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2011-10-27 / Community News

Texas Czech Musicians to Honor Predecessors & Czech Ambassador to USA

When the Czech Heritage and Culture Center honors popular bands of the past at its 2011 Gala, the guests will be entertained by visiting musicians of the north—north Texas that is! David Slovak, who plays with Czech and Then Some of Ennis, and Andy Mikula of Ennis and Mike Marek of Cameron, members of the Jodie Mikula Orchestra will perform as a special trio, each exhibiting their particular skills.

These “youngsters” followed in the footsteps of their Czech fathers and grandfathers. During their childhood they were not taught the Czech language, but were emotionally affected by the Czech music that permeated their lives. As adults they chose to perpetuate the music, but first had to learn at least enough of the Czech alphabet to pronounce and sing the lyrics of the polkas and waltzes correctly. Slovak says that he even attended Czech classes for a time to properly prepare for the avocation he so enjoys.

The gala festivities will include a visit and address by the Czech Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the USA, Petr Gandalovic.

Live and silent auctions will be held during the celebration. A catered meal of an exquisite quality will be served.

The 2011 Gala will be held on Saturday, evening, November 12, 2011 at the Fair Pavilion on the Fayette County Fairgrounds and adjacent to the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center facility in La Grange. All Texans of Czech ancestry are invited to support this event. Proceeds will be added to the endowment fund and used to operate the facility.

Advance tickets for attendance are required. They may be purchased by calling 1-888-785-4500 or 979-968-9399, or by email at info@czechtexas.org.

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