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LSUA to Host Czech Republic Musicians

Released: 09/05/2000

<p> In celebration of Czech Culture Week, Louisiana State University at Alexandria will host the Czech Republic Musicians on Monday, September 18 at noon on the patio of the Student Center. This event is free and open to the public. The musicians are Ladislav Horák, Petr Paul, and special guest Jana Kholova. Dancers will also perform in traditional Czech costumes. </p><p> Paul is a graduate of the Conservatory and the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Prague. Since 1983 he has been teaching guitar playing at the Prague Conservatory and also giving courses in Germany. He has performed his concerts throughout Europe, North and South America. He has recorded four CD&acute;s in both the Czech and American production.

</p><p> Horák is also a graduate of the Prague Conservatory and the University at Pilsen. He teaches accordion at the Prague Conservatory and also gives lessons in Germany. He has performed solo and chamber concerts throughout Europe and the United States. He is a president of the Czech Accordionist&acute;s Association and represents the Czech Republic as a member of the international juries of the world organization C.M.A. </p><p> Their repertoire includes works of Ferdinando Carulli (1770-1841), Fernando Sor (1778-1839), Enrique Granados (1867-1916), Federico Moreno-Torroba (1891-1982), Héctor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), Joaquín Rodrigo (1902-1999), and Abel Carlevaro (1918-). </p><p> Most of the dancers who will perform reside in the central Louisiana towns of Libuse and Kolin. These two towns have the strongest Czech cultural ties in the state. </p><p> The James C. Bolton Library is also hosting an exhibit of Czech items as part of this week. The exhibit contains more than 50 interesting objects and art furnished by the Louisiana Czech Museum. </p><p> Some of the items include ceramic pieces, china and porcelain, dolls, paintings and bead work. There are also wheat ornaments, painted eggs, crystal and more. Many of these items were made by hand in the Czech Republic while others were made in the United States by Czech immigrants. </p><p> For more information, contact Dessie Williams, coordinator of multicultural affairs, at 473-6473. </p>