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Oct 5, 2017 7:00 PM

Libor Šmoldas Concert with Pavel Štecha Photogallery Opening

Guitar Performance by Libor Šmoldas to celebrate the gallery opening of "The Velvet Revolution in Photographs" by Pavel Štecha.



A gallery exploring the personality of Havel (October 5, 1937-December 18, 2011), the first President of the Czech Republic and leading dissident voice in the Velvet Revolution, and the energy of euphoric Czechs during the Velvet Revolution in Prague. 

The period between November and December 1989 was an unforgettable time in Czechoslovakia. It started with a student demonstration on November 17, which was met by police wielding shields and batons. Then the peaceful protest grew into something more. It connected people across the social spectrum as students, dissidents, artists, religious workers, and residents of ever smaller towns began to join in. The calling of a general strike supported by major state factories was a signal to the governing party that things were getting serious. Negotiations began, and expectations were tense, but fortunately reason prevailed and eventually an agreement was reached.

Czechoslovaks shaking their keys, literally, rang a bell to the oppressive communist regime that had stolen forty years of their lives.

The year 1989 was a time of great hope, excitement, and optimism. People celebrated with euphoria, a sense of justice, and relief. The photographs of Pavel Stecha remind us of that time with enormous authenticity and persuasion. They encourage us to reflect on the glorious revolutionary days and evaluate how much we still owe to the ideals that led the Velvet Revolution.

Gallery on display from October 5 to November 17. 

By: Pavla Niklova, Executive Director, Vaclav Havel Library Foundation










Solo concert tour celebrating the 110th anniversary of the composer Jaroslav Ježek.


In 2016 we celebrated the 110th anniversary of the birth of the Czech composer Jaroslav Ježek. For this occasion, our leading jazz guitarist Libor Šmoldas has prepared Blue, Šmoldas plays Ježek, a solo guitar programme of Ježek’s songs. An album with the same name was released and a series of concerts Libor does is introducing the CD and Ježek’s music to international audiences. Šmoldas will introduce Ježek‘s life and work himself so the performance will be not only a concert but an interesting way of learning about a little known but brilliant 20th century Czech composer.


Libor Šmoldas is a guitar player and teacher. He has performed all over the world including New York, Washington, Sydney, Peking, Istanbul, Vienna, Berlin, Denver, Milan, Philadelphia, Melbourne and London. He also cooperates with internationally famous musicians such as Jiří Mráz, Jeff Ballard, Sam Yahel, Bobby Watson, Adam Nussbaum and Brian Charette. Šmoldas is a teacher in the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory in Prague and lectures at international workshops in England, Germany, Australia, Italy, and Greece. He has recorded six albums and cooperated on many others.















Jaroslav Ježek (1906 Prague – 1942 New York) was a Czech composer, conductor, dramaturg and pianist. He found inspiration mainly in jazz music and among his best known works are musical theatre pieces and film music for the Liberated Theatre.
















Please arrive at least ten minutes prior to the event. Empty reservations will be given to standby patrons after that time. 


Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Oct 5, 2017 7:00 PM


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