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Nov 8, 2019 7:30 PM

Spirituál Kvintet

Critics regard Spirituál Kvintet as the first and best Czechoslovak folk group. In 1989 the government blacklisted Spirituál Kvintet, yet its songs were played on the streets of Prague during the days of the Revolution. The group was joined onstage in 1990 by Václav Havel and George H. W. Bush and played for Bill Clinton in 1994 in Prague.

November 8, 7:30PM
In the Ballroom


Dress code: semi-formal
Cash bar provided by Bohemian Spirit.

Czech Center New York, Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C., Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the UN, Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York, Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association cordially invite you to a special evening welcoming the legendary folk ensemble Spirituál Kvintet to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, and celebrations are already planned across the Czech Republic and Slovakia for November 17. As this is a significant jubilee, the celebrations will be larger than usual. The Czech Center New York will be joining these celebrations with an extensive program throughout this fall, culminating with the concert of Spirituál kvintet, making New York City one of the places that keeps the memory of the Velvet Revolution alive.

Spirituál Kvintet was there for it all. Celebrating their 60th season this year, they embark on their last tour which they will start off in New York City. They were embedded in the revolutionary movement from the beginning. The leader and founding member of Spirituál Kvintet, Jiří Tichota, knew Václav Havel from the time they were both boy scouts together. They reunited on the Melantrich building balcony during the events of November 1989 to sing together to the nation. Critics regard Spirituál Kvintet as the rst and by far the best Czechoslovak folk ensemble. In the world of popular music, there are probably few groups able to boast the kind of perseverance and enduring popularity among audiences. In 1989, Spirituál Kvintet was blacklisted by the government, yet its songs resounded through the streets of Prague during the days of the revolution. In November 1990, two presidents joined Spirituál Kvintet in song onstage: Václav Havel and George H.W. Bush. Later in 1994, they played for Bill Clinton in the Reduta jazz club in Prague.


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


Nov 8, 2019 7:30 PM


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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