1.X.1905 "From the Street”


Isabel Keleti, an award-winning American pianist, count herself among Janáček’s many admirers. Here you can enjoy her performance of Sonata 1.X.1905 "From the Street.”



More about Isabel Keleti: 

In 2019, Isabel, a NYC-based pianist, won two international competitions in China: the ROXE MTSY International Music Competition in Xi’an and BIMFA Solo Piano Competition in Beijing. She has been a prize winner in the Conero International Piano Competition, the North International Music Competition, American Protégé International Piano Competition, International Young Artist Competition, Fite Family Piano Competition, Sigma Alpha Iota Competition, K.C. Musical Club Competition, and KMTA Collegiate Auditions. Isabel has performed at a variety of concert venues, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Opera America,  and the International House in NYC; Teatro Pavone in Perugia; Xi’an Concert Hall in Xi’an; RUC Concert Hall in Beijing; and Lied Center in Kansas. She has played as a soloist with the Alicante Symphony Orchestra of Spain, the Heritage Philharmonic Orchestra of Missouri, and Blue Valley North Symphonic Orchestra in Kansas.

Isabel recently completed a Masters of Music degree in Piano Performance at Mannes School of Music – The New School in New York City under the direction of Dr. Vladimir Valjarević. She received her Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance from KU School of Music studying with former department chair Dr. Jack Winerock.


Mářina kuchařka - cookbook by Marie Stejskalová, Janáček’s housekeeper

Mářina kuchařka is a new cookbook that has just been published and is based on the notebook of Marie Stejskalová. She was Janáček’s housekeeper for over 40 years, kept track of not only the recipes she served in the household—including and especially the desserts—but also tied in a chronicle of their life and many key moments that offer a unique window into the maestro’s mind and creative process. They are told from the distinctive perspective of the housekeeper herself as well as Janáček’s wife Zdenka. Stejskalová’s original notebook is included in the Leoš Janáček archive in the Moravian Museum, which is registered under UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme. Along with reproductions from this historic notebook, the new cookbook includes editorial notes providing context about the events and people described therein. 

The book is published in Czech only. More information here. 



From: Oct 2, 2020
To: Oct 23, 2020


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