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Jan 29, 2020 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Swinging to Freedom: Pilsner Jazz Band

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the city of Pilsen, Pilsen Jazz Band will honour the US Army troops who liberated the city at the end of WWII with a concert introducing their wide repertoire, ranging from jazz to swing and blues.

January 29, 8PM
In the Ballroom

Please arrive min. 10 minutes early to secure your RSVP.
Cash bar provided by Bohemian Spirit.

Preceded by exhibition opening: The Liberation of Pilsen (separate RSVP)

Opening remarks by Marie Chatardová, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations in New York and by Deputy Mayor of the City of Pilsen Michal Vozobule.

On May 6th, 1945, the West Bohemian city of Pilsen was liberated by troops of the Third Army of the United States, who gradually reached the city after disembarking on the beaches of Normandy on the legendary D-Day. This ended the occupation of the city by the Nazi Third Reich. To commemorate the 75thanniversary of the liberation, the city of Pilsen will be hosting a range of celebratory events in May 2020 as part of the Liberation Festival. Representatives of the Pilsen City Council will attend Pilsner Jazz Band’s New York concert to  present their city to the local public and to personally invite them to come to Pilsen in May and join in the celebrations. 

The concert will follow after the opening of the exhibition The Liberation of Pilsen, which will explain the advance of Allied troops from Normandy to Pilsen, the role of General George S. Patton and other historical circumstances. More information about the exhibition can be found here.

Pilsner Jazz Band

In the ten years of their existence, Pilsner Jazz Band have managed to secure themselves a place on the Czech traditional jazz and swing scene. This eight-member orchestra from the city of Pilsen concentrates on the ‘Golden Era’ of jazz – dixieland and swing, but their eclectic repertoire also includes boogie-woogie, blues and Latin standard jazz. They receive regular invitations to both Czech and foreign festivals, but also regularly perform at regular concerts, weddings, corporate events, parties and other events. Their wide repertoire contains something for everyone – from the old dixieland pieces from the streets of New Orleans to hits from New York dance clubs by Glenn Miller or Duke Ellington, to pieces which have been underrated for decades. The female singer, accompanied by seven instrumentalists, appeals to the audience with both Czech and English language pieces.

Watch video HERE

The exhibition and concert are organized by the City of Pilsen and Czech Center New York, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C., Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations, Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York, Czech Tourism, Patton Memorial Pilsen, and Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association. Sponsored by Pilsner Urquell.

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


Jan 29, 2020 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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