5+1 JANA JARKOVSKÁ A flute recital

Monday, SEPTEMBER 23 at 7 pm
Bohemian National Hall, 3rd floor
321 E 73 St, NYC

A leading young Czech flutist Jana Jarkovská will present compositions for solo flute and flute & electronics by five contemporary Czech women composers, Sylvie Bodorová, Eliška Cílková, Ivana Loudová, Terezie Švarcová, and Sonya Vetchá. Appreciating the flute’s wide range of melodic and dramatic expression, each composer uses the flute to speak in her own independent and distinctive voice.

Introduction by one of the composers Eliška Cílková.

Jana Jarkovská will also perform at the Boston Flute Festival in October 2019.

RSVP: newyork@svu2000.org or

Suggested donation $5.00

5+1 Flute recital

Jana Jarkovská, a leading Czech flutist of the younger generation, studied for six years at the Prague Conservatory. In 2013, she graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts (HAMU) in Prague and in 2015, she received her soloist diploma from the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden. She spent one semester at the Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi” in Milan (Italy), as an assistant professor in the Erasmus Placement Program. In 2018, she earned her PhD in Interpretation Theory from the Academy of Performing Arts (HAMU) in Prague, and released her CD of contemporary Czech music “Pidluke-padluke”. She currently teaches at the Conservatory in Teplice, North Bohemia, performing mostly as a member of the award-winning Duo du Rêve (flute & piano). As a soloist and chamber music player, she collaborates with a number of contemporary composers premiering their works and regularly records for the Czech Radio. Jana is working on a new CD release in 2020 as part of her contemporary project with Czech female composers. Next month, she will perform at the Boston Flute Festival.

Eliška Cílková, composer, began playing the piano at the age of four. She later studied composition and conducting at the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory in Prague. She received her master’s degree in composition from the Academy of Performing Arts. In 2014-2015, she was a Fulbright research scholar in musical composition at Columbia University. Her electroacoustic project “Pripyat Piano – Sound Documentary of the Chernobyl Zone” was enthusiastically received in Europe. Eliška collaborates with diverse European artists and has composed music for documentary films and theatrical performances. Her work has been performed at numerous festivals in the Czech Republic and abroad. In 2015, she received the AHUV prize for “Best Czech Composer of Contemporary Music”, and in 2016, the international Musica Nova prize for the “Best Electroacoustic Composition.” She is currently pursuing her PhD in Musicology at Charles University in Prague.

Literary Inspirations in the Puppet Films of Jirí Trnka

An illustrated talk by Irena Kovarova

Thu, October 3, 2019, at 7 pm
Bohemian National Hall, cinema

The world-renowned Czech filmmaker and book illustrator Jirí Trnka (1912-1969), the master of stop motion animation, brought to the screen by from Kosmas, Shakespeare, Chekhov, Hašek and others. From tragedy to comedy, Trnka made adults appreciate puppets like nobody else.

The talk will be complemented by excerpts from Trnka’s films.

Irena Kovarova is an independent film programmer and producer of film retrospectives such as Juraj Herz: In and Out of the Czechoslovak New Wave (2019), The Puppet Master: The Complete Jirí Trnka (2018), and In Case of Emergency: The Films of Ruben Östlund (2015).

Having worked independently in New York in the field of repertory cinema since 2004, Irena founded Comeback CompanyComeback CompanyComeback Company in 2013 to further expand her film projects. In the past, Irena served as Director of Programming of the Young Visual Artists Awards of the Foundation of a Civil Society (2004-2009), and as Acting Director at Czech Center New York (1999-2004). A native of Prague, Irena has lived in New York since 1996.


Suggested Donation $5.00

The event is organized by the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU), New York Chapter.

The Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia in1968: The Russian Perspective

Film and Book Launch
October 7, 2019 at 8pm
Bohemian National Hall, cinema

The documentary film (2011, 56 min.) and book offer never-seen archival images and interviews with Soviet soldiers, journalists and dissidents about the August ’68 events in Czechoslovakia. The director Josef Pazderka collected these during his post in 2006-2010 as a Czech TV reporter in Moscow. Mr. Pazderka is also the editor of the book which was recently published in English translation by Rowman Littlefield Publishers in Harvard Cold Ward Series. Q&A with Mr.Pazderka and Professor Milan Babik, PhD (Colby University) will follow the screening.

Limited seating.



Organized by the Czech Center and the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU), New York Chapter, in cooperation with the Czech Consulate General in NY


“One of the leading Czech journalists, Josef Pazderka is an authority on Russia who has now produced a meticulous, evenhanded look at the Soviet participants and observers of the USSR’s 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia. From army privates to generals, dissidents to top officials, their previously under-reported experiences and perceptions provide a valuable understanding of a wrenching event for Pazderka’s country and a major episode in Cold War history that remains highly relevant to the geopolitical confrontation in Europe today.” — GREGORY FEIFER, Harvard University

“The Prague Spring of 1968 and its violent suppression by the Warsaw Pact tanks was initially viewed as just a family squabble within the Soviet bloc. It seemed to be of little concern to others. But Josef Pazderka and his co-authors have brilliantly exploded this myth. They show that the invasion was a breaking point in the history of the Cold War. The specter of Soviet tanks unleashed by the Kremlin to crush a mild reform effort demonstrated to millions of Russians that communism was unimprovable and that it would have to be rejected for people to regain their right to pursue happiness.” — IGOR LUKES, Boston University

The Investigator: Demons of the Balkan War by Vladimír Dzuro

A Talk and Book Launch

Thu, October 29, 2019, at 6:30 pm
Bohemian National Hall, 3rd fl.

With special guests:
Ivana Hrdlicková, President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and
Larry D. Johnson, Former UN Assistant-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs

A Riveting true story of finding justice for the people of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Vladimír Dzuro worked as a criminal investigator at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Prague and later at the National Central Bureau (NCB) of Interpol in Prague. In 1994, Vladimír joined the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) in the former Yugoslavia and in April 1995, he began a ten-year stint as an investigator with the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. Currently, Vladimír works as Chief of the New York Headquarters Office at the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services. He earned his M.A. in Investigation Management from Charles Sturt University in Australia. The Registrar of the ICTY awarded him with the International Justice Medal. Vladimir is the author of The Investigator: Demons of the Balkan War and Justice, published in Prague by Grada Publishing in 2017. The book became a bestseller and is currently in its second reprint. The English version of The Investigator will be published in October 2019 in the United States. https://warcrimeinvestigator.com/
SNAP Judgment Podcast https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/operation-little-flower

Limited seating.

Suggested donation: $5.00
A light refreshment will follow the program.

This event is organized by the Consulate General of the Czech Republic New York and the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU), New York Chapter, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the UN in New York