Music Garden Party

Event Date: 
Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 3:00pm to 7:00pm
RSVP Recommended

The Embassy of the Czech Republic cordially invites you to a Music Garden Party on October 2, 2011, from 3-7 pm.

Program highlights include a piano concert, opera recital, fashion show, auction, and a picnic on the grounds of the Embassy with goulash and beer being served, as well as a sweet surprise to follow. The fashion show will also feature the current Miss DC, Miss Virginia 2010, and Miss New York 2010.

Suggested Donation: $50, Benefitting DC Youth Orchestra.

Cocktail Attire.

Reservations are required. Limited space available. R.S.V.P. to Please put "Music Garden Party" in the subject line.
For additional information, please call 202/274-9105.

Parking: Please park on Spring of Freedom or Tilden Streets.

Welcome to the Embassy's Music Garden Party, a part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2011 - Antonin Dvorak, commemorating the 170th anniversary of the renowned Czech classical composer’s birth. Antonin Dvorak (1841–1904) was greatly inspired by the sounds of America and produced some of his best work during his stay on American soil. Similarly, Alfons Mucha (1860–1939) was another great Czech artist who found much support for his work while in America. Mucha was the original Art Nouveau decorative artist, known for producing posters depicting beautiful women clad in flowing robes. His famous designs gained him followers all over the world during his time and also provoked periodic revivals of his style since. Coincidently, Mucha never created posters for the premiere of Antonin Dvorak’s famous opera Rusalka in Prague in 1901. Thus, we welcomed Czech artist Gabriela Kopecka to create four Mucha-style posters for Dvorak’s opera using the images of Czech sopranos, celebrated internationally, in the opera’s roles: Ema Destinnova as Rusalka (Water Nymph), Jarmila Novotna as the Wood Sprite, Eva Urbanova as the Foreign Princess, and Dagmar Peckova as the Witch.

You may bid on replicas of these posters in the auction, proceeds of which will be donated in the form of a Dvorak Scholarship to the DC Youth Orchestra to support art education in the local community.