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. After a story of each song, Frances and/or John performed the song on their accordions with the audience chiming in singing in either Czech or English. The afternoon's highlight was Frances and her daughter Jubilee, harmonizing on The Wedding Song. All of Austin's Texas Czech organizations were represented in the audience. Sponsors were KJT–Catholic Union of Texas and State Preservation Board.