Traditional Corpus Christi Sound Waves

The music program that featured Leo Majek’s Orchestra (Texas Czech), Bill Averbach (Klezmer), Los Hermanitoes (Latino & Mexican), along with Alberto Huerta, Ramiro Sanchez, Elizabeth Janak, and Sarah Urbanovsky was an amazing example of heritage music that is alive and well in Corpus Christi. The folks that came out to La Retama Central Library enjoyed and were graced with the collective talent and performances. A delightful spontaneous surprise was a performance of Bill (Los Hermanitos) and Martha Ann (Majek Orchestra) and their Czech-Mex fusion jam. The debut of Sarah Urbanovsky an...   read full post »

posted on 11/19/2016


Family Day at Texas Capitol Visitor's Center

On July 10th, families (many of them multigenerational) attended a family day of activities at the State Capitol Visitors Center offered in conjunction with the Texas Czechs exhibit. Children dressed up in kroj (ethic costumes) for photographs, made kolaches out of Playdough, and leaned some Czech p...   read full post »

posted on 8/22/2016


Varied and Vibrant Sources of the Czech Song in Texas

The deluge of 12 inches of rain on April 17 didn’t stop a beautiful performance and lecture by Frances Barton and Dr. John Novak. An audience of 125 people in the State Capitol's auditorium learned about the history of the most popular Texas Czech folk songs and listened to them performed. Aft...   read full post »

posted on 8/21/2016


Capitol Visitors Center in Austin

Texas Czechs exhibition opening reception was a great success! Austin locals and Travis-Williamson county Texas Czechs came out for the Capitol Visitors Center launch on Saturday, January 16. About 200 attendees viewed the exhibition and enjoyed accordion music by Frances Barton and Czech food by Pa...   read full post »

posted on 1/20/2016


Texas Czech Heritage Museum & Genealogy Center in Temple

Rumor has it the Texas Czechs exhibition attracted viewers from New York state to Corpus Christi and helped the museum attract a higher number of attendees than the previous year. A big thanks to Bell County Historical Commission and Extraco Banks for financial support of the exhibition in Temple....   read full post »

posted on 1/17/2016


SaddleUP in West, Texas

New projects have significant beginnings when fieldwork happens. Joe Vitone connected in December with some of the good people in West Texas. Vitone made portraits with his large format camera in Valentine, Fort Davis, and Balmorhea and photographed ranch work in Valentine. Check back with us period...   read full post »

posted on 1/14/2016


Program Explores Origins of Texas Czech Folk Songs

Please join us at the presentation Varied and Vibrant Sources of the Czech Song in Texas – a lecture/demo by accordionists and music scholars Frances Barton and Dr. John Novak in support of their forthcoming book. This free event is April 17 at 2 pm in the Capitol Extension Auditorium located...   read full post »

posted on 1/10/2016

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