Embassy Series and the Embassy of the Czech Republic sponsor a special classical music concert


NEWS: The Day of Struggle for Freedom and Democracy is a public holiday celebrated in the Czech Republic and Slovakia on November 17. It commemorates two historical events that occurred on this day: the student demonstration against the Nazis in 1939 and the start of the Velvet Revolution in 1989.

WHO: HE Miloslav Stašek, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic. Jerome Barry, Founder of Embassy Series: Opening remarks on the mission of the Embassy Series and the reason for the concert to commemorate Democracy Day. In addition to the speakers above, Ambassador (Retired) Clifford Bond (Retired) and Ambassador (Retired) Michele Bond will participate in the event. They worked at the US Embassy in Prague during the run-up to the Velvet Revolution, as well as at the key student protest that took place that day in Prague.

(Media: interviews can be coordinated with speakers outside of the event).

WHAT: Interpretation by the Serafin Ensemble: Eric Pritchard, Violin; Jacques-Pierre Malan, cello; Read Gainsford, Piano. The concert will feature classical music by several Czech composers and a Russian composer deeply connected to the following events that led to the freedom of a people throughout a century:

1918 Revolt of the Czechoslovak Legion

1939 (17 November) Anti-Nazi demonstration by Czech students

1968 Prague Spring (Soviet invasion!)

1989 Velvet Revolution and Berlin Wall

WHERE: Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St., NW in Washington, DC The Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic hold public celebrations every other year.

WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

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