Rudolf II prevails over Brno Gallery

Rudolf IIThe Czech Center Museum Houston had the wonderful fortune this week of acquiring an etching of Rudolf II by Czech artist Oldrich Kulhanek.  Bill and Effie Rosene, founders, CEO, Chairman, volunteers extraordinaire of the Czech Center along with our irreplaceable Board Member Father Paul found this incredibly intricately detailed piece at an exhibition of Czech and Slovak artists at the University of Houston Clear Lake earlier in June, thanks to an invitation from artist and professor Sandria Hu.

You really ought to come see this good looking gentleman!

Rudolf II detailRudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, was crowned the Czech king in 1576 and moving his court back to Prague, promoted the city as the imperial seat of power again.  During his reign, encompassed by an era often referred to as Prague’s Second Golden Age, Prague received it’s nickname “Magic Prague.”  Rudolf’s court attracted scientists, intellectuals and artists from all over Europe, including astronomers Tycho de Brahe and Johannes Kepler.  (information received from the official website of the Czech Republic)

If you are unfamiliar with the etching process, below are a few helpful links that go through the process.  The Czech Center is thrilled to be a patron of a  more than 500 year old history of printmaking, first popularized in the fifteenth century Northern Renaissance.

http://happyfaceschicago.blogspot.com/2009/03/printmaking-process-pasta-machine.html

http://www.wretchedetcher.com/etching-tutorial/etching-tutorial.html

Four Operas in July

This scene from Bedrich Smetanas The Bartered Bride is also featured on CCMHs August 1, 2009 Gala invitation.
This scene from Bedrich Smetana's "The Bartered Bride" is also featured on CCMH's August 1, 2009 Gala invitation.

July 9-12, Kingwood College Opera Workshop will present Forbidden Love: Barber of Seville (Rossini), Der Rosenkavalier (Strauss), Signor Deluso (Pasoteiri) and The Bartered Bride (Czech Comic Opera by Bedrich Smetana, 1866)

What an opportunity and in English!  This delightful compilation includes famous arias from the first three and The Bartered Bride in its entirety.  For more information contact 281-312-1532 or kingwood@lonestar.edu.

Additional great news is this program will be performed at the Czech Center Museum Houston Prague Hall September 17 and 18 with reception following to join with singers, actors, musicians and production team celebrating this first performance of Smetana’s famous Czech comedic opera The Bartered Bride in Houston.

In March 2010 we will be blessed again for The Bartered Bride performance in Czech at CCMH by University of North Texas Denton Music Department with some narration in English.

Celebrate a Good Cause and Win the Trip of a Lifetime!

Brno Gallery features Czech crystal chandeliers and a black and gold Grand Staircase.
Brno Gallery features Czech crystal chandeliers and a black and gold Grand Staircase.

Czech Center Museum Houston is gearing up to celebrate its Fifteenth Anniversary in the elegance of a Baroque Palace in the Museum District Saturday, August 1, 2009.  For the Fifth year we will celebrate in historical Brno Gallery with a Wine and passed Hors d’oeuvres reception as well as an exciting Silent Auction.

The evening features an elaborate dinner and champagne toast to Benefactors with music, dancing and a lively Live Auction in the lovely Prague Hall.

Prague Hall
Kamil Kubrik and Alfons Mucha in Prague Hall

The Grand Finale is a Drawing for an exciting trip for two to Prague, Vienna or your choice of a beautiful destination in Europe.

This is your chance to win a trip to Golden Prague or other destination in Europe where you will witness untold architectural splendors.

The inimitable city of Prague.
The inimitable city of Prague.

At the same time you will help the Czech Center Museum Houston reach its goal of finishing out its third floor and completing construction of a beautiful, invaluable cultural building in the heart of the Museum District of Houston.

The Charles Bridge-652 years old this year!
The Charles Bridge-652 years old this year!

You will stroll across historic Charles Bridge, visit fabulous Prague Castle the seat of Kings and Presidents, explore medieval squares, making for a delightful destination that you will want to visit again and again.

Prague Castle has historically been the seat of Czech leadership, it holds the Crown Jewels and the Guinness Book of World Records cites it as the largest ancient castle in the world.
Prague Castle has historically been the seat of Czech leadership, it holds the Crown Jewels and the Guinness Book of World Records cites it as the largest ancient castle in the world.

Your contribution for this Grand Finale prize, your attendance at the Gala August 1, 2009, and bidding on Live and Silent Auction items will allow this expansion to include a dedicated library, additional administrative offices and exhibit and meeting space, greatly enhancing services for our members, friends and the general public.

This picture doesn't even show half of the space we have available up there.  The potential is enormous.
This picture doesn't even show half of the space we have available up there. The potential is enormous.

or a donation of $100.00 each, please call to 713-528-2060 or email us at czech@czechcenter.org.

Please consider being an Individual or Corporate underwriter for this Charity Benefit Fund Raising Gala.  Suggested Star Underwriter Categories are: Platinum $25,000; Sapphire $20,000; Diamond $15,000; Emerald $10,000; Gold $ 5,000; Silver $3,000; Garnet $2,000.  Tables hold ten guests.

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Floods in the Czech Republic

It can certainly rain and flood in the Czech Republic just as in Houston!

Unfortunately a state of emergency has been declared as a flash flood swept through Moravia last night.

Photo from CTK
Photo from CTK

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the towns of Nový Jičín and Jeseník nad Odrou and so far ten have died.  In 1997 this region was hit by a devastating flood that claimed 50 lives.

Let’s keep those families affected by this trama in our prayers in the coming week.

