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Another club event in October is a visit from Gail Naughton, the Director of the Czech and Slovak museum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  The floods in Cedar Rapids totally overwhelmed the museum this year, and Gail will be in town on Tuesday, October 21, to give us an update on progress to restore the facility.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 PM at the Robert W. Baird conference room.  The address is 444 W. 47th Street, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO 64112.  All members and other interested parties are invited to attend and there is no charge.  Light refreshments will be served.   Please contact Terry Smitka at 816-480-4227 or tsmitka@rwbaird.com if you have any questions

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The Czech and Slovak Club is proud to be a co-sponsor with the Visitation Catholic Church Fine Arts Society in an upcoming performance of the Czech girls choir “Jitro”.  The event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 29, beginning at 7:00 PM at the church. Our club is sponsoring a reception beginning at 5:30 PM in the church basement prior to the performance. Appetizers and drinks will be served and all members are invited.   There is no cost for the reception, however, tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for college age students or younger to attend the concert.  We really hope you can attend.   Below is some background information on the group and how to acquire tickets.

Jitro, meaning “Daybreak” in Czech, is more than just a concert choir from Hradec Kralove, a town in the Czech Republic. It is an organization of 500 children in seven preparatory ensembles, of which only the best 25 or 30 qualify to tour.  For 35 years they have been admired all over the world for their tonal brilliance, superb intonation, distinctive rich blend of sound and energetic vitality.  Jitro is today seen as one of the best children’s choirs anywhere in the world.  Many golden awards have been bestowed on the choir by international juries.  The list can begin with the prestigious European contests in Llangollen (1988), Nantes (1989), Lecco (1990) and Neerpelt (1996) and finish with the recent World competitions in Olomouc (2003) and Xiamen (2006).

To purchase tickets online, go to www.venuevisitation.org and click on “purchase tickets”.  By phone, call Central Ticket office at 816-235-6222 to order.  All tickets are General Admission.  Processing fees may apply.  Doors open an hour before the concert for first-come, first-serve seating; early arrival is encouraged.  Lighted parking is available in two parking lots adjacent and north of Venue Visitation, 5141 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64112.

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