Czech Crystal on Sale!

The Czech Center Museum Houston is celebrating Father’s Day all month long with a sale in our Prague International Gift Shop!  As we close in on the final week of June, we want to give everyone the chance to see what we have to offer and even buy an item or two online.  Featured below are several of the lovely pieces reduced in price at this time.

Antique Green Stems from the First Republic of Czechoslovakia 1918-1930.
Antique Green and Clear Wine Stems from the First Republic of Czechoslovakia 1918-1930. These are $180.00 for a set of six. An excellent price for antique crystal from this era.
These Lace Wine Glasses are handcut 24% Pbo lead crystal made by Rossi.
These Lace Wine Glasses are handcut 24% Pbo lead crystal made by Rossi. Rossi Crystal is a family owned business founded in 1991 by Antonin Malek. The new generation who is now running the company since Malek's death in 2003 has continued with their tradition of classical crystal products. These glasses are available for $219.95 for six in our Prague International Gift Shop
Rossi Crystal is a family owned business founded in 1991 by Antonin Malek.  The new generation who is now running the company since Malek's death in 2003 has continued with their tradition of classical crystal products.  These glasses are available for $219.95 for six in our Prague International Gift Shop
These finest cut Liquer or Sherry glasses are handcut 24% pbo lead crystal of the First Republic era.
We have two of these strong gorgeous crystal decanters in our gift shop.
We have two of these strong gorgeous crystal decanters in our gift shop. Made from Bohemia crystal, these decanters go for $159.95 each.

Crystal Decanter

To purchase any of these fine items, to request more information or to see what else we have in our gift shop, please call us at 713-528-2060 or email us at czech@czechcenter.org.

Remember that until the end of June, each of these is an amazing 20% off!

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“Life is Just an Accident”

An interesting exhibition that was just brought to our attention yesterday on Jaroslav Jezek, a distinctive and pioneering Czech composer from

Composer Jaroslav Jezek, 1906 Praha - 1942 New York
Composer Jaroslav Jezek, 1906 Praha - 1942 New York

between the wars.  Originally put together for the Czech National Museum in 2006 to mark Jezek’s anniversary, we are fortunate to now have the exhibition touring in the U.S.  There are four main topics of the exhibition include Jezek’s childhood and youth, his work in classical music, his activities associated with the Liberated Theatre, and his life in the U.S.  An addition to the American version of the exhibition will be a new documentary about Jaroslav Jezek made by Czech Television.  Currently you can find this exhibition at the Czech Center in New York.

Jezek worked with Czech legends George Voskovec and Jan Werich, who were also involved in Osvobozene divadlo (Liberated Theatre).  He was innovative in his creation of a modern type of instrumental setting in his works for piano and in his approach to applied genres where he was a founder of the tradition of the modern Czech dance song as well as the political song.  Futhermore, in the field of jazz he could match any of the leading international figures of his day, although sadly he was only recognized abroad after his death in 1942.

We are always looking for Czech activities and exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad so if you have any news, please don’t hesitate to contact the Czech Center Museum Houston at events@czechcenter.org.

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Distinguished Visitors & a Gala

Father Paul (a wonderful patron of CCMH), Effie Rosene (Founder, Chairman, CEO of CCMH), Ambassador Eisenbruk, Dr. Jurkovicova and Sandria Hu (artist).
Father Paul (CCMH Boardmember), Effie Rosene (Founder, Chairman, CEO CCMH), Ambassador Eisenbruk, Dr. Jurkovicova and Sandria Hu (artist, University of Houston Clear Lake).

This past Sunday, June 7 Ambassador Vladimir Eisenbruk, Prague Commissionor for Czech Communities Abroad and Dr. Nora Jurkovicova Counselor of the Czech Embassy Washington DC honored CCMH for a tour and luncheon in Prague Hall before their departure from Texas that day.  Prior to accepting his present post Ambassador Eisenbruk has done a lot to strengthen relationships between the Czech Republic and numerous countries in Central America including Mexico and Belize.

Consul General Nikolay Babich
Consul General Nikolay Babich

June 12, the Russian Consul General Nikolay Babich and Mrs. Valentina Babich celebrated Russian National Day with a large gathering of Consuls, corporate and family friends in Brno Hall.

Sunday, June 14 tour guide Maria Slamova brought guests from Moravia, Prague and Switzerland following a Mass at Father Paul’s St. Justin Martyr Church to the CCMH for lunch and a tour.  Talk about a fun group!  We joined them in Sokol song and performance before they left to see the rest of Texas.

St. Justin Martyr Church
St. Justin Martyr Church

Enough about the past!  In the coming months the Czech Center will be bustling with activity for our AUGUST 1st  GALA. This will be the fifteenth Annual Benefit Gala, so between all those years of experience plus our experience doing weekly events, you can rest assured that it will be an epic bash.

One of our silent auction tables from Gala 2008
One of our silent auction tables from Gala 2008

Of course there are no final details at this point, however our Gala Chairs, Nina & Ray Vitek, Henry & Barbara Hermis, and Cliff & Barbara Malek will be meeting today to discuss their plans for the Gala.  We do know that there will be a silent auction, dinner and plenty of good company.  We are accepting silent and live auction items until July 18 so don’t hesitate to contact us if you have something wonderful to contribute.  And don’t forget, it’s never to early to reserve a table!

Dancing at Gala 2008
Dancing at Gala 2008
Effie and Bill Rosene (Founders, Chairman, CEO) at our 2008 Gala.
Effie and Bill Rosene (Founders, Chairman, CEO) at our 2008 Gala.

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